Saturday, 29 August 2015

Top 5 Favourite Authors

When I first started this blog I made a list of my Five Favourite Authors (post has since been removed because it is included here) and whilst many of the authors I listed still held a place in my heart, I realised that my current favourites are indeed different.

2011 Favourites

5. Melissa Marr
4. Lemony Snicket
3. John Ajvide Lindqvist
2. Stieg Larsson
1. Stephen King

2015 Favourites

5. Sarah J. Maas
4. Jen Meyers
3. Tracy Banghart
2.George R. R. Martin
1. Stephen King

Over the past four years I've been introduced to indie authors, started reading high fantasy, and mcuh more young adult. I love the books I read and I'm so glad I gave indie authors a chance, I wasn't really aware they existed until I started blogging, well I wasn't aware of a lot until then. Have you read any of these authors? If not check them out, if so what are you favourite books by them? Who are your favourite authors?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Review: Dismissed by Kirsty McManus

by Kirsty McManus

Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult / Romance
Length: 166 pages
Published on 28th April 2015
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Sarah Crossan: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Received from author via Xpresso Book Tours

The second Lizzie White lays eyes on her new English teacher Brandon Thomas, she is hooked. Brandon is young, cool and sexy - and nothing like the other teachers at her school. But of course he is forbidden from fraternising with the students or forming any sort out of outside hours relationship. And combined with the fact that Lizzie's best friend Taylor declared her feelings for Brandon first (and has therefore claimed theoretical ownership), Lizzie decides it's all too hard and focuses on a budding relationship with fellow student and class clown Gabe instead. But then Jason shows up. Jason is Brandon's trouble-making twin brother who seems to have no qualms about flirting with students or leaving a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. Before she knows it, Lizzie is dragged into a confusing world of blurred lines and lustful thoughts, where loyalties are tested and true feelings are explored.
Meet Lizzie our brunnette protagonist and her beautiful blonde-haired best friend as they both pine over a new dreamy teacher.

Who will win in this fight between best friends?

I don't know because I didn't finish the book...

The moment the book did this typical pitting girls against girls when they're best friends but acting as if they don't even get along from the get-go it just hit snooze for me.

I decided to try and keep at it, well for 13% of the book at least but I just couldn't do it. I was just so annoyed and irritated with every character we met, with how they were acting with each other, and I've just had enough. 

The only interesting things that really stood out to me was that Lizzie could beatbox and it wasn't set in the US. 

I feel super bad about not being able to connect with this book as I recieved it for review but I guess its just not for me. I guess I'm just too old for any more highschool drama, I've had my share.

Whilst I didn't finish the book I'm still giving it 2 stars as I didn't hate it and it wasn't badly written.
2 stars / 5 stars

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (75)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.

New Books
Okay its finally time to share all the Terry Patchett books that my boyfriends sister gave me... I've not read any of these and they're all part of the Discworld series.
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch (Discworld) Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy Eric (Discworld, #9) The City Watch Trilogy Sourcery (Discworld, #5) The Truth (Discworld, #25) Hogfather (Discworld, #20) The Last Continent (Discworld, #22) Thud! (Discworld, #34) The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, #24) Pyramids (Discworld, #7) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Jingo (Discworld, #21) Carpe Jugulum (Discworld, #23) Going Postal (Discworld, #33) Night Watch (Discworld, #29) A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) Feet of Clay (Discworld, #19) Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review: One by Sarah Crossan

by Sarah Crossan

Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Length: 400 pages
Published on 27th August 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Sarah Crossan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Received from NetGalley

The ONE book you have to read this summer! The phenomenal new novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; incredibly moving and extraordinarily crafted, it explores the unbreakable bond and love between sisters.

Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

Earlier this summer I dared to venture onto NetGalley and face my abismal feedback rating over there, and I stumbled across this gem.

One follows twins, Grace and Tippi, who are closer than you and I will ever be. They're conjoined twins and this book follows them as they live their day to day lives of endless hospital and therapy visits, adjusting to starting school for the first time, and coping with a family coming a part at the seems thanks to money issues.

What I think is most important about this book is that it doesn't revolve around the idea of what the girls can and can't do, its focus is more that of their mental state, growth, and friendships - it shows their confidence and how they've adapted to the harsh views and words of the world.

On the other side of things it shows them enjoying their new lives that starting school brings - new friendships, first crushes, a sneakily planned trip, camping, and first kisses. Its adorable and so much fun. 

However this book is as heart-wrenching as the synopsis says, as the money issues continues to put a huge weight on their family, the girls have to make a decision together on how they can try and help out, to try and bring everyones smiles back. 

It was refreshing to see a character that could've easily been a money-grabbing meanie exist as a caring adult the girls ended up leaning on a fair bit instead. 

This is the first book I've read that was written as free verse which I think this was chosen due to a design aesthetic, well at least that is how it seemed to me as somehow it visually represented Grace and Tippi.

I can't even begin to describe the emotions this book made me feel, nor the amount I cried either. It really was an emotional read.
4.5 stars / 5 stars