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Mean Spirits

Mean Spirits by Meg Cabot- 3/5

This is the third book in the Mediator series. In this book Suze’s friend Gina comes to stay. 4 teenagers died in a car accident and Suze discovers that it wasn’t an accident. This book seemed to have a lot more action than the previous book and seemed much more fast paced.

City of Glass

City of Glass by Cassandra Claire- 5/5

I am really enjoying this series. There is so much happening in this book and I didn’t want to put it down as I wanted to find out what was going to happen. There was a lot of interesting information revealed in this book about Jace and Valentine.

Fairest

Fairest by Marissa Meyer- 4/5

I really enjoyed reading this and finding out more about Queen Levana. I found it really interesting to see her past. It was a really quick read but I would have liked to have seen more from this as I felt it was a bit short.

I Heart Hollywood

I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk- 3/5

I read the first book in this series earlier this year but I didn’t enjoy this one quite so much. Angela spent most of the book complaining which I found really annoying. I found the story to be very cliche and I felt that I had seen the plot before.

I Heart Paris

I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk- 4/5

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the second one. This time, Angela was in Paris. I found the story more enjoyable although the plot was still quite predictable. I’m not a huge fan of Angela as a character as I find she complains way too much but I do find the series an enjoyable read.

The Last of the Spirits

The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley- 4/5

I found this really interesting. It is told from the perspective of two children who meet Scrooge on Christmas Eve. They encounter the same spirits that Scrooge does. I really enjoyed the way that Priestley combined Dickens’ works into his own to create a new story.

Shine

Shine by Candy Gourlay- 4/5

It took me awhile to get into this story as it flicks from the past to present. The story is about Rosa who lives on an island, she has an illness which means she is unable to speak. Once I got into it I found it to be really fast paced.

 

All My Secrets

All My Secrets by Sophie McKenzie- 3/5

I  enjoyed this book. It followed Evie who found out her mother wasn’t her birth mother and she got sent to an island for ‘troubled’ teens. On the island, she thought she saw her mother’s ghost and she began to believe that her mother had been murdered. I found this to be really fast paced but the ending was a little disappointing as it was very predictable.

Stonebird

Stonebird by Mike Revell- 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. It was about a boy who finds a magical gargoyle. The gargoyle protects Liam and whenever Liam tells stories the gargoyle makes them come true. Liam uses the gargoyle to try and help his sick Grandma. This dealt with some difficult themes and I feel that it was written really well.

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The Crowham Martyrs- 3/5

This book is set in a boarding school and the main character is able to see ghosts. I really liked the writing in this book, the descriptions were very detailed and I could easily picture the setting and the characters. At times, it was a bit confusing and I wasn’t always sure what was happening.

Kirsty xoxo

 

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Top 5 Wednesdays:Top 5 Books of the Year

This was really hard to narrow down to just five. I will be doing a separate post of my top 15 of the year as I have so many favourites I want to talk about. I will also be doing a post about which books I found the most disappointing this year. This is a group on Goodreads and can be found here.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars

I absolutely loved this book. I liked the characters and I thought the relationships between them were really well  written. This book was really well written and had some amazing quotes.

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

The Night Circus

This was fantastic, the writing was great. The imagery that was created meant I could easily picture what the circus was like. The plot was relatively simple but for me, the writing and descriptions made it so much more enjoyable.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

Fangirl

This was fantastic. I loved the characters as I thought they were really realistic. The relationship between Cath and Levi was really well written. I would love to see more of these characters and I hope that Rainbow Rowell revisits them in the future.

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.”

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

This was a great start to the series. It was difficult to choose which Sarah J Maas series to mention as I have also really enjoyed the Throne of Glass series this year. I loved the characters especially the evil queen as I found her very interesting. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next book.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This might be cheating as it is technically three  books, but I couldn’t decide which one was my favourite. The characters and the world was really well written. I was addicted to this series and loved everything about it.

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

What have been your favourites this year?

Kirsty xoxo

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

It was really hard to narrow this list down to just ten as there are so many books coming out this year that I am interested in picking up. This feature was created by The Broke and Bookish.

  1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (5th January)

Passenger

This has been mentioned so much on Booktube already. I haven’t read Alexandra Bracken’s other books, but this one sounds really interesting. This book follows Etta who finds herself inheriting a legacy from a family she doesn’t know anything about and she must protect it. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (14

2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (14th January)

Truthwitch

This is another book that has received a lot of hype already. This book is all about witches. This book sounds really interesting and a great fantasy read.Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (2

3.Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (2nd February)

Stars Above

I love the Lunar Chronicles and when I found that Marissa Meyer was releasing a collection of short stories I was really excited. A couple of them are currently available online, but some of them have never been released before. Remembrance by Meg Cabot (2

4. Remembrance by Meg Cabot (2nd February)

Remembrance

I have been re-reading the Mediator series and I was really happy when I found out that Meg Cabot was going to be releasing an adult novel for this series. I enjoyed her adult novel in the Princess Diaries series so I am looking forward to seeing what this one is like. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (11

5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (11th February)

Glass Sword

I read Red Queen this year and I really enjoyed it and I have been patiently waiting,  the release of this book so I can see what is going to happen.

6. Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine (1st March)

Midnight Bites

This is a collection of short stories from the Morganville Vampires series which I have been reading this year. Although it is not my favourite series I always love to read short stories. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire (8

7. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire (8th March)

Lady Midnight

This year I have discovered Cassandra Claire. I am half way through the Mortal Instruments series and I aim to finish it before this book comes out. This book takes place after the events of the Mortal Instruments.

8. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (5th April)

The Glittering Court

I enjoy Richelle Mead’s writing and this is a new series from her. The story follows Adelaide who pretends to be a servant to escape an arranged marriage. She goes to the Glittering Court which aims to change poor girls into upper-class ladies.A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass (3

9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass (3rd May)

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favourite books of this year and I am really excited for the sequel. I can’t wait to see more from these characters and this world. I think Sarah J Mass is a fantastic author and she writes excellent stories. The Crown by Kiera Cass (3

10. The Crown by Kiera Cass (3rd May)

The Crown

I love The Selection series and this is the last book in the series. I can’t wait to see how Kiera Cass will wrap everything up.

What books are you looking for in 2016?

Kirsty xoxo

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Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

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Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

This story was about a girl who swapped her plane ticket with another girl at the airport. The girl then pretends to be Hulda an exchange student from Iceland. She stays with a family and really enjoys spending time with them. At the end, it turns out that she is a popstar and her manager comes to take her home.

I really enjoyed this story, I thought that it was really sweet. The plot isn’t the most original as I have seen this story many times before. This story wasn’t particularly Christmassy it took place the days before Christmas. I thought the relationship between Liddy and Ethan was really sweet as they slowly started to fall for one another and it was nice to see the relationship develop. I felt the ending was slightly disappointing and I would have perhaps liked to have seen  more from this story.

This year I read Heist Society by Ally Carter which I really did not like but this has made me want to try out more of her works as I really did enjoy this story.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

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Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

This was another really sweet story. Maria lives in a town called Christmas where it is basically Christmas all year round. Maria hates living in Christmas and wants to leave as soon as she can. She works in a diner where her mum is the manager. She is  saving money to leave until she meets Ben the new chef. Ben is able to make everyone happy by cooking.

I found this story really original, Ben was able to make everyone happy by cooking them exactly what they wanted. Maria didn’t like him at first, but they got on really well by the end. I felt that this story was really good at getting me into the Christmas spirit. I thought it was interesting how Ben’s name was Ebeneezer and the author had managed to weave a bit of the Christmas Carol story in, as Ben had been in juvie and was now making up for his past.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and it I think it is a great story for getting people into the Christmas spirit.

5 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

 

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Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire

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Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire

I really did not enjoy this story. This story was about a guy who pulled pranks on people, but his latest prank got him in a lot of trouble. To save him from going to jail the pastor said that he could help out with the Christmas concert. Whilst helping out he starts talking to this girl.

I didn’t think the story was that original and I really struggled to finish it. I think it was the writing style that I just really did not get along with. did not connect with the characters and I wasn’t a fan of the main character.

This was probably my least favourite story so far.

 

2 Stars

Kirsty x0x0

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What The Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman

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What The Hell Have You Done Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman

Another really sweet romance story. Sophie has moved to college from New York and isn’t really settling in. A lot of people have gone home for winter break and she decides to go to a carol concert. At the concert, she meets Russell and they end up ditching the carols to spend the evening together.

The plot was very simple, but I enjoyed that as it makes it more realistic. The characters worked really well together and they had a good relationship. They seemed to get on well and they could easily talk to one another.

I enjoyed this one and I would like to read more of Gayle Forman’s works however I have heard that often her work is quite sad.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo