Since reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour last year (which by the way was epic!) I’ve been eagerly anticipating Morgan Matson’s next book, so when I h...moreSince reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour last year (which by the way was epic!) I’ve been eagerly anticipating Morgan Matson’s next book, so when I heard about Second Chance Summer I freaked! But the question is…did it impress? It certainly did.
Morgan Matson, you are amazing. Whatever you write, not only will I read but the second it’s released I will be running to the nearest book shop, so I can have your hot-off-the-press book in my hands ready to devour the second I get home.
Although I felt for Taylor and what she was going through, I didn't connect with her as much as I would have liked. She was still an awesome character though and so strong. Lucy is lovely, fun, a great friend and overall a wonderful character that I enjoyed getting to know. Henry isn’t your usual YA male interest and I loved that. Not only is he sweet and understanding, but the guy can bake!
A heartbreaking yet beautiful tale that makes you think about your time here on earth and how you should live each moment as if it was your last. It reinforces the fact that you should never take things for granted, no matter how miniscule it may seem, such as a sunrise. I’ll do that then. I’ll do that when. That can wait a bit longer, I’ve got the time. But to be honest, you never know what’s around the corner. Things change and things can change fast, in Taylor’s case it only took 3 weeks for her world to be turned upside down.
A truly, remarkable read.
P.S - Oh and I suggest you stock up on tissues as I guarantee that tears will be shed. I would know, I cried like a baby. (less)
When I first heard of Wanderlove I was positively excited. A travel, coming of age story with illustrations – what more could you want! I went in...more2.5/5
When I first heard of Wanderlove I was positively excited. A travel, coming of age story with illustrations – what more could you want! I went into this with very high expectations but unfortunately didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
What I didn't like:
I didn’t have a strong connection with the characters nor really feel for them; they were kind of just there.
The beginning wasn’t exactly slow but it just didn't feel like it was my thing. I went in to this book expecting to be captivated straight away and I was a little taken aback, surprised almost. Here was a book that I had been expecting a lot from and it just wasn’t what I thought it would be...
I really struggled in the beginning and felt a lack of interest to continue reading; I really had to push myself. It wasn’t until almost half way that things started to eventually look up and I found myself starting to enjoy the story more.
What I did like:
The thing I love most about Wanderlove is its uniqueness. The idea hasn’t been done before; it’s safe to say there is nothing like it on the YA market which I think readers will really appreciate. Who wants the same, repeated, washed up story again and again? I certainly don’t. And I’m sure you don’t either.
The illustrations are GORGEOUS. Simple yet detailed; captivating; charming. They certainly made the reading experience a better one. Every time I came across an illustration my face lit up and my eyes were instantly drawn in; I didn’t want to turn the page.
Wanderlove gave me an adventure without me even having to leave the house. It truly felt like I was trekking throughout Central America right beside Bria and Rowan.
Personally Wanderlove was an okay read. No, I didn’t fall head-over-heels in love with it like I originally thought I would, but I can certainly see why others did. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary that is fresh and creative Wanderlove might just be what the doctor ordered. (less)
Whenever Jennifer Echols has a new book coming out, I always add it to my list because her books are so enjoyable to read. And this one was no differe...moreWhenever Jennifer Echols has a new book coming out, I always add it to my list because her books are so enjoyable to read. And this one was no different!
All the characters are a great, unique bunch who I found totally relatable! Apart from Addison, the “so called best friend”, I loved the characters and enjoyed that they weren’t stereotypical. I especially liked Gemma, as she reminded me a bit of myself.
I’d classify this book as YA but it also had a pinch of Middle grade-ness to it, with first dates, first kisses and cute crushes.
The banter between Gemma and Max was gorgeous and will definitely conjure up smiles!
Whether you’re a long-time fan or you’ve yet to discover the awesome-ness that is Jennifer Echols, this book is a great place to start! If you’ve got this book on your ever growing pile of books, move it to the top and read it soon or if you don’t yet have yourself a copy run to the shops and get one immediately!!
So darn cute and totally addictive, once I started I couldn’t put it down! (less)
Originally I was expecting a light, summer romance but what I got was so much more. Deep, meaningful and completely original, My Life Next Door played...moreOriginally I was expecting a light, summer romance but what I got was so much more. Deep, meaningful and completely original, My Life Next Door played on my mind long after I turned the final page.
