Thursday, 30 January 2014

Quote of the day #6

“There can be beauty anywhere. Even here. An if it ain't there, you can make it yerself.”
-Moira Young, Blood red road.  

The book sacrifice tag!

Hi guys! So today I am doing another book tag and this one is called the book sacrifice tag. The creater of this tag was Ariel and you can check out her video here.
Basically the way this tag works is there are 4 different terrible things that happen to you and in each one the only way to get out o that situation is to sacrifice a book, so here goes...

1) An Over-Hyped book: Let's start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let's say you're in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies' only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!
I have to pick Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Please don't hate on me if you loved twilight, because I don't hate it, it's just the only hyped up book which I didn't find that amazing. So sorry twilight, but you are going to the zombies.

2) A Sequel: Let's say you've just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
I am not too sure if this book counts as over hyped, but I am using it anyway and that is Crossed by Ally Condie. It is the second to Matched which I liked, but this book was so bad that I will be making it my umbrella without a moments hesitation.

3) A Classic: Let's say you're in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it's worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?
Even though I don't really want to, I have to choose Lord of the flies by William Golding. I did actually quite like this book, but as I have not read many classics and this is my least favourite out of them all, it must be thrown in my teachers face. Sorry Lord of the flies.

4) Your least favourite book of life!: Let's say that you're hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You're trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?
Again I am going to have to pick Crossed by Ally Condie. Mostly because I just do not think that it was very necessary to the series and I really, really do not like it so in the fire you must go!

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag, it was a lot of fun to do and I encourage you all to do it. Remember to check out the original video at the start of this post, and thanks for reading.
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Quote of the day #5

'Wisdom ain't a virtue I ever aspired to.'
Moira Young - Blood red road

Thanks for reading!
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Sunday, 12 January 2014

7 deadly sins book tag!

Today I am doing the 7 deadly sins book tag. Watch the original video here. This is a tag where I basically answer a book related question related to each of the 7 deadly sins. So lets get started...

GREED—What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
Most inexpensive is One day by David Nicholls, I have yet to read this but I got it for only 10p at a car boot sale so it was worth the price!
Most expensive was probably Entwined by Heather Dixon, this was still less than £10, and is a hardback, but I do not buy many expensive books so this was probably my most pricey.

WRATH—What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Probably Veronica Roth. I absolutely love her writing style and her plot lines and almost everything about her storylines, but after the heart breaking plot twist in Allegiant. I got a little angry.

GLUTTONY—What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?
The maze runner by James Dashner. I can't think of any reason to be ashamed about reading this book, but I know that a few people do not like this series, whereas it will forever be one of my favourites, so it is the closest book that I have for this question.

SLOTH—What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Reached by Ally Condie. After Matched I was excited to read the rest of the series, but then I read Crossed and I have now put of reading Reached for a few months, and haven't even purchased it yet.

PRIDE—What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I loved this book and as it is a classic, I do occasionally work it into a few conversations to sound smart. Haha.

LUST—What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
I do like the female character to be strong and not act like a damsel in distress, but I will admit that I do also like a male character who is strong and brave but also has a romantic side (*cough* Valek *cough*).

ENVY—What books would you most like to receive as a gift?
Any book by John Green or Lauren Oliver.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this tag. Feel free to do your own version and remember to check out the video that I linked at the beginning of this post. Look out or my next tag.
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Quote of the day #4

'WICKED is good.'
James Dashner - The maze runner

Thanks for reading!
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Friday, 10 January 2014

Quote of the day #3

Here is the next quote of the day!

'He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.'

Sarah Alderson - Hunting Lila.

Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Most played: Week of 6th January

Time for another most played of the week!

Love song by Hunter Hayes.

This is another song from his older album, songs about nothing, which is no longer available to buy, but you can still listen to the songs on YouTube.

Compass by Lady Antebellum.

I love this song and have been listening to it non-stop lately!

Thanks for reading and I hope you found some new songs that you enjoy!
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Quote of the day #2

Time for my second quote of the day!

'It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.'

Veronica Roth - Insurgent.

Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Quote of the day #1

Today I am starting a new series called quote of the day. This is where I will be posting a quote from one of my favourite books each day. I think that this will be a fun post to do everyday, so on with the quote...

