Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

After finishing A Grimm Warning, I wanted to read just a cute romance novel that I could fly through quickly so I picked up Breathe, Annie, Breathe, the latest installment in the Hundred Oaks series. This is a series of  YA romance novels that generally have a sporty aspect to them. This series is a set of companion novels which means that each book centers around different people but people from the previous novels are involved in the books. This one was probably my favourite out of the series so far. If you are interested in knowing what it is about, here is the blurb:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

This book focused a lot on grief and moving on after someone you love has passed away. Annie feels incredibly guilty and takes up running in order to ease her guilt. Since she is training to run a marathon, she has a lot of alone time which means we as the reader spend a lot of time in Annie’s head when she is alone. This allows us to understand her a lot more. I think Annie is probably my favourite so far of the Hundred Oaks girls just because I feel like she didn’t let a guy take over her life and mind as some of the others did. For most of the book she struggled with moving on and accepting being with someone else since Kyle had died and I liked this aspect. Usually in books, the girl moves on quite quickly from one boy to the next and I liked the fact that Annie couldn’t just move on.

Jeremiah is also probably my favourite of the Hundred Oaks boys(even though he doesn’t actually go to Hundred Oaks). I feel like he’s tied with Henry because I really liked Henry. He was understanding and he helped her a lot when she was trying to deal with her own problems. He was very comforting. I didn’t understand his adrenaline junkie thing but as we got further into the book and he explained why, it made a bit more sense.He was quite sweet.

The plot was simplistic, simply because it was just a YA romance novel. YA romance novels generally followed a trend and this one did but I don’t mind. I enjoy the trend because it’s comforting in some way to me. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I recommend this series to anyone that likes YA romance novels because they are quite enjoyable. I liked this one more because the sport was running but Annie herself wasn’t a runner so I wasn’t lost by a lot of terminology as I sometimes was in the others. Thank you for  reading and I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

P.S The lack of gifs in this review is because I couldn’t find a review that showed off how I felt about this book.

My Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

Today, I thought I’d make a post about my top ten favourite TV shows. If you’ve read most of my posts you will already know what some of my favourites are, especially my top favourite show but I thought I’d make a post anyway because some of these shows I’ve never mentioned on this blog. If you’re interested, check out my top 10 TV couples list. This is going to be in descending order starting from number 10. Let’s get started.

10.Revenge:

I used to be a massive fan of this show during season 1 but recently it has gotten quite boring and repetitive at times but I still love it. If you’ve never heard of this show it is about a girl called Amanda Clarke who’s father was framed for a terrorist attack and murdered when she was younger. She has grown up and has now changed her name to Emily Thorne. She’s come back to the Hamptons to get revenge on the family that framed her father, the Graysons. What I love about this show is that Emily is a very strong female character. She knows her mission and she is focused on it. Sometimes she may get distracted but she is always thinking of her goal. I also love the side characters as well especially Nolan. Nolan is her sidekick in the show and he is quite a technological genius. This show is a great drama and it is constantly suprising you.I also love that Emily has such great sayings in the show that really make you think. At the start of the episode, she’ll do a voice over and say something that is related to the theme and title of the episode.

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9.The Big Bang Theory:

This is the show that I like to watch to cheer myself up. If you’ve never heard of this show, which I highly doubt, it’s about 4 scientists who are all friends and Penny, a normal pretty girl, moves opposite 2 of them and they all become friends. It’s a great show to just watch whenever it’s on. You don’t have to watch every episode, and you don’t have to watch them in order but I do. I love this show because you learn things about science while watching it. If it wasn’t for Sheldon, this show wouldn’t be half as funny as it is. He is ridiculously amusing. The others are funny but not quite as much as Sheldon.

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8.How I Met Your Mother:

This used to be up there near the top of the list but after the finale, I had to bring it down the list. This show is about Ted who is telling his kids the story about how he met their mother but really it’s a show about a group of 5 friends and their journey through adulthood. I love watching this show for the same reason as to why I love watching TBBT, it’s ridiculously funny and it keeps me entertained. However, if you follow this show in order you will love it a lot more because there are a lot of running jokes. This show is just always on in the UK as is TBBT so I watch at least one episode a day. I’m just going to pretend that finale didn’t happen.

