Can’t believe we’re actually in July. Next month I’d have had my blog for a full year and I think that’s amazing. I seemed to have finally found two things I’ve not wanted to give up on after a few months. This and Pole Fitness (which will be a year in September. YAY look at me sticking to stuff). Since I’m still quite a young blog I’ve never done like a roundup before but there’s no time like the present so
I really liked this book. So much so that I stayed up on New Year’s Eve and made it my first completed book of 2017. The story flowed well and was really easy to follow. Although, it got a bit monotonous in the middle the start and the ending more than made up for it. It starts pretty much straight away and there is no dancing around the houses over what might or might not happen. Overall it was a really pleasant read and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Ginger has sought refuge with Rane’s family from the Society but how long for? Liz Iavorschi-Braun has done it again. I couldn’t put this book down and I thought it was even better than Undesirable. There were more characters and went more in-depth. The storyline was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the relationship between Ginger and Rane’s family. It was quite heartwarming to know that there are people who actually care about Ginger as Ginger and not for who she has been made out to be. I also feel that she conveyed the characters emotions very well whereas other authors have struggled. This book was truly was a wonderful read.
So it is me you’re looking for?
This was my first DNF of the year and I really can’t remember much about it. Which is a shame really but it kind of shows how much of an impression it made on me. (I had to go back to the synopsis to figure out who the main character was). Leila works at a TV station and has an idea for a TV show that gets greenlighted (is that even a word?) and is the host for it. She meets a guy called Chris who runs a charity and she is also on the lookout for her dad while avoiding her overbearing mum. At least that’s what I think it’s about 6 months down the line. Whoops 😬
This book was remarkable and truly kept me on the edge of my seat from the get-go. I love how the characters are developing with each book in the series and we can see them grow. The war and the characters feelings to me were very believable and it’s full of surprises. I can’t wait for the next book. I need to know what happens next. Anyone considering reading this series should definitely give it a go.
😬 February was a bad month and I didn’t actually post any reviews
The Elite (The Selection #2)
It took me a while to get back around to this series as I was concentrating on the Seven Years Gone series as I was given a deadline for the reviews with them. The Elite I enjoyed from the way the characters reacted to the different scenarios, with the rebels on the doorstep and America being America and not keeping her mouth shut on national TV. Marlee really took me by surprise but looking back I think the book needed something like this to break up the storyline a bit. America’s reaction was perfect because it showed just how human she is and the differences between the classes. I was finally glad to get why the castle was being attacked as I think this was a huge part that never really got touched on in The Selection.
The One (The Selection #3)
There was a lot of events packed into this 300-page book that at some points I felt it was rushed and there was no time to breathe between these. However, even with this, the events flow really well one into the other but personally, I’d have liked more time to reflect on the events before being thrown into the next one.I still love the characters and I love that America hasn’t changed who she is due to the competition. She has stuck to her guns and poured her true self into loving Maxon and not just a showperson looking for the Crown and the Crown alone. She see’s Maxon as a person and not the Prince. It must be refreshing for anyone in that position. The ending was predictable but I expected this due to it being about finding a bride for the prince but this particular chapter was lovely with Aspen, Marlee, and America’s family all being present and by her side. It was nice to see that the majority of the remaining characters got their happy ever after.
A Court of Thornes and Roses
I wish I had started this earlier. This was such a good read and I really struggled to put this down.
I’ll admit that I liked Tamlin at first. So I did wish the relationship well but as I got further I to the book the more I started to dislike Tamlin. He was controlling and possessive and certainly not what I would look for in a man (not that he’s my type anyway).
Rhysand, on the other hand, came across as being full of himself. Then I thought he’s a bit weird but his heart seems to be in the right place when it comes to Feyre but he’s out for himself. There’s definitely something behind what he’s doing but I suppose time will tell.
A Court of Mist and Fury
I love this book. I love Rhysand. I love Mor. I love Feyre. This book truly made me feel happy after the first couple of chapters. Feyre is such a strong woman how dare Tamlin trap her for ”her own protection.” after underneath the mountain can’t you see Feyre can hold her own you tosser.
I adore that Rhys has helped Feyre develop into the strong woman he knows her to be especially with Mor and Amren in his inner circle. I love that Rhys has two personalities one for his friends and his secret city, and his other one for the court of nightmares where he has to show them he is a true ruler of the night court and someone that should be feared. He’s really just a pussycat.
The events in this book kept me going where I actually read from chapter three until the end of the book in one day along with sorting my children out. I couldn’t put it down.
