Book Review: Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Romance

“The pain between his eyes was excruciating now.
It was time. ”
– Jeff Giles, The Edge of Everything ARC pg 78

Jeff Giles’ Edge of Everything was quite out of this world (get it because like the story is set outside of this world ahahah 🙂 ). I had no clue what to expect when I dived into this novel. I went in there completely blind and the story I discovered wasn’t quite what I expected but that didn’t mean it wasn’t good. I actually found myself enjoying this novel. It was a fresh and unique storyline and I found myself hooked to the storyline.

I love how Giles takes the cliche alien love story and makes it into something thats more gripping and more heart felt. I definitely felt a few gut and heart wrenches throughout the story. Especially, when *SPOILER ALERT* X leaves and she sees her father again. I also really enjoyed how there are so many different facets to the storyline and therefore, I was always questioning what would happen next. Jeff Giles’ writing is very real he doesn’t sugar coat things but the way he describes situations and characters painted a vivid picture into the minds of the readers.

However, I have to admit the world building wasn’t a highlight in this novel. I don’t know if it was just me but I found it quite difficult to understand the Lowlands concept. I understood that X had to take souls for him to be free but I still didn’t quite follow the other world. I was confused in many parts of the novel and I think it would have been much easier to understand the concepts if there was a bit more world building. I also didn’t quite enjoy the dual perspectives. I understand why it is necessary to have the two perspectives but I found it boring to read from Xs perspective because he lacked some personality.

In addition, the development of Zoe and X’s relationship was pretty poor. They fell in love in an instant and I didn’t really see the buildup or chemistry between the two at all. I found it difficult to connect to their relationship and in fact, I thought Zoe should have ended up with Dallas because I could definitely see the chemistry between the two. In hindsight, the storyline made this book really enjoyable and I actually found it easy to get deep into the novel.

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if you liked these books, you’ll like jeff giles’ edge of everything

That’s all for this review! Have you read The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles? What was your latest read? I’m just about to fly out for a holiday, so hopefully I can get some posts up in the next few weeks!

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Book Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

 

Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  8/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Romance

After seeing Stealing Snow plastered on Instagram pages and after letting the novel sit on my bookshelf for what seems like ages, I decided to give the novel a go. I hadn’t read any reviews on the book before hand and the moment I opened the book, I knew I would highly enjoy this novel. Despite the raging negative reviews, I’m going to keep to my opinion and say I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s hard to find a good fantasy romance these days and this novel definitely satisfied my craving for one.

Stealing Snow starts off with a scene that left me questioning the main character- Snow. I wanted to know who she is, I wanted to know who Bale is and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. When I discovered that she was in a mental facility I was expecting Paige to pull a Vanishing Girls move on the novel in which the Snow Kingdom was all part of her imagination but I was proven wrong. I think a big part of why people didn’t like the novel was because of the similarities between Stealing Snow and Frozen but, to be honest, I thought this novel was better. I love how Paige takes this idea of a snow kingdom and snow powers and warps it into something that is more suited to a teenage audience. I found myself falling in love with the story line.

At times, Snow did get on my nerves but I enjoyed watching her grow as a person. I loved seeing how she dealt with being in a mental facility and how she was dealing with the information about her family. Some of her reckless decisions did cause me to cringe but there was something about her character I really enjoyed reading about. I think part of it was my interest in her history. The plot twists really hit me, I was definitely not expecting some of them. *SPOILER ALERT* Her secret twin sister and her backstabbing mother, are just two of the many examples of the plot twists that rocked me over the edge.

There was definitely one thing that was a flaw in this novel- the love square. NEVER in my life had I ever read a story in which the character had not one, not two but THREE love interests. In my opinion, I thought it was a little unbelievable and overwhelming. Whilst she was saving her poor, beloved Bale, she was kissing Kai and the chemistry between her and Jagger was insane. I didn’t really like this component to the story because it made the book seem less real and three-dimensional which was a shame. Hopefully, this clears up in the later books but just to clarify I’m leaning towards #TEAMKAI!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and if you are craving a good fantasy definitely check this out. I have never read a book quite like this and I loved the mashup of the mental facility and the fantasy world. I have so many unanswered questions about the characters and story swimming around in my head. I can not wait to read the next book in the series.

