Wrap Up

January Wrap Up

Today I am going to share with you all the books I have read during January. I had a good reading month as I didn’t have classes for a couple of weeks and I had some long train journeys where I got to do a lot of reading.

My True Love Gave Me

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. They are all winter romances. Some of them were better than others. My favourites were Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins and Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White. If you love contemporaries and want to find some new authors to read then this is great I found some authors that I will certainly be checking out  in the future. I did review each story individually but I will be posting a review shortly of the entire book to show you which stories I loved and which ones I didn’t like. I gave this 4 stars because there were some stories in this that were really not to my taste especially the last story.

Little Lies

I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s books. This book follows three different women who are kindergarten mothers. Each mother has a different story going on in their lives and what I really like about Liane Moriarty is that she writes about really serious topics and I think she writes about them really well. From the beginning of the story, we know that someone died at trivia night and the story then goes back and builds up to the events that took place on trivia night. I was hooked from the start and I thought the big reveal was really good. I love the characters that Liane Moriarty creates because they are so realistic and she discusses important issues.

Lord of Misrule

I am still making my way through this series. I really want to finish this series this year. This isn’t the best series ever but I have all the books so I really want to read them. They are quite quick reads so I should be able to finish them this year. In this book, there is a war going on in Morganville although you wouldn’t really know as barely anything happened in this book. The war was being fought by the vampires so we didn’t see a lot of it all we really saw was Claire and her friends running around Morganville doing very little. For me, the characters are quite boring and I just don’t feel connected to any of them.

Delirium

I have had this series for a while and this month I finally decided to start it. I was pleasantly surprised as I had heard mixed reviews about this book but I really enjoyed it. In this series love is a disease and when people get to a certain age they are cured so that no longer experience love. I thought this idea was really interesting and I liked the way the world was created. I liked the main character most of the time although at times she could be annoying as she was very indecisive. I liked Alex and Lena together but the relationship was an instalove relationship and I would have liked to have seen more development. There were parts of the book that were very similar to other dystopian books that I have read.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

This book was so disappointing, so many people love this book and whilst I didn’t hate it I just didn’t love it. When I started this book I really did not like it, I couldn’t get along with the writing style and I thought the characters were really annoying. The big reveal of who sent out the letters was not a surprise to me and I had predicted it quite early on in the book. The ending really annoyed me as it ended almost how it began with Lara Jean writing a letter. I feel that the ending was meant to be a shocking cliffhanger left open for the next book but in my honest opinion, I don’t think it needs another book. I will read the sequel just to see how everything wraps up but it is not a top priority at the moment.

Winter

What can I even say about this one… I loved it. I thought that this was an excellent conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles. I am sad that the series is over but I thought the ending was really well done and I was happy with where it left off. As always I loved all the characters and the new additions of Winter and Jacin were really great. I am so excited for Stars Above to come out next month.

 

Eleanor and Park

When I first started reading this I really did not like it. I’m not sure whether it was the writing style or the dual perspective that I did not like but there was something that I just didn’t click with. As I read further I really began to enjoy the book. I loved seeing Eleanor and Park’s relationship develop and I liked the friendship that they shared. Eleanor’s situation was difficult to read about but I thought Rainbow Rowell covered it really well. The ending was heartbreaking, on the one hand, I was really happy for Eleanor but also really sad.

 

Happily Ever After

This is a collection of short stories from The Selection series. I really enjoyed the stories and I liked seeing more background to some of the other characters. I really enjoyed The Queen, The Prince and The Favourite. This book had some lovely artwork in that really added to my reading experience. If you like the Selection series then this is a must read.

Attachments

This book was really disappointing for me. I found the story really boring and not enjoyable. This book follows Lincoln whose job is to read people’s emails. From reading emails exchanged between Beth and Jennifer he falls in love with Beth despite having not actually met her. Beth was also in love with him as she had seen him once at the office. I just couldn’t get on board with this book the two characters don’t actually meet until the end but they are both madly in love with one another. So many people love this book but it just was not for me.

 

Carry On

This month has been the month of Rainbow Rowell. I loved this book. I loved Baz and Simon and their relationship. I thought that this was just going to be a copy of Harry Potter and whilst their similarities I really enjoyed it. The magic system was really unique and interesting. I highly recommend this book and I hope Rainbow Rowell comes back to these characters again as I need more Simon and Baz.

