Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
481 Pages
My Rating – 5*-5*

‘Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?’

WARNING THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN LOTS OF FANGIRLING (lol get it?)

I LOVED THIS BOOK
L O V E D I T
💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up sooner other than I’m a total idiot because this is quite possible my favourite book of this year, it was just perfect in every way and I have nothing bad to say about this book because I had a big fat smile on my face pretty much all the way through it and I already want to re-read it and I only finished it a couple of days ago.

I have no idea even where to begin with this review, like I’m just so happy that I’ve read such an amazing book. I think I should change the warning that it’s gonna be a load of garbage rambling because I already know that’s what it’s going to end up being XD

The characters in this book I love. Cath is relatable and loveable and Levi is the complete opposite to Cath, he is outgoing and excitable (think a golden retriever and that is basically Levi). The friendship between the two is just perfect, of course the characters all had flaws but that’s just what made them so real for me – I just loved them so much.

I just love this book so much!!!! 

I feel like the mental health aspects of this book was handled well, Cath suffers from anxiety and her father is bipolar, I thought she did a great job of writing about it and managed it well 😊

Basically, from start this book was amazing and I can’t wait to pick up more books by Rainbow Rowell 😊

Carry Me Home – Arc Review

Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien.
356 Pages.
My Rating – 2*/5*

Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival. ‘

First things first I’m going to give everyone a trigger warning as I wished I had got one when I picked this up, so a trigger warning for: abuse, rape, drug use, violence.

I didn’t like this book, believe me I tried but every time this book had something good happen it took two steps back. It’d told from three different POV’s, Lucy and Ruth and their mom. Lucy was really the main character as most of the story revolved around her and what happens in her life and Ruth and the Mom’s POV is trying to start a new life for themselves while dealing with what Lucy is doing.

I was expecting this book to be violent since I knew it was about gangs but I didn’t expect all the other things to happen in this book so I was quite shocked when I read chapter after chapter and the things that were happening. As for the characters I didn’t like any of them, Lucy was a selfish little girl who clearly only thought about herself, I wish Ruth had got a backbone and actually put herself first instead of her mother and her sister and I just wasn’t that keen on the mom, I didn’t feel like she was like a “mom”, she was more like a friend.

The story as a whole I didn’t really like and I thought the ending was too easy? I just didn’t enjoy it, me and this book didn’t get on which is a shame as it did sound pretty interesting!

➡️ thank you to acorn publishing and Netgalley for the arc.

Warcross (Warcross #1)

Warcross by Marie Lu
The first book in the series.
368 Pages.
My Rating – 5*/5*

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. ‘

This is the second Marie Lu book I have read and by far the book that I enjoyed the most. Obviously, you can’t really compare The Young Elites to Warcross as they are very different but I enjoyed the latter a lot more, I wanted to read it as slow as I could to make it last since I have no idea when the second book in the series will be released.

This book had me hooked from page one and I actually wanted to play the game Warcross, it sounds friggin’ awesome after all! I just started reading Ready Player One(which is awesome) and I feel like Wacross has similar vibes as Ready Player One while holding its own.

I loved all the unique and diverse characters that were created, Emika was probably my favourite closely followed by Ren and Ash, I even liked Hideo a bit too! 😊

The writing was captivating as was the setting – a massive arena (set in Tokyo) where they play this game that’s watched by hundreds and thousands and millions and billions of people all over the world. It truly was such an enjoyable read for me.

Also, I feel like the cover needs a quick mention because as a person who loves covers (and buys impulsely based on the cover) this one was friggin amazing and so colourful and I really wished I had brought the hardback as when you take of the dust jack it’s so pretty! 😀

I love how Emika grows throughout the book and we see her open up to her team mates and her relationship with Hideo I really liked as well.

The next book can’t come quick enough as I need to know what happens to bad, the twists and turns in this book I didn’t expect and I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Marie Lu’s books 😊

The Upside of Falling Down – ARC Review

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane.
My Rating – 3.5*/5*

‘For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?’

THERE WILL BE SOME SMALL SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW

When I saw this book on Netgalley to request I thought it looked like a super cute, adorable, quick read and that was exactly what it was! 😊

It’s all about Clemetine who is our main character, she is the only survivor in a plane crash and wakes up in hospital with amnesia. It follows her as she pretty much hightails it out of hospital with a stranger so she doesn’t have to face her forgotten life. I didn’t agree with every descision she makes, especially going off with a complete stranger and living with him – although because of the plane crash pretty much everyone is a stranger for her. There is something quite mysterious about Clementine and the plane crash so I was super happy that there were the occasional flashback throughout the book of her “past life?”.

My favourite part of the book was Kieran, he is so handsome and swoon worthy I was 100% all for him he was just soooooo lovely and he really cared for Clementine (or Jane as she was currently going by).

There were a few things I didn’t like that much about this book was when Clementine overstepped her boundaries, like snooping through people’s things, I know you are curious and that sort of stuff but personally I could never imagine doing that, even though she had amnesia I don’t think that means she can go looking through stranger’s things but maybe that’s just me?

