November Wrap Up

It’s the end of the month(well not really but almost) so that means that I have to wrap up the month. This month I finished 8 full length novels and I’m quite proud of myself for that because for the next two weeks, I will be sitting my mock exams so I have been busy revising this month. So let’s start talking about the books I read this month.

The first book I finished this month was Just Like The Movies by Kelly Fiore. This was a cute romance book that was just sweet and adorable. It follows two girls who work together to make their romances similar to the ones in the movies. I much prefered Lily as a character to Marijke. I also wasn’t a big fan of Marijke’s romance. I thought it was just quite annoying and I didn’t see why Tommy was with her. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars and I remember writing a review for it, yet I can’t find this review anywhere!

The next book I read was the long awaited final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I thought this book was great despite the fact that not a lot of people liked it. I read the first two books in this trilogy around this time last year and while this book is my least favourite in the trilogy, I loved it nonetheless. We get to see Mara really develop more as a character and we get to see her interact with others aside from Noah. My only complaint about this book was the way it all wrapped up. I feel like the ending really didn’t solve anything. There are still a lot of problems and quite a few things still need to be solved, in my opinion. However, I still really loved this book so I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was a book that my friend has been trying to get me to read for years but I only just got round to it and that was The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E.Smith. I have read her other two novels before and I do enjoy her books. This is probably her shortest book and it took me one night to read. It was an adorable romance story but not much else happens in it. It was just a cute romance however I did enjoy it so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

This month I finally started the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I read the first two books in this series which are Hush Hush and Crescendo. I have been putting off these books for years because of the mixed feelings people have towards them however I did enjoy them. There is a term that I used when reading these books to describe them and that term was enjoyable trash. The plot itself wasn’t the best and it was quite annoying but I enjoyed reading it. I gave both of them  3 out of 5 stars. I don’t know when I’ll be carrying on with the series. I only really read the first two because I met Becca Fitzpatrick.

Our photo with Becca who was fabulous
Our photo with Becca who was fabulous

Talking about enjoyable trash, I also read the first two books in the Sweet trilogy by Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril. I feel the same way about these books than I did with the Hush Hush books. However, despite the fact that the main character Anna is even more annoying than Nora from the Hush Hush series(which is a hard thing to do) I enjoy these books more because the actual plot line is really interesting. However, the romance kind of takes over and that can get really annoying. I gave both of these 3 out of 5 stars and I’m currently reading the final book in this trilogy.

The final book I read this month was I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This book comes out in January but I was lucky enough to get a proof copy from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much! I really loved and adored this book but I’m not going to say that much about how I felt about this book because I have written a whole review on it but I will be posting that sometime near the release date so it’s fresh on your mind when it comes out. Just know that you guys should be excited for this book because I loved it. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars.

So that’s it for all the books I read this month. I know that I haven’t been posting much recently and it’s because I’ve been feeling quite down about things in my life and also because I have my mock exams for the next two weeks. I don’t know when I’ll get back into posting again but hopefully it shall be sometimes soon. As always, thanks for reading and I hope you liked this post.

Sofia.

October Wrap Up

It’s the end of October and I’m kind of just sitting here wondering where the month went! I feel like this month went incredibly fast and the end of the year is fast approaching. Anyway, I read 8 books this month and I’m quite proud of that despite the fact that I’ve read much more before because my mocks are fast approaching and revision has basically taking over my life. Let’s get on with the actual books I read.

The first four books I read this month were the 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th books in the Covenant series by Jennifer L.Armentrout; Pure, Deity, Apollyon and Sentinel. I really enjoyed all of these and this series is just a whole load of fun. I wrote a whole series review of it so click here if you want to read that. I gave each book 4 out of 5 stars because while I enjoyed them, they weren’t some of the best books I’ve ever read.

The next book I read this month was The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I really loved this book because Rick Riordan can do no wrong. He wrote another fabulous book that was amusing yet still heart breaking at times. However, one complaint I did have about the book was that even though it was a great book, it wasn’t the best conclusion to the series. I felt that it was too easy at the end and we also didn’t really get to see happy endings for our favourite characters. The only character whose ending I was satisfied with and that I felt had a nice ending was Nico. I still ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because I did really love it.

