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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Book Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

 

Title: We Come Apart
Author (s): Sarah Crossan and Brain Conaghan
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  5/10
Genre: Coming of age, Romance, Contemporary, Poetry

“And my eyes don’t close for sleeping,
and it raining in my stomach,
and it storming in my heart,”
– We Come Apart ARC

It’s been quite a while since I last posted a review, with We Come Apart’s release coming up this week, I thought what a perfect time to write a review. I have a love/hate relationship with this book because there are some points that I hated and some things that I loved in this book but this book just wasn’t for me. Before reading this book, I had high expectations as I love poetry books and I really enjoyed Sarah Crossan’s other novel, One. However, I was disappointed and it didn’t quite match what I had imagined.

I loved the concept and themes that they explored in the novel, a refugee and a girl falling in love despite what the people around them thought. Especially with what’s happening with the world around us, this novel was highly relevant. Unfortunately, it wasn’t executed as well as I thought. There wasn’t really any relationship development and I didn’t quite feel the connection between the two characters. I thought that the characters fell in love for the sake of proving a point. There wasn’t really any depth to the relationship. I could definitely feel how Nicu fell in love with Jess but to me, it felt like puppy love.

In addition, I found the writing hard to read. I understand that the writing was trying to reflect the two main characters- Nicu and Jess but at times I couldn’t quite understand or follow what was going on.  Although the two characters had two completely different voices, at times I was confused as to whose perspective I was reading from.

Maybe it was because I found it a bit difficult to relate to the characters but this wasn’t my most favorite read. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed reading about the characters but there were just a few flaws to the book that let it down. However, when you do have the chance definitely check the novel out!

Have you read We Come Apart before?

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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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Friend Reviews: Empire of The Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Today I decided to spice things up and since Sarah J. Maas’ Empire of The Storms recently came out, I decided to ask one of my good friends, Sanya to read and review this highlight anticipated novel. Empire of The Storms has created a storm on social media and fans of the Throne of Glass series have fallen in love with this series. Anyway, here is one of my friend’s review of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

dsc_0121_fotorTitle: Empire of The Storms
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  9/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Mythology, Adventure

Empire of Storms is an amazing fantasy young adult novel written by Sarah J. Mass. It is the fifth book in the throne of glass series and I have to say the most exciting yet. The previous books have built an amazing base for this book. They introduced all the main characters and in this book, everyone comes together. I just couldn’t put this book down. What I really liked was that there were three to four story lines going on and whenever one stopped another one continued. Sometimes some of the chapters can be boring because the anticipation for the other ones are too much but in this book they were all so interesting I wanted to read every word. At the end, it all came together and made a lot of sense. This book wasn’t only fantasy and adventure but also had some really cute romantic scenes. I won’t give too much away because it is worth reading and swooning over. Sarah J. Mass portrayed the characters and wrote the romance at the perfect time so it would be there when needed and wouldn’t clash with other parts. I was a little bit worried about this series because I thought the books were going to drag on but this book was spectacular. The author thought of many more ways to surprise the readers and throw in a few plot twists. After reading A Court of Mist and Fury earlier this year also by Sarah J. Mass, I knew this book was going to be something on a whole new level. Sarah J. mass thought of more ways to explore Aelin’s power and her relationships with her trusted ones. I loved the way the author brought in some new characters and explored further into not well-known characters. There was Elide, Lorcan, Fenrys and Gavriel to name a few. This book reveals more history and digs deeper into the mythology which gives us a better understanding of Erilea. Empire of Storms is perfect for someone who loves the genres fantasy, adventure or romance.  I am so excited for the next book and absolutely can’t wait!!

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Thank you so much to Sanya for helping me read and review this novel! Are you a huge Throne of Glass lover? What did you think?

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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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Alicia’s Time Capsule…What makes me, me?

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Hey Guys,

I am finally back with another post and I promise that I’ll be posting more soon. I’ve been so busy lately as it is the end of the term but when the holidays arrive (In less than three weeks! YAY!) I will be writing some pretty cool posts! It was my birthday recently and I have recently finished reading The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Goodman. Since Gottie and Thomas compiled a time capsule when they were younger, I decided why not dedicate a post to what I personally would put in my time capsule.

what would you put into your time capsule?

Before I get going with what I would post in my time capsule, I’ll tell you a bit about the novel. The Square Root of Summer revolves around Gottie, who has had her past summer ruined by a chain of events. This novel tells the story of how Gottie is coping this summer, which leads to the new but old boy coming back into town. I really enjoyed this novel although I found it hard to connect ith some of the characters, it was a cute and easy read. It wasn’t my personal favourite but I did enjoy the concept of the novel. Have you read The Square Root of Summer yet?

my time capsule:

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Let’s start with the most obvious thing I would put into my time capsule! A novel, most likely one of my favourites. As you can probably tell, books are one of the most significant things in my life and so it isn’t a surprise that I would obviously put books into my time capsule. I think I would either put What We Saw or one of Shadowhunter Chronicles into my time capsule because I love these novels so much and it’s only fitting to put them into my capsule!

