Monday, 17 October 2016

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira


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There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of emotions and a few mini story lines within one main story but it was a beautiful read. The story was easy to get into and is written in the form of letters to celebrities that have died so it didn't have specific chapters which I enjoyed because I hate putting a book down half way through a chapter.

The main character Laurel is struggling with the loss of her big sister May. When she begins her school assignment and writes a letter to Kurt Cobain she decides not to hand in the assignment and carry on writing letters instead. Laurel is trying to hide the fact that her sister died and is trying to get along in a new school. 

It is a very sad story really but the letters a written in a more upbeat manner. The letters don't dwell on the sad bits for very long before another problem or drama is pushed in the way instead. The story reminded me of all the bright places a little bit. 

Laurel has had to live through an awful lot and she hasn't managed to find a support network that will help her through it but with her friendship to Hannah and Natalie she manages to gain some strength to begin to talk about what happened to May and also what happened to her. 

Sky and Laurel's relationship was difficult but also it was refreshing that rather than being there all the time and the romance being the focus Sky decided that he wasn't equip to deal with the problems that Laurel was facing.

I enjoyed this book and finished it quite quickly.

Thanks for Reading

Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Reader by M.K. Harkins


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Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realises they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.


This book came just when I needed it too. I have been struggling to finish a book I have been reading and so I took a quick break and read this beauty. At 231 pages it was a lovely quick fun read. The cover is so stunning, the model is beautiful and Blue of the eyes pop making the cover more interesting (considering I usually hate covers with faces).

I liked the premise and the idea of humans that can read minds was fun and different. Ann wakes up on a beach with no idea who she is. Devon who is not so nice and Archer who is nice turn up just in the nick of time to save her from gun shots. 

The mystery of the story was cleverly continued and I didn't get bored with not knowing what was going on because there were other things going on. Such as the Ann/Devon/Archer romance.
Each character had a reason for being included in the story and they were represented with the correct amount of page time. There were some fairly predictable plot twists but also a couple of huge twists that I did not see coming.

I fully enjoyed this book and would love to read another book in this world even though the book was finished so nicely. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for other books by M.K. Harkins as I would like to thank him or her for getting me out of this particular slump.

Thanks For Reading

Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Friday, 23 September 2016

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever...


This book has so much hype already and it isn't released until January 31st! Now that I have read it I can see why.
The Caraval is many different things all rolled into one. It's a game, a mystery, a romance and much more than that. The reader is completely immersed in the story from the second the book is opened. The plot is uncovered in perfect stages so I felt as though I was playing along with Scarlett. I have found that some mystery books allow the reader to figure out what is going on before the characters in the book but that can be very frustrating because you end up wanting to shout at the characters but this doesn't happen in Caraval. We find the clues the second that Scarlett does which means that we can experience the same twists and turns. 

For the whole of the book I couldn't help myself and I was trying to figure out who Legend is and who the other characters are. I found most of the characters interesting even the baddies were a lot more than baddies. I loved Scarlett a lot more than Tella because she seemed to stay truer to herself but with that said both sisters loved each other and they were both trying to protect each other. 

This book was so much fun I wish it would go on a little bit longer. I couldn't find anything wrong with this book. I enjoyed it so much. I don't want to give anything away because half of the fun is figuring the Caraval out.

Thanks for Reading
Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so grateful that I was able to read this before release. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I have been gone for a while. I had a slump, I couldn't get through books but I am back now Woo!! SO lets get down to it.

This is about a super cool girl named Karou who is an amazing artist and draws all of these strange creatures. Her hair is Blue! Karou disappears on strange errands all the time and doesn't tell anyone anything about them, not even her best friend.

The story is set in Prague and the description of the city is stunning. It has made me want to visit Prague in the winter.
Karou is a cool character, there is a lot going on with her but she handles things with a little help from Brimstone. I liked the relationship between Karou and Brimstone because it was something crazy that I have never read before.

