August272014
More August books!
The DuffA Midsummer’s NightmareBoomerangObsidianOnyxOpalOriginWait for YouFrigidTrust in MeBe with MeThe Proposal

More August books!

The Duff
A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Boomerang
Obsidian
Onyx
Opal
Origin
Wait for You
Frigid
Trust in Me
Be with Me
The Proposal

August262014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I first heard about this book a while ago but put off reading it because my to-be-read list seemed never ending and I couldn’t justify buying any more books. Until I had to buy something from Amazon for my cat and it wouldn’t let me because it was less than £10. So, I decided to check what to buy on my wishlist and decided on both Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

I finished reading Fangirl on 14/08/14. I loved this book. The main character is a girl called Cather who prefers to be called Cath, and she has a twin named Wren (Cather-wren, Cathrine haha) who look alike but have very little in common. Wren shares Cath’s love for the Simon Snow series (think Harry Potter) but other than that they are pretty much opposites. Wren is social, outgoing, friendly and funny, she wears stylish clothes, is confident and not shy around boys. Cath is quiet, reserved, socially awkward and a bit of a hermit. I loved Cath for this. I’m just going to say, I’m not the most social of people, I spend a lot of my time sat with a book or online but not out with real people. I feel like we’d have a lot in common.

Cath is starting college and for the first time in her life wont be sharing a room with her twin. Instead, her room mate is a girl named Reagan who seems to have several boyfriends, including a tall, blonde and handsome one named Levi. She’s not exactly comfortable with the sharing-her-room-with-a-stranger situation but Reagan pretty much keeps to herself. When Reagan is around, so is Levi. Levi is the kind of guy who is nice to everyone, he’ll go out of his way to be friendly to people so Cath thinks he’s just being his usual self when he’s nice to her. Little does she know Levi isn’t one Reagan’s boyfriends and is being nice to her because he actually likes her. Adorable awkward romance ensues.

Cath loves writing fanfiction for the Simon Snow series, in fact she’s  a great writer and is really popular online, thousands of people read her posts every week. The fanfiction is a really important part of the book and in between sections there are snippets from Magicath’s fanfiction series Carry On, Simon, which sounds awesome, btw.

I’d recommend this book to lovers of YA and contemporary romance, and fanfiction fanatics. Well done Ranbow Rowell, you’ve made it to my ‘automatically read any book by this author’ list.

August252014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I read this wonderful story in one sitting on 12/08/14. This is the first book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell and I think it was a good introduction to her writing style. 

The two main characters in this book are Eleanor and Park (duh) teenagers who meet on the school bus one morning. Eleanor is new to the school, she dresses a little bit differently, she’s a redhead and she’s curvier than the popular girls. She’s also the eldest child of many. Park is a comic book fanatic who dresses in all black and listens to The Smiths. His mother is Korean and his father is white and he has a younger brother. His first impressions of Eleanor aren’t good but they soon become friends bonding over music and comic books, talking about their interests and insecurities as we learn more about Eleanor’s less-than-ideal family life.
I really enjoyed reading this story. It’s a bit of a love story but Eleanor isn’t your typical YA female protagonist because she’s not very nice. In a good way, though. She’s tough and she’s in an unfortunate position which she can’t change. I won’t go into detail about the problem because I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for new readers. Other than the family situation and their relationship with each other not an awful lot happens plot-wise. I’m glad I started with Eleanor & Park because if I had started with Fangirl I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed E&P as much.
I’d recommend this book to fans of YA and people with a love for the 80’s.
August222014
I don’t even know what books to read after I spoiled myself with these. It’s been a good week.

I don’t even know what books to read after I spoiled myself with these. It’s been a good week.

August212014

Wonderful books by Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor and Park
Fangirl

August202014

Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Initially I was going to post about each of Stephanie Perkins’ lovely books individually, but because I read them all so close together (10/08/14, 11/08/14 & 14/08/14) I didn’t see the point, and plus, I’d already written my opinion about Isla and the Happily Ever After but my computer decided that the end of my post would be the perfect time to shut off and install updates and I lost everything. Anyway, I saw Anna and the French kiss on the Kindle store for £1.54 and immediately used my sandwich formula (does it cost more than a sandwich? no? then what have I got to lose?) and read it all in one sitting that very night.

