Monday, 31 March 2014

Review - Tease By Amanda Maciel

Tease By Amanda Maciel
Expected Publication: 1st May 2014

A gripping, controversial debut about the nature of bullying.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.

At least, that's what everyone seems to think when Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. But Sara is sure she hasn't done anything wrong, because Emma brought it on herself. Sara is adamant that she was the victim - not Emma.

Inspired by a true story, TEASE is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt you long after the last page.

I received a review copy from Hachette Children's Books Via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tease is a gutsy book that depicts an honest and realistic look into bullying and the results it can have on the people involved.  It is the first book I have read that shows the consequences of the bullies’ actions and tackles the questions of did the actions of a few lead to the suicide of a young girl? Are they responsible?

The book is well written, easy to follow and had me hooked from page one. The story is about a girl named Emma who becomes the victim of bullying after earning a reputation for sleeping around and stealing other girl’s boyfriends.  However the story is not told through Emma’s eyes, we are shown the events through the eyes of one of the bullies, Sara.

Sara has not been written in a way that the audience is made to feel sorry for her and I really liked that. She is very unlikable most of the story, she is jealous, cruel and in complete denial that she had done anything wrong to Emma. I however find she is a bit of a victim herself. Brielle, the Queen Bee and ruler of the school has taken Sara under her wing and Sara has become a victim of peer pressure and the pressure to be popular, going along with anything Brielle says and does to stay her best friend.  I found Brielle had no redeeming qualities unlike Sara who deep down had a heart and realized she had done wrong.  The book is about Sara’s denial of her actions and coming to terms with what she had done and who she had become.

I found all the characters well written and realistic and I loved the added addition of Carmichael, an outsider who becomes a friend for Sara. I would have liked to know a little more of his background and the background of Emma and why she was such a troubled girl.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was thought provoking, realistic and I shall be thinking about Tease for years to come.

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Stacking The Shelves #3

Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tyngas Reviews, where we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.

This week it was my Birthday so my haul today has a mixture of books I have bought myself and gifts from others from some of my lovely family and friends :) I also joined Netgalley and received a few books for review so I am super excited!

For Review:

Gifts and my own purchases:

Some more second hand book shop bargains! Both under £1.50!!

Lovely gift from my boyfriend :) I can't wait wait to read this series!

Another gift, I love Minecraft and I am always forgetting how to use Redstone so now I don't have to ask anymore and can just look in my book haha 

More gifts!
Easy by Tammara Webber - I loved this book so I am so excited to now own a physical copy! 

Knife and Swift by R.J. Anderson - I already owned Rebel and Arrow but needed the first book in the series, so I am excited to now start reading and see what this series has to offer.

One Day by David Nicholls - I loved the film version of One Day so I look forward to seeing what the book is like.

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester - I just love the sound of this book and can't wait to read it.

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater - I really enjoyed The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series and I look forward to reading more by Maggie Stiefvater.

I also received a blogging for dummies book as a joke present - which has turned out really helpful! haha

Friday, 28 March 2014

Feature And Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

This weeks question

Snap It Time! A picture is worth a thousand words. Anything and anything. Just give us a pic.

Well today is my Birthday! Happy Birthday to me! I thought I would share one of my book related presents with you :)

Really excited to get stuck into this series! 

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - #scandal

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:
Expected publication: June 17th 2014

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

I am yet to read anything by Sarah Ockler but I have Fixing Delilah and The Book Of Broken Hearts on my TBR list. I love the sound of this book, I am really into contemporary books at the moment and this book sounds like my kind of book! It also sounds very Gossip Girl and I look forward to reading a book that centers around social media.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Bookish Bucket List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.
This weeks topic is Top Ten things on our bookish bucket list!

1. To have my own library in my house with floor to ceiling bookshelves and ladder to reach them! I've always wanted one of those ladders that slides along all the shelves!

