A “FREEK”ishly Good Book: Freeks Book Review & Blog Tour

 

Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural

“Despite all that, I couldn’t shake the chill inside my chest, like my heart had been incased in ice”
– Freeks ARC, Amanda Hocking

I haven’t read an Amanda Hocking novel in ages and this book definitely did not disappoint. Before I read this book, I judged a book by its cover and frankly, I was unsure about the novel. The cover doesn’t do it justice and nor those the little blurb on the back of the book. However, diving into the world of Mara and Gideon was definitely thrilling and is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

The storyline was the perfect recipe of romance and adventure. It had the perfect balance of both. Since the beginning, I was already shipping both Gabe and Mara. Their relationship wasn’t too rushed, I loved the development and chemistry between the two. Their romance tugged at my heart and Gabe was definitely the cutest. The main characters both Mara and Gabe were also developed really well. Both had their issues and struggles which they somewhat managed to overcome. I loved following Mara’s story. Finding out about her history and the spiritual ancestry was something I do not read about often. I really enjoyed reading about who she was and I definitely found myself relating to this teenage girl. In addition, Gabe was your cliche mysteriously boy from town but did I mention, I love a good cliche. Gabe was definitely lovable, he had the perfect vibe and was the perfect boyfriend. What wasn’t there to love? I knew he was somehow linked to do with the murders in the carnival but I did not see the whole werewolf thing coming.

I was constantly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I wanted to know where Blossom went. I wanted to know who was behind the murders on the campsite and I wanted to know Gabe’s secret. I love books that just leave you on the edge with every chapter and Freeks definitely does that. When a chapter ends, it ends on a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading.

However, Freeks isn’t some AMAZING novel. Don’t get me wrong it’s a really good read but the story isn’t one that stands out of the crowd. There is nothing major to fangirl about and at times I did find myself confused with the many characters in the book. I think that because there were so many characters, I found it hard to recognize who was who. That’s why I didn’t give it a high 8 or a 9 but it is still a really enjoyable read that you should definitely read when given the chance.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself whilst reading the book and I read it within three days, which highlights the fact that I loved it. I love Gabe and following the thrilling plotline definitely left me page turning for more!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love freeks:

 

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.

song + book:

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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Book Review: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

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Title: The Light That Gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  5/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Coming of Age

“He promised the demon that was forever watchful inside,”
Natasha Carthew, The Light That Gets Lost pg8

I recently read The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew but much to my surprise, I have mixed feelings upon finishing the novel. When I first picked it up the title and cover caught my attention, I loved the name of the novel and the blue colors splashed across the cover won me over- I couldn’t wait to read the book. However, after three chapters my heart sunk because it turns out this book wasn’t as good as it seems, in fact, I didn’t like it at all. There were bits that I thought were still somewhat well done and so lets begin with that.

I enjoyed how Carthew began with a really exciting prologue. The scene in which Trey’s family was in danger sparked lots of questions in me which caused me to really want to continue the story. I wanted to find out what happens to Trey, why his family was killed and many more questions. However, when Trey set foot in the camp the story began to tumble down for me.

I think a huge issue with this book was that I found it extremely hard to connect to the storyline and its characters. For one, I have never experience or been through the issues many of the characters faced and the character’s background and personalities weren’t quite like mine. For example, I couldn’t connect to Trey at all, his actions annoyed me and his decisions were nothing like what I would do. He was reckless and angered which got on my nerves during many situations. With Kay, I couldn’t quite connect with her either. I think that because I had couldn’t click or relate to the characters, I found it difficult to enjoy the book. I believe relatable characters or characters which pull you in are vital to creating a good book but there was a lack of that in this novel. The dialogue between the characters was also quite hard to understand the jargon and slang used by the characters made it pretty difficult to follow.The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there

The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there that added layers of confusion. I think there were too many loose ends in the book- the demons that lived inside of him was extremely confusing. There was no mention of demons in the first quarter of the book and they suddenly came into the story about 60% of the way through the novel. It made the story seem unrealistic and childish. I understand that it was a metaphor for his evil nature but I did not like the idea at all. In addition, the relationship development between Kay and Trey was quite poorly done. I didn’t see much romance or development between them and they didn’t even get together in the end. It felt like puppy love to me and I was really disappointed at the end of the book.

I wouldn’t say this book was a disappointment because I had high expectations, there were some things here and there that were enjoyable to read but overall, I didn’t quite enjoy it. I thought there were two many loose ends and I found it difficult to relate and connect with the characters. Perhaps, it was because I have never really experienced what had happened in the novel, which caused me to dislike the book. However, I have to say that I didn’t like it. Have you read The Light That Gets Lost? What did you think?

book + song:

if you liked these books you will love natasha carthew’s the light that gets lost

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#lovebooks❤

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?

