Half lost by Sally Green Review

Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

There is a war going on and Nathan has to find a way to defeat Soul and Wallend altogether so that black witches and white witches and half codes can live together in peace. However Nathan has to find something that will make him untouchable so he can get close to Soul and defeat evil. Meanwhile Nathan is finding out about himself and the gifts he got from his father.

Review:

Half Lost is the third book in this phenomenal Half Bad trilogy and I was really excited to read this book to finish this series. Half Bad (the first book in this trilogy) was one of my favourite book in 2014 so I had a lot of hope for this book and boy did this book exceed my expectations.

I went through a whirl wind of emotions when I was reading this book. I was happy, angry and tears left my eyes. I have not read a book yet that have made me go through every emotions you can think of. I was angry when Nathan was under Soul`s influence and I just felt like throwing the book because the anger look over. However I didn`t and I`m glad I didn`t because I would have ruined the book. Tears left my eyes during the end of the book and I couldn`t contain myself.

In this book there is a war going on between white witches and the Alliance. Nathan has it in his mind to take revenge for his father`s death but to also stop the war by killing Soul, however to do this he needs a weapon that could make him invincible.

One of the greatest thing I love about this book is the amount of characters. In “Half Lost” there aren`t that many characters. This is a good thing because if gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and so the character development if very great in this book. In addition the minimal amount of characters means that I won`t have the problem of trying to remember the characters. In addition the characters in this book are very diverse so this brings a change to traditional Young Adult literature (YA). The themes of this book mainly evolves around coming-of-age, magic, witches and GLBT. Read More »

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T5W | Favourite Buzz Words

Good Evening fellow bookworms and readers,

It`s Wednesday and this means that it is time for another Top Ten Five Wednesday and today I will be telling the words on the back of books that draw me straight away.   This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.

The first word is Plot Twists. 

The thing I love about plot twists are how unexpected they are. They are always placed in the most unexpected place and time and they just make you jump out of your seat. I love plot twists. I especially love them when they make the book more interesting after a few pages/chapters of boredom.

Next is Assassin. 

Hello how could I not pick up a book when it has the word assassin? Most of the best books that I have ever read include assassin like the Throne of Glass series. I just think that assassins give an excitement to a book because I personally don`t know what their world is like and so I would like to find out more!

Another eye-catching word is Retellings.

This word especially makes me want to grab the book and read it! Retelling are such interesting reads because they are essentially your favourite books that are told in a different way. One of my favourite retelling is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

The Hunger Games series by Lions Gate Entertainment

Then we have now a motion picture.

If you didn`t know, most of my favourite films are actually book adaptations. I always read the book before I see the film and so this means that I am able to compare the books to the film and see which one if better.Read More »

Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (1 Sept. 2014)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Harry Potter has never known his parents and he has lived with his Uncle and Auntie for as long as he remembers. However what happened to his parents is a mystery. Living with his only relatives is not such a privilege as they despise him. Even his cousin Dudley tried to do everything to make his life as miserable as possible.

Review:

I have been meaning to read the Harry Potter series for a long time but I had only ever read up the 4th book (The Goblet of Fire). Therefore I thought it was the right time to finish the whole series and see and experience why this series is so well loved.

Harry Potter is a young boy at 11 when we first meet him and he has to go through living with his horrible family until Hagrid shows up. I admire Harry because I know that I wouldn`t be able to cope. What was significant about Harry is that, although he has to go through a lot of hatred, Harry isn`t a bad boy that wants his parents back and wants revenge for all the bad actions that his family did. In addition Harry has a sense of courage and he will do everything he can to makes things right. This is quite inspirational for younger readers and people will find themselves looking up at him.

Similarly I enjoyed Hermione`s character.

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things-friendship and bravery.”

Hermione is a clever witch who finds out that she a witch when she firsts gets her Hogwarts letter. She is book smart and tries very hard at school to try to get the top grade. Growing up, watching the films, I found her very inspirational and she encourages me to study try hard at school. I think that this is a good thing, like Harry, as she will inspire younger readers to try harder in their education.Read More »

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Review

Publisher: Puffin Classics

Format: Paperback (240 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

There are two gangs. One is called the Socs who are rich and have enough money but they spend their time jumping on the Greasers for fun. The eastside kids are called the Greasers and they are known for having long and greasy hair. Socs and Greasers have never gotten on and things have just been the way it is, until something unexpected happens that causes their life to drastically change…

Review:                   

I actually don`t know where to start with this review. I loved this book because of how real it is and the way it is a real eye opener. However, before I started this book I didn`t know what to expect but I knew that it was a well-loved book, so I wanted to try it. Picking up the book and slowly turning the first page I started the book. A few hours later I was deep into the book and I had to force myself to stop reading and sleep instead. A few days later I finished the book and I found myself rereading the book. I found myself loving the book.

