July Reading Wrap Up 2015

Hello humans!

I had a brilliant reading month in July! I read 15 books this month, which is crazy for me! I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in one month in my life, and I’ve been pretty busy too. I enjoyed most of the books I read this month. There were a few disappointments, but it’s all gravy baby!

Here’s what I read this month:

A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger

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Sun, sex, and … step-brothers.
Another sizzling story from Hamilton High.

This is the second Kody Keplinger novel I’ve read. The first being The Duff, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is about teenager Whitley who has a drunken one night stand at her graduation party. She then goes to stay with her dad over the summer and meets his new fiancée…and her new stepbrother who just so happens to be the stranger she slept with. Can you say awkward?!

First let me tell you that I am in love with Nathan! He is geeky and lovely and so sweet. There was some great character development in this book, especially with the main character Whitley. Everyone likes character development right? I also loved how supportive the Caulfield family was. There aren’t many supportive families in YA at the moment so it was great to read about one.

I thought the writing was super easy to read and I flew through this book. I enjoyed this so much!

5/5 stars!

I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak

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Ed Kennedy is an under age cab driver without much of a future.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes The Messenger.

This is one of Markus Zusak’s lesser known novels about a young man who starts receiving playing cards in the post. On each card there’s a number of missions he must complete.

To be honest…This book let me down. I’d heard only good things about Markus Zusak’s books and this one seems like it would be something I’d enjoy. This was a great concept but it just wasn’t done well. I didn’t like any of the character or care about them at all. I also really disliked the writing style, it seems like a lot of the pages were just filled with lots of nothing.

2/5 stars!

Shut Out – Kody Keplinger

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The girls of Hamilton High School are going on strike.

This was the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger and I think it may have been my least favourite. It wasn’t awful, but it was kinda of stupid and cheesy. Shut Out is set in Hamilton High School, where all of Keplinger’s books are set and follows Lissa, a student who is sick of the rivalry between the schools football and soccer team, it’s simply ruining her relationship. She decides to get the other girlfriends of the team members to join her sex strike to end the rivalry. Who will break first, the girls or the boys?

This was pretty cliché and predictable if I’m honest and the plot was a bit stupid and far fetched. Like Keplinger’s other books it was very easy to read and flowed nicely and I did get through it quickly. I didn’t really like any of the characters and I felt that Lissa’s controlling OCD type behaviour wasnt dealt with very well in the book.

3/5 stars!

Cress – Marissa Meyer

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The third book from the Lunar Chronicles series! Another great instalment to the book series. I can’t say much about this in case you haven’t read the other two books yet, but wow! So action packed, each chapter was crazy. I really liked how the Rapunzel twist played into the story, I thought that it was really well done.

4.5/5 stars!


CRAM-A-THON BOOKS!

I read three books during the Cram-A-Thon readathon. I don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll just leave the basics here, but I’ll leave the link to my wrap up here if you want to check that out.

  • Lying Our Loud – Kody Keplinger

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You can find the review I wrote here! Kody Keplinger returned to Hamilton High once again yay!

3.5/5 stars!

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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A classic I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. It left me rather disappointed.

3/5 stars!

  • Lovesick – Jake Coburn

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This was really good, it touched on some tough subjects but was done in a really good way.

4/5 stars!


Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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I’m sure everyone had seen the film to this! It’s a very popular Neil Gaiman book so I thought I’d pick it up. This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry.

Honestly, I just didn’t enjoy this. It was written well, but I just found it boring. It felt like nothing happened, but at the same time a lot happened.

2/5 stars.

The Selection – Kiera Cass 

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I have a review for The Selection were I tell you what I thought. I enjoyed this a lot and rushed to read the second one.

5/5 stars!

The Elite – Kiera Cass

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The second book in the selection series. Again, I rote a review for this, which you can find here. I get a little ranty in the review!

3/5 stars!

The One Kiera Cass

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What a final book in a series! You can find my review here, but let me tell you! I really enjoyed this and thought it was a great series final.

4.5/5 stars!

Me, And Earl And The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

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I’m sure everyone know what this is about, as I’m always late for the band wagon (which I don’t really mind if I’m honest). Just in case you didn’t know, this is about Greg Gaines, a teenage boy who has pretty much accomplished the art of being invisible, and he likes it that way. He has one friend, well, “co worker” and he’s happy that way, until his mother forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl recently diagnosed with Leukaemia.

I was expecting a lot from this if I’m honest. I didn’t really find the humour all that funny, and the main character was rather annoying. However, I really did like the way this book was set out, with the lists, and film script and such. I also liked how this was pretty honest about Cancer. It didn’t sugar coat or romanticise it like other books do. It was awkward and honest and a little refreshing.

3/5 stars.

The Heir – Kiera Cass

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The fourth book of The Selection series. I wrote an in depth review of this book, which you can find here. I had a few little issues, but over all really liked it.

4/5 stars!

Fairest – Marissa Meyer

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Who is the fairest of them all?

YES! Yes yes! This is a novella and is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s all about the origin of Queen Levana and is losely based on the Evil Queen in Snow White. This follows Levana as she grows up in her sisters shadow, all the way up until she becomes the Queen of Luna. This is all about how she becomes so evil.

I loved this! I thought it was brilliant. Such a fast read and a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed getting to see Queen Levana grow up, and dare I say, I hate her even more? Great back story!

5/5 stars!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

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This was the last book I read in July and it started off a little slow. This is about young Lara Jean who rights letters to the boys she loves, then seals them up, never to show them to anyone. However, one day, they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

Like I said, it was a little slow to begin with and not much happened at all. I thought that Lara Jean was pretty annoying, and so were her sisters if I’m honest. She seemed to let everyone just walk over her or take her for granted. She was just a very bland character. As I got more into the story, it did get better and I flew through the second half of the book. Sure, Lara Jean was still annoying, but it wasnt so bad. Now I’m excited to pick up the second book!

4/5 stars!


Whew! Now that that’s over!

What did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that I read this month? Let me know below!

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BookTubeAThon TBR 2015

 

Hello again all of you beautiful people! How are you today?

The BookTubeAThon is near and I’m here to talk about my TBR for the week. There is a BookTubeAThon YouTube channel that you can checkout. It has all of the information you could ever need there.

There are seven challenges that I hope to complete. (Hopefully).

  • Book With Blue On The Cover AND The Last Book You Acquired

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

I am a little way through this already, so I may finish this before the readathon starts.

  • Read Somebodies Favourite Book

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is pretty much everyone’s favourite book and I’m so excited to read it! Even though it is a rather large book.

  • A Book By An Author Who Shares The Same First Letter Of Your Last Name

An Abundance Of Katherines – John Green

My last name begins with a J, but I have no others at all on my TBR shelf that begins with that. So I went for John Green as his first name begins with a J.

  • Finish A Book Without Letting Go Of It

Waiting – Carol Lynch Williams 

This is short, the font is pretty big, and I think it may be written in verse (but don’t quote me on that!)

  • A Book You Really Want To Read

Severed Heads and Broken Hearts (The Beginning Of Everything) – Robyn Schneider

I WANNA READ THIS SO BAD!

  • Read 7 Books Overall

I also hope to get to The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales and Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger too. (But I’m not promising anything)

    

Are you taking part in the Booktubeathon? If so, what are you reading?

Have a wonderful day everyone!

July Book Haul 2015

 

Hello! Hello! How are you?

I’m here today to show you the books I bought in July! I recently had to put myself on a bit of a book buying ban as my physical TBR shelf was getting out of hand, and it was kind of getting me down. Plus, I don’t really have money to spend on books at the moment. So 5 books is pretty good for me, and they’re all books I really want to read/are sequels to books I already own.

1. Fairest – Marissa Meyer

This is a novella and is part of the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s all about the origin of Queen Levana. This follows Levana as she grows up in her sisters shadow, all the way up until she becomes the Queen of Luna. This is all about how she becomes so evil.

2. Cress – Marissa Meyer

The third instalment of the Lunar Chronicle series, following on from where Scarlet left off. I cant really say much about this without spoiling the first two books, but this follows Linh Cinder and her slightly strange group of friends as they try to stop evil Queen Levana from taking over Earth. *insert dramatic music here*

3. The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

This is the third book in the Mara Dyer series. I have yet to read the second one, but now I can marathon them!

4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

I have heard to many great things about this book! It sounds like a light easy contemporary and I can’t wait to read it! This is about young Lara Jean who rights letters to the boys she loves, then seals them up, never to show them to anyone. However, one day, they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences.

5. P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han 

This is the final book in the duology to the  “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” series. I plan to marathon the two books.

What books did you buy in July? Have you read any of these?

Hope you’ve had a great month!

The Heir – Kiera Cass – REVIEW

Thirty five suitors…
One Princess…
A new selection has begun…

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I am here today to review The Heir by Kiera Cass. I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review! So here goes!

The Heir is the fourth book in The Selection series and I have already read The SelectionThe Elite and The One. I really enjoyed the first three, but was a little hesitant to go into this book. The Heir follows twenty-ish years after The One has finished, and follows the soon-to-be Queen, Eadlyn, as she goes through her own Selection.

First off, once again the main female character was awful. I couldn’t stand her half the time! She was selfish and manipulative! And she never thought anything through! She was so impulsive and thought everything revolved around her and she was so rude.

On the other hand, the gentleman of the Selection! Wow. After reading this I have three favourites. #TeamKile #TeamHale #TeamErik I love them. I feel like there isn’t much plot to this however, and there has been no action! (other than one fist fight).

That being said, (I know it all sounds so negative) I did really enjoy this. It was hard to see Prince Maxon all grown up as he just seemed tired and washed out. It was great to see a lot of the other characters from The Selection in this book though, even if they were all grown up!

All in all this was a fun and quick read!

