Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (12th March 2015)

Format: Paperback ( 272 pages)

Source: Library copy 

Synopsis:

Cullen`s brother Gabriel had always been different to the other people that lived in the little town named Lily. However when he goes missing Cullen finds it hard to cope with the loss of his brother and he tries to find him. On the way he starts realising the way things work and he loses the people he loves and he also starts questioning the simple things that happens in his life.

Review:             

A while ago I come across this book whilst watching someone`s video and I saw it was compared with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I thought I might give it ago. However I came into this book not knowing anything about it because I was quite surprised when there were religious references.

This book takes places in a small town called Lily, Arkansas and it follows Cullen who is bored of his town and he finds the “discovery” of an extinct bird pointless, however when his brother goes missing he will do anything to get his brother back. At the same time there is a young man who is on a missionary in Africa and both of these stories intertwine with each other in this book. The two stories coming together was written really well as I could easily understand what was happening.

On reflection I didn`t like the characters in this book because I couldn`t connect with them and they were very distance. One of the major aspect of a book is the characters but in this book the characters weren`t portrayed as real people and they were just characters in a book for me. Cullen`s reactions in this book were reactions that I wouldn`t have expected or hoped and somehow I felt this book had a heavy tone and this made it hard to get into the book. Furthermore the writing was quite dense the first time around so I had to push myself to read and finish the book.Read More »

A Reflection of My Reading Life

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great week! Today I thought it was time to do another Reflection on My Reading Life because I said I would do one of this post one a month and it is now March.

A Reflection of My Reading Life is a new monthly post here on Life is Sweet in Books where I will be reflecting and telling you about what I have recently read and my reading experiences.


 

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The books I have read recently are:

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

I had been waiting a whole year for this book to come out because I really enjoyed the first book and I was intrigued to see where the story would go and what would happen to the main characters. I had recently posted a review for this book so if you want to read more about this book and my feelings the check my review here.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

Last year I tried to read this book because I heard that it is many people`s favourite book! However when I read it I couldn`t get into the book so I returned it to the library. Although I decided to read the book again because I really hate reading a book and not finishing it, but I don`t mind not finishing a book that I didn`t like. Overall the book was okay, I couldn`t really relate to any of the characters and I found some parts of the book quite unnecessary. I was expecting to love this book more due to the hype.Read More »

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Review

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books (5 Nov. 2015)

Format: Paperback (400 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

Its 1956 and Yael is on the ultimate mission to kill Hitler. Although she has to do it undercover and with her special ability she is able to do it and she has to become the Adele a participator of the world famous Axis tour. She has a limited amount of time to do so. She may know certain facts about Adele but what she doesn`t know is Adele’s personal life.

Review:

This is possibly the first historical fiction book I`ve read by choice and there is a reason for this- I don`t really like historical fiction books because there is hardly any action. So I thinking, a few weeks ago, about how diverse my choice of books are (it is not diverse at all), therefore I decided to pick up this book to broaden my horizons.

Going into the book the only thing I had in my mind was I wasn`t going to enjoy it because it was a fantasy book. Yes I actually did think this, a bit shallow, but I couldn`t help. However I was wrong, there was a lot of action in this book. Yael has to go through training to be able to become an agent and this means that she can fight. YES! Another strong female character! Yael has to go through a lot of action trying to be the first person in this motorbike race in order to come close to Hitler to do her mission.

The plot of this book is just based on Yael trying to win the race but there is also another element of her ability to change her face which she got by Nazi doctors experimenting on her. This ability makes her more vulnerable and it also makes the book more interesting. In addition there is the fact that Yael is pretending to be Adele so she doesn`t know everything about Adele. This means that she will have trouble coping and she has to pretending that she knows what Adele`s twin brother is talking about and what Luka is suggesting about last year.Read More »

A reflection on my reading life

Hello readers,

I hope you are having a restful weekend that it full of reading!

Recently as a 2016 resolution I was thinking of embedding my life into my blog and so I have created this meme or monthly post where I will be taking about my reading life.

Therefore Reflection of My Reading Life is a new monthly post here on Life is Sweet in Books where I will be reflecting and telling you about what I have recently read and my reading experiences.

