Dystopia

DNF Reads

20161201_162008To begin with I would like to apologise for not posting for a VERY long while. I realise that consistency is key and really there is no excuse for my slacker-ish behaviour. However, with school-work dominating almost all free time I have, I haven’t had a chance to read, and therefore review all that much.

While I find I fall in love with almost all of the books I read, there are a few that I cannot come to terms with. Recently I found that a lot of the novels I’ve started to read, I never got around to finishing (maybe I’m in some sort of reading slump?!?) for a variety of reasons. None of these books were bad, rather they just didn’t appeal to me. Even so, I still thought they would be worth writing a little about…

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff-

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads from last year and I was counting down the days until the sequel, Gemina, was released. Now though, after trying and trying again to finish the book, it just sits on my shelf, looking sad and unloved. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong for me. The plot and format, something I love from Illuminae, was once again unique and grabbed my attention. However, the characters, Nik in particular, were one of the reasons I stopped reading Gemina.  They did not seem realistic and were frankly quite annoying. Added to that, while I may be wrong,  I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone who says “feel me” quite as much as Nik does.

      2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold-  

Thank you to Headline for sending me Kids of Appetite through Bookbridgr, in exchange for an honest review. While I haven’t yet read Mosquitoland, another novel written by David Arnold, I was compelled to request Kids of Appetite due to the high praise Mosquitoland got. Kids of Appetite is good. I liked the writing and I liked the characters, yet I still didn’t finish it. I want to finish it, but I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few weeks?

      3. Alienated by Melissa Landers-

I got this book sometime Christmas last year and I still haven’t finished it, though not from lack of trying. The blurb caught my attention immediately. I haven’t read a book featuring any sort of aliens ever before and Alienated sounded like a good place to start. However now, I don’t think i’ll be reading any alien books for a while. To be honest, I fell like I’ve read this book before just with different characters, and as a result I couldn’t finish Alienated.

As of today, I am starting The Secret History by Donna Tartt and fingers crossed that I’ll  be able to finish it, too.

~ Kaavya xx

 

 

 

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ARCS

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, and I only just picked up my first few ARCS at YALC this past month. I won one in a lucky dip, but I also got some from publishers stalls. I plan to read and review all of them and I am especially looking forward to reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which is the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

The ARCS I got at YALC were:

  • The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (released 18th October 2016)
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (released 20th September 2016)
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (released 6th October 2016)
  • Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi (released 15th September 2016)
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (released August 30th 2016)

Which was the best ARC you ever got? Have you got any new ones this month?

 

 

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?

Changers

Changers (Drew) by T Cooper & Allison Glock Cooper

Where did I get it? The local library

28541528Summary: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller’s freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He’s finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.

Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.

Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever–and no, they cannot go back to who they were before the changes began.

Ethan must now live as Drew Bohner–a petite blonde with an unfortunate last name–and navigate the treacherous waters of freshman year while also following the rules: Never tell anyone what you are. Never disobey the Changers Council. And never, ever fall in love with another Changer. Oh, and Drew also has to battle a creepy underground syndicate called “Abiders” (as well as the sadistic school queen bee, Chloe). And she can’t even confide in her best friend Audrey, who can never know the real her, without risking both of their lives.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that shows you that your first impressions can sometimes be totally wrong. After reading the blurb I was skeptical about picking up this book as it didn’t really sound like a story I would normally enjoy. However this was not the case and I ended up finishing this novel in no time at all.

Drew is the main character and we only really meet Ethan for a few pages, though we learn a little of what he was like through Drew’s thoughts. The plot flowed along naturally and I laughed out loud at several moments.

One point that wasn’t really a problem, more like an observation, was that the whole changer race and organisation keeping everyone in check was not really explained in depth. Considering, though, that this is the first novel in a series there will be space to  delve into the history and aims of the ‘RaChas’ ‘Abiders’ and ‘Changers Council’.

All of the characters were well developed and Audrey has become one of my favourite book best friends. Chase, however I could not really bring myself to care about and with the decisions he made I don’t feel sad that he may not feature in future books in this series.

Rating:4/5

February Book Haul

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This month I was glad to say that I refrained from purchasing any novels for myself, but I did receive a few from friends and family for my birthday as well two that I won in a giveaway.

  1. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford-  This was my ‘classics’ read for the month and I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift from an aunt.
  2. Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne- I’ve already read Am       I Normal Yet? and I absolutely adored it, so I can’t wait to read Amber’s story and see how the series progresses.
  3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton- When this stunning debut came out, I heard so many excellent reviews about it that I knew I had to pick it up. Those reviews held true and I really enjoyed reading this book.
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I was given this book as a birthday gift from my friend over at The Little Book Wolf and although I haven’t read it yet, I’ve been meaning to start the Lunar Chronicles for a while and now I have no excuse.
  5. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman- Ever since I heard this book was coming out and read the blurb, I knew it was right up my alley. I can’t wait to start it and I am almost certain I will be hooked form the beginning to the end.

 

  *  I also received Vendetta and Inferno by Catherine Doyle in a giveaway.*

Which books have you got this month? Are they any good?

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?