Lets talk about the good things first. 
The story is interesting and mostly imaginative. There were a few parts of the plot that were pretty predictable but there was enough creativity for me to let it slide. The characters are very different and new so that keeps you drawn into the story. There is a lot for you to learn about Karou and the rest of the gang.

The bad bits were not really terrible. I felt that we were given a lot of information in the last third of the book and I think I would have preferred if the information could have been interwoven into the story maybe as another point of view.

I am grateful to the book for helping me out of the slump but I don't think I will carry on with the series.

Thanks for reading 

Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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This is a story of Twylla who was destined to be a sin eater just like her mother until the Queen came and changed her life forever. A single touch from Twylla and you will die as her skin is poisonous to everyone except the royal family.

This story was much more fantasy based than I am used to reading and I assume that is the reason it took me a little longer than normal to get into the plot but I found the second half of the book much quicker than the beginning. The book itself is lovely to look at and the cover expresses the story really well. I love the girl in the glass bottle i think its stunning.

I found the characters a little young for their supposed age and the est of the story was quite complex so the scenes with Lief and Twylla let the book down a little for me. The romance between the two didn't feel real and their interactions were more of an annoying interruption to the story. I do wonder if this book would have benefited from having a duel perspective rather than us just reading from Twylla's POV because there were parts of the story that would have made more sense had we of heard about them before hand from another character. 

I expected a sort of Shatter Me kind of story which i didn't get but the story was something interesting and a little different if not predictable at times. I thought the plot twists at the end were brilliant. They just kept coming at you until I was left not trusting anything or anyone.

I thought this was a pretty good book and definitely a fun interesting read so I would recommend it.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com
instagram: @emmadreamchild  

Monday, 8 August 2016

My Heart and other black holes by Jasmine Wanga

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This is a story about 16 year old Aysel who is set out to end her own life. Aysel decides that she might not be brave enough to do it alone and so she goes in search of a partner, she finds that in Roman who goes by the name of FrozenRobot on the chatroom that they meet on and the suicide pact begins to take shape.

This isn't an easy read its pretty dark at times and also quite emotional. 
The story is addictive and once you start you are captivated with the relationship between Aysel and Roman because its so unconventional and it isn't a story that we get to read very often it feels like you are reading a secret.

I found the story really similar to All the Bright Places which I did enjoy but I just wish there were a few things that were different but the book is enjoyable. I thought that the characters specifically Aysel and Roman were very realistic. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com
instagram: @emmadreamchild 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Sarah J Mass did it again with the second instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I loved the first book in this series so much that A court of Mist and Fury was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 but I was really worried that it would suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome because that would have ruined the whole thing for me but luckily this book was great maybe even better than the first book. 

I loved the romance in this book because it was so different from in the first book. In the first book the romance was always there and it was one of the main focuses to the story, in this book the romance feels less fairy tale and more realistic. There is tension and flirting that grows throughout the plot until you are so invested in this relationship that it consumes your everyday life. I like a love story but it can get pretty boring when the relationship is the focus of a book but this story has so much to offer and the romance is so much more than a typical romance. 

The new characters that are introduced in this book are pretty intense. Each and every one of the characters introduced are memorable and important to the plot so we have not wasted anytime getting to know a character that we just don't need. 

Fayre is so much better in this book than in the previous one. She has gotten much stronger and I don't feel like she is going to burst into tears and cry every second of the book. Fayre is much more independent now than she was and she is discovering herself again after all of the huge changes she has had to go through.

I don't want to spoil anything but I love Rysand LOVE LOVE LOVE. He is the ultimate bad boy and who doesn't love a bad boy? Without giving to much away he is in this story much more than the previous one and his character development has been exceptional. He is full of surprises and has a lot more depth than I originally expected from him.  

Maas has ensured that her readers come back for more next year by laving us full of wonder and anxiety regarding the amazing ending of A Court of Mist and Fury I am happy to announce that book 3 is the book I am most looking forward to in 2017.

Give this series a read you wont be dissapointed 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
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instagram: @emmadreamchild

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

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It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. 