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7.Teen Wolf:

Now this show has been getting a lot of hype recently. I got into this show during season 2 and it was much less known then. But recently everyone is watching it and talking about it and I’m slightly sick of it. I love this show but honestly a lot of people I don’t like are now watching it and are obsessing over Dylan O’Brien and Daniel Sharman and I’m sitting here like BACK OFF PEOPLE! Now if for some reason you’ve been living under a rock and you don’t know what this show is about, it is simply about a teenage boy, Scott, after he gets bitten and turned into a werewolf. It’s a great show with a lot of humour. Season 1 and 2 are so ridiculous but I love them. Season 3 was incredibly dramatic and so far season 4 is a mix of them both. Stiles’ is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. He is just so funny and I love him.

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6.Nikita:

I made a whole post about this show so I won’t be talking much about it but click here if you want to know more. I binge watched this whole show over the February half term(which is a week long) and I got slightly addicted. I mean 3 seasons in 5 days. This show follows our main character called Nikita who was trained by a secret government group called Division to be an assassin for them but has now gone rogue and she wants to take them down. This show is action packed and I absolutely love it. I’m sad that it’s over but I shall always and forever love it. Plus it had Shane West in who I absolutely love.

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5.Sherlock:

Almost everybody in the world is as in love with Sherlock as me.  I started watching Sherlock in 2012 and I had the agonising wait for season 3 along with the rest of the world. Sherlock is a show about Sherlock Holmes but it is set in modern day London. As of now there is only 3 series, 3 episodes in each. It may not sound like much but each episode is an hour and a half long. There is a wait of 2 years between each season because Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are incredibly busy people. I love this show because it is so clever and it is so hard to guess what will happen. I don’t love it nearly as much as Rainbow Rowell does but I still love it.

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4.New Girl:

I absolutely adore New Girl. New Girl is again one of those shows that I just watch to cheer myself up. If you don’t know what it’s about, it is about a girl called Jessica Day who after a terrible break-up moves in with three bachelors who all have issues of their own. I love watching all the characters interact especially Nick and Jess. Jess is one of my favourite female TV characters and I absolutely adore the way she dresses. All of them is absolutely hilarious and it’s hard to just choose one favourite character out of them because they are all so amazing. I strongly suggest you binge watch this show because it is absolutely hilarious.

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3.Gossip Girl:

I watched this show last year unexpectedly and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This show follows a bunch of stuck up rich kids in the Upper East Side. There is a site called Gossip Girl which knows everything about them and it causes a lot of problems for them. I absolutely adore this show. It’s addictive, funny and just down right entertaining. I love watching all of them in their lives and go through problems that normal people wouldn’t normally go through. I love Chuck and he is just one of my favourite fictional TV characters of all time. Chuck and Blair are my ultimate TV fictional couple and I’m absolutely in love with them as a couple.

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2.Merlin:

Most people who know me in real life will think that this show is my absolute favourite because while the last ever series was airing, I was constantly raving about it. Literally at least once a week there would be a Merlin related facebook post on my wall. I do very much love this show but one show just narrowly beats this one out. Merlin is another one of BBC’s period dramas. It’s about a young Prince Arthur growing up to be the king we know him to become along with his servant Merlin. This show is so ridiculously funny during the first 3 series but during series 4, the show takes a turn for the dark and emotional side. The last series was incredibly depressing and I needed a lot of chocolate during the episodes in order to drown my tears. I absolutely adore this show a lot and I’m very sad that it’s over.

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1.Friends:

If you have seen my Friends post, you will already know that this is my favourite show of all time. I’m not going to talk much about why I love it because I did make a whole other post on it, so click here to see it. This show is simply about a group of 6 friends living in New York going through life. I absolutely adore this show for many reasons but the main reason is because it will always cheer me up and make me laugh. I always have a smile on my face while watching it and even though I’ve seen every episode numerous times, I still laugh out loud at some of the jokes. If you haven’t seen this show, I strongly suggest you go watch it because it is absolutely fabulous.