It took me a while to warm up to, but once I got through those first few introductory chapters, I grew more and more addicted and that was it, I was in love.
The Garrets – hands down the best fictional family ever created. Words can’t even begin to describe how much I love each and every one of them. It was a pleasure getting to know them as individuals and as a family. Warm, inviting, chaotic, welcoming and unique, it’s a guarantee that with the Garrets around there’s never a dull moment in sight.
Samantha is well grounded, smart, caring and a character I found easily to relate to. Jase is lovely, sweet and could be described as the nicest guy on the planet. They make an adorable couple and whilst Samantha and Jace are great as individuals, when teamed together they are unstoppable.
The romance is so delicately done, its perfection. The thing I love is that it’s not insta-love or rushed it’s taken slow, making for a sweet and addictive romance that will leave readers breathless and wanting more. Swoon. How good you say? It had me retracing my steps just so I could re-read certain scenes!
I had heard that there was a major plot twist involved and as I made my way through the book I became anxious to know what was going to happen. I didn’t know what to expect but when the “thing” finally happened I honestly didn’t see it coming, at all.
I stayed up late, to be precise 2 o’clock in the morning, to finish this book. But before I go on let’s get something straight. I love to read, I truly do but staying up til that extent is unlike me. No matter how good the book is I normally manage to put it down and save the rest for the following morning, however once the plot twist kicked in, I just couldn’t put it down, I had to see how it was all going to end. I truly have no idea how I managed to fall asleep because after I had finished my mind was working overtime. When I finally managed to drift off, as soon as I woke up in the morning, the first thing that was playing on my mind was this book – the ending, the characters, everything!
Whilst reading My Life Next Door I found myself sighing heavily at the amazingness that is this book. Pausing for a minute, taking a breather and letting it all sink in. You know those beautiful books you want to share with the world? This is one of them.
Huntley Fitzpatrick has written a splendid debut, full of charm, wit and originality. If you’re looking for a beautiful contemporary story with a sweet, charming romance and believable characters, look no further because My Life Next Door has it all! (less)
Saying that I was wickedly excited for, Born Wicked, would be an understatement! With it being one of my most anticipating reads of the years, I am ve...moreSaying that I was wickedly excited for, Born Wicked, would be an understatement! With it being one of my most anticipating reads of the years, I am very pleased to say it certainly lived up to my expectations!
Ever since watching Sabrina and Bewitched, I’ve been in love with witches, so when I heard about this book I straight away added it my list. I’ve heard of some books with lovely covers, but when it came to what was inside the pages it ended in a fail. So…Does it get better than the cover? It certainly does!
Strong, protective and so caring for her sisters - I instantly liked Cate. I don’t think I’ve connected and liked a main character so much in quite a long time! As for her sisters, I loved them both! Tess is adorable, innocent, sweet and so wise for her age! Even though I wanted to slap some sense into Maura, the bratty middle sister, I did care for her.
Now onto the love interests! Paul was nice, but nothing more than a friend in my opinon. As for, Finn, he’s a perfect match for Cate! They understand each other, share a love for books, especially adventure stories and see each other through rose coloured glasses, despite their faults and Cate being a witch. Protective, kind, understanding and brave, Finn is such a sweet guy! I especially loved that he didn’t follow the crowd and had his own opinions.
The romance is fantastic! I especially enjoyed the feather scene! I won’t spoil it for you, but when you come to it, I think you’ll discover why I liked it. Enjoy!
This is the first historical book I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to explore the genre a bit more!
The story Miss Spotswood has created is completely captivating. The setting was so lovely to read and picture - the extravagant dresses, the magic, the scenery, everything! Rich and luxurious, the writing was thoroughly enjoyable.
Even though I wanted to enjoy the story, I couldn’t get through the story quick enough, as I was anxious to find out what was going to happen next, especially as the ending loomed.
The ending was mysterious and quite surprising. I was really sad to see the book end, not only because were left in the dark but because I’ll miss the characters, the story and of course, the Cahill sisters! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Personally if I were to describe Born Wicked, this is how I’d go about doing so:
Beginnings are very important to me. They can either make or break a book, so I love it when I am able to open up a story and a warm welcome greets me...moreBeginnings are very important to me. They can either make or break a book, so I love it when I am able to open up a story and a warm welcome greets me at the door and invites me in.