2. To reach 100 followers on Bloglovin or Google+. That would be amazing! I never thought anyone would read my blog so to already be over half way to my goal on Bloglovin is amazing! Thanks everyone who has been reading my ramblings and for following :)

3. To read all of the Game Of Thrones books! I adore the TV series and can't wait for Series Four to come out!

4. To receive an Arc for review..that would be awesome!

5. To go to a book signing and get one of my favourite books signed by a favourite Author.

6.To read every book I own and not leave them sitting on my book shelf to collect dust..this may never be possible but I shall give it a go!

6. Read a book whilst sat in a tree..random I know!

7. Own a second hand book shop. I love second hand books and I would love to spend my days getting lost in all the books!

8. To completely finish 20 series as I hardly ever finish a series!

9. To meet even more new blogging friends, I love finding like minded people who adore books as much as I do! 

10. To continue enjoying books!!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Review - Hate List By Jennifer Brown

I was expecting a lot from this book, I was however a little bit disappointed. I just didn't connect with this book or with Valeria whose voice the story is told by.

The book is about a school shooting and the effect it has on the students and community who have to cope with life afterwards. I was expecting a hard hitting, heartbreaking book, with it being about such a difficult and upsetting subject. The actual event was described quite matter of fact and was upsetting, so that provoked some emotion in me but the rest of the story about Valerie coping with the aftermath just didn't appeal to me. I found her character lacking emotion and I found her quite unlikable.

What I didn't Like:
I found the characters very unlikable and hard to relate too, Valerie’s parents in particular.
There was no depth to the characters, I felt like they were just names and not people, and I think a book should make you want to know more about these characters and feel like you know everything about them.
I thought the aftermath of the shooting was very unrealistic and people’s reactions a little unrealistic.
Valerie’s character is difficult to figure out and I still don’t know what to make of her. Is she a naive girl who fell in love with the wrong guy and would do anything to prove herself to him? Is she the brave hero who saved her enemies life and the life of many others? I really don’t know!

What I did Like:
Jennifer Brown was very brave and blunt in her writing of the actual shooting and it brought out some emotion in me.
How the story told you about each victim and how they were honored at the end of the book.
That it was very honest, it isn't all rainbows and butterflies and everyone doesn't just get along after something so horrific.

I know a lot of people love this book and found it to be life changing but in all I found this book rather uncomfortable to read and I can't help but feel disappointed in it. I just couldn't relate to the book or Valerie, however I couldn't put it down and had to see it through to the end. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it and won't be buying a physical copy to add to my shelves.

Rating: 3/5

Friday Memes

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

This is my first week participating and I am excited to meet new bloggers! 

This weeks question:

How have your reading habits changed in the past few years? Did you get interested in a new genre? Do you read more? Less? Why do you think your habits changed, if they did.

In the past few years I have started reading a lot more than I used too. I not only read physical copied but I now love to read Ebooks on my tablet and take it with me when I travel, so I am never too far away from a book!

I have started reading lots of different genres, including Dystopian and New Adult.

My habits have changed most since starting my blog, I am forever seeing new books I want to read so I am always reading and enjoying a new book!

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I always follow back as love finding new blogs to explore :)

Falling Behind On Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Moirae (the fates) book reviews, where we are to share a book that has been on our TBR pile for a long time.

So the book I have fallen behind on is:

Stargirl By Jerry Spinelli

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Breakable By Tammara Webber

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine. 

I can't wait to read:
Expected Publication: May 6th 2014

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.

And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

I can't wait to read this prequel! I loved Easy and am so excited to get into the mind of Lucas! 

Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.
This week the chosen topic is top Ten book on your spring TBR list-whether they be new or old!

I found this list really hard because I have the tendency to wake up and pick up whatever I want to read that day so planning ahead was difficult! I have chosen books that I hope to get round to this Spring! I have a lot of older books on my list as I am playing catch up with older books I want to read!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Stacking The Shelves # 2

Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tyngas Reviews, where we share what new books we have added to our shelves whether it be physical copies, Ebooks or books borrowed from the library.

This week my haul is mainly full of Ebook's!


Physical Copy:

I love Sarah Dessen so when I saw this book for £1 I had to buy it! I can't wait to read it!

For Review: