Saturday, 31 May 2014

Stacking The Shelves #7

Stacking The Shelves in a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's 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.

I was accepted for the first time on Edelweiss this week and I received two books that I have been anticipating for a while and have used as my Waiting On Wednesday's! Big thank you to Simon Pulse for accepting my requests!

For review from Edelweiss:

I haven't purchased many physical books in a few week..I am very shocked at myself!

Physical books:

Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher - I have the Ebook version and I loved it so I was extremely chuffed to get a physical copy for just 99p!

Delirium By Lauren Oliver - I have had this book on my TBR list for such a long time so I am happy now to have a copy to put on my shelf, I also love the cover!


Friday, 30 May 2014

Review - Flat-Out Love By Jessica Park

Published: April 11th 2011

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out love is a remarkably wonderful and unique book! After hearing so many positive things about this book and author I thought I would discover for myself the complete awesomeness that is Flat-Out love.

Jessica Park has given us some delightfully bonkers characters that have become my favourite characters of all time. Celeste is such a unique and quirky character.  She has a lot of issues which she has to conquer in this book with the help of her brother Matt and their new house guest Julie. Julie is such an understanding character and I instantly liked her, her relationship with Celeste is sweet and I love how she helps Celeste to conquer her issues. Her love story with Matt and Finn is a great addition to the story but it is not the main focus of this book. The main focus of the story is the dysfunctional Watkins family coming to terms with recent events and moving on as a family. Matt is adorably geeky and I don’t know how anyone cannot love him, his devotion to his sister and family is remarkably sweet, he would do anything for them.

Flat-Out Love made me laugh and cry and left me craving more. A unique story with fabulous characters and a plot with a few twists to keep me guessing. This book has to be one of my new favourite books of all time, I cannot rave enough about this book it is just completely brilliant!

Rating 5/5

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:

 How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing
In my opinion a book that has great character development and plot is an essential part of good writing. I haven't really read any books with lousy writing that had great characters and plot. I have read books that are beautifully almost poetically written that have been overall awful. A book could have great characters and plot but if the writing wasn't up to scratch, I wouldn't enjoy it.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - Some Boys By Patty Blount

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

I can't wait to read:
Expected Publication: August 1st 2014

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

This sounds like a moving and emotional story that will probably be difficult to read, but powerful stories are my favourite kind. I really can't wait for this one!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Review - John Dreamer By Elise Celine

John Dreamer By Elise Celine
Published: February 12th 2014
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her. 

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book based on the cover and blurb alone and I unfortunately I was rather disappointed by the whole book.

John Dreamer had a unique and intriguing premise that just didn't deliver. I felt the characters were very one-dimensional, I wanted to know more about them and for their personalities to be developed and explored. The romance between John and Andy felt rushed and I didn't feel the connection they were meant to share. I think their romance and love story could have been more developed, I like to read about the journey of falling in love, rather than a sudden love at first sight, with no understanding of their feelings.

Overall I found the story rather rushed and although it was only quite a short read, I think to have made the story fully work it needed to be much longer, so we could see character development and really lose ourselves in the story.

John Dreamer has a good concept but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. 

Rating: 3/5

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Favourite Books I Have Read In 2014...So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This week it is a freebie so I have chosen to share my favourite books I have read so far this year!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Review - Crash Into You By Katie McGarry

Published: November 26th 2013

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

After feeling very sad for Isaiah in Dare You To, I was extremely excited to reads his story In Crash Into You and for him to get his own Happy Ever After.

Isaiah and Rachel are complete opposites who have a shared love of all things car related. Rachel is struggling to keep up the illusion that she is the perfect daughter who her mother and brothers want her to be, when all she feels is a fake, a replacement for her sister that passed away. Rachel is a people pleaser and it was great to watch her find the strength inside her and be true to herself and stand up to her family.

Isaiah has had a hard life, growing up in the foster care system and losing the girl he thought he loved, he is angry and feeling alone. When Isaiah and Rachel meet there is an instant connection, she is completely different to what he expected and they bond over their passion of cars. Cars are what brings them together, the speed, freedom and excitement of the race. It was different for me to read a book that cars had a major part of, because I have no idea about cars and although there was car talk and I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about it didn’t bother me in the slightest, I was just so drawn into their world and couldn't get enough of the characters.

Having the appearances from past characters such as Echo, Noah and Beth was a great addition to the story, they weren't made like cameos, they belonged in the story, and they are part of Isaiah life and needed to be there. It was great catching up with Echo and Noah and to see that Beth was still full of angst and attitude.

Isaiah and Rachel’s relationship has to be up there with Noah and Echo, they are meant to be together and what they felt for each other felt so pure and real. Katie McGarry never disappoints me; her writing is fantastic and has me eager to turn each page to find out what happens next!

Crash Into You has become one of my favourite books up there with Pushing The Limits and I rarely like a sequel as much as the first book! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Take Me On, I know I won’t be disappointed!


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Review - Dare You To By Katie McGarry

Published: May 28th 2013

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

After enjoying Pushing The Limits thoroughly, I was extremely excited to read Dare You To!

Even though Beth was one of my least favourite characters in Pushing The Limits, I grew to like her and understand her in Dare You To. At first my opinion on Beth didn't change, I couldn't relate to her and I didn't like her but finding out about her past and home life I grew to understand why she is the way she is. Her attitude is her defense mechanism, she is underneath it all a broken young girl who has had to grow up way before her time.

Ryan is the complete opposite to Beth, he is to the outside eye perfect and has the perfect home life, however this is not the case. Beth and Ryan together worked well, although they were complete opposites he grounded her and bought back the love in her and shed some of the darkness. I was rooting for Isaiah throughout the book but in the end the right people ended up together. I can't wait for him to have happiness in his life!

I love how this series is all about forbidden love, complete opposites that fall in love. The series is executed so well, the stories are so different yet are unified by this theme. Although this book has to be my least favourite in the series so far, I still enjoyed it and would read it again.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 23 May 2014

Review - Beautiful Disaster By Jamie McGuire

Published: May 26th 2011


Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I have been seeing Beautiful Disaster around for a while now and have heard positive things so I thought I would give it a read for myself, I am very glad I moved it up my to-be-read pile! I read the book within a day and couldn't put it down.

Travis and Abby are complex characters with many issues and that is why I loved them so much, they aren't perfect and they don't pretend to be. Abby is a very different character to most female characters I have read about lately, she is trying to live her life in a certain way to distance herself from the past she once had. She is afraid of her connection with Travis and she is the one running away from what she feels, where as in most other books it is usually the guy doing the running from his feelings.

Travis is a frustrating character, I absolutely loved him but he kept messing up and I was so frustrated because I wanted him and Abby to have their happy ever after! He is arrogant, jealous and difficult but as soon as he falls for Abby he changes and I loved watching the journey he went on and how he changed. He has flaws, he most certainly isn't perfect and messes up an awful lot but his devotion to Abby is incredible and was lovely to read about. The title of the book explains their relationship perfectly, what they have and share is beautiful but at times it is certainly a disaster.

Beautiful Disaster is full of angst, sexual tension and falling head over heels in love. It is completely different to other books I have read, it is realistic and messy at times and it shows that love isn't easy. I really enjoyed reading about Travis and Abby on their journey, they are unlike any couple I have read before and their relationship was refreshing. A fantastic read that had me hooked from the beginning.

Rating: 4/5

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:

Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?
I have somehow managed to convince my boyfriend to buy more books! That is an achievement! Me and my friends are always recommending books to each other, I have recommended Easy by Tammara Webber to pretty much everyone I know as I adore that book! I don't know if anyone has actually taken up my recommendation..I should probably ask them Haha!

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Waiting On Wednesday - This Is How It Ends By Jen Nadol

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: October 7th 2014

Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?

In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true...including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?

This Is How It Ends sounds exactly like my kind of book! A contemporary mystery with a paranormal twist..count me in!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Friendships

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This weeks subject is top ten books about friendship, I have chosen books about friendship and books with great friendships within them.

1. Harry Potter series By J.K. Rowling

I am sure the Harry Potter series will be on so many lists this week. The friendship between Harry, Hermione and Ron is what makes the Harry Potter series so popular and loved. Everyone wishes they had a friendship like theirs!

2. The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

A book full of unlikely friendships and alliances that make Lord Of The Rings the phenomena it is.

3. Hold Still By Nina LaCour

A fantastic book about coping with the loss of a best friend.

4. The Morganville Vampires series By Rachel Caine

I love the friendships between Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael, they have to be one of my favourite friendships within a series, they have such a realistic friendship and are enjoyable to read.

5. The Fault In Our Stars By John Green

I love the friendship that Augustus and Issac share, they have been through so much and are still as close as ever.

6. New Moon By Stephanie Meyer

I love the friendship between Jacob and Bella, especially in New Moon. He is there for her when she needs him most and I love how their friendship blossoms and develops into something extremely meaningful in this book.

7. Far From You By Tess Sharpe

Friendships that have developed into something more, the grief of losing someone and working together to solve the terrible crime. Far From You is a great book with some amazing friendships.

7. Some Girls Are By Courtney Summers

I love the friendship between Regina and Michael, it is strained and difficult but sometimes friendships have to be worked on.

8. Undone By Cat Clarke

Jem remains loyal to her best friend and is determined to get justice for him even after he commits suicide after being outed.

9. L.A Candy By Lauren Conrad

Two best friends who are completely different but complement each other perfectly who are thrown into a crazy lifestyle and still remain their friendship. 

10.  Where Rainbows End By Cecelia Ahern

A friendship shown throughout the years. I am looking forward to the film adaption of this book!