extraordinary means review // interesting concept but a flat romance

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Published May 26th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books.

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Okay, I feel like I should confess that I didn’t know what this book was about when I picked it up, I think it has just been one of those books that had been sitting on my shelf for far too long and it was finally time to pick it up. So, I was shocked to find out it was about terminally ill teens, the last book I read like that which was The Fault in Our Stars and I loved that so I had hopes that this would be a sweet, heart-breaking story.

This book is about teenagers suffering with TB, we see this from two different perspectives from Sadie and Lane who both suffer from TB, we follow their journey in Latham and watch them develop a relationship and sadly, I didn’t feel like I was very devoted to watched their relationship evolve, if anything I found it a little bit boring. I did enjoy the characters on their own (okay, not all of them), I especially loved the idea of Latham and seeing different sides of how teenagers feel, there is even one bit of the book when we get to read about what it was like for one person going back to ” normal society” and how they were treated.

“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.” 

I much preferred Lane as our main character to Sadie, I like how he was still trying to keep up with school, trying to keep out of trouble as he really wanted to go home, until Sadie and her friends let him into their clique. Sadie was an okay character, I just didn’t understand why she risked doing something of the things she did when she was very lucky to be having the care and treatment that not everybody can have.

Overall this book was okay, it was a bit predictable at times, I liked Lane and I really enjoyed the whole idea of Latham and seeing how different these people were treated outside of Latham was quite a shock for me and incredibly eye opening. Robyn Schneider has amazing writing and I will be reading some of her other work in the future.

the hazel wood arc review // creepy setting but a bit of a let down????

Okay, I need to say that this is a good book, the writing is absolutely breath-taking and the world that has been created just blew me away, like I was surprised by just how much this world and it’s dark and creepy fairy tales captivated me.

I think if this book was just set in Hinterland I probably would have rated it higher as that’s what I did expect from it but a lot of it was set in New York with Ella and Alice on the road. ALSO, it was so, so, so slow. Like the pacing in the first half was ridiculous and I was bored, I hate being bored while reading a book but I was.

“Look until the leaves turn red, sew the worlds up with thread. If your journey’s left undone, fear the rising of the sun.” 

Then there were the characters and other than Finch who we didn’t get to see that much of really I didn’t like any of the characters and some of them weren’t really in it long enough or we didn’t find out much about them for me to really care, which is a shame since some of them had potential to be so unique and interesting.

The second half is where it picks up a bit as we get to see the Hinterland and lots of different fairy tales and that was pretty cool, we also got to meet some other character but like I said before they all fell a little flat.

“We were each our own island, gathered together into one messed-up archipelago.” 

As for the ending I just wanted something more?

I wasn’t as impressed with this book as I thought I would be but the story and the writing I can’t deny how good that was, the fairy tales although incredibly creepy at times were amazing and I just wish we had more of them!

Actual rating – 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the arc!

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

So, since its the new year I decided to start partaking in Top 10 Tuesday which is created by Brooke over on The Brooke and the Bookish, I’ve seen it around on loads of blogs and they are some of my favourite posts to read so I thought this year I would join in!!

Below are 10 new to me authors that I read & loved last year! 🙂

1) Sabba Tahir

I read the first two books in the ember in the ashes series (and have pre-orded the third), I absolutely loved the first book in the series, the second book not so much but I’m holding hope for the third one to be as good as the first! 🙂

2) Victoria Schwab

I’m sort of embraced to admit this one, I was quite late getting onto the Schwab band-waggon but I haven’t been disappointed with a single book I have read by the queen yet, I’ve read the monsters of verity series and the gathering of shadows series and they are of course in my top 2017 reads! I hope to pick up vicious this year 🙂

3) Kasie West

This woman has fast become an auto-buy author for me, I read 4 books of hers this year, I think my favourite is either By Your Side orrrrrrr On The Fence, I highly recommend any book by Kasie West if you’re a fan of fluffy ya contemporary as I haven’t been disappointed by her yet!! 😍😍

4) Becky Albertalli

I read two books by Becky this month and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda has made it into my top 5 books of 2017, I’ve currently leant it to one of my best friends as I’m determined she will love it as much as me, I can’t wait for Love, Simon to come out in the cinema and I’ve already pre ordered Leah on the Offbeat 💖💖

5) Sally Thorne

The Hating Game made it to the top spot of my favourite book of 2017, this book blew my mind and I loved it, I have a review somewhere on Goodreads but it’s mostly me babbling about how amazing Josh is and how lovely Lucy is, this book just made me so happy and I’m so excited for when Sally’s other book comes out later this year.

6) Marie Lu

I know!!! I KNOW!!! I’m so behind on reading amazing author’s work, I read Wacross which is absolutely loved and I read the young elites which sadly I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would, I do have the other two books in the series sitting on my shelf to read and I have Batman:Nightwalker pre-orded which I am super excited for as I really enjoyed Wonder Woman! 🙂

7) Rainbow Rowell

YESS. CATH & LEVI 5EVA.
But seriously, I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing and the characters she created are just amazing and I am so ready to read Carry On (time to bump it up on the tbr soon I’m sure!!!).

8) Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands was another book that made it into my top 5, I friggin loved this book. I’m so ready for book two which came in the post a few weeks ago, as for the third book (hero at the fall???) I am so tempted to preorder so I can read book 2 & 3 together so I don’t have to wait 🤣🤣

9) Mackenzie Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was the last book I read in 2017 and was amazing, it was so funny and I loved Percy, Monty and Felicity and I’m crazily excited for the second book in the series, especially as it’s going to be from Felicity’s point of view which is my favourite character, girl power!!! 👯👯

10) Kerri Maniscalco

THOMAS BLOODY CRESSWELL.
Thank you for giving me another book boyfriend to add to my already stupidly long list! I loved this book so much, it was amazing and full of all the good things such as murder, handsome men and feminism!! I got Hunting Prince Dracula for Christmas and I can’t wait to finally getting around to reading it. 😁😁

***I just want to say it’s so weird that we are in 2018 I can’t wait for it, I’ve already turned about 5 7’s into 8’s while at work as I keep writing 2017***

 

I’d love to see in the comments what new authors you’ve read last year! 🙂
I have read so many new authors but the above are for sure some of my favourite ones that I’ve found this year!!!

GOODBYE 2017 – HELLO 2018 (IM BAAAACCCKKKKKK)

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!!!!!!!!!

Yep, I’m baaaaccckkkk (is this when you are all like, KAT? YOU WERE GONE), I decided to take a break over Christmas to have some me time but I am back and here to stay!

Right, so things that have been happening while I was gone, let me thinkkkkk.

🌸 I now officially own by first Rick Riordan book, *GASP* I know, how shocking!!! So, I officially own the Percy Jackson series and the Magnus Chase series thanks to my other half so I’m very excited to start it.

🌸 There may have been a spending spree over Christmas leading to me now having over 20 new books, so there may be a haul (don’t watch this space though just incase!!!).

🌸 I am detained to be more organised this year so not only have I got a diary to keep blog posts and my social life in some sort of order – this means I’ll be posting every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday! 🙂

🌸 The lovely Evelina over at AvalinahsBooks has created a discord for book bloggers and I HIGHLY recommend you check it out of you get the chance to 🙂

🌸 I pre-orded 11 books which is a lot for me and then ended up pre-ordering another 10 which just means that 2018 is going to be a year for AMAZING books!!!

So, reading goals! Not going to lie but I love setting myself one, I feel all accomplished if I hit it (and stressed if I don’t) but I love it! I managed to read over 160 books in 2917 which blew my mind as I’ve never read that many books before ever!! This year I’m going to target 200 books (lol please send help already), wish me luck!!!

 

 

I thought I’d give a go at a monthly TBR so here are the 10 books I plan to read this month 🙂

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Along the Idigo by Elsie Chapman
  • Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp
  • That Secret You Keep by Brenda Benny
  • We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

So what’s you reading challenge if you have set yourself one for the new year?
Have you pre-orded any amazing books coming out over the next few months?
AND DID YOU MISS ME? (joke, maybe, sorta??)

 

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?

 

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