Sunday, 12 March 2017

Spring TBR

We are finally into March and so with this new months come a new TBR to hopefully give me a little guidance and inspiration in my reading over the next couple of months.  So far this year I have been fairly happy with my reading habits, but am still determined to make reading more of a habit than it is for me at the minute, and so hopefully read more than I currently am as well.  Hopefully this TBR will also motivate me to keep reading even more than I am as I am really excited about reading all of these books, and so am desparate to get to them soon.  
And so, enjoy! 






 As much as I have been adoring reading some contemporary recently, I still don't want to move completely away from fantasy over the next few months.  This one tells the story of Amani as in her desperation to escape her dead-end town of Dustwalk escapes with Jin, a fugitive wanted for treason.  As soon as read the synopsis for this one, I was instantly drawn into the magical setting and story of it.  Not only does it sound like it hopefully be quite action-packed, but it also sounds as if its set in different fantasy setting to what I've read before, and so along with the romance this sounds like a book I should really enjoy.  






 It has been way too long since I last read a classic ( the last one I read was The Great Gatsby last summer!) and so picking one up soon is definitely a priority of mine.  I actually picked this one up super recently for that very same reason, as well as because of how much I loved The Great Gatsby, and so I thought that for my next classic I would try another book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  This one follows Nicole and Dick Diver as Rosemary Hoyt enters their circle, as their dark secrets start to reveal themselves.  As this goes up I have actually already started this one, and so far I'm really enjoying it, so hopefully it continues just as well as it has started.  



 I'm pretty sure if I looked back and found which book had been on the most of my TBR's, this one would be the clear winner.  I have been meaning to read this book for so long I can't even remember when I first got it, let alone when I first heard about and was interested in reading it, so I think its well about time I finally got around to actually reading it.  This book is about Cath as she is forced out of her comfort zone as she and her twin sister Wren go off to college.  I have heard so many people say they love this book, so I can't wait to finally give it a go and hopefully love it as well! 






Last year I finally read Throne of Glass after hearing about this series constantly, and so this month it is definitely time to continue on and see where this story is going next.  I absolutely adored everything about the first book in this series and so can't wait to dive deeper into this world and rejoin the amazing characters in it again.  I'm also pretty sure the last book in this series has been pushed back to next year, so now I might just have a chance to catch up before then as long as continue with this book really soon! 



 Finally, as I have recently been in the mood for contemporary I thought I would stick another on here as I am pretty sure I will still be wanting to read so many in the spring.  This is another I have had for a while now and so am really needing to get round to some time soon before I lose interest in it completely.  I just love the concept of this one, as it focuses on all the people around the 'chosen one' and the normal lives they are trying to lead, and so hopefully this one is good as it sounds! 



What books do you hope to read in the springtime?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?







Friday, 10 March 2017

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater review



At the beginning of this month I finally decided that it was time to continue on with a series whose first book I had adored, and so I picked up the second book in the Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves at last.  Not only did I know that I needed to read this one before I forgot what happened in the first one, but I also was in the mood for a contemporary that was a little more than just the romance's I had been reading lately, and so this seemed like a perfect choice.  

As this is the second book in the series, it follows on from where the second one left off and continued on from the plot of the Raven Boys, following Noah, Ronan, Adam, Gansey and Blue as they continue their search for Glendower.  Although I don't want to say too much about the plot, as this is the second book, I have to say that I absolutely adored everything about the storyline and the direction this one went in.  I loved how the focus shifted slightly and how we got to delve deeper into another aspect of the plot that was not a key part of the first book, but still played an important role in everything and was just as addictive and magical as the storyline of The Raven Boys.

One thing that I was most excited about before picking this one up was being able to return to characters that I had fallen completely in love with in the first book.  I loved how character driven that book was so I was extremely happy when this one was just as much focused on characters, as well as how this one explored different characters and gave us a deeper look at some of them, particularly Ronan.  I adored how from the offset it was clear that this book would have a large focus on him, and his story, and I loved learning more about him as a character and watching him grow and develop as the book went on.  He was definitely not my favourite in the first one, so for me personally it was also really nice to get to know him better and for him to grow on me alot more to the point where I am now a real fan of his character.



But as this book definitely had more of a focus on Ronan's character, I still absolutely adored watching all the others develop and grow throughout it as well.  I loved seeing more of Adam growth, and as always really enjoyed once again reading about him and Gansey both individually, and watching as the relationship between them change and evolve.  I also really enjoyed how some of the relationships between characters changed and developed, as well as the introduction of some new characters who just perfectly fit into this world and the story.