One of the reason why I loved this book is because of the characters. The narrator is called Ponyboy and he is 14 year old. Hinton was only 17 when she wrote this book so her narration of Ponyboy is realistic. Ponyboy is the younger brother if two brothers called Darry and Sodapop. Since the gang Ponyboy is in is full of hard looking boys, we get an alternative from Ponyboy because he is just normal, and this is a good thing because as a reader we get to understand the book and the language that is used. Ponyboy is also quite innocent and he is never biased towards anyone particularly (further on in the book).

Although the character I found myself loving the best is Darry. He is only 20 and he has to take care of his family. I could relate to him because he has to be harsh on Ponyboy in order for him to have a good future. All the characters Hinton writes are very real and as a reader you will be able to relate to at least one of the characters.

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My Christmas Wishlist…

Since it is nearly Christmas I thought I do a wishlist so I can see all the books I want to read and maybe you can add a few more books to your own wishlist.

For me Christmas means curling up with a good book to read whist the weather outside is snowing. Therefore for Christmas I need the right book, but there are so many books out there. Which one would be the right one? How would I know it`s the right one? Well I guess I will only find out by read the book themselves.

First of my fantasy books because I can`t help it:

  • Snow like Ashes
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • The Kiss of Deception
  • A thousand night
  • Carry on
  • Harry Potter the illustrated edition

These fantasy books I have mentioned are loved my many readers and I just want to read them! I want to read them to feel what people have felt and to learn to love these books. I have been waiting to read “The Wrath and the Dawn” and “A kiss of deception” for many months now, however I never had the time to buy them, but now since it is the holidays I hope I will get to read them- fingers crossed x.

In addition I also know that “The Wrath and the Dawn” and “A thousand nights” are based on a fairy-tale retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights”, so I want to read both of the books and compare them to see how alike they are to the original book.

Similarly I would like to read “Carry On” to see Rainbow Rowell`s take on the amazing “Harry Potter”. I am very curious on the illustrated edition of “Harry Potter” because it might change my perspective of the book, nevertheless I just want to see a different take on the beloved Harry Potter books.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

Publisher: Orion (2 July 2015)

Format:  Paperback: 400 pages

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

This world is based on Reds (who have read blood) and Silvers (who have silver blood). Mare (our protagonist) is a red blood and red bloods are the lowest of the low, they are peasants compared to the silvers, who have everything. Silvers have power and this is the reason why they outlaw the reds, but when Mare finds out she has a power could it be the end for this injustice system?

Review:

Due to all the hype based on this one novel, I really wanted to read this book and live up to the hype like other readers. What I found was a big downfall of this book was the characters, they didn`t seem to click with each other and I wasn`t persuaded enough to believe in them. Another thing is I couldn`t relate to any other the characters, nevertheless Mare, who I found to be quite annoying and making silly mistakes. I also found she wasn`t acting her age, she acted like a six year old girl who was just doing what she wanted without thinking of the consequences.

In addition I found the plot was quite a cliché. I could predict what would happen and I wasn’t left wanting to read more. As I got further into the book I found this book was like any other dystopian book I`ve read, there was a girl who has found something new about herself and she going trying to break out of society and ruin everything. In my opinion I have had enough of these so called dystopian novels, there is nothing different about each of them, and Red Queen as I thought wasn`t any different. On the other hand I didn`t predict the plot twist so this was something worth reading, and yes like many others I was surprised. I thought it was quite clever that there were clues throughout the book saying:

“Anyone can betray anyone.”

“He`s his mother`s son.”

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Pretty book covers

Good morning/evening fellow readers,

Today I`m going to do another post in my bookish- tea- time  categories where everything that doesn`t have a categories here on book blogging world is placed. Now for today`s post I am going to be talking about the prettiest book covers that I`e seen.


Now I know we shouldn`t judge a book by it`s cover, but sometimes we can`t just help it. So toady I decided to write a post on book covers that are worth gushing over.

A big thing for me when choosing a book to read it the cover. The reason for this is because if the cover reflects the book and so if the book has a cheesy cover it`ll make me not want to read it. Sometimes I don`t like book covers having people because it could represent the context of when the book was published and I always find myself flicking back to the front cover to see if there is resemblance to the character on the cover and the description of the book.

A thousand pieces of you- I personally haven`t read this book because I haven`t found the time. Get it??? This book is about time travel and speaking of which I love Dr Who at the moment. Anyway the cover is just gorgeous! The way there us two worlds and they`re opposite each other and the colours! It`s so pretty and I love the white font because it matches with the plane white background.

Shatter me– This is an absolute no brainier. Everyone loves the covers of this series.It may be an eye but the eye lashes are trees! The colour combination, in addition, makes me want to read this book book so badly. Again I haven`t read this book and I feel like I`m missing out on so much action and another world I think I`ll love.

