Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday- Books To Buy A YA Lover

This week’s topic is a Holiday Gift Guide. I chose to do a gift guide for people that love YA. This list is my recommendations for anyone that loves YA. There is a mix of fantasy, contemporary and historical fiction so  hopefully there is something for everyone. If I have a review for the book I will be linking it so you can read more on my thoughts.

Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer– I really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles and this is the first book in the series. Each book is a retelling and this one is a Cinderella retelling. This is a science fiction series. The main character Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. This series is unique and I like that each book follows a new character whilst combining the stories of previous characters. I would highly recommend this series as it is so much fun to read and it had amazing characters.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell– I would recommend this for anyone that wants a light hearted contemporary. This book follows Cath during her first year at college. Cath is a quite shy and she would prefer to stay in writing fanfiction. She meets Levi and they develop a really cute relationship. I like this book because I find Cath’s character to be really realistic and I can easily relate to her.

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass– I  think that the books in this series would make perfect presents partly for the gorgeous covers and also because the story is really fun. In the first three books, we follow America Singer who is participating in The Selection hosted by the Prince in order for him to find a wife. This series is so much fun to read and whilst the last two books aren’t as good I would still recommend checking out this series.

Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella– I think that this is such an important read for teens as it follows Audrey who has anxiety. We get to see how it affects Audrey’s life and how she tries to deal with it. I think mental illness is such an important topic and it is good that there are more books being written that deal with this topic. What I particularly like about this book is that it isn’t all doom and gloom and there are some funny moments which I think is important.

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– I loved this series. It is such a fun and cute contemporary series. It is perfect for any contemporary fan. Each book follows a different character and they are all set in different cities which I really enjoyed reading about.

Passenger

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken– If the cover isn’t enough to draw you in, the amazing writing most certainly will. This book is about time travel and the descriptions of the different places that the characters visited were amazing and I could easily picture them.

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare– I felt that this list would not be complete without a Cassandra Clare book. I love all of her books and I would recommend any of them for a YA lover but I think that Lady Midnight is one of her best books to date.

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys– This book was amazing. It is set during WW2 and is about the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy which I knew nothing about before reading this book. I thought that the writing in this book was excellent and it was such an emotional read.

The Witch's Kiss

The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr- I really enjoyed this book and I am currently reading an arc of the sequel. This book follows Merry who is a witch and her destiny is to stop the King of Hearts. The King of Hearts was created by an evil wizard and he takes the hearts of people who are in love.

The Neverland Wars

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse– Last on my list is a Peter Pan retelling. I really enjoyed reading this. I felt that the author captured the essence of Peter Pan whilst creating her own story. I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of retellings.

Leave me the links to your post for this week.

Kirsty xoxo

 

 

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Review

The Boy With Words by C.E. Wilson Review

The Boy With Words

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Plot Outline

White has lived her whole live sheltered in her society. Everything outside her world is called The Unknown which is a dangerous place that only a few people get to go to. Her cousin is one of the chosen ones and he brings back objects for White from the outside world. White eventually makes it out but is The Unknown a safe place for her or is she better off in her safe community.

My Opinion

It took me awhile to get into this book and when I first started it I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. The synopsis is really vague so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. Once I started reading it I soon worked out that White’s community are really small and I got a bit of a Borrowers vibe. When White ventures into The Unknown she meets a giant person and there is a sort of romance between them. At times White’s character got a little annoying but I mainly liked her. I was unsure what to make of Kes and I couldn’t decide if I liked him or not. I liked the plot and I enjoyed seeing White learn more about the world. I wasn’t a huge fan of the relationship as it happened really quickly. Kes seemed to accept the situation very quickly, I imagine most people would be a bit freaked out if they found out there was a race of small people that lived underground. Whilst it took me awhile to get into this book I ended up enjoying the writing. I do wish that there had been more of a conclusion as the ending is very open.

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

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Cover Reveal

This week the cover for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare was released. Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight had a beautiful cover and was much nicer than the original Mortal Instruments covers. I think that this cover is even better.

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Down the side, we have a scene from London and floating in water similar to the Lady Midnight cover is Julian. I love city scenes I think that they are so pretty and I really like how it is going down the side of the book. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I think it is going to look amazing next to Lady Midnight.

 

What do you think of the cover?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley

Eliza Rose

Plot Outline

This is a YA historical fiction novel set during the Tudor period. Eliza Rose is the only daughter of a noble family and her duty is to secure a good marriage. She gets sent to court and gets sucked into the drama that occurs at Henry’s court.

