Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Review - The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy

Title: The Mistake
Series: Off-Campus #2
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Published: 28 April 2015, Self Published
Format: ebook
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers

He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

I loved this book.
I read the first book of this series when it first came out and I adored it (they both can be read as standalone's) and the second book was even better. When I started The Mistake I could immediately tell that this was one of those series where each book continually trumps the other and you end up not being able to decide which one is your favourite. So I am more than happy to say that Elle Kennedy has delivered yet another wonderful book filled with a wondrous but sexy romance.

Therefore this goes to Elle Kennedy.

This book starts off - as you all know who have read The Deal (Off-Campus #1) - with Logan infatuated with Hannah, his best friends girlfriend. One of things that had me enjoying this book so much was that I loved how Logan dealt with his crush on her, he knew it was wrong as well as also knowing that it was just an infatuation and he wasn't really in love with her. But he is trying to forget about her through the booze and other things *wink wink* 

Even though we fell in love with Hannah as a character in the previous book, I fell in love with her even anymore. Why? Because she is so funny and hilarious but most importantly mature, and you notice this a lot when she realized that Logan has a crush on her and she was the one that helped him get over her funnily enough.

"Am I the last person you think about when you go to bed and the first one you think about when you wake up?"
I don't answer. "Am I?" she pushes.
"No." My voice comes out hoarse. "You're not."
Fucking hell. She might be right. All this time I've been feeling guilty about wanting my best friend's girl, but I think what I really wanted was my best friend's relationship
Isn't she just lovely? 

Grace is sort of a wallflower, and blabbers a lot! I adored her blabbering, especially when she was nervous.

"Don't worry, gorgeous. I'm just using your phone. I'm not going to murder you."
"Oh, I know that. Or at least I think I know that," she stammers. "I mean, you seem like a decent guy, but then again, lots of serial killers probably seen decent too when you first meet them. Did you know Ted Bundy was actually really charming?" Her eyes widen. "How messed up is that? Imagine you're walking along one day and meet this really cute, charming guy, and you're like, oh my God, he's perfect, and then you're over at his place and you find a trophy dungeon in the basement wit skin suits and Barbie dolls with the eyes ripped out and-"
"Jesus," I cut in. "Did anyone ever tell you that you talk a lot?"
I mean how can you not love her?!

Another thing I loved about this book was that I really related to the heroine, I'm not talking like I vaguely related to her, I mean like seriously related to her. Everything that she did all I could think was, "That is totally something I would do!"
She is definitely a character that I would want to be best friends with!

Logan was glorious, he is my new favourite fictional boyfriend, actually scratch that he's my new future husband!
Full stop.

Elle Kennedy has once again written another fantastic romance story filled with laughter. It is the absolute perfect recipe for what every New Adult romance book should contain!
I highly recommend that you go ahead and read this!

My rating: 5/5 Sneakers

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #4 - Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are..

  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and The Bookish.

This Weeks Topic: Top ten books which feature characters who are...(musically inclined, have depression, etc)

1. When It Rains by Lisa De Jong - The heroine in this book is slightly depressed, not in a hectic way, but this is due to some events that have happened in her past. I loved this book, Lisa De Jong has always made really lovely and strong characters, in terms of their personality and mindset. I highly recommend reading this book, it is a pretty serious book, but it contains a stunning romance. GO READ IT.

2. Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow - I love Lisa Swallow's new adult contemporary books, this particular book is actually part of a series and the stories are constantly original throughout the series. I definitely, absolutely, most definitely recommend this, I cannot recommend this enough. The Hero in this story is part of a band, the leader singer I think, I'm actually not to sure, but their band is called Blue Phoenix, and the story is just so lovely and wonderful.

3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - In this book the heroine has just lost her sister and is currently grieving. The story is really about how she overcomes her grief and who she meets along the way, and their is the best romance story ever in here.

4. American Girl On Saturn by Nikki Godwin - This novel is the best book to read when you're looking for something light, quirky and funny. There are a few characters in this book that are part of a famous band, and are hiding away in the heroine, Chloe's house. To be completely honest this book doesn't really have the best romance, although it was still enjoyable it wasn't my favourite. But the reason I like this book so much is because there is a lovely family dynamic to it, which I love.