The ending was fantastic. I honestly didn’t see that coming and it was truly amazing. I’m also happy to find out that there will be another three books in this series after a court of Frost and Starlight.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Okay, so this book seemed to go on forever before actually getting anywhere. I’m aware that wars need a fair bit of planning but this could have been cut down a little and still made sense in my opinion.
I did feel sorry for Elain. She was thrust into this life away from her Fae hating fiance and yes I do believe she is allowed to mourn her loss. However, with Elain, I felt like ” we need to mention Elain now we’ve not done it for a little bit and she is Feyre’s sister”. With Nesta, she seemed to come across as a bit liberated once she got used to the fact that she was Fae but I do believe Cassian helped her in more ways that it seemed in the book (i don’t mean in a wink wink sort of way).
Rhys. Poor poor Rhys. I know you were doing what you were doing for the greater good and being completely selfless but you almost broke my heart. I have a heart made of stone so it’s nice to know it can be warmed up. Rhys has definitely grown on me throughout the series and I think he might be one of the reasons that men won’t live up to my expectations.
As I said I did enjoy the book but I much preferred the other two in the series.
Billy and Me
I really wanted to enjoy this book but once again I couldn’t finish it. Sophie is boring and Billy is just uncharacteristically happy all the time. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown myself down and cried into the carpet once I was potty trained. Why would you do this? So as probably predicted I DNF’d this at I think 137 pages in.
This Could Change Everything
I adore Essie’s quirky Landlady Zillah. I want to be an 83-year-old woman like her. Unfortunate for me I didn’t marry a millionaire who died in a car accident but still she’s like the fun crazy aunt and she’s amazing.
Essie seems like a lovely girl with a heart of gold and lets face it who doesn’t have their little secrets about how they feel about some people. Just not every day those not so nice thoughts end up going viral on the internet. She seems to have been better than me if I was put in that situation. I’m sure I’d have been mortified and then instead of looking for a job straight away, I’d have wallowed in self-pity.
If there was something I didn’t like about the book it was the flitting between characters during chapters and not having any knowledge about it until you read a little further.
In the middle, it felt a little meh because it changed that often. one minute it was Essie, then Zillah, then Lucas, then back to Essie then on to Connor. Even announcing the character under the chapter number would have been helpful for me.
I am kinda glad that Lucas’ girlfriend ran away. She seemed a little too perfect for my liking and reminded me of some of the girls I went to school with who I didn’t really bother with because I stood out like a sore thumb if I was anywhere near them.
I really like it when Lucas and Essie got into his car to find Giselle because it gave them what the needed to bond.
After finishing this book I could have probably told you how the ending would have played out after chapter 5 maybe 6. It is quite a typical chick lit where it’s happy endings all round for the main characters.
The Sun is Also a Star
I like the premise of the story and I think the world needs more diverse characters with an interracial relationship. The book starts off ok. I instantly feel sorry for Natasha who obviously doesn’t want to leave the country that she knows and loves because her dad got found out that they were illegal immigrants. Who would want to go to a country that they don’t know (birth country or not) when the situation is completely out of their hands. Natasha is obviously doing everything she can to stay in America and it seems as though she’d be happy to let her family leave without her.
Daniel is the newly appointed prodigal son of his family after his brother got suspended from the best school in America Harvard. Both Charles and Daniel have seemed to have been pushed by their parents to become doctors which neither of them seems to really want. Their parents seem lovely people but it’s like their trying to make their sons live our their dreams and not being able to pursue their own dreams.
I enjoyed this book. However, like Natasha, I’m a sceptic when it comes to the whole love at first sight thing. Is love really that simple? Can you really fall in love after asking a certain amount of questions and staring into each other’s eyes? I’m not so sure being the person that really didn’t like my husband when I first met him.
I liked how the book ran over the course of a day and it did seem to tie in well. The switch of POV’s was a lot better than This Could Change Everything as it actually told you whose POV it was on that page or two.
I also felt that the coincidences were a bit too convenient. It felt a little odd to me. Like she was trying to hard to make it look like it was fate.
You me, Always
Another Jill Mansell book I thought I’d try and read. This one was sickeningly sweet. Lily’s mum died when she was a little girl and has been brought up by her mums best friend Coral. Every year on Lily’s birthday she has received a letter from her mum but this birthdays letter promises it’ll be the last.
It felt like a film written by Richard Curtis. If you like Notting Hill or Love Actually I think you’ll enjoy this.
Throne of Glass
First of all, I love this cover. This series is one that keeps giving and giving. The characters are truly excellent and carry themselves well. Each with a different personality and they bounce off each other.