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That’s all for my very long post about my favourite TV shows. I hope you enjoyed it and got some new TV recommendations from it. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Sofia

A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

Earlier today, I finished A Grimm Warning  after waiting months to read it and I had a lot of feels about it so I thought I’d attempt a review. A Grimm Warning is the third book in the Land of Stories series written by Mr Chris Colfer a.k.a Kurt Hummel in Glee. I must admit the reason I started this series was because I am a big Chris Colfer fan(despite not really liking Glee anymore) and because I had read his other book, Struck by Lightning. If you’ve never heard of the Land of Stories, it’s a great children’s book series. For those of you who are interested here is the summary of the first book:

The Land of Stories tells tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

It’s a very short summary but it is just about what it says. It’s about two twins who find themselves in a universe where all of the fairy tale characters live. After reading the first book, I discovered that Chris Colfer is absolutely fabulous. He sings amazingly, acts stunningly and writes beautifully. This series is honestly so amazing and it makes me feel like I’m a little child again. Since I never really read any fairy tales growing up, reading this series sparked my love for fairy tales hence why I am currently reading the Grimm fairy stories, one by one. Now onto A Grimm Warning. This was a fabulous third book in a series and as soon as I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading. I have never attempted to write a review of the Land of Stories books before and that is simply because there is so much to talk about and it’s basically impossible to do it without spoiling anything but I’m going to attempt it anyway.

Alex and Conner were amazing as always. I love the fact that they have grown up throughout the three books and I can only see them growing up throughout the future books. I feel like this series will become like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. Many children will grow up along side these characters. In this book, Alex and Conner are 13 turning on 14 and I loved seeing them face teenage issues as well having to deal with saving the world yet again. In the previous books, it had been very much focused on them two doing everything together yet in this book they spent time trying to do things separately. As much as I missed, seeing them together saving the world, it was nice to see them growing up and not having to rely on each other all the time.

The plot of this book was so interesting. I won’t tell you what it’s about because it would mean giving spoilers for the other books but the plot line of this one has been my favourite of the series so far. It meant seeing the two worlds, our world and the fairy world and that made it interesting. Previously, we had only really stayed in the fairy world for the duration of the book but it was interesting to see both. The plot made it fast paced and easy to read despite it being over 400 pages long. It was quite action- packed and I just wanted to know what happened next and how they would fix everything.

The side characters in this novel were so intriguing as well, including the new ones. This series has so many characters that it’s easy to forget people but once you remember who they are it makes it so much more intriguing. Red was funny as always and Froggy was amazing too. There were too many characters to mention. Some of the new ones e.g. Rook were always quite interesting but I still didn’t like them as much as the others.

The ending of this book was mind-blowing! It ended on such a cliffhanger and it left me wanting more! I probably have to wait over a year for the next book and that annoys me. I need to know what happens and how it can be! I have so many theories and I just want to know which one is true if any of them are. I had predicted the big mystery by the end but still when it was actually revealed to be true, I was like WOAH!

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My reaction to the ending
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.
When that person turned out to be the person I expected it to be, this was my reaction.

I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Mr Chris Colfer, you are a talented author and I applaud you on your ability to write such amazing books. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. It has also come to my attention that a film of the Land of Stories may be in store so I’m very excited for that! Thank you for reading and definitely go check this series out if you haven’t already. See you soon with another post.

Sofia

Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Recently, I received a copy of Not A Drop to Drink and I couldn’t have been more excited to read it. Ever since I heard about this book last year, I was so excited to read it but I never ending up getting my hands on it. But now I have one and I’ve read it. I absolutely did adore this book. If you don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis for you:

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

This is a great dystopian novel that is just simply a story of survival. What I did love about this story was that it was just about a girl who was doing whatever she can to survive. When I first started reading this book, it took me a while to get into it but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading because it was a fast paced dystopian novel. I have missed reading fast paced dystopians so this one was amazing.

