Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #2 - Ten Books You Recently Added to Your TBR List


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This weeks Top 10 list is:
10 books you have recently added to you TBR list.




This book is actually an autobiographical account of the author, where basically he meets all his past girlfriends to find out what went wrong in their relationship.

The concept of this book is so intriguing and interesting, and I have seen it around a lot on book blogs and booktube.

I can't wait to get my greedy hands on this!



So I was looking around on other people's blogs, and I saw this book as an advertisement on one of the book blogs that I follow. And when I realized what this was I completely FREAKED and I mean like full-on fangirling and hyperventilating! I was with my best friend Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic and she asked me if I was alright, HAHA..Yeah I was acting pretty weird.

This book hasn't actually been released yet, so I'm patiently waiting for this..*le Sigh*




This book actually came out a couple of years ago and I have only recently discovered it, and I have heard so many great things about it. 

I can't wait to purchase this sometime, hopefully in the near future. 








So this as well, was also published a few years ago, and it seems I am pretty late to hop on to this bandwagon! *blushes*










I have heard so many spectacular things about this book around booktube as well as the blogosphere!

I seriously needed to read this like yesterday.








I heard about this book from the booktuber Abookutopia, and apparently this book is amazing, and as abookutopia says "ALIENS!"










I ADORED Marie Lu's Legend trilogy and I cannot wait to get started on this.
Apparently this book has a more darker concept to it, which just makes it all the more intriguing! 









This is YA contemporary, and I love contemporaries, as they just make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside.










This book is about kingdoms, heirs, and princesses. How much better can it get?!










Last but certainly not least!
This is a fantasy, magical book. And it looks so fascinating, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this!








As you can tell, most of my recently added TBR books are fantasy/Sci-Fi which is my favourite kind!
What was on your Top 10 Tuesday list? Leave your links in the comments below.

Lots of love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO

Monday, 30 March 2015

April TBR and March Wrap-up


Hey guys, so the following books are books I have read (Some I haven't unfortunately reviewed).
In total I have read 5 books this month. 

BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS MONTH:



Although sometimes I couldn't quite understand what was going on, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all you book lovers. 

Great and inspiring book.
My review is here.

This was a good book, and I enjoyed it. But unfortunately I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book.
My review is here.

I adored this book! It is a must read.
My review is here.

An entertaining read.
My review is here.


BOOKS I HOPE TO READ IN APRIL:



Love the cover for this book, and the blurb looks very intriguing.

Thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series, the books just get better and better with each book.

I picked this up at my local second-hand bookshop in pristine condition, and can't wait to read it.

I've heard such great things from my best friend Kyra @ Blog of a bookaholic.

This book is coming out tomorrow! And I can't wait to start reading it!
Definitely recommend the previous books in this series.

Hopefully I will be able to read all these books and I seriously can't wait!
What books did you read this month? And what is your April TBR pile? 
Leave your links in the comments below.

Lots of love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO


Friday, 27 March 2015

Review - The Naturals by (The Naturals #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Naturals
Series: The Naturals #1
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Published: 7 November 2013, Quercus
Format: Paperback, 315 pages
Rating: 5/5 Hearts


Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.

Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites.

For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be...

 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18591093-the-naturals
 
 
I was looking at my TBR pile beside my bed, pondering on what to read next when I saw this book.
Can I just say don't judge a book by it's cover (even though I still do that, I mean who doesn't) But Holy Moly, I Loved this book. It was complete and utter perfection. I savoured every word until it was finished.
 
Cassie Hobbes has a natural talent for analysing people. So she gets chosen to become part of the 'Naturals" programme. And she soon meets other people her age who also have this ability as well as others (Eg. reading people's emotion's) And so the story begins.
 
This book really reminded me of a TV show called 'Lie to Me', I'm not in anyway comparing this book to the TV show as they were extremely different from each other, but the concept of it reminded me of it. Which actually made thoroughly enjoy this book.
 
