30 March 2015

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

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The Broke and the Bookish always come up with interesting prompts for TTT and this weeks is just as genius. I am always adding new books to my TBR and to buy lists because I love reading, and there are so many new books coming out every week that I need to have an enormous to read list just to keep up with the new releases.

I was going to literally just transpose the most recent additions from my Goodreads BTR list, but then I found the same books popping up from previous TTT posts, so then I decided to do my most recent books which I’ve purchased to read or borrowed from the library, since I’ve failed to do a Sunday Summary in the past couple of weeks to keep you updated. Please forgive the romance heavy list, but that is what I’ve been fancying reading recently. Just click on the covers to go to their goodreads page and learn more.
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I hope you like my list, and always link me to yours, my TBR list could always new books, even if my bank balance won’t thank you for it.

26 March 2015

Anna and the French Kiss Series–Stephanie Perkins

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I am not writing a review as such, this is more statement of my thoughts on the series, I have now read the three books in this series and I have a few things to say.

I do like series like this, where you have independent books which vaguely link to each other as you have some 6 degrees and Kevin Bacon happening with the characters from each book. They are all vaguely linked, but you can still read the books completely separately of one another. I love stories like that, because you can dip in and out as you please. I did not realise that was what these books were going to be like when I picked Anna and the French Kiss up, though.

The first time I read that book I was not impressed. I picked it up because I do that thing on Amazon and Goodreads where it goes people who read this also read… and I followed through to this book from another YA high school book when I’d been in the mood for some high school based YA contemporary romance. I was expecting to enjoy it, but I just didn’t. I don’t know if it was because it was so bizarre having an American high school in Paris, or if it was because they were all rich and it made me roll my eyes. I don’t know if it was simply I didn’t understand the whole Anna and St Clair dynamic. Whatever it was, in my first read through, something didn’t click.

I then got into book blogging, and bloggers raved about Stephanie Perkins and her books and I thought maybe I had been too critical in my first reading, maybe I’d been wrong to judge so harshly. I read the book again, after all, I’d bought it on my Kindle, it deserved a reread. I go to my Goodreads though, and see I’ve given it a very poor rating still. I did not dislike it quite so much on my second reading. I liked the characters, Anna was nice and there were friendships which I found redeemed the book in some way, but I still did not love it as so many bloggers seemed to.

After giving the first book such a negative review, you may question why did I still wished to read the rest of Perkins books? Well, I bought the short story collection she edited, My True Love Gave To Me, and I absolutely loved her short story. I figured, a woman who could write a short story like that, which I thoroughly enjoyed, must be capable of writing books I’ll enjoy. So, I bought Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After for my kindle, because why not?

I mentioned how I wanted to read Lola and the Boy Next Door in a TTT post and people responded saying they really enjoyed the book, it was one of their favourites. I decided to read it and I completely understood why there were so many good things said about Stephanie Perkins. Lola and the Boy Next Door is set in San Francisco, Lola does not go to the American school in Paris, she lives a much more normal life, and I think that is probably the reason for me enjoying the book so much more than the first.

I thought Lola was lovely, she was a typical teenager, dramatic and over the top struggling to figure out who she is. Her array of clothes fascinated me, the way she put on costumes and wigs and changed her appearance so dramatically, it was so insane and so interesting. And her family, it was complicated, but I adored her dads. They were hilarious. I think they made the book for me with their humour, a highlight for me is after they discover a boy sleeping over in Lola’s bed (I will not reveal which boy, but if you’ve read it you’ll know) and they are upset vowing no boy shall get to sleep with Lola she cannot do things like that. She asks about what happens when she is married, they’re response?
“We’ll buy a camp bed. Your husband can sleep on that when he visits.”
Everything about Lola’s story was that bit more relatable, and that bit more fun. Sure, there was drama to be had, and Lola created a lot of drama for herself, but it was not the drama you witness in Anna and the French Kiss and I preferred it so much more. Loved it even. It was my favourite of the series.

From my opinion on the second book, you will completely understand why I then decided to read Isla and the Happily Ever After last week. Again, I had an issue with it. I think it may be the Paris setting and the fact these people come from rich families. Maybe I am a reverse snob and look down upon those with more money than me, I don’t know. I enjoyed it. I gave it a 4 star rating, but I almost gave it a three because there were things that bothered me.

Isla was whiny, I forgave it though because she is a teenage girl struggling with her insecurities. Those insecurities grated upon me in the book, though. I know it was partly just because I am past that stage of my life and sometimes struggle to remember what it can be like. I am insecure about things, but I try to not let them stop me from doing things, but all I saw in the book was Isla letting her concerns take over for her. She was continually holding herself back for no obvious reason.