Clockwork Angel

I loved this book. I have read the first three books of the Mortal Instruments series and I am following the reading order that Cassandra Claire suggests. I found it really interesting to discover more about the Shadowhunters world. I thought the setting of Victorian London was really interesting and one that I really enjoyed reading about. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the rest of the series.

Red Queen

I decided to re-read Red Queen as Glass Sword is coming out in February and I wanted the story to be fresh in my mind. Having re-read this book, I am now even more excited for the sequel to this book. I need to know what is going to happen to all of the characters. The betrayal that occurs was still as heartbreaking as the first time that I read it.

Make a Christmas Wish

This book followed the ghost of Livvy who wanted her old life back. She decided t haunt her husband and his girlfriend and her son. I enjoyed seeing the aspects of traditional Christmas stories showing the past, present and future. There were some difficult topics covered in this book and I thought that the author handled them really well.

Head Over Heels

I couldn’t find this book for the longest time which is why it took me ages to finish. I finally finished this book this month and I was really disappointed. I’ve read quite a few Jill Mansell books and I have really enjoyed them but I didn’t like this one. This book had too many characters and it was really difficult to keep up with who was who. Nearly ever character was having an affair which also made it really confusing. There were a lot of sub-plots and I feel that some of them weren’t resolved properly.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Sarah Dessen Review Mashup

Today I thought I would do a mashup review of the three Sarah Dessen books that I have read. The books that I will be reviewing for you today are: Just Listen, The Moon and More and That Summer.

Just Listen

I’ll start with my favourite Sarah Dessen book that I have read so far; Just Listen. This book is about Annabel who appears to have a perfect life but in reality, her life is far from perfect. She meets Owen who is obsessed with music and believes in always telling the truth. Owen helps her to discuss her problems and learn that things don’t have to be perfect for you to be happy. I really enjoyed this book, I thought the characters were much more relatable than the other two books I have read. This book dealt with a lot of difficult topics such as eating disorders and rape and I thought that they were dealt with really well. I liked the relationship between Owen and Annabel. I liked that unlike other YA contemporaries this wasn’t an instalove relationship and they started off as friends and we got to see their relationship develop. I also really liked that although romance, was a theme in this book it wasn’t the main theme and it focused instead on family and friendship which are themes that I feel are very important and are often overlooked in YA contemporaries.

The Moon and More

Emeline thinks that she will be spending another summer with her boyfriend Luke but when a filmmaker called Theo asks Emeline to guide him around the area things begin to change. This story was basically Emeline making a choice between Luke and Theo. I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, Theo was extremely arrogant. I didn’t feel connected to Emeline in any way and therefore, I didn’t really care about who she decided to pick. Usually, I really enjoy light summer contemporary books but I just did not get on with this one.

That Summer

This story follows Haven who has two weddings to go to this summer; her father’s and her sister’s. Haven reminisces about her sister’s ex-boyfriend Sumner who she much prefers to her sister’s current boyfriend. Sumner suddenly reappears in her life and she is really happy. I felt that this story didn’t really have a plot to it and it moved slowly and not a lot happened. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters. I thought the book was going to be really summery but it wasn’t really although it was set during summer. Throughout the book, I kept expecting something really dramatic to happen but nothing did.

Although I have had mixed experiences with Sarah Dessen’s books I would still really like to read more. Having given two books, only two stars makes it seem as if I would be put off reading her books but that is not the case. I think with contemporaries it is really difficult to get high ratings as a lot of them aren’t that original. I really want to read Saint Anything as I feel I will really enjoy that one.

Do you have any Sarah Dessen recommendations?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

For those of you unfamiliar with Top 5 Wednesdays then you can check out the Goodreads group here. This week’s topic is Disappointing Eye Candy, books that looked beautiful but weren’t very good.

AttachmentsThis was a huge disappointment. I really liked this cover and I have liked other Rainbow Rowell books. This one just wasn’t for me. I thought the story was very strange, it was a love story between two characters that didn’t actually meet until the end of the book. The main character came off as being very creepy as he was in love with someone that he’d never met but only read their emails.

