New Releases

July Releases

Today I will be sharing with you all of the July releases I am excited about. This month is quite a quiet month in terms of new releases that I am excited about as I only have two books on my list.

How To Stop Time

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig–  Tom has been alive for centuries so he is always on the move changing his identity. He works as a history teacher. Due to his condition which means he does not age he can’t fall in love. This book sounds really interesting it sounds a bit like the film The Age of Adaline which I have just watched.

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love To Hate Me Edited by Ameriie- If you watch Booktube you will know that Booktubers and authors have been paired up to write stories about villains. The Booktubers have given the authors prompts and have written essays to go before the stories. I am really looking forward to this book as it is a collection of really great authors.

What July releases are you excited for?

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance

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This week’s topic is books without romance. This is quite difficult as a lot of books have a romance element to them. The books that I have selected either don’t have any romance at all or the romance element is minimal. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

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Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys- This book is set in WW2 and focuses on the events that took place during the Soviets rule. This is an area of WW2 that I knew very little about so it was interesting to read about other events that took place during the war that don’t get talked about as much as other events. I love Ruta’s writing as she makes the characters and situations feel very real and whilst this is a work of fiction it feels very believable.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– This is another WW2 that absolutely loved. This book is really interesting as it is narrated by Death. I thought that this was a really powerful read with some really heartbreaking moments.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness– Conor’s mum has cancer and a monster comes to visit him to help him come to terms with his mum’s illness. This is another really powerful read although the plot is predictable the way this story is told is really unique. If you do read this I would highly recommend the illustrated edition.

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. Kelsea has to take the throne after her mum’s death. I think the world in this series is really interesting as it is set in the future but the world has medieval qualities to it. If you are a fan of fantasy then I would suggest checking this trilogy out.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry- I find the world in this book really interesting. Everything is controlled and people get assigned their roles. This is definitely the best book in the series but the other ones are good too.

What books are on your lists?

Kirsty xoxo

TV

Pretty Little Liars Finale Review (Spoilers)

Pretty Little Liars Finale

As the majority of you will be aware the Pretty Little Liars finale aired last week. I have been watching this show for 7 years and it is now all over and I wanted to share my opinions with you. This review will contain spoilers so if you haven’t watched the last episode then I would advise reading with caution.

Overall I was disappointed with the ending. The episode felt rushed despite being longer than usual, the reveal wasn’t as dramatic or surprising as I was hoping and there are still a lot of questions unanswered. I felt that the show went downhill after the first A reveal and whilst many people didn’t like the Cece reveal I didn’t mind it too much. I think the show should have ended after that reveal as I have not enjoyed this series as much.

I felt that a large proportion focused on the Liar’s relationships rather than the actual reveal. The show starts with a strange dream sequence which involved Lucas tap dancing and Jenna riding a horse which was very odd. Also, this is the only time Lucas appears in the whole episode.

We get to see Emily and Alison with their twins. I am going to say something that will be very unpopular but I have never been a fan of this relationship. Out of all of the pairings, this is my least favourite.

Mona is working for AD in this episode and for some reason, AD gets her to wear a Melissa mask and a black hoodie whilst spying on the girls. I’m not really sure why this was done apart from to shock viewers at the start thinking that AD was Melissa which I wouldn’t have minded as I have always thought that she was involved.

AD is finally revealed as Spencer’s twin which was not really surprising as there were so many fan theories about Spencer’s twin. Also, they’d already played the twin story with Charlotte. The way that the Liars discovered the twin was ridiculous. Jenna can smell that it’s not Spencer and a horse reacts badly to her and therefore the only logical conclusion is that is isn’t Spencer. The Liars accept this very quickly.

Alex’s accent was hilarious. As a British person, I can honestly say I have never heard anyone sound like that. Speaking of British Wren was involved I thought that he was going to be AD but I guess this is the next best thing. Although Alex did turn him into a diamond which is sad and turns out he is the father of Emily’s twins.

One of the questions I have is how on earth did Alex manage to build an underground dungeon. She mentions that she didn’t have the same wealthy upbringing as Spencer so how did she afford to build the dungeon and deck it out with expensive cages also how did no one notice all this building work being done.

Whilst the reveal was a little disappointing I did enjoy the bit at the end with Mona. We see Alex and Mary Drake trapped in a dollhouse showing that Mona won the game. I wished the episode had ended there but it continues with the high school girls at a sleepover and Addison has gone missing. The show hints that story is going to happen all over again with another group of girls which seems very unlikely.

