Saturday, 24 August 2013

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

15854146Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: September 13th 2012
My Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met - a boy the rest of the world is convinced is imaginary. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she doesn't complain. She runs the school newspaper and keeps to herself for the most part - until disturbing events begin to happen. There has been screaming in the woods and the dark, abandoned manor on the hill overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. As Kami starts to investigate for the paper, she finds out that the town she has loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets- and a murderer- and the key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy who everyone thought was imaginary may be real...and he may be dangerous. (from Goodreads)

I am emotionally ruined.

I can’t even. CAN’T EVEN. This book is like, my own personal torture device. I feel like Regina from Once Upon a Time has ripped my heart out and crushed it to dust. DUST. Honestly, when I finished this book and then read the snippets from Untold (book 2) I was on the verge of some kind of emotional breakdown/existential crisis. I cannot explain to you the emotions this book has made me feel. All I know is that Sarah Rees Brennan, while lovely, is also actually an evil mastermind. Because there is no other reason why someone would torture innocent people like this.

Kami was SUCH A FREAKING AMAZING PROTAG I LOVED HER SO MUCH OMG. She felt very real, for you know, someone who hears a voice inside her head. And she was a tad impetuous and slightly bossy, but I loved it. She was also damn hilarious, and I especially loved her conversations with her dad, who has got to be one of the funniest dads YA has ever seen. I’m totally tempted to start rocking a shapeless cardigan! I could understand her feelings about seeing Jared for the first time too and her apprehension about this connection between them. To be honest, anyone would be a little freaked out by the whole situation.

Jared, I just adored him. Well, for the most part. He was a bad boy with a twist because he was actually very caring and supportive of Kami, no matter what she decided to do. The way they talked to each other in their heads...I laughed out loud so much. Especially at the “personal trainer” scene but mostly when he was just chatting with Kami. Because Kami would be trying to have a normal conversation when Jared would suddenly silently tell her something hilarious and she would burst out laughing, for no apparent reason to a normal person. The results of this were always funny and I really loved how close the two were. They had grown up together and knew each other better than anyone else. Jared seemed to treasure Kami and Kami clearly treasured him too, though she was more suspicious about the influence their connection to each other had on their feelings. HOWEVER. After that ending and the snippets I’ve read from Untold, Jared has some explaining to do. NO WAY IN HELL am I accepting this with no questions. No freaking way. Something is up. SOMETHING. I must know.

The other characters were all brilliant as well, and not just there for the sake of it – I felt like they all really added to the plot. I won’t mention them all, but I really liked Angela, Kami’s bestie (who I think I am most like, personality-wise :P), Holly, another friend who was just so enthusiastic and adorable, and Rusty, who was Angela’s brother. He was very funny and cared about Kami too. I also, surprisingly, really liked Lillian, Jared’s aunt. I think there’s a lot more to her than we’ve seen and I am curious about her. Definitely want to know more!

The ending, though. SERIOUSLY. That ending coupled with those snippets – I don’t know anything anymore. What is life? What are feelings? Why are things happening? I think I would happily embarrass myself horribly by dressing up as an ostrich and dancing the paso doble by myself down the street for the chance to read Untold. THAT is how much I want it.

The only thing I would say, and this is the ONLY thing, if I’m really, really nitpicking is that for a book set in England, it was pretty American. “Grey” spelt “gray”, university referred to as “college”, various other things. And would just like to point out that Rusty’s nickname for Kami in this book is Cambridge because she wants to study journalism at Cambridge. However,  pretty sure Cambridge doesn’t actually offer journalism as a degree...so yeah. Sorry, Kami, your dream is over :P. But as I said, this is literally the only thing I had to complain about the entire book. Everything else was AWESOME. And if you don’t go out and buy this book now, puppies and kitten will cry and haunt your dreams until you do.

