It’s the end of the year so obviously I will need to talk about my favourite books of 2014. I’m going to do a top 14 of 2014 because why not? As I am writing this, it is currently 16th December so I may end up reading more books and these could possibly become a favourite book of mine but hey I feel like doing this list now so I am going to. This list will go from 14 to 1 starting with my least favourite of the 14 books and finishing up with my favourite book of the year. Just know that I definitely recommend all these books and you should definitely go read them.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
So, it’s the end of September and I feel really bad because this month I just got caught up in school work and I have been busy during the weekends. I just haven’t been making sure that I have time to blog so I’m sorry I apologise. I’m currently in the middle of some posts which I’m probably going to schedule just so that I upload some posts in October. As well as posting less, I’ve also been reading less. This month, I’ve read 6 books but one of them was very long so don’t judge me. Next month, hopefully I’ll have more of a schedule so I’ll be reading more and posting more hopefully. Now let’s talk about the books I actually read this month.
The first book I read this month was of course Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. Now I must say this book took over a week for me to read because I just couldn’t find myself to just fall straight back into the world because it has been almost a year since I read Crown of Midnight but after I got past the first 100 or so pages, I fell into the book and I just loved it so much. The reason I haven’t written a review of it is because it is the third book in a series and I can’t write a review of it without talking about what actually happened in it. This is my favourite book in the trilogy because it was so fabulous. I can’t even tell you why I loved it so much because I loved everything about it and there was nothing I didn’t like. There were new characters in this book and I loved them all. BUT THAT ENDING! The ending just made really excited for the next one because oh dear lord what even happened? I need to know what happens next. Seriously Sarah J Maas? After the cliffhanger at the end of Crown of Midnight, I thought Heir of Fire wouldn’t have a cliffhangery ending but it did! And it was an even worse ending and I just need to know what happens next! Obviously I ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This was a really cute fast paced contemporary romance that I read in less than 24 hours. I really needed to read this after that ending to Heir of Fire and this book was just everything I needed. It was a cute romance that was just told in 14 different points of view so it wasn’t just your ordinary romance story. I wrote a whole review on this book so definitely go check that out if you’re interested. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it was fabulous.
The next book I read was The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I was so excited for this book because I read The Fifth Wave the week it was released and I really loved it so I had really high expectations for this book. However it was slightly disappointing. The first half of the book was so slow and it took me so long to read it. However the second half was really action packed and I loved the second half. However, the second half wasn’t about Cassie or Evan. It focused on Ringer and I did love her a lot more in this book. However I was expecting more Evan Walker in the book and that really depressed me. I couldn’t write a review of this book because I just don’t know what I’d say. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because the second half just bumped it up higher.
The next book I read was another book I read in just over 24 hours and that was Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley. I had been so excited for this book for a couple of months now because it just sounded so fabulous and unique. So when I did finally get around to reading it, I just fell in love with it so much! I loved it so much and I somehow managed to put my opinions about it into a review so click here if you want to watch it. But honestly, this book is so unique and different and everyone really needs to read this book because it teaches you about so much.
The next book I read was Half Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout. Now I shall be writing a review of this very soon because I got it for review from Bookbridgr. But let me just say a few things. Throughout this whole book , I was convinced that I was reading Vampire Academy with the names changed. These two books are really similar but I did still enjoy Half Blood, especially towards the end. I am currently reading Pure, the second book in this series and I’m loving it a lot more. I did give this book 4 out of 5 stars but look at for a review coming out soon hopefully!
The last book I read this month was another book that I read in less than 24 hours and that was Hung Up by Kristen Tracy. I wanted a quick light-hearted contemporary that I would just fly through really quickly so I picked up this one. I did fly through it quickly because it is told entirely in phone calls but I just didn’t like it at all. The two main characters were really annoying and I just found the whole situation completely unbelievable. Some of the conversations they had weren’t really appropriate conversations for two people that had actually never met before. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Monthly Wrap Up:
Books at each star rating:
1 star: 0 books
2 stars: 1 book
3 stars: 0 books
4 stars:2 books
5 stars: 3 books
Favourite book of the month: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
I didn’t have a bad reading month but I could have read more and hopefully I will in October! I’ll see you guys soon with another post.
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.
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.