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if you liked these books you’ll like danielle paige’s stealing snow

That’s all for my review of Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for sending this to me but please note that this does not alter or change my opinion on this novel. I know many people didn’t like this novel- so share your thoughts down below! I would love to hear them!

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Blog Tour + Book Review: Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World by PC. Cast

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Title: Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World
Author: PC Cast
Series: Tales of a New World
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Coming of Age, Adventure

“Become that which I see, mind and heart your image will be, salvation for these beloved three,”
PC Cast, Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World (ARC edition)

PC Cast’s Moon Chosen truly transports you to a new world. This novel was such a thrill ride! I found myself addicted to the story and I’m so glad this book saved me from my very long reading slump. There are so many elements of this book that made it a wonderful read.

I have to begin by talking about Cast’s writing style. Her writing style is one of the absolute best, this novel was so beautifully written that every word and every sentence painted such a vivid picture and story in my brain. It almost felt like every word was a colour and all the words blended together to create this artwork of a story. Everything is described in such depth and beauty! One of my favourite parts of the story was when Mari was pairing with Regel, her dog and although I have never had a dog, Cast’s description of Mari’s feelings made it feel like I had a dog before. Every character’s thoughts were so different, yet PC Cast managed to somehow make all of them flow and it is her writing style that makes the book a great read.

I also love how many different stories there were in the story. Often I hate jumping from perspective to perspective, story to story but I love how PC Cast managed to balance the two different characters- Nik and Mari together in one book. The story flowed and made sense, switching between the two lives gave the reader a break from one character and at times left you page turning to find out what happens next. At first, I was kind of confused as to who the two characters were and how they were related but as the story progressed they interlaced like webs and the story manage to fit together so well. About a quarter through the novel, I was predicting Nik and Mari’s relationship- I honestly thought they were brother and sister!

The characters are so much fun to read about because although they are totally different to us they were sassy and all had unique personalities. I loved Sora’s character although she was a bit shallow and I couldn’t forget Mari who I also really enjoyed reading about. I think Nik’s character still need more development and story to it but I’m sure we’ll be able to see more of him in the next few books. When Mari’s mother died, I was definitely not expecting that to happen!

The only main issue I had with the book was how slow some parts of the book were. I still enjoyed reading it because of Cast’s writing but looking back on the novel, I thought not much really happened in the first part of the book. Maybe it is due to the world building which was really well done. I clearly understand the ways of both tribes and it wasn’t hard to understand any of the terminology. However, I do wish the novel was more fast paced. PC Cast’s Moon Chosen was really a great read- the writing, character development, world building and multiple storylines really created a bow for this book. It wrapped up like a great little present and I’ll definitely be there for the next installment of this series!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love moon chosen: tales of a new world:

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This was part of a blog tour run by Pan Macmillan. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan. I received PC Cast’s Moon Chosen from Pan Macmillan, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.

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Book Review: Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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dsc_0213_fotorTitle: Tell Us Something True
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Release Date: June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is a simple but incredibly intriguing read. I’ll admit that when I picked up this book I was unsure about whether or not I would really like it- the plot sounded cheesy and the colour of the cover wasn’t really doing it many favours. However, the moment I read about River and the more I delved into the story I was addicted. It was an easy read because River’s voice has the typical voice of any teenage boy but the storyline made the novel extraordinary.

Tell Us Something True kind of reminds me of a modern West Side Story cross Beauty and the Beast. It might not make much sense but what I’m trying to say is I love how Reinhardt takes completely two different characters each with bad histories and makes them fall in love. I love seeing how their relationship developed and how their stories interlaced. When I discovered that Penny’s helper was Daphne’s mother my brain was exploding because I would never have guessed. Reinhardt really does take this classic foundation of a romance story and adds layers upon layers of new elements to create this fun read.

I also really like the character development of River because his coming of age and development are clearly evident, which I believe is an important theme in the novel. River grows from this dependent, young teenager to another more mature and older boy. I loved reading about who he was and then reading about who he then went on to become.

Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True is definitely a great read if you are looking for a fun, easy contemporary read. I think they only thing that let me down was the fact that it didn’t give much of a WOW factor but I believe that it was still a really intriguing novel!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love tell us something true:

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what did you think of tell us something true? let me know down below!

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Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray Guest Post + Mini Reviews

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Hello!!

I recently finished E.R. Murray’s Caramel Hearts and I have such an action packed post for this novel. E.R. Murray will be guest posting today and I’ll also be featuring a mini review. Have you read Caramel Hearts yet?

dsc_0331_fotorTitle: Caramel Hearts
Author: E.R. Murray
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance

E.R. Murray’s Caramel Hearts was exactly like salted caramel- sweet with a tinge of salt. This novel was such an adorable read but it was also filled with a roller coaster of an adventure. I’ll admit it took me a while to get through but upon finishing the book I realised that this book was actually a pretty fun read. The character development was one of the highlights of the book, I love seeing how Olivia “bloomed” from this young, immature 14-year-old to one who had become more mature and had a grip on reality.

However, something that did let me down was how annoying the main character was at times. I know that it was part of the plot to do so but at times I was really pulling my hair out. 🙂 Some of the actions and thought processes she went through reminded me of a spoilt little girl. Nevertheless, her development was really something I enjoyed reading.

I also love the idea of integrating sweet, desert recipes! I thought that was so cute and I loved reading about how Olivia bakes them and also reading the delicious recipes in general! I thought what made this novel so different was the fact that it dragged me into this life I have never explored before. The Bloom family had its issues and reading it from a younger perspective really made me realise the effects  addiction and bullying had on a child. Overall, I thought Caramel Hearts was an easy read filled with sweetness but had undertones of serious and important themes.

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guest post from the author of caramel hearts: e.r. murray

Favourite Caramel Recipe

I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I do love salted caramel – in ice cream or truffle form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe for either, so I’ll have to go with my Caramel Hearts recipe from my book. They’re spongy & gooey & tasty & versatile, so they can be made cupcake-style instead if you prefer! Scroll down for the recipe:

Advice for high school teens

Ooh, this is a tough one… I wrote Caramel Hearts because I wanted to explore certain issues; bullying, the effects of addiction on a family unit, sibling relationships, poverty and friendships. These are all issues that affect us throughout our lives, but what we experience as teens burns brighter, deeper, more destructively. I think one of the main reasons is that as a teenager, we’re ready for our voices to be heard, but very few people are willing to listen. And so, the advice I’m giving is what I wish someone told my teenage self …

You’re not alone: whatever you’re feeling – be it tired, stressed, embarrassed, angry, ugly, pressured, unloved, friendless, fake, mortified, helpless, horny, bullied, misunderstood, disgusted, crazed – trust me, there’s someone nearby that’s feeling the same. It’s just that no one will admit it, because they’re too busy trying to deal with whatever it is they’re going through.

Dare to dream: seriously – dream big. If you love art, think about where it can lead. If sport is your thing, go for it. Want to write a book? Do it! I was a grade A student in a rough area and I remember being told I could aspire to working in a supermarket! I’ve travelled the world (there’s still more to see) and now I write books! So dream big – then make it happen. The path might not be easy, but it’ll be your own.

Hope is your weapon. If you have hope, you have a way out. Hope gives you wings – it means you can see another way, something to reach for, something to strive for – and when you get there, you’ll enjoy it all the more because you and you alone managed to get there.

Help others: in any small way you can and you’ll find you’re probably helping yourself too. We all know what it feels like to be on the periphery, or even too much in the centre of attention at times – if you see someone struggling, go help. Just a kind word or a smile or helping them move away from an uncomfortable situation can be enough.

Do it your way: adults think they have all the answers, but inside, they’re still just as uncertain and messy. If you have an idea, you go for it. It’s called progress. You’re the future.

These days will end: If you’re having an awful time, school is not the rest of your life. It is a part of your life for a small(ish) period of time, though it may not feel that way right now. Once school is over, you never have to see those people or think about it again – it can only follow you afterwards if you let it.

To learn more about E.R. Murray visit her website www.ermurray.com or connect with her on twitter @ERMurray or instagram elizabethrosemurray.

