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Can’t Buy Forever: Mini Review

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Published: May 17th 2015 by Page Publishing

Pages: 218                                                                                                                                                  

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                  

Source: I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.                                                                                                                                               

Links: AmazonGoodreadsBook Depository

‘Are you kidding me? You will eat anything that does not bite you first!’

Sooo…. I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped I would, but I didn’t hate it either. This novel was slightly different to many of the books I usually read. From the setting to the time period, all of it was new to me.

The characters were also at times fairly original, and I especially appreciated Elise, Odessa’s best friend for the lightness she provided the story-line.

To begin with, the book started at a fairly steady pace but towards the end it starts to pick up as we find out more about Nicholas’s past.

In regards to the writing, it was a little confusing at times and at times the grammar needed to be double-checked, but in general, I did enjoy the way the author wrote.

There were also some interesting references made to other books an I am planning on reading about Prince Ivanhoe after this. I originally wanted to know even more about Adrianna, however in the end the story was a good length and the pace was good.

Rating: 3/5

Reading in Winter

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On the coldest of winter days, there is nothing better than curling up, cocooned in blankets. With a cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other, life couldn’t get much better than that. So, as January looms, here are my 5 favourite books to read when its cold outside.

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  1. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy- 

I got this book for Christmas and was intrigued by the title. Yuri is a genius and he knows it,  but I didn’t at any point find him to be condescending. With humour, swearing and an asteroid hurtling towards LA, what’s not to love?

2. Inferno by Catherine Doyle-

This is hands down my favourite book ever. All about the Mafia and the complex roles of the families within it, and with a relatable heroine, I couldn’t put this down. I’ve waited a year for the sequel, Mafiosa, to be released and in four days nothing can stop me from finally reading it.

3.  And I Darken by Kiersten White

This book was dark in the best way. Lada is without fear and at times conscience, and I loved it! Set in the Ottoman Empire, it was hard not to be drawn into the scheming politics and life of the court.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This books reached my expectations and then surpassed them. The world seen through Karou’ eyes was vibrant and the writing was beautiful. The humour in the book brought tears to my eyes, as did the moments of sadness and despair. I don’t think I’ll have any problems completing the rest of this series by the end of the month.

5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 

I haven’t read all that many graphic novels, but after reading Nimona I couldn’t help but wonder if I had been missing out. You’ll race through this book in no time at all but the characters will stay with you for much, much longer. This is definitely a graphic novel I would want to own.

So that’s my top 5 books, what are yours?

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

 

 

 

My Favourite Book Ever + Giveaway

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I love books. It’s no secret. I have many favourite books, but the book that really made me  want to just read and read and read, was Vendetta by Catherine Doyle. I first picked this up in a library and I whizzed through it in a matter of hours. Afterwards I immediately wanted to know what happened next, but I had to wait until January this year for the sequel, Inferno, to be released. I was blown away. I thought that nothing could beat Vendetta but I was wrong. Inferno was something else. I could not get enough and all I would talk  about for the next few days was my love for the book. I now own many copies of both Vendetta and Inferno, and I am so excited for January to finally come so I can read Mafiosa, the third and final instalment in the Blood for Blood series.

3 Reasons You Should Also Read This Series:

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  1. IT WILL KEEP YOU HOOKED FROM THE START                                                            There is nothing like a  good book that can keep your interest from the beginning to the end, and this series was it for me. It was fact-paced and edgy, keeping me on my toes, wondering what would happen next. I could not put it down, not that I tried.
  2.  A FEMALE FRIENDSHIP TO BE ENVIOUS OF                                                                                                                  Our main character, Sophie, would be dead without the support of her truly awesome best friend: Millie. She is the ultimate friend and I look forward to her rants and hilarious comments in the third book. I want a Millie 🙂
  3. ITALIAN BROTHERS                                                                                                                    The Falcones are 5 brothers who play main roles in the books. Without giving away too much, I can say that they are ones too watch carefully. As Sophie gets tangled further up in their business we see a unique view of the mafia and family structures within it. Although they might be similar in looks, the brothers couldn’t be more different in personality and you will be sure to fall for at least one of them.   

 

                                                               


GIVEAWAY TIME:

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To enter to win a copy of Vendetta by Catherine Doyle and various other bookish goodies from YALC, just follow this blog and leave your name and twitter handle in the comments. The competition runs from today (August 27th) to 3rd of September.

Thank you for visiting my blog and may the odds be ever in your favour!

 

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

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Published October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 240                                                                                                                                                  

Format: Paperback                                                                                                                                  

Source: Library                                                                                                                                                  

Links: AmazonGoodreadsBook Depository

 

This is a book that needs to be read. Christmas is a time for celebration for Lily but with her parents abroad and her brother busy, she must find other ways and people to spend time with. So, she writes a set of instructions in a red moleskin diary and leaves it in the local bookstore, The Strand. And so sets of a chain of events that sees both Lily and the recipient of her red notebook, Dash, running around Manhattan, getting into trouble and meeting each of the others’ friends and family along the way.

I was hesitant to pick up this book at first, only because I thought I had read something like this before. I needn’t have worried. I found Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares to be highly original and entertaining.

Lily was very much your friendly and goodnatured yet slightly shy girl, full of Christmas Spirit. Whereas, on the other hand, Dash was your extremely cynical, not to mention pretentious boy, desperately lacking in Christmas spirit. How could they not be perfect for each other?

We don’t see a lot of Dash’s parents, but we understand that his snarly-ness (is that a word?) comes from the fact that his parents are divorced and cannot stand each other in the slightest. To add to that Dash’s father is a very cold, distant figure who never shows any interest or love towards his only son.  This contrasts hugely between that of Lily’s family who are all extremely close to each other.

Our main characters first impressions of each other were far from positive (Lily was somewhat drunk and even though it was a once time thing, Dash did not know that). However, they do finally, get over their initial apprehension of each other, though not before a badly aimed snowball angers a horde of over-protective mothers ending in the both of them being escorted to prison. After all there is nothing more romantic then spending a little time behind bars together…

In short, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares did not disappoint, and I cannot wait to start the sequel.

Rating: 4/5

 

Summer Reading

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With all major exams over, and no new ones coming up, I have a lot of spare time this wp-1470740569348.jpgsummer. So naturally, I turned to reading to fill the time. So far I have not read all that many new books but I have re-read a lot of old favourites like I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I also plan to re-read The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.

20160809_114841As always , my TBR list is ever-growing but at the top is Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky and Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, which I hope to get around to reading sometime soon… fingers crossed.

I am also looking for recommendations for more books to read this summer, so if anyone has some please tell me in the comments 😊.

 

Dear Dad…

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Recently, I gave a talk on motherhood for an English presentation. In this I highlighted various reasons why a mother was the most important figure in your life, but what I failed to mention was that fathers too, are equally important.

This father’s day, I would like to just say thank youIn previous years I must admit that my gifts have been far from satisfactory (often they were vouchers for free labour), but I hope to do better this year.

My father is the one who runs out at short notice to get fast food when we want it, he’s the one who each and every holiday makes sure we have access to unlimited movies, he’s the one who fixes all electric devices when they break down and my father is the one who ensures I have music to listen to on the way to school.

If I haven’t said thank you for all of the above before this, I’ll say it now, and thank you  for everything else you’ve done for me over the years.

Love you,

Kaavya