Wednesday, May 24

Review: How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2)

How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2)
Holly Bourne

Published By: Usbourne Publishing
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Date Read: April 9, 2017
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
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From Goodreads:
Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber's hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there's prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie's advice, there's no escaping the fact: love is hard.

"Failure is never getting hurt. Because that means you've not done anything you care about."

I've been a major fan of Holly Bourne ever since I read her debut Soulmates, which totally blew me away. The first book in The Spinster Club series, Am I Normal Yet? was one of my favourite books of 2015. I am really kicking myself now for not continuing this series sooner. Amber's story was amazing. I loved every single moment of it and I can't wait to read Lottie's story.

Amber can't wait for the summer, where she is jetting off to sunny California to see her Mum, whom she hasn't seen for 2 years since she jetted off with her new husband and didn't look back. While there Amber realises that things aren't quite as she expected and when she meeets gorgeous all-American Prom King Kyle she falls hard. But can Kyle honestly like tall, ginger Amber over the gorgeous American girls?

I loved How Hard Can Love Be? so much. Once I started reading it, it was very very hard to put down. I pretty much read the whole thing in one sitting. Amber is such an amazing main character and I loved reading about her story. I couldn't read it fast enough. Holly is such an amazing author. Every book of hers she has sucked me in and I have been so addicted to the stories she tells. They are amazing love stories but with something so much more as well. I particularly love the hard hitting issues that she tackled in this series. From a main character suffering from OCD in book 1 to Amber's alcoholic mother in this one. These books are without a doubt a must-read.

I cannot profess my love for this book enough. It was just absolutely phenomenal. I loved the setting of an American summer camp. It brought laughter, tears and romance to the book which to me just made it all the more perfect. I loved Kyle so much. The more I read of the book the more I fell head over heels in love with him. I adored that he wasn't the usual 'bad boy' that you find in YA books. He was just a perfectly adorable kind guy and I loved that. I loved them Kyle and Amber and I really hope they crop up again in the next book. I could have easily read a much longer book about their adventures together. I adored them.

How Hard Can Love Be? was one of my favourite reads of the year so far and I can't wait to continue the series. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend it. It was so amazing.

"Be you. It's all you can ever be anyway. But own being you. It's a fab thing to own."


Wednesday, May 17

Review: Annabel (Delirium #0.5)

Annabel (Delirium #0.5)
Lauren Oliver

Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
Date Read: Febriary 27, 2017
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Lena's mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost in Lena's past. Until now.

Discover her secrets in Lauren Oliver's brilliant original digital story set in the world of New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium.

Lena Halloway's mother, Annabel, supposedly committed suicide when Lena was only six years old. That's the lie that Lena grew up believing, but the truth is very different. As a rebellious teenager, Annabel ran away from home and straight into the man she knew she was destined to marry. The world was different then—the regulations not as stringent, the cure only a decade old. Fast forward to the present, and Annabel is consigned to a dirty prison cell, where she nurtures her hope of escape and scratches one word over and over into the walls: Love.

But Annabel, like Lena, is a fighter. Through chapters that alternate between her past and present, Annabel reveals the story behind her failed cures, her marriage, the births of her children, her imprisonment, and, ultimately, her daring escape.

Annabel is a novella that I have had on my kindle for what feels like forever. I remember reading Delirium years ago and loving it so much so I bought the novellas as soon as they released but for some reason I just never read them. I am so glad I finally decided to read them as I enjoyed reading this prequel novella.

Annabel tells the story of Lena's mother. I am really glad that I didn't read this before Delirium as I feel it would have spoilt the book for me but I did enjoy reading Annabel's story. It's told in both the past when not everyone has the cure as it's just been perfected and in the present day when she is in a cell just living for the day that she can escape and be with other uncured people.

Annabel was a cute and intriguing novella. It is very short and something you can read in about half an hour. It definitely gave me more insight into the Delirium series and I can't wait to read more of the series.



Wednesday, May 10

Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver

Published By: Hodder and Straughton
Publication Date: July 22, 2010
Date Read: February 26, 2017
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
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From Goodreads:
They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’—but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or—in my case—remember to say goodbye to them at all.

But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change...?

"Here's another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you're dead, it's the only thing that keeps you alive."

Before I Fall is a book that has been sat on my bookshelf for what feels like forever. After seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation I finally decided to give this one a go. I am now totally kicking myself for not reading this book sooner. I fell head over heels in love with this book. I just couldn't put it down.

Before I Fall tells the story of Sam, a teenage girl who is in a car accident with her friends only to wake up the following day reliving the same day again. Sam is stuck in a sort of time-loop, reliving the day over and over again and she needs to find out why. Can she save herself? Or is it someone else that she needs to save?

Sam was a very interesting character to follow through this story. I wasn't really a big fan of her at first. I enjoyed reading about her but she was kind of a bitch. She is the epitome of popular mean girl in an American high school. However the more she experiences the same day over and over the more she grows as a character and realises that her actions previously are unacceptable and what effect her actions have on the other kids. By the end of the book I really liked her and all I wanted was for her to have a happy ending.