The whole money thing was odd for me, I get that Kieran is rich but leaving £100 a day for her? Surely she shouldn’t be using it to buy some of the things she did and I could understand why Siobhan (Kieran’s sister) was so annoyed at her.

The twist in this book at the end I didn’t see coming and I really enjoyed it – it answered a lot of questions for me and I thought it was a really good twist! 😊

Overall it was a cute quick read and I did enjoy it!

➡️ thank you to Skyscape and Netgalley for the arc.

 

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
502  Pages.
My Rating – 4*/5*

‘The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.’

I finished this book exactly a week ago and have been pondering on my thoughts and feelings for this book since.
– Am I confused? Yes, I was confused for about 40% of the book.
– Did I love it? Yes.

The whole idea of this book was just wonderful, a magical circus and two illusionists who are in a “game” against each other where only one person can win – how can one person win? Well that’s easy, the other has to die.

SOUNDS SO GOOD RIGHT?

Yes and no.
As per my first little paragraph I was so confused, I didn’t really know how some people fit into it, what was the point of some people? My brain just couldn’t handle all this info and all these people all at once, nu-uh.

It can’t be denied that The Night Circus is beautifully written, there are even mini pages where it’s told from a second point of view – they were interesting to start with but I’m not going to lie – halfway through (since I was already confused), I decided to just skip these.

You can tell that a lot of thought went into the writing, it was beautiful and magical and I liked that different chapters were from different peoples point of views, although confusing at the star towards the middle/end it became much easier to understand what role each character had in the story and I loved reading it from the other people’s point of view.

The pacing was slow, so so so slow at the start that it did take me a while to get into it, but when I did it was such an enjoyable read and I fell in love with each and every character and I highly recommend this to people who love magical realism books with a hint of romance.

Arc Mini Reviews vs2

Me and this book didn’t get on, which was a shame. This was one of those books which I enjoyed the general theme of the book but not the actual book itself which was a shame as I was quite excited to finally get around to reading this ☹

I thought this book was going to be a lot more action packed than it actually was. The main character Pen I didn’t really like or connect to very much which made this book rather boring to read. I didn’t feel like many of the characters had any redeeming qualities that made me want to like them really.

I liked the idea of the paranormal bits and the disappearances were quite interesting but I just think it all fell a little flat and I was just bored reading this ☹

Sadly, this book wasn’t for me this time round.

➡️ thank you to Flux and Netgalley for the arc.

 

These past few days I’ve had a habit of picking up a book based on its blurb and enjoying it a lot less that I actually thought I would – this book falls into that section.
The insta love was a no no for me in this book, sometimes I love insta love (if it’s done well) and sometimes I hate isnta love, this falls into the hate section. Ugh. No.

I also didn’t like Scarlett like at all? She just wasn’t for me, I didn’t really like her very much, I didn’t connect to her, just meh.

Also, it was a little predictable. I figured out the big “plot twists” before they were revealed which meant that I ended up finding this book a little boring at times.
Just yeah, another miss for me sadly ☹

➡️ thank you to Flux and Netgalley for the arc.

Renegades – ARC Review

Renegades – ARC Review

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The first book in the Renegades series.
552 Pages.
My Rating – 5* – 5*

‘Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.’

I was very hesitant to finally getting around to reading my ARC of Renegades just because the reviews on Goodreads are so divided, a lot of people leaning more towards the straight up “nope, this book was so disappointing!”, so I’m not going to deny I was wary about picking this up. I absolutely adored the Lunar Chronicles series and Heartless was okay but this sounded so intriguing as I RELIGIOUSLY watch any marvel or DC movie that comes out in the cinema or any marvel TV show that get’s made, I friggin love superheroes.

The powers in this were so awesome and unique, the ability to force people to go to sleep, the ability to make your drawing come to life (lol I can’t draw so that would be awful for me), they are just two of my favourites but there are so many more awesome and unique superpowers for the heroes and villains alike!

“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.” 

So, because this book is all about superhero’s and villains and is I think 500 (maybe more) pages I expected it to be full of action and awesome fight scenes but there wasn’t really a whole lot of that. YES IT WAS A LITTLE DISSAPOINTING but I got over it pretty quickly as we were introduced to some awesome characters and we got to find out more about the world and how much it has changed. I LOVE THE WORLD AND THE CHARACTERS (yes, it deserves capitals ok don’t judge) so much, like I am so attached to every single one of those characters and the world is just amazing and I just want to be a renegade ☹

Of course, because I got so attached to the characters so quickly I can also inform that I SHIP ALL THE SHIPS and that those SHIPS BETTER SAIL and NOTHING better happen to my precious babies and they all better be happy and they all better get together!!!!! (as you can see I’m very adamant that everything turns out okay for them!!!)

“One cannot be brave who has no fear.” 