Anna and the French Kiss was such a breath of fresh air. I love romance, I love YA, and this book was amazing. I’d seen it on goodreads quite a few times and thought that I’d probably read it eventually, but it threw me a bit, it was much better than I was expecting. The protagonist is a girl named Anna (obviously) who has been sent to a posh school in France by her father. She’s nervous being in a different country and not understanding the language, and upset with having to leave behind her best friend Bridgette, little brother Sean, and her crush Toph. On her first night in Paris she meets Meredith, a bubbly and friendly girl who lives in the room next door, and Étienne St. Clair, a gorgeous, over-confident American with a French name and an English accent. She’s welcomed into their group of friends, which also include an attractive artistic boy called Josh and his girlfriend Rashmi. Anna grows to like St Clair but he has a girlfriend that he’s been with forever. This doesn’t look like its going to end well. But boy is he cute. I read this book again two days later.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a sequel but it’s not a sequel at the same time. It’s set in the same universe, and Anna and Étienne still appear in the book, but this is told through Lola’s perspective. Lola is a bit weird (which is great). She prefers to wear costumes instead of normal clothing and tries to not wear the same outfit twice. She lives in a beautiful Victorian house with her two fathers Nathan and Andy, and is in a relationship with 22-year-old wannabe rock-god Max. Her parents don’t approve of their relationship, neither do her friends, but she knows they love each other and he’s got to be the one, right? Cue attractive and enormously tall ex-love interest who broke her heart two years before! Cricket Bell has just moved back in to the house next door and his bedroom window looks into hers. They shared their first kiss when they were five and they have this weird not-quite history hanging between them. Needless to say, I did not care about Max. This book is adorable. Cricket is adorable. I read this book twice.

Isla and the Happily Ever After came out on the 14/08/14, I pre-ordered it on my Kindle so I got it just after midnight and started reading immediately. I didn’t realise how much I’d read until I was finished and it was already 3:30. This story starts off shortly after the events of Anna and the French Kiss and continues running parallel with Lola and the Boy Next Door but concludes after, with special appearances of Anna, Étienne, Lola, Cricket and Meredith. Isla was in the first book, she was the girl who stuck up for Anna after she punches that bitchy popular girl in the face while defending Meredith. She’s also the one who drops her books on the floor and when Anna spots the doodles of Josh’s tattoo she doesn’t tell anyone. Isla has a big crush on St. Clair’s best friend, Josh. She has done for ages. She’s back home in New York the first time she has enough courage to go over and talk to him and she’s off her face on Vicodin after having her wisdom teeth removed He calls her Loopy. She falls asleep. Twice. He walks her home in the rain and then they don’t see each other until they’re back in SOAP. She flirts with him, he flirts back and the outcome is this book. I loved this book. I also loved the end of this book, I thought it was a lovely way to finish off the series for all characters.

Stephanie Perkins’ writing is so lovely. Her characters are wonderful, and although the stories are all love stories they’re all different. Anna and Étienne, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh all had different stories but got to the same place at the end. I think this is one of my favourite YA romance series of all time. It’s definitely a book series I’d pick up and read again and again. Thank you Stephanie Perkins.

P.S. There’s also a very short story about Anna and Étienne here.

August192014

Great Series by Stephanie Perkins:

Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Isla and the Happily Ever After

August182014

The Witch Sisters by Alma Katsu

Read on 09/08/14. I don’t even know why this was released as a separate book. It’s only 25 pages long and almost nothing happens in it. The only useful bit of information you could take from this into the next book would be that Adair met two horny witch sisters that lived in the woods, they tried to keep him hostage and take the information from his 2 spell books, then he left, destroying their home, and they vowed he would see them again. Which could have easily been the beginning of the third book. But eh, I keep trying to give this author the benefit of the doubt, but maybe I’m just not into her writing style. At least I didn’t waste any money on this one as it was free on the Kindle store. I don’t know if I’m going to read the last book in the series as the second book was disappointing (rape is not sexy, rape is rape) but I don’t know if I should just get it over and done with and then not look at the books ever again. Maybe the last book will make up for the bad plot decisions of the second book? Eh, I don’t know. I’m sure this series is someone else’s cup of tea but I think I’ll stick to my usual genres from now on.

August172014

The 60 books I have read this year. I honestly don’t know how I’ve read so many, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading Harry Potter, all of Cassie Clare’s Shadowhunter books, Divergent, and The Iron Fey series. There’s still 4 months to go this year so I can only hope to read many more wonderful books.

August162014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Again, another book I stumbled across in the Kindle Summer Sale (and read on 08/08/14) and again, a book that I didn’t see the twist coming. At all.

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this book, but I’d seen its lovely summery cover pop up several times on goodreads or in pictures on book blogs and I was intrigued. Interesting title, interesting blurb, only 99p…who could say no?

This book was great. The main character is a teenage girl called Cadence Sinclair Eastman, eldest grandchild of Harris Sinclair and Tipper Taft. The Sinclair family come from old money, they own an island off the coast of Massachusetts and holiday there every summer. Cadence is an only child but is very close with her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their almost-family-but-very-best-friend Gat. I thought this book was going to be super happy and a good summer read but boy was I wrong. Something happens to Cadence when she is fifteen years old on the island but she doesn’t have any memory about what happened to her. She suffers from migraines so bad she can’t get out of bed and her mum watches her sleep. Now she’s about to turn eighteen and she wants answers. Why can she only remember snippets from that summer? How did she hurt herself? This book is about Cadence trying to work out what happened to her the summer that changed her life.