5. Crash (Crash #1) by Nicole Williams - This is the first book of a trilogy about Jude and Lucy, it has a heartwarming romance that I loved, as well as Lucy, our heroine in this book is a dancer and her dream is to become a professional dancer as well as to go to Julliard etc. This is a lovely new adult romance series and I most definitely recommend it.

6. Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas - Although this is a series, each book can be read as a standalone, but you should read from the beginning to the end as it gives the story as a whole lot more depth. The hero in this novel is musically talented and spends his time at I think a piano, I am not entirely sure. This book contains a heart-stopping romance, that I completely devoured, it is a lovely new adult series.

7. Be With Me (Wait For You #2) by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout - This is another new adult series that I highly recommend, it has the romance and everything. Our hero in this story is a ballet dancer but has unfortunately been injured etc. Go read this book, it is wonderful, in fact I recommend everyone of this author's books.

8. Sustain by Tijan - This lovely novel by the great and mysterious Tijan can be read as a standalone, but you all see these characters in her Broken and Screwed duology. It has a lovely romance in this book that is full of angst, in a good way and it is done correctly, as I often find that some books contain way to much angst to the story and you then find yourself not liking the book. But this isn't one of those books. Mostly all the characters in this story are musicians, it is a new adult novel.

9. The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski - The romance in this book is simply wonderful, awesome,  heartwarming and I could go on forever, but what I am basically saying is that you should go read this terrific new adult duology. Both our Hero and Heroine are musically talented, specifically singing as well as with a guitar in their hand.

10. City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare - As I am sure most of you know, and if you don't know, our sarcastic and witty hero - Jace Wayland - in the story plays piano. All I can say about this book is if you haven't read it yet you are definitely missing out, so go read it right now, off you go!

What were your top ten books this week? Leave your links to your TTT's in the comments below, and if you don't have a blog let me know what some of your favourite musically talented/strong characters are in the comments down below.

Happy Tuesday,
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Monday, 27 April 2015

Before Blogging I Read..#1

Happy Monday guys, so normally I wouldn't be this cheerful on a Monday as well it's a Monday.
But this particular Monday, it is a public holiday *angels start to sing*
Therefore I've had a lot of spare time on my hands today and one of the many things I did today was surfing the book blogosphere..surprise, surprise..and while I was looking at all these wondrous blogs, I noticed that some of them did this thing where you share some amazing books that you have read before blogging, alas I decided to do one as well.

Henceforth I shall be doing "Before SimplyBookishThings I Read.." as it is such a lovely way to review some of your absolute all time favourite books - not like a proper review - without having to re-read them, as well as share your reading history and what you recommend.

1. Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning. He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. 
I have read nearly all of Colleen Hoover's books and I cannot express my love for them enough, they always live up to my expectations, this one included. An extremely vague blurb, so you go into the book not really knowing what it's about, which makes it even more mysterious and amazingly glorious. *drool*
I highly recommend you read this right now! I said right now! *blushes*


2. Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.... 
Katie McGarry is one of my many favourite contemporary authors, I adore her books, I love everything about them. Her Pushing The Limits series is amazing, I cannot recommend this series enough! I can't really choose a favourite book out of this series but if I could I would choose this one..I don't think that really makes any sense..
Dare You To is the typical bad boy falls in love with good girl..but reversed. It comes with many different plot twists as well as a headstrong heroine that I admire because of all she has been through.
So go read this!!


What did you read before blogging? Or what are your favourite books that you have read in the past? Let me know in the comments below!

Lots of love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Friday, 24 April 2015

Review - Reverb (Blue Phoenix #5) by Lisa Swallow

Title: Reverb
Series: Blue Phoenix #5
Author: Lisa Swallow 
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Published: 20 April 2015, Self-published
Format: ebook
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers

Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn Hughes, prefers a quiet life away from the spotlight. But that’s proving difficult when his life is complicated by three very different girls:
Mia, the girl who doesn’t understand the word no.Avery, who wishes she’d said yes.And his forever girl.
Add to this a secret that threatens to take decisions about the future out of Bryn’s hands, and Bryn’s reputation as the uncomplicated band member is over.
The world of Blue Phoenix is changing and Bryn is on the edge. Following a failed attempt to win back the girl he loved and lost as a teen, a broken-hearted Bryn returns to England and discovers heiress, Mia Jordan, has moved herself into his apartment while he was away. Life just got hard.
When Avery spills soup on a rock star at a wedding and suggests he removes his trousers, she doesn’t expect to see Bryn Hughes again unless he’s carrying a law suit. So when Bryn gatecrashes an evening with her friends the following day, what he does stuns her.
Avery and Bryn begin an unlikely relationship but their growing closeness looks set to end. If Bryn’s heart still belongs to a different girl, and he’s about to tour with Blue Phoenix, a future together looks doubtful.
But when a secret explodes, the effects reverberate through every aspect of Bryn’s world and deciding where his heart belongs becomes the least of Bryn’s problems. 

Before I read this, I read the blurb (obviously) and it looked incredibly interesting but sort of vague, which is what made it interesting. I have read all the previous books of this series and they were fantastic, I definitely recommend this if you love a cute but slightly angsty romance!
All of the books in this series - except the second one as it's a continuation of the first one - are standalone's. Although I do recommend to read them all, as they're just all fantastic from the characters to the story.

When this book came out - which was actually the other day - I was really excited to read about our drummer boy, Bryn Hughes, as he is the quiet and slightly mysterious one of the band.

"I'm the drummer, remember? They won't recognise me unless I'm with Dylan or Jem."

 But little do we know..his life is about to get very complicated. 

The romance in this story was adorable, and so cute. It had a lovely slow burn to it, but still very passionate. I loved how Lisa writes the story about Bryn and Avery, I adored how they met and also the humorous banter between them, that had me laughing out loud. 

"One day, you'll change your mind. I'm irresistable." I shove him in the chest.
"Such modesty."

There were quite a few surprises along the way that I didn't expect. *spoiler* When Bryn finds out he has a son - which was completely unexpected, in a good way - I felt like he dealt with it so well, although he does shut Avery out, but he still did tell her. I also felt like Avery dealt with it just as well as Bryn, she didn't freak out like you would expect her to, which was awesome on her part! *spoiler* 

One of my favourite parts of the story was how Bryn slowly gets over his heartache and learns some lessons along the way.

Avery took more than my heart, she took away the confused guy who wouldn't grow up, and replaced him with a man no longer afraid to move on and love.

I really love how the characters deal with things, there is no unnecessary drama, all of it was completely reasonable, which is one of the things that I adore about this book. I hate when books have a whole handful of unnecessary angst and this definitely wasn't one of them.

Lisa's writing never fails to amaze me, it constantly pulls at my heartstrings, and because of this, it's one of the reasons why I continually read every single one of her books.

Bryn has such a way with words when he wants to be all lovely and romantic.
But every time I read each book of this series, each member of the band trumps the other and I really just can't decide who I love more, so I think I'll just settle with all of them *evil chuckle*

 Overall this book was just as lovely, adorable, cute and heartwarming as the other books of this series, Lisa Swallow is definitely an author that I could read over and over again.
I seriously recommend to go read this if you love a cute, new adult romance. So go read it now, like right now..I'll even leave you a link down below ;)

My rating: 5/5 Sneakers

Amazon: Reverb by Lisa Swallow 

In fact here is a link to her whole Amazon page!

Amazon: Lisa Swallow

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Random Discussion Time #5 - ShadowHunterTV

 The ShadowHunterTV rumour was going on for a while, which was a long time ago. 
But now officially it is on, they're apparently starting production in May and they are busy casting the characters.

So before the rumour of ShadowHunterTV there was The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, and let's be honest here guys, that movie just flopped, it didn't do well in Box Office and also the adaptation from the book to the movie wasn't great. Ever since that movie flunked I've been hoping that The Mortal Instruments series would get a second chance as the series has so much potential. Fortunately we are now getting a second chance, and I am over the moon with happiness that our fandom for TMI is getting a fresh start in the movie/TV industry.

*Isn't mine, from Tumblr* Find this hilarious.

Things That I'm Hoping To See

- A Sarcastic And Funny Jace: In the movie I felt like they really downplayed his sarcastic side and the problem with that is, for me the sarcastic and witty side of Jace is the essence of him, it is what makes Jace who he is! So I am hoping that Jace's character will be witty, sarcastic as well as with the touch of sweetness added to the side. And I totally agree with Cassie on this one!

- The Incest Plot: There isn't even a choice to this, they have to do it, it is what makes Clary and Jace as a couple, it is their journey to being a couple and it is also - for people who haven't read/seen the movie - a major plot twist, which is what makes the romance part of the story so interesting.

- The World-building: World-building is essentially what makes or breaks a book/movie/TV series for me in my opinion, and because The Mortal Instruments world is so complex, it needs to be done correctly, and I am really hoping that they are going to be precise about this in the TV series.

- Characters Costumes: I know this doesn't really matter a lot in a book as I find you really make your own visual of a character whilst reading the book, but in a movie or series you are seeing the characters without having to imagine it, and this reflects on the characters personalities which is what makes it so important. I found that in the movie the costumes for the characters were weird, take Clary's character for example, from what I remember for most part of the movie Clary was wearing a hookers outfit in my opinion (yes, I know it was because they were going to Magnus' party thing) but really? How are you supposed to be all badass if you are running around in a pair of like 10 inch heels that reach up to your thighs. (I admit the 10 inch heel part was an exaggeration..)

- A Faithful Book To Movie Adaptation: This really just explains itself as the City Of Bones movie didn't have the best book to movie adaptation and look how that turned out...

Reasons Why Dominic Sherwood Is Perfect For Jace's Character

- He Looks The Part: Dominic Sherwood has that perfect smouldering, smirk type of smile, although yes, he doesn't have blonde hair, but there is such a thing called hair dye my friends..

I mean how can you not love that?! *not my picture*

- He Has Experience In YA: As most of you know Dominic played Christian Ozera in the Vampire Academy movie, therefore he has experience with fandom's and will know what us fangirl's/boy's will expect.

- Cassandra Clare Approves: All authors in general will always know their characters better then we ever will, as they made them up. So since Cassie approves I think that is a reason in itself.

He has talent.

- He Has Talent: Yes, it is nice for a character to look the part, but it is extremely important for them to be able to act well, because if they can't act, well then it sort of ruins the movie/series and it makes it cringe worthy.

What I Am Happy About

- So far they have officially cast Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland and I am not sure if this is correct but apparently Molly Quinn might be acting as Clary Fray?..I honestly have no idea about that. But I did see this photo on Cassandra's Twitter recently:

Also I have noticed on Twitter that a lot of people have been asking for the cast of the movie to be put in the series, and to be honest I am happy that they aren't doing that as I feel like this is all a complete fresh start and if they were the same characters as before, it wouldn't feel fresh. I read a recent article that explained this perfectly, and I totally agree with it.

- I love how McG interacts constantly with us on Twitter. 

- I am ecstatic that there is new directors and all that TV-ish stuff such as @McGsWonderland

What are you looking forward to in the ShadowHuntersTV series? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of Love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Review - Magic Study (Study#2) by Maria V.Snyder

Title: Magic Study
Series: Study #2
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: 16 May 2008, MIRA Books
Format: Paperback, 419 pages
Rating: 3.5/5 Sneakers

You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster... 
With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep.
But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Nor the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges - and Yelena catches his eye.
Suddenly she is embroiled in battle of good against evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life...or be her downfall.

I picked this book up straight after I had finished the first book of this series, Poison Study, which you can check out my review over here.
I was excited to start reading this book as the last book had a mild cliffhanger to it and clever me, I had the rest of the series on my shelf right next my bed, where I could grab it and immediately start flipping the pages..

As in the previous book Maria’s writing was terrific as well as very descriptive and visual, none of my thoughts of the second book were really different from the first book. Again, the plot was incredibly intriguing and I constantly wanted to know what would happen next, it was also very different to other books I have read, therefore it was original.

