Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
320 Pages.
My Rating – 4*/5*

‘Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
 
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. ‘

Our Chemical Hearts was one of those heart wrenching books that leaves an imprint on your heart. It’s about first loves, grief, friendship – told by a witty narrator who I absolutely adore, Henry Page you sweet precious cinnamon roll deserve all the love in the world.

This book was lovely and frustrating at the same time, half the time I was smiling happily because everything was going good and the next time I was getting so frustrated I was almost crying, this book messed with my emotions bad, it was definitely a bittersweet read.

Henry is by far my favourite character in this book, I absolutely loved everything about him, he was witty and awkward and I just love him. Grace is deeply broken over a tragedy that happened in her life before she met Henry. Grace I didn’t like, I’m sorry I couldn’t relate to her what so ever, I didn’t like her at all to be honest, I understood that she was going through so much but I didn’t think that it made it okay for her to treat/m mess around Henry quite as much as she did.

Not only were the main characters well developed as were the side characters, Henry’s best friends and his family were so interested and I loved reading about them, especially his best friends they were so funny 😊

If you are looking for an emotional and though provoking read then this book is for you, although I didn’t love all the characters I still enjoyed this book immensely, the characters are awesome, the writing is captivating and the story is truly something, if you haven’t read this already you should 😊

Guilty Reader book tag

I have seen this take around the book blogging community and booktube and I’ve been meaning to get around to doing it for a while now, and today is that day! 🙂

1.  Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?

Nope!
Just because not many of my friends read and those who do read completely different things to me xD

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

All the time when I was at school, usually for English Lit and I would then have to actually read the book, or at least some of it. Me and classics just have never really got on that much 🙁

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

When I was a kid we always we forgot to bring books back xD
I’m also pretty sure iv’e borrowed books from friends and still have them to this day :’)

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Nope, unless it can be read out of order but I don’t tend to – unless it’s on accident anyway xD

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Not on purpose, i’m pretty sure I probably spoiled a book for my sister at some point tho!

 6. Have you ever doggy eared a book before?

Is that when you fold the corners on the page – if so nope. I hate when people do that to books!
Just use a bookmark 🙂

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Nope 🙂

 8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope 🙂

 9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yep, usually when I find myself not enjoying the book and its just a chapter with a lot of info dumping and really boring.

 10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No way, I hype up all books I like xD

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 😊

Books you should read without the synopsis

Hi guys!
So today I thought i’d list some books that you should read without the synopsis.
Some of these I brought without knowing what they are about and others I have actually read without knowing what they are about – some were hits and some were misses 🙂

We Were Liars

Now, the synopsis on this one is very vauge.
‘A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.’

So really, you don’t know much about what’s going to happen really which does make it super interesting – however this book and me just didn’t get along and I ended up not enjoying it very much at all.

Six of Crows

This book I picked up based on the fact it had been all over goodreads and it was written by the marvellous Leigh Bardugo so I had no idea what it was about other than the fact I needed to read it. Looking back at the synopsis on Goodreads I feel like it gives away quite a lot and this would definitely a book to pick up without reading the synopsis.

Every Heart a doorway

This book is on my list to buy based on the fact everyone seems to rave about how good it is and its less than 200 pages, I haven’t read the synopsis yet myself as i’ve heard you don’t really have to read it to love what is happening inside! Fingers crossed I love it when I finally get around to reading it 🙂

Red Rising

This is another book that I picked up (and loved) without really knowing what it was about. Looking back i’m glad I read this without knowing what it was about as the synopsis on goodreads piratically gives away everything that happens in the book 🙁

Throne of glass

I was super late to the party on this one and picked it up based on the fact it was written by Sarah J Mass. This is definitely a book you should go into blind, I think you’d enjoy it a lot more 🙂

What books did you buy without reading the synopsis?
I’d love to know in the comments 🙂

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.

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