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. 

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...

Obviously this book is very controversial and at parts it was very uncomfortable to read. 
I have never read anything by Louise O'Neill before so I didn't know what to expect from her writing but I was completely happy with her writing style. 

Once you have read what the story is about you understand that it will be very difficult to read. It most certainly was not a happy read at all.

Asking for it made me very angry because some of the characters brush what has happened to Emma under the carpet and try to forget about it as though its just one of those things. I was angry because even Emma's parents wanted the situation to just go away, the only support Emma had was her brother but he was very angry too. 

The book made me sad because it seems unlikely that Emma will ever get over the incident and she herself felt that she should just drop the case so that her parents can get on with life as it was even though life will never be the same again for Emma. 
At first I was angry at the ending 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

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This is the 5th book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass and up until now I think I have mostly enjoyed this series. This book is actually the second half of this story as the first half came out earlier.

The cover of this book is stunning and I think that the dresses are just getting more beautiful. I still like Eady and most of the boys in the competition. I'm really happy that Eadlyn still has her own mind and her own morals and she stays strong to herself throughout this book.

Personally I would have made a different decision but I wasn't mad about the final decision. The story is obviously very similar to the previous selection stories but I don't think that means it was worse or better it was a nice easy read. I would have liked a little more at the end of the story but maybe more is coming in the future. 

The book has many problems but I think for the most part it was fairly enjoyable. I liked the girl power feel and the strong women doing it for themselves. 

I wouldn't recommend this book based on this book alone however it does go quite nicely with the rest of the series and it didn't leave me too disappointed.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

This book is based in a quaint town called Fairfold which is like your regular town except that deep in the forest the Fairies who are controlled by the Alder King live. The people that live in the town are protected from the fairies by paying tributes or completing special rituals to protect themselves. It is usually tourists that fall prey to the Fair folk as they don't know how to protect themselves from the Fairies. The Tourists come to the town to see the horned boy who sleeps in a glass coffin in a clearing in the forest. Nothing has been able to wake the Horned boy.
Hazel and her brother are fascinated boy and he features in many of their childhood games. When the Horned boy wakes up things go from strange to scary for the people of Fairfold and Hazel and her friends are on hand to try and sort things out.

I liked a good half of the characters in this book. There was a character for everyone to connect with and I think that the relationships that are formed are not only adorable but also quite surprising.  The relationship that is formed between Hazel and Jack is may favourite because they support each others weirdness and make each other stronger. I like that Holly Black has not relied on a mushy romance in this book and has instead made each character an individual who may or may not be in love rather than the other way round. I was also impressed with the way the story expressed the relationship between Ben and Hazel, as kids they had been through a lot and it was clearly tough so they were a tough pair and they loved each other but there was also a bit of jealousy and rivalry mixed in with the nicer emotions which for me made this relationship much more realistic and believable.

Well they were not your Tinkerbell kind of fairy I will tell you that. The Folk in this book were gruesome and pretty ugly. They are not just mischievous but down right wicked. I think Holly Black was very creative with her descriptions and her characters. 

I liked this book quite a bit but it isn't my favourite fairy book. I think that the plot is new and interesting, there are many aspects of this book that I have not come across in YA books before so I would recommend this to anyone who has quite a good imagination.

You can find the first 7 chapters of this book on goodreads at the moment.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.
 
At the begining of this book I was really enjoying myself. I really liked Harper and David. but then things took a turn for the less exciting.
 
The love triangle had a lot of promise but it didnt manage to keep up the frustration and excitement that a love triangle usually has.
I wanted a funny and light hearted story and I guess I got that because parts of it were funny but overall it was just a little dull.
 
There was little to no character development throughout the whole book. I dont feel like i really was able to envelope myself in the world because it wasnt really very well described.
 
