Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I've Read In 2015 So Far

This wondrous meme is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks topic: Top ten books that you've read in 2015 so far.

Unfortunately earlier this year I didn't read many books that gave me that 'wow' factor hence why I have only 6 books on this list, but lately my reading year has just started to pick up a little bit and I've received/bought some books that I'm really looking forward to reading and I have high hopes for them! So hopefully they will all meet my expectations and from June on wards I'll be reading some really good books! YAY! *party time*

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1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This book was AMAZING! I have so many FEELS for this book right now and I read it over a week ago. Agh, just so many FEELS. (You can check out my review over here.)

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Technically I haven't finished reading this book just yet, but I couldn't help but have to include it in this list, it's just so amazingly good and I am devouring this book! (Review to come)

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This book had a lot of hype surrounding it and some people said it wasn't a favourite but for me this book made it to my favourite list straight after I finished it! I cannot express how much I love this book and I really can't wait for the second book in this series, The Glass Sword I think it's called? :D (My review is over here)

4. Rusk University series by Cora Carmack
This has become one of my new favourite new adult series, there's just so much depth to them, it was like unwrapping a Christmas present and Christmas presents are the best! (My reviews are over here and here)

You noticing a theme over here?..I am. *swoon*

5. The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy
I loved the first book in this new adult series, this series is just so funny and has plenty of snarky characters that I adore. *swoon* (My review of The Mistake is over here)

6. The Return by J. Armentrout
As always Jennifer never disappoints.

7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
This book like all my other favourites was amazing and it made me ugly cry whilst I was reading it, the characters were just so different from any other young adult characters that I had read before! (My review is over here)

What are the best books that you've read in 2015 so far? 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Review - Blue By H. J. Bellus

Title: Blue 
Series: None
Author: H. J. Bellus 
Genre: New adult, contemporary romance
Published: 16 June 2015 
Format: ebook, 
Rating: N/A

Blue Williams shines no matter the circumstance.-Prettiest in her hometown-Most talented cheerleader on her high school squad-Valedictorian of the senior class-Prom queen and runner up for Miss Teen ColoradoAnd the list goes on…
That’s until college, when she finds out nobody recognizes her, and if they do they couldn’t care less. Blending in is something Blue has longed for her entire life. Living in a dorm with a set of new friends is just what she needed to escape her stale life back home. For the first time, she’s seen for her talent and not her name or looks.
Cheer is her number one priority, considering a full-ride scholarship landed her at a prestigious university, and she intends to take advantage of it. A true beauty inside and out, Blue’s heart has always pumped competitive blood. 
Until one night changes her forever…the beauty is gone, and all she has left are nasty, ugly memories. The man who saved her has a story of his own, with ninety percent of his body scarred. 
What happens when the Beauty falls for the Beast?

Reaction upon finishing: That was disappointing.. 
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When I first started to read this book I couldn't help but picture Blue as Scarlett O' Conner from the TV show Nashville, both of them are quite innocent looking in the beginning with long blonde and golden locks of hair (Geez, it sounds like I'm talking about Rapunzel here) Or maybe that's because I was alternating between binge watching Nashville and reading Blue. And because of that I imagined all the characters speaking all redneck like, yeah it got quite annoying. Even while I am typing this I am thinking it in a redneck accent, I think I've been watching to much Nashville episodes..yeah I probably have.

I love Blue's dad, HA he was the funniest!! He laughs at his own corny jokes and I do the same, we should totally be best friends! Except that would be slightly weird because he's like old and I'm 16 and I don't think that would work. 
"Blue, you look so black." I hear my dad laugh at his own corny-ass joke.
Like I don't even get that joke at all but I can totally see myself doing the same thing!  
I really loved the relationship Blue's parents had with Blue, it was really just cute and snarky and really happy, it gave me the warm fuzzies! XD

Blue, the girl with the long golden locks of hair a.k.a Rapunzel, yeah her, she trips a lot! Like the falling kind of tripping and every time that happens some hot guy seems to catch her in his waiting arms. 
As I wait to land face down, two arms wrap around me, and I squeal from being startled. "Easy there, tiger." I look up to Noah's dazzling smile.
What is up with that?..and it isn't even just that one time, it was like in nearly every scene in the duration of the beginning of the book. (okay, I admit, I'm exaggerating a teensy weensy bit but still..huh?)