I think Lynn was a great main character. She was strong and she knew what she had to do in order to survive. She did grow throughout that book as she started off as a very lonely and isolated character but she grew to let people in. However she didn’t lose her essential desire to survive. She didn’t let people do things for her, even at the end as she is a very independant person who likes to be in control. However, when she first comes across the other characters and starts talking to them you realize just how much she doesn’t know. Living with her mother in an isolated house for her whole life meant that she wasn’t aware of things that we all know such as flirting or sarcasm. This made her a very weird person around others as she didn’t understand fully. I still did really enjoy Lynn as a character and I think in the second book, I will like her more.

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Whenever Lynn would talk to anyone throughout the book this gif ran through my mind(and not just because it has Dylan O’Brien)

Most of the side characters were good too. I loved Stebbs, Lucy and Eli. I feel like they all bought out a new side to Lynn and they did change her quite a lot. Stebbs made her open up and let people in because he convinced her that she needs to start talking to other people. Lucy made her realise just how much she enjoys the company of others and how she can still take care of others while protecting herself. Eli just changed her and made her better because he helped teach her new things that she wasn’t aware of and he taught her how to love. I really didn’t understand Neva and I didn’t like her character at all.Even after what she did at the end, I didn’t like her. The final side character that appeared was Vera. However, she only appeared about 80% through the book and I hardly got to know her but for now I like her.

This is only a four star read because at the start, I found it to be quite slow until the thing happened that completely changed the book as a whole as well as the pacing of the book. It is also only four stars because I felt as if the ending of this book was too rushed. If this book was slightly longer and the ending was spread out over possibly 100 more pages, I would have enjoyed it a lot more and possibly have given it 5 stars. I also really didn’t like the thing that happened to a character at the end. Why did that have to happen? I felt as if it was unnecessary and the response to what happened was too quick to really appreciate why it happened.

When that thing happened at the end, I didn't feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.
When that thing happened at the end, I didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. This was basically me when it happened.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I am very excited to get my hands on the second one and read it as soon as possible. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post.

Sofia

The One Where Sofia Discusses Her Love For Friends

I love many TV shows(check out my top ten TV couples list) but Friends will always and forever be my favourite TV show so I thought I’d tell you all why I love Friends so much. This is not a book related post but I wanted to do it anyway.

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So why do I love Friends? I got into Friends in year 7. For those of you who live in the UK, Friends used to come on every day on E4 and me and my mum used to watch almost every episode. It has since been replaced by The Big Bang Theory(don’t get me wrong I love The Big Bang Theory but it isn’t Friends) and has been moved over to Comedy Central. I don’t have Comedy Central which is quite annoying so the first big purchase that I ever made with my own money was the complete Friends boxset. This is normally around £100 but it was on sale for £40 so I bought it and I have not regretted it ever since. So I guess the first reason as to why I love Friends is because of sentimental value. I still remember watching the episodes with my mum and my siblings occasionally and I loved that.

I got into Friends at the same time that I got into Harry Potter. I’d seen the odd Friends episode before but I had never started loving it until then and the same thing happened with Harry Potter. I had seen all the films but I had not fully appreciated it’s beauty until then. I made friends in year 7 because of my new found love for Harry Potter and because of my new found love for Friends. As a group we all loved Friends and we would talk about it endlessly and watch episodes together. So the second reason I love Friends is because it helped me make friends.

The third reason is because I see parts of myself in all of the main characters. Even though I am clearly not an adult going through the things they go through, I still feel like I can relate to them all in different ways. Chandler is basically like me in the way that he is quite sarcastic and he uses humour as a defence. I don’t always use humour as a defence but I do sometimes and I can be very sarcastic when I want to be(which is most of the time).  People don’t always think he’s funny because they don’t get his jokes and I’m like that because I make fandom related jokes and nobody understands them. He also has a lot of self esteem issues and that is basically me as well. He also isn’t very good at advice or comforting people and I think we’ve already established that I’m basically Chandler Bing. Also, he can’t cry just like me!

