Month: December 2015

Night Owls

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Where did I get it? Given as a gift

night_owls_ukcover800pxSynopsis: Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

My Thoughts:

I was browsing the aisles in Waterstones, longingly looking at all the books on display, when I came across Night Owls. Just from the cover I was immediately hooked, and I knew that I had to read this book. Luckily for me I was given this book as a gift, and let me just tell you, that I managed to devour Night Owls in one sitting! It was AMAZING.

The MC Bea was nicely portrayed and I liked her slightly disturbing taste in art-(cadavers to be precise). Compared to Bea, Jack’s art was a lot more light hearted and fun, but in no way less important.

The secret that Jack is keeping had me a little worried, but once I found out what it was, I was so relieved that I was not something stupid and meaningless. Family, for me, played a really important role in this book and I liked the way that things worked out between Bea and her father in the end.

I also learnt a lot of new facts from this book- like what cadavers actually are and about Muni (it is a form of public transport)- and I can safely say that I will be re-reading this book many, many times.

Rating: 5/5

 

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Inferno

IMG_2297Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Where did I get it? I bought it

Synopsis: Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever. 

My Thoughts:

Okay, so I know that Inferno does not come out until the 7th of January, so you’re probably wondering how I’ve read it. It was not an ARC. In reality, I was browsing the Young Adult Section in Waterstones when I came across this book. I was so surprised, as I had been dying to read Inferno for months  now that I ended up staring at the title for a good ten minutes prompting the Sales Adviser to ask if I was okay. I was MORE THAN JUST OKAY! I had found Inferno just sitting on the shelves and it wasn’t even Jan yet!

I ended up buying the book, obviously, before settling down in a coffee shop to read. And I just couldn’t stop! I whizzed through the book and am now settling down to read it again.

The writing is superb and I pretty much had all my views on the characters changed by the end of the book. Originally I wanted Nic to end up with Sophie but now I’m not so sure.Why would you mess with me like this, Catherine Doyle?  I feel so emotionally spent and that scene with the Marino girl and what Felice and CJ did just made me feel so sick! I cannot remember the last time I was so completely and utterly invested in a story this way!

The plot progresses a lot faster in Inferno than Vendetta and it was just one mind-blowing scene after another. I loved being introduced to all the new characters – I can safely say that I hope never to meet a woman such as Elena-Genovese Falcone- and I was stunned to see the full extent of the Falcone family.

A brilliant, brilliant book that I don’t think I will ever be able to rave about enough. I need book 3 now! Any chance I may find it in Waterstones too?

Rating: 5/5

Saint Anything

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Where did I get it? Given as a gift

23009402Synopsis: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

My Thoughts:

From previous experience with Sarah Dessen’s novels I started Saint Anything not really expecting to like it very much. However that was not the case!

I felt genuinely sorry for Sydney as she was constantly rated behind her brother, Peyton, in terms of importance. Her mother was portrayed well and I felt frustrated when she took away Sydney’s privileges and over-looked Sydney’s point of view on the matter.

The rest of Sydney’s family did not really play that big a role in the plot. This wasn’t really an issue for me, other than I would have liked to see more into Peyton’s mind and what he was thinking, wasting his life like that!

The Chatham family were well written and I felt all the siblings shared a realistic love-hate relationship with each other. The family restaurant that the family owned was a nice touch to the novel and all that talk of pizza and fries has left me feeling very hungry!

The romance in the novel was nicely balanced out with the issues that Sydney was going through at home and the friendship that Layla and the MC shared was one that I wish everyone could experience.

One problem I did have with Saint Anything, however was the ending. It was a slight cliff-hanger and I would like to have seen what happened next. Considering this is most likely a stand-alone novel I probably won’t have the chance to see how David Ibarra reacted and this lowered the over-all rating for me.

I would probably recommend this book and I will definitely be considering reading more of Sarah Dessen’s work in the future.

Rating: 3.5/5

December Book Haul- 2015

IMG_2274Having told myself that I would not buy any more books this month, I was not expecting a large book haul, however that is not the case, as I received quite a few books for Christmas. Okay, maybe I lied… I may have bought one or two books, but I’ll be better next month, I promise!