At the end of every chapter there was a cliffhanger..I would be reading it before bed and I am at the end of the chapter and..BAM, cliffhanger, and I think I’ll just go onto the next one and then I'll go to bed..and then all of a sudden it’s midnight…and I can’t wake up for school the next morning...

The second book of the Yelena Zaltana series starts straight after where the first book left us, Yelena is on her long journey to Sitia, the Southern part of this books world.

In this book we meet many new characters including Yelena’s long lost family whom she thought were dead. Her mother was so sweet and overprotective, which you could totally understand as her long lost daughter has now returned and will not let her out of her sight, which although I must admit at times I felt sorry for Yelena with all that coddling she was suffocated in. *shudders*

Her dad, Esau, is a very nice chilled guy, overall he was just really nice..(my vocabulary is just the best today isn't? *sarcasm*)

We also meet her brother, Leif, I wanted to shake some sense into him sometimes, I just couldn't understand him at all! Although he does sort of redeem himself, which made me not as frustrated as I was.

We then meet the annoying, immature Cahil..I HATE HIM! I hate him. I hate him. Did I say I hate him?! He was the most annoying and brattiest person on the planet I just can’t even!!

Through out the book Yelena also starts to learn about her powers, which was really lovely to read about. Although I did find like there was no gradual build up to her learning how to control her powers, it was just more like one minute she can’t control then all of a sudden she can kind of thing.

Valek doesn’t really appear that much in the book, only towards the last 100 or so pages, and I really missed him, it wasn’t the same without him.
But when he does come in there is just so much more excitement added to the book, because well it’s Valek.

Yelena, at times I was incredibly frustrated with her! She just didn’t know how to work with other people, but I do understand that she is adjusting to being in Sitia.
As Irys says:

I’m at my wit’s end. You’re so focused on action. You have a single-minded determination that barrels through situations.

Yes, so sometimes Yelena doesn't realise that her actions don’t only affect her but others as well. Otherwise Yelena was a real badass.

Another thing I just have to mention is that I adore the romance between Valek and Yelena, it is just so sweet and adorable.

All in all this book was a great sequel to the book, but I did unfortunately prefer the first book. But you should still definitely continue the series!

My rating: 4 sneakers

Off I go to read the next book, happy reading!
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #3 - Your Top Ten Favourite Authors

This week's question is: 
Top ten of your favourite authors.

Well this one is pretty hard, I have no idea how in the world I am going to try and narrow down my never-ending list of authors that I love. But alas here are my absolute favourites in the whole 
wide world.

In no particular order:

1. Cassandra Clare
Writes the most amazing books, even though they take *cough* forever *cough* to come *cough* out..but they're worth it!

2. John Green
Enough said.

3. Jenny Han 
Definitely writes the astonishing, astounding and amazing (all A's..haha) contemporary books!

4. Katie McGarry
Another one of my favourite contemporary writers! Can't wait for her latest book to be released. *fangirls*

5. Richelle Mead
I adored her Vampire Academy series as well as I am still enjoying her Bloodlines series! One of my all time favourite vampire books!

6. Marie Lu
Love the way she writes, as well as the 'world's' she creates!

7. Taherah Mafi
The way she writes is no doubt absolutely phenomenal!

8. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I will buy every single one of her books, without reading the blurb.

9. Sarah J. Maas
Her writing is exquisite. 

10. Tijan
One of my favourite New Adult authors, but I can never find a picture of her, mysterious!
She is a self-published author and I think she deserves a lot more credit!
Go check her out over here.

And because I can't resist but add another one..

11. Alexandra Bracken
I LOVE her Darkest minds series!

Who are your favourite authors? Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments below!

Lots of Love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Monday, 20 April 2015

Musical Mondays #1 - My Weekly Playlist

I have seen many blog's do this and although this isn't really book related I think it is a great idea, it's a great way to learn about the person behind the blog and what they enjoy.

So therefore here is some of the music I have been listening to for the past week.

What music have you been listening to? Leave them in the comments.

Lots of Love 
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Book Courtship Tag

Hey guys, so I have been tagged by my wondrous fellow book blogging buddies of mine to do the book courtship tag.
I have seen this tag around the booktubing world as well as the blogosphere, and it looks like loads of fun.

Therefore thank you so much to Ayesha and Monisah @ Twins Turn Pages, go check out their blog it is really awesome and bookish! You can see their Book Courtship Tag over here.

You can see the original video of this tag over here.

Let's get on it with it shall we?

Phase 1
Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover.

As I said in my review for this book, which you can see here, I picked up this book mainly because of the simplistic look on the cover, and it really drew me to it.
And this book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. It does look a lot more vibrant in person..

Phase 2
First impressions: A book that you got because of the summary.

Definitely Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi, That blurb was just AMAZING, go read it and you'll see what I mean.

I have a curseI have a gift
I am a monsterI'm more than human
My touch is lethalMy touch is power
I am their weaponI will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
Hits me in the feels every time..

Phase 3
Sweet talk: A book with great writing.

If I could I would say every single one of John Green's books but as I can choose only one I shall choose..Paper Towns by John Green. You can check out my review over here.

Phase 4
First date: A first book of a series that made you want to pick up the rest of the series.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, If you have read one of my first Random Discussion posts you will know that this is the book that jump-started my love for reading. As soon as I finished this book I gobbled up the rest of the series like a person dying of hunger.

Phase 5
Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night.

There have been many books that have kept me up till the early hours of the morning, but one that has always stuck out to me is the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Phase 6
Always on my mind: A book you couldn't stop thinking about.

Hands down the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, This book is, I can't even.

Phase 7
Getting physical: A book where you love the way it feels.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, When I bought this book I had ordered it online so I could especially get the hardcover, as South Africa doesn't really sell a lot of hardcover copies and if they do they are extremely expensive, and every time I look at this book I just feel so happy, gives me all the warm fuzzies inside.

Phase 8
Meeting the parents: A book you would recommend to family and friends.

Hmm..This is a hard one, as sometimes it really depends on the person and what they like etc.
But one book that I would recommend to book bloggers as well as book lovers is without a doubt
Chime by Franny Billingsley, this book was amazing and I definitely recommend it!

Phase 9
Thinking about the future: A book or series that you will read many times in the future.

I have many books that I could read over and over again, but one that is dear in my heart *sheds a tear* is The Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. This book made me cry, jump with happiness and I adored it.

Phase 10
Share the love: Who do you tag?

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Review - Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Poison Study
Series: Study #1
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: 21 September 2007, MIRA Books
Format: Paperback, 409 pages 
Rating: 4/5 Sneakers

Choose: A quick death Or slow poison...
Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death...

I’ve heard so much about this series from within the blogosphere as well as booktube, and this book was just gloomily sitting on my shelves collecting dust, literally.
Therefore, after a lot of contemplating, I decided to pick it up. And the very next day I bought the second and third book of the series..

Everything about this book looked intriguing, from the blurb to the cover, but when I started to read it the beginning felt slow, not in the sense of the writing, but more because I was in a very distracted mood. Around pages 50-70 it really started to pick up. 
Over-all the writing is was fast paced as well as descriptive, and in my opinion I love when the writing is descriptive as it creates such a great visual of the setting and characters.

The plot was so cool, it was interesting and also a little bit different to what I have read before, therefore it was original.
In the beginning it was hard to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys were (besides the obvious bad guys in the story..) although I did mainly support for one team/country, I was still very fond of the other as well.

The romance, at first I thought there was no romance but then it started dropping little hints here and there…and alas a slow burn-romance was born.
When I realized that the romance in this book had a nice slow burn to it I was ecstatic,
because recently I have been reading some romance books that contained the dreadful ‘insta-love’ and I loathe it with a passion.
I feel like there is no passion to the romance as well as depth when there is insta-love, where as a slow burn romance is the complete opposite and that pleases me.

The cup = insta-love..

I don’t want to really give away who the love interest is, as I liked how slowly realized who it was throughout the book. Although for some it may be pretty obvious and for some it may not. (like me..)

 The heroine AKA Yelena.
I don't know about you but I adored her from the very beginning.
Although in my opinion I didn't feel like her character developed that much throughout the book as she was already a very strong character. I loved how she always proved everyone wrong, as well as her attitude towards everything.