I loved reading about the characters abilities for reading peoples emotions and the process of figuring out who their suspects were. Like the killer's MO and a whole bunch of other FBI-ish things
 
Michael, I adored his personality, He was cocky, arrogant, funny and intriguing. 
 
He made me spazz out.
 
 
 As well as make my heart skip a beat.
 
 
Dean, I was utterly crazy about him, He gave me butterflies in my stomach.
He was one of those dark and mysterious types of guys, My favourite type of guy!
 
 
I honestly cannot decide who I love the most, I just ASDFGHJKD.
 
The plot twist. I don't know about you but I seriously wasn't expecting that, ask my friend Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic, who I was with at the time. HAHA I just started flailing, and I couldn't form any coherent sentences! *face palm*
 
I really fell in love with the side characters, they were just so cool!
Lia, with her blunt and straight to the point personality, and Sloane, with a brain full of random knowledge and statistics.
They just really added to the story, they just made the story that much more unique, you get what I'm saying?
 
The romance was a very nice slow-burn, and I am really excited to continue reading about it in the next book, and yes there is another book! EEK *fangirls*
 
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was fast-paced, mysterious, thrilling and a page-turner.
I recommend this book to everyone who likes a quirky romance and a mystery.
 
I rate this: 5/5 Hearts
 
Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO
 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Random Discussion Time #2 - Bookish Pet Peeves

We as readers experience many lovely things when it comes to books. Like encountering that glorious feeling when you finally receive/bought a book that you have been wanting since forever..The anticipation, GAH. As well as the overload of emotions when reading a book, also know as THE FEELS.

But we all have pet peeves, and us as book lovers specifically have bookish pet peeves.
That being said, here are my top ten most bothersome and aggravating bookish pet peeves of all time:


1. Insta-love
*sighs* Insta-love is dreadful. It creates no chemistry or build-up for the characters, or anticipation and it just makes it seem so boring and mundane. Like seriously how do you fall in love instantly? I mean there is definitely Insta-lust but not love! It is simply not possible. It just makes me want to shake whoever had written the particular book containing Insta-love.
But alas since I cannot I shall settle for an angry glare:




2. Cover changes
Why?! Why do you do this to me?!
I simply loathe when I am innocently collecting a series and then..BAM, cover change!
...The covers no longer match. 
*cries hysterically*




3. Irregular book size AKA extra tall books or mass market paperbacks
This just makes me want to sigh endlessly. It just looks so uninviting.
Why can't the world just agree on one paperback size that is the same for everyone?
Please I beg of you.




4. SPOILERS
I think that we can all agree that spoilers are the spawn of the devil.
I'll be innocently scrolling along my Instagram and then it just whacks me in the face taunting me...For the rest of my life.
At least warn us people, or better yet don't post them at all, you can even hide them!



5. When you lend out a book and don't get it back
Why can you not simply read them and then give them back in the lovely condition it was in?
But no, they have to take months to read them, maybe even years (probably not) and then IF they finally do return them they look like a dog's breakfast.



6. Spine breaking
Sometimes this is really just plain and simple, unavoidable. But none the less awful!
So when you display them on your shelf you see this lovely little crinkle down the middle of the spine.



7. Over usage of nicknames AKA babe, honey or sweetheart
I don't mind to much if there is a slight usage of these words in a book, but when it is over used it becomes tacky and irritating, and oh so not funny.




8. When the battery runs out of your kindle/iPad whilst reading an eBook.
Reading, reading, la dee da da, and then..nothing. It's dead, not working, nada.




9. Stickers on books that can't be removed
The worst is the "now a major motion picture"
I just want a book with no stickers. Is that so hard?




10. People that don't read books because there's movies
Me: "Hey you should really read this"
People: "Nah, I'd rather go see the movie."
Like seriously books hold so much more detail and loveliness, how can you not want that?


What are your bookish pet peeves? Leave your links/pet peeves in the comments below.

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #2 - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you share your most anticipated book that has yet to come out.

Today my most anticipated up and coming release is..*queue the drums*
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir






Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.



