Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Going to Read on the Beach!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books I’m planning on reading at the beach!

Ok, so I’ve been in a little bit of a reading slump at the moment (they are the worst!), which, I mean, is understandable considering the amount of revision etc I’ve been doing for my A-level exams coming up (only one more next week. The end is nigh). But I’ve decided that once my exams are finished and the weather is nicer, I’m going to toddle off down to the beach and settle down to read some contemporary because a.)  it always helps with a reading slump, and b.) because it feels like it’s been AGES since I’ve read any.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

I am so excited for this book and I need to read more of Morgan Matson’s books – I loved Since You’ve Been Gone. It was the perfect summer read. Hopefully I love this one just as much!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for so long – I’ll hopefully start reading it this summer. I can’t wait!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss

This is another book that I’ve only heard good things about, and I’ve been wanting to read it for quite a few years now. I need to start it – I’m determined to do so this summer.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

My Life Next Door

I keep seeing this, and I’ve heard so many positive things about this author’s books. Soon! Soon I will read this!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything

Ok, so Sarah Dessen is an insanely popular author – I know so many people love her books, and I’m almost ashamed to say I haven’t read any of them yet. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to find out what this hype is all about with Saint Anything, which sounds amazing and I’m so excited to start it!

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Night Owls

I’ve actually had this book on my bookshelf for a while, and I keep looking at it and planning on reading it but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet because I have SO MANY books on my TBR. I’ve pushed it up a few places on my TBR and hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided

There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I pre-ordered it as soon as I found out about it. I actually ended up with two copies of the book somehow. No idea what happened there, but I’ll definitely read it soon!

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I actually only heard about this book recently, but I immediately became interested.Books that deal with mental illness? Sign me up. These things need to be talked about. And I’ve heard great things, so I’ll hopefully jump into this soon!

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem With Forever

I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I’ve read and loved most of them. So when I found out that she was releasing a new book from a new series, I was beyond excited. Even more so when I read the excerpt that (I think) was released alongside the cover.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer

This is another book that I have heard fantastic things about. I’ll hopefully pick up a copy soon!

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Gemina ( The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Gemina

Release date: 18th October 2016

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Why am I excited?

I read the first book in this series at the end of last year, and it very quickly became a favourite. It was amazing! I am so excited for the sequel – I need it in my life!

What releases are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Feel Differently About After Time

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books I feel differently since reading them (love it more, less, feel indifferent).

The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

Matched

I first read this trilogy ages ago, and loved it originally. That was back when hadn’t read much dystopian, and i found that as I read more in the genre, and had more time to think about it, I gradually started to love it less – or at least the last two books. I actually seem to love the first book more, which is weird.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

I absolutely loved the TMI series when I first read it. It very quickly became a favourite. But I’ve found that, after time – and a reread or two – I love it more, if that’s even possible. It has now become another of my life’s missions to collect all the TMI merch. 😀

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

Yep. I was a twilight fan. I read the Twilight saga when I was (I think) about 13, and I was obsessed. After time, and many many more books, that obsession has faded, and, to be honest, I really don’t think I’d like them if I were to read them now.But while I don’t think I can  still call myself a Twilight fan, it still has a little place in my heart that was my previous obsession.

Panic by Lauren Oliver

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When I originally read Panic, I quite enjoyed it. But after a few weeks, when thinking back on it, I just found it kind of…meh. I don’t really remember much about it.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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It’s no secret that I LOVE The Hunger Games. A lot. I mean, I talk about it all the time. But I’ve found that after the release of Mockingjay Part 2, I love it more than I ever did before. Maybe it’s because THG is finally over *cries*. And there is no limit to the amount of times I can rewatch/reread The Hunger Games.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Reader

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader

Release date: 13th September 2016

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Synopsis:

A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

Why am I excited?

This book sounds amazing, and from what some early readers have said over on Goodreads, this is definitely one to look out for. I mean, even the title screams NICOLE READ THIS BOOK. Sign me up! I’m going to preorder as soon as possible. I cant wait!

What new releases are you waiting on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books I picked up on a whim.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave was one of – or maybe even the first – sci-fi book I ever read, and very quickly became a favourite and drew me into the genre, and I am so glad I made that split second decision to pick it up!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall

I’d actually heard a lot about Angelfall before picking it up, but it was never very high on my TBR. This was until I decided to order it on Book Depository, just because, and I regret my decisions in not reading it sooner!