I love Celaena. She’s smart, sassy, and headstrong. I love that she’s not the damsel in distress. It’s nice to be shown that maybe, just maybe it’s not always women that need saving. Some of us can take damn good care of ourselves.
Mass certainly set up the character of Duke Perrington as soon as we met him and I knew that he would be a name I wouldn’t forget no matter how often it was or wasn’t mentioned.
Now for Prince Dorian Havilliard. I really wasn’t keen on him at first. To me, he seemed pretentious flamboyant and definitely thought himself as a ladies man. Chaol Westfall was almost the exact opposite but I suppose sometimes that’s how best friends work. It works for me and best friend. Neither seems like a match made in heaven and after ACOTAR I’m not going to be fooled into thinking that the romantic interested is either mentioned or has a major role.
Crown of Midnight
Celaena was great at manipulating people into doing her bidding while trying to save the lives of the ones she loved. I’m really not surprised she lost it when someone she felt close to ending up being murdered (Sorry about the spoilers but I am late to the party reading these in fairness).
Chaol is such a sweetheart in this. It’s like she has completely melted his icy exterior but it was nice to see that they were careful of Dorian’s feelings. In some other books, it feels like the “couple” have always decided that the one before their now significant other is now an unnecessary part of the story. This isn’t the case with Dorian though.
Who knew what Dorian was capable of? I certainly wouldn’t have guessed. That definitely came as a surprise to me and I can’t wait to see his fathers reaction and whether his brother will show signs of it.
I am liking the way Sarah J Mass gives the characters love interest but not having them be the person that they’re supposed to be with. To me, it shows young girls that the first boy/man you find interest in doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the one.
Heir of Fire
Celaena is getting better and better with each book in the series and it’s clear that she is her own woman and she doesn’t need a man to get what she wants/needs/deserves.
I know a woman has “needs” per se but at the moment she seems to be doing just fine by herself. She’s strong, she’s powerful, she’s smart, she is three dimensional and I really do love her.
Rowan has come across to me a bit like Rhysand. (I know Rowan came first but I read ACOTAR first). Now when I say he came across like Rhysand what I mean is I wasn’t sure of him at first but he grew on me loads and I really think he’s Aelin’s “the one”. He seemed so cold and calculating at first but she got him to open up and warm up and now it seems there is nothing he won’t do for her.
Dorian has found the same for him in the form of Sorscha the healer. It was so nice for Dorian to be able to move on after Celaena and to find someone to help him try and control his powers is precious. But as always its just simply not meant to be/
The part with Manon seemed a little odd in comparison to the other character parts but I’m sure that with time we’ll learn more about her. from what I’ve already read, I do like her but I need to know more about her.
Queen of Fire
Aelin is a superstar Queen and in my eyes can do no wrong. She is fabulous, and the definition of “she’s beauty and she’s grace, she’ll punch you in the face.” I wouldn’t want to get in the way of this fierce young woman who yes has realised that she is the queen but will put herself in danger for the sake of her people who she needs to lead.
Chaol is strong handsome hard headed stubborn but he’s not really changed which is a relief. I wouldn’t want him to change. He’s amazing just as he is even if he is blind to something.
Manon is more than what I was expecting and is considered heartless so I can understand what that’s like. She wants to please everyone but the Duke. She wants to prove to her grandmother that she is capable of what her grandmother has set her out to do. It’s like she has newly discovered a moral compass that has no connection to her grandmother or her wishes and she should follow this.
Lysandra and Evangeline are amazing. Really wasn’t expecting Lysandra, Aelin’s childhood nemesis to have magic once upon a time. Evangeline is what I would have imagined Aelin to have been at 13 because of the sass she can give and the way her eyes seemed to light up when she’s offered food.
Elide. Poor Elide. Considering how despicable the circumstances she’s brave and would be an asset to Aelin if she can get to her. I hope that she gets her mangled foot sorted and rips her uncle a new one.
The ending was fantastic and although I had an idea of what would happen it was totally unexpected the way that she did. Which seems typical for Sarah J Maas. From Rowan’s an Aedion’s stint under the tower with the wyrdhounds and no magic to Lysandra’s ghost leopard to Aelin tapping into Dorians raw power and him bringing down the Glass Palace. Then for Aelin to arrive at Terrasen after so long it must be a relief for her to finally be home even if the home does hold a few nightmares for her. At the end of the day, she’s not doing it for her but for her people.
A Magical Take with Geek Appeal
This is my 3rd DNF of this year as I really didnt enjoy it but I have noticed that the release date has now been pushed back so I can only assume it’s being amended in some way.