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I am also quite like Monica. I love to cook(mainly baking but I still love to cook) as does Monica. I’m also very annoying without realising. I’m somewhat of a neat freak as well but not as much as Monica is. I am slightly crazy like Phoebe and I’m wacky and weird like her. I also am a bit silly and stupid sometimes like Joey. I’m also just as bad at French as Joey is and I’m doing it for GCSE so I am well and truly screwed. I also get confused over everything just like Joey does. Also I share his love for food, especially pizza. Pizza is just the best thing ever. I am not as similar to Ross and Rachel as I am with the others but I still love them.

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I haven’t yet told you the main reason why I love Friends so much. That is because it is so bloody funny! I love to watch Friends no matter how I’m feeling. Whenever, I’m feeling down I watch Friends because it always cheers me up. I think I’ve seen every Friends episode so many times that  I could probably quote whole episodes to you. I just love Friends so much. I share this love with most of my friends especially Priya and Veena and I think our love for Friends has strengthened our own friendship. So my love for Friends is similar to my love for Harry Potter because it helped me find friends and it’s always there to cheer me up. so thank you Friends and anyone who was ever involved in making it. I love you all because you’ve just made my life happy.

I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.
I love everybody who was involved in making Friends as much as Joey loves Chandler.

Sofia

My Top Celebrity Crushes

I’m doing this list because I have so many male celebrities that I fangirl and obsess over. This is going to be in no specific order(except the fact that the first person is my ultimate obsession). Also these explanations are going to be quite brief and very fangirly so beware.

Grant Gustin:

Grant Gustin will always and forever be my number one obsession in life. I love him and I obsess over him a lot. Ever since he appeared in Glee, I’ve been in love with him. Sebastian was one of my favourite characters despite the fact that he was crazy and annoying. I then watched everything with him in(except 90210 because I didn’t have the motivation to watch it) and I’m currently watching Arrow so that I can see his episodes and so that I can be prepared for The Flash. Not many people know who Grant is but now that he is going to be playing the lead character in the Flash more people will know him and I’m so happy for him. He deserves all the recognition he gets. Also his face. And his voice. And him in general.

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Darren Criss:

I have loved Darren again ever since he appeared on Glee. I then watched AVPM and fell even more in love with him. Darren is an amazing person who is bloody attractive and can sing amazingly. Have you heard him singing? You really should hear him. He sings amazingly. He is just all round fabulousness.

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Dylan O’Brien:

Now I didn’t realise how fabulous Dylan was until season 3 of teen wolf. I’m not a fan of a buzz cut so when he finally got hair, I was like damnnn! But I always knew he was a fabulous and amazing person. He’s so funny(as shown through his youtube channel). I just love him but now everyone likes him and it’s a bit overwhelming. He’s so bloody adorable though and Stiles is my favourite character.

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Zac Efron:

This one is a given right? Who is not obsessed with him? I’ve been in love with him ever since High School Musical came out. He’s just too damn awesome.

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Andrew Garfield:

I love Spider-Man and I have to admit that when they announced a new one I was a bit wary. But ever since I saw it, I have been in love with the movies and Andrew Garfield. He is fabulous and Garstone is just the cutest. I love his hair as well and I will forever be mourning the loss of it(I REALLY DON’T LIKE BUZZCUTS)

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Ed Westwick:

I am a big fan of Gossip Girl and Chuck Bass is my ultimate babe. I loved him in it. I also love Ed Westwick’s voice. He narrates the Clockwork Prince audiobook so I can hear his voice narrate one of my favourite books so yay!

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Alexander Vlahos:

I’m a big Merlin fan and when Alexander Vlahos appeared in series 5, I fell in love. So when I realised that this will be the only season he would be in, I became sad. He is incredibly cute and an amazing actor.

