www.booksforcompany.com I was beyond excited to read this, it went straight to the top of my TBR and l danced around the room when it came in the post.www.booksforcompany.com I was beyond excited to read this, it went straight to the top of my TBR and l danced around the room when it came in the post. Lets just say it did NOT let me down.
This isn’t just a book where l was the reader and they were the characters which l was reading about. The characters became me, the characters became my friends and the characters became real. Alex is a very likable character who you are given a lot of time with at the beginning to get to know her, her daily routines, her family, her friends and her feelings. I think this is why l got so attached to her and started to see her as a friend. When she meets Cole l was happy for her, although l kind of knew what was coming from the blurb, l thought he seemed like a great guy. Throughout the book l understood Alex, although at some points how she was with her friends got to me, with how Cole is and how he acts l felt like l could understand Alex’s belief in him. Alex’s friends, Bethany and Zack, are the sort of friends which everyone wants. They have known each other for a long time, feel comfortable together and can tell each other everything. By starting the book off slowly, as the reader, l got to see their friendship and l really felt Jennifer definitely did the right thing by having a slow start. What made the beginning even better was because of how Jennifer wrote the book, although not a lot was really happening l was still gripped. Maybe it was because of how the book flows so well, maybe it was because l found myself falling in love with the characters or just generally because every page engrossed me that little bit more. With such a tricky subject Jennifer really had to write this book with a lot of empathy and feelings for Alex as she could. Jennifer seemed to go beyond just making up at character, at some points l wanted to jumped into the book and help Alex because of how Jennifer really made Alex a true person with real feelings. Jennifer made this book and has a great talent which l cannot fault. Overall Bitter End is a must read YA book which is one of those very special books that makes you feel many different emotions from despair to empathy to delight. I didn’t just see through Alex’s eyes, l was there with her. ...more
4.5/5 www.booksforcompany.com In Short - I loved the twists throughout the book. - I found the whole fact Juliette can't touch anyone fascinating. - It was4.5/5 www.booksforcompany.com In Short - I loved the twists throughout the book. - I found the whole fact Juliette can't touch anyone fascinating. - It was interesting to see how Juliette dealt with such power. - I was interested throughout the whole book. - The only negative thing was that I didn't get that into the romance side of the book. . In Long Shatter Me is really highly rated on goodreads so I was both very excited but nervous to read this when the lovely Lesley from My Keeper Shelf lent this to me. Sadly it’s kind of the same story for most of the books I am reading lately. I start them and then get really busy and can’t read for a week or so and then come back to it and just can’t get into it. Although Shatter Me was a bit different because as soon as I picked the book back up I got straight into the storyline and was gripped constantly. I am just gutted that I couldn’t read this in a few days because it’s such a unique twist on paranormal and dystopia worlds. I love how both these worlds are brought together. The storyline is a nice gradual one in which the paranormal powers are a big part of the story but aren’t the main only thing in the story. I really liked this and found it refreshing. Paranormal factors didn’t even really come into the book too much until closer to the end. The whole factor that Juliette can’t touch anyone is one which I found fascinating. I think it’s the type of power which the author makes it up to be. By that I mean it could have been a pretty boring power but Tahereh built the power up to be really interesting, I was interested to see how Juliette dealt with this power. The storyline is one which gets stronger and stronger the more you read. The beginning draws you in; I was totally intrigued after just reading the first few lines on the first page. What I loved even more is that Tahereh keeps you interested throughout the whole book in different ways. I liked the introduction of new characters and that this was done throughout the book. Sometimes too many character is too confusing and over powers the storyline. One thing is that I didn’t find myself drawn in by the romance and this is probably another reason it’s not 5/5 but I think that may just be me at the moment. I haven’t been drawn in by any romance lately!
Final Thoughts Shatter Me is a totally unique book which starts off as it means to go on with a gripping storyline which will keep you on your toes and hooked....more
Quick note, they use two names in this book (explained in blurb) l am going by their pretend names as they are called that3.5/5 www.booksforcompany.com
Quick note, they use two names in this book (explained in blurb) l am going by their pretend names as they are called that most of the time. I really didn't know what to expect when l started Rosie. I knew it was only a small book (around 100 l believe?) so the only thing l was expecting was for it to be fast paced. At the beginning of the book l was confused and have to admit it wasn't the only time in the book. How Daniel was explaining things (from his POV) was sometimes confusing, for example at the beginning l didn't understand whether they had already moved to a new place or were going too. Once l realised that they had already move l was able to get into the book and enjoy Daniel's company. Daniel was definitely my favourite character in this book and such a sweet brother, l would love him as mine! He is also a very genuine person which made me feel very sorry for him at quite a few points. Rosalie is a bit of a pain at some points but l like how Daniel deals with her and forgives her due to their loss which helped me not to get annoyed her. Although l definitely liked Daniel more and reading things from his POV the chapters from Rosalie POV made this book more of a page turner as l could see into her mind and see her thoughts as well as Daniels on certain things. There is random/mystery chapters in places in this book and l wish there was some sort of line to separate it from Daniel and Rosalie's POV or some sort of title to stop confusion. Aside from the confusion l did enjoy the chapters as it added to the mystery of the book and let things build up right until the end. Towards the end this book got really good although, sadly, everything did feel a bit rushed. I felt Mariam should have probably made the ending at least a few more pages longer to explain things in more depth so it was more understandable and not too much to take in at once. The twists in this book definitely made the mystery chapters throughout the book make more sense and also was a great twist! Overall Rosie is a great quick read which will take you on a journey with a sister and brother who are struggling to come to terms with a big loss and are fighting to keep each other. Mariam is definitely an author to watch out for in the future, if this is her first short story book l can only imagine the sort of great stories she will bring out. ...more
Being honest, l never really understood properly what Greek Mythology was about and haven’t ever read a book which has a strongwww.booksforcompany.com
Being honest, l never really understood properly what Greek Mythology was about and haven’t ever read a book which has a strong Greek Mythology presence in. When l started Starcrossed l was really unsure of what l would think of it but, after finishing the book, it is safe to say it definitely isn’t something l dislike, although sadly not something l love either. I think the main thing which stopped me from loving the whole Greek Mythology in this book was the confusion. There are so many people who you very quickly need to remember, although Josephine does often remind you how they are related to Lucas or Helen and how they are involved, you still need to take everything in quickly including their names, relationship to the main characters and what powers they have. It all became confusing, especially when the different ranks of the characters also came into play. Saying that, l bow down to Josephine as she obviously put a lot of thought into each character, how they were involved and the history of the families. l found myself still enjoying this book, through the confusion.