I capture the castle– now this book I have actually read and love! This is a classic that everyone should read, It`s a bit of a bitter sweet story but I just love it. This cover is my favourite one that I`ve seen so far because it has the family and what they would actually be doing like in the book. The cover is just so pretty. ❤Read More »

T5W- Banned books I`ve read

It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is banned books I`ve read. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Before Joining the book blogging community on WordPress I never thought that books would be banned and I`ve never heard of a banned book. This shocked me because books can`t be banned not matter what. They`re my soul and heart put together and without them I don`t where I would be toady. Anyway surprisingly when I looked at the list of banned books I realised that I have actually read some. Lets get to the books…

1. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Now I had to actually read this for school as part of an English course and before I went into it I thought it would be one of those hard classics that are boring. However when I got into the book I found it was quite easy to read and I know that many people didn`t like the ending and it caused a few tears, but for me I didn`t really feel anything. Although it is a good book and many people should read it.

2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Now I really liked this book because it was a different dystopian book to those I have read.I found the society the book was set in was really interesting, I also didn`t have any difficulties when reading the book. I really recommend this book to book lovers who love dystopian and are looking for a another read.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Many people love this book because of the themes of the book and the way certain things are portrayed in the book. However I read this book for my own pleasure reading, so I didn`t studied it and bled the book dry to analyse the language, but I still enjoyed it. This book is actually one I need to read again so that I can understand the law part of the book and the real meaning.

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YA Fantasy Recommendations

Happy Saturday everyone!

As you can see from the title I am going to make another recommendation post because I feel like you guys enjoy this the most. Today I am going to be recommending YA fantasy, which is my favourite genre. The books I`m going to be recommending are for YA lovers who want to get started with fantasy but they don`t know where to start or readers who have started reading fantasy and want more to read. There is one adult book but all of them are YA books.

So lets get to the books…


The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansan 

For people who have read so many fantasy books that they feel like they`re all the same, this book is for you. It`s a really different book compare to any other book and although this book may not be strictly YA, it reads like YA and overs themes that YA book covers. This book is about a Princess who was brought up in isolation and now since she is nineteen she is needed to go back to her home and to rule as Queen. However she may be dead within a week.

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The Throne of Glass series.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I always talk about this series and Sarah J. Maas and I`m always posting pictures of these magnificent books on tumblr. But I just can`t help it. I read this series this summer and I just can`t stop sharing my love for these books and I can`t believe that I have to wait another year for the next book to come out!

Throne of Glass (the first book) evolves around Celaena Sordothian who is an assassin. When we first see her she is offered to become the King`s Champion or stay imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovie. She takes the choice that guarantees her freedom but weeks into the competition other competitor are being found dead by something unknown…

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ARCs of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thrones and Roses.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Speaking about the Queen of YA fantasy I can`t help but mention this book. The book isn`t part of the Throne of Glass series but it is a new, well not so new now, trilogy. A Court of Thorns ans Roses is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I found this quite interesting and it is written by Sarah J. Maas so of course I immediately wanted to read it. ACOTAR is amazing so please pick it up! You will not be disappointed.

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

This was one of my most favourite read of 2014 and the reason for this was because of how thrilling and captiviating the book was. It`s about alternate worlds where in one world Lily is a normal teenager but in the next she is the complete opposite. The characters are just so wonderful and I really can`t say anymore otherwise I`ll spoil the book.

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Contemporary recommendations

Today I have an exiting post today and hopefully you`ll end up with some books you want to read, as the purpose of today`s post is to recommend some contemporary books! Whether you want to start reading some YA contemporary or you are looking for some more contemporaries to read, I`m sure there`s a book for you.

Now the genre contemporary is a genre that is typically set in today`s modern day world. This means that it is realistic and there isn`t no made up element, such as magical creautre, and of course it is still fiction.


To the books:

The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book hasn`t received as much representation as I would have liked because this book deserves to be talked about. It follows Hayley who has never stopped moving and her father who came back from war and know has PTSD. The book goes through the family`s struggle and how much Hayley wants to have a normal life and live like a normal teen but the horrors of war has become a barrier for that. This is definitely a tearjerker so carry some tissues.

If you found me by Emily Murdoch

This book is none like any other YA because it deals with themes that most writers don`t talk about and most readers don`t read. Carey is abandoned by her mother many times with her sister and there are times when she doesn`t come back for weeks. Although this isn`t all the story, where she is abandoned isn`t near civilization but it is in the woods. When her long lost father finds her it seems as though she can start all over again and live the normal life, but she encounters the past and relives to all the horrors of her past.

Infinite sky by C.J Flood

Despite the cover of my copy slightly putting me off when I picked this book up I was happy that I did. This isn`t such a known contemporary but it does deserve a little shout out. The reason for this is because it took me by surprised and I didn`t know what to expect when I first started. I think that you should go into this book blind because it just make the whole reading experience much more better and I wished I went into the book knowing completely nothing.

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