Caramel Hearts Recipe

No matter how spiky people seem, they’re always softer on the inside than you expect. Melt even the coldest of hearts with these golden, caramel treats and wipe your tears away.

Ingredients:

125 g/41⁄2 oz golden butter

125 g/41⁄2 oz light brown sugar

150 g/51⁄2 oz self-raising flour

2 eggs

1⁄2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sweet vanilla extract

70 g/2 1⁄2 oz of your favourite nuts (pecans, almonds or hazelnuts are best), finely chopped

For the ‘Salty Tears’ Caramel Sauce

200 g/7 oz caster sugar

70 ml/2 1⁄2 fl oz water

50 g/2 oz butter

150 ml/5 1⁄2 fl oz double cream

tsp chunky sea salt

 

How to Make the Magic Happen

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC/350 oF/Gas mark 4. Place all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat rapidly until well combined and creamy (plenty of elbow grease required).
  2. Line a baking tray with silicone heart-shaped cases and split the mixture equally between them. Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  3. Now make the caramel sauce and wash those tears away. Add the sugar, salt and water to a small pan and place over a gentle heat. Stir occasionally until all of the sugar and salt has melted.
  4. Turn up the heat and keep watch as the mixture boils – stir constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn. After 8–10 minutes, the mixture will thicken and turn a pale almond brown.
  5. Remove from the heat and carefully add the butter and cream. Return to the heat, stir, and as soon as the sauce thickens, pour lashings of it over the heart-shaped cake and serve to whichever prickly person you need to soothe.

Thank you so much to E.R. Murray for guest posting on my blog today! I really enjoyed her novel and if you haven’t read it yet, you have to give it a try!

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The Girl From Everywhere: Time Travelling Destinations + Mini Review

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Title: The Girl From Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Time Travel, Adventure, Romance

Today, I decided to spice up my normal reviews by giving you a mini review of Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere, whilst telling you two of the destinations I would love to go to if I had a chance to time-travel. One of the main features about this book is the unique time-travelling elements they have incorporated into the novel. I’ll begin with my mini-review! 🙂

The Girl From Everywhere was a really enjoyable and light read. I loved the story line because Heilig takes the overused time travelling plot and puts it into a new light. I love how the main character time travels to Hawaii because Hawaii is such a tropical and beautiful place. Furthermore, Heilig writing makes you want to turn the page over and over again.

However what disappointed me in this novel was that I thought there were too many elements. I didn’t think the romance was developed very well as there were too many issues and complications happening at the same time. It was hard for me to follow the love triangle which wasn’t really much of a love triangle. Nevertheless, Heidi Heilig’s character development of Nix was really well done. I thought Nix’s personality and morals really transformed from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait for the next book because I’ll definitely be following Nix’s story. Hopefully, in the next novel the relationship development will improve!

the two time-travel destinations i want to visit

If you didn’t guess already a lot of the book revolves around the concept of time travel. I’ve always wanted to time travel- go back in time and fast forward to the future. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have the chance to time travel. Here are the two destinations I would love to visit if I had the ability to time travel!

Late 1800s London

A weird choice you may say but I would love to visit the London in the late 1800s. Maybe it’s because I love The Infernal Devices so much but I’ve always thought this time period would be so much fun to visit. Imagine being thrown into this  new world where everyone wore suits or nice dresses, the Big Ben overlooking the whole entire town and the cities with bustling people. It probably wasn’t this majestical in reality but I can dream. I’ve always been a city girl and 1800s London is a mix of contemporary with vintage. The perfect match. This would definitely be one of my first destinations. (PS: I also get to see Will Herondale and who wouldn’t want that 🙂 )

My Younger Days…

I know I’m still young and I probably can’t really talk with much experience but something I’ve learnt very recently is to take in the moment because when you are older and you look back on it, you regret the days you didn’t relish the memories and moments. I would love to go back in time and to experience some of the best days, weeks, months and years of my life but at the same time I want to be able to know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t want time to fly and that’s why lately I’ve been trying to take up lots of new opportunities and experiences because you never know where they are going to lead you!