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Daniel Sharman:

Isaac was my second favourite character in Teen Wolf, behind Stiles. Daniel Sharman is just so amazing and funny and cute. I’m sad that he isn’t in Teen Wolf anymore because I honestly do really like him. He also narrates the Clockwork Princess audiobook so I can hear even more of his beautiful voice!

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Benedict Cumberbatch:

I think this is another self explanatory one. I think anyone who watches Sherlock is in love with Benedict Cumberbatch. He is absolutely fabulous obviously and his voice is beautiful.

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There are quite a few others such as Robert Sheehan, Chris Colfer and Shane West but these are the main few that I obsess over a lot. I think this post just shows that I really can’t explain my love for my favourite celebrities very well.I apologize for my lack of explanation. I just love them all so much and it’s hard to explain why.Nevertheless, I loved doing this and I’m trying out putting gifs into my posts. I think I like putting gifs in because I’ve always loved them. I’ll see you guys soon with another post.

Sofia

 

 

On The Fence by Kasie West

Hey. So yesterday after finishing Just One Day by Gayle Forman(which will not be getting it’s own review because I didn’t enjoy this and I found it boring but I’ll talk about that in my July wrap up) I sat down and started reading On the Fence by Kasie West, which just came out at the beginning of July. I read it all in one sitting which isn’t something I usually do. I didn’t love this book just because it is just another fun fluffy contemporary read(which I love) so it didn’t make me think. If you don’t know what this book is about here’s the synopsis for you:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door..

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets- she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Now I went into this book not knowing what it’s about but only knowing that it was a cute contemporary and that Kasie West had written it. I do really enjoy Kasie West’s writing and I’m excited for more books by her hopefully. As soon as Braden was introduced, I knew that he was the love interest. The whole book was generally predictable with her becoming girly and catching another guy’s interest making the other guy feel jealous but I still really enjoyed this book.

Charlie herself was quite interesting. She did remind me a lot of Jordan from Catching Jordan. I am not very sporty so it was intriguing to read in the perspective of a sporty girl. Charlie had a very intriguing family. She has three brothers and a dad but her mum passed away and this made it interesting to see how her family react to her becoming girly. I did really enjoy the aspect of this book about the mother because I was intrigued to find out what happened and how this affected Charlie. Braden himself was another charming love interest. I didn’t fall in love with him but I did really like him.

I’m not really sure what else to say about this book because it was just a cute fun contemporary. I love reading fun romances but I can never write a review for them because I don’t have much to say about them. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because I did really enjoy it, a lot more compared to her other contemporary The Distance Between Us. I do recommend this book if you enjoy fun romances. Thank you for reading and see you soon with another post, hopefully another review but slightly longer.

Sofia

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Hey! So Landline came out in the UK on Thursday and I was told that I’d have to wait until next week for Amazon to deliver it but it came! On the day as well! I, of course, wanted to read it on the day but alas I was busy but I ended up reading most of it yesterday and finishing all of it today and I’m in love with it. If you don’t know what Landline is, it is Rainbow Rowell’s new adult book so of course I was excited because Rainbow Rowell! Here’s the synopsis of it if you haven’t heard of it:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Now if you’re interested in listening to the audiobook rather than reading the book, here is a chapter samplar for you courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Thank you very much for this audio sample.

This book was absolutely fabulous and I, of course, gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. And if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell novel, what are you doing with your life? I’m not sure where this goes on my ranking of Rainbow Rowell novels but it’s definitely below Fangirl and Eleanor and Park but I’m not sure if I prefer Landline or Attachments. At the moment, I prefer Landline but I think that’s because I just finished it. Now I’m going to jump into my spoilery review so if you haven’t read it, go read it and then come back.