Speaking of new characters, one of my favourites from this book was the Grey Man, who, without trying to say too much, brought such a different aspect to this story, and gave something mysterious and new to it, even if I do wish we might have found out a little more about him by the end than we did.  I also loved how his presence, as well as just the direction this story took, meant we got to see more of the women of 300 fox way, as I just find them all so fascinating and unique, and so I was insanely happy that we got to explore their characters a little more as well as see them more individually and learn about them as single characters.



As much as adored everything about the first book, what was likely my favourite aspect of it had to the writing style, and that was no different this time around.  Not only is it so poetic and beautifully detailed, but it also perfectly fits the whimsical and magical atmosphere of this series.  It just seems to perfectly capture exactly what this book is and allows the story to be conveyed in such a compelling and fitting way that I honestly say I will never not adore the way these books are written.

Finally, what is a good story without a spectacular ending.  I loved how the conclusion to this one fitted so well with the themes throughout it as well as how it connected all of our main characters whilst still allowing each of them to be their own, separate part of it.  It was magical and dramatic and just all round a really good way to end this book whilst still leaving it really open so that the moment I finished this one I was desperate to just be able to pick up the next one and find out what happens! 



Overall, its safe to say I absolutely adored this one with all of my heart, from the amazing characters to the beautifully magical plot that just left me wanting so much more.  It's safe to say now that it won't be long before I pick up Blue Lily, Blue Lily and see where this fantastic story goes next! 


Favourite:
Character: Gansey
Scene: The ending - Fourth of July 
Quote: 'If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.'


Relate a:
Song: An Act of Kindness - Bastille
Other Book: The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Rating:
4.75/5


Have you read this one - what did you think?  Tell me in the comments below!




Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Wrap Up

We've have finally reached the end of the second month of the year, and for once I am so happy that we are nearly into March as I am so desperate for winter to be over.  For me, this month also seemed to go alot slower than January, and whilst I am still surprised that we are already in March, I am quite ready for a new month of reading to start.  This month was actually almost a flip of my reading in January, as whilst I did manage to read more than I did last month, unfortunately I wasn't in love with absolutely everything I read this time.  Nonetheless, I am really happy with just how much more I have been reading this month, especially how much more regularly I have been picking up my book compared to the how little I have been in the last couple of months.  Anyway, here are all the four books I managed to read this book.  And so, enjoy!  







 After reading so much fantasy over the past few months, I decided that I needed a little break and so choose to pick up this contemporary that I have needed to read for so long now.   This book follows our main character of Min as she recites the course of her and Ed's relationship through a box full of items all relating to their time together and all with a story attached to them.  As I have owned this book for so long now, I was slightly worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as I wasn't as excited about picking it up as I would have been had I read it earlier.  However, luckily this one completely surprised me with how much I really loved it, with the story and writing drawing me in and gripping me straight away.  I adored how in depth and how personal the writing made this book feel, with it all seeming so realistic, something which made this book even more heartbreaking and emotive.  

Rating - 4.75/5







After reading Why We Broke Up, I was officially back into contemporary and knew there was no chance I was going to pick up anything else as my next read.  This was never a book that I actually imagined I would ever get round to reading, as it didn't sound like a book I would particularly enjoy or would ever be particularly interested in, but somehow I did end up picking it up earlier this month after I heard that is has been turned into a movie that is coming out later this year and after my sister told me that there is a huge plot twist in this book, which anyone who knows me knows is exactly what you say if you want me to read a certain book.  This book follows our main character of Madeline who has SCID and for 18 years has never even left her house when Olly and his family move in next door.  Whilst I didn't love every aspect of this book, I have to admit that I absolutely adored the cute romance that was a key focus of this story, as well as the shocking plot twist that I was not in a million years expecting.  

Rating - 3/5 






 As I said earlier, I have been really struggling with the grey, cloudy and just down right miserable weather right now, and so in my desperation for a little bit of sun I decided that if I couldn't physically get away for a bit, then I could at least try and escape to somewhere warm and sunny through a book.  This story focuses on two brothers who are tricked by their parents into going on holiday to Italy together in an attempt to strengthen their relationship.  My favourite thing about this book was definitely the characters of Elijah and Danny, because as the book focused so hugely on these two, we got to see so many different sides of them and see them both develop as people throughout this fairly short novel.  I also loved how flawed they both were, with there being points for both of them where I loved them and where I really disliked them.  I also adored the gorgeous setting of this, and loved how we got to see the pair travel the city throughout this book.  

