Thursday, 30 July 2015

Review - The Shadow Of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1)

Title: The Shadow Of Deception
Series: The Kazumi Chronicles #1
Author: Sophia L. Johnson
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication: 9 April 2015
Format: Ebook
Rating: 2.5/5 Sneakers
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review.
A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi comes out of the wreckage physically unscathed but wiped of all memories. Her miraculous survival attracts the attention of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans. Their heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi, Finnegan O'Riley, a fellow Sarc also gets her heart racing. When she discovers that she possesses the genetic potential to become a Sarcomere, she welcomes the chance to train with them in the hope that she would recover her memories. 
Meanwhile, thirty years after the Great War that almost destroyed the world, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself. Who can she trust when she can't even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death. Is Kazumi ready to face her destiny?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Unreleased Books that I Seriously. Really. Need.

There are some books out there right now that I would kill (okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration. But I'd share my chocolate with you) to have at this moment! 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Stages Of A Reading Slump In GIF's


You've just started a new book and it's a book that you've been anticipating since you found out about it, you're reading it and then as soon as you reach the 50 page mark, BAM, the boredom hits you. BUT WHAT THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE?!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Review - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Title: The Scorpio Races
Series: None
Author: Maggie Steifvater
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Published: 22 October 2011
Format: Paperback, 482 pages
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers
Source: Bought
Every year, the Scorpio Races are run on the beaches of Skarmouth. Every year, the sea washes blood from the sand. To race the savage water horses can mean death, but the danger is irresistible.When Puck enters the races to save her family, she is drawn to the mysterious Sean, the only person on the island capable of taming the beasts.
Even if they stay together, can they stay alive?A breathtaking ride that will make your heart race.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #8 - Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Hosted by the wonderful folks over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks topic:  Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Friday, 10 July 2015

Review - A Million Miles Away By Lara Avery

Series: None
Author: Lara Avery
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Publication: 7 July 2015
Format: ebook
Rating: 4.5/5 Sneakers
Source: Via Netgalley (Thank you! )
When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister. As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Review - The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Series: None
Author: Leslye Walton
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, magical realism
Published: 27 March 2014
Format: Paperback, 301 pages
Rating: 4/5 Sneakers
Source: Pan Macmillan South Africa (Thank you!)
Love makes us such fools...
Pain in love appears to be a Roux family birthright, and for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her inheritance.
Longing to fit in with her peers, Ava ventures away from home, ill-prepared for what awaits her in a world that does not know whether to view her as girl or angel. 
Ava's quest and her family's saga build to a devastating crescendo until, on the summer solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s fate is revealed.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Unhauling Of My Books

So I was in a book sorting, sort of mood as you can tell from the heading of this post *rolls eyes at self* A lot of these books were books that I no longer found interest in or I had read them and didn't enjoy them, It was like a freaking break up! Not that I've ever actually done that before...fictional boys are better than real boys, okay! *has more cake* Let me tell you there was a lot of push and pull feelings towards the books that I was pondering on getting rid of *sniffles and eats even more cake* It was a very emotional experience, okay, don't judge *shoves entire cake in mouth* But overall I'm happy with my decisions.

Why was I in a book unhauling mood?

I decided I only wanted books that I really enjoyed and books that I knew I would re-read from time to time, I was going for a minimalist look. Also I was watching a lot of 'unhaul' booktube videos on YouTube and I mean A LOT. I'm probably a masochist or something.

How Did I decide?

I actually looked at quite a few blog posts on how to unhaul your books. Here are links to some of the posts that helped me quite a bit:

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner had a post that inspired me to unhaul my books over here.

Even though these posts helped me immensely, sometimes a certain book just cannot be put into a 'yes' or 'no' category, hence why I'm eating a lot of cake. *starts cutting another slice*

Lastly, the books that I'm getting rid of

The Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini: I just didn't like these books at all, I thought the heroine was very whiny, I didn't like any of the characters to be brutally honest, BUT I really did try to like them, hence why I read the entire series.

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel: I just don't get this story, I was lost through out the entire book and my eyeballs were burning from boredom.

The Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White: I really tried to get into the first book of this series, Paranormalcy, but I couldn't. I just couldn't. *le sigh*

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: I got this in the days when I was an amateur in the genre of young adult. I went to the bookstore and I saw this and I was like 'Ooooh, pretty cover and it's twilight, everyone loves this therefore I have to buy it even if I have seen the movie and know mostly everything that happens.' GOSH I was such an amateur. (Not to say that this series isn't good. Because it is. It's just that knew what happened, therefore there was no surprise factor)

The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer: Basically the same as Twilight. And also I bought because it was hardback, I know I'm terrible, don't judge me.

I haven't read any of these and I kinda just lost interest in them. Light was also the last of a series and I just couldn't be bothered to become invested and collect the series..I'm really not a terrible person, okay guys, I'm not. *guilty look*

Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer: Same as above I just no longer have any interest to read this. I feel so much freedom yet so much guilt. *drags hand down face*

Yes that's a garden gnome who's head broke off and yes, it's watching you. So you better watch out. *smirks*

The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis: My friend actually gave me all of these books and I was all like "YAY, free books" *grabs them* But then I realized I have no interest in reading any of these..So I gave them back. 

The Dead and The Gone by Susan Pfeffer: I LOVED Life As We Knew It, the first book in this series, but then I heard some bad reviews on the second book in this series, the Dead and the Gone, which is the second book in the series and I decided I'd give it a miss as it's actually about different characters then then the ones from the first book, so yeah I'm gonna skip this one.

Only the good spy young by Ally Carter: This is the fourth book in the Gallagher Girls series and I just, yeah, I don't know.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: I actually had to read this for school and the combination of the teacher reading it out loud with her nasally voice and the pressure of having to read it made me hate this book, so bye bye Mr. Hobbit.

What books do you no longer have interest in reading? Any books you didn't enjoy? Tell me why in the comments. XD

Monday, 6 July 2015

Review - Did I Mention I Love You (DIMILY #1) By Estelle Maskame

Title: Did I Mention I Love You
Series: Did I Mention I Love You #1
Author: Estelle Maskame
Genre: Young adult, contemporary 
Published: 1 July 2015
Format: Paperback, 422 pages
Rating: 5/5 Sneakers
Source: Black & White Publishing (Thank you! :))
When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.
Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler? 

*I received this from the publisher but this does not affect my opinion of the book*

Reaction upon finishing: Oh my gosh, I need more!! When's the next one coming out?! I could read this forever and never get tired of it.

I really ADORED this book, like a lot, like I need the next book right freaking now!

I love the way Estelle writes, it's really nice and simple and because of that it really compliments the story well! You could really see the writing in this book matured as it went on, it was never bad to begin with, it was actually really good but as you read on there were certain details that you notice she includes and I don't know how to explain it but it matured. I really think Estelle is incredibly talented for a seventeen year old author and I definitely see myself reading many future books of hers. 

The way the characters act in this story are at times really shallow and annoying but they're really real. I don't know about you but I think the characters that are in this story definitely act like the typical teenagers that are trying to be 'cool' and that's why I liked this book. Not to say that the characters in this story are all shallow, they aren't, the main characters in this story, Eden and Tyler, are very complicated characters that hold a lot of secrets that you don't even notice they're holding, which surprisingly I liked. 

I felt like the reactions of the characters were really raw and real in this book, Estelle captures the awkwardness of being a teenager in certain situations so perfectly! I literally found myself thinking, "Oh my gosh, that's so true." and "I totally relate to that." Basically I feel like anyone could relate to some of the situations in this book, be it an adult or a teenager. 

The characters in this book really do start to develop throughout the story, you see their layers being peeled back. Eden starts to stand up for herself in situations and Tyler starts to open up and you find out certain things about him that really locks all the puzzle pieces together and then there goes the light bulb, lighting up inside your brain. 

There was a lot of drama in this book and for some people that might not appeal to you but trust me Estelle does it right! The drama in this book isn't petty and annoying like it is in certain books. I'm really excited to see how everything is going to play out in the next two books. This was an excellent debut, that was done by a really young and talented author. If there was one word to describe this book it would be ADDICTIVE. 

Re-readability: YES! I can totally see myself re-reading this in the future.

Final Thoughts: I really great and relatable read. Although it has a few minor flaws but it's nothing you can't get past. I really do recommend this book to anyone, especially if you're a teenager, like me, because I feel like you'll really enjoy this book, even if you're an adult who reads young adult will also really enjoy this! 

There's something more to it all, something intriguing about who he really is beneath the tough guy that he's trying to project. I'm so interested, so infatuated, and I'm falling for him.
 "Don't you get it? You're not my distraction. This is me Eden. This. Right now. You're making me a goddamn mess, but I don't care, because it's me. I'm a mess. And the thing that I love about you is that I'm allowed to be a mess around you, because I trust you. You're the only one who's cared enough to figure me out. I want to be your mess."
"I haven't figured out your sense o humor yet," I defend, folding my arms across my chest and heaving a sigh. He's still a puzzle to me. "I didn't even know that you had one."

5/5 Sneakers

A new favourite.

+ I couldn't stop turning the pages.
+ I related the main character, Eden, really well.
- A few minor flaws, but nobodies perfect!

Have you read DIMILY before? Because I heard it was a Wattpad phenomenon, If you haven't read this I highly recommend you do! :D

Friday, 3 July 2015

Stacking The Shelves #1 - A Little Bit Of Book Mail

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I got some book mail, and as you all know as book lovers book mail is the best kind of mail. I'm really excited about the books that I have gotten this past week and so here they are:

Thank you Pan Macmillan SA! :)

1. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: Ever since I read The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and I saw that she was writing another book I wanted to read it, and I was lucky enough to receive it for review! 

2. The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: This looks like a really interesting read and I have heard nothing but good things about it and I can't wait to read it! :D

3. Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu: When I saw these at Readers Warehouse I freaked, literally. I have been wanting to add these books to my collection ever since I finished the series and now I can finally add them to my growing bookshelf! 

Thank you Black & White Publishing! :)

4. Did I Mention I Love You (DIMILY #1) by Estelle Maskame: I'm busy reading this book now and if I was to describe this book in one word it would be ADDICTIVE.

5. A Court Of Thorns And Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas: I've already read and LOVED this book and you can check out my review over here.

What books have you gotten this week/month? Any good reads lately? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

June's Monthly Rewind And Other Shenanigans

My Life This Month

1. Exams: I wasn't very prepared for these exams this term because of moving and..let's be honest here, BOOKS and Nashville. So many lovely books! Just to much distraction and also procrastination.

Break Your Consentration
This is what my books and the internet was saying to me, they were damn cruel.

2. Lots of Book mail: I received a book that I have been anticipating for a month or two since I found out about it and I was lucky to receive a copy for review, it's called Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame, she is seventeen years old and this is her debut novel, it's going to be a trilogy and I've just started reading it and guys I'm not disappointed. IT'S REALLY ADDICTIVE. 

I've also bought two books from The Book Depository and I'm really excited for them to get here! :D 

3. Renovations: Because we have just moved in to our new place, there's been a lot of renovations, not major ones, but still there's a whole lot of drilling and banging, it's pretty painful.

Cover your ears

Monthly favourite that wasn't a book

1. Pretty Little Liars, season 6: I love this show guys, and this month it's just come back on and I am craving it every Tuesday that it comes on! XD

2. German Orange Chocolate: My cousin recently just came back from a business trip to Germany and he bought us all a stash of German chocolate and guys this stuff is YUM!

3. Nashville: I love this show so much it's actually become ridiculous, I have been binge watching it like nobodies business!

Favourite song

I am obsessed with this song! *drool* It's from the T.V. show Nashville, so what do you expect?..:D

The top book/s of the month

1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas: This book is amazing and I cannot wait, like literally I don't want to wait, I want it NOW! XD (review is over here)

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This book was also seriously good, Maggie's writing has such a poetic feel to it that you never want to stop reading it! (review to come)

Favourite Quote

"Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” - Michelle Hodkin.

What have you been up to this month? Any seriously good books that you have read? Let me know in the comments.