April Wrap Up

April has been pretty hectic for me. I went home for my Spring break where I worked 54 hours in 8 days, studied a fair amount and gutted out my childhood bedroom. I also made a complete fuck up and left my train tickets at home so had to buy new ones, costing me £81.30. However because my train back to Glasgow was an hour and a half delayed ScotRail are sending me the whole cost of my ticket back to me so it all works out in the end. I saw Troye Sivan and Bry (both from youtube) this month, which was pretty great. I’ve been doing a lot of studying for my upcoming exams so I’m tuckered out all the time but hopefully the work is all worth it.

Because of my stupid exams I don’t really have a set May TBR, I’ll read what I can when I can. I’m too stressed out right now to even think about figuring out what I want to read this month. I finish on the 19th of May though so I’m hoping to knock out a bunch of books then.

I’m doing the Race For Life on May 22nd, which for those who aren’t from the UK is a race, I’m doing the 5k, where a bunch of women get sponsored to run it to raise money for Cancer Research UK. If you would like to sponsor me here is my Just Giving page, all donations are much appreciated.

Who else has been listening to Beyonce’s new album? How incredible is it? Freedom is my favourite track.

I read 13 books this month (wtf):

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk
Truth or Date by Portia MacKintosh (Review coming soon)
All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic (Review coming soon)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Review coming soon)

On top of all this Lindsay Kelk liked my tweet which linked to my review of her book so I was very thrilled about that.


Hope you have all had a good month.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Hype or Like Fridays

Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Children’s Group for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Passenger is the Hype or Like book of the month for April which was fantastic as it happened to appear on NetGalley for British reader’s a couple of days after I joined the group and it was on my TBR. Hype or Like is a weekly meme hosted by Larkin @ wonderfilledreads Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books based on hyped up books. There is a Goodreads group which you can join in on where we read a hyped up book every month.

Passenger follows Etta as she journeys through a portal to another time. She discovers that her mother has been hiding her past from her and we find out that Etta is a person with the ability to use said portals to travel to certain places and points in time.

This was released at the beginning of the year and to begin with had a lot of good reviews, but gradually the average goodreads rating bean to plummet. A lot of the complaints I’ve seen about this book is that the beginning in quite slow, however I thought what Bracken did with the start of this book was quite smart; everything was quite confusing which I found to be a good technique to show the disorientation Etta feels.

For the majority of the book we follow two main characters: Etta and Nicholas. I’m interested to see what happens to Etta in the rest of the series because for most of Passenger I found her whiney, which is obviously understandable, her whole life has just changed. I adored Nicholas though, you can see his strength of character fro, how he was in a position of power as a African American man in the 1700s that would’ve been very difficult, regardless of parentage. And can I just say how great it was to be reading about an interracial couple.

One thing I did find a bit jarring was the relationship between Etta and Nicholas. Whilst I liked the building tension between the pair, when they eventually bridge that gap it just felt really random and sudden. Then it felt like everything all at once and they were madly in love despite knowing each other less than a week.

The ending was really unexpected and I’m really uncertain where it’s going to go so I’m really excited to see what Bracken has in mind for us readers.

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For me this book was worth the hype, yeah I had a few issues but it was well paced for he most part and intriguing, the time travel mechanics in it were really different to the standard and the ending, whilst it ends on a cliffhanger has me really excited to read the rest of the series.

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Liezel for nominating me!

Rules

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

 

7 Facts About Me

  1. I have a Golden Retriever called Lia, a dutch rabbit called Joe and a tortoiseshell cat called Barley.
  2. I have 6 tattoos.
  3. I am terribly addicted to Lush products
  4. Also terribly addicted to buying make up
  5. I spend a lot of time watching videos on youtube, mainly content from booktubers, Game Grumps and The Completionist.
  6. Over the Easter break from uni I went home to my family home and I’ve decided to redecorate my room; I got rid of 17 bin bags worth of stuff.
  7. I adore KPop

I nominate:

Jill @ rantandraveaboutbooks

Orangutan Librarian 

KourtniReads

Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

Larkin @ Wonderfilledreads

 

 

Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

This book was so wonderful. Lindsey Kelk is one of my best friend’s favourite writers and this book was 99p on iBooks so I was like “ok, let’s see what this is like” and it was such a fun ride.

Always the Bridesmaid is a story of a girl called Maddie whose two best friends, Sarah and Lauren, are getting divorced and married at the same time respectively. And Maddie has to balance both these things along with her job as an events organiser and her budding relationship with a man called Will all at the same time.A hilarious roller-coaster of events ensue.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

On my journey of catching up on YA novels I knew that The Mortal Instruments were one of the book series that was going to be one of the first I needed to read because it seems like everyone has read them and it was a concept that really interested me. City of Bones did not disappoint.

It’s unlikely, but in case you don’t know what City of Bones is about: Clary’s life has just turned upside down. Her mum has gone missing, she’s just discovered that there’s more to life than meets the eye and a great evil is resurging. Continue reading “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare “

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Thank you to netgalley and Harper Collins UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Eligible is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, it is set in Cincinatti after Mr Bennett has a heart attack and Liz and Jane have to go home to help their parents get their lives sorted out. It follows the same plot of Pride and Prejudice but there are a few minor changes built in to tackle how the story would appear in modern society as opposed to the early 19th century. Bingley is newly moved to Cincinatti after a stint on a tv show called Eligible (which is basically The Bachelor) and he and Darcy are doctors at a hospital.

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Hype or Like Fridays: Time Travel and Fictional Places

This is a new weekly meme hosted by Larkin @ wonderfilledreads Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books based on hyped up books. There is a Goodreads group which you can join in on where we read a hyped up book every month. This month is Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, which I’m about 80% of the way through and am enjoying. I’m quite excited about this group as I’ve never been part of a discussion/reading group. Continue reading “Hype or Like Fridays: Time Travel and Fictional Places”

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You is the sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which I loved. It follows Lara Jean and her new relationship and the pitfalls of teenage love and insecurities. A lot of people loved this book but I wasn’t as big a fan of it as I was the first book.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet follows where Cinder left off whilst also adding another character’s perspective into it: Scarlet Benoit. Scarlet’s story is a retelling of Little Red Riding hood set in France at the same time as Cinder’s timeline. It follows Scarlet after her Grandmother goes missing and a man called Wolf seems to keep popping up.

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