 

Earthbound

I had no idea what was happening in this book. 80% of the time I was so confused. There was a strange love triangle between the main character a real guy and a ghost. It followed so many typical YA plot points that it didn’t seem very original. I really liked the colours on this cover and thought that it looked really pretty.

 

The Moon and More

This cover is beautiful, it has really strong summer vibes and looks like a fun contemporary. I didn’t like any of the characters in this story which meant I wasn’t connected to the story and didn’t really care what happened.

The 5th Wave

The cover of this is so beautiful. On the edition, I have the cover underneath the dust jacket is the same as the dust jacket which doesn’t happen very often. I found this so difficult to get into and as you can see from the above picture it took me nearly a whole month to read. The story flips from different perspectives and time periods which I found really confusing and difficult to keep up with.

 

Beautiful Creatures

I love the simplicity of this cover and thinks it looks really pretty. I found this to be so slow and not a lot happened until towards the end of the book. I feel that the story was dragged out longer than it needed to be and somehow there is still another 3 books in the series. I think this book could have easily been a standalone.

If you’ve done a post on this share your link with me as I’d love to read it.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

The Siren by Kiera Cass Review

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 3.94

Published by: iUniverse.com

Pages: 267

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Plot Outline

Kahlen is a siren and lives in the sea with her sisters. Sirens are unable to speak to humans if they do then the human will die. She leaves the sea and her siren live behind when she meets Akinli but she is unable to speak to him. The sea is always calling to her and it is difficult for her to keep her secret and communicate with Akinli.

My Opinion

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the idea, the sirens remain in service to the ocean for 100 years and after this time, they can return to their normal lives and begin ageing. The ocean needs to feed on people and that is the job that the sirens perform. They sing in order to lure people into the sea. I’ve always been interested in sirens/mermaids and I enjoy reading books about them. The way the ocean was written was really interesting, Kiera Cass wrote the ocean as if she was an actual person. The story in some ways was quite basic as it was a love story between Akinli and Kahlen however, I really enjoyed the story and I thought that it was really well written. This is quite a short book but I quickly became immersed in the world and I felt connected to the characters. Overall I would highly recommend this book. If you enjoy siren/mermaid books then you will like this and if you have read other Kiera Cass books but not this one then you really need to check it out.

The Siren is being republished with a new cover and it comes out on 28th January and I can’t wait to get a copy as I read this from the library but would really like my own copy. As expected the cover looks beautiful and will look really good with The Selection series.

5 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Shadowhunters TV Show Discussion

As many of you may be aware Shadowhunters has recently launched. This TV series is based on The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Claire. I have read up to book 3 in this series and it is quickly becoming one of my series. I know that there was a film of the first book which I have not seen yet but I the reason the TV series was created was because many fans did not like the film and it was decided that the series would not be continued. When I found out about the series I was very excited but being in the UK I thought I would have to wait forever for it to be shown but luckily Netflix is showing it. I thought I would share with you what I thought of the first episode.

Firstly lets talk about the cast and the characters. I thought that the cast was pretty good. Obviously, it wasn’t perfect but this was only the first episode. I really liked Simon and I thought that he was portrayed really well. From the little we saw of Magnus I thought he was really well cast and how I’d imagine Magnus to be. Simon and Magnus were probably the standouts for me. I felt that Jace wasn’t sarcastic enough for me and Isabella had been made too sexy. Whilst I feel that Isabella does have a sexy element to her in the books I felt that it was overdone in the show.

The script was probably what really let this show down for me. The script was very cheesy and I really disliked how large parts of the dialogue were just foreshadowing for the rest of the episode. The conversation about Clary’s mum having a secret was really unnecessary in my opinion. Also, the bit when Clary said her life was mundane which is what the Shadowhunters call humans. At times, the acting seemed a bit awkward and wooden and I think this is partly down to the script.

At the start, I knew that the show would not follow everything that happens in the books and I was expecting some changes to be made. The changes made to the plot didn’t bother me too much however when Clary’s mum gave her the Steele for her birthday this made absolutely no sense. In early scenes, we saw Magnus take away Clary’s memories of the Shadowhunter world and then her mum just gives her a piece of that world.