It was a very quick read and did get me out of a little reading slump so i am greatful for that. I gave this book a generous 3 out of 5 on Goodreads.
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Emx
 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis

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Saven Denial is a Novella which fits nicely between Saven Disclosure and Saven Defiance from the Saven series. I have been lucky enough to receive this novella from Siobhan in exchange for an honest review.
 
The previous segment of this series ended on a huge cliff hanger so this part of the story could not come soon enough. Saven Denial clears up a few things that I was unsure about in a very exciting way.
 
Siobhan introduces lots of new characters in this novella and the character development is amazing which is what I have come to expect from the Saven series. How all of the action, characters and story fits into those few pages is beyond me. This Novella is a must read, you will be apsolutely mind blown.
 
I thought I knew who Sadie was but it turns out I have no idea!
Admittedly I did miss Hyden and Logan because I am total team Hayden but we got fabulous new people to get to know.
 
Anybody that has reached this point in the series is well and truly hooked so if you have not started this series then DO IT!!  
 
thanks for reading
 
Emx
 

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

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I received an invitation to read Paper butterflies by Lisa Heathfield just last week. I read Seed when that was released and absolutely loved it so it made perfect sense to read Paper Butterflies.
 
First off the cover is stunning in similar style to the original Seed cover which I love.
 
June is having a pretty awful time of it at home, the bullying she receives is heart breaking to think that a child of any age has to go through something like that is terrible. June meets a young boy named Blister who accepts June for who she is.
 
I cried more than once reading this story and admittedly I was not mentally prepared for this book at all! I loved that even though June was being treated so badly she could still herself show compassion and caring. She loved Blister and he loved her just as much and this pair will stay in my mind for a very long time to come. There was a complete polar opposite with the two families as well which made what Kathleen was doing to June much worse if that is at all possible. It made me extremely sad to think that June's own father couldn't see what was going on with his little girl. He noticed she was angry and that she didn't like Kathleen but never took the time to find out why and that in itself  is really upsetting.
 
The ending to this book is almost devastating but leaves us with a small glimmer of hope so that we think that maybe June is going to make it but just maybe.
 
The whole story is a real journey from start to finish and not one single page was boring. I would love to add a physical copy or both this book and Seed to my collection.
 
Thanks for Reading
 
EMx

Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis

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Siobhan Davis does it again!!
 
What hasn't this story got? We have science fiction like you have never read before mixed with Alien love.
 
Siobhan asks us not to hate her for the massive life ruining cliff hanger at the end of this novel and I am trying so hard not to, so hard but kindly the next instalment is only a month away so we don't have much time for withdrawal from this world and the characters that live within it.
 
I have been anxiously awaiting Saven Disclosure since I reviewed Saven Deception and my already high expectations had the time to grow so its safe to say that I wanted a lot. I then worried about second book syndrome but I shouldn't have worried at all because if anything this instalment was better than the last.
 
The book begins where we left off and eases us back in to the story quite gently before the action begins. Trust me we need this gentle start because once the action gets going it never stops! There is so much that happens in this story that is so easy to immerse yourself in the setting fully.
 
The plot introduces several new characters who are very exciting and interesting to read about but it is the characters that we already know and love that I enjoyed so much more. Considering that the twists and turns in this story are often shocking and terrifying the story is so much fun to read.
 
With Logan away on very important saving the earth business we got the opportunity to learn more about Hayden who I must say is fast becoming my favourite character. There is a perfect balance of romance and action. Sadie is still absolutely adoringly in love with Logan however this book sees them struggle a little with long distance and jealousy which is a fantastic way to make the couple feel more real to me even if this isn't the pairing that I want.
 
Most of the characters make mistakes in this book, Sadie more than most but they manage to find their consciences or step up and do what is right for man kind.
 
I am struggling to express how much I adore this series and I will forever be a fan of Siobhan's stories. I would hate to reveal too much in this review so I will stop worshiping the Saven books now but I know that if you have read the first book there is no way that you would pass this one up!
 