The next book I read was My True Love Gave to Me by various authors but all edited by Stephanie Perkins. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint. I loved most of the stories and I didn’t want them to end. I wrote a whole post about it so if you are interested, click here to read it but I of course gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read was Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle which was another book that I was looking forward to reading and it was great. I loved the story and it was the perfect romance book however the ending did slightly annoy me because it was quite open. However, Rebecca Serle did tweet me saying that there was going to be a sequel so I’m very excited for it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I did a whole review on it so click here if you are interested.

The final book I read this month was Half Bad by Sally Green. After my friend kept recommending this book to me, I finally picked it up and to be honest I’m not sure how I felt. It was interesting and the story line was great however I didn’t feel anything towards the characters at all. Also at the start it kept changing from first person to second person narrative and that really bugged me. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because I’m unsure about how I felt towards it.

Favourite book of the month: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins.

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 2 books

Overall, this was a good reading month I think because I enjoyed most of them. Hopefully I’ll read some great books in November too. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

October Book Haul

So it’s the end of October and I got quite a few books this month.I bought 6 books this month, 1 free book and I got three books for review. However before I start a little side note, at the YABirmingham Maze Runner fan party I got a few free books in the raffle(which is where the 1 free book came from) however I gave most of them away because they weren’t really books that interested me. Let’s get on with the books I got that I did keep.

The one free book I got this month was The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne. This was the only book I was interested in keeping and while I’m writing this Holly Bourne is actually at Waterstones Birmingham right now doing a signing with James Dawson and Non Pratt however I couldn’t go. This book does interest me and I will read it someday however I don’t see that day being any day soon.

I got one book for review from YABirmingham and that was My True Love Gave to Me by various authors so thank you to Gem for giving me this one! I absolutely adored this book because it had some of my favourite authors of all time in it. I did a full review on it so click here to go read that. I highly recommend this book though because it is amazing. The other two books I got for review were from Bookbridgr so thank you very much! The first one was Lips Touch by Laini Taylor which is a collection of three short stories I believe. I was really interested in this book and I was going to pick it up straight after My True Love Gave to Me however I didn’t particularly like Laini Taylor’s story  in that collection so I was a little bit put off. However I shall be picking it up eventually but just not now.The other book I got was The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith which I already read earlier this year before it’s release so click here to read my review of it. I enjoyed this book and I recommend it if you are looking for a good romance.

The first book I bought this month I bought from the school library magazine and I technically bought it last month but it came this month and that was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I read this earlier this year and I completely loved it. It was one of my favourite books of this year and it is definitely one of my favourite romance books. I didn’t write a review of it however because I couldn’t find a way to put my thoughts about this book into words. However I highly recommend this book. It was amazing. The other 5 books that I bought this month I bought today when I went to some charity shops with my mum. I bought The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan and yes I have already read and loved this series but in the UK they changed the cover design of this series around a year ago and I had the first and last one in the original cover design so I have been looking for them desperately in the original covers and I finally found it! I also bought The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick because I read Boy21 and Forgive Me Leonard Peacock earlier this year and I loved them both so I do want to read his other books and this is by far his most popular book. Since we went to charity book shopping I of course picked up some Sophie Kinsella books because they are always in charity shops. I bought the second and third books in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic Abroad and Shopaholic Ties The Knot. I read the first book in this series earlier this year and I liked it so I really want to continue on with the series. The final book I bought was Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella and I have to admit, I don’t know what this one is about. It’s got to the point where as soon as I see the name Sophie Kinsella, I automatically buy it without actually looking at what it’s about.

That’s all for this month and I shall see you soon with an October wrap up. Thank you for reading.

Sofia

Favourite Book Covers I

Hello! Today I thought I’d do a post about some of my favourite book covers. However, there are many fabulous book covers so I shall be doing this in parts over the next couple of days/weeks. These parts are not organised in any way and I’m just literally going to be showing you the covers and telling you why I love them so much.This list is going to include books I’ve loved, books I’ve disliked and books I haven’t even read yet but I plan on reading. Let’s get started.