I love the history between the Anarchist’s and the Renegads – what really makes a hero? What is good and evil? So much has changed for each team over the course of history that the line between good and evil is so blurred and I love that about this book – I can see both sides of what they believe in and its so interesting to see Marissa Meyer delve into that side of things.

SO I’m not going to give anything away of course but I am very excited to see what happens in the next book even though I’m sure I’ll have to wait over a trillion years. I feel a bit silly now that I was so wary about picking this book up because I really enjoyed it and I do recommend it for those who have enjoyed her other work! 😊

➡️ thank you to Macmillan and Netgalley for the arc.

Caraval (Caraval #1)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The first book in the Caraval series.
407PGS
My Rating – 5*/5*

‘Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.’

I went into this book not knowing what to expect exactly and I think that was the best decision I made when it came to this book as it wasn’t what I expected at all (and I say that in a good way). I need bits about what it entailed from different people’s reviews, both good and bad but all I can say was that I ended up really loving this book.

The setting was absolutely magical, full of big dressed, top hats, lots of velvet items taking place on two different islands and then inside the magical world of Caraval which I think is just a massive theatre that holds a city? It’s sort of confusing but it will make all the sense when you pick up the book (which you should) and start reading it because I was captivated pretty much straight away.

So not only was the setting breathtakingly magical but the characters were as well. I loved Scarlett who started out as a very naïve young woman turned out to be exactly the opposite at the end. Julian, I loved and hated at the same time because he as such a mystery. Tella I didn’t really like very much to be honest, she was probably the most interesting but I just didn’t find her a very likeable character.

The side characters such as the count and Tella’s father along with the mysterious Legend the master of the caraval were also super interesting to read about and see how they fit into our story.

Also, a little side note. The entire time I read this book I pretty much suspected everyone to be Legend in disguise :’)

And, as per above I was very wrong with my guesses but oh well! I still enjoyed trying to piece together the magic that was caraval. (which I kept saying is head as carnival? I feel like I need to youtube how to exactly pronounce caraval).

There was plot twist after plot twist in this book, I don’t think there was even a part in it that I was bored. I found it a thrilling and magical book to read and I wasn’t disappointed by it at all, I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book to see what’s in store for our characters.

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
286 Pages
My Rating – 4.5*/5*

‘Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. ‘

I was a little nervous to first pick up these books, when John Green’s books first came out I absolutely loved them, but I’ve aged since and I was worried that his writing and the things he writes about wouldn’t interest me anymore and that I’d outgrown him. Thankfully that wasn’t the case and I loved this book.

I’m going to start this off with why it didn’t get 5 stars and that is for one reason which is the romance – for me I just felt like it wasn’t needed very much, I understand why it was in there but I felt like it didn’t need to be, this book for me would have been better without it, but oh well!

John Green’s writing in this book from the start to the end was amazing, the fact that he can make you feel like you are on Aza’s journey with her is just brilliant. This book – like many of his other books – tackles mental health and I feel like he wrote it brilliantly. There were times where it made me uncomfortable, there were times when it made me sad, especially when Aza feels like she is a liability to those she loves ☹

He doesn’t sugar coat something, you aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be okay and you will be “normal”. It’s a lifelong struggle but this book allows you to see that you aren’t alone.

I really enjoyed this book, I can recommend it to of course – anyone who likes John Green’s books, kids and adults alike. ?

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The first book in The Young Elites trilogy.
355 Pages.
My Rating – 4*/5*

‘ I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.’

I ended up quite enjoying this book, not as much as I thought I would after reading some of the reviews but it w as still a really good young adult fantasy book! I did wish we got to see a lot more things from this book but I don’t mind too much considering it’s a trilogy and I can dive into the next book pretty much straight away.

Unlike most books where have a “super power” is the best thing in the world, in this book it is exactly the opposite, instead of being loved by everyone they are feared, they are an abomination to the world.

Our main character Adelina is one of these people, as a main character I didn’t like her as much as I hoped she does. She has a bad ass power of being able to create dark chaotic illusions, I mean come on – how cool does that sound? In this book, sadly I thought she felt a little short, she was an angsty teenager through most of it, especially when it concerned Enzo, I just thought she had a lot more potential and I can’t wait to see what she becomes over the next few books.

Raffaele deserves a little mention as he is probably my most favourite character in the book, he has probably a “weaker” power compared to the others, his power being linked with emotions but that didn’t make him any less, he truly was an amazing character and I loved his friendship with both Adelina and Enzo. I really hope we get to see more of his character in the new two books and get to see how much his character develops ?

Enzo I didn’t mind, I found him quite mysterious and interesting and his power was one that was awesome, who wouldn’t like to be able to use fire against their enemies. Everyone else in the Dagger Society fell a little flat, I would like to get to know some of them more as they could be interesting so hopefully we get to see more of them.

Although I didn’t like this book exactly as much as I thought I would it was still a very enjoyable read and I intend to pick up the rest of the series as soon as 😀

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