Overall, read this book. End of.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Review: Fracture by CJ Daugherty

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Fracture (Night School #3) by CJ Daugherty
Publisher: Atom
Released: August 15th 2013
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Devastated by the loss of her friend and under constant threat from an unknown spy at Cimmeria Academy, Allie Sheridan is finding it hard to cope.

In Fracture, the third book in the Night School series, she’s not the only one losing it – everything is falling apart. And when Nathaniel begins to reveal his game plan, Isabelle starts to lose control.

As the school slides into a deadly morass of paranoia and suspicion, everyone is guilty until proved innocent. Anyone can be held without proof, and convicted without a trial. No one is safe.

This time Nathaniel doesn’t need to hurt them. This time they’re hurting themselves.
(from Goodreads)

Fracture was another great addition to the Night School series and I’m already excited for book four!

Things were a little bit darker in Fracture, and everyone was taking the threat of danger very seriously. Allie was devastated over the loss of Jo and was having a hard time dealing with it – especially since the school was getting nowhere in trying to catch the traitor and stopping Nathaniel. I think Jo’s absence was really obvious in Fracture and I did miss her a lot – it made me realise just how much Allie must have been suffering. But Rachel, who I have always loved, was as supportive as ever (well, at the start – things got a bit strained later on) and Zoe was also back. Zoe was a character that I really liked in Legacy, so I’m glad we got to see more of her! I liked that she was always honest and didn’t really care if other people thought she was strange or awkward. Even though she was an amazing fighter and could probably take half the school down in no time flat, there was a very comforting quality about her...I don’t know. I liked seeing her friendship with Allie develop. And speaking of friendship – Nicole really grew on me in this book! She was very funny and helpful and supportive – yet I do have this niggling feeling that perhaps she wasn’t being entirely truthful about everything. I didn’t know whether to completely trust her – after what happened to Jo, I didn’t really trust anybody in this book – but I did like her in Fracture and hope to see more of her in the next book.

The romance in Fracture was...complicated. Carter was now with Jules and Sylvain was kind of just hovering around waiting for Allie’s decision. And Allie was as indecisive as ever. I have to say I did find it a bit annoying that she kept going back and forth between the boys (especially since Carter had another girlfriend now – shame on him too!) and I didn’t even know who I actually wanted her to end up with. I never really liked Sylvain and just couldn’t forgive him for what he did in book one, even though he did save Allie’s life a few times. He seemed to be nice but eh. I just couldn’t trust him. I liked Carter in book one, but after his behaviour in Legacy, I went off him. He seemed a bit better in Fracture, but since he was with Jules – ahhh! I don’t know! Allie seemed to think her relationship with Carter was more of a “friendship love” but how she came to this conclusion, I don’t know, seeing as she couldn’t seem to resist kissing him. And she kept saying it was different with Sylvain, but we never got to see WHY – so if the thing with Carter was “friendship love”, then wouldn’t it be the same for Sylvain? Poor confused Allie. I hope she can make up her mind some day. And I have to say, I feel sorry for her friend Mark who turned up at the beginning of the book and then disappeared...

Plot-wise, there was still a lot of mystery surround Nathaniel and who the traitor in Cimmeria was, but some things were explained (though now I have even more questions!). We also got to see a bit more of Allie’s grandmother, Lucinda, who was a very interesting character. I wasn’t sure what to think about her – she seemed like quite a powerful lady and it was hard to tell what she was really thinking. I was still left wondering about Allie’s brother Christopher as well, and how exactly Nathaniel had gotten to him to make him join his side.

Overall, Fracture was an enjoyable third instalment and I’m looking forward to see what happens next! If you liked the first two books, Fracture is a must-read, and if you have yet to start the series, do pick it up.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Night School: Fracture Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Fracture blog tour. I'm very excited to share with you part three of the exclusive short story set during the winter ball in Night School: Legacy, so hope you enjoy! But first, here's some more info on Fracture. Part three of the short story is underneath.

