The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (5 May 2016)

Format: Paper back (528 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

Andie has a thing for being organised and planning everything that is about to come. However when her long awaited plan is destroyed she doesn`t know what to do and she definitely wouldn`t think that she would be walking dogs or spending time with her dad during the summer.

Review:

I have been waiting a long time to read a Morgan Matson book and I can tell you this book did not disappoint. This book was everything I expected from a contemporary book although the size wasn`t what I expected.

One of the main aspect of the book that I loved was the characters. Andie is such a relatable character and even if you can relate to her you`ll love her because all of her actions and thoughts are universal. She grows up a lot in this book and you get to see her find out what she wants and who she is. She also has a lot of aspirations and her background if losing her family makes the reader sympathises with her but it also gives a chance for the reader to get to know more about here. Most of the decisions she makes in this book I would make as well.

In addition this books made me remember how much I loved reading contemporary books that are based in the US because life there seems so free and I was able to understand what life was like there.

I loved how there were little extra added plots like a scavenger hunt and friendship. Even though growing up was a main theme in this book there were also other important themes like: family, friendship and romance. I thought it was very clever of Matson to embed all of the themes into one book because it was as if the book itself was a representative of YA.Read More »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spoiler Review

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.

*Warning* Before I get into this review any further I would like to remind you that this is a spoiler review so if you haven`t read the book or you don`t want to get spoiled then stop reading. Here is a link to my spoiler free review and part one.

Since finishing reading Lady Midnight I have been in a little reading slump so I think writing another review will get this pain and heart break of my chest. In many ways Lady Midnight was an amazing book that left me staying up until 11am! No book has made me stay up that late and I think this is a great achievement, this is because I have been reading YA fiction for a long time now so I can spot the cliches, but Lady Midnight kept me reading through these parts.

On a more critical note, there were some parts that made me cringe , for example, when Emma asked Julian if she could stay with him and she explained what staying meant: “Stay and chase the bad dreams away”. This was a little too much for me and I felt like I couldn`t connect with the characters at this point because I wouldn`t say this to my supposed parabatai.

Although there were many parts that made my heart warm, like when Julian was making pancakes for his siblings. This made me realise how much Julian had to sacrifice and how strong he is, he had to go through the death of his father and he as to look after his siblings and run the institute! I felt so much sympathy for him and this was when I feel in love with his character.Read More »

Book Haul

I feel like I haven`t been buying books lately, however I was completely wrong when I made a pile of the new books I owned. Therefore I thought it would be quite nice to make a book haul post and just to let you know, most of these books are blue (apart from one) and isn`t that strange? Well blue is my favourite colour and so I can`t really complain.


Anyway the books:

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Glass Sword and The Sleeping Prince were two books that I was looking towards to. I really enjoyed The Sin Eater`s Daughter but it was left on a cliff hanger so I was obviously dying for the second book. As you might all know, I didn`t enjoy Red Queen but I had the urge to read the second book because sometimes the second book is better than the first, so I took the daring risk and I can say Glass Sword is much more better then Red Queen!

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I was walking through a bookshop one day like any book lover out there and I found myself looking at the Harry Potter shelves. I looked at the books and I realised that I haven`t read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Immediately I thought I needed to fixed this massive problem and I brought the book.

Carrying on in this Harry Potter theme Carry On was one of the books I was desperate to get my hands on and I was quite intrigues because I know that Rainbow Rowell tends to write contemporary books like Eleanor and Park (which is my favourite book) and so when I heard that she was writing a fantasy book I thought I would see what her writing would be like.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 »

The Coffee Book Tag

First I would like to apologize for not posting frequently this week. The main and obvious reason for my absence is work and exams and lots and lots of studying! Therefore I  haven`t been reading as much as I would have liked to. However we must not dwell on the past (like a magnificent wizard said), so today I am coming back with a BANG or more realistic: a book tag!

The lovely Jess @onceuponabookreview13 kindly nominated me for the Coffee Book Tag so thank you!!! Also you should all go and check her blog out as it is lovely just like she it!


BLACK: A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.

For this series I think it would have to be The Mortal Instruments series because I know many people who find the series very hard to get into but the end result it amazing! Although I personally found this series really easy to read at first but I find rereading this series really hard!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.

The book I mention here I cheekily copied from Jess` post only because it`s so obvious: Harry Potter! I think the reason why the Harry Potter books gets more popular during the winter season is because Christmas/ winter at Hogwarts is just the best!

HOT CHOCOLATE: FAVOURITE CHILDREN`S BOOK.

I remember loving the Spiderwick Chronicles when I was little and at one point I believed that the book was actually real! Nowadays I`m more grown up (or I`d like to think my self as).

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas! I love every book in this series and the books just keep on getting better! I cannot wait for the 5th book to be released this year!!!

STARBUCKS: A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE

At the moment I see The Martian, Room and Me before You a lot! I think the main reason for this is because  of the adaptations and we all know (as avid readers) that we should read the books before we watch the films, although I have yet to read any of these books.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR (A SHOUT OUT)

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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 »

The pressure to read “popular books”

When I first got into blogging I would be reading reviews and monthly wrap ups where I would constantly see new published books being named and they would keep popping up. This then made me feel pressured to read the books that I had seen a lot and books that had a lot of hype. As a result, I wouldn`t read the books I originally want to read and my TBR pile would just pile up.

Overall I think this is a huge problem for me and many other readers because we all feel we should read books that everyone is talking about and we shouldn`t read underrated books. In a way this makes me sad because I feel like I am neglecting books that I would love if I gave them a chance. However I want to read the new books that have a lot of hype because I want to see what all the hype was about.

On the other hand this then contradicts that whole purpose of blogging- we need to spread the love of books and recommend books. Maybe this is just me, but I think that it is maybe time for me a shift away from only reading YA and read different genres that will enable me to see what I actually like in a book.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 »

Lobsters by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison Review

Publisher: Chicken House (5 Jun. 2014)

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

Sam and Hannah are in their last summer before university. They are both trying to do knew things before they leave. They are also trying to find their “lobster” whilst having the trouble of waiting for their A-level results.

Review:

I was in a big contemporary mood after reading some heavy fantasy books so I thought it would be time to read something light. I went into Lobsters quite blind so I did not know what to expect and what the story was about.

Due to going into the book with no knowledge of the book beforehand I thought this would be a good thing because it would mean that my hopes wouldn`t be high. However when I was half way into the book nothing exiting was happening and I felt quite let down. I thought there was going to be something significant about the book that would have pulled me right away, but there was not.

Sam and Hannah are typical 18 year olds who are worrying about their love life and are most likely feeling the pressure to get a girlfriend and boyfriend. In addition they also have their A level results day coming up and both of them are anxious about getting into the university they want.

One of the biggest let down for me is the characters. I couldn`t relate with any of the characters. The characters were just not real enough for me, I think the reason for this is because of the writing.Read More »

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 »