I hope you guys loved this post! Tell me if you have read Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere! Did you like it? Where would you travel to if you had the ability to time travel?

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Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

if you liked these books you will love the leaving:
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I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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Blog Tour + Book Review When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel- Fattah

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Reading the first few chapters of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, brought a wave of familiarity. I soon began to beileve that this book would be a cute contemporary simillar to Tale of Two Cities. However, as I progressed through the novel I realised that this book isn’t a simple young adult romance- no. In fact, it dove deeper than that and together the novel brought a parcel of cuteness, reality and depth. If you ever need a quality contemporary novel this book is definitely for you. Mina, one of the main characters in the story, is a refugee from Afghanistan but Michael’s family has always wanted to stop the refugee boats from coming into Australia. When Mina moves into town, Michael is torn between supporting his family and Mina. This novel tells the story of how these completely two different people fall in love and discover what they really stand for.

Before reading this novel, I was slightly hesitant. I had read Abdel-Fattah’s previous novel, Does My Head Look Big In This and I didn’t really enjoy the book at all. However, I read When Michael Met Mina in two days. It was a fresh and unique novel that dealt with what feels like an untouched topic in books: Refugees. It was really interesting to see both sides of the story and I loved how this was in two perspectives. After reading this, I have developed a more personal understanding of the issue and it was really enjoyable to read how Abdel-Fattah has woven this story and issue together. Furthermore, the overall main message of the story was very apparent and I liked how it was dealt with because the novel didn’t seem overly educational and political but rather it felt heart-warming and overall really enjoyable.

Michael and Mina’s character development was perfect. Due to the little amount of characters and the main focus on the two main characters, you can really see how well executed the development of the two characters were in the novel, especially Michael. Michael grew from a passive follower and a boy who wouldn’t fight for what he stood for to a more mature and strong-willed boy. It was interesting to see how he dealt with going against his father’s point of view about the refugees, as well as how he broke the news that he no longer wanted to be an architect. Mina’s character was admirable and not annoying at all, in fact at times her voice was easy to click with and I enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The little motifs throughout the novel, such as the slam poetry definitely help tie the knots together in the novel. I really enjoyed the analogies throughout the book because they all felt weirdly correct. Overall, the important issues and themes were discussed so so well in this novel, which is one of my reasons for why I enjoyed this book. Might I add, the romance was adorably cute! 🙂 What brought down this novel for me was the fact that it didn’t exactly suit my cup of tea but I definitely enjoyed reading this and I will be recommending it to many people!

if you liked these books, you’ll love when michael met mina:

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have you read when michael met mina? p.s: don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!
tomorrow’s post will be on: Bookss101
yesterday’s post was on: Loony Literate

That’s all for my review! I hope you guys enjoyed it and now I am off to read! I have some good posts coming up so stay tuned. P.S: Sorry for not posting last week, I was away and I didn’t have internet connection.

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Review: Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of The Sands
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy, Adventure

I believe that Rebel of The Sands is one of the most hyped up stories of 2016. Therefore, coming into this novel I expected the best of the best. Just like my expectation, what I found inside this magical novel was a carefully woven, beautifully written Persian adventure and fairy-tale. Rebel of the Sands follows the story of a girl, Amani who wants nothing else but to escape her village and she will do whatever it takes to get out. When she ventures out she meets a new boy and together they travel across the Arabian desert to a new place. However, with every step, she takes Amani questions whether or not she is taking the right path.

The novel starts off with a fast-past scene that definitely got me into the story. The pacing of the book was something that brought it down a little. It definitely was fast-paced but because of how quick some moments where I felt like some character development was lost on the way. Amani and Jin’s development were perfect as the novel revolved around both of them and I found that I just wanted to know more and more about both of them. However, characters such as Amani’s brother and Shazad were not as developed and I found it difficult to understand their characters. Furthermore on character development, I thought there were a few too many characters which made it difficult for the author to go in depth with every character. Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump

Amani and Jin’s relationship was cheesy, yet adorably cute at the same time. Their relationship was very stretched out, which means more cuteness in the next novel. I actually am so pumped to see where their relationship is going because at times I see them teetering on a beam and sometimes it seems like they are perfect for each other. It pained me to see that Jin tricked Amani and I really hope they are together by the end of the books.