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Fracture (Night School #3) by CJ Daugherty
Publisher: Atom
Released: August 15th 2013
Find it on Goodreads

Devastated by the loss of her friend and under constant threat from an unknown spy at Cimmeria Academy, Allie Sheridan is finding it hard to cope.

In Fracture, the third book in the Night School series, she’s not the only one losing it – everything is falling apart. And when Nathaniel begins to reveal his game plan, Isabelle starts to lose control.

As the school slides into a deadly morass of paranoia and suspicion, everyone is guilty until proved innocent. Anyone can be held without proof, and convicted without a trial. No one is safe.

This time Nathaniel doesn’t need to hurt them. This time they’re hurting themselves.
(from Goodreads)

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She led him to the edge of the dance floor, waving over a waiter bearing a tray full of champagne glasses. Selecting two, she handed one to Carter.
Carter knew he should pace himself but the cold, effervescent wine was welcome. The room was stuffy. Over-heated.
Jules took a deep drink then turned to face him. She was standing very close and her breast brushed his arm. Just for a second, he wondered if she’d done it on purpose.
‘I’m so glad I don’t have to wear a jacket like boys do.’ Her voice was husky. ‘It must be so hot.’
Somehow, his glass of champagne was empty again. When did that happen?
His hand, of its own accord, ran down her bare arm. Her skin felt as silky as her dress. When it reached her wrist he pulled her closer.
Is this a good idea? But the cautious voice came and went away.
Her lips were so near now. Her body was pressed against his. He could feel how her breaths had shortened. The way her pulse fluttered. She wanted him as much as he wanted her. And why shouldn’t they have each other? Should he just be alone forever because he and Allie couldn’t make it work? Because she wanted someone else?
Because she wanted Sylvain?
No.
‘Carter …’ Jules whispered.
‘What?’ His throat had tightened; he breathed the word.
People were pushing past them on their way to and from the dance floor but they barely noticed.
‘Are you ever going to kiss me?’ she asked.
He smiled. And lowered his lips to hers.
At first all he noticed was how different it was with her than Allie. She smelled differently – of cool roses rather than honeysuckle and spice. Her body felt different. But it was more than that. Her kisses were more assured. Allie was always hesitant, curious, as if she was still learning how to do it. Jules, on the other hand, was confident. Her lips parted instantly, explored him. Her tongue tangled with his. Her hands slipped under his jacket and ran up his back, pulling him tighter.
Things went faster with Jules. Got out of hand faster. And, after a moment he pulled back, half-laughing.
‘Hey, we better chill out a little. Parents.’
Her lips curved up. ‘I know someplace we can go where there aren’t any parents.’
He held her gaze. ‘Where?’
‘My room.’
The noise of the crowd seemed to recede. Carter’s heartbeat sped up. He wanted nothing more right now than to continue that kiss. But he knew if that happened – if he went to her room and they continued what they’d started at the edge of the dance floor – their friendship would change forever.
He hesitated. ‘I don’t know …’
Her face fell.
With a gentle touch, he smoothed a strand of blonde hair back from her eyes. ‘Are you sure about this, Jules? We’ve always been friends …’
She took a shaky breath. When she spoke, her words came out in a rush. ‘I am sure, Carter. I’ve been sure for a long time. I just didn’t know how to tell you. Then you were with Allie and I thought …’
His face darkened. You thought it was forever. Well, so did I. And look how wrong we both were.
That made up his mind. He pressed a soft kiss against the side of her face.
‘Let’s go.’