Legend Series by Marie Lu

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Look at how stunning those covers are! I love the fact that they don’t have too much on them but instead focus on one big thing that actually relates to the story! However, these don’t look as pretty on my bookshelf because I have the original Legend cover which isn’t sold anymore, except for in Spanish so of course my series does not match at all. Sigh. Cover changes suck but I have to admit these new covers are so gorgeous, I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy these covers(especially Champion).

 

Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Aren’t they absolutely stunning? These covers are simplisitic with no people on them at all(which is a big deal considering the covers to her Lux series) but also the fact that each one has different colour just makes me love them anymore. The new UK covers are also similar to this but slightly different however I love both. I don’t know why I love these so much but I do. ( check out my whole series review if you’re intrigued by the covers)

Gone series by Michael Grant

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Here are the UK and US covers of this series. Can you tell which ones I like? The simplicity of the UK covers just make it look so much more dramatic than the US covers which are just ridiculously cheesy. I own the first two books in this series but I haven’t bought the others because they were originally sold with coloured pages(different colours for each book, another technique I love in a book design) however now they’ve stopped doing it and I can’t have two with coloured pages and the rest without!

 

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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This cover, I’m not sure why I like. However I do really enjoy it because it is again simplistic. Plain black background with a dog tag on it. I’m not sure what else to say about except for the fact that I love it and it represents the book amazingly. ( Also if you’re interested check out my review of this book).

Not A Drop To Drink duology by Mindy McGinnis

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These covers are literally book porn. I could stare at them for hours because that is just how beautiful they are. I  love how they follow a trend in the series and how they are set over a beautiful landscape, which really represents the book. The complete rawness of the covers represent the books exactly and I love that about it.( Check out my review of the first book here and my review of the second book here).

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

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How can one not love these covers? Yes I would prefer them much more if there wasn’t anybody on them or even if they looked less awkward but I love them none the less. I don’t know what this series is about, all I know is that they have beautiful covers and I want to own them.

 

Okay that was the first 6 of my favourite covers. In total, I have 48 so I was thinking of splitting this into 8 different posts that I will post over the next couple of weeks because then they won’t be too long and it will hopefully give me something to post every week. Thanks for reading and see you next time.

Sofia

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Today I’m going to review a book that I have been looking forward to for a while so when I received a copy via Netgalley I was very happy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and this book is released in the UK on the 23rd October. If you’ve never heard of this book, here’s the summary for you:

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

I was immediately drawn to this book because a) I’m a sucker for romance stories and b) it is about a girl who is cast in a major book to movie adaptation. I did actually end up enjoying it as well. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down and I kept reading until I finished. Every time I tried to put the book down and go back to sleep, I kept thinking about what was going to happen next so I had to pick it up again. It was fast paced and despite there being no action, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.

Paige was an interesting main character. Her views about major book to movie adaptations really made me think about how some big actresses may feel about appearing in them e.g. Jennifer Lawrence. She was constantly worried about messing it up or not doing it right for the fans. And when she went out to go sign books, her shock over the screaming fans really made me think about how hard it must be for these stars to deal with screaming fangirls. I am definitely not a screaming fangirl but it made me think about the way people view actresses. Paige found it hard to deal with the major change in her life that acting bought about, despite it being something that she has wanted for her whole life. Basically throughout the whole book ,she was dealing with some sort of issue but I didn’t mind it. I didn’t actually dislike her which is good.

Now here is where it gets complicated. The boys. Rainer was introduced quite early on in the book and we were made to like him and while he was cute and adorable, I was quite skeptical of his actions. He was too good to be true in my opinion and then when Jordan entered, I immediately loved him for some reason. I did end up liking both the boys because Rainer was sweet where as Jordan was brooding. Though I have to say I personally prefer Jordan myself but I do like them both for Paige. Saying that, the one thing I disliked about this book was the ending. I felt that it was rushed and a lot of the big things that we were waiting to happen happened within less than 50 pages. I also didn’t like who she ended up with and the actual ending. I mean, what about the other two movies? Did the fans like the movie? Surely her feelings would change? Also how did the book in the book end? Who did August choose? And another main question came from the beginning. Does she know that she chose the wrong person? I’M SO CONFUSED.

Never the less I really enjoyed the book as a whole so I’d probably give it about an 85% so 4 out of 5 stars. It is enjoyable and I do recommend you pick it up when it is released. That’s all from me today. Thanks for reading and see you soon.

Sofia

My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

Look how beautiful the UK edition is!
Look how beautiful the UK edition is!

Hey! Today I’m going to review a book that was probably one of my most anticipated releases of the year and that is My True Love Love Gave To Me. Why was I so excited for this book? Well first off it’s a selection of 12 winter romances and if you know me at all, then you know that I am a sucker for romance stories. The main reason I was so excited for this book was because of the amazing authors involved in it. It is all edited by Stephanie Perkins, who I absolutely adore, and it includes stories by Rainbow Rowell(EEP!!!),Jenny Han, David Levithan, Gayle Forman. As well as this it included some authors who I’ve never read anything by but I have heard nothing but good things about and these are Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Holly Black, Ally Carter. It also included some stories by some authors that I’ve never even heard of such as Matt De La Pena, Kelly Link and Myra McIntyre. So I think it’s fair to say that I had very high expectations going into this book and it did not disappoint! While I didn’t enjoy some of the stories that much, most of them were amazing and I loved them all. I have been trying to figure out how to structure this review for quite a while now and I’ve decided to do a mini review for each story and rate each one seperately. Let’s get started.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

The book  started off with Rainbow Rowell’s story so I was immediately in love. Rainbow Rowell’s story was about two friends called Noel and Mags and it was structured in a similar way to One Day by David Nicholls. Every mini chapter was set on New Year’s Eve, exactly a year later. I honestly fell in love with this story. Rainbow Rowell has this thing where she can make you fall in love with characters really easily but I didn’t expect to fall in love with them so much in a short story. Noel was outgoing whereas Mags was somewhat shy and I loved the contrast between them. I am officially under the impression that everything Rainbow Rowell writes is pure gold. This was probably my favourite story in the whole book and I’ve already reread it about 3 times. Overall this story obviously got 5 out of 5 stars.

Bascially me at the end of the story.
Bascially me at the end of the story.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

Well this one was slightly disappointing. First of all a little sidenote, I was under the impression that these would be 12 winter romances that were set in our world. However, this story had some supernatural element to it, I think. I finished this story almost a week ago and I’m still not quite sure what happened in it. I really didn’t understand it at all. The main protagonist, Miranda, wasn’t anything special. I didn’t really feel anything towards her. I didn’t like her but I didn’t dislike her. She was just there. And I felt similarly about the other characters. I think it might have been the writing but I’m not sure.I have never read any of her novels but I don’t think I will be. I just didn’t feel anything while reading it and that really disappointed me. I can’t give this story higher than 2 out of 5 stars but I feel really bad about it.

What even happened in that story? I still don't even know.
What even happened in that story? I still don’t even know.

Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena

I really really liked this story. I have never even heard of this author so after the experience I had with the Lady and the Fox, I wasn’t expecting much but I loved it. The story follows Shy who is catsitting for his boss but Shy has a little bit of a money problem so he is therefore quite hungry. He then makes friends with the girl in the apartment above and they start to get to know each other. The reason I loved this story so much is because it was so real. Shy didn’t want to let on that he was starving and he tried so hard to hide it. I really did sympathise with Shy. I also really enjoyed Haley. She felt real as well because she wasn’t just some posh rich kid. The writing was great too so I would probably give this story a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

This one I’m not quite sure how I felt. As a story, it was great and I loved reading about Natty and her experiences. However, as a romance story I felt it slightly lacked a little bit of the romance. The story follows Natty who is Santa’s adopted daughter and on one Christmas Eve, she goes with her dad to give out the presents and meets Lars in Sweden.Lars, the main love interest, was missing from the story and I felt as if it was a case of instalove because she knew nothing about him. I still really loved the story but I don’t think it filled the criteria of what I was expecting it to be. Due to the fact that I still really enjoyed the story, I will give it a 4 out of 5 stars but it would have probably been 5 out of 5 stars if there was more romance in it.

It’s A Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STORY. Okay, this story along with Rainbow Rowell’s story were just utter perfection and they just made the book even more fabulous. This story follows Marigold who is convinced into buying a Christmas tree by North, a salesperson as the Christmas tree place but when they get to her apartment, there isn’t any space for the tree because there are boxes everywhere. So North helps her clean and sort out her apartment. I loved this one because both the characters were fabulous especially North. North was a perfect mix of Levi from Fangirl and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. If this was a fullblown novel, I honestly think North would end up being near the top of my fictional crushes list. I loved how he helped her and she still took a while to realise that he liked her. Ahh this story was perfect and this of course got 5 out of 5 stars.

Me going crazy with my shipping throughout the story.
Me going crazy with my shipping throughout the story.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

I really enjoyed this story because it was a nice break to the others. First of all, this story was about a gay couple so it was different to read about that. Also this book isn’t about falling in love but it is just about being in love. The couple in this story are already together but the main guy is dressing up as  Santa as his boyfriend asked him too in order to please his younger sister. and it makes you realise how much he loves him. In fact, the other half of the couple doesn’t appear until the end. I loved learning about their relationship and about how much he loved him. The older sister was just really annoying in this story but I can get over that. I would actually probably give this story a 5 out of 5 stars.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black

This was one that I didn’t particularly like as much. It started off really promising and I did end up liking it but the end and the romance disappointed me. I feel like it’s better to not know what it’s about.The main character was nice and I liked her but I didn’t particularly like the romance or the magical aspect of it. However, the writing was great and I understand why most people love Holly Black as an author. Due to the fact that I loved the writing and I enjoyed the main character, I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and I will definitely be picking up more of her books.

What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman

This story was interesting but the one thing I didn’t enjoy about it was the focus on the race of the main love interest. The main character would constantly think about the fact that he was black but I don’t understand why she was so obsessed with it considering the fact that she didn’t grow up in an area that is racist or where there is a lack of black people. However, the romance felt realistic and beside from that one flaw, Sophie was a great protagonist and I loved to see their one night of exploring. I feel like their romance was how you correctly do a romance short story so I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McIntyre

I really loved this one because it reminded me a lot of A Walk to Remember which is one of my favourite movies of all time. The main guy is a troublemaker who is forced to do community service after he does something stupid and the main girl is the reverend’s daughter. I loved reading about why he causes trouble and also about why she is the way she is. I thought this story felt real and I felt really invested with the characters despite it being a short story. I would probably give this a 5 out of 5 stars for a short story.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

I really enjoyed this one too because I felt as if the main character was real because the story doesn’t mainly focus on the romance but also on her and her growth.This story was about a called called Maria who works at a diner and then a new chef comes along. There were quite a few issues in this story that were dealt with nicely and of course the romance was amazing. Ben’s knowledge of food and his ability to know what people want to eat without asking them was so great and I wish I had it. However, I didn’t like the way it ended. I felt like it was a bit of a cop out ending.I would also probably give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

This story would have been so great if it wasn’t labelled as a romance story. While there was a romance and it was somewhat cute, I cared a lot more about her relationship with his aunt. This story followed a girl called Lydia who swapped airplane tickets with someone who wanted to go to New York and ended up staying with that girl’s “boyfriend’s family. She moves in with his aunt for the holidays and it was interesting to see her get close to the family and realise what being part of a family feels like. I would probably give this story a 4 out of 5 stars.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I didn’t like this one at all and that made me sad. It wasn’t set in modern day and it again had a paranormal/supernatural aspect to it and I just didn’t enjoy it. I was confused as to what was happening and I found the characters to be bland. They didn’t develop much in my opinion and I felt as if the romance was a bit odd. However one thing I did enjoy was the writing because it was beautiful. I know understand why everyone loves Laini Taylor’s writing and I shall definitely be picking up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series at one point. I would probably give this story 3 out of 5 stars but that is purely based on the writing.

Despite the fact that when you do an average of all the ratings it adds up to 3.75, I had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars because the stories I loved, I really loved so they would be more than 5 stars if I could. I highly recommend this story especially if you like romances. Thank you for reading.

On the US cover, the characters on the front of the book!
On the US cover, the characters on the front of the book!