There are SO many reasons why I loved this book, but here are a few:
I loved each and every single character! Brie was a relatable character, who’s voice instantly hooked me. I only wished the best for her. Patrick, oh wow. Funny, sweet, kind and totally cool, I loved everything about him. I didn’t like a few of the characters in the beginning but in the end when things became clearer, my opinion of them changed. Special mentions to Jack who made my heart go all fuzzy and Hamloaf who always put a smile on my face.
I am in love. Jess writes amazingly, she had me addicted. Fresh, fun, and oh so lovely.
Jess structured this book extremely well, always keeping me interested and intrigued. I just couldn’t get enough!
As if I already wasn’t in love, the references started and that was it, I was head over heels in love. Friends, Disney Princesses, The Wizard of Oz and more!
Another thing I liked was that even though school has been hectic and I haven’t had the chance to read as much as I would of liked, with this book I could open up from where I left off and be transported straight back into the story like I’d never left.
The emotions in this book were crazy. One minute I was smiling and the next tears were welling.
The ending was exhausting but amazing. A little mind boggling, as in woah, what just happened, but eventually everything became clear. I did have to slow down and re-read a few things, but as one thing after another fell into place, it all made perfect sense.
In case it wasn’t clearer enough, I ADORED this book! I can easily say that whatever Jess decides to write next I’ll be her first customer. (less)
I struggled in the beginning and though it took me quite a while to fully submerge into the story of Illuminate, in the end I can happily say it...more3.5/5
I struggled in the beginning and though it took me quite a while to fully submerge into the story of Illuminate, in the end I can happily say it redeemed itself.
Aimee Agresti has a beautiful prose. I simply loved the way she described the setting in such a stunningly manner, engulfing your senses.
The characters are an interesting bunch that’s for sure. The protagonist, Haven – smart, brave and a little geeky (but in a good way) – is a character I imagine readers will be able to relate to. Very much in the sense that like your average teen, Haven, is unsure, insecure and still figuring out she is. It was a pleasure watching her mature and grow as a person since first making her acquaintance and her arriving at Lexington Hotel.
As for the other characters, Lance is such a sweetheart and a fantastic friend. I really loved his character and can’t wait to read more about him in following books to come. For most of the book, I didn’t like Lucian but my opinion of him soon changed once a few things were revealed. Though Aurelia is a bad character, I liked her in the sense that she reminded me of a Disney villain - positively wicked! *insert evil laugh* Ferocious, over the top, Dante, certainly added to the mix and last but not least Joan, who is completely sweet and like a true, overprotective mother.
Though I found it hard to connect with the story at the start, I persevered and kept on and eventually came to a point in the story where instead of struggling to continue on, my interest piqued and all of a sudden I needed to know what was going to happen and how it was all going to end!
I know the length – 500 pages – might be a little intimidating, but if your willing to give it a fair go and invest a bit of your time into a good book full of mystery and intrigue, take a chance on Illuminate!
P.S – Think the cover is pretty online? Just imagine it in person!(less)
I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime, met a lot of characters but I’ve never been so frustrated with a book before; this one takes the cake. For th...moreI’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime, met a lot of characters but I’ve never been so frustrated with a book before; this one takes the cake. For the first time ever I actually experienced what it feels like to want to throw a book across the room.
I have never been so disappointed, angry and annoyed with a character. Yes Rob, I’m talking about you. As you can probably tell from the blurb just as Rosaline and Rob finally start to get it together, Juliet comes to town and ruins it all. Sure, she’s a big contributor to the whole mess but I expected way more from Rob. The way he acted was inexcusable; so selfish and ditsy and plain flaky. He was supposed to be Rosaline’s best friend and this is how he goes and act’s? No, just no. As the book moves along a few things are revealed but it still doesn’t make up for the way Rob originally treated Rosaline. Although I felt for what Rosaline was going through, I didn’t like her character or relate to her.
Love is blind, love is blind, love is blind…but it just seemed unrealistic. I was waiting for Juliet to pull out her crazy love potion elixir; I actually thought I was being Punk’d.
Your either going to dislike or enjoy this book; hopefully for you it's the latter.(less)