Monday, 29 June 2015

Review | The Selection, by Kiera Cass

What You Need To Know:

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Chick Lit, Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: 24th April, 2012

The Plot:

The Selection is the chance of a lifetime for thirty-five girls in order to escape the life laid out for them at birth. They have the chance to be swept up into a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. It sounds like every girls dream.

But it isn't America Singer's dream; in fact being Selected is a nightmare. It means that she has to abandon her family, her future and the man she loves.

Yet everything changes as soon as she meets Prince Maxon. He's different than he seems. As time goes on she begins to question all her future plans and that perhaps the life that she has dreamed of will never compare to a future she never imagined.

My Thoughts:

I didn't know how I'd feel about this book because I'm not usually into Chick Lit but there was something about this book which I found really appealing. There was something about the characters in the book that I connected with and I had a moment when I wanted to sit down and finish the book. However I didn't own a copy of the Elite at the time so I didn't want to finish the book because then I wouldn't have been able to continue with the next season. It annoyed me.

But I still finished the book and it was beautiful and I love it so much. America is such a nice character and I have to say that I completely fell in love with her. Oh I need a Maxon in my life too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will someone become my Maxon please?????????/

I can't really say a lot because it will spoil the book but it was beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think you'll understand why I am giving this book *****

Friday, 26 June 2015

Harry Potter Spells Tag

I am obsessed with Harry Potter. Like literally obsessed. I have probably read the series over one hundred times! You should probably know that by now if you have been reading my blog for a long time. I thought that it would be a good idea to do the Harry Potter Spells Tag ... even though I haven't been tagged to do it but who cares! Let's just do the questions .....

1) Expecto Patronum - a childhood book connected to good memories
One book that links with my childhood has got to be the Hobbit. There are a lot of books that I could mention, Harry Potter included, but the Hobbit is the one thing which I can truly link to my childhood. My dad used to sit down with me at night and we would read one chapter a night and I can remember his different voices for the Dwarves and the Trolls. It was beautiful. Even now when I read these chapters, I still hear his voice in my head. It really is one of my fondest memories and if that hadn't happened then I doubt whether I would be like this. An insane fangirls who is releasing her mad thoughts about book and other geek related things to the internet; i'd probably wouldn't be me.

2) Expelliarmus - a book that took you by surprise 
I didn't think that I'd like The Selection, by Kiera Cass as much as I do. It is so beautifully written and so addictive; I literally couldn't put it down. I just loved the whole as the series in a general.

3) Prior Incantato - the last book you read
I read The Selection by Kiera Cass. This book surprised me. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do but I did and I am literally sat in the middle of my rehearsal screaming at some of the things going on. Not actually screaming, internally though I think I did squeak a tiny bit. My review will be up soon, I promise! But it was so good and I need to talk to someone about it!

4) Alohamora - a book that introduced you to a genre you hadn't considered before
For me this has to be Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Before I read Fangirl I didn't like the sound of contemporary reads. When I read I liked to visit new worlds not something that could happen in the house next door. I preferred to read sci-fi and fantasy books. But I thought that I'd give Fangirl a bash and now I'm suddenly obsessed with  anything and everything related to contemporary. I'm glad that that happened because it means that I'm reader a far diverse range of works; something that I really enjoy.

5) Riddikulus - a funny book you've read
This was one of my favourite books from my childhood and it still makes me chuckle today; All American Girl, by Meg Cabot. It's just really funny and I love it so much!!!!!!!!

6) Sonorous - a book you think everyone should know about
I think everyone should read Fire City by Bali Rai. Bali is an amazing writer who I have had the privilege of meeting several times. He is a very talented author and this is probably one of my favourite books of his. It is set in a demon riddled world and it is so beautifully written and I have to say that it is one of my favourite books I've ever read!

7) Obliviate - a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ... Sirius Black. Need I say anymore!

8) Imperio - a book you had to read for school 
All the books I have read at school I liked quite a lot. I'm an English Literature student so I always do like what I read. Except for one. Spies by Michael Frayn. It is the worst book I've ever read and I had to recreate the writing style for some coursework and it was hell!

