Monday, 27 April 2015

Stolen: A letter to my captor by Lucy Christopher

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I had heard so many good things about this book that I had to pick it up and the fact that Lucy Christopher is Lecturing at the University where I graduated and the publishing company is so close to home had me itching to read it. So I did. 

I was hooked from the very first page with this story, The main character Gemma is relateable not only with young adults but with everyone because we have all been in the place where Gemma is at the beginning of the book. Her parents pay her little attention and her best friends have gone on holiday together without her so when Ty shows her some attention she is curious. 

I found the plot gripping which is amazing for a book that is set mostly in the middle of nowhere with most of the story taking place inside Gemma's mind. It was easy to feel like you were there with the two of them. As I read the letter style story I as Gemma did had a soft spot for Ty, what he did was wrong but as I got to know him better I began to feel for him. My emotions twisted and turned from love to hatred as Gemma wrote her conclusion and you realise that your too as a reader are confused. You should be angry but your not, you shouldn't feel bad for the kidnapper but you do. I obviously wouldn't normally be wanting Gemma to fall in love with Ty and live happily ever after in the middle of nowhere with a camel but that is what Lucy Christopher made me want.

Along the was Lucy Christopher managed to educate me a little on Stockholm Syndrome without boring me and we sort of got to experience it for ourselves. I know I wondered at the end if they should just be together because he clearly worships the ground she walks on. I loved everything about this book. Everything!

If you dont read anything else this year or ever you should add this to your to be read list.  

Thanks For Reading

Em x



Friday, 24 April 2015

Finale by Becca Fitzgerald Review


I am kind of going to review two books in one here because I read Silence and Finale back to back.
The last review i did for the Hush Hush series was not a particularly positive one. It was after the second book and I was left unsure as to whether I would carry on or not but I wouldn't have been satisfied until I completed it so I read the next two. 

I liked it. I mean This series is never going to make any of my top 10s but it was OK. 

Nora Killed her dad and became the leader of the Nephilim but the first thing she does in the 4th book is go to a night club. Nora has her priorities a little bit wrong in my book. 

This part of the book has a lot of death and some major players don't make it but nobody seems sad at all. If one of my besties  popped their cloggs then I would be really sad for at least a few paragraphs but not Nora she is relentless. 

Nora and Patch are pretend broken up in this book except Nora has told nearly everyone that its fake and he is always turning up to rescue her so how anybody believed this plan is beyond me. 

There were a lot more twists and turns in these last two books and they were a lot more exciting than the first two. I wanted a little more romance in the last book but everyone was so busy that they didn't have a second together but that is just a preference.I would of preferred a different ending but again this is just a personal thing. 

Over all I was pretty happy with the series except for book two I could have given that a miss. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella Review

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Having never read a Sophie Kinsella book before I went into Finding Audrey blind. I recieved this book for review through NetGalley and got onto it straight away. 

I found this story refreshing, funny and touching. 
Audrey has been severely bullied at school which left her in hospital. Once she left she was unable to have any contact with people, she even struggled with her family members. The story focuses on Audrey's growth as a person and see her trying to get herself back to normal.

The plot deals with anxiety and I found it interesting to read about how anxiety works and how it effects not only the suffering individuals but also the families and the friends of the sufferer. The book is a young YA however I enjoyed it all the same because Audrey is sweet and the family life is realistic. 
The relationship between Audrey and Linus is really sweet. Its a young love that grows between them (as it should be). Linus is patient with Audrey and that is what makes their relationship so special. He doesn't care that Audrey is sick or that she can't look at him without glasses on. 

I loved Felix, he is the funniest toddler in any book I have ever read and to be honest I loved all of the characters in this story.

I think I will be reading more of Sophie Kinsella's work.

Thanks For reading

Em x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

All of the questions

The Ultimate Book Tag
Questions:

 Do you get sick while reading in the car?
No I am really good at reading in the car. 

 Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I don’t know right now.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. 1. They are witches and Wizards. 2. Voldemort is way scarier than bad vampires and 3. The heroes of the story are likeable unlike Bella

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
No 

 Do you smell your books?
Erm I have smelt a book but I don't do it frequently

. Books with or without little illustrations?
Without. I have a good imagination so I like to imagine the world and the characters by myself.

 What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
The Divergent Series. I loved this plot and Four was WOW but the writing was not the best I have read.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Jon for Short 

What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Probably Harry Potter

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I like to write and becoming an author in the future would be amazing

 When did you get into reading?
My Nana loves reading and so does my mum so I guess i was reading since birth. 

What is your favorite classic book?
Alice’s Adventure’s in wonderland. 

 In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
No actually my best subject was Music followed closely by Geography  

 If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
That depends. If the person has given it to me because they enjoyed it I would try and reread it to see if I missed something the first time otherwise I would put it on my bookshelf.

 What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
Shatter Me and Divergent but everybody knows about those. True Calling is similar to the Hunger Games and I would recommend that series to anybody!!

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Reading till it is very late at night and stay up all night thinking about that book.

 Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires because they live forever they have the best nightclubs and they are always really good looking. Fairies are just to nice. 

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Hmmm I choose angels because of Patch from Hush Hush but I am fond of Sam from True blood soooo can it be a tie?

 Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves are much cooler. 

Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
Forbidden love. It makes everything so better in books

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

11 More Questions

1. Do you have any weird bookish habits? If I really like (or dislike) a character I will read the last page of a book before I get to the end. If I am not enjoying a book so much then I tend to skim read dull bits.
2. Can you read in the car? Yes, I love long journeys so I can get through an entire book with no distractions.
3. Do you annotate your books? No 
4. Favourite reading snack? Popcorn, Yum. 
5. What book does everyone else love that you hate? 50 Shades and The fault in our stars 
6. Favourite poet? Shakespeare
7. Do you read much literature written by members of the LGBTQIA+ community/by people of colour? To be perfectly honest I don’t pay much attention to writers’ gender/ethnicity/etc. 
8. The largest amount of money you’ve spent on books in a day? I bought a £90 sociology book but otherwise I try to buy books in £40 bundles.
9. A book you expected to like, but didn’t? The fault in our stars
10. Favourite literary heroine? Ari from True Calling. 
11. Are there any books you’ve avoided reading because they are too long etc.? Lord of the rings

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Some questions about books and stuff

I saw this one on Loving Books, and decided to do it too, so here we go:
  1. What is your favourite book?
    I always want to have a different answer to this question so I am going to give two. First would be Host because it was a real struggle to get into but so rewarding once I did and then if Host didn't exist I would choose Lovely Bones
  2. Who is your favourite author?
    J K Rowling
  3. What genre do you prefer?
    I always think that I prefer YA but I dont think thats true I like Science Fiction books and Paranormal best
  4. What is your favourite book series?
    The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins And obviously Harry Potter  
  5. What books did you hate reading in school?
    I loved reading in school but hated Shakespeare 
  6. What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
    Jacqueline Wilson.  The one where the girl gets run over.
  7. Bookstores or libraries?
    Bookshops
  8. How many books do you own?
    Probably 70 ish actual books and hundreds of Ebooks
  9. Do you read before bed? 
    Yes and in the morning and during the day
  10. What is your most comfortable reading position?
    lay on my bed
  11. What is the most recent book you read?
    Currently reading Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick 
  12. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
    Your a Wizard Harry. 
  13. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
    Science Fiction.
  14. What books do you regret reading?
    I don't regret any book that I have read
  15. How large is your bookshelf?
    I have three normal-sized Billy bookcases from IKEA
  16. On average, how many books do you read per year?
    Last year was a bad year but this year I am going for 50 normal sized books
  17. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
    Harry Potter.
  18. Do you like to read outside?
    Yes in the summer. Especially if your reading a good love story.
  19. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
    Be yourself. 
  20. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
     The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 
Thanks For Reading

Em x

Monday, 6 April 2015

TMI tag

I came across this Tag that is intended for youtube i think but I thought why not do it here? so here goes.

What fictional character has the best style?

not initially but I like the clothing that America wears in the selection once she gets to the palace. She keeps things as simple as she can and that would be what I would be like I think


Your book girlfriend/boyfriend/ fictional crush?

I really like Warner from the Shatter Me series but I am going to marry four from divergent (he just doesn't know it yet


Ever loved a character but than started hating them?

I loved Mal from the Siege and Storm series in the first book and kind of in the second but he is soo boring and dull by the end of the book I was wishing for more Darkling


Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?

Probably Harry Potter


Do you have any book posters?

I'm not really a poster kind of gal. I had a Craig David poster once but i think that's it.


Do you have any book themed jewellery?

I have a deathly hallows bracelet. As well as a princess castle charm bracelet.


Favourite book series? 

Harry Potter but I feel like I am cheating on all of my other favourites. 


Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?

It has to be the divergent sound track. It fits the feel so well


A book story you miss/ wish would continue?

I really really loved Host by Stephanie Meyer. I would love to see whats up with the gang now and if there is any kind of take over.


Favorite stand-alone?

Host 

Since when do you read books?

I have been reading books for as long as I can remember. 


Which Hogwarts house are you in?

Either Gryfindor or Slytherin


Quality you look for in a book?

Good character development. Realistic characters and an original plot

 Favourite author?

Siobhan Davis because she is lovely, Shakespeare because obvious and J K Rowling


Favorite book cover?

Its so pretty, the cover is intriguing.

Action or Romance?

Action


How long do you need to finish a book?

About 2 days usually.


How long is your mourning period? 

Weeks. I need to talk about it and think about the characters and wonder what is happening to them

Turn on in a character?

In females I like them to be themselves. if they are girlie girls fine but if they have a bit of attitude that's also fine. I like male characters to be strong and a little moody. 


Turn off in a character?

Wingeing!!

Anyway that was just a bit of fun 

Thanks for reading

Em x