Wednesday, April 23

Review: Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1)

Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1)
Holly Smale

Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 28, 2013
Date Read: April 18, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378
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From Goodreads:
Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

"They're still just clothes. They can't make you something you're not. They can only help to say who you are."

I've had Geek Girl on my shelf for what feels like forever. I've been meaning to read this book for so long and finally I picked it up as my first read in the UKYA Readathon ran by ProjectUKYA. My reaction after reading you ask? WHY DID I NOT PICK UP THIS SOONER? It was so awesome. I found this book so addictive that I couldn't put the book down.

Harriet is a Geek. At least that's what everyone at school tells her. Harriet is super smart and she knows lots of things but regardless of her brains everyone at school seems to hate her, apart from her best... well, only... friend. So when Harriet is spotted by a modelling agency she is given the chance to reinvent herself... and she takes it. But will a bit of make-up and some new clothes be the answer?

I love love loved this book. I really loved Harriet. She is so awesome and I compeltely identify with her. I am such a Geek and a lot of her 'geek' behaviours I notice that I do that all the time. Harriet's journey is such a great one to go through with her. She grows a lot in the book and although some of her decisions are questionable they are necessary for her to realise that being herself is actually ok.

The thing I adore about this book is that it's uplifting, motivational and just darn right hilarious. There were so many times that I was laughing out loud and the message behind this book, that it's okay to be different and be yourself and be a geek, is just so incredible. Especially for younger readers.

Holly Smale's writing style is superb in this book. I really felt like Harriet, a fifteen-year-old girl, was telling the story. Harriet's voice was so authentic of a fifteen year old. A lot of YA novels that are written in first person sometimes don't feel so authentic. The decisions made are definitely that of a teenager don't get me wrong but sometimes it does feel like an older person telling the story and then the teenage voice coming out in the dialogue and character interactions. I didn't feel that way at all with Geek Girl. It was just perfect for Harriet.

Geek Girl was such an amazing book and is the perfect read for any YA Contemporary fans. It's such an easy and quick read as you're just so engrossed in the story and Harriet's journey that it will be over before you know it and you'll be left reeling dying for more. It has everything you could possibly want, humour, friendship, personal discovery and a dash of romance. I loved it.

"You need to stop caring what people who don't matter think of you. Be who you are and let everybody else be who they are. Differences are a good thing, it would be a terribly boring world if we were all the same."

Waiting On Wednesday


Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Sara Raasch

Published By: Balzer and Bray
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny

I never used to be into Epic Fantasy... until I got my hands on Throne of Glass and I was freaking obsessed. Since then I've been looking for the next Fantasy novel to take my breathe away... and I'm still looking. This one sounds freaking phenomenal and I think this could be the one to knock my socks off. Not only does it sound awesome but the cover is beautiful and definitely something that I want on my bookshelf.


Tuesday, April 22

Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn

Hey guys,
I'm so beyond excited today. Why?
Well because the cover for J. Lynn's a.k.a best author ever in the world Jennifer L Armentrouts new book has a cover. 

Look at the beauty of the third book in the Gamble Brothers series, Tempting the Bodyguard.




Isn't it gorgeous?
I love love love it. 

The best thing? It's releasing on my birthday! SUPER SQUEE! My favourite authors new book releasing on my birthday. Best gift ever or what? AND the main characters surname is the exact same as mine. It's officially this is totally my book!



Early Review: Dark Days

Dark Days
Kate Ormand

Published By: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Date Read: April 18, 2014
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: ARC from Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

"You were somewhere I couldn't get to you and that... that kills me. If anything had happened to you there, I wouldn't have been able to protect you from it."

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me how much I adore a good dystopia novel. It's one of my all time favourite genres and if I had to choose one genre to only read that genre for the rest of my life Dystopia would probably be the one I choose. I've been looking for a really unique dystopia book to get my hands on for a while. After reading so many dystopia books you find that some of them start to seem the same and have the same kind of storyline... Dark Days is one of the most unique and fresh dystopia novels I have ever read. I loved every single second of it.

The world has been split into sectors. Each is the same as the others and they are all equal. They are surrounded by steel walls with no way in and no way out. A new world has been created and those who are not chosen for the new world will be destroyed by the new worlds cyborg army. Sia lives in a sector and has been given 15 days before the cyborg army descend. Sia has a list of things she wants to do before she dies. Just when she has resigned that she is alone and living her last days she meets Mace, the mysterious and strong boy who gives her a reason to live. Will Sia give up and wait to die or is life worth fighting for?

Dark Days is such an amazing book. I do admit there is one thing that is similar to other dystopia books and that is the fact that the world was split into sectors. There is a few other YA dystopia novels that have that happen but that is where the similarities start and end. The rest is just pure originality. I loved that we don't actually see what leads up to the announcement that the cyborg army is coming. When we start the story they are already counting down to the end.

Sia is such an awesome character. I really loved her and she grows so much throughout the book. She goes from being pretty resigned over what is going to happen to wanting to fight for her life and will even sacrifice herself if it means she can save the rest of the sector.
Mace is awesome. I loved him. He is most definitely the character that all of the girls will love. He gives Sia a new lease of life and gives her something to fight for while also wanting to protect her. He accepts that she doesn't always need protection but wants to save her anyway.

Dark Days is pure originality wrapped up in a well-written package that is everything that a dystopia fan could wish for. Kate's writing is so amazing and completely entraps you from the start and keeps you hanging on so much that you finish the book in one sitting. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen and I couldn't put the book down.

Dark Days is without a doubt a must-read. It's jampacked with heart-stopping action that has you on tenter-hooks, not able to turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen and breathtaking romance that will leave you breathless. I was sucked in and took on the journey of my life. Kate Ormand had me completely and utterly in love with this book. She sucked me in right at the start and kept me enraptured until she spat me out at the end begging for more. I'm still not sure what 'more' is. The end of the book is perfect. I'd love a sequel but if there wasn't one then that would be okay too as it really is a fantastic well-rounded ending. I just want more writing from Kate.

Dark Days is a must-read. Add this one to you pre-order lists people as this one is not to be missed.

"But now I've met you, and now I have something to live for again. I don't need to go back home. You're all I want. I'll do everything I can to keep up both alive. Everything. I can't lose you."

Monday, April 21

Review: Trouble

Trouble
Non Pratt

Published By: Walker Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2014
Date Read: April 20, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

Note: Before I go on to review this book I just want to say that this is possibly the hardest review I have ever wrote. Nothing that I wrote was ever good enough for the masterpiece that this book is. I started this review 5 times before I decided to sit down with some pen and paper and handwrite the review. (I do this when I really can't write a review as it helps me get my thoughts into words.) After all the trouble starting this review I am so thrilled with it and proud of it. This is possibly the best review I may have ever wrote. Thank you for checking it out.

"Kittens are about as sexy as granny pants."

Trouble, the debut novel from Non Pratt is totally breathtaking. This is definitely one of those incredibly rare books that you find every once in a while that totally blows you away and you know that it will stay with you for a long time afterwards.

It is incredibly rare for me to pick up a book and read it immediately after buying it but Trouble was one of those. After hearing so many amazing things about this book I just had to read it. Everything that I heard about Trouble was completely right. This book is something special. It is not your typical YA Contemporary novel. It's raw, edgy and fresh. If there was only one book that I could recommend and urge people to pick up this year it would be this one.

Hannah is fifteen and pregnant. Suddenly faced with motherhood alone she doesn't know what to do or who to turn to. When new guy in school offers to pretend to be the father to protect her from the students, who have turned into vultures, at school, Hannah accepts. They are thrown into a beautiful friendship but both Hannah and Aaron are keeping big secrets. What will happen when they all come to light? Will it tear the best friends apart or can their friendship stand all weathers?

Trouble is so amazing. I seriously can't praise it enough. I find it difficult accepting that this in Non Pratt's debut novel. It reads like she has been doing this for years. Her incredible writing completely captures you and pulls you in at the start and won't let you go until you have demolished the book. Trouble is told from split perspectives from our two lead protagonists, Hannah and Aaron. Non completely nailed split perspectives. Both characters voices were superb and there was no 'hang on who is speaking here' confusion that sometimes happens in split perspective novels. She completely nailed them both and made the characters voices so authentic. The writing really is phenomenal.

Hannah and Aaron are the perfect characters to read about because they are so totally not perfect. They both have had tough pasts to deal with and all I wanted to do was hug them both. They have to deal with so much and it's truly beautiful and inspiring to see their friendship blossom and see them conquer everything together.

One of the most amazing things in this book is that Non Pratt doesn't sugar coat what teenagers are like in the 21st century Britain, nor does she hide what they get up to. I admit not all teenagers act like this but you can't deny that a lot of them so. Every school has a Kate, who will backstab and step on anyone to get to the top of the popularity cycle. (By the way I hated her so much. I wanted to jump in the book just to punch her.)

Non most definitely did a very brave thing writing a YA Contemporary book with no main romance. Yes this book isn't a romance. It is so much more and about something so much more important. True Friendship. And how true friendship can withstand everything, It is truly beautiful, uplifting and moving. I loved that there was a little hint of romance at the end. Hannah and Aaron have such a beautiful and perfect friendship so that little hint that it could be more had the hopeless romantic in me aww-ing and squeeing a little.

My one little issue with Trouble is the ending came way too fast. I really wanted more and I as left with so many questions. What happened with Katie? What happened to Aaron and Hannah afterwards? What happened to Jay? I felt the ending was a tad bit rushed but I still loved it and it does not take away from the beauty of this masterpiece. I would love to see a sequel to see what happened to everyone after the end of the book.

Trouble is such a raw, emotional ad beautiful story. This is not just a book. It is something that gives you perspective on everything in life. This book truly moved me and I know it will stay with me for a very long time. It truly is a masterpiece. Nothing will ever really live up to the beauty that is in those pages in Trouble.

"Now, when I look at her, I finally see someone I trust. Someone I love."

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...



Kythan Guardian Series:

#0.5 Astarte's Wrath (Already Read)
#1 Destiny's Fire
Have you read this series?


Sunday, April 20

Book Haul

Hey Guys,
I didn't get any hard-copy books this week but I did get some e-books and audiobooks.

E-Books:



Bought:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Linked (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson
Trouble by Non Pratt

^I have already read Trouble the review will be up next week.

Audiobooks:

 Bought:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daugher of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

That's it for this week