Rome-like world.
Undercover.
Military academy.
Emperors.
How much better can this get?! I'm so excited for this release to come out on 28th of April 2015, and I will be purchasing this as soon as it is released!

What is your most anticipated release? Leave your links to your WoW posts in the comments below.

Lots of love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO

Review - American Savages (Ruthless People #3) by J.J.McAvoy

TitleAmerican Savages
Series: Ruthless People #3
Author: J.J. McAvoy
Genre: Adult, Romance, Dark
Published: 19 March 2015
Format: eBook, 388 pages
Rating: 4/5 Hearts

“Villains by Choice." 
Betrayed. Melody is nowhere to be found, Liam is in jail, and the Callahan family is cracking, just as Avian Doers, the FBI Director and puppet master behind their downfall, planned.
But just because they’re down doesn't mean they’re out. To fight back, Liam and Melody will have to put everything on the line. The kid gloves are coming off, and no one is getting out alive. Nothing will compare to the reign of terror that is about to envelope the entire country. First they were Ruthless, now they are pure Savages. The end is here, and no one is safe…



My thoughts on the whole series, spoiler free:

This series is really great in general, it has dark witty humour, crime and the mafia.
The characters are very entertaining to read about, although the main characters aren't very nice people, J.J. McAvoy has a way of making you cheering for them, as well as with them.
I definitely recommend this trilogy to you, but warning it is for mature audiences and it is not for the weak-hearted.



*This review will contain spoilers if you have not read the previous books*

So this book picks up where the the second book ends. Melody and Liam are continuing there process of world domination and fighting mafia wars, selling drugs on the streets of Chicago and all over and what not... 

The characters in this story are anti-heroes, or as Melody says not good people:

"None of us in this room are good people. That's why we're able to stand here today. We've all made deals, we've all signed our names in blood, and we've all looked the other way at some point. I believe in good people. I know they're out there, feeding the poor, clothing orphans and all that shit. But they do not cross over into out world; they are not in our story, because once again they are good people."

Yeah, so as you can see they are not good people. *says it with extra emphasis*
But you do find yourself cheering along with them as well as encouraging them.




I loved Declan and Coraline in this story as you could really see their development in their marriage as well as their characters. To think that it was only in book one that Declan was crushing on Melody *sigh* BAD DECLAN.

Coraline has vastly improved in her character, and has truly kicked some people's butts.
And I thought it was so cute how Declan would always treat her like glass and she would completely show him she wasn't made of glass..and he was just like WOAH. Love it.



Sedric and Evelyn AKA Liam's father and mother, were just so adorable with little Ethan (Liam and Melody's son) and they were so captivating as a couple. You could see they have stuck by each other though sickness and in health..and I just love them!


Olivia, oh Olivia. Can I just say I HATE Olivia..I HATE HER. She made me constantly want to rip my hair out and bash my head against a wall! How did Neal ever love her?! She was like the psychotic version of Melody..even though Melody was still pretty psychotic (in a good way), Olivia was just plain loco..

Neal..*sigh* I felt my heart breaking for this poor guy (even though I still sort of not like him because if what he did to Liam in highschool)
But still..poor guy.
Neal has made a tremendous amount of progress from book one where he was weak and slowly went on to becoming a strong character. He was finally growing into himself.

And finally Melody and Liam, they were just breathtaking. You could really see how much progress they have made as a couple from shooting at each other to loving each other and sticking together.
Melody though was a teensy weensy bit frustrating sometimes because she constantly tried to do everything on her own, but she worked through it in the end.

"Do you think we are pyromaniacs?" I snickered as I gazed at rising smoke" - Liam

This trilogy all in all was impressive, brilliant and just captivating, from the insanity of the characters to the plot. I'm so sad to see this journey come to an end in this kickass conclusion. This is definitely something I will be re-reading in the near future. 

I recommend this to all older, mature book lovers, who love an anti-hero aspect of a story and if not just give it a try anyway!

My rating: 4/5 hearts



What are your thoughts on this trilogy? leave your links and comments down below.

