Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.
The first book in the Carve the Mark series.
468 Pages.
My rating – 3*/5*

‘In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s current gift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?’

 

I was very sceptical of picking this book up because of the controversy surrounding this book regarding race, chronic illness and self harm so I wasn’t really sure that this book would be something that interested me but I loved the first two Divergent books and I brought this book when it first came out as it was the first thing Veronica Roth had written in forever so I was super excited to pick it up but all in all I just wasn’t impressed with this books. It was slow paced, boring and predictable.

I didn’t dislike this book exactly I just wasn’t really impressed with it as a whole – there were some things I enjoyed about this book and some things I didn’t.

“You want to see people as extremes. Bad or good, trustworthy or not. I understand. It’s easier that way. But that isn’t how people work.” 

THINGS I LIKED 
⚫ POWERS ARE COOL. Not all of theirs are cool of course but I think Vas’ may be my favourite, never being able to feel pain (BYE BYE STOMACH CRAMPS).
⚫ Instead of the girl being a damsel in distress and the guy being the strong saviour it’s almost like the roles are reversed for Cyra and Akos. Cyra is the tough strong one who’s had a difficult life and Akos is more like a gentle soul.
⚫ There are some good action scenes but I felt like they were rushed and were over far too soon, I wish that more time had been spent on those scenes as the book would have been a bit more enjoyable then.
⚫ I liked Cyra – Maybe not all the time but I liked her she was flawed and it made her feel more real too me; she was far from perfect.

THINGS I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE 

⚫ This book may be a bit too long considering there wasn’t much action in it, at times it dragged a lot and I found myself loosing interesting quite easily ☹
⚫ There was too much detail in some areas and nowhere enough in others which was super annoying.
⚫ The “Villain” was boring, I wanted him to be more evil and scarier but he just ended up falling a little flat.
⚫ The romance (this should be shocking coming from me as I love romance), but I just felt it was boring and forced and not for me.
⚫ I was a little confused about the world, I didn’t really understood how it worked and found I had stopped being interested in finding it out pretty quickly so I ended up just going with the flow :’D

“I didn’t choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we’ve become what we were made to become.” 

Overall, as a fan of her other work I wish that I hadn’t actually picked this up, I felt like I was constantly comparing the two together. This isn’t exactly a bad book but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I’m not 100% sure if I will pick up the second book just yet but I do hate not finishing a series once I’ve started!!!

Series that got better

So bookworms, I thought i’d do a little list of series that I read that actually got better, or I somehow managed to read like two bad books and the last book was great – I actually found loads but I think a list of 15 books would be too extreme so I narrowed it down to the top 5 🙂

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

THIS WHOLE SERIES BLEW MY MIND. Seriously, I read Cinder and was like “ok wow, this is cool” I read Scarlett and was like “oooh yes this is even better” by the time I got to Cress and Winter I was so smitten with the whole world and the characters and i’m pretty sure Cress and Thorne are quite possibly my number one OTP because I love them together so much and would love for a spin off series for them (hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint).

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I will say that even to this day i’m still not sure if I like these books xD
I didn’t really like any of the characters other than Kenji and Warner but the fact that they were in every book (especially Warner) and you got to read about them more and more by the last book I was all into this series and I can’t wait for Restore Me to come out so I can get more Warner. Warner. Warner. Warner. Warner. (lol, i just love him, read this book for him alone, you won’t regret it)

 

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling

I remember reading this as a kid and enjoying it, re-reading it as a teenager and now an adult it amazes me how each book get’s better and better. My favourite book of the whole series is probably Prisoner of Azkaban because Sirius Black is my favourite character (you can guess which book is my least favourite….). This series is 100% one of those series that each book is better than the next and if you haven’t read this then WHAT ARE YOU DOING????!?!?!?!?!!?!1!???!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I had a hate – hate with this series for the first two books, I wasn’t impressed with it at all and was so dissapointed because it had a lot of hype surrounding it about how amazing it was. THEN I picked up the third book and IT WAS LIKE A WHOLE NEW BOOK. okay, well not really because Mare was still in it but I enjoyed it LOADS LOADS LOADS more than the other books and because of this I will 100% be buying the fourth book when it comes out next year.

 

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

I don’t think I can praise this series enough, when I first picked up Illuminae I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it because the layout was quite confusing and distracting but by the end of the book I was hooked. I read Geminia pretty much straight after and that was even better so I have super high expectations for Obsidio when it comes out in a few months and I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!!!!

 

So Near the Horizon

So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch.
The first book in the Danny trilogy.
356 Pages.
My Rating – 5*/5*

‘From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding.

Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past.

Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…’

I’ve been sitting on this review for quite a while now because I just don’t know what to say. Seriously, this book was so heartbreakingly beautiful and I loved it way more than I ever thought I would. What makes it worse for me was knowing that this was a true story, that this happened to Jessica, I don’t cry at books that often but I was a crying mess reading the last few chapters of this book.

There is nothing sweet and fluffy about Danny and Jessica’s romantic, it’s hard and painful but it is so full of love – it is one powerful story that’s for sure.

I’m not sure how to write a review without spoiling anything for this book but I’m going to try my best not do give anything too big away but I apologise in advance if I do.

”Someday,” he said, “when I’m not around anymore. When you’re near the horizon, you’ll be near me, too..”