This is a really big book and l am sometimes put off when a book is over 400 pages, the ARC copy which l read was over 500 pages but the pages flew by so quickly! At one point l thought l was on around 100 pages but was actually on page 149, Josephine has a great talent for making a book flow. With a few chapters l felt that they could have been skipped without us missing anything as they weren't necessary to the plot but, saying that, l liked that. I enjoyed the chapters where l could get to know the characters better without the constant action although there was always something, as the reader, you are wanting to find out.
The characters in this book all stand out on their own and it really feels like Josephine has spent time creating these characters and then portraying them to the readers, even the ones which aren’t a main part of the story still have a lot of depth. The main characters, Helen and Lucas, are both characters which are likeable for different reasons. Helen is quite a timid person with not a lot of confidence so l liked it when Lucas came into the scene, who is the opposite of Helen in the way he doesn't really care about what people think. I enjoyed seeing how they effected each others in many ways. Then there was Lucas’s family who have many different traits that both makes for funny moments but also tense ones. This is something l loved about this book, the family is so normal yet they also aren't with their powers. Also not to forget Helen's dad which plays a big part in Helen's life and the sort of person she is. I really liked her dad and found him such a sweet man.
Overall this is an admirable debut book which has been turned from a potentially good book to an terrific, engrossing read with interesting characters and relationships alongside a fast paced plot. What more could you want? ...more
www.booksforcompany.com When l started this book and realised it was wrote from Adam’s point of view l was so happy! I really wanted to get to know himwww.booksforcompany.com When l started this book and realised it was wrote from Adam’s point of view l was so happy! I really wanted to get to know him more after reading If I Stay and was hoping for flashbacks from his point of view. Well l got flashbacks and so much more! I love Adam as a person, what a sweet guy. Who wouldn’t want him in their life?! I found his reaction to Mia disappearing very real which l think helped me feel more emotions while reading this book. I could totally understand every feeling he felt, not in the way that l have been through it before as l haven’t but in a way l can imagine being how he was if it did happen to me. His emotions were still very raw in this book, even after 3 years and all that’s happened in this life. I really liked that he is famous in this book, when l started to read it l thought it would either make or break this story but l think it did make it. Gayle didn’t just add the celebrity status for no reason, it actually had a lot of affect on Adam and the readers are shown how it affects him. The grief Mia felt ‘hit me’ in this book. As l said in my If I Stay review, l didn’t feel as sorry for Mia as l know l should have. In this book l started to get annoyed with her and saw her as rather selfish BUT as the book got further into it l started to realise why she did what she did and understand how she felt. I felt Gayle stuck to what she wanted to happen in this book and wasn’t influenced by any reviews of If I Stay and what the readers may have wanted. This series isn’t all fairy tales like a lot of books and the emotions are there and very strong. Both Mia and Adam had changed over the three years which really needed to happen for me to connect to their NEW characters. As well as creating new characters from the old ones but making sure they grew and changed over the past three years Gayle also answered all the questions which l had. I felt this book kind of gave me closure from the characters and their feelings. Overall this is a must read if you have read If I Stay, l can’t see anyone not liking this. Definitely don’t think it will ruin If I Stay, it makes it better!...more
www.booksforcompany.com This was a book l hadn’t heard about until l started to blog but once l saw it on one blog, it was on every blog with a lot ofwww.booksforcompany.com This was a book l hadn’t heard about until l started to blog but once l saw it on one blog, it was on every blog with a lot of hype around it. After reading the blurb l started to relate it to another book, Before I Die .Although it's completely different in terms of what is happening in the book l related the two together because of the very strong emotions which are involved in them both. I think this is where my main problem with this book comes from, l just didn’t feel the right emotions for Mia that l felt for Tessa from Before I Die and this is where l get confused. Surely l should have been crying at this book? Seriously l feel like an emotionless cow for not feeling more for Mia. I feel maybe l didn't get enough ‘time with Mia’ at the beginning of the story to make a connection with her to feel emotions for her, everything happens very quick throughout.
I really enjoyed the flashbacks and getting to know more about Mia but at times l was confused from when this flashback actually was and l have to admit l wished there would have been some order to it. I would have preferred it if the book went forward OR backwards in time instead of skipping to random moments. I guess the best bit about going to random moments is they fit in more with what Mia was thinking.
Putting my few (small) negative feelings aside, l love this book. Maybe l didn’t feel strong emotions as much as l should have but this book still made me think and l definitely enjoyed it, enjoyed it enough to blank out my very big TBR pile and just zone in on my copy of Where She Went. What also grabbed my attention was where at the end of the book Gayle explains how good friends of hers were in the same situation and only one family member sadly survived, she goes on to explain how she feels that family member made the choice to go with the rest of their family. I think that is such a lovely and peaceful way to think, it really added meaning to this book for me.