Books I bought myself:

The Next Together by Lauren James-                                                                                 I had heard so many good reviews about this book that I couldn’t not pick it up when I found it in Waterstones.

The Daughter Of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor-                                                    In my defence, this book was on offer and it would be a shame not to have picked it up especially when this series was so highly recommended by a friend of mine.

Books I received as gifts:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff-                                                         Thank you my secret santa (whose identity I DEFINITELY DO NOT know!) This book is truly amazing and you can check out my review here

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen-                                                                                 I haven’t always enjoyed Sarah Dessen’s books, but I am hoping that Saint Anything will be better- I had a little look through and it looks promising!

Signs Point To Yes and Little Something Different by Sandy Hall-                   Both of these were books on my last TTT list and I can’t wait to start them.

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston-                                                                                 I think this may just be the most beautiful cover I have come across this year and I have heard mostly good reviews about this book so fingers crossed I will like it!

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett-                                                                                         I opened this book before Christmas- I know, I know I shouldn’t have- and it has been added up there to my list of all-time favourites. 

Alienated by Melissa Landers-                                                                                            Another book that was on my TTT list, that I hope to read soon.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh-                                                                       Again, another book on my TTT list, that I again hope to read soon- (the sad reality is that I probably won’t get around to reading it for another month or so)

 

This was my December Book Haul and I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illuminae

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Where did I get it? I bought it.

Summary: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.9781780748375_0

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

My Thoughts:

I actually originally borrowed this books from the library, but around half-way in I just knew that this was a book that I needed to own. Luckily,  I managed to convince my friend who was also my Secret Santa (she is not the best secret keeper) to buy it for me.

Illuminae is not told through the point of the main character, rather through different accounts and messages and video surveillances and This originality was one of the many aspects I loved abut this book.

We open the book just a little after the attack on the MC’s home planet and from then on I was hooked. The detail put in was amazing and the plot was so full of twists and turns I had just about recovered before I was gasping for breath all over again!

I loved the characters, both Kady and Ezra were extremely brave in the face of all the horrible events going on and I felt my heart break for everything they had to go through. There was a particular scene when they were messaging and Ezra sent Kady a flower made out of words that has my heart threatening to burst out of my chest. I want to say more but I really can’t without giving away spoilers…

I could probably ramble on about this book for ages and ages, but I will let you read it yourself if you want to know more. Please read this book!

My Rating: 5/5

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The theme this week is: Top Ten books we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees this year. I have so many books my TBR list that this it was a challenge to slim it down to ten, but here is my list:

  1. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick dangerous-lies-9781471125089_hr
  2. A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnstona-thousand-nights-e-k-johnston
  3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick12294652
  4. Night Owls by Jenn Bennettnight_owls_ukcover800px
  5. The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Frietas18805623
  6. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall24464110
  7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman 13138635
  8. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall20801166
  9. The Wrath and The Dawn by Réene Ahdieh18798983
  10. Alienated by Melissa Landers13574417

Which books are on your Christmas wish-list?

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog for the nomination. I’ve never taken part in anything like this, so bear with me please!

Rules:

  • Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
  • List seven random things about yourself.
  • Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers.
  • Notify the amazing people who you nominated for the award.

 

7 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I am in love with all movies with lions in them. I don’t know why… its just… lions are cool, okay!lionkingcharacters
  2. My least favourite food is Spinach. I will never understand how Popeye was able to eat cans of that stuff and not want to spit it out. popeye-the-sailor-cartoons-spinach
  3. I think ‘Obelix’ is one of my favourite cartoon characters.obelix1
  4. I love it when its raining. Good thing I live in England, right?gobr5
  5. Purple Skittles are my favourite!il_570xn-421437154_bdl8
  6. I aspire to hang stars on my walls one daya0d1f860aaf454a759abf4f7d4e67187
  7. My dog Milo, was originally going to be named “Nigel”!IMG_20151124_161214863

 

My Nominees: 

  1. Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads
  2. Charleigh @ Charleighsbooknook
  3. Chouett
  4. Rachel @ Rambling Reads
  5. Amy @All Things Amy
  6. Beth @ Bibliobeth
  7. Ally @ Allydewing

Check out all these beautiful blogs and tell me what you think.