I didn’t instantly love this show but I didn’t hate it either. I think there is room for improvement but this was just the first episode. I think this episode was used to set up the plot for the rest of the show and a lot of back story was given to set up the world. I feel that if I hadn’t read the books then I would have enjoyed this a lot more but because I’ve read the  books I think I have higher expectations. I will be carrying on with the series as I want to see what direction it will go in.

Have you seen the first episode of Shadowhunters? What did you think?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday  is books that you’ve recently added to your TBR. This was hard to keep the list to just 10 books as I am always adding things to my TBR.

Keep You Close

When I found out Lucie Whitehouse was bringing out a new book I was really excited and I quickly added it to my TBR. I read Before We Met last year and I really enjoyed it. Before We Met is a psychological thriller and although parts were a little predictable it was still really enjoyable. I’m hoping that this will be another gripping book.

Remembrance

When I found that Meg Cabot was bringing out an adult novel to add to her Mediator series I was really excited. I have been re-reading the series and enjoying them. For me, they are 3 stars but I’m hoping the adult novel will be even more enjoyable. I really liked the adult novel she added to the Princess Diaries series (Royal Wedding) last year. I think the reason I have given the books only 3 stars is because I am much older now whereas when I read them the first time I probably would have given them 4 or 5 stars.

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror

Ever since I read The Last of the Spirits in December I have wanted to check out more of Chris Priestley’s work. This is a book that I’ve seen around quite a bit so it makes sense to start with this one.

Summer Days and Summer Nights

When I found out that this was coming out I added it straight to my TBR. I read My True Love Gave To Me which was a collection of winter short stories and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great way to find new YA authors and I’m very excited to discover m0re authors in this collection.

Soundless

When I heard about this standalone from Richelle Mead I put it on my TBR very quickly. Since the book has been out it has received mixed reviews but I still want to check it out to see what it is like and form my own opinion.

Hollowland

I loved the Trylle Trilogy and I want to read more of Amanda Hocking’s books. I’d already added most of her books to my TBR but I’d completely missed this series. This is a dystopian series set during the zombie apocalypse. I was able to get a free kindle edition of this so I will be reading this very soon.

The Living

This was an author that I discovered from reading My True Love Gave To Me. I really enjoyed Angels in the Snow  and I wanted to read more of his works. This book follows one of the characters that was in the short story which is why I added it to my TBR.

Change of Heart

This is a new adult romance which is a genre I haven’t read very much from and I would like to start trying more new adult books. This just sounds like the sort of book I would really enjoy.

Three Wishes

I love Liane Moriarty’s books, you can see my review of The Last Anniversary here. I think I have most of her books and all of them are on my TBR. I recently found out this book and I don’t know why it wasn’t on my TBR but it is now.

And Then There Were None

I watched the BBC adaptation of this over Christmas and I really enjoyed it. After I watched it I really wanted to read the book. I haven’t read many of Agatha Christie’s books and I would really like to read more. If you have any recommendations of her books then let me know.

If you’ve done this post send me your link as I’d love to check it out.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses

To celebrate the fact that Amazon has updated A Court of Mist and Fury and we finally have a cover for it I thought I would review the first book in the series. What do you think of the cover for A Court of Mist and Fury? I really like it and I think it will look good with the red on my shelf. Anyway onto the review.

A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Maas

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 4.30

Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s

Pages: 416

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Plot Outline

When Feyre kills a wolf in the forest she is taken to the fairy world as punishment for killing one of the Fae. Feyre is taken hostage by Tamlin who wears a mask and doesn’t speak to her very much. At the start Feyre is angry but as time moves on her feelings begin to change. She finds out about a curse that has been cast on Tamlin and his court and Feyre must try and lift it. This a Beauty and Beast retelling.

My Opinion

I want to start by saying I absolutely loved this book and it was one of my favourites of 2015. I thought this was an excellent start to the series and I can’t wait for May when the second book comes out. I really liked how the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre developed as it slowly built up and wasn’t an instalove relationship. Some of the romance scenes in the book verged on buying New Adult which didn’t bother me but it may be something to consider if a) you don’t like reading that sort of thing or b) you’re still quite young. All the characters were written very well and I thought they developed well throughout the novel. The evil villain was extremely and she reminded me of Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. The world building was really interesting and I can’t wait to discover more about this world in the next book.

5 Stars

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Kirsty xoxo