My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick – REVIEW

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I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. As always this will be a NON spoiler review, because who likes being spoiled? Not me!

This book follows Samantha Reed, the daughter of a Senator, who falls for the boy next door. Jase Garrett comes from the loud and messy family next door. The Garrett family are everything that the Reed family are not. This is kind of a Romeo and Juliet style story.

I’m not gonna lie, I had high hopes! HIGH hopes! I love contemporary and this cover is gorgeous so I assumed I would love it. But I didn’t. It kind of dragged and I’m not sure why. I LOVED the Garrett family. I was so glad to see a normal loving family in a YA novel. This book is not only about young love, its about family and friendship and I really enjoyed that.

However, I didn’t much care for the characters. Some of them were horrible! Nan, Samantha’s so called ‘best friend’ was horrible and Samantha’s mother was awful!

I’m just a bit disappointed really. This was a little too over hyped for me.

3/5 stars!

Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill – REVIEW

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Be good. Be pretty. Be Chosen.

I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. as always thi will be a NON spoiler review!

Now let me start off by saying, you will not enjoy this book. It’s not meant to be enjoyed. It’s real, and sad, and, frankly, quite depressing. However, I found it very intriguing and I could put it down.

This is set in the future, were woman and now made for one of three purposes. To be a wife, to be a mistress, or to be a nun. That is literally all they can become. I don’t want to say too much because it’s best to go in blind.

I thought this a dark and so very twisted! I kept thinking “something good is going to happen next!” and it doesn’t! It never does! It was so thought provoking and real. Hats off to Louise O’Neill.

Be prepared for this.

4/5 stars!

BookTubeAThon Wrap Up 2015

Hello again!

I’m here today with my BookTubeAThon wrap up! I loved the BookTubeAThon this year, and I think it may have been my most successful BookTubeAThon to date!

I worked 6 of the 7 days of the readathon and on Sunday I was so ill that I couldn’t keep my eyes open for long and had to lie down in a dark room all day (super fun times). That being said I did finish 5 books and got part way through some other books. I moved away from my TBR a little but I enjoyed everything I read. So here’s what I read.

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

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

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This is the second book in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved before duology. I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil the first book, but I really enjoyed this one! I was already 100 pages through this one before I started the readathon.

4/5 stars

237 pages read.

  • A Book You Really Want To Read

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

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Ezra is a golden boy. He’s popular, smart, young, handsome and has a Tennis Scholarship. One night a reckless driver hits Ezra’s car, crushing his knee, his social life and any chance at an athletic career.

LOVED THIS! Wow. The writing was brilliant, it got me hooked and it flowed wonderfully. This whole book was witty and the jokes where smart and smiled all the way through it. I really cared for the characters but got really bored of Cassidy. She’s that classic “whimsical, I don’t care about anything” girl like Margo from Paper Towns and Alaska from Looking For Alaska. It’s so clique and boring.

That being said I loved this so much!

4.5/stars!

335 pages read.

  • Finish A Book Without Letting Go Of It

Waiting – Carol Lynch Williams

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When London’s brother Zach dies, her life spirals into the dark. This is a griping and heartfelt novel about love, family and death.

This really got me in the feels. I kept thinking over and over again about what I would do if one of my brothers died. I did have a few problems with this one however. The characters did things that weren’t very thought through and didn’t make much sense, and their actions were never really explained. Nothing was explained really.

3/5 stars.

352 pages read.

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

An Abundance Of Katherines – John Green

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This is about Colin, a child prodigy who is obsessed with Katherines. Okay, maybe not obsessed but that’s what I took away from this book. Nothing really happened, I found it difficult to read and I just didn’t like it. Bleh.

2/5 stars

227 pages read.

  • Read 7 Books In Total

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

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For my fifth book I decided to read Warm Bodies from my August TBR list. I’ve wanted to watch the film for so long, so I can now finally get to it. All I really knew going into this was that it was about a zombie named “R” that befriended a human.

I really liked this, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I really began to care for the characters and I was rooting for them all the way. I gave it 4/5 stars simply because I felt like something was missing to give it 5/5.

4/5 stars!

240 pages read!

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

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I haven’t finished this yet! But I am loving it!

98 pages read during the readathon.


Yay! Tah Dah!

That was everything I read during the BookTubeAThon! How well did you do? I finished 5 books and completed 5 challenges. I also read a total of 1489 pages!

Did you participate in the BookTubeAThon? How did you do?!

August TBR 2015

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Hola! How’re you today?

I thought I’d my TBR for August with you. I read 15 books in July, so hopefully I can keep up with that. I currently have 98 physical books on my TBR shelf, which I hope to knock down to 90 by September.

I’m planning to take part in the BookTubeAThon from the 3rd to the 9th, and you can check out my TBR if you’d like, as I wont mention those in this one.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Can you believe I’ve never read this? I’m super excited for this one.

Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

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The third book in the Twilight series. I think its about time I finished this series, and I plan/hope to marathon the last two books and novella soon.

Saving Jackie K – L.D.C. Fitzgerald

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I adored 11.22.63 by Stephen King because I really enjoy reading about JFK, and this is all about Jackie Kennedy. So I’m excited for this.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden – Jessica Sorensen

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I need to throw a New Adult in the mix every now and then and I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one.

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

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A short book about zombies and I’ve still not seen the film!


I hope to get through all of these, as well as the books in my BookTubeAThon TBR. I doubt I will do it, but one can dream!

What do plan on reading this month?

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!

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!