Overall this is definitely a must read book which will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and make you see life from a different angle. I put this book down believing in a lovely world Gayle had created where, in certain situations, we get to choose....more
www.booksforcompany.com When l was sent this l was really unsure as to whether it would be able to grab my attention. The main and only reason l thoughwww.booksforcompany.com When l was sent this l was really unsure as to whether it would be able to grab my attention. The main and only reason l thought l may not enjoy this book is because l don’t read historical books. The last historical book l tried l sadly wasn't interested in as too much detail was being put about the period in which the book is based. Montacute House was a nice surprise and is an example of why l try to give every book a go, even different sorts of books or books l wouldn’t usually read.
I think there are two main reasons l loved this book. The first is because Lucy had a great way of integrating the story line, the characters and the history into this book. At no point did l feel bored by the history because Lucy didn’t just place a random paragraph describing about the period which Cess was living in. Instead she made the whole book flow with information where you needed it but not in a way it was like a history lesson.
The second reason is because of the gripping plot with intriguing characters. I loved how Lucy introduces Cess in a way that makes you want to be there for Cess and rescue her from her life. The mystery is also introduced to this book really quickly and you are kept guessing throughout the book on a number of things. It really is a book which is near impossible to be bored by, there is nearly always something going on which makes you want to read quicker to find out.
The only thing l will say is the romance in this book seemed a bit undeveloped and out of nowhere in a way, l could kind of see it happening but it seemed really out of place in a book which is built around mystery. It felt like it was added for the wrong reasons whereas l would have loved this book without the romance.
Overall this is a great book full of mystery, friendship and history. If you love historical YA books then this is one you won’t want to miss. If historical books aren’t your thing or you’re not too sure about them then this is a book l would still definitely give a go, you will be gripped before you know it!...more
**spoiler alert** www.booksforcompany.com 3.5 I didn’t know what to expect from this book, the cover definitely makes it look like a book based around s**spoiler alert** www.booksforcompany.com 3.5 I didn’t know what to expect from this book, the cover definitely makes it look like a book based around summer. This 'guess' would be correct! Sixteenth Summer is everything you want in a summer read ; Sand, sun, sea and romance. Seriously, this is a perfect summer read which l could see myself reading on the beach while having a lazy day, the only problem? I didn't read this on the beach; l was stuck inside on my laptop reading it! There is certain times when l want a easy read which doesn't require thinking and this is definitely one of those books. It really is a simple story line which is all just about summer and romance. Half way through this book l didn't know if anything was going to ‘pick up’ but it pretty much stays at the same pace throughout the book and like l said, makes for a good relaxing read.
The characters have depth to them as much as they need to with a story that is based around summer, sea and sand. I really liked Anna, she is such a typical girl in the way she thinks and sees the world. l loved how alot of the things she thought or did are things l could see myself doing in that situation. Will is a cute guy and definitely goes perfectly with Anna, l enjoyed seeing their relationship grow stronger and face a few things. The ending is one of those which l can’t decide on. I wanted more but l felt if l would of ‘got more’ then l would of been disappointed it was made into that sort of fairytale ending. Overall this is a great summer read which l really recommend for a beach read or a lazy afternoon outside in the sun....more
Die For Me become an addiction while l was reading it and a craving when l wasn't.
Wow! I just don’t know if it’s even possible for me to write a review which shows you all how much l adore this book! I have never reread a book but l know if l was to reread a book this would be one l could easily read over and over. The whole plot in this book is so refreshing and has so much going on at once. The mix of romance and compelling story line is a perfect mixture which made it very hard to put Die For Me down and even when l did, l was picking it up at any free second l got (literally!). There wasn't even a second that this book becomes boring, with a constantly engaging story line that changes and increases in intensity throughout the book. Amy seemed to have amazing timing with how she revealed something just at the right time, grabbing your attention all over again; whether it was something about the world which Vincent lived in or something about Kate, it always made me desperate to read on and find out more. Kate is a very likeable character and l straight away loved her. She has a love for reading which within an instant made me like her. But it wasn't only her love for reading that made me love Kate, no, there are so many other reasons. One of those reasons was her grief, I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose both parents but l think it would feel something along the lines of how Kate feels in this book. Amy did a great job of not just suddenly making out Kate was over this grief but instead it was carried on throughout the book. Aside from her grief, Kate reminded me a bit of myself which how she is a quiet girl who would rather stay inside and read while her sister is out partying and making friends with an ease. She is definitely the sort of person l can see being best friends and often found myself wishing she was a real person! Of course there is also Vincent, who we most definitely must not forget! He is a loveable guy who starts of as the mysterious sort, which l always love (who doesn't) . I enjoyed getting to know him better throughout the book and loved him the more l found out because although he isn't perfect, he is damn cute ;) The combination of the characters in Die For Me is definitely interesting and added to the different personalities in this story. All the other characters in this book, no matter how small, take on their own role and all have a purpose within this book which l definitely liked. I read many books where a few people within it seem a bit pointless. I am glad l didn't read reviews until after l had read Die For Me. Saying that, even if you did read some reviews which basically tell you who Vincent's is, there is SO much more to this book. Amy has really came up with very fresh ideas and l loved that she didn't seem scared to do her own thing and add her own ideas into this book. Overall - Die For Me is a fresh, gripping, must read which you really won’t want to miss out on! I plan to be the first in line at the shop to get my copy of Until I Die (second in the series). Although l really don’t know if it’s possible to wait till 2012?!...more
www.booksforcompany.com The Discovery of Socket Greeny is something totally different from what l would usually read but l am very glad l did read thiswww.booksforcompany.com The Discovery of Socket Greeny is something totally different from what l would usually read but l am very glad l did read this book, it offers some refreshing ideas with interesting relationships to back up a great storyline. The thing which made this book for me was the characters. Socket is a very strange name but once you see pass that he is a character with so much depth and very likeable. The more l read this book the more l started to really warm to him, he is so caring and l love his actions and feelings about the characters around him. The relationship that Socket has with his mum is one which is very complex and interesting to read about and definitely made him show more of his character to the readers. My main reason for giving it a lower rating and not 4.5 like l would have liked to is because l actually found myself not understanding quite a lot of it. I felt some words were used without being explained or without being reminded what they meant and therefore l lost the concept of what was going on which can happen easily when so much is going on. Also with such advanced technology l felt more things needed to be explained in more depth. Apart from not understanding what was going on or how something had happened, l did really enjoy this. Overall this is a refreshing read with a storyline that is very fast paced and includes a lot of very advanced technology which l enjoyed reading about. ~
www.booksforcompany.com I really didn't know what to expect with this book and even though l did find a few things which l disliked about this, l reallwww.booksforcompany.com I really didn't know what to expect with this book and even though l did find a few things which l disliked about this, l really did enjoy it and l am excited to read the next in the series.
What l loved most about this book is how much is going on beside the romance as well as having a fast paced beginning. Minder starts off, straight away, dealing with a very difficult situation which has you gripped from the first page and very quickly feeling emotions for the main character, Maddie. Maddie is the perfect character for this sort of book, likeable as well as very strong willed and brave with a little bit of innocence. The other characters in this book made Minder even more intriguing, they were all so different and added to the book in many different ways as well as helping me to see further into the world Kate had created. Ganzfield, the training camp, is great fun to read and learn about. The social network and how it all works is very different from what l have read before, the different people with all the different powers definitely make for an interesting environment.
The one thing which made me a bit unsure about this book is the romance. They get close very quickly to a point where they seem to rely on each other a lot BUT l think this is one of those books l was able to forget that and enjoy reading the book. Mainly because of the situation which the characters are in, a situation where you have to form connections with people very quickly and need someone to rely on. l think that was the reason l was able to put behind me how quickly their romance formed and still feel their relationship was real, oh and the fact the guy in this book is really cute and loveable with some faults.. which l love in the male characters as it makes them more real.
Over-all this is a great book and definitely worth a read for anyone who likes paranormal books with romance and action mixed into it! Kate definitely has the 'nack' for making you want more!! This is £2.15 for your kindle, l mean, come on! This is one amazing book for that price and l was so shocked when l seen it!! I would pay much more than that.
4.5/5 www.booksforcompany.com I tried very hard to keep this spoiler free and feel that it is spoiler free! But I Love Him has been a book l have wante4.5/5 www.booksforcompany.com I tried very hard to keep this spoiler free and feel that it is spoiler free! But I Love Him has been a book l have wanted to read ever since l saw it on a few peoples IMM vlogs so when my copy came through the post l was SO excited! Amanda starts at the end. By that l mean she starts at the point where Ann has been beaten by her boyfriend Connor rather badly and then it goes back in time while going back to the end every 40ish pages or so. I am still undecided on this and at a few points l felt l would of preferred the book if it wasn’t back to front but then l read the interview with Amanda at the back and she explained why she wrote the book this way round and l totally agree. She basically said people often don’t understand that anyone could get into an abusive relationship and often think that they would have ended the relationship before it got as bad as it did for Ann. This is not the case and But I Love Him just proves that.
Ann is a very loveable person who doesn’t have a lot of confidence but is still a friendly person who likes to have a laugh with her friends. While this book was going back in time throughout the book l still felt l got to know her better and better with each chapter as l could see how she is now and how she used to be.
When l figured the book was written backwards l was a bit worried l would get very confused and not be able to get as connected to the characters and Ann’s story as much as l hoped but l actually felt the opposite. Amanda did a great job of not letting it get confusing but actually show the reader how Connor and his behaviour affected not just Ann but the people around her. It was sad to see the result of all this but even sadder to slowly get it revealed to and to see how ‘smoothly’ this all happened and gradually. There was, for me, a negative to it being written this way round and that was there wasn’t really much ‘plot’ to it. Yes this book is about abuse and that needs to be the main focus but at times l wanted more. Maybe more of Ann’s memories or such.
This book was tricky to rate as there is a few things which made it from a 4/5 to a 4.5/5 and a few reasons which meant it’s a 4.5/5 and not a 5/5 for me.
The reasons which meant l couldn’t give it 4/5 are purely because of Amanda and her writing skills. Amanda really made Ann feel like a real person who was telling Amanda her story for her to write. The empathy, tenderness and compassion she seems to have for Ann really rubbed off on me within the first page meaning l straight away felt like l knew Ann. The ending was also a great one, it still confuses me a little bit but l THINK l understand it! Either way, it’s a genius one.
The reasons which downgraded this book a little bit for me was the very small chapters. I only got a glimpse of some of Ann’s days. By that l mean each chapter is around 3 pages long and each chapter is one day. For example one day may be 5th June and the next may be 1st June. I just felt it made it a bit harder for me to get engrossed into the story. The thing which did keep me gripped was seeing how the things changed between Ann and Connor and coming to understand her and why she stayed with him.
Over-all But I Love Him is a heartbreaking book which shows you a true and very real glimpse into what abuse is like while still engaging with the reader. ...more
www.booksforcompany.com Please note – This book is for 18 and over only! (Erotic Romance) I haven’t ever read an erotic romance before so l didn’t knowwww.booksforcompany.com Please note – This book is for 18 and over only! (Erotic Romance) I haven’t ever read an erotic romance before so l didn’t know what to expect at all. I decided to read and review this book as l thought this would be a good book for my first erotic romance as it had 4 different little stories within a book so if l didn’t get on with one story l could skip it and read the next one. Well, l did actually read all the stories and even though l enjoyed some more than others l liked this book over all.
Cradle Of Dreams - Keta Diablo 4/5 This one put my mind to rest on whether l would like this book at all just because of Keta’s writing, l really liked her style and it made her story easy to read. The story line wasn’t too confusing and l actually found it quite of a page turner which is hard when the story is only around 60 pages long! This story had quite a bit of romance in and the emotions that the characters had were well developed. . A Love Soul Deep - Amber Scott 4/5 This was another page turner which l did enjoy and like Keta’s story, had quite a bit of emotion in it. I felt sorry for Sara, who lost her boyfriend. I liked how this story slowly revealed things as the story got further into it and l found Amber a great writer. . One More Rub - Elise Hepner 3.5/4 I did enjoy this one but it was probably the one which l struggled to connect with in any emotion sense, there was emotion in it but not emotion which l could feel for myself. I enjoyed it, an easy read with a story line which did get more fun to read about. Very different. . Till We Meet Again - Stacey Kennedy 3.5/4 This was the last one in the book (obviously) and although l read it and enjoyed it l found it the hardest to connect with in the way where it didn’t feel very real. Would she really do any of that for someone she has just met? I guess when your story is only 60 pages long you don’t have enough time for relationship development. Still, it was a unique idea and l did enjoy it! Stacey has some great dieas . Overall l did enjoy this book, it will make you hot under the collar at quite a few points but for me that’s not all of what this book was about. It did have in depth storylines which were interesting and all unique. ...more
www.booksforcompany.com This review is so hard to write BUT no matter what, l will say this – Invincible Summer is a roller-coaster of a read with strowww.booksforcompany.com This review is so hard to write BUT no matter what, l will say this – Invincible Summer is a roller-coaster of a read with strong emotions that makes you see the world from another person's eyes. Yay! A book written from the male POV, although it took me a few pages to know for sure he was a male, l was very glad when l realised. These sorts of books are so rare and l’m not just talking about the male POV but the emotion and difficulties within this book. At some points l just couldn’t get on with this book and l felt the writing didn’t make the characters feel very real but l then came to realise that this is how author wants the characters/family to come across. For example, l liked the characters as they were all very different but somehow still fitted together as a family in a strange way. The family dynamics in this book is something which very much interested me and are so different from anything l know, it was both hard and interesting to read this. I think this took me sometime to grasp that Hannah wanted the family to be like this and she wasn't just making the characters do random actions or say random things, everything mean't something. I think if l was to pinpoint something which made it hard to connect with this book it would be the ages of the characters. If l wasn’t told the ages of these characters l would find it so hard to tell, for so many reasons. Noah’s actions constantly change his age from sounding like he is 13 to then 18 and the same with the family members around Noah, especially his sister. Another reason for giving it a 4/5 and not 4.5/5 is because of family actions towards each other. Like l just said, the family dynamics were great to read about but was both a positive and a negative thing, even if none of them were random. For me, l am lucky to have a stable family who cares and loves me and in this book, at times, the family were so strange with not watching their children, not seeming to care about them and then completely changing in another page of the book. There is particularly one point in this book which lead me to struggle to keep an understanding. The family seemed at least kind of normal until this time. I also found Noah very clingy and needy which l could understand with parents like his but it also felt a bit repetitive at some points. Anyway away from the characters and the family difficulties the story line is very intense, when a book is written from someone’s POV then l always feel the emotions are so much stronger and the characters don’t necessarily need to be talking about their feelings to the reader, it can be things they think or do which also shows their emotions strongly. Things are always happening in this book and you never seem to really have a moments rest because more and more things are thrown at you which you have to deal with quickly. I certainly felt very sorry for the family. I love how this book involved more than just one summer as it meant it was spaced out over time which made the book to be very fast paced and is something which l really enjoyed....more
www.booksforcompany.com In Short - Elizabeth has written this book in a very simple way. There aren’t really any complex sentences. At the beginning Iwww.booksforcompany.com In Short - Elizabeth has written this book in a very simple way. There aren’t really any complex sentences. At the beginning I actually thought it was poetry. - This book isn’t easy on the brain – You will constantly be left wondering by Elizabeth. - This is a totally unique book with its own twist. You may love it, you may hate it. - Everything is kind of everywhere in this book. - This book is guaranteed to bring out many different feeling for you. You won’t know what to think!
In Long ‘As I Wake’ is one of those books where throughout the book you are wondering if you’re meant to understand it yet or not. I always find myself worrying, as I am blonde, I sometimes don’t understand what is going on in a book when I should. This didn’t ruin the book as such because I could sense that Elizabeth was slowly giving hints and could feel it all coming together but I did sometimes feel a bit impatient and want to know what was going on.
With a book that leaves you hanging on for so long when things are revealed they need to be as good as the leading up to it was. I have read so many books where there is a huge build up and then when it’s revealed it’s a big let down. I never felt this with ‘As I Wake’. Elizabeth revealed everything in a really brilliant way which kept me gripped throughout the book but also when she did reveal what was actually going on I didn’t really disappointed at all!
What I did enjoy about this book is I almost felt like Ava at times, I was on this journey with her and I was learning stuff as she was. I never knew something she didn’t and I was as confused about it as her.
I still don’t know if I fully understand this book and the ending is something which I am still thinking about to try and understand. The more I go through the book in my head the more I think I understand. ‘As I Wake’ is definitely a book which will get you thinking and definitely use your imagination. I like how for quite a lot of the book Elizabeth let the reader interpret the book how they wanted.
Final Thoughts Overall ‘As I Wake’ will be one of those books where a lot of people will hate it as it just wouldn’t have worked for them, some people won’t hate it but won’t love it and other people will probably fall in love with it. I find myself in the middle, I didn’t find it a truly amazing read but I did found that I enjoyed reading this....more
This is one of those really hard reviews to write as my opinion is changing constantly and l am finding it hard to rate. Sometimes l am thinking it shThis is one of those really hard reviews to write as my opinion is changing constantly and l am finding it hard to rate. Sometimes l am thinking it should be four stars and other times it should be 3 and a half. No matter what rating l give it, l really think some people will LOVE this book but for me, l struggled to connect with the romance in this book, l found it quite predictable but l have no other reason for not connecting with it. I just didn’t. I think by not being able to connect with the romance meant l struggled to get into the whole book as that was a lot of what it was based around. I did like how this book based a lot around relationships and l usually love this but as l just couldn’t connect with a lot of the people, it meant l didn’t enjoy this as much as someone who could connect with the characters. I found Delilah’s mum very mean and just couldn’t see how she could be like that BUT that was a good thing as Sarah is a great writer and can make you feel things about the characters in the book, it’s just a shame l didn’t with the main characters. I like the meaning behind this book and how things aren't just sudden but happen gradually which makes everything realistic in this book. Sarah is a great writer who l definitely look for in the future, l do love her writing style and my rating on this book has nothing to do with her as a writer. I was actually annoyed with myself for not being able to get into this book as l know a lot of people love it! Overall l really do recommend this book. It is one of those books that even though l didn’t enjoy it myself, l can see a lot of people really loving this and the characters. ...more
www.booksforcompany.com When l started to read Stay it was clear it would overwrite my expectations by far and that it was going to be a great read. Iwww.booksforcompany.com When l started to read Stay it was clear it would overwrite my expectations by far and that it was going to be a great read. I loved how it was written and not just because it was in first person, which l usually like as l connect better with the characters, but because of how it was written. Deb just has a great way with words and getting emotions across. Because of how all the people in this story are seen from Clara’s point of view you are kind of pulled into feeling the emotions for them that she feels but at the same time you are given the chance to make up your own mind about them. I felt all kind of emotions for the characters in this story, even for Christian. Stay is definitely one of those books that makes you sees things in different ways and even makes you feel kind of sorry for characters you maybe shouldn’t feel sorry for. Clara is the main character in this story and is written from her POV with Clara explaining about why she is where she is now. What l loved about this book was how it goes back and forth in time. I tend to find these are the sorts of books which are so intense; Stay is one of those books where you don’t get a chance to breathe because of how intense it is. Especially when it changes from the current time to a few months back, leaving the current time in a cliff-hanger and by the time you leave the past, you are left with another cliff-hanger. Overall – l would really recommend this book! Stay is such a powerful book which stays with you even after you have finished reading it. Deb writes in a beautiful way which keeps you engrossed all the way through, you will find this one hard to put down!...more
www.booksforcompany.com - For full ratings I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. It’s not the sort of book l am always reading at the momwww.booksforcompany.com - For full ratings I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. It’s not the sort of book l am always reading at the moment but l think l will always like to go back to these sort of books every now and then as l do enjoy them. When l started to read this book l was very glad l pick it up from my pile of books. The 1st page of this book grabbed my attention straight away and l cannot see it failing to win any person over. What l loved most about the 1st page is how it introduced us to the first character in the book, Paisley, how quick l felt l know her. Seriously, from the first page l knew more about Paisley than l did about most characters within 2/3 chapters. C.J. then went on to introduce Beau, Paisley’s twin brother. I also felt like l knew him rather quickly. Not only did l love how quickly l felt like l knew them, l loved their characters. Skuse did such a great job of building up their characters, making them different, stand out and making sure their actions were true to the characters she had portrayed. Pretty Bad Things is written from the POV of two people, Paisley has one chapter and Beau has the other. At the beginning l much preferred Paisley’s chapters because of the character she is but as the book got more into it l very much enjoyed seeing into Beau’s mind too. The story line is quite a fast paced one and although l felt like this book was a character lead story (in no way bad!) l did also enjoy the twins journey in this book. I liked how the book kept to realistic things, especially as l got so into this book l felt like it had really happened and l was there with them. Bringing something ‘fake’ into this book would have ruined it, once or twice Paisley or Beau said about a fairytale but how this wasn’t one. Overall this is a great read, l really recommend it to everyone, even if this isn’t your usual type of book. C.J. has put so much character into this book, one minute you will be laughing and the next you will have a worried expression on your face! ...more
www.booksforcompany.com In Short - The main character, Carly, was someone I came to like. -This is a very raw book with strong and depressing feeling. - Awww.booksforcompany.com In Short - The main character, Carly, was someone I came to like. -This is a very raw book with strong and depressing feeling. - A book which really touches on some tough truths. - The writing was something I both liked and disliked.
