Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays #9

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's topicTop Ten Characters I would want on a deserted Island with me. 

1-Katniss Everdeen- Pretty sure everyone will pick Katniss because of how badass she is! 
2- Augustus Waters- Mainly because I'm in love with him and I just want him with me everywhere. 
3- Dawn( from Revamped)- I just love her personality! 
4- Cas Longwood (from Anna Dressed In Blood) Just in case I need a rescue from a creepy ghost. 
5- Dean and Sam Winchester- So they are from Supernatural and it's a TV series but I just need them with me on a deserted island for their banter! 
7- Patch (from Hush Hush) Do I really need a reason? 
8-√Čtienne St. Clair I need his frenchness with me.
9-Christian Grey.... 
10- Bella Swan- Just in case we need to sacrifice someone. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Post #51

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog (we modified it to include some more stuff), showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

I haven't posted this week which sucks! But I also missed out some of the Sunday Posts so I just wanted to update you guys on what has been happening! 
I work a lot now and I'm usually super tired, and my cat gave birth on monday so I have little kittens in the house! Look how cute they are! 
Photo: #kittens #cute #threedaysold #catstagram

What Happened

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Very First Reviews

About 3 weeks ago I was looking through goodreads reviews and I stumbled onto a review of (I think it might have been Cinder but I can’t remember!)  and it was a very first review for the blogger and she wrote out a detailed paragraph of how she wasn’t sure how to review books. Whether or not she wanted to make them funny, or retell the story, or if she should just keep it simple and straight to the point.
This got me thinking a lot! I don’t think I have actually thought about how I review books but I know there are some things that I try to put in there and I do try to make them somewhat funny (I don’t know if you guys actually find my crap jokes funny or not).

When I first started reviewing books I remember I wanted to make them simple to read but also personal to me. The main reason why I decided to review books was to let others know that I loved or hated the book and why; but mostly for me to later on look up my review reread it and remember the great times I’ve had while reading. So now I tend to include my own little summary of the book, the characters, the writing, and of course the plot.

There are so many different ways to review stuff! I often get rather jealous of how many bloggers can be able to write a review with beautiful words that describe exactly how the book has made them feel when I cannot even form a small coherent sentence!

Is there a structure you guys follow when writing your thoughts down? Or do you just go with the flow and write anything and everything you can. What about the very first review that you wrote about your favourite book.  

Friday, 11 July 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick My

She Is Not InvisibleShe is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick
Date Published: 3rd October 2013
Publisher: Orion Children's
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Goodreads summary

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

I was actually hoping to hate this book, or at least be so bored of it that I wouldn’t get past 50 pages but somehow I managed to hit around 100 pages before I realised that it was late and that the book hasn’t bored me to death. I randomly picked this book out of the mass amount of Young Adult books in my local library mostly for the pretty cover and the interesting title. I admit that. So after having the book for about two weeks and my return date being right around the corner I decided to at least give this book a try.

I was so suprised. I mean the writing and the main characters just. Wow. I wasn’t expecting the main character to be blind, and I wasn’t expecting the writing to portray that in such a way. I guess I would have expected the author to make it very clear from the very beginning about the lack of eyesight that Laurenth has but there were only hints I guess is the right word. It took me a while to notice that the author has not actually described what people look like, the colours that were there or anything like it. I guess I was just blind to that (ha… sorry) The amazing thing about this book is how thoughtfully it has been written. All the other senses are heighted and written; like what Laurenth was feeling or hearing at times.

The story follows a 16 year old blind girl and her little brother on a quest to find their father who seems to be missing. Having travelled from England to New York to follow clues that might not actually be there and having to deal with not being able to take care of everything herself the journey is really unpredictable. There was so much that could have gone wrong and nearly did go wrong and I just still can’t get over the writing.
This book was so cleverly written that I’m still in somewhat shock afterwards. By the last page I was mesmerised by the story and how much it meant to me. I wasn’t expecting it to leave any deep feelings or make me sit in my room for a while and think about what I’ve just read.

Marcus is such an underrated writer; I wish that more people would realise how amazing his work is and that his words  are remarkable.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Review: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

PerfectedPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Date Published: 1st July 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Goodreads Summary

Perfection comes at a price. As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury. Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating. But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death. For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

 A VERY HAPPY RELEASE DATE TO PERFECTED! And a massive thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me this book for a review!

A new legislation is passed where owning a pet is taken to another level. Instead of having a fluffy puppy or a kitten to cuddle you to bed you can own a teenage girl who was bred to be perfect in all physical aspects.
The idea for this book seemed really out of the box and original. I was pleasantly surprised how the idea developed but there was nothing shocking about the plot or where it leads. There were no cliff-hangers, no surprises, nothing that would have actually made this book outstanding.

Number 8 or Ella as she’s later is named is an engineered pet, raised in a kennel to be obedient to her new master. As soon as I read this description of the main character my first thought was obviously these beautiful girls will be used as sex play toys by middle aged guys. I suspect that most of them were brought just for that. However Ella was brought to be a playmate for a bubbly little girl and her family; which doesn’t seem so bad.

“I was bred to be the perfect pet”.

“I was bred to willingly put my owner’s happiness before my own.”
Taken out of context these two sentences seriously look like the worst starts for a porno. I mean come on! Willingly putting my owners happiness before my own. I get that they were bred to be like that and to think like this but I don’t think I would be able to do that. Not in a million years. I wouldn’t care if my “owner” was happy and none of my pets flipping do! To be fair they are cats and just care about food and where to crap but that is beside the point…

Okay now back to the book.

Ella’s new family already had a pet, a pet that was given away for being “ill”. However it’s not hard to figure out what actually happened to the last pet, with the congressmen’s wife not being particularly happy with Ella being there and with how the congressman acts towards Ella.

After she is brought her world changes, she needs to learn more things and more importantly learn what it really is like to be a pet. But is this the life that Ella can live with?

I don’t think the ending and the love story is at all surprising. This book was a pleasant read but it’s not at all amazing.   

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