Sunday, 16 February 2014

Poundland YA finds!

Hey guys!
Just a quick post to let u know about two YA bargains I found in poundland yesterday. Sever by Lauren Destefano, which is the final book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy. The other find was unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, which I think is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles. I doubt they're be in store long so grab them while you can! 
Till next time! :)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A zombie tale with a difference!

It's very interesting to have a zombie as the main protagonist, I wasn't sure how well it would work but it was done in an extremely clever way. R the main character is strong, likeable and by the end of the story you feel real empathy for him. He is a character that you can understand even though he is faces extraordinary experiences. He is a character you really root for.
Julie is also a strong character within the story. The relationship between her and R is strangely believable and touching.
M is my favourite side character. He is so different to R but also so similar. He is tough the whole way through the story but softens by the end. Perry is one other character I would like to mention because he is so unusual. I wasn't expecting him to imgerge as an important character in the story.
I enjoyed the parallels with Romeo and Juliet throughout his story. It was done subtly and it took a while for me to spot the connections ( R- Romeo, Julie- Juliet, M-Mercusio and Nora- Nurse).

The plot was fast paced and grabs you from the first sentence. I found the story to be so addictive that it was an extremely quick read.

The world building was great as was the character development. I personally loved the gripping writing style. The pictures at the start of each chapter were also an interesting addition to the story.

In summary this story was fantastic action packed, with an unusual and touching love element. It is a must read especially with the film due out in February.

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Kill Order by James Dashner

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)The Kill Order by James Dashner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The kill order is the long awaited prequal to James Dashners fantastic maze runner trilogy. It endevors to explain the events that lead to the Thomas' adventures in the Glade.

When I first heared about this prequel I was expecting it all to be about Thomas and the others from the original trilogy.
The prologue and the epilogue are the only hints at the original characters, the rest of the story follows new characters Mark, Trina and Alec (there are other characters but I would argue that these are the main three). We follow the story from Marks perspective.I generally enjoy story's told through a male protagonist and this one is no different. Mark is an interesting and believeable character. I found his and Alec's relationship particularly interesting.

The plot was extremely engaging. I found it vey hard to put down. The chapters are short and punchy, this helps the story to keep its pace and the sense of action and impending doom. The book was completely action packed from beginning to end and it kept you guessing. The ending was quite unpredictable and beautiful. It made me desperate to re-read the maze runner trilogy, this is what a good prequel should do.

James Dashner is an author who clearly takes time to understand his characters and to make them as real as possible. His writing is full of action but also heart. He makes you care about his characters and the world as much as he does.
This prequel felt as though it had a lot to say and seemed as though he had planned to write it right from the beginning. It managed not to seem like an after thought as a way to cash in from the success of the trilogy.

To summarise this is a fantastic book in its own right as well as being an amazing prequel to a sensational trilogy. I just wish there were more maze runner books for me to enjoy,

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Monday, 13 August 2012

My TBR pile!

Hey guys,
I am trying to sort out my book case at the moment and I decided to put all of the books I'm yet to read together. I was shocked to see that I have 310 books I need to read! Its going to take me an age to get through them, but I'm determined!
Till next time happy reading!
:) x x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Great deal!

Hey guys,
If you live in the UK I've found a great offer which might interest you! In Tesco I picked up the first two in the noughts and crosses sequence by Malorie Blackman for a total of £3.89. Love it! Tesco's books are always good value for money but their book packs are amazing!

I'm not going to give you the blurb for knife edge as it is the second in the series but here is the blurb for noughts and crosses:
Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

Till next time, happy reading!
:) cx

Monday, 6 August 2012

Between the lines review

Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read! I would say it was tailored for the younger YA reader, but I'm 24 and still loved it. If you're thinking of buying this book I would suggest getting the hardback edition as it is a stunning book with beautiful illustrations. Its one to keep!

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

August TBR!

Hey guys,
Here are the books I hope to read in August.
Till next time, happy reading!
:) x x