In Long I don’t know what sort of book I expected from Raw Blue but it didn’t lived up to the big expectations I had because of all the hype around it. I don’t know whether it was just because I was left feeling like I missed something which others got but I didn’t or because although I wasn’t expecting a certain sort of book I still wasn’t expecting what I got. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Raw Blue and I came to really like the main character, Carly, after a bit of a rocky start with not quite ‘getting her’ but this book felt like it never had a point to it. I think I am left feeling this because of how it was written. Kirsty is a good writer but just not my sort of writer and I can’t explain the writing style to you, you just need to read this book yourself. What I will say though is that I was often left confused by it because it felt like it was all in the wrong order. For example it would mention a character who you have never met before and the ‘introduction’ to the character would come a lot later in the book so you are kind of left in limbo. In other ways Kirsty's writing is something I liked, it flowed really well and left you really understanding Carly’s feeling while at the same time not necessarily understanding her actions. The romance in this book is the best thing about Kirsty’s writing. She wrote it in a way where you fall in love with the people as a couple. I have never read a romance which was so so far from being cheesy while at the same time being unbelievably cute! It’s one of the easiest romances to believe and this felt so fresh for me. I think from this book I expected some sort of happiness but I never really felt it in this book, at no point! I think I can honestly say it’s one of the first books I have read that truly is very raw. Everything about it. The relationships, the emotions, the way Carly sees her life. It’s all very true but very depressing.I didn’t always get why Carly acted the way she acted or said the things she said but that’s ok, all people do things we don’t understand. It was another thing which made me believe in Carly. Final Thoughts I don’t really know how to round this book up. I loved it while I disliked it at the same time. I actually love how this book brought so many different thoughts and feeling to me, I have never had a book which has made me fall in love with the romance so strongly while still feeling slightly distant from the main girl. I think this is definitely a great read and you won’t find another book written like this (unless it’s written by Kirsty!). I can see why people loved this book and although I didn’t fall in love with it, I still really liked this book. Just a little note : This book is written by an Australian lady and based in Australia. There is Australia slang in this book you may not understand! Ratings : Plot : 3.5/5 Cover : 4/5 Page Turner : 4/5 Characters : 4/5 Ending : 4/5...more
www.booksforcompany.com 4.5/5 This is one of those books l would have never read if it wasn’t for all you bloggers and it’s definitely one of those bookwww.booksforcompany.com 4.5/5 This is one of those books l would have never read if it wasn’t for all you bloggers and it’s definitely one of those books which makes me have even more faith in your amazing taste, my fellow bloggers! I actually, not long ago, finished ‘Deadly Little Secret’ and l absolutely loved how it included chapters from the stalkers point of view. For a lot of Deadly Little Secret' l found myself looking to see how far it was until the next chapter by the stalker. Now, not much longer ‘down the line’ l find this gem of a book which also has a chapter every now and then from the POV of the murder. I really have fallen in love with this way in which a book is written and Kimberly did it great. It really adds to the mystery of the books and doesn’t really give many clues away at all but instead just makes you ask more questions. Anyway, this book starts in quite a calm way which l liked as l got to know Violet and straight away fell in love with Jay. Not long after the action picked up quickly and l was totally engrossed in this book! What l mostly loved is it’s not all about Violets ‘powers’ but also has a few interesting relationships in this book. I found the relationship with her parents an interesting one which felt very thought through by Kimberly. And then of course there is the relationship between Violet and Jay which takes a very front seat in this book (and l hope continues into the second book) Violet felt like a very normal girl who l am sure a lot of people will feel like they can relate to with her problems (not her powers!) I have seen some people felt she sometimes made silly decisions which l do agree with but then l think maybe you would with how Violet felt. I think Kimberly did amazing to understand how someone in that situation would feel. I am excited to read Desires Of The Dead but l do fear it will not be as good as The Body Finder, l just feel that this book ended in a great way. We will have to see though! There is just one reason why it's not 5/5 and is instead 4.5/5 and that's just because l felt a relationship in this book changed too easily and l like to see and feel things are a bit more 'real' which l felt Kimberly did all the way through the book till then. (Explained below,spoiler) Overall l would really recommend this read to everyone. I feel some scenes may not be suitable for much younger readers (10/11) and l was certainly on edge at points and wouldn’t have wanted to read at night by myself (l am often called a wimp though) If you haven't read this l recommend reading half the blurb, l didn't read the other half and l am glad l didn't, it lets you know the half of it! ...more
http://www.booksforcompany.com/ I am unsure about this book, not in a bad way, l just don’t know how to rate it. Right at the beginning l got really inhttp://www.booksforcompany.com/ I am unsure about this book, not in a bad way, l just don’t know how to rate it. Right at the beginning l got really into this book, l absolutely loved the plot in this book and how unique it is. Towards the end of the book, which was when the books pace got very fast, l found l wasn’t as ‘into’ the book. I don’t know if it was myself, maybe l felt a bit distracted, but l just felt a bit 'distant' from the characters which l had grown a 'bond' with! Either way, this book is amazing. Everything l read in this book was so unique, l haven’t come across a book like this before which l always really love in a book. One thing l found unique about this book is how much depth Jennifer goes into with how the werewolves think and feel, it’s quite amazing but also strange in the way it is probably quite real. The characters in Raised By Wolves are all very strong ones, even the ones which don’t play a huge role were very well developed. The main character, Bryn, is a very strong person who doesn’t mind testing the limits and boundaries set for her. This is a great characteristic for a main character as it makes their actions unpredictable and therefore the book is never predictable. The people around Bryn all stand out for their own reasons, so much so that they could also be main characters because of the amount you know about them. I never predicted any part of this book (apart from what the blurb 'hints' towards) and in no way did l see what was going to happen towards the end, for some reason, like l mentioned, l wasn’t totally gripped for the first bit but then by the last 30 pages l was engrossed. The action was never ending! I think probably the only thing l didn’t connect with in this book is the sudden connection between Bryn and the ‘male’ (depending on if you read the blurb or not, l don’t want to ruin anything for you). I understand there is kind of an explanation behind the sudden feelings but in another way l also found it hard to connect with any interactions between the two characters. It all felt a bit, fake, in some ways. It just happened too quickly! Saying that, this book isn’t just about romance between two people in any way, this book focuses strongly on a ‘pack bond’ between the wolves. This may seem strange as humans can never totally understand the pack bond between animals but when l was reading this book l found it easy to believe what Jennifer wrote because it felt very real and like she had seen into an animal’s mind. This book surprised me in some parts and l felt Jennifer included things which other authors may miss out as it's a YA book but l am glad she did include these parts. In particular there is one scene which shocked me but also showed how strong the pack bond and rules are. I liked this because Jennifer, right from the start, makes the reader see how important it all is and then she shows this by following through with it by the wolves actions. Overall this is a great, intriguing read which you will not regret picking up! Jennifer has created a new world within this book which lets you see inside the minds of. P.S Sorry this review is quite bad! I struggled to write this and not give away spoilers....more
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This was one of those books that l didn't know what to expect from and l admit, l didn't actually read the blurb before l did a swap for it. I actually did a swap for it because l had seen this book on so many different blogs and because l trust you lot so much, l didn't need to read the blurb!