Sofia

 

Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout

For the last two or three weeks, I have been reading the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout. I got the first book, Half Blood, for review and I was meant to review it but I almost immediately starting reading Pure, the second book in the series. I started binge-reading the series and I couldn’t remember what happened in which book so I thought I’d just do a series review. Now my overall opinion of this series is that it is a good solid 4 star series. It wasn’t the best series in the world and it was quite predictable some times but I did keep reading it because I just wanted to know what happened. Now let’s talk about some of the main characters.

Alex is the protagonist and she is very much like Rose from Vampire Academy. Actually, the first book in this series was basically almost an exact copy of the first Vampire Academy book which made me like it a lot less but as the series progressed, it started becoming its own thing. Anyway back to Alex. I did really enjoy her as a character because she was strong and kick ass. However, she did make so many stupid decisions and I was just facepalming a lot of the time because she just did stupid things. She also forcused a lot on Aiden when she should have really been paying attention to the horrible situations she was in.

Every time she thought about Aiden in the middle of a fight,
Every time she thought about Aiden in the middle of a fight,

Aiden was quite a swoon worthy main character. At first I didn’t like him because he was quite like Dimitri from Vampire Academy. However, as the series went on, I started falling slightly in love with him. He isn’t one of my favourite fictional crushes but I did like him quite a lot. He kicked ass. Whenever she described him when he was fighting, I was just shocked at how perfectly he fought. I loved him as a character but one thing I didn’t like was the fact that every time him and Alex were together, they were constantly making out. Like seriously, could they not just spend some time just talking and not having sex?

Every time they were making out.
Every time they were making out.

The other side characters were quite interesting. I loved Seth as a character which you might not agree with if you read the series but I loved him. I also loved Caleb, Olivia, Deacon and Luke as well as all the other characters whose names I’m just blanking on. They all brought a different thing to the series and I loved them all.

The plot line of the whole series was actually quite interesting and action packed. I didn’t enjoy the first one as much but the rest of the series was just unpredictable(most of the time). I didn’t want to stop reading because I just wanted to know what happened. I do recommend this series if you are looking for something fun to read because it is just basically a series that is fun and not much else(in my opinion).

I would give the overall series 4 out of 5 stars and each book also got 4 out of 5 stars from me as well. I will be picking up Jennifer L Armentrout’s lux series because her writing was really addictive.

Plot: 80%. It was predictable at times but I did really enjoy it.

Covers: 90%. The new UK covers are so stunning and I want to own them all.

Protagonist: 75%. She was kick ass but sometimes so annoying.

Characters: 85%. They were all generally good supporting characters.

Love story85%. It was great but they made out too much!

Writing: 80%. It was addictive but it wasn’t very beautiful

Pacing: 85%. I was completely hooked the whole way!

Overall: 82. 86%.

Thanks for reading this review and I’ll tell you soon.

Sofia

Why Waterstones Birmingham is the Best Bookshop in the World

Today I shall be making a post about why Waterstones High Street in Birmingham is quite clearly the best bookshop in the world. It’s clear that I may be a little bit biased but I can’t help but talk highly about this shop! Now I’m going to take you on a journey back to the 6th August last summer.

This is the day that my love for Waterstones Birmingham grew. Now let me just say first that I have been going to this shop for quite a while and it is where I buy most of my books however on the 6th August this shop became more than just a shop. This was the day that they announced that they were going to have a City of Bones fan party and I called up immediately and bought some tickets for me and my friends. It may be weird that I remember the exact day that I ordered them but that’s only because it was my cousin’s birthday. Now let’s skip forward a little bit to the 23rd August, the day of the fan party. Having watched the film two days earlier, me and my friends were very pumped and excited to go to this party. We’d never been to a fan party before and we were excited. However I was also incredibly nervous. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m usually an incredibly socially awkward person. So I was worried at the prospect of partying. However, when we finally arrvied all of my nervousness just disappeared(slightly) because it was just so much fun. We got to meet a lot of other fans and it was just a lot of fun. There was a quiz(which we completely failed at), a raffle as well as a special offer on all teen books!We got dressed up in shadowhunter gear and had so much fun. It was such a great party and I knew that I would always remember that day. We went home on a big high from such a great event.

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Now let’s skip forward a few months to April 2014 when they held their second fan party which was for Divergent. This whole day was great but the party was again ridiculously fun. We failed at the quiz again but we still had so much fun meeting everyone and talking to so many people that we had things in common with. After this in May they had their City of Heavenly Fire fan party which was probably their smallest party but it was still ridiculously fun. At this point as well, they had launched their own twitter account as well as their own blog(YABirmingham) and I had become a reviewer for them! Which means that they helped me make my dream of reviewing books come true and they’ve made me more confident with my own talents as well. For the next month, I grew close to some of the booksellers there, mainly Bex and Gem, who are main organisers behind the events(we love you guys!) and as well as this, I was started to get noticed in the shop by the other booksellers. Whenever I go in now, I always have a conversation with the booksellers, not just Bex and Gem, but also the other booksellers who aren’t involved with the fan parties!  All members of the staff at Waterstones Birmingham are kind and helpful and they are always lively and asking you about your lives.

Now in June 2014, we attended The Fault In Our Stars fan party but I won’t talk about this one that much as I wrote a whole post about it so click here to go see it. In July we attended the Solitaire Launch party which I also wrote a whole post about so click here to read that. They also held many events over the summer, none of which I was able to attend, but they all looked like so much fun! I was able to go to their Isla readalong which was so much fun! I went to their book club for The Maze Runner on Friday and that was also ridiculously fun and entertaining!  They are having their Maze Runner fan party next week as well as a number of upcoming events with authors and I can’t wait!

But let’s finish this post with a summary about why I love this particular Waterstones is the best bookshop in the world:

  • All the staff are really kind and they will help you with any problems
  • They go above and beyond for their customers
  • They want their customers to be happy
  • They hold fabulous fan parties
  • They know what we want and they help us
  • They’ve made me more confident as a whole
  • They’ve made a place for all us booknerds
  • They genuinely care about you

So that’s why I love this shop and you should definitely go check them out.

I LOVE YOU GUYS!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Their blog

Their upcoming events

Their Twitter(Waterstones Birmingham)

Their Twitter(YABirmingham)

I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you soon with a new one!

Sofia

September Book Haul

So we’re near the end of September and I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy any more books this month so I’m here today bringing you my September book haul. I thought I didn’t get that many books this month but I ended up getting 9 physical books. I got two books that I won in a giveaway, I got 1 book for review and I bought 6(even though I told myself I’d only buy two).

The first book I technically received at the end of August but because I was on holiday, I didn’t actually open the package until September and that book was Tape by Steven Camden. I won this in a giveaway on twitter at the beginning of August but because it was being held by Harper360, I had to wait for them to send it from America but it finally came and I’m so excited to read it. It sounds odd yet amazing and I want to read it soon but I don’t know when I will be able to read it. So thank you to Harper360 for sending me this book. The other book that I won this month was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I opened the package and I spent about an hour trying to figure out where it came from but then I remembered that I had entered a giveaway for it a while ago and somehow I had won. I actually got this book on netgalley and I started reading it around June/July but I just couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t boring or anything, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. However now that I actually own the book, I might pick it up again soon since it is highly recommended.

The book I got for review this month was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I got this from the lovely people over at YABirmingham, so thank you very much! I’ve already devoured this book and it was fabulous. It was so great and you guys should definitely go pick it up because it’s such a unique romance story. This is actually the first book to be published by SwoonReads which is an amazing website where you can read various manuscripts and vote on which ones you want to get published. You can also upload your manuscript onto the site and have it reviewed and maybe even considered to be published one day so you should all definitely go check their site out. I also wrote a review for A Little Something Different so if you want to read it, click here.

So earlier this month, I went to ASDA with my mum and of course, I had to go to the book section. While the book section is limited there, they do have a lot of very popular books at great prices. The first one I found was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’ve been looking for this book at a cheap price for such a long time because I absolutely adored the book. I also wanted the movie cover because the movie cover is beautiful so when I saw it in ASDA for ridiculously cheap, I had to buy it. While I was there I also saw The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Now I own all of Cassandra Clare’s books and I did want to buy this book but I was a bit hesitant. However, when I saw it in ASDA for a relatively cheap price I decided to just go for it and buy it. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon and I’ll like it.

I then went shopping with my family later on in the month and I went out to buy one book and that was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I  got this on my kindle on the day it came out and I read it but I had to buy the physical book. I own the rest of the series and I just needed to get the third one. Heir of Fire was my favourite book out of one of my favourite series’ so of course I had to own it. It is also stunningly beautiful. The UK editions are stunning and I applaud the cover designers. If they ever re-do the covers, I may just have to hunt them down. Of course I didn’t end up coming home with just one book. I saw The Death Cure by James Dashner in WHSmith and while this wasn’t one of my favourite books, I  had to buy it there and then because within the last year, they’ve re-done the UK covers for The Maze Runner trilogy and I had the first two in the original cover design but I was really struggling to find the last one in the same cover design. So when I saw it, I couldn’t pass it up because it might not be there ever again. The book was also on buy one get one for £1 so I had to buy another book, of course. I ended up picking up The Jewel by Amy Ewing because everyone is raving about this book and it sounds amazing. I’m hoping to read it sometime soon.

The final book I bought this month was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I again downloaded this on my kindle the day of its release but I had to buy the physical book at the next available chance I had. While I didn’t love the book as much as I loved The Fifth Wave, it was still interesting so I did want to own my own copy of it.

That’s all the books I got this month and I think I won’t be getting as much in October. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley

Now after finishing The Infinite Sea(which shall not be getting its own review because I don’t even know how I felt about it) I wanted to read something that I would devour quickly so I picked up Rites of Passage, which was one of my most anticipated releases the year, and devoured it in just over a day. However I just couldn’t bring myself to write a review of it. My review will not do this book justice so honestly you should all just go read it. If you’ve never heard of this book(which is very probable), here is the summary for you:

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

There are many reasons as to why I loved this book so much. One of the reasons I loved it so much was because of how unique it was. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve never read a book set in the military before. It was weird and unusual to see how military schools run because it sounds like so much hard work. Seriously, how does anyone survive through military school? I think everyone who has deserves a big round of applause for being so damn strong and brave. What I also loved about it was that it showed that sexism is still very much a problem today. The main character, Sam, is part of the first girls class at the DMA and most of the other students don’t think she should be there and she goes through a lot to prove herself. And this takes me on to another reason why I loved it so much. Sam was a strong character. Think of the strongest female protagonist you’ve read about. Now multiply that strength by about 100 and you still are not on the levels of how strong Sam was. Sam had it a lot worse than the other girls and even the other boys in the class. They kept pushing her, trying to get her to break so that she’d leave, but she never did. She wanted to stay and she fought hard. Even when her life was at risk and everyone was trying to get her to leave, she stayed. Sam may just be the best female protagonist ever(closely followed by Celaena of course).

What I also loved about this book was the wide range of supporting characters. Being part of a military school, she was part of a company and while some wanted her gone, some protected her with their lives. The other girls were strong too and I applaud them for making it through even one day of the school. Some of the other members, including Kelly, were just amazing. Also, I have to mention Drill. Drill was the drill sergeant in charge of her company and he was just fabulous. He protected, like he was meant to, despite his cadet colonels(mainly Matthews) making her life hell.

I honestly don’t know what else to say. This book was fast-paced and I just couldn’t put it down. A perfect blend of action and romance, surprising readers from start to finish. You guys should definitely go read this book. Joy N. Hensley has an amazing writing style and this was such a great debut novel. I can’t wait for any future books from her because if they are anything like this, I’m sure I’ll love it. The ending to Rites of Passage left it open so that there’s room for a sequel so I really hope there is because I want to know more about this characters. Let’s get down to my ratings:

Plot: 98%. The story line was just so perfect and I loved it so much.

Cover: 85%. It’s not the most eye catching cover but I do enjoy it.

Protagonist:  99%. She was amazing and perfect.

Characters: 95%. I loved all the characters so much(the ones I’m meant to like anyway).

Love story:  94%. Stunning romance that wasn’t instalove which makes me incredibly happy.

Writing: 98%. The writing was beautiful. I felt every single emotion while reading this.

Pacing: 98%. I was completely hooked from start to finish.

Overall: 98.2%.

This book was so amazing and this review really doesn’t do it justice. Go read this book now because I predict that this book may become big soon.

 

Sofia