 Lauren Oliver - Delirium

Thanks for reading!
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Poison study by Maria V Snyder Review

Poison study by Maria V Snyder review

6691056Choose: A quick death or slow poison ...

On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose.

Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however ... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she's beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime.

In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent within her and master the demons of her past. The Commander's life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it ...

Poison study is an intriguing and emotional start to the study series, and had everything that you could possibly want to make a great story: A kick-ass heroine, assassins, humour and romance.
In my opinion, every character in this book was likeable (expect of course, Brazell and the other bad guys). And every character added something extra to the story, which made it so much more enjoyable, Ari and Janco added humour, Valek added romance and Yelena was just an amazing character to read about! With Yelena and Valek, I think that as well as being a cool assassin and overall amazing characters, they also had a lot of depth to their personalities, which came out when they were with each other. Valek would seem hard and intimidating from the outside, but he really did have a sensitive side. I also loved the friendship that formed between Yelena, Ari and Janco, and some of my favourite parts in the book was when they teach Yelena self defence.
Overall, I think that this book was well written and I loved every part of this story, especially the world building, because who doesn't love a book that's set in a castle! And the depth of the characters and their backgrounds.
This was a great book and I recommend it to everyone! Definitely worthy of 5/5 stars!


Monday, 6 January 2014

January TBR

Today I am doing my first TBR post of 2014! I am planning on reading quite a few dystopian books in January, with a couple of other genres added in, so lets get started...
The spectacular now by Tim Tharp.
The DVD of the movie adaptation is coming out soon, so I would like to read the book beforehand!

The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick.
I love the movie adaptation of this so I am excited to read the book!

Breathe by Sarah Crossan.
This book looks very interesting and I am looking forward to reading quite a few dystopian books in January.

Rebel heart by Moira Young.
This is the second book in the dustlands trilogy and after reading blood red road in September, I am excited to continue on with the series!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans.
I am very intrigued to read this book as the concept seems very interesting, and I have also not read a sci-fi book before so this should be good!

Lastly I am hoping to read Slated by Teri Terry.
I have wanted to read this book for a while now, and from what I have read and hear about it, it sounds very good.

Thanks for reading and look out for my wrap up post at the end of the month, and maybe even a few reviews if I enjoy the books!
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2013 Wrap Up

Today I have decided to do another wrap up, but this one is a little different to normal as I will be doing a wrap up of all of the books that I have read in the year of 2013!
  1. The maze runner by James Dashner
  2. The scorch trials by James Dashner
  3. The death cure by James Dashner
  4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  5. Matched by Ally Condie
  6. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  7. The kill order by James Dashner
  8. Crossed by Ally Condie
  9. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  11. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  12. Free Four: Tobias tells the Divergent story by Veronica Roth
  13. Beneath the glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler
  14. Eve by Anna Carey
  15. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
  16. Lord of the flies by William Golding
  17. Blood red road by Moira Young
  18. The magicians nephew by CS Lewis
  19. The forbidden game by LJ Smith
  20. City of bones by Cassandra Clare
  21. City of ashes by Cassandra Clare
  22. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  23. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  24. Romeo and Juliet by Andrew Matthews
  25. Delirium stories by Lauren Oliver
  26. The fault in our stars by John Green
  27. The great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  28. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  29. The statistical probability of love at first sight by Jennifer E Smith
  30. Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
  31. Zombicorns by John Green
  32. The war for banks island by John Green
  33. Poison study by Maria V Snyder
  34. Magic study by Maria V Snyder
  35. Assassin study by Maria V Snyder
  36. Fire study by Maria V Snyder
  37. Power study by Maria V Snyder
  38. Ice study by Maria V Snyder
Thanks for reading and sorry that this post is a little late. I hope you all had a great reading year!
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Huge Christmas book haul! #2

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Today I am doing my Christmas book haul! I will be showing you the few books that I got for Christmas and also the books that I bought with Christmas money. So here we go...
The books that I got for Christmas:

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Now for the books from the Works:

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 I also got the whole of the confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison for only £20!

Thanks for reading! What books did you get over Christmas? See you in my next post!
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

December Wrap Up

Today I am doing my final wrap up of this year. This is where I show you guys what books I read in the month of December. So lets get started...

Entwined by Heather Dixon.

I absolutely loved this book and I am already planning on re-reading this next year. This was a great Christmas read and has just the right amount of creepiness and humour to keep me gripped from beginning to end. I ended up giving this book of course 5/5 stars.

