Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WWW Wednesday (24th August)


 WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.
The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


I am currently reading...


I am also listening to...




I have recently finished...


I plan on reading next... 




One again I have to apologise for the lack of blurbs and the fact I can't tidy this post up a bit. I am reduced to using my phone and it's not going great. Will be home and back to normal next week. 



Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Review: Double Down by Gwenda Bond (Louis Lane #2)



Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis. 

This came though my letter box as a complete surprise and let me tell you, I like surprises a lot, esp in the form of a book. But this one made me extra happy because I really loved the first book. Growing up around Superman movies and TV shows, the characters have always been in my life. And I always loved Louis. I still enjoy this quirky and new retelling in which Louis Lane is still at highschool and already working in a young team for the paper.

In Double Down Louis has settled more into her new life, she is much more confident in what she does and even more determined. Her virtual friendship with SmalvilleGuy is still going and growing further within this book. Things start getting interesting for Louis and her friends when Maddy's twin sister needs their help. She got herself into some trouble and now she has episodes where she can see though someone else's eyes. But that's not all, another friend will need Louis' help and to top it off things are also happening in the forum where Louis met SmallvilleGuy...

I will be honest, I didn't love it quite as much as the first one but I still did love it. What I struggle with a little is Louis and SmallvilleGuy's virtual relationship. While others have a love life around them it sort of annoys me that they don't. Not really anyway. Meeting in a virtual world just doesn't quite do it for me. Superman and Louis' story has always been my favourite part in all the shows. However, I do really enjoy reading Louis's adventures. You forget what a great impact she actually always has in saving people. I love her detective mind and her clever ideas.

I really enjoy solving the mystery along side Lois and her friends. But I hope in the future there will be more interaction between her and SmallvilleGuy.

If you ever liked Smallville or Veronica Mars, this is the perfect book for you. But either way if you like your book with some mystery that needs solving then you need to pick this series up. I for one can't wait for the next one.

I have had an amazing time reading both books and while I am pining for more love to come its actually kind of refreshing to not have a book overloaded with feels but rather filled with lots of fun. This series honestly doesn't get enough attention just yet, I hope this will change very soon.

Double Down will be released on 8th September.

Thank you to Georgia and Curious Fox for my surprise copy.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Weekly Wrap Up and Stacking the Shelves #34

Weekly Wrap Up...

This week I have managed to read 3 books while sunbathing in Turkey. Now that's a good way to read and as much as I wish I could be beck on my sun lounger I am also happy about where I am now. Which is at my parents house in Germany. Once my time is over here its almost time to get back to work and school runs. Hopefully manage 3 more books this week tho. I have managed to finish The Devients by C.J. Skuse, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Children of Icarus but Caighlan Smith.

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When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?




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Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.


Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.



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It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end."


Stacking the shelves...







No books for me. I have been away for 10 days and my post box stayed completely empty. But that's ok. gives me time to do some catch up and read some of my personal books.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Review: Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes

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Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.
 


Dear Charlie was one of the many books i have brought home with me from YALC and i couldn't wait to read it. The blurb just sounded amazing and very unique. Not only have I never come across a book about school shooting but I was even more intrigued by the fact that it was based in the UK. Dear Charlie is the story of Sam who is dealing with the aftermath of his brothers horrific actions. Charlie, Sam's older brother, shot several people at his school before he took his own life too. Now Sam is struggling to understand why his brother would do something like this, while mourning his brother and dealing with the hate towards his family from the media as well as everyone around them. Sam's life changes over night, simple things like going to school and going shopping turn into a huge nightmare. To top it off the mood in the house isn't much better. But what this book shows most of all is that no matter what life goes on, no matter how hard and impossible it seems.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book, its one of those books that could start some huge debates. There is so much to talk about. It sort of made me think this would be a good book to read at school and have great talks with your classmates. I believe that there is many different opinions about the subjects surrounding this story, be it the shootings at schools, the media bullying and many more. But while I found it all very interesting I couldn't quite connect with Sam. I am not really sure what it was, there was a slight lack of emotions in some places. That didn't stop me from flying through this book though.

The characters will not stay with me for a long time but the subject will. Seeing news about shootings is heart breaking and hat off to Gomes for touching this subject. I think there should be more books and movies about it, to really highlight not only what happens during these horrific events but also what continues to happen to the victims, their families, as well as the family of the shooter.  

This book will make you think and will open your eyes.

All in all its been a good and quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to read a very different YA.

Dear Charlie will be released on 20th October.

Thank you to Young Adult HQ and the lovely ladies at their YALC stand for my copy.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

WWW Wednesday (17th August)




 WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.
The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


I am currently reading... 



I have recently finished... 



I plan on reading next... 


Well I hope to start Gemina next, all depends if I can fit it into my hand luggage for my next trip. If not it will be the first book I read as soon as I am properly back at home. 

Once again sorry for the lack of blurbs and more effort with my post. Still on holiday but going home tomorrow. 





Monday, 15 August 2016

Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (The Sin EatersDaughter #2)

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Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.


Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.


So I was a little worried about picking this up, I have loved The Sin Eaters Daughter and most of all the characters in it. So when I realised this was going to be about different characters I was a little worried. But I needn't worry at all because Melinda has done it again, she has produced another book I love why with superb characters. 

This book takes off some time after the first one and follows Lief's sister Errin. Lief has been my favourite character in the first book and his family has been mentioned before. Errin is having a hard time without her brother there to help. She has to look after her sick mother and come up with the rent for their cottage, to do so she makes poisons and herbal cures. With The Sleeping Prince coming forever closer and now threatening her home, everyone has to move to savety. But Errin can not move her mother. Errin discovers a secret about her very mysterious friend, which she is using to get him to help her and her mother... however things don't go to plan. 

This is a very different story to the first one, but I loved it just as much. Errin is an amazing character, even while facing the biggest danger out there she is still fighting to save her mother at all cost. She is strong and loyal. But it's Silas that is gonna stick with me. He could not be more mysterious if he tried and I couldn't wait to figure him out. Once again Salisbury comes up with some amazing twists that I did not see coming at all, leaving you yearning for the next book as soon as you are finished. I think the last book is going to bring this story to an unforgettable ending. The way book one and two have been melted together is pure genius.

Filled with amazing new and existing characters and world building at its finest this has once again been a very fun and enjoyable read. The writing is just outstanding and pure bliss to read. I can honestly say that I will have all of Salisbury's books on preorder from now on. 

Unique, impressive and captivating. I just totally love this series and wish it didn't have to end.



Sunday, 14 August 2016

Weekly Wrap Up and Stacking the Shelves #33

Weekly Wrap Up...

I am currently on holiday in turkey still. Enjoying family time, the sun and the water. I try to read where I can and have managed to read 3 books. The first one I finished was Louis Lane #2 Double Down by Gwenda Bond. I loved the first one and this one didn't disappoint. The second book was The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Bella James, which unfortunately wasn't a favourite. And the one I have finished most recently was The Deviants by C J Skuse which was incredible. I was hoping to finish 4 but it's so hot here I am in the water as much as I can. Only got 4 full days left and I really don't want to leave.




Stacking the Shelves...

Well I have no idea if there is any new books for my shelves at home. Won't find out till next week Thursday. I hope there is at least something waiting for me at home. 

Once again I am so sorry for the lack of blurbs and a prettier post, with a flimsy wifi this is really hard. Be back to normal blogging as soon as I am home.