Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Review - The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) By Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites
Series: The Young Elites #1
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: 7 October 2014
Format: Paperbacks, 355 pages
Rating: 4.5/5 Sneakers
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Reaction upon finishing the book: Woah, that was dark and different but extremely awesome!
Woah


I read Marie Lu's debut Legend quite a while ago and I loved that series, so when I saw that she was bringing out a new series I was ecstatic. 

The Young Elites was different to say the least, it was very dark but thrilling. Our heroine, Adelina is an anti-hero in this story, she's very bitter and has a lot of pent up darkness inside her that has been building up over the years, it's pretty freaky. When we were reading from Adelina's point of view it was interesting as she is definitely not your typical hero in the story as I am sure you know, whilst reading her thoughts at times I was uncomfortable and pretty creeped out to the max, but in a good way. I loved figuring out and learning what was going on in her mind.
“I am Adelina Amouteru. I belong to no one. On this night, I swear to you that I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”
Enzo, also know as the love interest in this book was captivating.
"So. Tell me little wolf. Do you want to punish those who have wronged you?"
I don't know what to say about him other than he's intimidating and breathtaking.
And..I love him.

What I loved most about all the characters was that none of them were good but none of them were bad, it wasn't all black and , they were all so fascinating and intriguing. 

One of my favourite things while I was reading the book was reading the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter, normally I don't read them but in this case I did and I enjoyed it.

My final thoughts: This book was definitely a great start to an interesting new series, I recommend this book to high fantasy lovers, and people who want something more refreshing than the typical good hero beats bad villain. This book was dark but it gave a uniqueness to it.


“Be true to yourself. But that's something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.” 
“Embellish your flaws. They will turn into your assets.” 
“No one ever gives my their kindness without hoping for something in exchange.
Are they any different? Are they all the same? They all want to use you, use you, use you until they get what they want, and then they will toss you aside.” 
“The only way to clamp down on my energy is to erase my emotions, and so I fold them each away, one by one. My sorrow turns to anger, then to ice-cold fury. My soul curls in one itself in defense. I am gone. I am truly gone.
I am not sorry.” 
“Fear creates the strongest illusions. Everyone has darkness inside them, however hidden.” 
“Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.Some fear us, think demons to burn at the stake,Some worship us, think us children of the gods.But all know us.”
“Passion is bright and warm... But passion has a dark side too. It links with fear. Our hearts fill with terror at the thought of harm coming to our loved ones, don't they?” 

  4.5/5 Sneakers


+ It was unique and interesting

+ There were surprising plot twists

- Took a little bit of effort for me to get into

Have you read any of Marie Lu's books? Let me know down below.




Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #5 - Top Ten Beach Reads

This weekly meme is hosted by the lovely folks at The Broke And The Bookish.
This weeks topic: Top ten beach reads

I adore the beach, here where I live - South Africa - we have the most lovely beaches, where you can soak up the sun and get a lovely tan (not that I can tan, I just seem to burn as red as a tomato..) But anyways basically what I'm saying is that I love the beach and what better way to spend your day then reading at the beach.

Although I unfortunately don't go to the beach that often,, because my parents never feel like taking me...and well it is actually Winter here in South Africa and paricularly today it is FREEZING! Brrr. But I am still nolstagic about Summer so I am still going to go ahead with my favourite beachy/summery reads.
Sad Beep

But let's get on with it. So what are my top ten beach reads?


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Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.




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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.








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Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

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When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?





6442769Who 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... 


6. Crash (Crash #1) by Nicolle Williams 
15757434Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.7. Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.
7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
12294652The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another. 
8. A Midsummers Nightmare by Kody Keplinger 
12813860Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
16068905Cath is a Simon Snow fan.Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
10. That Boy (That Boy #1) by Jillian Dodd
11382346You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.One boy will give me my very first kiss.One boy will teach me to make out.One boy will take me to prom.And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.They will both be my best friends.But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.Only one of them is That Boy.  

Whats on your TTT? What are your favorite beach/summer reads? Let me know in the comments down below.

 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Personal Post #2 - I AM MOVING HOUSE, FINALLY


I AM MOVING INTO MY HOUSE, FINALLY.

Jim Carey Excited

So at the end of January 2015 I moved out of my house, we bought a new house in a different area but to move into that house we had to wait 4 months to move in as the owners of that house were only moving out at the end May. (Next week Saturday) So for the past extremely and incredibly, long 4 months we have been stepping on each others toes whilst living in a tiny 1 bedroom house. But thank goodness we are finally moving on Saturday where I can finally have my own bedroom with a door! I never knew how much I needed a door until I didn't have one..

On Saturday the 30th of May we are moving and I can finally unpack all of my books that have been sadly collecting dust in a brown, cardboard box. 
sad face 

But very soon I shsall be unboxing them and organising them on to my bookshelf. (I'll Take pictures XD)
So that's all the exciting news that has been going on in my life.

Anything exciting going on in your life lately? Are you going to BEA, let me know how it is as I sadly can't go :'( (Because I live on the other side of the world)


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Review - Red Queen (Red Queen #1) By Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen 

Series: Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: 10 February 2015, Orion
Format: Paperback, 383 pages
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre ofthose she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?


Reaction upon finishing: HOLY CRAP, I need the next book right freaking now!!
OMG LOL

But then this is me realizing the next book is only being released next year..
hurt feelings

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When I picked this book up I had incredibly high expectations because of all the hype that had been surrounding it, but boy did it meet them. Red Queen kept me interested from the very first page. 
I finished this book in one day, I read from morning to exactly 9:07 PM, and I haven't read a book that I didn't want to put down in a long time, it was just so nice to experience that again. 

*WARNING: This review will consist of lots of fangirling ;)*

I really loved the characters in this book, although I didn't immediately like them, it was more like a slow, gradual build up of what I felt towards to the characters. (And can I just say that I ship Cal and Mare so hard! They are just so cool and badass.) Cal, is the definition of tall, dark and mysterious, he is a complete and utter badass. I don't even know how to translate how I feel about him into words. 
Sherlock Feelings

Mare was just awesome. She was badass.
Brave.
Sassy. 
Smart.
And just an amazing heroine throughout this entire book.

The worldbuilding in this story was interesting to read and learn about, Victoria's writing filled you in on how the world worked but she didn't overload you with a bucket full of information.
The concept and premise of this book was intriguing.
Victoria's writing really brought out the feelings of betrayal and victory in this book, it made you want to jump up and down when there was a victory and it also made you want to scream in frustration and shock from the betrayal and lies that were revealed.

The romance in this book was subtle, so it didn't takeover the story. But when the romance did spark up, it made me want to jump for joy, in other words I was just one big pile of fangirling chaos. 
Jon Stewart Fangirling

This book is full of betrayal and plot twists that I could not see coming, it really hit me with a HUGE pile of feels..
Literally.
feels

My final thoughts: I definitely recommend this to people who are new to the fantasy world, it will give you the best first experience of the young adult fantasy world. It's full of twists and turns that you cannot see coming. It has everything that I love in a YA fantasy book.

Re-readability: Probably when I feel like re-visiting all those feels and characters.

Will I read the next book in this series? DEFINITELY


“Anyone can betray anyone.”
“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”  

“Are you going to babysit me every day or just until I learn my way around?"
"What do you think?"
"Here's to a long and happy friendship, Officer Samos."
"Likewise, my lady."
"Don't call me that."
"Whatever you say, my lady.”  

“Silvers don't mind pain, but we are proud. Pride, dignity, honor; those are things no ability can replace.” 

“Their Silver war is being paid for in Red blood.”  

“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that.
The gods rule us still, they have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” 

5/5 Sneakers

- Kept me reading non-stop from start to finish

- I enjoyed the characters

- I loved the world that this book contained

- Had a plot twist that I did not see coming at all!

What did you think of Red Queen? Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts down below.




Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Review - All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) By Cora Carmack

Title: All Broke Down
Series: Rusk University #2
Author: Cora Carmack
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Published: 28 October 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ebook, 368 pages
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.
Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.
Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


Reaction upon finishing: I literally started mentally clapping in my head and fangirling and making the weirdest faces, I got a few looks from my dad. In other words it was absolutely AMAZING.


I cannot describe how much I am loving this series so far, it makes me want to cry, laugh and swoon
all at the same time. It makes my heart feel like it is going to burst from all the emotions. Normally
when I read a new adult romance I read it in about a day as they are such easy, light-going reads, but
with All Broke Down I wanted to savour it and let each chapter sit and stew in my head for a bit. 
It was like eating pudding, you wanted to devour it but at the same time you wanted to savour it and let the taste melt on your tongue, I never wanted this book to end, I could read about these characters forever. 

Silas, I ADORE HIM, scratch him being my new favourite book boyfriend he's now my husband. What I loved most about him throughout this book is that underneath all that cockiness and
confidence is actually a very vulnerable person and Cora's writing really portrayed that really well. Throughout this entire book Silas'character is constantly changing and developing emotionally, he
starts to let go of all his anger and tries to start to mature.
"There's a reason I do my best to seem laid-back and easygoing. When you look like you don't give a fuck, people don't ask you questions about how you're feeling. They don't ask you questions, period."

Dylan was just the best. She was so strong and all in all just awesome to read about. As well as Silas,
Dylan is also constantly developing throughout this book. In the beginning of this book Dylan is feeling suffocated and feels like she has to pretend around her parents, she lets everyone mold her in to what they want. But she does break out of her shell eventually. I loved how she doesn't want to belong to anyone, it brings the element of self-discovery to this lovely book.
“I’m figuring out what I want by trial and error, and maybe that’s not the best way, but it’s all I’ve got. All I know is that I need to be my own person, someone shaped by my desire, not fear of disappointing the people who are supposed to love me.” 
She wants to try and become her own person first, and I totally agreed with that as well as admired her for that. I adored how passionate she was and how caring she was, it was one of the things I loved most about her.

The romance in this book was phenomenal, I couldn't get enough of it. I think my face is still flushed red..It had such a wonderful best friend aspect to it, in other words even though they were
romantically involved throughout the book, they acted like best friends, and I think every relationship needs that as well as all romance books.

Whilst reading this book I felt so invested and immersed with the characters, whenever the character was sad, irritated or happy, I was feeling that same emotion right along with them. Cora's writing has a way of making you feel so in love with her characters, be it the side characters or main characters you loved them all.

My final thoughts: I still to this moment cannot decide which book I like best, I think I love them both. Both of the first two books in this series are so wonderful in so many different ways, the stories are both so unique from each other. It was a perfect weekend read, a lovely light easygoing read but it contained that little bit of oomph to it.

Do I want my own copy? HELL YES. Why? because this is a series that I could re-read countless
times. In fact I am going to buy this entire series..


“Dudes who look dangerous should just be dangerous. Period. The end. They should not be dangerous and beautiful all at the same time. It leaves the universe out of balance, and it makes me do stupid things like stare.” 
 “Only you would pick up a girl in jail.""Only I could.” 
“I know now why caring about another person is so damn scary. It’s not that they won’t care about you back, because that either happens or it doesn’t. You live with it or you do everything you can to change it. The really scary thing is the moment you realize that for the rest of your life, you’ll feel twice the pain, twice the joy, twice the fear.Twice as helpless to control it all, too.” 
“Except I’m starting to think that the idea of “belonging” anywhere is false. We go through our whole lives thinking that we belong in one place and not in another. We think certain ideas and actions have to be relegated to the tiny little boxes we place them in. What if we just react instead? What if we take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?”  


5/5 Sneakers



- I was fully invested with the characters
- At the end of each chapter it kept me wanting more.
- I never wanted it to end.
- I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! XD

Have you read the Rusk University series? Let me know if you enjoyed them down below.