Read it!!
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Em x


City of Lost souls by Cassandra Clare


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The Mortal instrument series continues in this 5th book in the set. What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

This is one hefty book at 535 pages it has taken me a little while to get through it. This book has multiple plots going on and is written in many chapters and mostly split into different parts of the story. It was a little complicated to start with as I had a long break between City of Fallen angels and this one.
The book was really tricky to get into and the first half of it is really difficult to trudge through but the second half is interesting enough to make me want to carry on with the next book after a break from the shadow hunter world for a while.
 
Clary felt a little more stupid in this book if that is possible and she put herself into situations that were dangerous.
Clary is as irritating as ever with her soppy worship of Jace. I just couldn't get into their romance in this book at all and there was soooo much soppy romance.
 
I didn't understand the whole evil Jace/ good Jace thing, Evil Jace wasn't that much different to normal Jace. He didn't seem brainwashed enough to be doing the things that Sebastian was making him do. He just didn't seem different at all and that plot could have been so much better if he was just a little bit more evil.
 
Simon is still as awkward as he ever was but that isn't a bad thing because it makes me believe his character so much more. I like the relationship between Simon and Isabelle I think they are good for each other. They both seem to be finding themselves together and growing as characters which is lovely.
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Em x

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Catch You by M H Soars

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Basically this is a school based romance between the nerdy girl and the hot jock boy but it has a fun mysterious twist.
 
17 year old Kimberley is having a pretty rubbishy day which is all toped off when Owen knocks into her and doesn't apologise. Kimberley is in such a shitty mood that she decides to get him back by tipping food on his head in the school dining hall. Owen obviously does not understand what he has done to make Kimmy kick off with him but he knows that this is the first time he has really noticed her and Owen thinks she is beautiful!.
 
Fate is not on Kimberley's side that day because later on her and Owen get partnered up for an English project. Kimberley decides that she will not fall victim to Owen's charms or his good looks.
 
Things get crazy from there and the pair end up in a desert in Las Vegas.
 
This Novella was a super speedy and fun read. I got through it all in one sitting and still had lots of time to do other things. It was really fun to read. Its easy to follow what is going on and thee are not too many characters to keep up with. It kind of reminded me of clueless but with a more grown up content.
 
This book would be the perfect book to get you out of a reading slump or even just to pass a few hours.
 
Thanks For Reading
Em x

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Creatures of the night tag

Its simple, you pick a character that matches the creature and explain why you chose them. SO lets get into it.

Vampire

Eric Northman from True Blood. In the first few books he is a bit mean and pretty heartless which is why I liked his character but as the series goes on and we get to read more about Eric in different situations he develops emotionally. Eric only ever does something if he wants to do it and never because its the right thing to do, He isn't scared of getting into trouble or getting hurt to stick up for something or someone he believes in.
 
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Werewolf

Racking my brain I can only think of three Werewolf characters that I have ever read about. Luke and Maia from the mortal instruments and Lupin from Harry Potter. Its tricky to choose because I am currently reading the Mortal instruments so its fresh in my mind however because Lupin was the first he wins. Lupin showed us how he tried not to be taken over by the creature he became and managed to keep his humanity so he is pretty cool.
 
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Zombie

Ok I am not sure if this counts but Melanie from The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R Carey because she doesn't even know what she is, she is just a kid. Its a great story and one of the only ones where I think I have read of the zombie aspect.
 
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Ghost

Another category that I need to do more reading in but I sort of remember there being a ghost in Hex Hall but I don't remember anything about it so because of that I choose Moaning Mertle from Harry Potter. She is fun and she lives in a bathroom, what more can we want?
 
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Witch/ Warlock or Spell Caster

For this I had lots of options so I am trying to avoid the Harry Potter crew at all costs and also because I have already mentioned the Mortal Instrument series I will not chose Magnus Bane. On that note I choose Nathan from Half Bad by Sally Green. He isn't quite up there with the best but he is trying his best and it gives us a less wandy take on magic.
 
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Fairy or Fae
 
This was so easy I didn't even have to think for a second. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses takes this prize hands down. Think you know fairies then think again. I loved this twist on beauty and the beast and I loved Tamlin's Character I just hope the second book lives up to my expectations.  
 