Q&A with Sophie Davis

Hey! Recently, I read the whole of the Talented saga by Sophie Davis in less than a week and let’s just say I got a little obsessed. Sophie Davis had sent me a copy of Talented for review(click here for my review) and then I automatically went and got the rest of my kindle and read them all. I then emailed Sophie and told her that I loved her books and that I was interested in doing a short Q&A with her for the blog. Surprisingly, she agreed! Now I had to think of some questions but since I had never done this before, I ended up coming up with the generic questions but honestly, I was interested in her responses to the questions. I’m not a very creative and original person so I had to go with the generic questions. I loved Talented very much but you can’t buy a physical copy within the UK. However if you have a kindle or a device to read kindle books on, Talented is free! Definitely go check it out. If you don’t know what it’s about here’s the goodreads summary for you:

Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country’s top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

Talented is an emotionally raw Dystopian Romance, about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

So without any more waffling from me, I present to you my very short Q&A with Sophie Davis, the author of the Talented saga.

What was your inspiration to get into writing?

 Hmmm, well, let’s see.  I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember.  I used to be an avid runner, and would pass the time on long runs by telling myself stories.  Each run, I’d pick up the story where I left off the last time.  Sometimes I’d start the story over, sort of revising as I went.  But I didn’t actually try to write one of my stories down until I met a work friend who is really into writing.  I started reading her stories and providing feedback, which gave me the idea to give writing a try.  There were a lot of false starts, but eventually, Talented, was finished.

 Any tips for aspiring authors?

 Write every chance you get.  Just like with anything else, the more you practice, the better you will become.

 How did you get the ideas for this unique world?

 The idea for the Talented world came while I was studying for the bar exam just after law school.  I was staying with my parents in the boonies and the only non-studying time I had was during my runs.  I was so overwhelmed that I started to think how much better life would be if I could just read the minds of the smarter students around me.  It all sort of snowballed from there.  By the end of that summer I had the overall storyline for Talented Saga mapped out.  It would take me another three years to actually write the first draft.

Your book centers around people with Talents and they are basically like superheroes. Do you have a favourite superhero?

Favorite superhero….that’s a hard one.  Do the Incredibles count?  I LOVE that movie.

 Do your characters reflect a bit of you in them? Are you more like Erik or Talia or any of your other characters?

 A little bit.  Talia physically resembles me in some aspects.  I, too, am pretty short and have brown hair that I sometimes wear curly.  When I was a teenager, I was a lot like Talia in the act-first-ask-questions-later respect.

 What is your favourite part about being a writer?

 The work wardrobe.  I live in pajamas and yoga pants!

 Do you have a specific area where you love to write?

 I have a large desktop computer where I do most of my writing.  But I do love sitting outside to write.  It helps me block out distractions like my dogs, the overflowing hamper of dirty laundry, and the dishwasher that needs to be emptied.

 Your Talented series contains a lot of romantic scenes, are these easy or difficult to write?

 The romantic scenes are usually pretty easy to write, but extremely hard to revise/edit.  It’s sort of strange reading back through those scenes to make sure they aren’t too steamy or too boring but just the right amount.

 Your book also contains a lot of violence, do you prefer to write violence scenes or romantic scenes?

 It depends what type of mood I’m in.  The fighting scenes are usually easier to come up with since I think a lot about them while I run, when my adrenaline is going.  Both the fighting and the romance scenes are fun to write, though, since they are the most interesting to read.

What is your favourite YA book?

 My favorite YA book is the Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

And finally, for a little bit of fun, who would you marry, who would you kiss and who would you throw off of a cliff: Erik, Donavon or Henri?

I’d definitely marry Erik, kiss Henri, and throw Donavon off of a cliff .

 

Thank you all for reading and thank you to Sophie Davis for agreeing to do this Q&A for my blog! Make sure you all go check out Talented because it is absolutely fabulous. See you guys soon with another post.

Sofia

 

June Wrap Up

Hey. I told you to look out for another post soon and here it is! It’s the end of June which means that I have an excuse to make a post. I made an April wrap up but I was so busy at the end of May with exams that I didn’t do a May wrap up but here I am doing a June wrap up. This month I read 14 books and I’m currently on my 15th book. Since I read quite a lot, I won’t be giving a summary and my opinion of them will be very short. Let’s get started.