Lots of love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. And this week's topic is :
Top 10 books from my childhood that I would love to revisit

Here are my top 10 childhood books that I would love to re-read:

*These Pictures are not my own but ones that I have found on Google*




The BFG by Roald Dahl: 
I remember my teacher in primary school reading this to me, and I absolutely adored it and the big friendly giant!












The Twits by Roald Dahl
I have always re-read this time and time again.












The Witches by Roald Dahl
Again my teacher read this to me when I was in school.












Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
I remember reading this book and then reading an excerpt at an eisteddfod, HAHA. I think I got gold, YAY! 











The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
This was and still is one of my favourites of the classics.












Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Love this beautifully written fantasy world.











The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Ahhh! love this story, so cute and funny!











The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
I remember my mother reading this to me before bed <3











The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I read this when I was about 12 years old or so, and have been dying to read this again!







Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Like the Harry Potter series I read this when I was quite young and I can't really remember it other than the fact that I loved it!



Wow! Writing this post made feel extra nostalgic *wipes tears away*
What's your top ten childhood/teen years reads? leave your links in the comments below!

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things XOXO









Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review - Papertowns by John Green

TitlePaper Towns 
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published: 22 September 2009
Format: Paperback, 305 pages
Rating: 5/5 Hearts

Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

                                                                 




This book is about a teen aged boy named Quentin Jacobsen who is in love with the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman. One day Margo invites him for a night of fun and revenge, but then Margo goes missing and he finds out Margo has left him clues on where and how to find her, and it's about his quest on finding Margo and along the way he finds out things about Margo that he didn't know.

I was inspired to read this after I had watched the newly released Papertowns movie trailer.
 John Green books almost always give me some sort of inspiration and new perspectives on life etc.
His books that I have read so far are so completely original and awe inspiring.
So when I went into this book and I had pretty high expectations, and well, they definitely lived up to them!

This book intrigued me from the very beginning and once I started reading it I couldn't stop, and I couldn't help but slowly fall in love with all the characters. I've always loved John Green's book characters as he makes them so easy to relate to whether you have experienced the situation that they are in or not. 

I really fell in love with the characters in this book, I loved Quentin's determination to find Margo, and every single time he found a clue on Margo's location I wanted to shout from the rooftops and tell the whole freaking world how much I loved him.



I was smitten with Ben and Radar, Quentin's two best friends.
Ben AKA Bloody Ben *laughs hysterically* 
Ben was just so adorable, I wanted to just grab him and give him a cuddle, I loved how obsessed he was with prom, and the 'honeybunnies' and his cute little insecurities.
Oh and Radar *sigh* I adored him and his obsession with omnictionary, so cute!

"I. Spend. My. Entire. Life. On. Omnictionary. In the hour between when I got home this morning and when I hurled in the shower, I completely rewrote the page for the Blue-spotted Anglerfish. I have a problem."

The little details in this book are what really makes you fall in love with the story and they create a connection with the characters.

  I LOVE THEM!

*Highlight to see spoilers*

*spoiler* To be honest I did feel a slight disappointment about the ending, I felt like I didn't have any closure. But I did love how it shows that Quentin was really in love with the idea of Margo and how he didn't really know her as a person. *end of spoiler* 

This book was really just amazing, and realistically beautiful..If that makes any sense. But whether you are a reader or not you will adore this book. I loved the relationships that formed throughout this book. I loved Margo's free spirit and her wanderlust, and Quentin's discoveries and lessons that he learnt. I completely devoured this book and I am so glad I read it! It was creative, interesting and genius! I definitely recommend you read this ASAP.

My favourite quotes: these quotes really just hit me with FEELS..you know?

"The sky is like a monochromatic contemporary painting, drawing me in with it's illusion of depth, pulling me up."

"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead if taste." 

This quote below really sums up Margo.

"Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came after ward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one."


What did you think of this book? Leave your comments down below.

I rate this book 5/5 Hearts!

Lots of love,
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
XOXO