Wednesday, June 22

Review: Vicious (Vicious #1)

Vicious (Vicious #1)
VE Schwab

Published By: Titan Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2014
Date Read: May 22, 2016
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
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From Goodreads:
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates? Brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

"The moments that define lives aren't always obvious. They don't always scream LEDGE, and nine times out of ten there's no rope to duck under, no line to cross, no blood pack, no official letter on fancy paper. There aren't always protected, heavy with meaning."

Vicious was a book that I'd heard a little bit about but had never picked it up as it's not the kind of book I would usually read. I love superhero stuff but it just didn't really appeal to me. Skip forward a couple of years and after finding out that VE Schwab will be at YALC 2016 in London I decided to try reading her stuff and the first one that I got was Vicious. I'll be honest and say I have completely forgotten about this book. I didn't even twig that it was the book that I'd looked into before it released and decided to miss it. Holy Cow... this is one of the most addictive books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and I'm kicking myself for making that majorly bad decision of missing out on it when it first released. I loved every second of it.

VE Schwab has one of the most addictive writing styles that I've ever come across. Right from the very first page, before I'd even discovered whether I liked the story or not, I was just so enamoured with this writing style that I just had to keep reading. And the more I read the more I couldn't put this book down. It was incredible. Compeltely addictive. This was my first book by VE Schwab and it certainly will not be my last. I have already bought every single thing she has wrote with a plan to devour them. She is such an amazing author.

The storyline and the characters are so unique. I've seriously never read a book quite like this one before. I loved and hated the 2 main characters all at the same time. After reading the blurb of this book I was convinced this was going to be a super awesome superhero book. Now after reading it I am convinced that it's a super villain book.

Right from the start I was convinced that we were reading from the villain's point of view but I wasn't 100% sure. Victor, our main narrator, seemed a bit like a villain to me. And for the first half of the book I was sure he was the Villain and Eli was the hero. This book really breaks the barriers of what is classed as a villain and a hero. Whether it all depends on whose point of view we see if from. If Harry Potter was told from Voldemort's point of view would we hate Harry? If The Hunger Games were told from President Snow's point of view would Katniss still be the hero... or the villain? And this is how I felt about Victor. I loved Victor and he certainly perceives Eli as the villain but a part of me also though Victor was definitely the villain... and then we hit the midway point of hte book and what Eli does is even worse. I certainly don't think this is a hero vs villain book anymore... it's more a villain vs super villain... and I loved every single second of it.

The amount I loved this book could never be put into words. It was so much more than I expected from this story and it really does get into the debate of what makes a hero... and what makes a villian? It's such an incredible story that really makes you think about what is good and what is evil. I truly don't think either of our main characters are good and I don't think that they are truly bad either. There is good and bad in all of us. Everyone has the ability to be evil in certain situations and this is evident throughout the entire book.

I loved Vicious so much. I cannot say one bad word about it. It was moving, thoughtful and phenomenal. I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the sequel. The ending has left me dying for more and I am firmly on the side of Victor. He is awesome and I think he is the best of the two... but maybe that's just because he is the one we see the perspective of the most throughout the book.

If you have decided not to read this book because it's not 'your thing' I strongly urge you to pick this up and give it a try. I didn't think it was my thing either but it blew me away. It is packed full of magic and intrigue and left me unable to turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen. I loved every moment of it and I would recommend it to everyone. A must read!

"Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labelled a villain for trying to stop them."


Thursday, June 16

Blog Tour: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout




Hey Guys,
I'm so excited to be a part of the UK blog tour for Jen's fantastic new novel, The Problem with Forever. It's no surprise to anyone how much of an enormous fan of Jen's I've been ever since her debut way back in 2011.

Make sure you follow all the other stops on the tour to see others reviews of this fantastic moving book.








~ My Review ~

The Problem with Forever
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: MiraINK
Publication Date: June 16, 2016
Date Read: May 1, 2016
Source: ARC from Publisher
Format: eARC
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From Goodreads:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Problem With Forever is one of those books that the moment I heard about it I needed it in my hands. Why? Because it's a Jennifer L Armentrout book and I have just adored every single thing that she has written and The Problem with Forever is no exception. From the very start of this book I was completely enamoured with it. It was just so moving and this may be the most heartbreaking book Jen has written to date.

Mallory is such an amazing main character and I really sympathised with her right from the start. I was completely heartbroken for her right from the beginning of the book and the more I read and realised the impact of her childhood on her life it just made me want to reach into the book and just hug her. She is so much stronger that she realises for dealing with everything she did and I just adore that you can really see the difference in her at the beginning of the book to her at the end. She makes such a transformation in this book and it was just amazing to see.

Rider is 100% one of my favourite JLA boys of all time. I mean he still doesn't quite replace Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant series but he is very very close. One thing I loved about this book is that Rider has a bad past too. I know that's not good, and I don't mean I loved that he was hurting due to his past because it completely broke my heart, but so many books in this genre have the heroine with the bad past and the boy comes along and saves her, I loved that Rider shared that past and needed saving too, he just didn't know it. It was such a difference from other books in this genre and I loved that.

The Problem with Forever is without a doubt one of the most emotional and heartbreaking books I have ever read. It's utterly heartbreaking, moving and stunning. Jennifer has done it again. She drags you in with her amazing writing style, shatters your heart into a million pieces and then starts to gradually patch it up again. I loved every moment of it and this is definitely my favourite JLA contemporary book. It blows all of the others completely out of the water.

If there's only one YA Contemp that you read this year make sure it is The Problem With Forever. It was beautiful and perfectly heartbreaking. I loved every moment of it. It's definitely a must-read for any JLA fan and lover of YA Contemporary books. It was soul-destroyingly perfect! Prepare yourself for the emotional trauma you will experience at the hands of this book. Every tear is worth this beautiful story.

Buy The Problem with Forever


Author Bio:

#1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories... which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn.


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Wednesday, June 15

Early Review: Young Love (Bloomfield #4)

Young Love (Bloomfield #4)
Janelle Stalder

Publication Date: July 2016
Date Read: May 20, 2016
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: BETA Copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Honor Jacobs has a dream, and she won't stop until she achieves it.
Dancing is her life, which means she has no time for men. Especially not tattoo artists with hard eyes, and a mouth that has her thinking things she shouldn't be. Staying as far away from Grey Anderson as possible is the solution to all her problems. Except that's easier said than done. And no matter how much space she puts between them, it's never enough. He might think she's too young, and she might think he's not the one for her, but their hearts think differently. It'll all come down to will and determination...she just needs to decide which path she's destined to take.

"There was nothing sexy about dancing the waltz with Grey. And yet, there was something entirely sexy about dancing the waltz with Grey."

As soon as Janelle told me she was writing this book I just could not wait to get my hands on it. Ever since I read Janelle's debut novel Eden, I have been abolutely obsessed with all of her books. They are just incredible and Young Love was no different. I loved every single moment of this book. It was absolutely incredible.

Dancing has always been Honor's dream. It's her life and with the amount of training and teaching younger kids to dance alongiside college she doesn't have time for anything else in her life right now. Enter Grey, the tattoo artist that makes her feel things she's never felt before. Can Grey fit into her busy life? Grey has never felt much for any of the girls he's been with... he doesn't do relationships but when he meets Honor he feels things that don't make sense for his lifestyle. She's so young... but is she the one that going to make his life that much better?

Young Love is the fourth book in the incredible Bloomfield series. Although this series can be read as standalones as each book is someone else's story I would highly recommend reading them in order. It just adds so much more to the books when you're seeing the smaller characters and you already have their back story. It makes me love seeing them so much more. If you don't read them in order you may have some spoilers by things that are happening in their relationships that is so exciting for me to see what's happening to them but if I had read this book first is kind of spoilery as I already know what's going to happen with them before I've read their story.

Young Love may just be my favourite book of this series to date... I know... I know I said that about the previous one too. But every single book I read from Janelle is just better than the previous one. I loved Honor she was such an awesome character to read about and I just loved her passion for her dance and how she wasn't interested in furthering her dance career but wanting to inspire the younger kids she taught. That was just awesome.

Grey is most definitely my favourite Janelle boy from her contemporary books. Not all of her books because let's face it nobody is going to take Wolf's place in my heart. He's just the best. If you don't know who that is go and read Janelle's Eden series STAT! Grey is such a great character and you really saw his go through so much development throughout this book. He started as the guy afraid of commitment and you saw him develop to seeing what really is important in his life. I loved seeing that and he's totally swoon-worthy too.

Young Love was just an amazing story. From the very first page Janelle drew me in with her phenomenal writing style and I just couldn't put the book down until I had devoured the entire thing. I read the entire book within a couple of hours. I couldn't put it down. It was chock full of heart-stopping romance and breath-taking events. I loved every single moment of it.

Janelle is for sure one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I cannot wait for her next book. I seriously need it like right now! Every book she writes is far superior to the last and I just can't wait to see what she decides to write about next. I cannot recommend her work enough. It's phenomenal. Young Love was certainly no exception it was such a stunning, beautiful and heartwarming read and I can't wait until everyone else can read it. It's a definite must-buy for everyone.

"I want you by my side, and me by yours. I want us to be together, and figure out whatever problems come up, together."



Wednesday, June 8

Review: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
Alwyn Hamilton

Published By: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Date Read: May 15, 2016
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
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From Goodreads:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

"Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand"

Rebel of the Sands was a book I heard about last summer when I was at YALC and it sounded so awesome. However, I didn't read it until almost a year later and honestly I don't know why the hell I didn't pick it up sooner. It has absolutely everything that I love in a book. Epic fantasy world, mystical characters and animals and even a dash of wonderful slow-burning romance. I loved every moment of this book.

All Amani has ever wanted was to get out of Dustwalk. She doesn't want to marry the suitor that appeals the most to her father... she just wants out. So when a mysterious and handsome stranger appears in Dustwalk her world is turned upside down. She sees her way out... but she never imagined she would be caught up in a whirlwind af treason and rebellion.

I seriously loved everything about this book. It was just incredible. I loved Amani right from the start. I really sympathised with her situation and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out whether she escaped Dustwalk or not. She is totally kickass and amazing.

Enter Jin... I adore him. He is the most awesome character in this book and the more I read of this book the more I loved him. He is such a fantastic character in this book and he brought the romance into this book as well as the mystery and intrigue of what was actually going on.

Rebel of the Sands is a heart-stopping and action-packed first novel of what is bound to be a phenomenal series. I loved every single moment of it and I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next! The more I read the more I loved it and this book is filled to the brim of intrigue that keeps you reading for you to find out what is going on. I cannot wait for the next book it cannot come soon enough.

If you love fantasy stories set in far off places this book is definitely a must-read for you. It's absolutely incredible and I am so glad I read it. I am now waiting with anticipation to see what will happen next to these amazing characters. Book 2 right now please!

"That’s why I didn’t want to bring you into this revolution, Amani. Because I didn’t want to watch the Blue-Eyed Bandit get unmade by a prince without a kingdom."

Wednesday, June 1

Wrap Up: May 2016


Hey Guys,
Can you believe that May is over already? I've had a pretty good month this month. I got my reading fix back after a month of not reading very much. Hopefully this will continue throughout the summer.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies


Tales from the Kingdoms (Tales from the Kingdoms #1 - #3) by Sarah Pinborough
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Radio Silence by Alice Osman
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by VE Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by VE Schwab
Vicious (Vicious #1) by VE Schwab
The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab
The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab
A Thousand Boy Kissed by Tillie Cole
The Sign of One (Sign of One #1) by Eugene Lambert
Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill
The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James
Unchained by Jennifer L Armentrout
Obsession (Arum #1/Lux #3.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Oblivion (Lux #5.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout
Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Books Read in May 2016

  

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thornes and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton - 5 Stars
Young Love (Bloomfield #4) by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars
Vicious (Vicious #1) by VE Schwab - 5 Stars
Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms #1) by Sarah Pinborough - 1 Star
See Me (See Me #1) by Wendy Higgins - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in May 2016:


Challenge Update:

 January
Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

February
Didn't read any of them
March
The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by AG Howard

April
Didn't read any of them

May
Didn't read any of them



Top 3 Books of May 2016:



#3 The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
#2 Vicious (Vicious #1) by VE Schwab
#1 A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

What did you read and review this month?

 

Wednesday, May 18

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Date Read: May 7, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 640
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From Goodreads:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

"The issue isn't whether he loved you, it's how much. Too much. Love can be poison."

I have been such an enormous fan of Sarah J Maas ever since I was lucky enough to get her debut, Throne of Glass, for review. I fell in love with her writing straight away and have devoured every book she has wrote ever since. I could not wait for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury. I really loved the first book in this series and I couldn't wait to see how it was going to progress. I was not disappointed at all with this book. It was utter perfection and possibly my favourite Sarah J Maas book to date.

Fayre went through hell to save Tamlin and his people and no matter what she can't forget the things that she had to do. But it was worth it to save the person she loves.... right? Fayre has to come to terms with the new High Fae powers that she now has and she has not forgotten the deal that she made with Rhysand. Can she stand by her deal while still being dedicated to Tamlin?

This book is 100% a game changer in this series. Everything I felt about these characters has completely turned around. Fayre is without a doubt the most amazing character. I love her. She's totally kick-ass and amazing and I loved her throughout this whole book. She goes through such a transformation and every time she made a decision I was 100% behind her.

The boys... I went through such a massive change of heart with these boys. At the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses I liked Tamlin but really liked Rhysand. Let's talk about Tamlin first. He was kind of overwhelming in this book. I went from liking him to disliking him, being annoyed at him to absolutely hating him. I cannot stand that High Lord. Rhysand however, I am absolutely 100% Team Rhysand. He is everything any book loved could want in a book boyfriend. He is gorgeous, snarky, teasing and hilarious. Every scene with him in has me either laughing out loud or seriously swooning. I adore him!

A Court of Mist and Fury was such an amazing book. For its 600+ pages I could not put it down and I devoured it. It is without a doubt my favourite book of the year to date. It was amazing. Moving and heartbreaking; full of action and suspence and romance. Everything I could possibly want from a YA Fantasy book was jam packed into this incredible book. I adored every moment of it and I am left reeling dying to get my hands on the next book! I loved every moment of it. This is definitely a must-read for everyone. Sarah J Maas is without a doubt one of the best authors I have ever read. If you haven't read her stuff yet I highly recommend that you do!

"I'm thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety."



 

Monday, May 9

Early Review: The Problem with Forever

The Problem With Forever
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Date Read: May 1, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from Ink Slingr PR
Format: eARC
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From Goodreads:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Problem With Forever is one of those books that the moment I heard about it I needed it in my hands. Why? Because it's a Jennifer L Armentrout book and I have just adored every single thing that she has written and The Problem with Forever is no exception. From the very start of this book I was completely enamoured with it. It was just so moving and this may be the most heartbreaking book Jen has written to date.

Mallory is such an amazing main character and I really sympathised with her right from the start. I was completely heartbroken for her right from the beginning of the book and the more I read and realised the impact of her childhood on her life it just made me want to reach into the book and just hug her. She is so much stronger that she realises for dealing with everything she did and I just adore that you can really see the difference in her at the beginning of the book to her at the end. She makes such a transformation in this book and it was just amazing to see.

Rider is 100% one of my favourite JLA boys of all time. I mean he still doesn't quite replace Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant series but he is very very close. One thing I loved about this book is that Rider has a bad past too. I know that's not good, and I don't mean I loved that he was hurting due to his past because it completely broke my heart, but so many books in this genre have the heroine with the bad past and the boy comes along and saves her, I loved that Rider shared that past and needed saving too, he just didn't know it. It was such a difference from other books in this genre and I loved that.

The Problem with Forever is without a doubt one of the most emotional and heartbreaking books I have ever read. It's utterly heartbreaking, moving and stunning. Jennifer has done it again. She drags you in with her amazing writing style, shatters your heart into a million pieces and then starts to gradually patch it up again. I loved every moment of it and this is definitely my favourite JLA contemporary book. It blows all of the others completely out of the water.

If there's only one YA Contemp that you read this year make sure it is The Problem With Forever. It was beautiful and perfectly heartbreaking. I loved every moment of it. It's definitely a must-read for any JLA fan and lover of YA Contemporary books. It was soul-destroyingly perfect! Prepare yourself for the emotional trauma you will experience at the hands of this book. Every tear is worth this beautiful story.