 

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I love photography and taking snapshots of my life. So, to remind my older self of my many memories from when I was younger, I decided that I would place some of my favourite photos into my time capsule! Photos are something that literally speaks a thousand words to me and I know that I would definitely put many photos into my time capsule, especially happy photos.

Bracelets

Something I love wearing with everything is bracelets. Putting bracelets into my time capsule is a definite must. I feel like bracelets can tell you a lot about someone’s personality. Not only that but bracelets are super cute and they add a nice touch to everything. Stacking bracelets is something I also love doing and so why not put in some bracelets into my time capsule!

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Although this is probably the most cliche thing to put inside a time capsule, I think it’s one of the most important. I want to be able to open this time capsule to be transported back to when I was younger. If I were to write a letter, I would write one which includes my current favourites and my daily life at the moment. I would love to read this letter late on and remind myself of where I am currently. Maybe I might write about some of my latest obsessions and little achievements, so I can look back on them.

Bucketlist and Goals

The last little things I would put into my time capsule would be little paper scrolls of my goals and bucket lists. I would write at least twenty and so when I’m older, I can open them all to see if I have completed anything off my bucket list. I would write goals, such as, live a happy life, travel the world and volunteer in a third-world country. I have so many things I have yet to check off my bucket list and so I think that it is fitting that I put a bunch off these little scrolls in my time capsule.

These are some of the things I would put into my time capsule! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don’t forget to tell me what you would put into your time capsule and your thoughts on The Square Root of Summer!

I am so sorry for not posting at all lately for the past week, I’ve been so busy with school since the holidays are drawing near. 🙂 YAY! I am in a little bit of a slump but hopefully I can get out of it soon!

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Stepping Out of Comfort-Zones + Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

I recently read Maria Reichardt’s Underwater, which I really enjoyed. Underwater is about Morgan, who before the big accident had an almost perfect life. However, now all Morgan does is confine herself to her house. She will never dare to step out, she misses the water and she can’t forgive herself. When the new boy next door moves in, she is reminded of the happiness of her old life. Morgan gets to meet this new boy next door and when she gets to know him, even more, she feels like she now has the courage to step out of her comfort zone and back into the real world. The theme of pushing your limits and stepping out of your boundaries have always been something important to me. From when I was young, I would always try and test every single little thing. Maybe that’s why I have a little bit o

The theme of pushing your limits and stepping out of your boundaries have always been something important to me. From when I was young, I would always try and test every single little thing. Maybe that’s why I have a little bit of a dare-devil streak; I just love to take a chance and try everything even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ll admit, it scares me to try new things sometimes but sometimes thinking of the positive outcome pushes me through it. Roller Coasters are a thing I absolutely love but they can scare me so much too but I know that if I push myself to my limits I can conquer the fear and I’ll end up loving it the ride. Anyway, I decided to dedicate this post to three things I want to try that will really push me out of my comfort zone.

travelling alone

large (15)The concept of travelling alone has always excited me but is also extremely terrifying. Going to a country completely alone. All by yourself. With only you and your bags. To say it scares me would be the least but I know that it’s something that people say is really rewarding. Wandering down streets with no final destination, meeting new people and learning about their lifestyle and just reflected on what your life was and what it will be like in the future. I love the idea! Perhaps I should go with a friend but I do know for sure that when I’m older I want to travel to destinations that I have always dreamed of visiting.

bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is terrifying. Propelling yourself of a twenty-metre tall building is pretty scarylarge (16) and is way out of my comfort zone. However, there is something that is so satisfying about overcoming a fear you never thought you could conquer. Instead of bungee jumping, it could be climbing a building. I never nothing against heights but going too high and looking downwards is unbearably scary. Bungee jumping is knee-wobbling but I want to try it one day and I can officially say that I have conquered something that is way out of my comfort zone.

driving

large (17)Driving doesn’t scare me as much as the other two but it’s pretty scary. I am not old enough to drive yet…thank god but at the same time I am super pumped to start driving myself everywhere. However, driving a vehicle that could potentially kill me in one turn and go scares me. I know that one day I will start driving and I will conquer that fear. Driving will definitely push me out of my comfort zones and let’s just hope that I will not be a horrible driver…

 

 

 

These are just three of the many things I want to do that will make me step out of my comfort zone. Reichardt’s Underwater is amazing and will really provoke your thoughts. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good contemporary. I know that I loved it and I am sure you will too. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is only one of the themes discussed in the novel. I can’t stress how good this novel is and you honestly have to pick it up!

what is something you want to try that will push you out of your comfort zone?

 

Disclaimer: The photos featured in this post (excluding the featured photo) have been sourced from an external website. If you bear the rights to these photos and would like me to take them down, contact me.

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“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.

Five Reasons Everyone Should Read Whisper To Me by Nick Lake

Hello, guys!