A Court of Frost and Starlight
It was wonderful. It was almost exactly what I wanted. There were only two problems with it.
The first problem is there were only 224 pages of these amazing characters that I love and wanted to see how they were dealing with the aftermath of the War.
My second problem may not come as a surprise but it was Nesta and how nasty and unapproachable she seems to have become. She wasn’t all Sunshine and rainbows, to begin with, but now she seems so much worse and she an immortal now. Stop wallowing in self-pity and bloody help your sisters. They need you, you’re the eldest start acting like it.
I’m not sure that she has managed to tide me over until the next book but it’ll have to do.
The Rest of me
This is my first book by Katie Marsh and I honestly don’t think it’ll be my last. It makes a nice change from the books I’ve been reading to one that is Modern and up to date.
I absolutely love that it starts and ends from the Childs perspective. Sometimes as an adult, it’s hard to do this.
Alex is a driven woman who lives her life by lists which we get to see throughout the book.
This book actually hit home for me and made me realise that I have bottled things up for far too many years. Bullying has always been a touchy subject for me but Katie portrayed the seeds of doubt and worries brilliantly.
The characters were great and Alex no matter what she might think is a superhero.
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Evelyn, May and Nell were all very likeable characters and all definitely showed their different personalities and weren’t afraid to stick up for themselves or their situation.
Evelyn is the eldest girl who wants to go to Oxford University along with her older brother. She ends up becoming a suffragette because her parents think that she would be better suited to being a housewife.
May is someone I don’t think I’d get on with. She knows what she knows and if she doesn’t agree she’ll go off on a wonderful tale which then makes the other person feel defeated because there is just no arguing with her. She’s pro suffragette and anti-war and if everyone just talked instead of fighting then there wouldn’t be men at war.
Nell is more my type. She’s independent, she knows what she wants and she’s been brought up in a two roomed house with her parents and five siblings. It can’t be easy especially since her mother can only work at certain times and gets paid by the item. Her father has been drafted into the army and her brother lies on the enlistments form and joins the army ages 17.
I loved that it spanned over a few years and how we watched these girls grow into young women and the trials and tribulations of the war and getting women the vote. We see things from death and starvation as well as an LGBT relationship and PTSD.
I wanted more about the jobs that the women had to do while the men were away, I wanted more on how people reacted to the girls especially with May being fairly open about her attraction to women. I also thought that Evelyn’s story was a bit on its own as she only met May because she handed her a pamphlet and that was basically their whole interaction. I just wish I had more of all three of them coming together from the different backgrounds and standing together for the sake of all women.
The Exact Opposite of Okay
Izzy is amazing. Ajita is such a great friend and then there’s Danny. Token ”good-guy” who is upset and finding out he’s been friend zoned that he is willing to tell Izzy to fuck off one minute, buying her flowers the next, then throwing said flowers on her desk when he finds that they were destroyed and doesn’t ask for an explanation. Izzy is going to hell and back and all he can think about is his delicate ego. Grow some balls and help your friend without thinking about your penis.
Izzy has basically been attacked twofold. She’s been called a slut and a whore because she said yes to sex and has the right to do so. Also because Danny isn’t happy in the friend zone this is his way of attacking Izzy’s right to say no. It’s a lose-lose situation for Izzy to be in and this is simply not on as this happens way too often IRL.
The characters and storyline are so true to life it is quite scary.
I also think it’s very wrong (but so very right at the same time) that Vaughn didn’t get any negative feedback for his dick pic. He is just as much to blame as Izzy but is he called a slut? No. Is he a whore? No. And why not? because he’s a man and a woman should respect her body as if she starts loving herself then she might just get the wrong idea and give her body away for free. That is not how the world is supposed to work…apparently. I am a believer that anything a man can do then so can a woman.
DO NOT READ THIS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH you have been warned.
This book made me so hungry with the constant talk of cakes and tea parties. I honestly read it in little bits over the course of a week because of this. I was constantly routing and scrounging my cupboards for snacks.
In all honesty, I thought some of the names were quite plain. We have Lady Catherine Pinkerton, Lady Margaret Mearle and Jack of Knaves to start with. Lady Catherine Pinkerton to me doesn’t really sound like a person that would strike fear into the hearts of many. In comparison to other names, we have Jest, Hatta, Peter Peter, and Haigh (hare). To me, these character names just don’t seem to cut it.
I really liked the Rock Turtle Cove festival. This is where I think things started to really get going but that might be because this is where I decided that I want a Hatta hat.