When l started to read this l was straight away drawn in, it's one of those books that after the first chapter you know that this is going to be an amazing book. I didn’t realise how amazing! The whole tine l spent reading this book l kept telling the people around me (family) how great it is. What makes it so great l hear you ask? Everything in the book makes it great!! The characters are really well developed, even those in the background are developed enough that l felt like l knew them myself. This is what made me love the book so much, as the characters have so much depth to them l actually started to feel like l was really there. At a lot of points in the book my heart was beating so fast and l was totally zoned into the book. Not only are the characters amazing but the story in this book is so engrossing and kept my attention throughout the book, reading it really quickly and in big chunks (Usually read throughout the day instead of for 2 hours at a time). It is just one of those books which are really hard to put down and even when a chapter has ended in quite a 'calm' way, I still wanted to keep reading. Overall l really really loved this book, l am pretty sure it will be my favourite of the month and in my top 10 for the year! I loved the added mini chapters which were written by the stalker and also how the action in this book is never ending! I felt the final scene could have been dragged out a bit longer to make it better but l have no ‘complaints!’ ...more
This book has soooo many amazing quotes that I wanted to prove this to anyone who hasn't read it by quoting one below. "Is it powww.booksforcompany.com
This book has soooo many amazing quotes that I wanted to prove this to anyone who hasn't read it by quoting one below. "Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?"
As I’m sure everyone has, I had heard amazing things about Anna and The French Kiss so therefore expected this to be a good read which I would thoroughly enjoy. What I didn’t expect was to feel the way I did and as strongly as I did! I have said it before and I will say it again, there is a few special books which come along every now and then (quite rarely!) which are near impossible to put down, near impossible not to fall in love with and impossible not to get completely drawn into this! Anna and The French Kiss is one of these. I have to admit, the storyline isn’t the most gripping ever, neither is it the most unique story line but it’s not really the story line which made me addicted to this book. It’s the way which Stephanie has written it and given the characters so much depth that they became real people to you and things going on in their life become so real you feel like it’s your best friend telling you the story. As well as the depth to the characters her writing is something which can not be missed or without giving credit too. Her writing flowed so well which made it even harder to put this book down. Stephanie was able to make me become engrossed in the two main characters lifes to the point where the day to day things they did became interesting to me. While Anna became my best friend, St Clair became my 'secret' crush who I fell in love with more and more! I loved the different romances in this book, especially the main two which were so alike at some points and so different at others. The main romance was so so cute, i fell more and more in love with it with each page and it got cuter and cuter. Everything in this book is so likeable. Nothing about this book felt like a typical book or a typical romance, it was all so unique, sweet and real. Over all Anna and The French Kiss is definitely as good as everyone is making out and don't let all the hype turn you off! This is a book which you can't help but fall in love with.
I really didn’t know what to expect with this book, the blurb sounded very interesting but l felt it might have a few things which l would struggle toI really didn’t know what to expect with this book, the blurb sounded very interesting but l felt it might have a few things which l would struggle to get into. This book was not in ANY way hard to get into it. It straight away draws you into the story, introducing you to Willow in a way which then leaves you with a lot of questions about what is going on, who they are etc. I found this a good thing and not in a confused way (until further in the book) but instead very intrigued. I didn’t feel all the characters in this book were amazingly developed; l would have liked to have seen some more depth to some of them. Mainly Willow’s parents as they just seemed to spend their whole time worrying about Willow so l felt that is the only side l really saw of them. Saying that, Willow is well developed and for me, the reader, she felt very real. Her emotions are clear and although sometimes she did annoy with me carrying out very silly actions you kind of feel like it’s acceptable with what she is going through. Not only is Willow a very developed character who is great to read about, the story line is a very interesting one too. It is a very unique read which was never predictable in any places. When you first start to read this story you feel like everything is ‘set out in front of you’, so to say, but actually so much more happens in this book which is unthinkable. So much is so very unique and so refreshing to find out about this new world with Jamie Magee has written about in a lovely and easy way to understand. Overall this is a great book which really does not have enough recognition at all! If you’re looking for a book which will pleasantly surprise you then this is the book =) I don’t really have anything negative to say about this book, the only reason it isn’t 4.5/5 is just because in some places l felt a bit disconnected from the story because of the way love is 'found' and it is sometimes confusing towards the end. I look forward to reading another book by Jamie Magee...more