 

Reading Slumps…Teaser Tuesdays 22/06/16

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Hello Guys!!

I AM FINALLY BACK. I know, I know. I have taken a very long break from this blog because I’ve been lacking a bit of motivation due to a reading slump. I guess I really had an overdrive of motivation at the start of the year, which has now died down. However, I am determined to find that motivation again. I will definitely have some exciting posts coming up in the near future because it’s the holidays and I can’t wait to write some exciting posts. Anyway, let’s get back to the subject…Teaser Tuesdays. I have a very exciting current read:

rebel of the sands by alwyn hamilton

DSC_0287_FotorWords can not express how excited I am to read this novel. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I can’t wait to jump straight into it. I have heard many comparisons of this novel to The Wraith and The Dawn, which is one of my favourites. Have any of you guys read this novel? I only just started so I’m on chapter five. I love it already! Here is a little teaser:

“I looked and a bullet was embedded  in the wall a hair to the left of my skull. Only then did I start to shake,”

what are you reading this week?

#lovebooks

Book Review: A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: A Court Of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy
Release Date: May 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  8.5/10
Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy

weqkeqI recently read Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury and here are two words to describe my feelings: incredibly amazing. It was so good and I know that this book beats the first book by far. This sequel was page-turning and spine chilling. It had the perfect mix of high-fantasy and romance. This book weaved the romance and the fantasy so well together that I think this book falls under a whole new category that is an intense mix of fantasy and romance. Throughout the novel, my heart and feels were literally playing a game of tug-o-war.

There is just something so wonderfully unique about Sarah J. Maas’ writing and story plots. Just when you think that Maas can’t add any more fuel to the exciting and mesmerising fire that’s already raging, she adds more fuel and just like a piano it gets louder and louder until the final ending. The ending actually killed me but I don’t think that it’s just the ending that killed me. There are so many twists and turns and I honestly couldn’t stop. Although it did take me a few days to read the novel, I just wanted to take the time to savour and understand everything the world had to offer.

“i am broken and healing but every piece of my heart belongs with you,”

Maas’ writing is so wonderfully unique. She has just the right balance between descriptive and easy to read. Not only that but her style has something distinct about it. It honestly feels like there is fantasy and magic oozing out of every sentence but there is always a hint of darkness. I think that’s what takes this book to a whole new level. It feels like her writing has sucked me into a different world and I can feel like I have transported to a different dimension.

Feyre was an interesting character, as I can see the strong person Maas’ want to depict but at times, she really didn’t click well with me. I loved following her stories but some of her decisions got on my nerves. However, I did admire her bravery throughout the novel. Let’s not forget Rhys. Before I started this novel, I was a hard-core #teamtamlin person but by the fifth chapter, Tamlin got on my nerves. When Rhys came into the picture, I literally imagined Patch as Rhys and I knew from that moment that I would be on Team Rhys! Rhys and Feyre’s relationship was one roller coaster. The romance in this novel was the one that got my heart-wrenching, I swear that without the romance in this novel, the storyline wouldn’t have been good at all. It plays a main part in the story and I honestly can’t wait to see more about it in the next novel.

*SPOILERS* 🙂 The ending was so intense and I can’t believe Feyre is now in the hands of Tamlin! When she said that the bond between her and Rhys was broken I believed her and it honestly blew my mind. When she said it was fake, I actually was so relieved. The drama is too much! I need to know what happens next. Do you guys have any theories? I wonder if Tamlin will be nice again to her and less restricting. I just want the next novel now!

That’s all for my review for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I was trying to make it spoiler free and I think I did a pretty good job! 🙂 Have you read A Court of Mist and Fury yet? What did you think of it? Here is a song that reminded me of the book: It’s Halsey’s Castle but I can only find a cover!

#lovebooks❤

“Courts + Faeries” Teaser Tuesdays 11/05/16

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Hello! Hello! Hello!!!

I am back to tell you guys what I am currently reading and I am probably guessing that you already know what I am currently reading just by reading this title! If you didn’t know what Teaser Tuesdays is, it is basically a little feature where I give you my current thoughts and a little snippet from my current read! Anyway…here is the final reveal for what I am reading:

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Did you guess it correct? 🙂 Yes…I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and IT IS AMAZING! This book could actually be better than the first and I honestly can’t believe it is already here! Who else is reading this? I am torn between Tamlin and Rhys, but at the moment, Tamlin is getting on my nerves. So, despite what I have mentioned several times on social media, I think I am on #teamrhys. One of my friends has been pushing me and persuading me to ship Rhys and Feyre and I guess she has converted me. I am trying to read this whenever I get the chance to but school assignments and tests are getting in the way. I am trying to finish it by the end of this week! Here is a little teaser:

“My fingers loosened on the dagger, and it clattered to the ground, splattering the spreading pool of blood. Flecks splashed onto my worn boots- remants of a mortal life…”
– A Court Of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas

what are you guys reading this week?