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Hope you enjoyed the excerpt! To read the next part, make sure to drop by Serendipity Reviews tomorrow. To start from the beginning, visit I Want to Read That and follow the links! And keep a look out for my review of Fracture, which will be coming soon.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: Atom
Released: April 9th 2013
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Turning sixteen isn't what Nick Gautier thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he's been told will ultimately kill him. Those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. If he is to survive this latest round, he will ultimately have to sacrifice a part of himself. (from Goodreads)

I swear, every time I finish a book in this series, I immediately want the next one, and then I remember that I have to wait so long for it. Ugh! I really enjoyed Inferno and seriously can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Nick was going through a lot of things in Inferno. He broke up with Kody after finding out what her mission was, he was trying not to lose control of his steadily growing powers and he also had to deal with the fact that Casey had decided to randomly latch on to him after finding out he was no longer with Kody, and he pretty much had no idea why. Add in problems with his father and a mysterious threat that kept following him, and life was more hectic than ever. But what I loved about Inferno, and about all the books in this series, was that even though things were getting darker and more and more serious, there was still time for humour. Nick cracked me up – the scene where he was with Casey and she was flirting with him was so hilarious, and even though I knew there was something up with Casey and something odd was going on, I couldn’t help but laugh. He really did not know what was happening, he needed to update his info on girls! I was never a huge fan of Kody so I wasn’t too upset about their break-up, but I do think Kody was good for Nick, they sort of balanced each other out, so I was worried at why might happen if they didn’t work things out. And seeing as we’re on the topic of girls – Simi! Ambrose stressed so much that Nick should only think of her as a sister and nothing else and yet... Definitely intrigued to see how things will turn out in the next few books.

We got to know a bit more about Caleb in Inferno, which I really enjoyed, though he, like most people in this series, did not have a particularly happy past. I liked that Caleb really seemed to really care about Nick – it was unexpected even to him that they actually became quite close, and that he’d be willing to help him of his own volition. There was also this interesting scene between Caleb and Kody and I feel like there’s still a lot more to learn about them both.

Ambrose – o_O. I mean, what can I say. His future was awful, everything that was happening to him was awful, I could see why he so desperately wanted to change the past, and now, was that even possible for him?  Things were as mysterious as ever where he was concerned. But even more mysterious was that we still found out nothing about Nick’s supposed brother – I was dying to find out more after book three, but nope! Nothing! Ahh I need to know!

I think one of the only problems I had with this book was with Cherise, Nick’s mother. I love that she and Nick were close and that Nick really loved his mother and would do anything for her – but Cherise was so overbearing! One of the most overbearing mothers in YA I’ve ever seen. I mean, it made a nice change from the usual absentee parents, but the scenes she was in were probably my least favourite. I also hated Nick’s dad, but then I’m pretty sure the world hated Nick’s dad, so no surprises there.

The ending was a massive cliffhanger. I was reading and was like “WTF IS GOING ON?” and then it just ENDED. IT JUST ENDED. How could Sherrilyn Kenyon leave it there? And now we have to wait so long for the next book. Whhhhhhhy. Ah. Can’t wait to read Illusion – cleverly named indeed, I sincerely hope there will be a proper explanation and solution to what happened in those last few pages because I don’t think I could deal if there weren’t!

Overall, Inferno was another great sequel, and I once again highly recommend this series to everyone. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #56


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

17825113The Rig by Joe Dulcie
September 5th 2013
Find it on Goodreads

Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at The Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from The Rig. No one except for Drake...

After making some escape plans and meeting the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realises that all is not as it seems on The Rig. The Warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X - a blue, glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom - but can they survive long enough to make it?

Drake is an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and the CHERUB team in this debut author's fantastically imagined sci-­fi nightmare.
(from Goodreads)

Really looking forward to The Rig! For some reason, I am immensely interested in books/shows about people trying to break out of high-security prisons :P. And a seemingly inescapable prison in the middle of the Arctic? Sounds kinda like Impel Down from One Piece! Or Azkaban. Though I doubt a juvenile prison will be quite as bad, but still. And I'm always up for a story involving superpowers - wonder what kinds there will be. The cover is also pretty cool.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Review: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
Publisher: Usborne
Released: January 15th 2013
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads
Note: I own the US version of this book, but have included information about the UK release.