The statistical probability of love at first sight by Jennifer E Smith.


Honestly, I do not know why I decided to read this at Christmas, because it is more of a summer book, but I enjoyed it all the same. It wasn't the most exciting book but the storyline was good enough to keep me reading, and I liked the premise of the two people meeting at an airport and of the whole story being set over only 24 hours. But overall this book was not the most gripping reads, but was still good so I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.

Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.


I loved this book! This was another great Christmas read and I am so glad that I picked it up! I already knew that I would like at least one third of this book because I love John Green's writing, but I have never read a book by Maureen Johnson or Lauren Myracle, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course, as I expected I absolutely loved John Green's part of this book, it was also a pleasant surprise that Maureen Johnson's part of the book was also amazing! But I have to admit that for the most part, Lauren Myracle's part in this book was not as strong and I found myself getting a little bored in parts, but she pulled through and I thought that the way the book ended was very good and a nice way to finish it. Obviously I also ended up giving this book 5/5 stars.

Zombicorns and The war for Banks island by John Green.

After reading Let it snow, I felt in the mood to read some more of John Green's books, but the only ones that I owned and hadn't read were Zombicorns and The war for Banks island, so I decided to read them. I did actually really enjoy both books, which was a surprise for me because I do not normally like things about zombies, but this story was very interesting and John Green's writing was as good as normal, and because of this I ended up reading both Zombicorns and The war for Banks island in one day. I gave both books 5/5.

The next book I read in December was Poison study by Maria V Snyder.
I really, really enjoyed this book and it as actually the first high fantasy book that I have ever read, and I now have a love for fantasy books! I thought that the premise of this book was very interesting and I loved the characters (especially Valek) I loved Yelena's character as well, because she was badass and not the damsel in distress that I normally hear about from fantasy novels. I loved this book and obviously gave it 5/5 stars.

For the next book, I decided to carry on with the study series and so I read Magic study by Maria V Snyder.
This book was just as good as the first and I was really happy about the storyline and the new characters that were introduced, because normally, for me, second books in series tend to not be as good as the first, but this was an exception. Again I gave this 5/5 stars.

I then carried on the series by reading Fire study by Maria V Snyder.
This was another amazing book and wrapped up the series very well. There were parts were I was literally crying and which made me very emotional, but there were also parts which would make me laugh out loud. This series is just consistently amazing all the way through and I cannot wait for the fourth book to come out next year! I gave this book another 5/5 stars.

Then I continued on with the study series by reading the short novellas which went along with it. I read Assassin study, Power study and Ice study by Maria V Snyder.
These were great novellas to go along with the series and were very enjoyable to read. I gave all three of these 5/5 stars.

Thanks for reading and I hope that December was a great reading month for you all. Happy new year!
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Most anticipated books of 2014!

Today I am doing my most anticipated books of 2014, this is where I tell you guys which books I am most excited about reading that are coming out in 2014. So lets get started...

City of heavenly fire by Cassandra Clare.
This is the sixth and final book in the mortal instruments series and is expected to come out in May 2014 , and I can't wait!

The fourth book in the poison study series by Maria V Snyder.
This does not yet have a title or a cover, but is expected to be published in 2014 and I can't wait!

The Bane chronicles by Cassandra Clare.
This is a collection of short stories centred around Magnus Bane who is a character in the Mortal instruments series. This is expected to come out in September of 2014.

Panic by Lauren Oliver.
This is a book about a legendary game played by graduating seniors and it seems very interesting, I also love Lauren Oliver's writing style so I am excited to read this! The expected publication of this is March 2014.
Raging star by Moira Young.
This is the third and final book in the dust lands trilogy. I love this trilogy and can't wait for it to come out! The expected publication date is May 2014.
Don't look back by Jennifer L Armentrout.
This is a new novel about a girl who disappears, only to resurface without any memory of who she is or what happened to her. It seems very interesting and the expected publication is April 2014.
After the end by Amy Plum.
This is a new dystopian series, which seems very interesting. It's publication date is May 2014.
This is a contemporary novel written by the same author who wrote the statistical probability of love at first sight, which I really enjoyed, so I am very excited about this one! The publication date is April 15th 2014.

So those are all of the books that I am looking forward to in the upcoming year. I hope you have a great reading year!
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