#lovebooks❤

#tagthursday The TBR Book Tag

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I don’t know about you but I have way too many books on my TBR pile. I think if I were to pile all the books I have on my TBR list, it would reach the top of Paris! 🙂 I think that it’s only right that the tag I do this Thursday is the TBR Book Tag! I saw this tag on the blog Bookshelves & Biros and thought this was a very fitting tag! I would love to hear some of the books you have on your TBR down in the comments below!

how do you keep track of your tbr pile?

Confession time: I actually don’t! (hehe) I just have heaps of book titles swimming around in my mind. If I am looking for a book, I do have an abandoned shelf on my Goodreads or I’ll go to Bookstagram and recognise a book that was on my TBR. There are just so many books out there that look so intriguing and I know that I’ll never run out of books to read

is your tbr mostly print or ebook?

Definitely, mostly print because if there is one thing I do not enjoy about reading its ebooks. I just started wearing glasses (Oh boy do I hate glasses…I actually have so much respect for those who wear them all the time,) and it’s most likely because I used to read books on my Ipad all the time and that was definitely a horrible decision. Now, I try to read printed books, which is why my TBR pile is mainly printed books.

a book that has been on your tbr pile the longest:

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Store. I have been eyeing this book before it’s release date and around the time, I started this blog, which was about a year or so ago and for me that is a long time. I loved the blurb and storyline. I’ve only heard very good reviews for this book and I have to get around to it soon!

a book you recently added to your tbr pile:
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I recently added, Yellow by Megan Jacobson to my TBR pile. I loved the idea and concept for this book and it’s a mash with supernatural and contemporary! How good is that? This is definitely one of my recent additions to my list!

a book on your tbr strictly because of its beautiful cover:

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston. Both the hardback and the paperback are gorgeous and that is definitely a win-win situation. Not only that but I love any book that has a story inspired by a fairytale. I definitely have this book on the top of TBR and I’m actually flailing while I write this! 🙂

a book on your tbr that you never plan on reading

Truthwitch. I’m sorry guys but the blurb doesn’t seem that amazing andI’ve heard mixed reviews about it. I probably won’t be reading this anytime  soon  at all.

an unpublished book that you are excited for

I don’t really know because I don’t read anything that hasn’t been actually put on the list as potentially published. However, I am super excited for The Rose and The Dagger!! OMG! OMG! I actually can’t wait! I fell in love with this book last year and I desperately need the next one!

a book on your tbr that everyone has read but you

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Everyone I know has read this. I swear. I enjoyed Red Queen but to me, it was nothing extremely special. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed this book but I just didn’t feel motivated to pick up Glass Sword. Hopefully, I’ll read it soon!

a book on your tbr everyone has recommended to you that you are dying to read:

This would definitely have to be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! I’ve only heard very positive reviews of this book and apparently it is an adorable book! I am definitely up for anything that is super adorable! I am dying to read this and hopefully, I’ll read it this month!

nominees:

Here are the five people I nominate! If you want to do this tag, feel free to do it! I would love to see your answers! (So, definitely link your tag post down below)!

Geraldine @Corralling Books
Jina @Ember books
Kat @Kat reads a lot
Adhvika @Books and Fiction
Isabella @youthbooks

I’m Absolutely Loving Rose Society! Teaser Tuesdays! (16/02/16)

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Hello!

It’s Teaser Tuesdays again! Woohoo! Teaser Tuesdays is basically where I tell you guys what I’m currently reading and give you a short teaser of from the novel! It’s Tuesdays and you know what that means… Shadowhunters and Teen-Wolf!! Does anyone else watch theses shows? I love Teen Wolf but I haven’t watched the latest episodes of Shadowhunters. (blame school, ahaha jks. ) Anyway, let’s get onto my current read!

I’m Currently Reading:
The Rose Society
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When I finished The Young Elites, I was left with a minor book hangover because the ending just left me gaping! I immediately jumped into The Rose Society and have literally been transported into this new world! I haven’t read a book this fast in February! Marie Lu is truly talented and I have so many thoughts about this novel. (I’ll definitely be putting a review soon) What I love about this novel is how complex her characters are, each one has a bit of good and a bit of bad, very much like a ying-yang. Often writers, create one-sided characters and it’s hard to find characters which are as complex as Adelina and Teren. I don’t want to give too much away, so, here is a little teaser:

” To bind us together,”
“I pledge myself to the Rose Society,” I begin, “Until the end of my days,”
One by one the others call out the same things, murmurs at first that turn into firm words.
– Marie Lu, The Rose Society

I hope you enjoyed this little teaser and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet! What are you currently reading? I would love to know!!