Rating - 3.5/5 






Finally, I actually ended up reading this this one quite spontaneously, as I had heard some really good things about it from different people and so thought I might as well give it a go.  This book tells the story of Griffin as he both grieves for his best friend and ex-boyfriend Theo whilst also recounting the course of their relationship together.  I honestly can't tell you how glad I am that I decided to give this one a go, as I ended up absolutely adoring everything about it.  I loved how personal it felt with Griffin as the narrator, as well as the huge contrast between the events happening in his recounts of the past and the reality of the present.  One moment you were reading about the joy and excitement of first love and the next you were thrust back into the tragedy of Griffin having to figure out how to move on with his life without Theo.  It was just so beautifully written and such a beautiful story with characters that had flaws and weren't perfect but we're entirely realistic.  

Rating - 5/5 



What books did you read this month?  Which was your favourite out of the books you read? 





Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Playlist

Here, at last, is my February Playlist!  
I originally planned to get both this and my February wrap up posted and up before the end of the month, but unfortunately stuff happened, and so as much as I wished I could have I was unable to get either up on time.  Luckily I have now sorted everything out, with my February Wrap Up scheduled and ready to go up on Sunday, and for now here are some of my favourite songs that I have been listening to over the last month.  And so, enjoy!




What songs have you been listening to lately?


Monday, 20 February 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review

After reading Why We Broke Up, I was entirely certain that I was in the mood for one genre and one genre only - YA contemporary.  However, if it wasn't for my sister telling me about this one and recommending that I should give it a go then this would certainly never have been the one I picked up, as it just didn't sound like the type of thing I was usually a fan of.  I also knew that the film for this book was set to be released later this year, and so knew that by reading the book now I wouldn't have to rush to read it before the film or even go and watch the film feeling guilty knowing that I hadn't even given the book a go before watching it.  And so, in the end I thought there was no reason not to at least pick it up and give it a go, and so that is exactly what I did.  



This book follows our main character of Madeline who has SCID and for 18 years has never even left her house.  Before going into this, the concept and idea of this was one of the main things that drew me in as it seemed like such a unique story that would have a very unique perspective on things.  And whilst I didn't think it was the most individual story, I did really enjoy seeing what Maddy's life was like and how she felt about everything throughout the story.  I also really liked the general plot of this book and how both the romance and Maddy developed and grew as the story went on, as well as how the story incorporated romance and later other storylines into one. 

But one thing I can't talk about this book without mentioning is the amazing plot twist I was not expecting to get at all in this story.  It took me completely by surprise and was so unpredictable that it threw me so off guard that I had to rethink what I had just read.  I just really enjoyed how shocking it was as well as how it added something else to a story that otherwise would have been primarily romance. 



Moving on from the plot, I did enjoy the characters in this novel for the most part, although they were definitely not my favourite characters or some of the best characters I've ever read about.  Whilst I really getting to know them all and watching the relationships between them all develop, I just don't feel like we got to see a great deal of depth to any of the characters at all or at least not as much as I would have liked to have seen.  Saying that, I did really enjoy Olly as a character who provided some humour into the novel as well as how strong he was considering his family situation and how he tried to stand up for what he thought was right.  

One of the key aspects of this novel is the romance between Maddy and Olly, and I do have to admit that I really enjoyed this throughout most of the book.  I loved how Olly was the boy next door character and how they slowly began to bond over text messages and emails before they even meet properly in person.  I also adored how swept up in it all they both became and how they were stuck in this whirlwind romance that seemed to capture them both within it.  



However, as much as I enjoyed there romance, I did have a few problems with it.  Whilst most of the time I loved how the relationship between these two, there was a fair bit of instalove in there as well, with Olly and Maddy only meeting a few times before they seemed to be in love or at least past the point of just starting to develop feelings for one another.  I also just had the slightest problem with some of Olly's actions when he was with Maddy, especially how easy-going and risky he seemed to be with her at times, a girl who is described to be pretty much allergic to everything.  For me this just made it seem a little less realistic as he didn't seem to be as conscious of her well-being or and of her illness as he maybe should have been for someone who really cared about her.

But for me, one of my favourite things about this book was just how addictive it was.  I loved how quickly I was able to fly through this simply because I never wanted to put it down and was drawn in from the start.  The writing style made this book so engrossing that before I knew it I was 100 pages from where I'd started and still nowhere near wanting to put it down.  I also adored how short the sections and chapters in this book were, as well as the messages and emails that were dotted along the way, which gave this book another feature whilst not focusing on it too much, allowing it to just add to the story and not overwhelm it.



Overall, I did on the whole enjoy this novel despite having a few issues with it as well.  I enjoyed the characters, plot and most of all adored the plot twist and writing that improved this book so much for me.  I think this is a great one if you are looking for a fast-paced, addictive contemporary with a romance that you will in love with.


Favourite:
Character: Olly 
Quote: 'Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference.'


Relate a:
Song: Bubblegum - Mystery Jets 
Other Book: Night Owls by Jenn Bennett 



Rating:
3/5