9) Crucio - a book that was painful to read
Her by Harriet Lane was a very painful read for me. It was so dull! And I found myself almost falling asleep as I read it. It was so dull and I wish that I could have loved it but it was rather awful!

10) Avada Kedavra - a book that could kill (interpret as you will)
A Game of Thrones. Those feels throughout literally kill me with every time I turn the pages of my book!!!!!!!!

Belated Birthday Book Haul


Almost three weeks ago, on the 5th of June it was my birthday (YAY I'VE SURVIVED SEVENTEEN YEARS!!!!!!!) and I got a fair few books as presents. I bought myself some book related things too and I got some other random stuff. So I thought that I would do a birthday book haul slash all my other presents.
First things first the books that I got for my birthday …….

West End Girls, by Jenny Colgan. Allegedly the streets of London are paved with gold so it is the perfect place for complete opposite twin sisters Lizzie and Penny Berry to move to in order to get noticed. Randomly the two discover that they have a wealthy grandmother who lives in the centre of Chelsea who is currently staying in hospital. However during their time flat-sitting the two discover that the West End lads are nothing like Hugh Grant.

Hollow City, by Ransom Riggs. Beginning immediately after the first book, Jacob and his friends are forced to travel to London in the middle of the war in order to save Miss Peregrine. There they encounter new  allies, a menagerie of peculiar and also some new enemies.

Horns, by Joe Hill. The last year Ignatius Perrish has spent the year in a purgatory of sorts after the death of his beloved Merrin Williams. Merrin was raped and murdered in the middle of the woods and everyone in his small town believes that Ig is to blame. Almost a year later, Ig wakes up to discover that he has horns sprouting out of the top of his head. These horns provide Ig with a terrible power which might finally allow him to discover who killed Merrin and destroyed his wife.
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. It’s 1990 and the internet is a fairly recent thing. Within a printing company Lincoln O’Neill has been employed to monitor people’s emails to ensure that they aren’t doing anything inappropriate. Everyone in the News Room knows that this was happening but no one actually knew who this guy was. Lincoln suddenly comes across the emails between Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder and whilst he reads their enjoyable conversation he discovers that he might be falling in love with one of them. But is there such a thing as love before sight?
The Night Circus, by Erin Mogenstern. The circus will arrive with no warning and only open at night. But the Circus is really a battle ground between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, and only one of them will be triumphant. However, the two of them have fallen headfirst into a deep and magical love that caused the room to heat up with they come in contact with each other. But their love does not matter for their fate has been set out before them and only one of them can complete it.

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. Anna is supposed to be spending her senior year in Atlanta with a great job, a loyal best friend and the possibility of a crush becoming something more. However that all changes when she is shipped off to a boarding school in Paris and she is far from thrilled; until Etienne St. Clair comes into her life. But he has everything that he could possibly want … including an equally perfect girlfriend. But they do live in the City of Light so perhaps something could come true. So there probably is the option that the year could end with a long-awaited French Kiss.

All My Friends Are Superheroes - Andrew Kaufman. All Tom’s friends are superheroes; in fact he even married one called the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist is hypnotised by her ex-boyfriend Hypno to believe that Tom has abandoned her. In her grief she moves to Vancouver, never knowing that Tom is beside her and he has until the plane touches down to convince her that Tom is visible before he loses her forever. 

All I Know Now - Carrie Hope Fletcher. This is a guide to survive the ‘teenage’ which can be a dangerous and bumpy road meaning that even the best people will need help at some point. Whether it is about love, friendship, school or the future; this book will help no matter what.

I was given some money too so I bought myself a few books, when I say a few I mean 9 (soon to be 12!)

The Elite, The One and The Heir, all by Kiera Cass. When a Prince comes off age in the land of Illea, thirty five girls are selected from around the country to take part in the selection. A chance to escape their birth lives and to become the Princess of the land. All they have to do is get Prince Maxon to fall in love with them. However, this is a nightmare for America Singer as she has to leave her secret love Aspen as well as her home in order to compete for a crown that she doesn’t actually want. Oh and she has to live in a palace that is constantly under threat from violent rebel attacks. But it seems that Maxon might be able to change her mind; perhaps this competition might begin to mean more?

