Top Five UKYA books

Today is UKYA Day! UKYA Day is an internet based campaign run by Lucy from Queen of Contemporary and the goal of the day is to spread the love for UKYA and get people talking about it. Lucy asked bloggers and booktubers to help out by making a post all about the topic of UKYA so I decided that today I would share with you my top 5 UKYA books. This was a difficult list to compile but since I’ve only started reading UKYA this year, I didn’t have as much choice as I imagined others did. This list will go from 5 to 1 with one being my most favourite UKYA read.

Top 14 books of 2014

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.

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.

 

June Book Haul

Hey. Today, I just felt like blogging but I was lost for what to blog about. I then remembered that it’s the end of the month so I could do a mini June book haul. Let’s get started.

This month I got 11 books, only 3 of which I bought (actually that’s a lie. I bought none of them. My mother bought me 3 and the rest I got for free). The first book I bought was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I have of course already read this book. I read this back in November and I loved it obviously. But since Rainbow Rowell is coming to Birmingham and I’m going to her signing, I thought I should actually buy a physical copy of Attachments so I can get it signed.

The second book I bought was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. I haven’t started the Noughts and Crosses series but I now own the first and final book in this series. I want to own them all and then marathon them. Plus I found this book at a sale for only 50p for a hardback! The third book I bought, which I also got for 50p at the same sale, was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I have seen the movie of this and it almost made me cry so of course I want to read the book.

The next 5 books I recieved from YABirmingham for various reasons. These guys are just the best so check them out. The first 3 books I recieved because at their John Green Fan Party, my raffle tickets got picked out 3 times but I had already got the prizes because I had won the quiz. They then let me choose three books from their cupboard to make up for it. The first one I picked up was Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. After watching Christine’s video, I had been intrigued by this book so of course I picked it up. I then picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I had heard of this book previously and the synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up. The final book I picked up was Shattered by Teri Terry. This is the final book in a trilogy in which I haven’t even read the first book but it sounded interesting. The next book I got because it was in the goody bag at their party and that book is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have yet to read this book but I will. The final book I got from them was Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman. I won this book in a giveaway that they held and it’s signed! I just finished this book and it was weird yet good. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

The final three books I got for review. The first one was Solitaire by Alice Oseman which the lovely people over at HarperCollins sent to me. I’ve already read and reviewed this book so click here to go see it. I loved this book so much. The final two books I recieved from Headline via BookBridgr so thank you Headline! I’ve already read and reviewed both of this. The first one is Boy21 by Matthew Quick. I loved this book and if you want to know more about my thoughts on it, click here to see my review. The final book in this mini book haul is The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. This book was intriguing but odd. Click here to see my full review of it.

I did get loads of books on my kindle but I’m not including those because it will make me feel bad for buying so many for my kindle. Thank you for reading and since I’m in a blogging mood, stay tuned for possibly another post later this week.

Sofia

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Hey. Last week the lovely people over at HarperCollins were nice enough to send me a proof copy of Solitaire by Alice Oseman and I was so excited! Ever since reading YABirmingham’s review of it, I have wanted to read this book and I was so glad that they sent it to me. I started the book Monday night and by Tuesday night I was finished because it was just so good. This book comes out the 31st July and I really think you guys should get it when it comes out because it is one of my new favourites. If you don’t know what the book is about, here’s the blurb:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

So, as I have nothing at all to say that is bad about this book here is my review in the form of a list as to why you should most definitely be looking forward to this book:

  • The protagonist, Tori Springs is so relatable. I say this about a lot of female protagonists but Tori is definitely the second most relatable character I’ve come across, behind Cath from Fangirl of course. Tori is a pessmist and she generally hates everyone. Honestly, I dislike quite a lot of girls in my school but I don’t openly say it like some others. Tori also has a blog where she can be her true self and apparently I also have a blog. Also since Alice Oseman is British, she has written a book set in Britain and it’s so weird to see terms I recognize in it. Tori goes to a grammar school and I, coincidentally, also go to a grammar school! The way she talked about how the school is like just reminded me so much of my own school and it was shocking. Alice Oseman also includes school terms that I am used to hearing in school, such has C2 and PEE paragraphs(those things will be the death of me). This made the book very relatable for me because I knew what Tori was talking about.
  • There is a mystery element to the book. Throughout the whole book you are trying to guess who is behind this mysterious ‘Solitaire’ and what they are doing exactly. Even though, I guessed who was behind it pretty early on, I still loved this aspect because even though I thought I was pretty certain, I was still second guessing myself.
  • There is a large amount of fandom references. The first chapter has an argument about Drarry and Snily which I loved since I am a Drarry shipper myself! There are references to other fandoms and other ships such as Johnlock, Merthur and Klaine. As I am part of all of these fandoms, I loved this part of the book because it meant that I knew what they were talking about! Usually in books, when they discuss things, they are discussing TV shows I haven’t watched or books I haven’t read so I’m always confused but in this one I understood most of them(except when they talked about Pride and Prejudice.)
  • This book is not focused on romance. This book focuses on Tori and her growth as a person. You see her interact with other people and struggle to make friends but it is not focused on romance. The book mainly is just about Tori having to open herself up to people and to discover how being friends with someone works and I loved that.
  • All the side characters are absolutely fabulous. Becky, Charlie, Michael, Nick and Lucas especially. They all have their own little stories and problems but these aren’t just side plots. They are developed well, even though we are reading from Tori’s perspective. My favourites were definitely Charlie and Michael. Charlie’s story had me gripped and I found myself obsessing over him and how strong he is. Michael was a great character because he was different. He was a bit wacky and crazy but I loved him because of that.

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. It was one of my new favourites of the year and one of my new favourites of all time! This book is out on the 31st July and Alice Oseman is actually holding her launch party for this book in Birmingham and I’m so excited to go. It’s going to be amazing, so if you live near Birmingham click here for more details about it.  I strongly suggest that you all go get this book when it comes out because I can already predict that this book is going to be huge! Thank you to Alice Oseman and HarperCollins for sending this book to me!

Also check out Alice’s blog and Alice’s twitter.

Thank you for reading and GO PREORDER THIS BOOK!

Sofia.

P.S. I forgot to mention that I obviously gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a bit obvious I did but I didn’t technically say that I did so here is me saying that I did.