Valek, he was just so badass.
It was fun to read about his character as he really just kicked all those mean baddies’ butts!
He was also a very mysterious and broody person which I loved about him.

Ari and Janco, it was such a pleasure to read about these two characters, the banter between them and Yelena was so funny and light-hearted, that they added a certain light feeling to the book.

Overall this book was very good, as it was fast paced and extremely interesting. Although I did find it lacked the ‘WOW’ factor as well as the surprise.
But I still recommend this book to everyone and I hope anyone who reads this enjoys it
 as much as I did, and I can't wait to continue this series!

My rating:
4/5 Sneakers

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

Friday, 17 April 2015

Review - Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Title: Stargirl
Series: Stargirl #1
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Published: 30 June 2000, Scholastic
Format: Paperback, 186 pages
Rating: 4.5 Sneakers

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

My feelings for this book cannot be put into words.
It was one of the most inspiring and intriguing books that I have read since the start of this year. To be honest when I bought this book from my second-hand bookstore, I picked it up because of the cover, although the blurb didn't interest me I still bought it because, well its a book and I love books.

I recently just finished the third book from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, which you can check out my review over here. And because that book was so emotionally draining (in the best way possible) I was looking for something that was small and easy to read, and alas I came across Stargirl.

When I started reading this book the beginning surprisingly enough didn't captivate me or interest me that much, but I continued to read on. And as I read on I found myself not being able to put this book  down! I wanted to know more about the mysterious and queer Stargirl.

I love the way Jerry writes, he writes in such a beautiful and poetic way.
This book focuses on popularity in high school, and inspires you to appreciate all the little things in life. 
When we meet Stargirl you instantly notice that she is different from everyone else. She is simply an unusual girl that can't be put into words. 

“We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past "weird" and "strange" and "goofy." Her ways knocked us off balance. ”

When Stargirl first shows up at school, she is queer but constantly focuses on making other people happy, and trying to make their day. So at first she becomes pretty popular and climbs up the social ladder unintentionally. But then all of sudden she isn't popular anymore because of the events that occur during the book. But this didn't really phase her.

But it was heart breaking to see how easily people turned their backs on her, all because they decided they didn't like her anymore. They all simply followed each other around like sheep, and it was sad to read about.


This book is told in the POV of Leo. Leo is basically the normal average teenager. But when he sees Stargirl he is intrigued by her and so their romance begins. Leo then starts to feel like a nobody because people are shunning him because he is dating Stargirl. So he then tries to change Stargirl.

Leo was a character that you really wanted to hate but simply couldn't because you could totally understand where he was coming from. He really loved Stargirl, but he hated that he was being shunned. I cant exactly explain how I feel about Leo, but I do really like him, as he does realize his mistakes.

It was really nice to read a book for a change that was real. It was a complete eye-opener in so many different ways.  Another word to describe this book is that it was inspiring and it really made you think and put what was going on in this book and imagine it as a real life situation.(does that make sense?) I can't wait to read the sequel of this book as there was a mild cliffhanger. This is definitely something that everyone should read, and is definitely something that I shall re-read!

My Favourite Quotes:

"It's really hard to do nothing totally. Even just sitting here, like this, our bodies are churning, our minds are chattering. There's a whole commotion going on inside us."

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

“The earth is speaking to us, but we can't hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then - maybe - the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.” 

“It's in the morning, for most of us. It's that time, those few seconds when we're coming out of sleep but we're not really awake yet. For those few seconds we're something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then...and then -- ah -- we open our eyes and the day is before us and ... we become ourselves.” 

“You liked me."I smiled. "You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn't stand it. You couldn't let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me."I turned to Cinnamon. He licked my nose. "Don't give yourself so much credit. It was your rat I was after."She laughed, and the desert sang.”

“Throughout the day, Stargirl had been dropping money. She was the Johnny Appleseed of loose change: a penny here, a nickel there. Tossed to the sidewalk, laid on a shelf or bench. Even quarters. "I hate change," she said. "It's so . . . jangly.""Do you realize how much you must throw away in a year?" I said."Did you ever see a little kid's face when he spots a penny on a sidewalk?”  
My Rating 
4.5 Sneakers

Lots of love
Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things