Hush, Hush; Crescendo and Silence, all by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Romance was never a part of Nora Grey’s plan. She wasn’t particularly pretty so she couldn’t attract boys in school and to be honest she wasn’t really bothered. That is until she meets Patch. His easy smile and eyes that seem to stare at her very soul draw her closer to Patch; even though her brain is telling her not to. However after a series of terrifying events, Nora doesn’t know who to trust. Patch seems to be where ever he is and knows more about her friends that even she. She has no idea whether to run to his arms or hide in the corner. Suddenly Nora finds herself in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortals and those who have fallen. But when she has to choose sides, the wrong choice could cost Nora her life!

Atlantis Gene, Atlantis World, Atlantis Plague, all by A.G. Riddle. High-tech artefacts are found in an area that was believed to be from ancient Atlantis. This discovery causes one global organisation to violently accelerate the next step in human evolution.   

Cress, by Marissa Meyer. Cinder and Captain Thorne are still on the run from the law; but Scarlet and Wolf are now in tow. The quartet now have a plan; overthrow Queen Levana and her bloody thirsty army. They have one person who can help them is Cress, an excellent hacker who has spent her life living on a satellite. Cinder needs her help, as does Levana; each to find the other. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world; but they may be the only hope that the world has.

Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige. Amy Gumm is a normal teenage girl; that is until a tornado swept her up and transported her to Oz. But Oz is different to what she knows from the books and films. Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches might actually be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed if they attempt to rebel. The yellow brick road is still there – but it’s crumbling away. Dorothy is a tyrannical leader and Amy is who Oz needs to go back to normal. 

Half Bad, by Sally Green. Nathan has lived in a cage for sixteen years: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In modern day England, witches live amongst humans but Nathan is an abomination to his people. He is the illegitimate son of Marcus; the most powerful and cruellest witch in the world. Before his 17th birthday, Nathan must escape the cage and received three gifts from his father or he will die.

I also bought myself a Daenerys Targaryen Pop Funko figure and four Hobbit bookmarks. 

So I have a bit of an addiction which is not good at all! But what am I going to do about it; there are worse things to be addicted to; right! So that was my belated birthday book haul. 

Book Total Of 2015 - 34

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review | Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer


What You Need To Know:

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer 
Number of Pages: 454
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Modern Fairy Tale
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Published: 5th February, 2013

The Plot:

Scarlet Benoit is a young girl who lives with her grandmother on a farm in Rieux, France. Her grandmother suddenly goes missing and as soon as the police announce that they could not discover where she had gone, Scarlet goes on a dangerous mission in order to find her. Before leaving she meets a street fighter called Wolf who agrees to help her find her grandmother since he has information that will lead them to France. Wolf tells Scarlet one thing about her grandmother's kidnappers, they have taken her in order to discover information about the lost Princess Selena of Lunar.

Meanwhile, Cinder is still in New Shanghai prison waiting to be taken back up to Lunar where she will be executed. That is until she gets a new arm and suddenly she is able to escape. With the help of another prisoner called Thorne, Cinder escapes and is searching for Scarlet's grandmother too in order to find out more about Selena.

But things are not going to be as easy as they appear and Cinder has to act quickly in order to ensure that Emperor Kai's life is safe before she reveals her big secret to the rest of the world.

My Thoughts:

I loved Cinder. It was such a good book. There was something about the idea of Cinderella being a Cyborg that I loved. It was completely different to anything else I had heard of and it made me really excited to read the book. This book did not disappoint.

Scarlet is obviously based on Little Red Riding Hood. She has red hair and wears a red hood, yep that is definitely Red Riding Hood. Not to mention that the her supporting character is called Wolf. Yep! But the change in it is rather interesting and what Wolf is actually amazes me!

Meyer has a really unique writing style. Even though it is set in the third person .... I think ... it is set in the third person isn't it. I think it is ... why am I doubting myself? Anyway, she has a unique sense of third person as it made it seem like it was Cinder's or Scarlet's point of view. That was brilliant. It was almost like I was watching a film. I was able to see the characters and picture everything that was going on. I haven't had a book like that for ages. Her writing style was not too descriptive that it become boring but there wasn't so little that I was unable to picture anything. It was a brilliant combination. I could visualise the area and the characters as well as being able to put my own spin on the characters. I love that style of book.