4/5 stars!

The One- Kiera Cass – REVIEW

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Thirty five beautiful girls…
Thirty five beautiful rivals…

I’m here today with another review! I received this from NetGalley in return for my honest review. The One is the third book in the Selection Series and I have already written a review for The Selection and The Elite if you want to check those out.

This is set in a distopian world where castes determine your life. Every time a Prince comes of age, he must seek a wife through The Selection, a reality game show were thirty five girls fight for the heart (and crown) of the young Prince. Once the Prince narrows in down to ten girls, they are classed as ‘The Elite’. The One follows on from where The Elite left off.

I loved The Selection, and I had some problems with The Elite, but this. Wow! Pulled it right out of the bag. I flew through it, I was up all night reading it because I just had to know the ending. However, I did feel the ended could have lasted a little longer, I needed more! I didn’t hate America nearly as much as I have done and I thought there was some great character development from Celeste!

Over all I thought this was a very satisfying ending and I’m excited to go on to The Heir next!

4.5/5 Stars!

The Liebster Award

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Hello! I was nominated to do The Liebster Award by the wonderful Audrey at ForwardsandBookwords which was awfully nice! Thank You! I’m not sure who created this (I’m very sorry) but I think this is a lovely idea! The concept of The Liebster Award is to acknowledge and give a shout out to smaller/newer blogs!

I am very, very new to this whole blogging malarkey and don’t know where anything is! (i.e I don’t know how to look at my followers, or see who I am following…oops). So I will try to find some blogs that haven’t done thing (but I’m blonde, therefore I’m not promising anything!) I encourage everyone to answer these questions though!

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  • Would rather you rather never be able to read again or never be able to write again?

I’m not much of a writer, I write on occasion but it stresses me out a little! So I’d rather never be able to write again!

  • What is a bookish sport/event that you wish existed in real life?

Quidditch… duh. Well, technically here in England Quidditch is actually a sport we play in University (no lie). However, we don’t have flying brooms, instead we run around we a broom between out legs 😀

  • What is a series that you think is underrated?

The Hollow Series by Jessica Verday. Wow. I LOVED this series and I’ve never heard anyone talk about it! Go check it out!

  • What is a book that you liked “before it was cool”?

Ooooh! Hipster Moment. Hmmm I’m not really sure if I’m honest.

  • How do you like to organize your bookshelves?

I have one that has all of my TBR/unread books on it and that’s not really in any order. The other bookshelf is all of my read books, and they’re not really organised, but I like to keep series together, and books by the same author together.

  • Who, in your opinion, is the ultimate book villain?

Is there any other answer than Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge?

  • What book has a horrible cover but a great story?

So are so many ugly book covers! Honesty, I judge a book by its cover, and I don’t tend to buy ugly books…

  • What is a hyped book/series that you never see yourself reading?

Easy! The Mortal Instruments and The Internal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I just don’t care. Sorry not sorry.

  • What is a book that you want to seen turned into a movie?

So many! Maybe something by Jennifer E. Smith could be made into a RomCom! That would be good!

  • What book animal/creature would you like to have as a pet?

I don’t like animals… at all! But maybe I could have the Weeping Willow tree from Harry Potter to guard my house?

  • What’s the least amount of pages it took you to decide to not finish a book?  What book and why?

I’ve only DNF’d maybe 4 books. I try to get through them even if I hate it, so I normal try to get though a hundred!


Here are 11 random facts:

  1. I tend to grow my hair really long then chop it really short and donate it to charities that created wigs for cancer sufferers.
  2. I’m distracted really easily, and writing a blog post can sometimes take me three days.
  3. I currently have 102 physical unread books on my bookshelf.
  4. Halloween is my favourite time of year.
  5. I am drowning in notebooks and stationary.
  6. I marathon TV shows way too often.
  7. Nutella is my favourite food.
  8. Chicken is also my favourite food.
  9. I love social networking sites and I’m on almost all of them!
  10. I love anything that smells of raspberry.
  11. I love taking pictures.

This is were I should be tagging 11 bloggers…But I don’t know who has done it. But I think that everyone I follow deserves some attention!


I love you all!

The Elite – Kiera Cass – REVIEW

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Thirty five beautiful girls…
Thirty five beautiful rivals…

I received this from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

*Takes deep breathes to avoid this turning into a rant*

Righty, The Elite is the second book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. As always this will be a non spoiler review, so I can’t tell you much about this book.

This is set in a distopian world where castes determine your life. Every time a Prince comes of age, he must seek a wife through The Selection, a reality game show were thirty five girls fight for the heart (and crown) of the young Prince. Once the Prince narrows in down to ten girls, they are classed as The Elite.

I loved The Selection, but this was just a little bit of a let down. I just wanted more form it. I hated pretty much all of the characters at one point or another and America and Prince Maxon were so stupid! No one ever thought anything through before they did something and everyone acted through anger. That being said I’m excited to read The One. This series is just so entertaining and addictive!

3/5 stars!