I thought I might be able to relate to her indecision about her future, a feeling I most definitely can relate to, but Isla just seemed to expect her future to fall into her lap. I certainly never set out and actively pursued some things, but I researched, I planned, I applied to about a gazillion jobs and worked to get where I was. I may have hoped someone would tell me what to do at times, but I did not simply leave it to fate to decide. I made the effort and made the decision. I wanted to shake Isla and tell her to do the same. No one knows exactly where they are going to be, she didn’t need a set plan for life, but I wanted her to make more of an effort.

I did enjoy the book, though. I loved Isla’s entire family dynamic, it was interesting and I loved how her relationship evolved with her younger sister, who was fun and becoming a grown up person in her own right. I enjoyed seeing her grow as Isla realised she was more than simply her little sister. I liked Isla’s relationship with Josh, especially after she overcame some of her insecurities and grew into herself. Isla’s close relationship with Kurt was fantastic, to have a friend who can be bluntly honest with you at times is something you need, especially when you’re being stupid, having someone to point it out is required. Maybe I found the character of Isla hitting too close to home for me? There are some similarities in our personalities, especially from when I was a teenager. The insecurity and shyness is something I can relate to and that is often something can make for an uncomfortable read, but I don’t know.

You may be wondering why I’m writing about a series I only seem to want to complain about. Well, I wanted to because there are pros and cons to the series, but one thing I cannot deny from all my reading is Stephanie Perkins is a fantastic writer. These books were good reads, even the ones I didn’t enjoy I did still like and want to recommend to others. They deserve the attention they get, even if I don’t agree with some of the praise.

24 March 2015

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or Teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

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I was not as an avid a reader as a child as I am now. I loved to read and spent a lot of time reading, I read everything I could get my hands pm, but I did not have favourite books in the same way as I do now. I had certain books I adored and owned, but as a whole I would be borrowing anything and everything from the library. There are certain books I would borrow again and again, but a lot of them were books I would probably never want to read now as I know my experience was coloured by age, then I did not have the same appreciation for writing as I do now. I do not expect my books to be literary masterpieces, but I am less forgiving of cliches and drama and angst in books, something I adored as a teenager as I felt my life was so dramatic. Anyway, I'll try and think of books I loved but that I would also hope to revisit. I must warn you though, my book a!media was far worse when I was younger. I would read several books a day on weekends which inevitably lead to me for getting things so there are plenty of books I've probably forgotten.

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Wicca (Sweep) Series – Cate Tiernan I actually reread some of this book series a year or two ago, I didn’t get to the end because I got distracted by other books, but this was one of my favourite book series. I would borrow the books from the library almost religiously because I just was so fascinated by witches, a little obsessed really. Books about witches were my favourites as a young teenager, I still have a soft spot for them.
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Roald Dahl – I would love to reread all of his books I read as a child, like The BFG and Matilda, because I adored these books. I would love to sit and reread them if I only had the time. To see if they are as fantastic and adorable as I remember.
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Curtis Sittenfeld - I have two Curtis Sittenfeld books sat on my shelf which I read once and never read again. I vaguely remember enjoying them, but struggling with them as they were a bit more complex than I expected, but I think I was not old enough to truly appreciate the writing at the time. Ever since I heard Sittenfeld is the one doing the Pride and Prejudice rewrite for The Austen Project I've been thinking about revisiting them.452306

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – Ann Brashares – I only ever read the first two and I would have loved to have read the whole series. I loved the books I thought they were so cool, I loved the entire idea of sharing jeans with your friends and them travelling around the world, but I never did finish this series (are you noticing a trend?) and so I would love to revisit and reread.
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Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series – Louise Rennison – I adored these books as I child, I remember the first book me and my friends read, we were 11 and it was just before we began secondary school, one of my friends bought the third book and we had a sleepover reading from the book and laughing hysterically. Sadly, my friends mom found us with the book and took it away, said we were too young for it, that just made me go out and buy all the books. Rather unsurprisingly my mom didn’t care what I read.
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Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot – I read them, just like every other teenage girl, and I still adore them. I adore the memory of them, anyway, because I was obsessed with these books and Cabot’s other teen series. I always get tempted to reread books like this because I loved them so much.
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Gossip Girl series – Cecily von Ziegesar – I adored these books when I was younger, I got the first one free with some teen magazine, and so I hunted out the books in the series. I never got to the end of it and I never read The It Girl series either, I eventually got older and just kind of forgot about these books.
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Stephanie Plum series – Janet Evanovich - I read these books when I was about 15, when my mom first started reading them, and I adored them. I am so many books behind now, I think I got to about book 12 or something before I stopped keeping up, I know, not far in the grand scheme of things. I loved them, though, they were fun and interesting and I would definitely read them again as an adult.