My Opinion 

Lucy Worsley is a historian and she often presents programmes on the BBC. She has written a few books but this was her first YA fiction novel. Eliza is Katherine Howard’s cousin. She gets sent to court so she can learn how to behave and find a husband. She starts by being a maid of honour for Anne of Cleves and through her eyes we get to see the rise of Katharine Howard. I’ve read quite a few books set during the Tudor period and I think that this one did a good job of capturing the atmosphere of the Tudor court. Whilst reading this book I could tell that the author had done a lot of research and that she is clearly passionate about the subject. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I liked the story and I liked that the author mixed facts with fiction in order to create her own version of events. I really hope that she continues to write more YA novels set during this time. I love reading about the Tudor period and I would like to see more from this author.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Books I Want To Re-Read

This week’s topic is, books we’d like to re-read. I read a lot but I hardly ever have time to re-read my favourites because I’ve got so many other books on my TBR. I really enjoy re-reading books as I get to fall in love with them all over again. I have previously posted about some books that I want to re-read so you can see that here.  If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass- I’ve recently finished The Crown and whilst I didn’t enjoy the last two books in the series as much as the first three I really want to go back and read about America and Maxon falling in love.

Twilight

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer- I’ve been watching The Vampire Diaries from the beginning and it is making feel really nostalgic for the vampire genre. I really loved Twilight when I first read it and I really want to see if I have the same experience reading it the second time around.

jane-eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- I read this book for my AS English class and at the time I really didn’t enjoy it but I think this was partly because I didn’t enjoy the classes. I really want to give this book a second chance. I really want to read more classics and I think if I start with re-reading one then it will hopefully encourage me to read others.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I am still yet to watch all of the Hunger Games films which I know is really shocking seen as everyone has seen them. Before I watch the films I really want to re-read the books. I marathoned the whole series a couple of summers ago so I don’t feel that I truly appreciated them.

holes

Holes by Louis Sachar- This was one of my favourite books when I was younger. I have read it a couple of times but I would really love to re-read as I love it so much.

Which books would you like to re-read?

Kirsty xoxo

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5 Overhyped Books

Today I wanted to read books that I think are overhyped. By overhyped, I mean that everyone says really positive things about them and I have either not enjoyed them at all or they haven’t lived up to my expectations. I find this is quite common as bloggers and youtubers often rave about certain books which makes me have really high expectations for them and they don’t always live up to them. Please let me know some of the books that you feel are overhyped. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- So many people love this book but it really was not for me. I found it to be really slow and even though it is quite short I struggled to get through it. Very little seemed to happen during this book and I found it really boring to read.

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater– A lot of people really love this series but I just could not get into this first book. I struggled to finish it and after I had finished it I had no idea what I had read. For the majority of the book I had no idea what was happening and I find it very difficult to summarise what it was about.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Whilst this book wasn’t bad it was not as good as I was expecting it to be. At the start, I really did not like this book as I found the characters really annoying and I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. As I read more I started to enjoy it more. I do think that this book is overhyped as the plot is quite basic and predictable.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han– This series really annoyed me. Belly was a very annoying character and I found her constant whining really irritating. Again a lot of people really rate this series but for me it was just ok and nothing amazing. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m older but I’m thinking about writing a separate post on this.

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey– A lot of people love this book and if it wasn’t for all the positive reviews I would probably have never picked this book up. I really did not get on with this book. I found it very confusing and difficult to keep up with the changing perspectives.

Have you read any books that you think are overhyped?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

When We Collided by Emery Lord Review

When We Collided

Plot Outline

Jonah is struggling to deal with his father’s death and he also has to help care for his family. He meets Vivi who loves life. As they spend more time together they begin to change each others lives.

My Opinion 

I heard so many rave reviews about this book but I was left disappointed as it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. One of the main characters in this book has a mental illness and people focused on this in their reviews. I really want to read more books about mental illness as it is something that I know very little about but would like to learn more as it is such an important issue. Whilst one of the characters does have a mental illness this isn’t the main focus of the book. The book instead focused on the relationship between Vivi and Jonah. I was not a fan of the romance. It happened very suddenly and I would have liked to have seen more development. I also didn’t, particularly like Jonah. This book was dual perspective and I really would have preferred to read Vivi’s perspective. I did feel that the author’s portrayal of the mental illness did seem realistic. Overall this was a good book but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I think that this book was very overhyped which meant that I had really high expectations for it and unfortunately these were not met.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo