Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragon's Price- at what cost?






"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: The Dragon's Price
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Series: Transference #1
Release Date: 21st February 2017
Synopsis:

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

Really looking forward to this book!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

#The Neverland Wars - Flying is true happiness



Title: The Neverland Wars
Author: Audrey Greathouse 
Published: 9th May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
 




I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

Can you believe I have never read a Peter Pan retelling before until now? Yeah I know, where in the world have I been, hiding under a rock? I guess you can say that. I have a feeling the more times I read this book, the more it will become a favourite.

The plot is very easy to decipher from the title of the book, Neverland Wars, and that is exactly what it is. Since this was my first time reading a Peter Pan retelling (if you count reading the tale back in school) so although I can't compare it with other retellings, I really love this notion of choosing to never grow up. This book is a prefect illustration of how tedious life can get once you become a 'grown up', you forget to live life, be in the moment and forget how short life is. I loved reading about how carefree kids are and rediscovering to simply just enjoy the moment even if you choose to grow up. Sadly, in the real world you don't have the choice to grow up or not, you simply do. We live in a world when we are younger we are eager to grow up but when we hit that age we yearn to turn back time and be kids again. Gwen's journey is exactly like that, trying to pinpoint the moment she forgot how to act carefree and actually live life. There are two sides of the war, reality vs Neverland, kids against grown ups. Peter and the rest of the gang are fighting for their freedom to make their own choices, fighting for the creatures that dwell in Neverland. Although I have a feeling, there is more to the story and it is unknown of what Peter's goals are. I only had one problem with this book, for me, it took about more than 50% of the book to get really hooked in to it but the characters more than made up for that.

Only Gwen had some real character development in this book, it was her character realising the essence of being young again. The memories and dreams that faded away with time but never forgetten, all the little things that made being kids so fun, where is all that gone? It was fun to read about Gwen rediscovering herself again, it made me want to do the same thing. I am really interested to see what happens to Gwen in the book, predictions from Old Willow are so very intriguing. Is there supposed to be a love triangle? If so, I know exactly who I want to ship! I really hope they become a pair. How can Gwen not see it?????

The setting was my fav, I loved learning about Neverland. My only wish would be there it truly existed. I really wish Neverland existed, a place so full of happiness and joy you forget all the worries of life. There was one main theme recurring in this book and that was simply happiness. I feel like happiness leads to everything, being carefree, being in the present, a stress free life. 

Audrey's writing style is amazing! I loved it, my only regret is not reading this sooner enough. I hate when this happens, when you take so long reading a book and surprisingly the book is SO GOOD!.

Just in case you didn't know, after doing some research I found out that this is a trilogy! Hooray!!! I cannot wait for book 2! :)

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Monday, 19 September 2016

ARC Review: Summer of Supernovas - What a cosmic collision



Title: Summer of Supernovas
Author: Darcy Woods
Published: 10th May 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one girl’s race to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.
 
When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. 
 
But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.



I received this book in an exchange for an honest review thanks to Netgalley

OHMYWORD!!! This book is beyond adorable and cute! I have never had any interest in Astrology before but oh my word does this book make me want to take every book out from the library out and learn everything about stars, constellations and the galaxy!

I love contemporary books and this book made me realise why I love them so much. This plot was so good and funny, I honestly can't remember the last time I had a good belly laugh whilst reading a book. Wil is obsessed with Astrology, she is constantly seen staring up at the sky searching for answers. She has a very close connection with the stars, and that is thanks to her Mum whom she lost at a very young age. The real fun begins when Wil has only 22 days to find love, a very specific match too, someone who matches with her astrological chart. From the very first chapter, you will be hooked by Wilamena's character. She really is unpredictable in the most comical way, I loved her character in this book. Trouble comes knocking on her door when she starts dating Seth, lies are told, trust is broken, Wil is faced with a dilemma; should she follow her heart or the chart? 

Wil is a very humorous, comical character! I loved her character, I really cannot stress that enough, what I loved most about her character was how she is happy with herself and does not change to get accepted by anyone but herself. That kind of confidence makes any girl beautiful, she accepts the way she is. We see a real change or more like the error of her ways when she starts on this journey, Darcy doesn't change her as a person but more of a realisation of how she cannot let the stars choose her fate, their is a change of power when Wil decides to make those choices herself.

I loved, loved Grant. It really surprised me to know him and Seth are brothers. What's even more surprising to know is that Grant is practically rich, however his lifestyle choices say otherwise. I loved that about him, he has this quite confidence in himself. He is modest, humble and kind. I like how compared to Seth, he is very reliable and mature about things. Whereas, the same can't be said for Seth, in some situations I really feel like he can grow up a little.

Seth likes to be ostentatious, whereas Grant is the complete opposite. He doesn't like to throw money like that or make grand gestures. Not there is anything wrong with that, but I feel like Seth's gestures are done for the wrong intentions, less is always more. 

The theme for this book is very powerful, I strongly believe people should always take hold of their own destiny and control what they can and focus on that. I certainly need to follow my own advise as there have been certain times when I could have but I didn't. It is very important to do the best you can and then let things flow. This is something that Wil could have done and avoided a lot of drama.

