Monday, October 12

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

False Memory Series by Dan Krokos:

#1 False Memory
#2 False Sight (Haven't Got Yet)
#3 False Future (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?

Sunday, October 11

Wrap Up: September 2015

Hey Guys,
Sorry it's late but this is my wrap up for the books that I read in September 2015. September was a very slow month for me due to work and only read 3 books this month. Because of this the vlog for September will me merged with Octobers.

Books Read in September 2015:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Mass - 5 Stars
The Secret Fire (Alchemist Chronicles #1) by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld - 5 Stars
Flirting with Maybe by Wendy Higgins - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in September 2015:

There's no Top 3 this month as I only read 3 books this month but my favourite book of the month is...

October TBR:

Thanks to everyone who voted for my October TBR. The poll for my November TBR will be up next weekend.

That's it for this month. 
What did you read?

Saturday, October 10

Review: Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3)

Every Last Breath (Dark Elements #3)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Date Read: July 31, 2015
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

"With every breath I take, I will always love you."

I have been so looking forward to Every Last Breath for over a year, after all it is Jennifer Armentrout and the final book in the Dark Elements series. I'll be honest and say that I was nervous about this one after all the boy Layla was to end up with a fan majority vote and it made me nervous. Not because the boy I loved more might lose but because I felt like the decision being taken out of Jen's hands would make this book not very JLA-like.

I am an enormous fan of Jennifer Armentrout and I have been ever since her very first release back in early 2011, but I have to be honest and say I was really disappointed in Every Last Breath. I struggled to get through a lot of it and had it been a book by anyone else I probably would have DNF'd it, but I just wouldn't do that for a JLA book.

Every Last Breath was always going to be a difficult read for me. Although I had a team I was very much in love with both boys so no matter what happened one of them was going to be hurt and therefore, no matter who Layla chose my heart was going to break... I just wasn't prepared for how much. I'll be honest and say that I was expecting the outcome of the love triangle... I knew it was going to happen but that doesn't mean I liked it. It's not the outcome of the vote and the love triangle that I didn't like about this book but more about the way it was handled. I really ended up disliking Layla and I have never disliked a JLA heroine before and it makes me super sad.

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If I am being honest I really wish the reader vote had never happened. I feel like the outcome would have been the same but the way in which it was handled would have been different, and I think that would have made the book a lot more enjoyable for me. To me Jennifer Armentrout books have a feel to them, something that is special for Jen's books and for me this book did not have that JLA spark. I feel like if the vote had not happened and Jen was left with her characters to do with as she wanted then this book would have been much better and I would have loved it. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed the action of this book but the emotion and relationships and everything felt very non-JLA to me.

Every Last Breath makes me sad. I wanted to love it so much and even though I still liked it, it was just a disappointment to me. I now will more than likely not re-read the series which sucks because one of my favourite things to do is re-read JLA series. I am sad I didn't like this book but the emotion was off, to me one of the characters personalities completely switched from the other books and I felt like I was reading a different character and some of the actions really make me dislike one of the main characters. I'm super sad about it but I know JLA's next book will be amazing. I just hope that she doesn't do the whole 'reader poll' thing again and her publishers let Jen write it as she wants to. That's when JLA books are the best.

"You are so beautiful, Layla. And if I could pick one thing I could stare at for the rest of eternity, it would be you."

Thursday, October 8

Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Melinda Salisbury

Published By: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Date Read: July 28, 2015
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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From Goodreads
I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...

"How can there be different Gods, Lief?"
"I don't believe there are any at all. But I believe there are many men and women whose lives are made easier by believing someone is watching over them."

The Sin Eater's Daughter was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 and it sounded like something I would love. As a huge fan of YA Epic Fantasy series I just knew that this one was going to be my kind of book. I'd heard mixed things about the book prior to reading it and so I put off reading it for a while as I was a little bit nervous. I wanted to love it so much. Now... I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I absolutely love this book!

Now, I'll be honest The Sin Eater's Daughter is not the most original and unique book I've read, especially in regards of the love triangle. I've seen the guard and prince love triangle done many many times but I just didn't care in this book. It didn't feel repetitive to me. The characters were so dynamic and awesome that I just loved them.

I loved both boys, which for me doesn't happen very often as I always have a team but more than I love them, I love Twylla. I am completely 100% #TeamTwylla she doesn't need either of the boys because she is too badass and awesome to need them. She is what made me love this book as much as I did. In terms of which guy I love more... well I'm sure the masses are in love with Lief but I love Marek more. To me, he is the more interesting character and I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the second book of this series.

I'm sure that there are lots of mixed feelings about the ending of this book but to me it was freaking perfect! I loved Twylla's decision. It was the perfect choice for her character and for the story and for me it's a decision that needs to happen more in YA fiction. I loved it. I'm kind of hoping that this is an indication as to how the series will end!

The Sin Eater's Daughter was a perfectly awesome book and I am so excited for more. If you've seen the mixed reviews and it has put you off reading this book I would really urge you to give it a go and see for yourself. It really blew me away and I am dying to get my hands on book 2.

"If I come to you, I want it to be because I am choosing you, for no reason other than that."

Wednesday, October 7

Waiting on Wednesday

This is Where it Ends
Marieke Nijkamp

Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: YA - Contemporary
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From Goodreads:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Yes, we are onto 2016 releases already. I'll be honest and say that I hadn't heard of this book until I heard someone mention it at this years YALC back in July and then I just saw it appearing everywhere and everyone was talking about it on twitter. It's not my usual kind of thing but with everyone raving about this book I knew I had to give it a go. I've actually got an eARC sitting on my kindle waiting to be read so I am hoping to get this one read prior to the release in January.

Monday, October 5

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Immortal Essence Series by Rashelle Workman:

#1 Exiled
#2 Beguiled (Haven't Got Yet)
#3 Dovetailed (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?

Saturday, October 3

Non-Review: The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson

Published By: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Date Read: July 26, 2015
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
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From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

The Sky Is Everywhere is a book I have had sat on my shelf for a long time. I was gifted it years ago by a friend who loved this book so much and just wanted to spread the love and I really appreciated the book-love. It was only after being given a free copy of Jandy Nelson's new book I'll Give You The Sun that I finally decided to read this. I really wish that I had loved this book as much as my friend did but unfortunately I just didn't.

I don't know what it was about this book that I didn't gel with very well but I just could not connect with any of it really. I couldn't connect with the characters at all. I found the main character really annoying and I found the narration so unrealistic considering it was supposed to be a teen talking. I found the writing style very laborious. I understood that the main character was a bookworm but the amount of complex words used in narration was unrealistic to me. I was a bookworm as a teen and many of those words I have never heard of at all.

As I was reading this book my attention started to wander and I started switching off and daydreaming about other things. This was not a good sign and so I just quit while I was ahead. This type of writing was definitely not for me and I wasn't enjoying the story or characters ever so I did not finish this book. I highly doubt I will be reading I'll Give You The Sun. Jandy's books are just not my thing.