I recently read Nick Lake’s latest novel Whisper To Me and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I read this year! There was just something so emotionally gripping about this novel that left me perpetually page-turning til the end. Nick Lake is truly talented and Whisper To Me left me breathless, touched and awed. I don’t want to give away too much about this book but here are five reasons you should pick this book up right now.

love letters + nick’s writing

One of the many things I loved about this novel, was its format. Whisper To Me is a long, d3oej1drawn-out love letter written by Cassie, who is the main character of the novel, to a boy she meets during a dark period of her life. Whisper To Me follows the story of Cassie’s previous summer in which, she went through multiple horrific events, which scared her mentally. Throughout the course of summer, Cassie hears voices, which causes her to do irreversible things and it leads Cassie to a downward, mental spiral. This story is a love letter and apology to the boy she meets. What I love about the format, is how genuine the book feels. It honestly felt like I was reading a private love letter. From the start, the novel jumps straight into an apology and the reader is left questioning what happens and throughout the story, we see the unfolding of all the events that happened to Cassie that summer. I literally felt like I was the boy reading the novel, it felt so personal and deep at the same time.

the emotions

There is something so intriguing about reading a book that tugs multiple emotions all at once, which I why I love books such as All The Bright Places and The Infernal Devices. All these books, unleash a whirlwind and roller coaster of emotions, whilst you are reading it. Whisper To Me did just that. About three-quarters through the novel, I knew I was going to be left emotionally unstable by the end of the book. Throughout the novel, I got attached to the characters. I really don’t want to spoil it but I can safely say that I had a gaping hole when I finished it. I shed a few tears and at the same time, I was so happy and proud of the main character. I felt every possible emotion whilst reading this book and it was one of the many reasons why I loved it.

mental illness from a deeper perspective

This book dealt with a lot of mental illness but from a very personal perspective. We never really get a proper diagnosis for the illness Cassie has throughout the novel but it definitely felt like PTSD and Schizophrenia. Not many books deal with this kind of mental illness, especially one from a personal point of view. It was really interesting to see how Cassie dealt with and how it really came to be. I’ve never really had a proper understand about how people deal with PTSD and Schizophrenia and how much it effects the people around them, although Cassie didn’t have full on Schizophrenia I really enjoyed understanding what she dealt with and it was so interesting to read about it.

the thought-provoking ending + book hangovers

e32e2mYou have probably heard a lot from other posts, that I adore thought-provoking novels. Especially the ones that leave you with an intense book hangover. I haven’t had a book hangover in ages and when I finally got one with this novel, my heart and emotions were not okay. I literally devoured this novel and my head was spinning by the end. I loved the ending and how realistic it was . Whisper To Me is so unique that you can’t help but feel attached to the events and characters in the book. I was left thinking about what happened in this novel, over and over again. If you are craving a book that will leave you with a book hangover, this book will definitely be for you.

whisper to me is unique in so many different ways

Yes, I am using one of the most cliche things in book reviewing but I’m not joking this book is so unique, fresh and different. I have never read a story like this and I honestly can not search or rack my brain to find one to compare to this one. It’s so wonderfully unique that you can’t help but love it. The themes dealt with in this novel are hardly touched on by other authors. The main character, Cassie is so different to a normal YA contemporary protagonist and the plot of this novel is unlike anything I have read before. Like I said before, this novel is an apology and love letter to a boy Cassie had harmed but loved during that horrible summer and throughout the novel, I was gripped.

Each element to this story is like an ingredient to a perfect concoction. There are obviously little flaws in the story which got my annoyed or frustrated but overall the positives outweigh the benefits and I discovered that this book was amazing by the end of it. Anyway, I really hope you pick this novel up. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. I was definitely not disappointed!

have you guys read this novel before? what were your thoughts?
If you haven’t read it yet, don’t forget to pre-order this novel! It comes out in June and trust me on this, it will not disappoint you!

#lovebooks❤

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury publishing. I received Nick Lake’s Whisper To Me from Bloomsbury Publishing, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.

exciting releases + mysteries Teaser Tuesdays

jij'Hello guys,

I just realised that this week as vanished before my eyes and I completely forgot that today is Thursday! I actually thought it was Tuesday, which is why I have an overdue Teaser Tuesdays! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I am actually kind of reading two books. (Yes, it’s pretty disastrous because I never read two books at once) I am currently reading The Leaving and The Rose and The Dagger. However, since I really want a real copy of The Rose and The Dagger rather than an ebook, I’m also reading The Leaving. I’ve only read a few chapters of The Rose and The Dagger, as well as The Leaving!

the leaving by tara altebrando

As I mentioned earlier, I only just started reading The Leaving by Tara Altebrando and so I can’t give you my conclusive thoughts on the novel sfd43urj2o
far. However, I can tell you a little bit about what, The Leaving is about. Basically, The Leaving is about six children who were taken away at the age of five. Now at the age of sixteen, only five have been released back into the world without having any recollection of who they were and who their family is. They must now learn about the real world as well as discover what really happened when they were taken and where is the sixth child.

I really like the concept of this! I haven’t read a thriller/mystery in a while and this new release has got me super excited! I also really like the layout of this book which kind of reminds me Illuminae, although I have not read it yet. This novel has cool layouts, fonts and pictures throughout the story. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Anyway, here is a little teaser:

“Like being ripped open, midnightmare. Breathless, in the centre of a scream. Her hands went to the knot on the blindfold at the back of her neck,”
– Tara Altebrando, The Leaving

what are you guys reading this week?