Friday, 31 July 2015

Booktube-a-thon TBR

Hi guys

As I have mentioned previously I have wanted to get involved in a read-a-thon for a while and when I saw the summer booktube-a-thon was coming up I knew I was going to do it. If  you want to find anymore information on the booktube-a-thon, I will link the YouTube channel here. Today i'm just going to be sharing what I hope to be reading during the booktube-a-thon. I will also be posting daily updates on my blog of my reading process.

The Challenges

1// Read a book with blue on the cover
2// Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
3// Read someone else's favourite book
4// Read the last book you acquired
5// Finish a book without letting go of it
6// Read a book you really want to read
7// Read seven books


The rules are that you are only to use a book for two challenges.

1// I am going to read 'Dangerous Deception' by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
2// I didn't own any books that I hadn't already read by an author with the first letter P so I've had to go for Adele Parks' short story in 'The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society'.
3// I am going to read 'Since You've Been Gone' by Morgan Matson.
4// I am going to read 'A Pirate's Time Served' by Chris Malburg.
5// I am going to read 'The Magic Finger' by Roald Dahl.
6// I am going to read 'Dangerous Deception' by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

waiting on wednesday (#15)

Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
Published by: Spencer Hill Press 
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Peter Pan Retelling

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Don't call me Kit Kat by K. J. Farnham

Don't Call me Kit Kat by K. J. Farnham
Published by: self published
Publication date: May 15 2015

Genres: YA, Realistic

Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.

But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.

Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.

So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.

Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?

And would she even want to if she could?

My Thoughts

I obviously hadn't read the synopsis for this book before I started reading because I was expecting a nice coming of age story that was a relaxing summer read but that was not what I got.

The story was very plot driven and very informative about eating disorders. But the author had lacked in the character development in the book because of the plot. I felt like she wrote this book to educate people on eating disorders, not for it to be an intriguing story.

'Don't Call me Kit Kat' really made me look at people with eating disorders completely differently. I assumed that I knew quite a bit about eating disorders but turns out I actually didn't and I don't think I fully understand nw. If 'Don't call me Kit Kat' taught me one thing it is that you don't really understand any form of mental disorder until you have one.

In conclusion, I like 'Don't call me Kit Kat' but it wasn't anything special. I think to fully enjoy 'Don't call me Kit Kat' you probably have to either have/had an eating disorder or have a close friend or family member with one. I'm giving 'Don't call me Kit Kat' 3/5 stars.

*This book was given to me for free by netgalley in return for an honest review, however this doesn't effect my opinion

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#14)

What's Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: December 29th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA

Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.

Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?

Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.
Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.

Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?

Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer blogging plans

Hi Guys

Last Friday I broke up foe the summer holidays and a huge thing I want to do during my holiday is write my blog. I have constructed a list of things I want to do this summer. If there are any posts you want me to write please comment and tell me.

  • Update my old posts. This especially applies to my old reviews, I just want to make it look like my more current posts.
  • Review more of the books that I read even if I start a series of reviews in 20 words or in 120 characters.
  • Learn how to spell series  (auto-check is a lifesaver for stupid spelling mistakes like this)
  • Take part in book-tube-a-thon.
  • Talk to more bloggers and readers.
  • Write more discussions.
  • Be consistent with WOW.
I would also love to plan a read-a-long with all of you guys. Please comment if you would do the read-a-long.

Friday, 3 July 2015

'89 Walls by Katie Pierson : Review

'89 Walls by Katie Pierson
Published by: Wise Ink
Publication date: June 5th 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical fiction, Political

College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity.

Quinn’s finishing high school on top. But that cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class makes her doubt her old assumptions. Challenging the rules now, though, would a) squander her last summer at home, b) antagonize her conservative dad, and c) make her a hypocrite.

Seth and Quinn’s passionate new romance takes them both by surprise. They keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day.

My Thoughts

I got this book from Netgalley because it was a read now and I was putting it off for so long. I finally got round to reading it because I had a really long car journey to france and thought I could read it then but as usual I got side tracked and listened to Psycobabble (which is a great podcast).

The characters were very three dimensional, I felt even the minor characters had a whole back story in Katie's mind. I especially loved the contrast between Seth and Quinn, I thought that was well written.

I also loved how Katie used politics as a base for the whole book to go back to every time. I thought that the addition of Quinn being brought up to be a republican compared to Seth who is a democrat because this helped me see both sides of the story rather then just one.

My huge problem with this book was how sexually explicit it was, I felt really uncomfortable reading these parts and extremely grossed out at some sections of these scenes.

In conclusion, a overall okay book with only one problem which I think is relatively uncommon in YA books. It is definitely aimed more at older teenagers. I can't wait to see what Katie Pierson has install for us. I'm giving '98 Walls 4/5. 

*This book was given to me for free by netgalley in return for an honest review, however this doesn't effect my opinion

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

waiting on wednesday (#13)

No True Echo by Gareth Jones
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: October 13th 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy

Eddie thinks nothing ever happens in his small, boring town. Every day is exactly the same, down to what the bus driver will say when he picks each kid up in the morning. But then, one day, someone new, and very pretty, walks onto the bus. At least, Eddie thinks she’s new, but there is something oddly familiar about Scarlett. Intrigued (and smitten), Eddie starts to follow Scarlett—and what he discovers is odder still. Scarlett is a Senior Echo Time Agent from the future, come to his town to investigate the origin of time travel, which, unbeknownst to Eddie, was invented right in his hometown, by someone he knew. Soon Eddie is swept up in the investigation and in time. But time travel is a dangerous business, and Eddie will learn more than he wants to know about his long-dead mother.

This psychologically rich thriller redefines the time travel novel for a teen audience.