Now on to the plot line, I have a major love for Persian and Arabian fairytales. There is just something so uniquely magical that I love about them. I thought Rebel of The Sands was perfect. Although The Wrath and The Dawn will always be my favourite Arabian fairytale novel, I believe Rebel of The Sands was an enthralling novel. I was surprised when I discovered that Amani was a Djinni and that Jin was a prince. I am so excited to see more of this Arabian story in the next book. I was expecting a retelling of Arabian nights but instead what I found was a unique storyline that had woven bits of the Arabian nights fairytale.

Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump and upon finishing it, I think I have saved myself from the slump. I loved so many parts in this novel and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this recent release I highly recommend it, it’s magically and wonderfully exciting and it will keep you up at night!

if you liked these books, you will love rebel of the sands:

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what did you think of rebel of the sands?

 

“Flaws + Dystopians” Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

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Title: Flawed
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: April 2016
Rating: 8/10
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Drama

DSC_0044_FotorWhen I first saw that Flawed was Cecelia Ahern’s new novel, I admit, I was skeptical because I had only ever heard of Cecelia Ahern’s contemporary such as Love, Rosie. Hearing that she was writing a dystopian seemed very foreign to me but I was pretty excited to dive into it because the cover was gorgeous and the summary dragged me in. Flawed pulled me out of my reading slump and I honestly couldn’t put it down. If I were to recommend a good contemporary, this would be it. It’s perfect for fans of Delirium and Matched.

Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed follows the story of Celestine who has lived her life unflawed. Every day she passes those who are flawed and in her society, doing a bad deed and being branded as flawed is the worse crime. However, often those who are labeled flawed have done trivial things but Celestine doesn’t question things because, at the moment, her life is perfect. She is a straight-a student, she is popular and she has the perfect boyfriend. One day, Celestine decides to help a Flawed man which causes her glamorous life to crash down.

Flawed definitely got me out of my reading slump, which I had at the time! After reading so many dystopian before, I had a looming thought at the back of mind which said that I probably would think that Flawed was just like any other Young-Adult Dystopian but I was proven wrong because Flawed has been one of the best dystopians I’ve read in a while. Okay, but enough with all the praise, I’ll actually get into the specifics.

For once, the main character is actually not annoying. (I know it’s a breakthrough 🙂 ) Seriously, though, if you know anything about me, you would know that I find many main characters get on my nerves easily. What I loved about Celestine, was how relatable she was. Although I have never been in a position like hers, I know that if I was ever in her shoes I would do the exact same thing. She wasn’t reckless, which definitely made the book less frustrating and I really enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story, from what was a naive girl to a teenager who was more understanding of the politics and people in her society.

Now onto the boys: Art and Carrick. I honestly don’t know who to choose but at the moment, I am leaning more towards Art. From the start, Art seemed like such a perfect boyfriend, that it was pretty hard to hate him. Carrick on the other hand, is like the dark side we have still yet to see in the novel. I haven’t read much about his character to make my final thoughts about him but I have a feeling that I will really love his character!

The world building was really well thought out. It wasn’t hard to understand what was going on and I never found myself confused. Cecelia Ahern really did a good job of describing and developing the world in Flawed. For me, quality world building is a must in novels as the different worlds are what pulls my thoughts from the present world into an imaginary world. Flawed, did a good job of it but I would have loved to see a more in-depth description of the society. However, I think Cecelia will explain more about the Flawed world in the second book, which I am pretty excited about.

I feel like this book zoomed by so quickly, I can’t wait for Perfect to come out. Flawed shows what it means to have a society which is too perfect, a society with too many boundaries and a society dictated by useless rules. I’ve always imagined what it’s like to have a perfect society and I think Cecelia perfectly encapsulate in this series that being perfect isn’t always correct. The consequences of a perfect society are clearly apparent in this novel and I have loved reading every flaw in the world.

Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed is definitely not flawed. It has a sprinkle of everything I enjoy inside a dystopian. For any dystopian lover out there: you will fall in love with this novel!

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Thank you so much to Harper Collins Publishing. I received Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.