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Angel
 
Patch from Hush Hush has so far been my favourite angel but to be honest the other angel books I have read have not been that great.
 
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Alien
 
Melanie from Host. Not only is that one of my favourite books but Melanie's species are pretty evil but Melanie shows us humanity and sticking together is important. I felt that I could empathise with Melanie and it made the concept much more realistic. Love her!!.
 
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Super Powered Human
 
Juliette from the Shatter Me series was my favourite super human. I loved this series and it is still one of my all time favourites!!
 
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Thanks For Reading
 
Emx

Friday, 18 March 2016

Fan - TAG - ulous

As the blog suggests this blog post is a tag post. So lets get straight into it.
 
1. Who is the most kick-ass character?
 
Over all it has to be Katniss Everdeen from the hunger games. I think it is fairly obvious why I think she is the most kick ass character. My second choice would be Aiden from the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armenrout because he is basically a ninja.

2. Which character do you most dislike?
 
Bella Swan from Twilight. She is a dull character. The absolute worst.

3. If you could date any fictional character who would it be?
 
I would date four from divergent. He is attractive, interesting and protective.



4. If you could change a character in any way, what would it be?
 
I would swap Alina Starvok from Shadow and Bone for Melanie from Host. I didn't really connect with Alina but I loved the story and I loved Melanie so I guess that would be the perfect match.

5. What character made all the wrong choices?
 
Tris from Divergent was an idiot in book two and three.
 
6. Who was the best villain that you loved to hate?
 
An oldie but a goodie, Bellatrix Lestrange from harry potter. She is only just on the right side of mad and there is no question that she is evil and that is why I love to hate her,

7. Who is your favourite sidekick?
 
Who else could I say other than Ron Weasley, except for maybe Hermione Granger? I mean seriously!!

8. What is your favourite romantic relationship in a book?
 
Mara Dyer and Noah. They are both different and they both help each other out but it isn't soppy love.

9. Who do you think is the strongest character?
 
Physically Aiden like I said before but mentally I think Gemma from Stolen by Lucy Christopher is amazingly strong.

10. Finally, who is your favourite all time character?
    
 
Alice from Alice in wonderland. She is a classic but every little girl loves her.
 
Thanks for reading
 
Emx

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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An angel is sent to earth on a mission. But falling in love is not part of the plan.
The three angels that were sent down to earth on their special mission were Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany each with their own special skills but Bethany is the most human. They were sent to restore the good in a world that is falling under the bad influence of darker powers. It is imperative that they keep the fact that they are angels a secret from humans.
Bethany meets Xavier Woods and the attraction between them is too strong to ignore even though Gabriel and Ivy do everything they an to try and stop it.
Bethany was sent to Venus cove which is a lovely little town that doesn't really seem to need saving considering the grand scheme of things you would think that they would at least be in a city known for crime and homelessness but no Bethany has a beautiful house and the beach just a short walk away from her home. What was God thinking? Ivy volunteers and seems like the only one out of the trio that tries to do some good in the town, Gabriel teaches at the school where Bethany gets enrolled.
The story is set around Bethany's pathetic love for Xavier the school heart throb who was broken by the traumatic death of his then girlfriend Emily who died in a house fire. Eventually with maybe 150 pages to go the bad guy arrives and guess what!! he is hot stuff and brooding in a way that normally catches the main girls attention but no Bethany is pathetically in love with Xavier.
This book is pretty much Hush, Hush but worse! I actually liked Hush, Hush but Halo I just cant stand.
Xavier always seems to be looking after and bossing Bethany around. She needs him to help her complete the most simplistic of tasks such as eating and carrying a bag. It seems worrying to me that a relationship like this could be idolised by young girls. As it is the relationship that is the majority of the book it was this that I had the biggest problem with. Bethany is literally an angel but hardly blinks that she might be damned if she doesn't stop seeing Xavier, she just does it anyway! She is more obsessive than anything and when they have been apart for a page she misses him!! I wonder if Alexandra has ever experienced a real relationship herself because this is not only unrealistic but its not ideal!
I found all of the characters flat and they could have been plucked from any other paranormal romance book out there and I would have cared more about them than I cared for Bethany or Xavier and their devastating romance.
I do however wish Alexandra Adornetto luck in her next publishing as I believe she was young when she wrote this. Maybe she has now grown as a writer and gained herself more experiences.
Thanks for reading
Emx

Friday, 26 February 2016

Half Bad by Sally Green

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At the beginning of the story sixteen year old Nathan is locked up in a cage and he is being trained to be a killer. The story is set in England where there are white witches and black witches, the white ones are supposed to be good and the black witches are evil and wicked. Nathan is half white and half black and his dad just happens to be the most evil of all of the evil black witches.
 
Poor Nathan is the outsider in his own family because he is different. His two sisters and one brother are pure white witches and they will receive their gifts when they reach 17. Nathan however is not sure if he will receive his gifts because his dad is evil and missing and his mother has died.
 
The book is properly set in England and Wales and the countryside is beautifully described. I enjoyed this because I am from England and it was nice to read about places I have visited myself.

We soon realise that Nathan isn't nearly as bad as the white witch council would have us and him believe and in fact lots of the witches who are supposed to be good are not a all. Younger Nathan learns to adapt to a home life where he isn't included by his entire family which must be a very lonely situation to be in. Caged Nathan learns to find the positive things in the tasks his prison guard sets for him be it hundreds of push ups or fighting, he tries to keep a positive attitude throughout the whole book.
 
The book was surprisingly fast paced. The story was filled with action from the beginning to the end. Before starting Half Bad I had just finished Born Wicked which is another witchy book by a different author but after that I had decided that I did not like books about witches. Half Bad changed my mind completely because it was not just a book about witches but instead it was about a boy who finds himself and the complications with good and evil.
 
The story is a little complicated at times and there are a lot of characters to get interested in. Overall the book is not Half Bad - Excuse the pun.
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Emx

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

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This is the story of Cate and her two younger sisters whose mother died a few years earlier without being able to teach the girls what they needed o know in a time that is potentially deadly for the three. The land is controlled by a group of men who call themselves the Brothers, they hate witches and imprison or kill any girl that is a bit strange or that they think might possibly be a witch.
 
What I did not like!
 
The love interest - or at least one of them. I liked the relationship between Finn and Cate because it seemed like they had some chemistry but the romance blossomed really speedily and I don't like when authors do that because it is hard to get behind the couple. The whole thing with Paul felt a bit forced from the moment the reunited, he seemed like a snake to me and so the appeal was completely lost.
 
Lack of Action - other than a lot of Cate's bitching at her sisters and whoever else might be in her way and maybe two or three magic spells there is no action all. and the book is 330 pages long!
 
Cate - She was pretty dull. I think that Tess would have made a much better main character because other than being bossy Cate didn't have much about her.
 
Lack of Magic - for a book about witches there is almost no magic at all. I get that them being witches is a secret but surely they would at least practise what they know. Maybe more magic would have made the story more exciting.
 
What I did like!
 
Girl Power - I loved the sisters together thing that was going on and how the girls were not pretty little wall flowers.
 
I loved the writing style, the story flowed really nicely and that's what kept me going with the story.
 
The Brothers and the sisterhood seemed like it was going somewhere really interesting and maybe it does in the follow up books. I liked the inner battle that Cate went through nearing the end of the book because of the pressure that she and her mother put on herself.
 
The cover is stunning!!
 
Overall
 
I neither loved nor hated this story. It was one of my first efforts at reading anything even remotely from a previous era and it has made me curious of what else there is out there for me in this genre.
 
I would be interested in reading more by Jessica Spotwood because even though I have not loved this story I did find her writing style easy to follow and comfortable to get into.
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Emx
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