I really don’t want to spoil anything but I really didn’t see it coming until it was happening and then I was like WHAT? So, I read back from the beginning again and it totally makes sense. If anything, its really obvious but I was just totally blind to it.

I’d recommend this book as a good holiday read, even if its got some not-very-nice parts in, its still a quick read and it’s all about summer on an island surrounded by your best friends and family. There’s a little bit of romance, a lot of funny jokes, some weird situations and then an unexpected twist. So yeah, read this book.

August152014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Purchased and read on my kindle on 07/08/14. I bought this book on a whim because it was in the Kindle Summer Sale so I thought, eh, why not?

I didn’t read anything about the plot of the book as the first blurb I glanced at suggested I read the book without knowing anything about it first. So I did. I did not see that twist.

Briefly, I will explain that the narrator of the book is a girl, or a woman, depending on the section, named Rosemary. The book is about her life. Its fictional, but realistic. It’s set in this world, so nothing supernatural/paranormal but it is special. I’ve never read a book that had a plot even remotely similar to this, twist included.

I implore you, if you want to read this book don’t read anything about it first. It was awesome. Anyway, I recommend this book to people who read fictional books, maybe someone who doesn’t read a lot of books and wants to get back into reading again. I assume it would be a good book to take on holiday with you as I read it in one sitting and welled up at the end.

August142014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

August132014

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I started reading this book shortly after finishing Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and finished reading it in the same day (06/08/14) because I couldn’t put it down. Usually that’s a good sign.

I absolutely loved this book. The idea, the plot, the characters - all so great. The narrators are Dash and Lily, two very VERY different people. Lily is sugary sweet, adores everything pleasant and goes out of her way to be kind to others, Dash is ‘snarly’ and has pretty much the complete opposite view on the things Lily likes. Its set around the Christmas period (which means I’ll probably re-read it around that time too) and it all centres around a red Moleskine notebook. Dash finds the notebook nestled between some books in his favourite book shop and when he opens it discovers a clever literate scavenger hunt. He follows the rules, deciphers the clues and (haha that rhymes) eventually strikes up a relationship with the girl who’s notebook it is. They talk through the book, leaving it in public places with dares and treasure hunts, hints about their lives and become very close even though they have never met face-to-face. Passing the book between them becomes a part of their routine, something they both look forward to, and half of Lily’s family is involved too. It’s a very sweet, funny and realistic fictional book by a great writing duo. There’s even a N&NIP Easter egg featured in a bathroom of a certain club.

I’d recommend it to people who enjoy YA romance and comedy. In fact, I’ll probably recommend it to most of my friends because I enjoyed it so much.

August122014

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I picked this wonderful little book up at my local Waterstones, after almost putting it back when I was informed it was going through as £8.99. The very kind and awesome man that served me only charged me £6.99 because I’m assuming he appreciated that I was buying several books at that time (Sinner, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, The Maze Runner) and I had already contemplated putting it back. Thank you random Waterstones man, you are awesome. Anyway, I decided to read it because I enjoyed the film so much, hello Kat Dennings and Michael Cera. The book was so small and it didn’t take long to read, I finished it on 06/08/14.

The two narrators of the book are Nick and Norah, and the book flips between them both in alternating chapters so the reader can experience the story from both perspectives. I loved that about the story. Being able to see both sides of the same situation from two very different people was great. The characters themselves were funny and lovable, even the friends of the characters were easy to like. Norah’s bits were written by Cohn, Nicks by Levithan.

Because the book is less than 200 pages long I don’t want to ruin the story but the basic plot is Nick and Norah meet on a night out, a gig where Nick is playing with his band “The Fuck Offs” (formerly Porn Yesterday, The Black Handkerchiefs, The Vengeful Hairdressers and None of Your Business) when Nick spots his not-so-nice ex girlfriend Tris walking towards him with her new fella he asks Norah to be his 5-minute-girlfriend to save him from having to talk to the girl who broke his heart and she obliges. The rest of the night (and most of the early morning) is a bit of a rollercoaster for both characters where they spend the entire night traipsing around Manhattan together.

I really enjoyed this book, it was different to the film (of course) but both are good as separate stories. The characters were great, and the story was believable. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes comedies or romance involving teenagers who swear a lot and break the law a little, and don’t have a lot of time to read big books.

August112014

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I read these two books in one day, mainly because I couldn’t put them down, but also because N&N is super short.

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