Wednesday, March 30

Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)
Rick Yancey

Published By: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Date Read: March 11, 2016
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 457
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From Goodreads:
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

"Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield."

The 5th Wave was a book that was bought for me for my birthday when it first released, and here I am almost a full 3 years later finally writing my review the day I finished reading the book. I can't really give a good reason why I didn't read it before now... it was one of those books that I really wanted to read but I just didn't pick it up. I always ended up choosing some other book over this one. I have absolutely no idea why because after finishing this book I can honestly say I was missing out. The 5th Wave was completely different from what I expected... in such an amazing way. I really enjoyed this book.

Cassie's alone. After the first 4 waves of the invasion almost everyone on earth is dead. But Cassie made a promise... that she would find Sammy, her little brother and as she begins her journey to reunite with the only family she has left Cassie has to be careful. Because the 5th Wave is coming. She doesn't know what it is but she knows it could arrive at any time.

Cassie was such a great character for me. I felt like she was so brave. I can understand that some people may have found her whiny and such but let's face it if this happened to you when you were 16 years old you'd be the same. She was super brave and I really associated with her.

Evan... oh Evan. Let's just say I did not trust Evan one bit. He was mysterious and in a world that has been invaded with Aliens mysterious is not good. Every person I came across I was just like are you a alien? I was suspicious of everyone. But the more I read the more I fell in love with him. Now I am completely head over heels for Evan. He is awesome.

The 5th Wave is told from multiple perspectives and I had very mixed opinions of this. I usually love multiple perspectives and don't get me wrong I liked that but there were certain character perspectives that bored me. In the middle of the book we had the perspective of Ben and I just grew bored and I really had to power through throughout those parts of the book that really took away part of my enjoyment of the book.

Overall I really enjoyed The 5th Wave. It's an awesome action packed novel and I am really looking forward to reading the sequel. If you love dystopia novels with a dash of romance and lots of aliens this is the perfect book for you. I can't wait to find out what will happen next.

"I didn't save you. You saved me."

Wednesday, March 23

Review: The Fearie War (Creepy Hollow #3)

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3)
Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Date Read: February 27, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Fae
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 334
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From Goodreads:
Driven by action, suspense, and a strong heroine, this deliciously detailed, bestselling YA fantasy will keep you turning the pages right up until the epic conclusion...

Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?

Holy Crap!!!! This book was absolutely blow your pants off fantastic! After the ending of The Faerie Prince I genuinelly could not wait to read this book and find out what was going to happen. The Faerie War did not disappoint and a part of me is devastated that Violet and Ryn's story is over. I'm going to miss them so much!

The Faerie War was a little harder for me to get into than the previous two books in this series. A part of me was dying to find out what was going to happen but with Violet's memories of everything gone I found it harder to get into as I just wanted the old kick-ass Vi back. Saying that once I got used to this new memory-less Vi I still loved her. She was different but still the same Vi that I loved from the previous books. The more I read the more I loved and I couldn't believe what was happening with the new big bad villian.

Nate... what the freaking hell Nate. I get that Vi hurt your feelings but seriously??? That is no excuse to do what you did. Considering I really liked Nate in the first book, I started to dislike him a lot in book 2 but after this one??? Yeah I hate him. I spent the majority of this book just wishing he would be killed already. I feel slightly bad for him but still hate him. Stupid Boy!!!!

Ryn.... oh be still my heart! I adore Ryn. He is officially one of my all time favourite characters ever. He's amazing and he was so much more amazing in this book. Once he found out about Vi's lack of memories he was devastated but he seen became determined to make her fall back in love with him *swoon* He is totally the best.

The Faerie War was an explosive and amazing finale to Vi and Ryn's story in the Creepy Hollow series. This is without a doubt now one of my all time favourite series and I am so excited to read Calla's story in the next 3 books and as much as I want to devour book 4 and 5 right this second (and they are waiting on my bookshelf ready) after the book 2 cliffhanger I am waiting for book 6 to be released so I can binge read Calla's story as I did Violet's.

The Faerie War was phenomenal and I cannot recommend the Creepy Hollow series enough. It was utter perfection and one I know I will re-read again and again. Definitely one for the favourites shelf. I adored every moment of it.

"It was about growing up together. It was about knowing your fears and dreams. It was about forgiveness. It was about making you laugh and being there when you cried. It was about knowing that even if we lived for centuries, I'd never get tired of having you at my side."

 

Monday, March 21

Early Review: Flawed (Flawed #1)

Flawed (Flawed #1)
Cecelia Ahern

Published By: Harper Collins Childrens Publishing
Publication Date: March 24, 2016
Date Read: March 19, 2016
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: eARC from Harper Collins and Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

"Who would you prefer they watch? You or the girl you're pretending to be?

When I first heard about Flawed there were seriously no words for how excited I was about this book. Cecelia Ahern has forever been one of my all-time favourite authors. She is pretty much the reason that this blog exists and this blogger even loves to read. From the moment I picked up her debut novel PS, I Love You when I was 16, I fell head over heels in love with her books and have devoured each and every one of them. I am more of a YA reader now and there are only very few adult books that I will pick up and read. Cecelia is one of those authors that I just have to read everything she comes out with regardless of age range or genre. So, for her to be releasing a YA novel was so exciting for me. I was not disappointed. Flawed is absolutely stunning. I loved every moment of it.

Celestine lives in a society where if you make a bad decision morally you are scarred for life. You are stamped as Flawed so everybody can see. The Flawed have to live a basic life and are only allowed basic food etc. When Celestine sees a Flawed man who is very ill and nobody is bothering to help him, she has to make a big decision: does she help him and risk becoming a Flawed herself, or does she watch as he possibly dies in front of her and stay in her safe world. Celestine's life is about to change dramatically and she's about to discover just who in her society is truly 'Flawed'.

Celestine was such an interesting character to me. I loved her but she could be slightly irritating at times. She's a 16 year old girl who is very logical and likes to solve problems. Her life goes from perfect to terrble in the space of a day and I felt so much for her. I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. The more I read, the more I liked her and was so proud of the decisions that she made. I was definitely cheering her on from the sidelines.

Cecelia's writing style is just absolutely 'flawless'. I was grabbed right from the very start and I genuinely could not put this book down. It was just stunning. As I ended each chapter I was just telling myself 'one more chapter'. Her writing is so addictive and fantastic and this is without a doubt one of the most compelling books I have ever read. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen and even though I was terrified of what was going to happen I couldn't put it down.

Flawed is one of the most emotional books I've ever read. It really moved me and I was crying one minute and shocked the next. It was absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. Cecelia is definitely one of my favourite authors of all time. If you love YA Dystopia with an absolutly shocking society then this book is for you. It is moving, emotional and absolutely flawless. A perfect read for any Cecelia or dystopia fans. A must-read!

"It takes courage to overcome, but it takes extreme gear to be courageous."


 

Wednesday, March 16

Review: The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2)

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2)
Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: May 30, 2013
Date Read: February 14, 2016
Genre:  YA - Fantasy / Fae
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
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From Goodreads:
Packed with spine-tingling intrigue and swoonworthy romance, the plot thickens in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

“But unlike anyone else,” Ryn adds, “if you upset the Seelie Queen, she might start shrieking, ‘Off with their heads!’.” The four of us stare at him. He stares back. “What? It’s . . . from a book. Never mind.”

After devouring the first book in the Creepy Hollow series in a few days, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The Faerie Prince was not a disappointment. It picked up right where The Faerie Guardian left off. Rachel once again gripped me from the start and I couldn't put it down until I had devoured the entire thing.

Violet has sealed herself as one of my all time favourite heroines in YA. I just love her. The Faerie Prince saw Violet be a little bit more vulnerable than in the first novel and I loved seeing this side of her. We say her vulnerable but we saw her total kick-ass'ness as well. She is just such a crazy awesome guardian and we saw that part of her that I just adore.

Nate... what the hell Nate???? I really liked Nate in the first book. He made some questionable choices but I was all ready to forgive him and fall in love with him in this book but Rachel took the romance aspect of this book in a way that I didn't expect but I am so so glad that she did. I really started to dislike Nate in this book and I don't know what the heck he is playing at but I seriously don't like it. Not cool Nate.... not cool at all!

Ryn... oh my Ryn! I liked Ryn so much in the previous book. Even when he was a total ass I still liked him. Well Rachel has made me fall head over heels in love with Ryn. I knew there was something behind his hostileness and although I think he was an absolute idiot for behaving like that I can understand it because of his fears that come out in this book. I just adore him so so much. And the more I read the more I just wanted to reach into the book and push him and Violet together. They were totally and utterly perfect for each other and I so needed their romance to happen.

The Faerie Prince was jam packed with action scenes and the more I read the more I fell in love with this story and this world. I just love everything about it. The Faerie Prince was an epic instalment in such an epic series. If you haven't read this series I suggest you do so! It's absolutely phenomenal and I cannot wait to see how Violet's story is going to end in The Faerie War.

"You have always been the one for me, even when we couldn't stand each other. You're beautiful and hot and sexy all at once, and you're more intelligent than any girl I've met. I love the fact that I've known you all my life. It just feels right when you're beside me. It feel like I've been lost in the desert for years, and... I've finally come home.”



Wednesday, March 9

Review: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1)
Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: October 27, 2012
Date Read: February 9, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Fae
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 298
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From Goodreads:
Enter a hidden world of magic, mystery, danger and romance in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

'"Creepy Hollow?" He snorts. "Like Sleepy Hollow?"
"No, like Creepy Hollow. It has nothing to do with sleeping."'


The Faerie Guardian is a freebie I picked up on kindle what feels like forever ago and it just sat on my kindle for so long unread. In my challenge this year to tackle my TBR list this one randomly ended up on my February TBR list and I decided to give it a go. Oh. My. God!!!! why the hell did I not read this book sooner? Within the first 2/3 chapters I was completely and utterly addicted. I couldn't stop reading.

The Faerie Guardian follows Vi. Violet is a faerie training to be a guardian. A type of faerie that protects the innocents, usually humans, from the other types of fae that intend to hurt them. Determined to be the top of her class Vi has never done anything wrong in all the years of her training. Until she saves one particular human, who sees through her glamour and follows her back into the Faerie Realm. Embarking on a dangerous journey to take the boy back Vi finds herself developing feelings for this strange yet intriguing human. Can she let it go to save her place as the top trainee guardian or are matters much darker at play?

Violet is without a doubt one of my favourite YA characters. She is super awesome. I love her kick-ass attitude, she is so snarky and awesome I really identified with her so much. I couldn't stop reading this book as I was dying to see what was going to happen with Violet.

Enter the boys. Nate... I really liked Nate. He was cute and I really enjoyed his and Violet's scenes and growing relationship. However.... Ryn.... Ryn is a total ass! He's horrible and cocky... and I freaking loved him. His scenes definitely brought the humour to the book and I loved that. Ryn totally has potential to grow into my favourite character. I certainly think there's something behind his hostility that I can't wait to find out about.

The Faerie Guardian has everything I could have wanted in a book. It has kick-ass heart stopping action and swoon-worthy breathtaking romance. I loved every second of it and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in this series 'The Faerie Prince'. Rachel Morgan is officially becoming a author to watch for me. I can't wait to see what happens next.

'"I would have thought you’d pay more attention to your closest competition."
"I would—if you were competition worth paying attention to."'



Saturday, March 5

Early Review: Deciding Love

Deciding Love
Janelle Stalder

Published: April 5, 2016
Date Read: February 23, 2016
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: BETA Copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:Chloe Morgan had a pretty simple life, until her father moved them to a new town and a new school for her senior year. Learning to adapt isn’t easy, especially after finding out she has an older brother she never knew about. All Chloe wants to do is get through the year in one piece. Except things get even harder when her new friend’s older brother, Kyle Briggs, keeps ruining all her well laid plans. It’s a love/hate relationship. She’s just not sure where the emphasis lies – on the hate…or the love?

***While this book can be read as part of a series that includes Brush Strokes and Simple Beginnings, all books a stand alones and don't necessarily need to be read in order to enjoy.


When I heard about Deciding Love I genuinelly could not wait to get my hands on this book. I am a massive fan of Janelle Stalder and I have loved every single book that she has wrote so I knew this would be one that I would love. It definitely didn't disappoint.

Deciding Love is the story of Chloe, new girl in town and when she meets Kyle she falls head over heels for him. The problem? Kyle seems to want nothing to do with her. The reality is that Chloe is Kyle's best friends little sister and completely untoouchable. But the more they are pushed together in situations the more that they fall for each other. Can their relationship stand the test of time when everything seems to be against them?

I never thought anybody would take Colt's place in my heart but I completely fell head over heels in love with Kyle. Kyle is just the perfect guy. He is tattooed, rough around the edges but has a heart of gold. I absolutely adored him. Although Deciding Love can be read without reading the previous two books I would completely recommend reading the others as then you get more of a back story for our characters as well as seeing what the characters you have already fallen in love with are getting up to.

Deciding Love was without a doubt one of the best NA Contemporary Romance books I have read. Janelle's writing style is so addictive that as soon as you start it make sure your day is clear because you will not want to put this down until you have devoured the entire thing. I loved every single moment of it and weeks after finishing it I am still thinking about these characters and this story.

Deciding Love is filled with romance, smexy times and heartbreak. It made me laugh, cry and swoon. It is without a doubt a must read. I fell head over heels in love with it and I couldn't put it down until I had devoured the entire thing. If you're looking for a book that will steal your heart and take your breath away look no further because Deciding Love will do all of that and more. Utterly perfect!

"You're everything that's good, and I'm not. But you make me better, stronger."
 


Tuesday, March 1

Wrap Up: February 2016


Hey Guys,
Can you believe February is over already? This year is going by so fast already.

Anyway here's all the bookish stuff that happened this month.

Book Haul:




Bought:

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes
How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal #2) by Holly Bourne
The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan
The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan
The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3) by Rachel Morgan
A Faerie's Secret (Creepy Hollow #4) by Rachel Morgan
A Faerie's Revenge (Creepy Hollow #5) by Rachel Morgan

Books Read in February 2016:



The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan - 5 Stars
The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan - 5 Stars
The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3) by Rachel Morgan - 5 Stars
Deciding Love (Bloomfield Series #3) by Janelle Stalder - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in February 2016


Challenge Update:

So I completely forgot about this last month so didn't post it as part of my wrap up. This year I'm challenging myself to try to finish or continue with series I have already started. I selected 12 books that are books in a series that I have started and not continuing and so I am planning on trying to read one book a month.



Read: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Top 3 Books of February 2015:




#3 Deciding Love by Janelle Stalder
#2 The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan
#1 The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout


 

March TBR:



 

 How was your month?
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