Lauren Oliver is fast becoming an author I loved. Prior to this book I had read Delirium, which I loved and Panic, which I also liked. Her writing style is just so mesmerising and addictive. I loved every moment of this book and the more I read the more I just couldn't put it down. Lauren sucked me in with her amazing story telling skills and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

Before I Fall is definitely one of the most emotional books I have read in a while. The more I read the more I fell in love with this story and these characters and the more I needed things to work out for them. It's such a moving story and tackles such hard issues such as bullying, depression and suicide. These are hard topics to tackle in a YA novel but Lauren does is effortlessly with a lot of tact. She is the perfect author to tackle these hard issues as she does it in such a real yet sensitive way.

Before I Fall was a phenomenal novel and I am so happy I finally read it. I can't wait to see the movie of this book and I really hope that they do it justice because it's such a fantastic book. If you're looking for a contemporary novel that is emotional, sensitive and beautiful then this is the book for you. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

"Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know."



Wednesday, May 3

Wrap Up: April 2017


Hey guys,
Can you believe its May already? This year is going soooo fast. April was a pretty awesome month. I got to re-read two favourite books and my most anticipated book of the year was delivered almost a week early. EEP!

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:




Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver
Roseblood by AG Howard
Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas

E-Books:

 
I was very lucky to get an ARC of The Dead List by JLA but unfortunately was unable to read it due to my very major phobia being a main theme in this one *sad face*

Books Read in April 2017:



How Hard Can Love Be? (Spinsted Club #2) by Holly Bourne - 5 Stars
What's A Girl Gotta Do? (Spinster Club #3) by Holly Bourne - 3 Stars
Blood Warrior (Alexa Montgomery #1) by HD Gordon - 5 Stars *RE-READ*
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars *RE-READ*
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars *RE-READ*
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in April 2017:


2017 Challenges Update:


This year I am challenging myself to:
  • The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge
  • The 2017 Debut Author Challenge
  • The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
  • The Zoella Book Club Challenge
The Totally Doable 2017 Reading Challenge


I am so happy with my progress in this challenge so far this year. Like last month rather than selecting books for the categories I just read what I wanted and then saw if any of them fit.

This month I read:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Reread a book you rated 5 stars in 2015)
What's A Girl Gotta Do? (A book set in the UK)

Challenge Total: 8/12






The 2017 Debut Author Challenge


I didn't read any books for this challenge this month so I'm hoping to continue with this series next month.
 
Challenge Total: 1/5
 
The 2017 'Continue a Series' Challenge
 
 
This month I read book 2 and 3 in the Spinster Club Series by Holly Bourne, making this my second series completed for this challenge.
Challenge Update: 2/5

The Zoella Book Club Challenge


 
No further update on this challenge. I'm hoping to read more in May.
Challenge Total: 5/16
 
Top 3 Books of April 2017:
 

 


What did you read this month?
 
 

Monday, May 1

Early Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

A Court of Wings and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: April 30, 2017
Genre: NA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 699
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From Goodreads:
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

"To the stars who listen - and the dreams that are answered."

There are no words to describe just how flipping excited I was to get this book. Sarah J Maas has been one of my all time favourite authors ever since her debut novel Throne of Glass came out. I have read and loved all of her books but not one series captures my heart like this one. I was both excited and terrified when A Court of Wings and Ruin landed on my doorstep. I couldn't believe it had been delivered so early and couldn't wait to dive in but I was so not ready for Feyre and Rhys' story to be over. A Court of Wings and Ruin was utterly perfect. I loved every single moment.

A Court of Mist and Fury left us with such a major cliffhanger with Feyre going into the enemy camp of the Spring Court. I was so worried about how much acting Feyre was going to have to do with Tamlin to make him believe that she was truly back. I needn't have worried because Sarah executed everything perfectly. This series is one of the most expertly planned and weaved storylines I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Sarah is definitely one phenomenal author and she is one that I will read whatever she writes regardless of what it is. I love her books so much. A Court of Wings and Ruin has so many twists and turns I didn't see coming and I love when an author can do that. I usually guess what's going to happen so many times that I am absolutely thrilled that I couldn't do that in this one. That to me is a sign of an amazing author.

Feyre is such a badass. Of course we knew this already from the previous books in this series but in A Court of Wings and Ruin she really takes her 'bad-assery' to a whole other level. When you look at how Feyre was in the first book of the series there is no mistaking the amount she has grown as a character throughout these three books. She is wonderful and perfect. A total badass who is willing to do whatever needs to be done to win the war but she also shows a perfect balance of that and the emotion she feels for her sisters, Rhys and her court.

A Court of Wings and Ruin was without a doubt the most emotional fantasy novel I've ever read. I often get so caught up in the action that I sometimes don't feel some of the heartbreak and emotion of war in a lot of fantasy novels. This was absolutely not the case. I sobbed. A lot! I was completely and utterly heartbroken at a few times within this book. I don't think I've cried that much at a book in such a long time. Sarah completely puts your heart through the wringer in this one but trust in her. The heartbreak is totally worth it because the ending was utterly perfect.

A Court of Wings and Ruin was utterly perfect. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing novel and ending for Feyre's story. I am so so excited for more from Prythian and I already have my guesses and theories about who the next books will centre around but I'm keeping that to myself for now. You'll find no spoilers here. Sorry to disappoint. Now stop reading this review and just go and read the damn book! I'm just gonna go over here and sit in the worst book hangover I think I have ever had. Go and savour and treasure this perfect book. It's worth every tear.

"I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... the wait was worth it."