January Wrap Up

It was my birthday this month and the bookish things I got were a kindle and the whole Falling Kingdoms series (excluding Rebel Spring because it was sold out). I also managed to buy Hamilton tickets for it’s run in London, I’M HYPED.

Me and Joanne began booking things for our trip to Asia, we’ve got all our hostels booked and you would not believe how cheap it’s working out for private rooms with breakfast.

I’ve received 2 invitations for interviews at unis for next month, one for one I want to go to and the other for one I don’t really care massively about.

I’ve now put myself on a book buying ban (unless it’s a kindle deal) and I’m not taking out anymore books from the library because I keep buying books and not reading them because I have books to read from the library and it’s just a bit ridiculous.

 

I read 11 books this month:

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Relativity by Antonia Hayes
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Secret of the Mantle by Harini Chakrapani
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conoghan
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Lumberjanes Vol.1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke A. Allen
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Goldsmith Jones by Sam Taylor-Pye
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Half Lost by Sally Green

I posted reviews for previous reads:

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn
Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Kill the Boyband by Goldy Moldavsky

I bought these books:

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton
Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
No Strings Attatced by Harper Bliss (please tell me this is a pen name because wtf)
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Confess by Colleen Hoover
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I took part in blog tours for Corrupt Me and Relativity. I posted about my mental health, some mini reviews, and my most anticipated books of this year.

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Kill the Boyband by Goldy Moldavsky

Thank you to netgalley and Pan MacMillan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This has to be one of the weirdest books I have ever read. 4 girls kidnap their least favourite member of their favourite band hoping to get something out of it but it all spirals so wildly out of control.

Honestly, I didn’t know whether to find this book hilarious or ridiculous. I’m a big fan of One Direction and at times this felt really degrading, but I could see the black humour of it. But even though there was times I felt this was a bit sexist there was also times where it shows how important fans are for a band and how female fans can either make or break your career. It’s been a couple of month’s since I read this book (I have a ridiculous review backlog because I read too fast) and I still don’t know how I feel about it.

This was really entertaining, I couldn’t put it down, but that’s because it was absolutely insane. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse they did.

I think this is supposed to be completely awful and horrendous to show how teenage girls are treated for loving a band so whole heartedly. It’s supposed to make the reader think about their past actions, but at times it just felt completely off the mark. There was some really offensive things at times that I feel were supposed to be satirical but to me didn’t read that way. However often parts of this novel defends the rights of teenage girls to love who they want to love so long as it makes them happy.

A very weird book.

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Thank you to netgalley and Pan Macmillan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As a disclaimer, I’m not differently abled and if something in this post isn’t worded in a good way please let me know and I will endeavour to put my point across in a much better way.

This book follows the growing relationship between a girl who is selectively mute and a boy who is deaf. They communicate using basic sign language and their relationship gives them the outlet for the words they couldn’t previously say.

This book is so wonderful, it was so nice to read a story that was basically your classic summer beach romance but with people who had disabilities and mental health problems. It reminds kids that just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t have a teen romance.

I just really enjoyed the way this book was written through not only the sign language but also texts and IMs. You really got to fall in love with the characters as the story went on. There were some adorable moments, some laugh out loud moments, it was just so nice. The dialogue throughout was so believable, despite misunderstandings whether it be through the sign language or misread lips, it all just read so well.

Not only did I adore Rhys and Steffi, but Bernard created a wonderful ensemble of characters. Steffi’s best friend, Tem, was so loyal and is there for Steffi on days when she doesn’t feel like even talking to her. She jut speaks and fills the silence and doesn’t expect anything of Steffi. On top of all that she’s POC and we all love diversity in books!

The relationships with all sets of parents are so well written and interesting to read, and Rhys’ relationships with kids he knew from the school he went to specifically for children who are deaf was so good to read because it is so important to have people who understand things you go through.

One thing that was an issue for me reading this was that I was reading a kindle ARC and I found the sign language confusing because the formatting was hard to understand who was talking to who and I just hope in the full copy it’s a bit easier to read.

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Liebster Award #2

Thank you to Joanne for the tag! I’ve done this one before but these are different questions 🙂

THE RULES:

  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs who you think deserve it. (11 is such a random number, and I’m pretty sure practically everyone has already done this!)
  5. Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
  6. Give your eleven questions to the nominees.

 

  1. Book you wish had never been written?

    Fifty Shades of Gray.

  2. One character you wish was your best friend?

    Ron Weasley, he can be a bit of an idiot but he’s so funny

  3. If you could pick one place in the world to spend the rest of your life, where would it be?

    St. Lucia or maybe somewhere in Korea but I haven’t been yet so I don’t know if I’ll like it though I’m sure I will

  4. What one item would you save from a fire?

    Oh god I really don’t know, probably my sister’s teddy bear. Everything else can be replaced.