I hope you all will enjoy this post. I have decided to something like this rather than doing monthly wrap ups and TBRs (to be read) because I feel like those posts will restrict me to the content I add on my blog. I am just basically tying make my blog more about me and personalising it.


The books I have read recently are:

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

I went into this book only knowing it was a historical fiction novel. Now I am not the biggest historical fiction fan and I never read these particular books because I don`t like history and I find it very boring. When I finished the book I didn`t like it and this was not a let down because I kind of knew I wouldn`t like the book in the first place. I don`t know why because there was a fantasy element to it but I think it is just me being very mean and picky.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I then chose to read a fantasy book because I wanted to be in my comfort zone and read a book that I knew I would enjoy. When I read a few pages I started to get really confused of the world the book was set in and I felt like all the characters where being introduced too quickly. However half-way through I finally got what was going on and the main plot of the book. I did enjoy this book mainly because of the characters and the way there were many POVs (point of views). The POVs made the book more interesting and I got to find out the background of the characters and what they are like.

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

This was the first Rick Riordan book that I had read so I came into this book with high expectations and I was not disappointed. I think the main reason why I enjoyed this book was because of how realistic the characters where and so I would be able to connect to some of them. I will definitely be reading more books by Riordan in the future and here is my review. Read More »

The Liebster Award

Hello fellow book bloggers and readers, today I have an exiting post for you. I was recently nominated by Allison from Rightofthepages and Glitter2rain for the Liebster award. I never thought that I would have such a great time blogging when I first started and the Liebster is just a way for saying, “Hey well done for maintaining your blog”. Therefore and I am thankful.

I you didn`t know, like me when I was first nominated, the Liebster award is an award given to bloggers from other bloggers to congratulate and promote blogger who have under 200 followers.

So the rules are: 

Thank the nominator.

Display the award.

Answer the questions

Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

Notify the Nominees

Thank you so much to Rightofthepages and Glitter2rain for nominating me and it means a lot. 🙂 Go and check out their blogs!

Display the award:

So to the questions

Rightofthepages questions:

1)Pick one book that you would say is your favourite book and why? (I know it may be hard!)

This is the hardest question you could ever ask a bookworm. Mmm, I think that it would have to be…Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

2)Where is your happy place?

My happy place would have to be my bedroom or the countryside where there is nice scenery to look at all day.

3)Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging over a year ago to document my reading journey so that I wouldn`t forget it.

4)What is your favourite season and why?

My favourite season would have to be Autumn because of the colours of fall and the way leaves fall of the trees. It`s also not too hot or too cold.

5)What is your ideal career?

 Probably and accountant or a doctor.

6)What is your absolute favourite food?

Easy, my favourite food in whole entire world is ice cream! 😛

7)What three words describe you best?

Oh I really hate answering theses types of questions because it`s sounds like your showing of your own personalities. Anyway three words would be intelligent, loyal and happy.

8)What is your favourite thing about yourself?

I like the way I will always try my best.

9)What would be your top travel destination and why?

America and the reason for this is so I can live in Barnes and Noble forever.

10)Do you believe in ghosts?

Nope.

11)What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Paper towns, it`s much more better than the book.

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Top 5 Wednesday| Tropes you hate

This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group. Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is Tropes you hate.


Believe it or not by I have to research what “tropes” actually mean because I`ve never heard of that term before. Anyway I found out what it meant and have collected a list of them to share with you today. 🙂


1)Instant love

I cannot express how much this annoys me. Instant love isn`t realistic and has no purpose. Do people actually fall in love with each other when they bump into each other and accidentally pour coffee over someone? No! They get angry and curse that person for ruining such a wonderful day they had so far. 😛 Instant love is a very typical theme in YA and while it was effective, it`s overused and not anymore.

2) Female characters who doubt themselves

Why are so many female characters insecure? They always look at other female characters who seem to have perfect skin and teeth and compare themselves. This isn`t a good example to show to readers and they need to know that they are beautiful, not the opposite.

3) The absent parent

A lot of parents seem to be missing. Where are they? Why aren`t they doing their jobs as parents.

4) The bad boy

This is overused a lot and now therefore boring. There are good guys you know.