When we first met Danny, I didn’t really like him, he seemed a bit of an arrogant player and I just didn’t really like him very much – but as the story goes on and we learn about his back story it just broke my heart, he had got through so much but I believe it shaped him into an amazing, loving and thoughtful (very stubborn) man who so clearly loved Jessica with all his heart.

Tina is another character who has a terrible back story who is trying to overcome it and be the person who Danny knows she can be.

It’s so lovely to read this book and watch how Jessica impacted on their lives and how they impacted on hers and I highly recommend this to every single person please read this lovely book, you won’t be disappointed!

Thank you so much to Jessica for sending me a copy of her book to review!

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
348 Pages.
My rating – 4*/5*

‘Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?’

I am such a sucker for a cute romance story, like so bad, and although this was very “I love you” very quickly (like they met and he loved her sort of thing) I still found myself falling hopelessly in love with this book from the very beginning – I loved Daniel and Natasha so much it was lovely!

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I will admit that I was a by cynical, how can two people who are such polar opposites of each other meet and fall for each other? Especially since when they did meet they had nothing in common, Daniel had a love for poetry and love while Natasha thought they were both useless things! 💔

I have to admit though, I was rooting for them!

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”

Watching Daniel and Natasha befriend each other was enjoyable, it was obvious to me though the more the story developed how I could see that it as doubtful it would work between them, Daniel was destined towards a path forged by his parents and Natasha was to be deported all thanks to a mistake her father made one night. I loved how Daniel didn’t give up, he wanted to show Natasha that love is a good thing – I liked how Natasha (against her better judgement of course) was beginning to fall for him.

The ending I know is a touchy subject for some people but the ending was my favourite bit! It was believable and I saw it coming as soon as I read a few chapters of the book so I wasn’t surprised but I liked that Nicola Yoon chose to go with that ending. I wished it was a little longer but we can’t have everything can we 😉

Overall if you are a big fan of romance and YA cotemporary than this one will be for you 😊

Books i’d love to see made into movies

Hi bookworms! 🙂
So I thought i’d list some books that i’d love to see made into movies (but am also really scared to see them made into movies because y’no…)!!!!

       Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Mass

Can you imagine how bad ass this series would be as a film? Also, with how handsome the guys are in the books there are bound to be some eye candy for me! Also, I have so much love for these books I would love to see them adapted onto the big screen, especially if it was adapted well! *grabby hands*

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Now, I’ve only read this book a little while ago and already it has a special place in my top 10 favourite books I’ve read this year, possibly even ever considering how much love I have for it. It’s full of relatable characters and you can also get the glimpses of Simon and Baz and I just think it would make a perfect film!

 

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH & LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE  PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LUCY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JOSH & LUCY

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I’d probably say the whole Anna and the French Kiss series, the books are so cute and adorable and I can imagine the film being exactly the same. I’d even settle for a cute little TV show for this one because it’s such an adorable set of books and I love them so much!! 💖💖💖

 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

KAZ BREKKER
INEJ GHAFA
NINA ZENIK
JASPER FAHEY
WYLAN VAN EK
MATTHIAS HELVAR

 

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book (I think I gave it 3 stars?), I think this would make an excellent mystery film, especially if you were going into this film blind not knowing what the book is about or what the big twist is I think it would be an excellent and exciting film to watch!

 

 

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’m gonna say the Lunar Chronicles as a whole will make for an excellent film. It as such a diverse range of characters and is full of space and cyborgs and lots of different cultures AND I JUST REALLY WANT TO SEE CRESS AND THORNE TOGETHER PLEASEEEEEEEE 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

 

 

 

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I absolutely loved this series, it was hilarious and I loved the characters and seeing it on the big screen would be amazing, especially as the main character in this is just awesome and so relatable I think it would be a great YA book to create into a film 🙂

 

I’d love to see what you think in the comments, do you agree with any of my picks?
What one’s would you like to see turned into movies? 🙂

 

I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
384 Pages.
My Rating – 3.5*/5*

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” 

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. 

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. 

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. ‘

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.” 

I feel like I read a different book to everyone else?

I picked up this book expecting something that was a nice, easy, fluffy contemporary and got anything but that – it wasn’t an easy book to read, at times it was even depressing, but it did have a lot of redeeming qualities but I just wasn’t keen on the book.

This was the first book by Jandy Nelson that I read so I didn’t know what to expect with her writing style – I ended up not liking it. Yes, I can see why people find it beautiful and it is unique and different to a lot of writing I’ve seen in YA contemporaries but I didn’t like the writing, I found it difficult to read which was a shame ☹

It took me ages to read this, so long and I ended up picking up books to read in-between because I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had wanted too. I did at some point feel like giving up but I think halfway through the book I started to enjoy it – I enjoyed Noah’s chapters a lot more than Jude’s so I wish that the whole book was told from Noah’s POV.

This book just dragged a bit for me, I felt like it took too long to get to the exciting bits of the book, the whole however many chapters before the “big incident” just dragged, it was only after we find out what happened that I began to enjoy the book and by then I was halfway through.

I did love how everything began to fit into place towards the end of the book and I enjoyed seeing Jude and Noah develop. I did get used to the writing style towards the end but I’m still undecided if I’ll be picking up anymore of her work after reading this ☹

I’m sure there are loads of people who loved this book and I do say read it! The writing style isn’t for everyone but I can’t deny that it isn’t beautiful.

If you have read this book I would love to hear your thoughts on it!!!!
Did you love it/hate it/weren’t sure on it?

 

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.

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