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This was a book that I picked up without knowing anything about last year, and was blown away by how beautifully it was written, how heartbreaking and unique it was.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil was a book that I downloaded on my Kindle with  the last of my Amazon gift card money, and it was completely worth it!

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never

This, I downloaded through iBooks one afternoon when on a free period at college. It was a great distraction from the homework I probably should have been doing.

The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

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Ok. I’ll admit that I bought this book purely based on its cover (I mean, LOOK AT IT. And it had sprayed, SPARKLY pages!), and, although I didn’t love it,  it looks amazing on my shelf and I’m interested in where the story goes so I’ll probably pick up book 2 at some point!

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

At The Sign of the Sugared Plum

I think I was given this book by my school, in year 7, though I completely forgot about it until about two or three years later, when I re-found it and decided to read the first page (and then finished the whole book in a couple hours).

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

I knew hardly anything about this book prior to picking it up – and, to be honest, I wasn’t really that interested in reading it. But then one day I had a change of heart while out shopping and immediately went and bought it (it turned out to be amazing).

Everblue by Brenda Pandos

Everblue

This was another Kindle download when (I think) the book was free and I was in search of a new book (those were the days, when I didn’t have a TBR for miles).

 Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae

Hidden Wings

I remember buying Hidden Wings on my Kindle one summer a few years ago – I knew practically nothing about it, and hadn’t heard of it before, but I really enjoyed it!

What are some of the books you guys picked up on a whim?

Waiting on Wednesday: Nevernight

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week: 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight

Release date: 9th August 2016

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Synopsis:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Why am I excited?

I’ve only read one book by Jay Kristoff, and that was Illuminae, which he co-wrote with Amie Kaufman, and that is one of my favourite books of all time! I am so excited to read more of his writing, and Nevernight sounds like an amazing book!

What releases are you waiting on?

Review: The Island

The IslandTitle: The Island
Author: Olivia Levez
Pages: 321
Published by: Rock the Boat
Release Date: 3rd March 2016
Synopsis:
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.

Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository 

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Firstly, HUGE thank you to Cailin at Rock the Boat for sending me a copy of this book to review!

Review:

I’ve struggled over the past week to formulate my thoughts on this book coherently, which is usually a big give away that I loved it. And I did love it – The Island was perhaps my favourite book of this year so far. It was a book packed with mystery and emotion (ALL the feels).

Frances is left alone on an island after a terrible accident. And for a great deal of the book she is the only character focused on. Because of this, mixed with the isolated setting, I was worried that I might get bored with the story, or that it might become repetitive. This is certainly not the case. It never got boring, and kept my interest throughout – I actually found it very difficult to put down (if it weren’t for upcoming exams and revision etc, then I’m sure I would have read it in one sitting!). And we get to see more of Frances, her past, and how she got to be on the island with flashbacks, which were just as gripping and emotive as the chapters set in the present.

Frances’s voice is a unique one  – she was a whirlwind of a character who, despite her past actions, I couldn’t help but love and sympathise with. I began to understand her more in the flashback chapters – and even relate to her – and began to realise just how strong of a person she actually is. And, even though they weren’t central characters in the book, and aren’t focused on too heavily, I was blown away by how spectacular the characterization of Frances’s family – her brother and mum – was. Olivia Levez did a spectacular job of creating and presenting such real, three-dimensional characters. 

The character development in this book is out of this world. Frances grows so much — at the beginning of the book she appears to be a cold, distant character, and her sometimes harsh attitude made her mysterious and interesting. I couldn’t help but be drawn into her story, which was described in a way that was gritty and honest, and made us empathise with Frances more, and understand her anger and sadness. I loved seeing how she gradually begins to change, and becomes willing to become a better person, and face and deal her problems head on.

Yet another thing to make The Island a unique story that stands out is the way that it is written. I loved the way that Olivia Levez writes. She perfectly conveys Frances’ thoughts, and describes things in such a simple yet vivid and striking way – it’s truly spectacular, and I haven’t read anything quite like this before.

Also, just incase these things aren’t enough: there is a dog!

Rating:

The Island was an absolutely sensational debut and I’m very excited to read more of this author’s writing! ★★★★★