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Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

So today is Tuesday and I never really post weekdays but I`ve just recently heard of a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday and I found it a really fun meme so I decided to participate.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today`s Top Ten Tuesday is  my Top Ten  Auto-buy Authors. I think that when you are reading you always have an author that you love a lot because of their characters and their wonderful they have created. I think that many of these authors I`m going to mention their books are impulse buys for me.


Sarah J. Maas- I think that this has been a recent obvious for me but all her books are just so amazing and addicting and no matter what I`ll always enjoy her books. If you haven`t read any of her books, what are you doing??? Pick up Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses now! I can gaurente you`ll enjoy it and will be wanting more.

Jenny Han- Oh Jenny Han is the Queen of Contemporary. All of her books have the perfect amount of romace with some family toppings. All the books she has published so far are really easy to read and you`re just hooked by the first page.

Cassandra Clare- I think that a lot of people are going to choose her but there`s a reason for that, the Shadowhunter world is just a magnificent series that pulls you in and Cassandra Clare makes you believe that the world exist from the moment your eyes land on the first page. The Infernal Devices is my all time favourite trilogy.

Josephine Angelini- I`ve enjoyed all her books that she has published, especially Trial By Fire which left me wanting for more and I really can`t wait for the next book to come out! Her Starcrossed series is equally as phenomenal.

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Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2 Aug. 2012)

Format: Paperback (432 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

This 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…

Review:

This book has received so much praise and hype that it`s very impossible to not pick it up. The genre the book lies in is fantasy (my favourite genre), magic and a little bit of romance (maybe more than a little bit). However what I found that made me picked up the book even more was the cover, which is really pretty, yet dark at the same time, and I love how on the front it has Celaena all dressed up for battle being armed weapons but the back of the book contrasts with this and it has Celaena dressed in a dress representing her feminine side. It`s an absolute cover buy.

The characters in this book were quite diverse and different, although I found that some characters less believable than others because of their appearance and the way they aren`t mentioned much in the book. However I found that one of the character resembled me so much, I`ve never read of a character that has the same qualities and interest as me, and that character is our protagonist: Celaena. Celaena loves reading (I do as well), she is strong, and she is very cleaver! Even though we do see other strong female characters in YA, like Katniss, I have never been able to relate to one because they have never been accessible. Celaena is just the best and the whole reason why this book is worth reading. Also Celaena and Chaol are my OTP! 😛

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words


So today I decided to participate in my very first book meme because why not? I also found weekly book memes are really fun to read and possibly fun to blog??? I have no idea but we shall see. Anyway this meme today consists of answering three WWW questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you`ll read next?

Now lets answer them…

  • I am currently reading Crown of Midnight by Sara J. Maas, which is the second book in the Throne Of Glass series, I am in the middle of the book at the moment and lets say that I am quite heart broken at the moment because a relationship has been ruined. Nevertheless I really want to finish it quick so I know what happens, the patience of being a bookworm is surreal. 😦
  • Speaking about Crown of Midnight and I recently read Throne of Glass and decided to marathon the three currently published books so that the world stays in my head and so I will get the most out of the books. I actually reread Throne of Glass in order to read the second book because I couldn`t remember the little details.

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My favourite genre of all time

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I love books and reading if you didn`t know (I`m very sure you do know this). Reading has been a huge part of my life so far and so in this post I will be talking about books, again. 🙂 With in a book there are words which you read, but with in the words there is a certain type or style of story that lasts throughout the book, this is my little definition of a genre.

Everyone is different so we all have different genres we prefer and there are many to choose from, for example: contemporary, horror, thriller, dystopian, fantasy and many more. However throughout my reading life I have always one type of genre that I love and it has stuck with me for many years and hopefully for more. This phenomenal genre is fantasy.

Fantasy is the genre where the impossible is possible and everything you imagine actually comes true. This has always created a spark in me because sometimes reality is a little bit boring and I need to escape into a whole different world and the key to escaping reality is a fantasy book. What I also love about fantasy books is that you are immediately thrown into the world whilst being introduced at the same time. The book that started my love for fantasy is The Chronicles of Narnia, this is a extraordinary series I read when I was a child and it has still stuck with me.

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