The chapters were't too long or too short so I was able to read several in a row. This meant that I got through the book really really quickly. Which was good because I really wanted to read it but I also wanted to savour the book so I finished it a bit too quickly for my liking. That disappointed me because now I need to order Cress and then impatiently wait for Winter. Although I could also get Fairest too. I'm an impatient person! 

I may have slightly fallen in love with Wolf too! Now I love Kai and Wolf and I don't know who I love more. Though I probably have to say that I love Kai the most. He is the one I fell in love with originally  so you can understand why I still love him. I feel so sorry for him and .... i'm really going off topic now. Sorry.

My Rating:

Can you tell that I loved this book. I NEED TO READ CRESS!!!!!!!!!!! That's why I'd give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Total of 2015 - 30

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review | The Queen of Zombie Hearts, by Gena Showalter

What You Need To Know:

Title: The Queen of Zombie Hearts  
Author: Gena Showalter
Number of Pages: 459
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fairy Tale, Horror, Modern Fairy Tale, Retelling of a Fairy
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 30th September, 2014

The Plot:

Everything seems to be fine in Ali Bell's life for the first time in many months. She is back in a comfortable relationship with her boy friend, Cole. She's finally keeping on top off her school work whilst still spending her nights hunting.

This isn't the type of hunting that most people would think. This is the hunting of vile creatures none only in legends. Zombies. Zombies killed her sister and her parents all those months ago and since then Ali has joined forces with a seemingly bad crowd (who are know some of her closest friends) to kill them each night.

Not too long ago, Ali had a beast living inside her. This was a creature of Zombie blood who attempted to destroy her, yet with the use of the fire that the hunters contain they were able to destroy this Zombie Alice. And they were also able to defeat the leader of a group of scientists who want to use the zombies to combat diseases. Meaning that they want to kill all the hunters.

In this moment of calm, a storm suddenly hits and Alice's world is once again turned upside down. Not only are many lives endangered but Alice discovers something new about herself that has altered her life completely.

Her family might not be her family.

My Thoughts:

I've heard good things about this book and I have been enjoying the series so I thought why not read this book and wait for several long months until the next book comes out. I loved the first book, but the second book was a tiny bit annoying if I'm honest! It was really really really slow. The final part of the book was really good but it was so dull in parts, I literally wanted to curl up in the corner of the room and go to sleep. It was so dull. So I had mixed emotions when it came to this book. I knew that I was either going to love it or hate it!

Up until the final few chapters of this book, I thought this book was brilliant. I really enjoyed how fast past it was. I think it was in the first twenty or so pages which completely hooked me. It was so bloody amazing. There really was something about Showalter's writing at the start of this book, I was able to just connect with it. And when certain events took place I was literally terrified to turn the page just incase someone died. Also by this point I have completely fallen in love with all the characters so I was ready to complete bloody murder if someone endangered one of babies!

Also the cover was so beautiful. I love all the covers (although the Alice on the cover is nothing like I think Alice should look like so that has obviously annoyed the living hell out of me!) because of the sheer difference of them. There is just something about them which really attracts my attention. It might be the grey, ornate picture frame with images that can seem fairly disturbing when you look at it for a long period of time.

However, the book went down hill drastically. There was a point when it should have just ended because the rest of the book was written so poorly that I wanted to cry. If Showalter had ended the book before then it would have been a brilliant cliff hanger which would make me cry and scream and beg for the next book to be out. But she didn't. It was literally written like a poor fanfic. We all know them, hell some of us may have written our own share until we understood grammar and punctuation, as well as tone and pace. It felt like she had to write it in 24 hours and included something that could have taken over a hundred pages to complete in about 10. It really really really pissed me off! If she hadn't done that then I would have given this book at least four stars ... hell probably even five but no she had to go a ruin it at the end!


So I did love this book but small things annoyed me and the ending just pissed me off. I mean a ten year old could have written that better! It was bad!!!!!!!!! So that's why I had to give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️
It could have been worse. If I hadn't loved the rest of the book then from the ending alone I would have given it a one or two!

Book Total of 2015 - 29