Blue was sometimes a little bit to emotional an dramatic at times (or maybe I'm just not emotional enough?)
I just want the old Blue back, but I have a feeling down that Tuck has placed an invisible curse on me.
I just don't get that. At all. Because when we first met Blue in the beginning of the book she was the exactly the same as she is now, like I don't get how she can say she wants the 'old Blue' back, it just doesn't..gahh, I can't even.

Otherwise I really enjoyed reading from her POV. I adored her snarkiness, I felt like it made up for her over emotional tendencies and it really just made me laugh and smile, simple as that.
Another thing about Blue was that she seemed to be happy all he freaking time, now I know that isn't a bad thing, I mean I wish I could be happy like that all the time but dude all I could think was: how can you be so happy all the freaking time?!

The romance between Tuck and Blue was confusing to say the least, I didn't always get what was going on half the time with them, at times it even felt a little bit forced. There seemed to be a little bit of instalove with them, especially on Blue's side, now I'm not saying that Blue was all like 'I love you.' straight away but she was more all 'I want you to be boyfriend right now' sort of thing. There was also a bunch of backwards and forwards thing going on with them as well, I'm not saying that I normally don't like it, I do, but it has to be done correctly and in this case it wasn't done the best. Now the romance wasn't all bad but unfortunately it wasn't one of my favourites. To be honest I think I liked Noah better then Tuck at times, I don't know he just so cute and genuine.

The characters in general were all really fun to read about but I also felt like they all seemed to chop and change a lot, especially the main characters, Tuck and Blue. Too be honest I don't actually know why I feel that way, I just do, but they did all have some redeeming qualities, which was mostly their humor and snarkiness that Blue mainly produced. 

Towards the end if the book though there was a ton of unnecessary drama that actually made me want to put the book down when it got to much, but I stuck it through. 

My final thoughts: It started off with a lot of hope in the beginning for this book but it sort of went down after the half mark. The whole last quarter of the book ruined it for me, it was filled with endless amounts of drama and unfortunately it isn't something that I would recommend. :(

2.5/5 Sneakers

- the last quarter of the book was filled with to much drama
+ I loved Blue's dad's humor
- Blue was a little bit to emotional and dramatic

Friday, 26 June 2015

Review - A Court Of Thorns And Roses (ACOTAR #1) By Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court Of Thorns And Roses
Series: A Court Of Thorns And Roses #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young adult, fantasy 
Published: 5 May 2015
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Reaction upon finishing: 

This was one of my most anticipated book of 2015 and right now I have so many FEELS for this book right now that it's not even funny, I think I may just explode. Sarah J. Maas is so amazingly talented, how she's able to produce books this good? I don't even know, but I do know one thing for sure is that I LOVED this book. Sarah's like an evil genius, but without the evil part, because she seems like one of most nicest people ever.

The way Sarah writes the scenes that are filled with tension, anger and dread feel so real, it's like you're there with the characters. The way she describes things, characters etc. is amazing and it's something that I have always admired about her books. The characters are so detailed and the world-building so vivid, it really leaves me speechless. her writing is something that I could read for forever and ever, it was like basking in the warmth of the sun during winter, you crave the warmth.

The characters in this story are one of  a kind, they're so unique and complex. I love Lucien, I love him, okay. Half the time I couldn't decide whether I wanted to slap him upside the head or cuddle him. He brought the humor to the story.

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?"
"Do you ever stop being such a prick?" I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. "Much better.”  

When I say her characters are complex, I mean Tamlin, he's so interesting and so different to what I've read before. He is so beautifully written, he's shrouded in mystery and darkness in the beginning of this book and as the story progressed you saw a funny and qwerky side to him, and it just makes you fall in love with him even more. (by the way I ship  Tamlin and Feyre. Famlin forever <3)

One of my favourite parts of this book - and I say one of them because I have so many - is when Tamlin reads those poems to Feyre. Oh my gosh, the whole duration of that scene I felt a smile sneak on to my face, even though we didn't hear what the other poems said besides the first one, I still had so many FEELS!! Like I needed to tell someone, so I settled on telling my mom but she's not a bookworm so she didn't get it but, ahh the feels, there was so many of them.
Sensing I wasn't about to draw an arrow and shoot him, Tamlin took the papers and read the fifth poem, the dirtiest and foulest of them all. When he finished, I tipped my head and howled, my laughter like sunshine shattering age-hardened ice. 