Those are all the books I can think of from my childhood that I want to reread. All of the others I’ve already reread, like Harry Potter and The Hobbit, so I can’t really think of any other books I used to read. I know there aren’t ten, but there are enough I suppose.

19 March 2015

What Do You Do With Your Old Books?

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This post is inspired by my mega spring clean the other week, where I cleared off shelf space and cleared things from my room. I cleared books off of my shelf, books I’d read that I plan to never read again. They weren’t bad books, they are just books I no longer am interested in. I’ve read them and they aren’t the type to reread, you can see a sample of my books pile below, I need to find a new home for them that is not on my bookshelf.
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What to do with your old or unwanted books is a dilemma for readers everywhere, you will inevitably end up with some books you no longer want, no matter how much of a book hoarder you may be. My question to you all is what on earth do you do with these books?

I know there are numerous ways to shift my old books, I can swap them in, trade them online for cash, give them to charity, or simply throw them away. All are viable options, and I have investigated trading some of my old university texts in at Amazon for an amazon gift card, but when it comes to your usual everyday kind of reads it is not so easy to make a profit from them.

I have investigated book swapping, that way I get a new book without paying anything more than postage for the book someone is willing to swap with me, but my issue is that I have not found a website which fits what I want. I want a site that I’m likely to get stuff I want to read, otherwise I’ll just be trading in books I don’t want to get books I’ve thought about reading but lacked motivation to because I wasn’t that interested. It seems like a flawed way of getting new books, if I had been interested enough to buy the book I most likely would have already (unless pricing put me off).

I normally end up just giving these books to a local charity shops as this is a very easy option for me to do. There is little effort on my part beyond getting someone to drive me to town (yes, I am 24 years old and have yet to learn to drive a car, do you have a problem with that?) as I normally have a box full of books to donate that I would really rather not lug around on the bus. As a whole it is way more convenient and I am helping others discover new books, much like I do when I go trawling through the shelves at charity shops.

I try and gift friends with any of my unwanted books first. I like to think that I am passing them on to others to enjoy, which is quite similar to how I view giving them to a charity shop.

I don’t know, I’m probably not being the smartest with getting rid of my old books and would love to hear some of your thoughts. I am genuinely interested to hear what you do. Maybe you’re sensible enough to invest in your library and avoid buying books, but for those of you with the same self control as I have when it comes to book buying your advise would be appreciated, and I’m sure there are plenty of others interested too.

17 March 2015

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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The Broke and The Bookish propose this prompt every season for TTT and every time I have a long and ambitious list of books I want to read, and normally I’ll end up reading about two. I enjoy doing them, though, simply because it helps give me an idea of the books I want to be buying on the coming months.

I have tried to stick with new releases on this one, because I rarely showcase the books I’m excited for, and I am excited for these books. You will notice that it is all basically contemporary YA, but those are the books I’ve been adding to my shelves lately, I wish I knew why.

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PS I Still Love You – Jenny Han
Genre: Contemporary, romance, YA
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
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Genre: Paranormal, Post-Apocolyptic
End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
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Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
Genre: Contemporary , romance, YA
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
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Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?
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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.


Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamicsThe Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
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The Wrath and The Dawn – Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Romance, Fairytale Retelling
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights


Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
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Genre: Romance, Contemporary
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
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Made You Up – Francesca Zappia
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.
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Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

Those are the books I’m looking forward to in the coming months and that I hope will be occupying my time for the next few months. What do you think? Have you heard anything about them and if so what, I want to hear good and bad, either way I’m excited to get reading them.

14 March 2015

Sunday Summary: 15.03.2015

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This week has been mostly quiet on the reading front. I don’t know why Ive closed down with my reading, but I have. I read a couple of books that I enjoyed, but after finishing Into The Wild Nerd Yonder I developed some weird book hangover where I just wasn’t ready to read something new. I’m hoping after a weekend of binge watching TV, eating lots of food and generally not reading anything other than fanfiction I’ll be ready to read books once more. I’m also really behind on my blog reading, I’m hoping to catch up this evening if I can get a couple of hours to myself, but we will have to wait and see since it’s a busy day.

 

It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK today, so I’ve a busy day ahead of spending time with my mom and my nan. I’ve got gifts for them both and obviously I want to show my appreciation for everything they’ve done for me so I’ll have a bust family day. We also have a Sunday lunch planned with my family  so it’s not even like I’ll be free to just sit for a while, it will be a day of being forced to be social and being on my best behaviour so I don’t know when I plan to write my posts for next week. I’m hoping to find a couple of hours to myself.