So a bit after this Jest has a proposal and they decide to set off to Chess which is where Jest and the Raven are from but as always things don’t work out quite according to plan and things happen. As a result of these things Catherine has almost a complete personality transplant for the last 50 pages or so. I understand things can make you sad and you’re allowed to mourn for things but this dramatic change so close to the end felt almost like it was forgotten and put in to explain why she was the Queen of Heart we all know.
So, this had a twist in it that I really wasn’t expecting and although the twist was sad and cruel it actually made me smile because for once it was unpredictable for me. I honestly didn’t see it coming and that makes me happy. I like not being able to guess the outcome although I knew the queen would have her hands in it somehow.
To be honest I wasn’t sure with about story at first. The whole blood colour divide seemed a bit much. That being said it was nice to see that a divide isn’t by the colour of people’s skin as it is throughout so much of our history. We are more than the colour of our skin, where we come from, how much we earn and our class. So to have a story based around things that we once again can not control but have the dividing factor as something that can’t really be seen unless it’s forced was certainly unusual.
Once Cal was introduced into the story I felt this is where it started truly getting into the story. The first few chapters are scene building so it is worth getting passed these.
What has annoyed me once again is the friend who just happens to be a boy who looks like they’ll be fighting for the affections of the main Character Mare. Why does the friend have to do this?
I thought the storyline was well thought out and the characters have their own personalities and when a name was mentioned there was only a couple of times where I forgot who was being referred to. Usually, it’s a fair bit more than that.
Once again it seemed to start off slow with a lot of scene building for the new land. Plus do we really need to go into a description of porridge it like the blandest food known to man and I’m pretty sure we know what it looks like?
I really did lose a bit of interest in the middle and had a couple of days break from it. Don’t get me wrong the idea of searching for the new bloods sounds interesting but there just seems to be too much happening at once.
Will I actually pronounce Kilorns name right just once? It’s either klion, Klingon or kliorn. I really don’t like this name
As slow and as bored as I felt during the middle. It felt like it dragged on forever at one point. The ending made up for it. I was expecting all guns blazing on a battlefield but once again I was pleasantly surprised.
I really don’t understand the hype with this series. I finished this book less than 30 minutes before writing this and my reaction was MEH.
I felt bored during this book just waiting for something to happen and about 350-400 pages later it happened.
I honestly don’t know how to describe how I feel because it wasn’t bad (I enjoyed it more than Glass Sword) but I didn’t exactly like it.
I liked the shift in POV in this book as the other people’s POV we got wasn’t who I was expecting. I thought we were going to have a book from Mare and Cal’s perspectives not Mare, Cameron and Evangeline. If anything I think that’s what kept me going.
The Man Who Didn’t Call
I thought this started of quite slow. I’m glad I carried on though. This was quite heartwarming after the twist in the middle. Wasn’t too keen on the switch in timelines but I got used to it. I’m not into the whole love at first sight but this was a really sweet story and I’d love to read more from this author.
I love the name Mable. It’s not a name that is heard very often now as most authors seem to choose something out of this world.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that the first half was told from Mables POV then was switched.
Simon was adorable although I must have skipped the part where he was Australian until a bit further in the book.
I’ve not read or heard of this author before this book but I Ill be reading more in the future.
A Thousand Perfect Notes
This story hit me in places I didn’t think it would. It was truly awful to read about Beck and Joey’s mother and how Beck being her protégé meant more to her than her children’s health and well-being. If that was a child in my area or even a teacher at the school they should have noticed something out of the ordinary. The Maestro disgusted me with her antics. In fact, the majority of the adults did, the only exceptions were August’s parents and Beck and Joey’s Uncle Jan.
Now other than what I already mentioned I loved this book. I love the fact that August and Beck were polar opposites and THANK YOU CAIT FOR NO AWKWARD LOVE TRIANGLES unless you count the piano of course.
I love that Beck was a moody teenager, that August clearly doesn’t give a shit about other peoples perceptions of her and I love that Joey was a feisty five-year-old. Each character was different but they worked so well together and Beck well done you for not chastising Joey when she said insults in German (also thank you for the translations as my German is very rusty). All this responsibility shouldn’t have been on Becks shoulders. What five-year-old should be left with the responsibility of making their own and their older brothers packed lunches because he’s not allowed to leave the godforsaken piano until Chopin was as good as his mother’s version!!!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and struggled to put it down even if like Heartless the cake made me hungry and I don’t even like fruitcake (too much fruit for me if your wondering). I was upset when it finished as I wasn’t ready for it to end but looking forward to Cait’s next book.