The first book I finished this month was Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I started this book back in April and I was so excited for it. I got about 60% through this book but it just became slightly boring and repetitive so I didn’t put it down until one night in June when I just decided that I was going to finish this book. I finished it all that night. I found the book really interesting because it combined two things I loved: Greek mythology and Beauty and The Beast. However, this book was missing something for me. I just couldn’t get into it or love it so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I did absolutely adore the ending though so it’s more like a 3.75 stars out of 5.

The second book I read this month was Never Ending by Martyn Bedford. I got this book for review from YABirmingham and I absolutely loved it. It wasn’t like what I normally read at all yet I got addicted. I would say a lot more but I wrote a whole review on it so click here to read about my whole opinion on the book. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars but it would be leaning more towards 5 stars. Let’s say 4.75 stars.

The next book I read this month was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I didn’t write a review of this book because I didn’t find that there was much to write a review about. I loved it so much and I can’t wait for the movie.  Mia was a great protagonist and I fell slightly in love with Adam. I gave this book 5 stars.

The next book I read was The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. I got this book for review from Headline. This was my first Neil Gaiman novel but I don’t think it really counts as being fully exposed to his writing as it is a graphic novel. I did enjoy it but it was slightly weird. Click here to see my full review. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The next book I read this month was Boy21 by Matthew Quick. This was my second Matthew Quick novel and I got this from Headline for review. I did absolutely adore this book but not as much as Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Click here to see my full review of this book. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but  it will be more like 4.5 stars.

The next book I read was Where She Went by Gayle Forman, the sequel to If I Stay. I also did not write a review for this book because I didn’t know what to write about. I did enjoy this less than If I Stay but I did still enjoy it. The reason I enjoyed it less was probably because of the way that Adam was presented. I did however love the ending so this bumped it up to a 4 out of 5 stars.

I then read the whole Talented saga by Sophie Davis which consists of Talented, Caged, Hunted, Captivated( A Novella) and Created. I read this series so quickly that they all melded into one slightly. I can’t remember what happened in each book individually because I read it so quickly. I loved this series and when I finished the last one, I felt very upset since it was all over. I loved Talia and Erik as characters, especially Erik. The plot was amazing and it kept me reading. It was very action-packed. The world was very unique. I did write a review of the first book, which the author sent me for review, so click here to see it. Even though I know the writing wasn’t the best, I still loved them so all of the books got 5 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I was going to write a review for this book but I just couldn’t write a non-spoilery review.  During this book, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever read because it was really confusing. Some of the metaphors confused me so much. I thought something was actually happening when it wasn’t. The main character was also very dramatic. However, that ending was just so shocking. I sat there and just stared at the kindle for a while because I couldn’t believe I had just read that. I did end up really liking the book but it wasn’t the best so it got a 3.75 stars out of 5 for me.

The next book I read was definitely my favourite of the whole month and possibly the whole year and that was Solitaire by Alice Oseman. This book was honestly perfection. I got this for review from HarperCollins and I just fell in love with the book. I wrote a whole review in the form of a list with reasons for why you should read it, so click here to go read it. This was one of those books where I love it so much that it’s hard to write a review for it since I loved it so much. Of course this book got a big 5 out of 5 stars from me.

The final book I finished this month was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I have yet to write a review for this book and I don’t think I will because I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was interesting and it dealt with a lot of serious issues but I just didn’t enjoy it as a book. I did like so that’s why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars but I just found the writing style to be slightly boring. I did however give this book 3 stars because of the plot and the characters but it was the writing that stopped me from giving it anything higher.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Books at each star rating level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 0 books

3 stars:  4 books

4 stars: 3 books

5 stars: 7 books

 

That’s all the books I finished this month. I’m currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman but I don’t think I’ll finish it by the end of the month. However, I need to finish it before Thursday because that’s when Landline is officially coming out so obviously I’m going to be reading that. I think I had a good reading month because I loved most of the books I read. I didn’t hate any of them which is always a good thing! I’ll see you soon with another post, hopefully with a review because I need to write more reviews.

Sofia.