Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Settings You Want to See More Of

This week’s topic is settings that we want to see more of. They can be time periods or places.  If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

1920s 

I love this time period and I enjoy books that are set during this time. I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby and I would love to read more books that are set during this time. When I learnt about this period in history it was my favourite topic as I found it really interesting.

Italy 

I love reading about different places as you can learn so much. I haven’t travelled very much but I would really like to, reading about different countries makes me want to travel even more. Italy sounds like such a beautiful country and I would love to read a book that is set there.

France

I enjoyed reading about Paris in the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. I think that it is the perfect setting for contemporary novels as it has beautiful buildings and amazing cafes and restaurants. I would love to see more contemporary novels set here.

The Lunar Chronicles World

I am a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and I would love to see more of the world that she has created. I would love to see the history of the world or perhaps follow some new characters.

Small UK Villages

I really love the dynamic of village life and I really enjoy seeing it in novels especially contemporaries.

Kirsty xoxo

 

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Covers

This week’s topic was a free choice so I decided to talk about some of my favourite covers. I’m sure I am not alone when I say that beautiful covers are a massive weakness for me. They always say don’t judge a book by its cover but I think we all do to some extent.

Passenger

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- I love everything about this cover. I love the typography, the colours and the image. I think it is really interesting that the city is in the bottle and then a ship is on the outside.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- I think all the covers in this series are really pretty. I love that they use bright bold colours and have an image of the city in the background. Each book takes place in a different city and I like that this is represented on the cover.

Winter

Winter by Marissa Meyer– This is another series that has beautiful covers but I think Winter is my favourite. I love the pink apple and I also really like the font that has been used for the title.

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey– Although I didn’t enjoy this book I really love the cover. I love the colours that have been used and I like the way that the sun is setting behind the trees.

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass– I love the covers in this series. The different dresses are so pretty and I love the way that they line up on the shelf.

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas- The covers in this series seem to be getting better and better. I love that on the front we see Celaena  in her assassin gear and then on the back we see her in a beautiful dress. I think that these covers really draw people in and I also really like the white background that is used on the UK covers.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell– This is such a simple cover but I think that it is really pretty and cute which sums up the story. I love the mint green background and the little illustrations that have been used.

The Neverland Wars

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse– I love the blue that has been used on this cover and I like how the swords are used in a subtle way. The font really helps to draw you in.

Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton- This is such a gorgeous cover and I can’t wait to see what the other books in this series will look like. I love the gold and blue colours that have been used.

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare– I am not usually a fan of people on the cover but I love this image of Magnus and I think it matches really well with the picture I have in my head of him. Again I really like the blues that have been used on this cover. I also really like the Infernal Devices covers but I didn’t want to list too many Cassandra Clare books as I thought it might get a bit repetitive.

What are your favourite covers?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

The Boleyn Bride by Emily Purdy Review

The Boleyn Bride

 

Plot Outline 

Elizabeth Howard has big plans of being a lady in waiting for Catherine of Aragon but everything changes when her family decides to marry her off to Thomas Boleyn. All her plans change as she is left at home to raise Mary, George, and Anne. When Thomas finally takes his family to court they quickly rise to power but power can be lost just as quickly as it is given.

My Opinion 

I really enjoy historical fiction especially if it is about the Tudor period. I found this book particularly interesting as it followed Anne Boleyn’s mother rather than Anne. I found Elizabeth to be a really interesting character and I enjoyed reading about her. Obviously, this is a work of fiction but it was interesting to hear what Elizabeth thought of her daughter and the relationship she had with the king. Elizabeth came across as a very vain character and she constantly complained about how pregnancy had ruined her looks. At times this was quite annoying but she didn’t have much else to focus on. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

As a side note if you are in the US the author uses the name Brandy Purdy instead of Emily.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday- Favourite 2016 Releases So Far

This week’s topic for Top 10 Tuesday is my favourite releases from this year so far. We are half way through the year which is crazy and there have been some excellent book releases so far. Below are my top 10 that I have read so far.

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare- I absolutely loved Lady Midnight. I think it is my new favourite Cassandra Clare book. I loved all of the new characters and I can’t wait to see them in the next book.

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys- This was a fantastic book. It was so well written and it was truly heartbreaking. I liked that Ruta Sepetys had written about an event in WW2 that I had never heard of.

Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer– I will always be a fan of the Lunar Chronicles and any book that has these characters in will be a favourite of mine. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories especially the one that takes place after Winter.

Passenger

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- I really enjoyed Alexandra Bracken’s writing in this book. Her descriptions of the places that the characters went to were so detailed that I could easily picture them.

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell– This was such a cute short story about a girl waiting in line to see the new Star Wars film. I thought that this was such a sweet story and I liked that it explored what it means to be part of a fandom.

The Neverland Wars

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse– I loved this retelling of Peter Pan. I loved the poetic writing and the descriptions of Neverland. I thought that the author did a really good job of capturing the essence of Peter Pan’s character.

Flawed

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern- I found the world really interesting in this book. Everyone has to be ‘Perfect’ and if they are not then they are branded as Flawed.I liked that this book didn’t focus too heavily on a romance.

Baby Doll

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton– I found this book to be so gripping from start to finish. This book was really dark and I thought that the author made the situation and characters seem really realistic.

The Sound Of Us

The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle- I think this would make an excellent summer read. It was such a cute story about a girl at a music camp. I loved that the main character was obsessed with TV like I am as this made her more relatable. This book was such a fun book to read.

A Thousand Salt Kisses

A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth- I love reading about mermaids and this book was really enjoyable. I loved the romance in this and I also found the side plots interesting.

Kirsty xoxo

Favourites

Top 5 Books I Read This Spring

I previously posted about the Top 5 Books I Read This Winter  and I wanted to do this again for the books that I read in spring. These are my favourite books from March, April, and May. This wasn’t too difficult to pick as I only read six 5 star books in spring so I’d like to give an honorable mention to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I enjoyed this book but it didn’t quite make it into my top 5. This list isn’t ranked as that would be too difficult.

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare- As expected this book was amazing. I think it is Cassandra Clare’s best work to date. I loved all of the new characters and there were so many twists to the story that it kept me hooked throughout. Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys- I enjoy historical fiction but I rarely reach for it. I can’t remember the last time I read a WW2 novel but this one was truly amazing. It is told from the POV of 4 characters and is about the Wilhelm Gustloff ship disaster. I had never heard of this event before so it was really interesting to learn about it. This book was fast paced and a truly heartbreaking story. I really enjoyed Ruta’s writing and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry– I read this book after watching the film and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I found the world to be really interesting and I really enjoyed Lois Lowry’s writing. I liked that this book made me think and even though it was quite short a lot happened.

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie- This was a fantastic book. I loved the mystery and I was hooked from the start right up until the end. I loved the atmosphere that Agatha Christie created as I really felt like I was on the island with the characters and I kept wondering which character would be next to die. Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas- I really enjoyed this book. In Heir of Fire I really didn’t like Manon’s POV but I really enjoyed it in this book. There was so much action in this book and at moments it was really tense. I am really excited for the next book and I can’t wait for September.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Covert by Natasha Preston Review

Covert

Plot Outline 

Seven friends take a trip to a cabin in the woods but two of them end up being murdered. The police quickly determine that it had to be one of the five survivors who committed the murders. Mackenzie doesn’t believe her friends could have done it so she begins to investigate for herself which leads to her finding out secrets about her friends and she discovers that perhaps her friends were capable of murder.

My Opinion

I found this book really difficult to rate. At first, I was going to give it 4 stars as I really enjoyed it and as I found it to be really gripping. I stayed up late to finish this book which I very rarely do. However, when I came to add to Goodreads in the morning I decided that although I had enjoyed it the murderer was made quite obvious throughout the story. I think that this book is more of a 3.5 as I did really enjoy it. The plot is quite basic and not particularly original. Despite this, I still found this book to be really gripping and I enjoyed learning everyone’s secrets. There are a lot of clues given throughout the book that hint at who the killer is. When I was reading it I was surprised when the killer was revealed, however, when I thought about it I realised how obvious it was throughout the book.

Overall I enjoyed this book and I would be interested to read more from this author in the future.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Father Figures

This week’s topic is Favourite Father Figures in celebration of Father’s Day which is on Sunday. I found this topic really difficult as the majority of YA books don’t have any parents in them. For some reason, a lot of authors choose to write about characters whose parents are dead so I found it hard to pick answers for this week’s post. I have decided to pick a couple of TV fathers as well as book fathers as otherwise my list would be much shorter.  If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola’s dads from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- I loved that Stephanie Perkins included a gay couple in her book. I really liked Lola’s dads as they both clearly loved Lola. I really enjoyed reading about them as they had a great relationship with Lola.

City of Bones

Luke from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare– Although Luke isn’t Clary’s father I really like the relationship that these two characters have. Luke really cares for Clary and her mother and I like that he would do anything to protect Clary.

Pride and Prejudice

Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- I find Mr Bennet to be really funny as he has a sarcastic sense of humor and has to put up with the antics of his wife and daughters.

Sandy Cohen from The O.C.- I love Sandy, he is the perfect father figure. He takes in Ryan to save him from jail. I think he is really fun and would do anything for his family.

Joe West from The Flash-  Joe is a great father to Iris and Barry. I particularly like the relationship that he has with Barry and how he treats him as his own son. Joe always does everything in his power to protect his kids.

Kirsty xoxo