Feyre, gosh I really really loved reading from her POV, I feel like I relate to her so much despite the fact that we have nothing in common, Sarah seems to have a way of doing that with her characters. Feyre's determination in the beginning of the book was really admirable and I think what I liked about her the most was that she continued to love and provide for her family even though they were a bunch of twits sometimes. Feyre was also like Lucien really witty and asdfghjk! That was me fangirling in case you didn't notice. 
"I'm surprised you're even allowed to participate tonight."
"Unfortunately for you and your neck," Lucien countered, "tonight's just a party."
"Do you lie awake at night to come up with all your witty replies for the following day?"
Lucien winked at me and Tamlin laughed.

The romance was so awesome, like I don't even know what to say. One thing I can say though was that it was HOT, phew. Besides all the hot funny business that came about, the romance was really lovely to read about. I loved seeing the slow progression of their relationship and GAH, it was just so beautiful *swoon* Another thing that I loved about this book was that the romance and the action were balanced, I personally love romance so it never really bothers me to much if sometimes the romance overshadows the action but I do love me some action as well, so this was really just the perfect blend of both.
But I gave myself again to that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and I let myself burn.
Final thoughts: It was an amazing read that, and I definitely understand why there is so much hype centered around this book, it keeps you on your toes and it's a great start to this series and I can't wait to continue it. I HIGHLY recommend that you go and read this book because a) It's by Sarah J. Maas b) It's amazing c) Because I said so, so go. right now.
Re-readability: HELL YES!

“You look . . . better than before."Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod."And you hair is . . . clean.” 
“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” 
 “I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn't know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.” 
“I'm serious," Lucien said as I lifted the glass to my lips, my brows raised. "Remember the last time you ignored my warning?" He poked me in the neck, and I batted his hand away.
"I also remember you telling me how witchberries were harmless, and the next thing I knew, I was half-delirious and falling all over myself," I said, recalling the afternoon from a few weeks ago. I'd had hallucinations for hours afterwards, and Lucien had laughed himself sick-enough so that Tamlin had chucked him into the reflection pool.”  

5/5 Sneakers

+ Everything about this was amazing. Do I need to say more?

What did you think of ACOTAR? Who do you ship? Let me know :D

Thursday, 25 June 2015

I Cataloged My Wonderous Books

I cataloged my books. It's as simple as that. Actually it wasn't, my hand started to cramp A LOT, and it's not even like I have an insane amount of books (well not a lot from what I've seen other book bloggers have, I'm jealous.) it's just that I hate writing, with a pen that is. In case you didn't know. *sarcasm*

In total I have exactly one hundred and seventeen books, and that is just my physical books. Okay that's a lot more than I thought I had - I literally just counted it now - I guess I haven't counted my books in a while?.

How many physical books do you have? What do you consider a 'normal' amount of books to have in terms of being a book lover? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

MINI REVIEWS - A Venture Into Adventure and Some Mystery

Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: Young adult, adventure
Published: December 2012
Format: Paperback, 261 pages
Rating: 3/5 Sneakers
Source: Book Publicity Services (Thank you!)

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review 

What I liked: 
+ I loved the way Kitty thought, she was always logical and rational and I always enjoy that in a character.
+ Her internal dialogue was hilarious, I found myself laughing and smiling from time to time.
+ The romance, this book has is very light but an extremely cutesy romance that made you think "Awww."
+ I loved the cute illustrations of maps and letters in the book.

What I didn't like: - It was slow-paced, I felt like this book went a little bit to far into details and had a little bit of an overdose of Kitty's childhood stories, not to say I didn't enjoy them, but they did get a little much at times.

Otherwise I really did enjoy this book and I recommend it to people who enjoy books with a lot of adventure and mystery. :D

Title: Sapient
Series: N/A
Author: Jerry Kaczmarowski
Genre: SciFi, Mystery
Published: 13 April 2015
Format: ebook, 378 pages
Rating: 3/5 Sneakers
Source: Book Publicity Services

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

What I liked: 
+ It was fast-paced but not to fast.
+ I routed for what would happen to the characters, I cared for them.
+ I loved the relationship that Jane has with her son.

What I didn't like: 
- At times I did find myself getting a little bit bored, but because this book was fast paced I wasn't bored for long.
- I unfortunately didn't relate to any of the characters, but as I said before I did care for them.

Overall it was a nice book to read and I don't regret it. Would I re-read it? Unfortunately no, I wasn't as invested enough in the story to be able to even think of re-reading this book, but I do think people who have a taste for a little bit of science and mystery will enjoy this.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Books I Can't Bare to Part With

I'M BACK! After a nearly hundred gazillion years I am back! My exams are nearly over and I can't wait to continue blogging, can you believe it's only been over month?! I can't it feels way longer than that, I missed you guys. *gives hugs and cupcakes* So here is my very first post after nearly a month of not blogging. XD

You know those books that have sentimental value but you just can't pinpoint why? Yeah well I do, I have several in fact, and this is me figuring out why *puts detective glasses on* (you know those sleek, black glasses they all secret agents seem to have on in movies? Yeah ,I need them because I'm weird like that.) The majority of them are mainly books that I read while I was growing up and the memories that they hold are precious to me for reasons I don't know. (My detective skills are just on the roll today ;))  *sarcasm*

Anyways here are the books that are dear to me.

Archie's Double Digest
My mom gave this to me when I was younger and since then I have re-read it about gazillion times, and I never seem to get tired of it! These books just seem to hold a certain sentimental value that I can't explain (obviously these detective glasses aren't working -___-) 

The Naughtiest Girl in the School series:
As you can see I took this photo on my bed because I'm professional like that ;)
Again, my mom passed these down to me, they're so old looking and they look like they've been used and loved throughout the years! I love me an old book *sighs dreamily*

The Book of Brownies and The Awful Joke Book:
The Book of Brownies: Same as Archie's Double Digest, I've read so many times that I don't even know. 

The Awful Joke Book: I cannot tell you enough how funny these jokes are, I laughed everytime I flipped to a random page and read a joke, and well everyone needs a joke book in their life!

What books do you have on your shelf that you just can't bare to part with? Why are they special to you? Let me know what you've been doing this past month!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Exams, Unpacking And A Blogging Hiatus

As you know I've recently moved house but geez is it stressful! And on top of that my school exams have just started (I'm not even prepared for exams! *face palm*) Anyways, a lot of things are happening all at once this month, which is why I am writing this post. I have to take a blogging break. Why? Because I need to study, help get the house organized along with some other personal things going on in my life. But I'm back by the end of this month, and I can't wait. XD

Thank you so much for understanding, 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

May's Monthly Rewind And Other Shenanigans

My life this month:

WE MOVED HOUSE, if you've seen some of my previous posts this month you would know that I have finally moved to a house - we were living in a tiny flat as we had sold our previous house and had to wait 4 months to move into this one - I literally feel like I am living in a palace in comparison to that tiny place!

Katy Perry

Although it has been pretty exciting moving house and all that jazz, it's also been incredibly stressful having to pack and then unpack and then find a place for everything to go. The unpacking though on the positive side has been going really fast and another positive is that I have now officially re-united with my beautiful books. I just need to purchase a shelf and then stick it on the wall and up they will go. I forgot about some of the books that I had bought, so it felt like it was Christmas all over again! :D
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I'll definitely be posting a tour of my new bookshelf once it is set-up. But thats what's been going on in my life this month, what's been going on yours?

My monthly favourite that wasn't a book:

Rooibos tea:  When I was little I used to drink tea like nobodies business, but as I got later I kind of stopped liking it, why? I have absolutely no idea! But this month I've started to drink tea once again and for the life of me cannot fathom why I stopped drinking it!

What I've been listening to:

The newly released and seriously awesome Blurryface album by Twentyone Pilots, I love this album! *drool*

What I've read this month:

That plot twist though?! :O My review is here.
Such easy, light reads with the right amount of edge to it! My reviews are here and here. The review of the third book is still to come.
Very cutesy! My review is here.
Unfortunately I was a teensy weensy bit disappointed, but otherwise I liked it. My review is over here.
This was FREAKING hilarious, I highly recommend this.
Loved this! Review is over here.

#1 Book of the month:

I'm going to have to include two books, because I can't decide.
So the top books of the month are Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

My favourite quote of the month:

“We're actors in our lives, pretendin' to be who we want people to think we are.”  Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry

What have you read this month, any exciting things been going on in your life?? Let me know! XD