I was hoping that the reveal would have been a character that we had known since the beginning rather than one that was made up in the last episode.  I do think that Troian did a good job in this episode even if I wasn’t happy with the reveal I can appreciate her acting skills.

Overall the ending did disappoint me and I would have liked to have seen it end differently but I have enjoyed watching this show ad I have a lot of memories tied to this show.

What did you think of the ending?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz Review

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Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Plot Outline

Jasmine is a hard working student and she has big ambitions but when she finds out that her family is in the country illegally everything changes. She starts to rebel and do things that she never did before.

My Opinion 

The topic of this book really interested me and I think that it is a really important topic. The author used some of her own experiences to create this novel which is really interesting. I did feel a little disappointed that the romance overtook the main plot of the story. The romance was very insta-love and had too much drama. The boy that Jasmine was seeing was the son of a congressman which was very convenient and helped the author to create a happy ending for Jasmine. I found the relationship very realistic and Jasmine seemed to fall in love very quickly and she kept saying that Royce was The One which did make me roll my eyes a little. Whilst the romance felt unrealistic the whole situation did feel very realistic. I think the author did a good job at showing the emotions that go along with finding out that you are in a country illegally. I think drawing on her own experiences really helped to give this book a realistic portrayal of the situation. I did mark this book down because of the romance element of this book if it had been a bit more of a side plot I wouldn’t have minded but it did become the main focus of the story in parts. Overall I think that this is an important book as it addresses an important topic. If you were looking for another book that covers this topic then I would suggest The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.

I received a copy from Net Galley.

Kirsty xoxo3 Stars

TBR

July TBR

Today I am sharing my TBR for July. I only managed to read 5 books in June so I didn’t want to make this month’s too ambitious so I decided to pick 5 books that I hope to read this month. I’m really hoping that I will be able to read more but I know this month will be busy as I am now working full time so I don’t have as much time to read as I did before.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt– I started this book last month but only got about 30% read. This book is over 800 pages so it is going to take me awhile to finish. I am finding it interesting although it has been a little slow so I am hoping that the pace will pick up.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare– I have had this book since it came out in May but I am still yet to read it. I loved Lady Midnight and I can’t wait to see how the story continues. I really want to read this book before I get spoiled for it.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor– I really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and I am looking forward to seeing how the story gets wrapped up. I liked Laini’s writing and I love the characters in this series.

Return to the Isle of the Lost

Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz– I liked the first book in this series and I really want to continue with the series.  If you are a fan of Disney then I would highly recommend this series. I also picked this book as it will be a bit of an easier read compared to the other books on my TBR.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee– I am trying to read a classic a month although I didn’t get one read in June. This month I want to read this one as my mum really liked it and she told me that I would like it. I might try and read another classic this month to make up for last month but I don’t know whether I will be able to so I didn’t put one on my TBR.

What books are on your TBR this month?

Kirsty xoxo

 

Wrap Up

JuneWrap Up

Today I will be sharing with you all the books that I read in June. I didn’t have the best reading month in June as I was only able to finish 5 books. I’ve had quite a busy month as I have started a new job and moved flats. I am also reading The Goldfinch which is over 800 pages so it is taking me quite awhile to get through. I’m hoping that July will be a better reading month but I am moving again in July so I am not sure how much I will be able to read.

Ignite

Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis– This is a vampire novel where conduits are the only people that are able ton kill vampires. The conduits are split into two groups and the main character Kira is a mix of both. At the start of this book, I did get a lot of similarities to Twilight but there are a lot of differences. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book but I did like Kira as the main character. Overall I thought that this was an ok book but I probably won’t continue on with the series.

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee– I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a futuristic New York and follows a group of teenagers. This book had a lot of Gossip Girl vibes which I really enjoyed. I can’t wait for the second book to come out as this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Read

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson– If you are looking for a cute summer contemporary read then this is the book for you. This book follows Amy and Roger as they make a road trip across America. This book made me want to go on a road trip so badly. I am really looking forward to reading more from Morgan Matson in the future.

Where Rainbows End Read

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern– I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as it is told through letters but I ended up really enjoying it. We get to see two best friends group up and start their own lives. I thought that the characters were really realistic and although the ending was predictable it was still an enjoyable read.

Days of Blood and Starlight Read

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor– This book wasn’t as good as the first book but I still really enjoyed it. I find the world in this series really interesting and I love Laini’s writing. I can’t  wait to see how the series will be wrapped up in the next book.

What did you read this month?

Kirsty xoxo