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in Level 2, the waiting room between Earth and Heaven, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend…and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her…

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing in Level 2, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves. A choice that will change everything…

THREE LEVELS - TWO LOVES - ONE CHOICE
(from Goodreads)

Level 2 was an interesting take on the afterlife and definitely had me intrigued from the beginning. I had a few problems with it (mostly just stuff that confused me a little), but enjoyed it as a whole.

Felicia was an unusual sort of main character. She wasn’t exactly instantly likeable – she had done a lot of stuff in the past that she regretted, she was pretty self-centred and a little arrogant and she seemed unreasonably hostile at certain points. But I did actually like her, because she was so human. She had done things wrong yes, but she had admitted to her mistakes and was trying not to make them again. In the “hives” – the places in Level 2 (the afterlife) where people were plugged into a network and made to relive their memories of life – she relived her happiest memories most often while staying away from the bad ones – just like most people in real life would try to shut out their worst memories. However, when she needed to, she went through them and tried to get information from them that could help everyone. Most of the memories she enjoyed were ones of her boyfriend Neil, and I liked seeing her relive all her memories because it gave us an insight into the type of person she was in life and how she changed over time. I didn’t exactly understand why Felicia was a target or what was so special about her that she would be chased into hiding – it was explained, sort of, but I didn’t really get it. Definitely hope to get more information about that in the next book, because it would clear up a lot of questions I have about Felicia and Level 2.

As for the love interests (though the love triangle wasn’t really a love triangle – you’ll see what I mean if you read the book), I am firmly Team Julian. Yes, yes, call me morally ambiguous, but I preferred Julian. Neil (who mostly showed up in memories, rather than in person) was so perfect he was positively saint-like and I’m much too sarcastic to tolerate him. Julian was a bad boy, emphasis on the “bad”, and after that ending I have no idea what to make of him now, but I still preferred him, because he had a personality that stood out more, for me. Neil was all kind and sweet and that was all very good, but he didn’t have much to say. Julian was a lot more challenging and had more chemistry with Felicia in my opinion, and despite knowing all the stuff he’d done, he was still better than Neil because Neil was just...eh. Boring and naive. And too nicey-nicey. “Oh Felicia, whatever you want is fine! Don’t mind me!” “Oh Felicia, I don’t care about the things you’ve done because I for some reason just really like you anyway! And of course, ‘To err is human, to forgive divine’ and we all know I’m just a saint!” “Oh Felicia, good always triumphs over bad!” “Oh Felicia, everything will be fine and dandy, just you wait!” -__________- To say he annoyed me would be an understatement. I realise, however, that a lot of people will like Neil better. Won’t lie, Julian acted like a major jerk at times and didn’t even seem to WANT to be liked. But this is the book world, and he was the character I found more interesting, so there you have it. Team Julian and his questionable morals all the way!

Plot-wise, I found the beginning very slow, but it got better quite early on and things became a lot more interesting. A lot of time was spent reliving memories, and while I did enjoy most of them, I felt like this took up a lot of room in the book and left little space for other things to happen. Felicia did seem to spend quite a few pages wandering back and forth, visiting different hives and charging up with memories (and in every memory of her dad, he called her “sweet pea”. I never want to hear “sweet pea” again now). However, I did enjoy the world-building, and the concept of the hives and Level 2 was pretty unique and definitely appealed to me. The whole “war” (is war the right word? Basically two groups fighting against each other) aspect which came into play (and explained a lot more about Level 2) was also something I enjoyed because we didn’t actually know much about the “bad guys” (or what they were really after – again, it was kind of explained, but I found it hard to make sense of it all – though this could just be me) and the “good guys” seemed to take a lot of harsh actions to try and get ahead, and it made me question just who was who in this war. I also loved the ending – I guessed a few things but there was one thing I didn’t see coming at all, and it completely surprised me! Definitely intrigued to see how it all plays out in the next book because I think things are going to be very different.