Darcy's writing style is fantastic, I fell in love with it from the very first page. I really don't how she came out with those dialogues, however she did, I LOVE IT!!! It's very similar to Sophie Kinsella but its not at the same time, I love any author who can make me LOL, like literally since it doesn't happen very often.

If you like contemporary novels and stars, this book is definitely for you!


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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Long May She Reign - Very Interesting Title!???

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Series: N/A
Release Date: 21st February 2017
Synopsis:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.



Wow this seems really interesting, love the cover art!!!

What are you waiting on this week?

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Girl Out of Water - Water, Water, Water!



Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Nat Luurtsema
Published: 2nd June 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


A thoroughly British teen comedy starring a hilariously flawed heroine with a quip for every occasion - perfect for fans of Holly Smale, Rae Earl and Jenny MacLachlan. Lou Brown's life is going down the pan. Best friend Hannah sailed through the Olympic time trials and is off to her fancy-pants new swim training school, while Lou's own failure to qualify leaves her without a hobby - or a friend. As Lou tries to navigate her post-swim world, a chance encounter with three boys with stars in their eyes takes her life in a surprising new direction. One that leads to a crazy world of underwater somersaults, talent show auditions, bitchy girls and one great big load of awkward boy chat. 


I received this book free in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to Maximum Pop



OH GOD!!! This book was soooooo good! I loved reading every minute of it! Lou's character is so funny, I loved reading about all crazy and wildest thoughts! There was definitely some scenes were all you could do was laugh out loud! Like literally! 

I feel like this book was close to another favourite by Sophie Kinsella, where the audience is constantly captivated and humoured by the main character!

I loved Lou, she was so funny, incredibly tall and just trying to find her place in school. Some of the dialogue she comes out with is so funny (have I already stressed out how funny she is?), she is also very clumsy (which are some of the best scenes in the book). Her outlook of life is certainly very peculiar, I like how it describes how she does one thing and in reality does something entirely different. Her relationship with her family and sister Lav are very real like, it makes it very easy to bond and relate with her. But most of all, it was good to see her stop being obsessed with herself and actually realise there is more to life; her character grew from someone who is insecure to someone who accepts their flaws with confidence. 

Gabe, Roman and Pete are fun, loving trio. They are you typical, average guys in high school. I love books who show there is more to the character that meets the eye, which is the case with Pete and Roman who want to do something with their lives and be better.

If you love light reading, comedy and fun loving books then this is the book for you


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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Just Friends - Oh really? #that'snotwhatIheard

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Petcock
Series: N/A
Release Date: 1st August 2017
Synopsis:

Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. 

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are 'just friends.' But that might be the biggest lie of all.


I am really loving these contemporary books at the moment, only disappoint is why is it soooooo long away??? :(

What are you waiting for this week?

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Night Owls - Art rules!


Title: Night Owls
Author: Jenn Bennett
Published: 13th August 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Feeling alive is always worth the risk.

Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco's night bus—turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive...and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists.

But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.



Talk about stealing the rug from right under you (or was it carpet? Floor?) you get the point, but anyways, oh my my!!! Awkward fangirl moment... a notorious graffiti artist? Yikes! And that too in gold! oh wow! (I think it was gold, or am I making this up? hmm...I can't remember)

This storyline is simply so cute! AND THAT TOO WITH SO MUCH ADORABLENESS!!! Two artists come together to make a beautiful love story. Okay it's not totally that boring, the book is so much more than that.

A graffiti artist is creating a mayhem all over town, spreading chaos. Until one night. He is caught in the act by Bex. Hold your horses, I don't mean to imply she actually sees him doing the crime but she does happen to meet him on the Night Owl bus and BOOM! Instant attraction! This is not your typical love story where Romeo and Juliet's eyes meet and the profess their love for one another. Nope. It is nothing like that and THANK GOD!! I actually bought this book after talking to a friendly bookseller in Waterstones, and oh my gosh, if this book turned about to be a typical cliche then god knows how I will hunt her down and ask for my money back. Kidding, I wouldn't really, well I can't since I've had this book for months and 30 day back guarantee is expired. Oh shoot, I am not supposed to be talking about shopping. Please just ignore me now. 

Okay so the plot, Bex and Jack are cute, they get to know each other just like any realistic couple in the first stages of getting to know one another. This book highlights some important issues like; schizophrenia, finding the true artist within yourself, the grass isn't always greener on the other side but what I loved most about this book would have to be the strong emphasis on family. I love books which are family orientated but realistically, it is easier to relate with the characters then. Bex's mom is awesome, a loving, hardworking, single parent who is raising her kids and just passing by, she is struggling with money just like another person.

This book describes the art so gloriously that I want to take an art course and find my inner artist. I am seriously contemplating it, I really wish I could have seen the final piece ( I mean Bex's art). I loved how easy going the book felt whilst reading it, I only have one complain really, the pace of the book was slow to my liking. I was getting bored very easily which is why it took so long for me to read this book.



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