  5. One thing you’re obsessed with and just can’t get enough of? It might be something you collect, like candles or mugs.

    Candles and make up. I have a candle cupboard, and spent $100 in candles in Australia

  6. Favourite book you read last year?

    I cannot choose

  7. Most anticipated release of this year?

    ACOWAR

  8. If you could recommend one book to anyone, what would it be and why?

    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

  9. Summer or Winter?

    Winter, that’s my birthday

  10. An author you wish would write more?

    Erin Morgenstern, C.S. Pacat, there’s probably a lot more but I can’t think right now

  11. Favourite part of Christmas?

    Getting presents, giving presents, spending time with my fam

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Edit 22/03/2017: So I really loved this book at the time but it has been pointed out today that the romance in it could be taken as a romance between a Jewish girl and a Nazi, whilst I personally didn’t feel like Luka was a Nazi as he seemed to mostly get by in life not taking an interest in anything and is completely unaware of all of the politics, this doesn’t mean he was completely innocent. Here is a thread on twitter: https://twitter.com/Bibliogato/status/844582171637624832. I’m sorry if you went onto read this series/book after reading my review and were hurt by it. I’m a white, non religious person so I wasn’t aware when reading this of possible triggers, which I’m sorry about, I fucked up in not relaying this in my original review.

Thank you to netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gosh this book. I don’t honestly know where to start with my review for this. I was completely blown away. I liked Wolf by Wolf but it just felt like there was something missing stopping me from loving it completely. Then this book happened.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, I had no idea what was going to happen next. Between the discoveries about the Nazi Government now knowing that they’ve been using skin shifters and never knowing who to trust I felt like I couldn’t breathe when I was reading this. I read it so quickly, I could not put it down.

I love Luka so much, I already had a soft spot for him after the first book but then this book showed a whole new side of him, a soft, trusting side. When he learns that the Nazis experimented on kids he goes from being indifferent about the government to being disgusted with them and himself for not knowing this was going on. He shows so much development.

The characterisation was so on point. When characters did stupid things I found myself practically screaming at the page, but it wasn’t stupid stupid, it was believable stupid. They were human and had flaws but they worked in every situation.

I won’t spoil anything I try not to do spoiler reviews unless I really need to talk about something but my God did the end of this book rip up my heart, throw it on the floor and stomp on it. I still get sad thinking about it.

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The Secret of the Mantle by Harini Chakrapani

Thank you to Harini for contacting me about your book and sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

The world is falling apart and only one person can stop it from happening, The Enemy of the White Death. It is believed that Dr. Chary, a children’s book author, is that man, but Dr. Chary is dying, can he really be the saviour?

First off, this is kind of a chosen one story, but instead of it being a child coming into their powers, à la Harry Potter, it’s an old man. I really liked that it was a different twist on a classic trope, whilst I still enjoy chosen one stories occasionally I really liked this different take on it.

I had some troubles with the pacing of this novel, mainly due to it being split into 3 parts each being from a different persons point of view. We start off with Dr Chary and learning about him as a person, this part was quite slow, though not painfully slow. Then after his part the next 2 are quite full of action and it was quite jarring going between these parts. I also would’ve liked to read more from Dr. Chary’s POV after he had been introduced to the fantastical world he previously hadn’t been aware of. We become used to Dr. Chary from the beginning and then he kind of takes a background seat and whilst he was a bit of a grumpy old man I quite enjoyed reading his POV.

This book is set in India and I haven’t read anything set in India before I don’t think. On top of that Dr. Chary has patches of skin dispigmentation which a fair amount of people have however I haven’t read about that in books and I enjoyed reading about his experiences through life with this personal feature.

The world building is really good, of course India is a real place so it isn’t entirely world building but I’ve never been to India and reading the descriptions really painted a picture in my mind of the places being mentioned.

I’ll happily read something else that Harini writes as I believe she can only get better and I love to read more diverse books and authors!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (And it’s my birthday)

Before I start this review I just wanted to quickly mention that IT’S MY BIRTHDAY I AM OLD

If you’ve been following my blog long enough you know I love books like this, books where there’s a jaw achingly sweet romance perfect for summer reading. This book had been on my radar for a while and then suddenly I came upon it in a cafe where they had used books for a 50p donation to charity… of course I snapped it up. It had a really sweet note in it as well obviously from the person who got it for the previous owner so I’ve kept that in it (I love finding little things like that in used books or library books.

Anna is moved to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school after thinking she was about to have the best year ever with her best friend and crush. Thankfully Anna meets some pretty cool people including Etienne who quickly becomes a close friend.

This book was really sweet  for the most part, though I did have some problems with it which I will go into. The writing was really easy to read and whilst quite fluffy was really fun to read and did have some deeper issues than just straight up romance. Though the end veered off into the fluff a bit too much.

Perkins creates a perfect dreamboat of a character in Etienne, however he spends most of the novel flirting with Anna despite having a girlfriend, granted most of the time he isn’t aware that what he’s doing is flirting but its still not great behaviour as he should’ve broken up with her when he realised he had really strong feelings for Anna and he wasn’t as committed to her as he originally thought.

Honestly, at times this felt a little drawn out because the characters kept getting themselves into stupid situations and fights which completely overcomplicated everything. But I suppose that’s all part of being a teenager really.

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