 

New To Me

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Tucker – Juliana Stone (it was free for kindle and I enjoyed Boys Like You, so why not?)

Into The Wild Nerd Yonder – Julie Halpern

What I’ve Been Reading

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

Into The Wild Nerd Yonder – Julie Halpern

 

I had another post I planned to have up this week but sadly life got in the way and I didn’t get to finish writing it, Hopefully I’ll get it up next week instead, but I make no promises. I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of my, damn my real life commitments.

12 March 2015

Vicious–VE Schwab And Why You Should Read It

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Vicious - V.E. Schwab

Genre: Paranormal, Sci FI

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A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.'

I’d never read a Victoria (VE) Schwab book until last week. After I finished Vicious all I could think is ‘why on earth did I not read her books sooner?’ especially since she had been on my radar for a while. After I read Vicious, though, I can safely call her a fantastic author and I cannot wait to read A Darker Shade of Magic.

 

This post is for all of you who have heard of her and were a bit uncertain whether or not to take the leap and give her a go. Do it, do it now. Below are a long list of reasons to push you to take the leap, I can practically guarantee you won’t regret it.

 

The story is nothing like you expect. I never know what to expect going into books, and I thought it was going to be a more linear story, but once I started reading and I began to meet the characters I was blown away and the story just went to new places I would not have even thought of. It’s incomparable to anything else I’ve read, and for that reason alone you should check it out.

 

The characters, they are so human you can almost accept they could be people. You read and you expect to have an idea who is good and who is bad and what is right and what’s wrong, but then you can innumerable shades of grey and you just feel confused. You would think that would be disconcerting, but it’s not is, it’s refreshing to read about people that sound genuine.

 

You will be stuck trying to figure out the story the entire way through. It flicks from past to present, which makes it interesting as you continually looking back to figure out how you got to where you enter the story. It’s not that the story is confusing, it’s just details and motivation are confusing. You’re waiting for the moment where things change and someone does something that helps it all click, but it  takes a while.

 

It is the most original take on superheroes and villains I have ever read, I only wish I had read it sooner because it is so intriguing the various ideas on good and bad.

 

And I could list a long list of other reasons to read Vicious, but I won’t. I insist you give it a go though, you will not regret your venture into her writing. She has several other books I’m going to have to check out now because if they are all as good as this one, I’m missing out on book gold.

10 March 2015

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Books With Sport in Them

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I didn’t really know what was meant by this one, normally you get a bit of a prompt to give you some clues. I was going to do recommendations based on a single books, but I hate seeing things like that, you know when you see on book descriptions and you see the phrase ‘fans of… will love this’. I don’t like people saying I will like one thing based on the fact I liked something else. Sure, there is a chance I will, but it is not guaranteed. So, then I decided I will pick a topic and give recommendations based on that.

I recently read Catching Jordan, and it reminded how much I love football in books, and sport in general, and so I’ve decided to give you ten (or as many as I have) book recommendations for fans of sport in books. I’m talking about those who love sports films but the ide of watching on actual game of anything fills them with dread in reality. So, basically, they’re for the ones who like the idea of sport, as long as it comes heavy on people and other things or romance.

(American) Football

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All Lined Up – Cora Carmack And all the Rusk University series, these books are great because they have spot in them, but I am obviously reading them for the romance.
Rush Me – Allison Parr For those who want romance but are going in with a cynical and negative view of football and it’s players, because this book is very good at changing your mind.
Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally And the rest of the Hundred Oak series, because I hear there are other sport type books in the series. These are for the YA fan who wants less of the romance, but more of the high school people drama.
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Shut Out – Kody Keplinger For those who want some sporting rivalry between the football and ‘soccer’ team resembling West Side Story but don’t actually want to read too much about actual sport.
Nowhere But Home – Liza Palmer For those who loved Friday Night Lights and want an adult perspective of living in a football town when football holds interest only in the fact family is involved.
The One & Only – Emily Giffin Another recommendation for Friday Night Lights fans (or I’m guessing) because this is on my TBR list too.

Dancing/Gymnastics/The Circus?

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The Hit List – Nikki Urang For fans of Step Up, because it’s a good film okay and dance school drama is always fun.
Amour Amour – Krista & Becca Ritchie For those who love gymnastics and dancing and dreamt about joining the circus until they realised how totally impractical that is.

Those Other Sports Like Football (Soccer For You Heathens) And MMA and All that Jazz

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Scoring Wilder – RS Grey For those who have lusted over their coach, that sexy guy on the football team, or any sports player really.
The Year We Fell Down – Sarina Bowen For those who know about set backs in life, also on my TBR list.

And that’s my list of books. It’s a bit eclectic, I know, but hopefully those interested in a good sports related romance novel will find something to interest you.