Overall, I liked Level 2 and it was definitely a pretty original story. Recommended to those who like books about the afterlife or general dystopia fans.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Liz's Lists #1


Do you like making lists? I do. In fact, I make lists for everything. So I have decided as I am so often making lists, I may as well share some of the book-related ones with you, as sometimes they're actually quite interesting (unlike my many, many to-do lists, which are often abandoned...). Today's list is a list of some of my favourite covers of 2013 (regardless of whether I have read or liked the book).

[All images from Goodreads. Clicking on the image will take you to the book's Goodreads page]

Relativity

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)

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The Art of Wishing

Rebel Belle

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Playing Tyler

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

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Hilariously, I have not actually read any of these books, except Seraphina (which was amazing, you all need to read it). And you can tell I have a thing for stars :P. I'm sure I've missed out a bunch of others I like, but oh well. I will probably add to the list if I find more. Do you like any of these covers? What are your favourite covers of the year?

Friday, 9 August 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: August 15th 2013
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her. (from Goodreads)

I didn’t know what to expect with Crown of Midnight. All I knew was that things were going to happen and they weren’t all going to be pleasant. What an understatement. My brain is still trying to process all the things that went on. I feel like – bah! I don’t even know what I feel. It’s books like these that make me sad to remember that I’ll have to wait another year or so for the next instalment.  Why don’t I have a time machine?

So a lot of things happened in this book and there were lots of things going on that connected to each other in some way. We also got to find out a bit more about the characters, especially about Celaena’s past. I’d been dying to know about her background for a while so I was so glad for some explanations. Some of it shocked me, some of it didn’t. I shall leave it at that to avoid spoilers. But I will say that Celaena had a hard life and at times I felt so sorry for her, I couldn’t even imagine how she managed to get up and work for the king every morning. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom and she still had her flirty, somewhat arrogant sense of humour. Towards the end when things started to get really serious we kind of got to see a different side of Celaena which I liked. And after the ending (I did suspect something like that, but the real mystery is what Celaena will do now), I cannot wait to read the next book.

One thing I really loved about Crown of Midnight was the growing relationship between Celaena and Chaol. They were friends in Throne of Glass and you could tell that Chaol had started to have feelings for her, but in Crown of Midnight they became closer and it was the kind of relationship where they could just be comfortable in each other’s presence and could talk and laugh and just understand each other. I loved the time they spent together! Dorian was still present but...well it’s hard to explain. The situation wasn’t really the same, and in a surprising twist, he had his own things to be dealing with. I really had no idea what was going on at first or why but I was really interested in how Dorian was going to deal with it. He was starting to stand up to his father and question everything he’d previously known. There was definitely a tension between Dorian and Chaol but they were still friends and Chaol was still loyal to Dorian no matter what. The only thing about the relationships that I wasn’t fond of was how complicated everything was getting and that I kept doubting who Celaena really could end up with (assuming they don’t all die!). It seemed like it’d be Chaol, but then I just couldn’t be sure! As much as I liked Dorian, I’m definitely Team Chaol.

Nehemia was one of Celaena’s only friends and one of the only people she really trusted. We were also introduced to someone who Celaena had known in her old life, Archer. I didn’t really know what to make of this guy and I kept changing my mind every time he popped up.

Plot-wise, there was always something intriguing going on, and there were so many twists concerning all the characters. I really could not have guessed some of the things that happened (and though the very end didn’t shock me shock me, the implication it had...well. Let’s just say the next book is going to veeery interesting). I also really want to find out more about Queen Elena. She always appeared at random moments and spouted cryptic advice – I wanted to know what her motives were! Mort, a magical doorknocker who could talk (yep, this is real) funnily enough was one of my favourite parts of this book because he was actually quite funny and always warned Celaena not to do things which she ended up doing anyway.

Overall, Crown of Midnight was an excellent sequel to Throne of Glass, and just as enjoyable and even more suspenseful. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book, and if you haven’t started this series yet I definitely recommend it!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #55


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
September 10th 2013
Find it on Goodreads

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 (from Goodreads)

I'm seriously dying to read this book. Who among us is not guilty of being a fangirl at some point in their life? Cath sounds like someone a lot of bookish people could relate to (and even if not, she just sounds like a really interesting character!) and I also love the fact that the setting is college/university. It seems that Cath has a lot of new problems and situations to face and I'm curious to see how she'll deal with it all!  This book is out next month but that still seems too far away.

What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: August 1st 2013
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.
(from Goodreads)

All Our Yesterdays was an enthralling book that was a lot better than I expected. Usually I’m sceptical about time-travel books, and while I had a few issues, all in all, I felt it was pretty well done.

Unfortunately, I can’t do my usual in-depth character-centric review for this book, because it would spoil a lot of things for potential readers, so I’m just going to mention what I can.  First of all, I loved how we started off not knowing anything about the characters or what was going on, but then slowly got pieces of information throughout the book and eventually started to put everything together. Finn and Em – oh, Finn and Em. I loved them both.  They went through so much, including horrible torture, and yet they still had the drive to go back in time, and do what was necessary. And when they kept having setbacks – Em, especially, who after everything, just could not kill James – they still kept trying until the very end. I just loved these two much! To see how they had changed from being younger and care-free to haunted, toughened versions of themselves just highlighted precisely how awful the future they lived in was. I LOVED the romance too. Even with James messing stuff up and coming between them, I loved the way Em and Finn’s past was revealed and how much they had changed and had eventually come to care for each other. I was rooting for them all along even though I knew they probably wouldn’t get happy endings.

James was...a complex character. I could not believe how different future (or present?) James was to past James. What could possibly have happened to turn him into such a monster? That made his own friends feel that it was necessary to kill him? The way he cared about the Finn and Em of the past, who he loved and who loved him, made it seem like he’d never want to hurt them – and yet, he did. It was baffling that he had changed so much. Lord Acton once said “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” and I think that’s true of this story.

Plot-wise, there was never a boring moment. The pacing was excellent, I was always kept guessing, there were a bunch of twists, and the ending had me upset and relieved and extremely puzzled all at the same time, because after that, I don’t see what could possibly happen in the sequel. My only problems were I think there could have been at bit more explanation about why the invention of time-travel was so awful and how exactly it was being abused – I mean, I got it, but I just wanted a bit more information. Also, the thing about time being “sentient” and that whole explanation to solve the paradox issue? Yeah, no. But hey, I’ll accept it since otherwise there would be a massive plot-hole, so.

I wish I could say more about this book, but I really, really don’t want to spoil anything. Just believe me that Finn and Em are awesome, James was interesting, the relationships between the characters were all well-developed, and I have no idea what is going to happen in the next book (the ending was very bittersweet yet most things seemed wrapped up to me!).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it to fans of time-travel novels and great characters.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Night School: Fracture Blog Tour Announcement


Hi everyone! This August, I'm taking part in the blog tour for CJ Daugherty’s latest novel Fracture coming out this month. As part of the celebrations around the launch of the book, CJ has written an exclusive short story which is set during the ball at the end of Allie's first term at Cimmeria, which ties in with the end of book one in the series. Think you know everything that happened between Allie and Carter in book one, well think again. CJ’s exclusive story reveals that fateful night from the point of view of everyone’s favourite hottie Carter! Find out exactly what he thinks about Allie and where things started to go wrong.

In order to read this story all you have to do is visit six blogs over the course of one week, each blog will reveal a little bit more of the story in chronological order (see blog tour banner). Starting on Thursday 15th August and finishing on 20th August when Fracture is available to buy. So what are you waiting for, make sure you head over to the I Want To Read That blog on Thursday 15th! Planet Print is the third stop on the tour and will be hosting the third part of the story, so if you're interested, keep an eye out!

To get everyone excited, Fracture also has a very cool trailer which you can see below! And make sure you're paying attention, because there might be a little extra special something at the end...



I hope everyone is excited about Fracture - see you in a couple of weeks for my stop on the tour!