Calamity #24

Hello

I finally got around to reading one of my most anticipated releases of 2016!



"When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . .

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying."


This was such a good ending and wrap up the reckoners series. I had forgotten how much I loved this world and the characters in it. Seeing the development of the team and them as friends is something I've truly loved reading about. The writing style throughout is the style that leaves you wanting more because you're so invested in this world. I've never ever been sucked into a book series as much as I have with the reckoners series, there was never a dull moment. From the first page of every book to the last you're just completely emerged in the writing and the world.

The relationship between the characters, with working together to bring Prof back was something I never thought I'd see handled so well. You see them all dependent on prof throughout the series, which was nice to see them handle things without him.

David's character development was probably my favourite throughout this series, he joined as someone not everyone was struck on but now you see him in charge and having people listen and support him.

The ending to the book was a good ending, an ending I'm glad happened.

I'm sad to see this series end as it was my absolute favourite.

Love, Beth x


The rest of us just live here #23

Hello

This was my second Patrick ness novel and I was so excited to read it. 





pages: 317


"What if you aren’t the Chosen One?


The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?


What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.


Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.


Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions..."


Right, I loved 'A monster call' I completely fell in love with that book. but this book? no.

I found this story to kind of be a bit boring if I'm honest. The story itself was quite flat throughout except near to the end when something tiny happened for about 4 pages. I found all the characters to be quite flat and none really had any depth to them. The indie kids who are talked about in this book seemed like they'd make a much more interesting read, especially as they were the ones being plotted about in the book. Having the book be able to the indie kids would of made complete sense instead of having it about the ordinary people as such. The only character which I felt to be interesting was Jared and that was because he could heal cats and eventually people. 

I was overly disappointed by this, I felt like the characters were something John Green would write. For those of you who don't know, I hate John green's writing. I find it boring and flat. This was probably a reason as to why I disliked this book and characters, it somewhat felt like a John Green approach to writing. 

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone if I'm honest, but I certainly won't let it put me off Patrick Ness's work as I adored 'When a monster calls'.

What did you think of this book?

What other Patrick Ness's books do you recommend?


Love, Beth

Everything, Everything #22

Hello

A few days after reading his book I found out it's been turned into a movie and is out this month! How exciting is that?




pages: 310


"Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?


Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love."


I went into this book not knowing if I'd like it if I'm entirely honest. I wasn't so sure on how it'd pan out as I found the 'being allergic to outside' a weird concept and wasn't sure if I'd get sucked into the world or not. Oh boy was I wrong! I was hooked from about the first page! Nicola's writing flowed so well and I couldn't put it down. Madeline was written in a way where you couldn't hate her, you actually admired her. I admired her for putting up with her mum for so long. I would of gone insane with just my mum and my nurse and no outside world! Madeline was drawn out of her fearing the outside world when the family next door moved in. Quickly she becomes interested in Olly, the son. 

I found her mum to be so controlling and unlikeable, especially when Olly and his sister come over to bring a cake, she refuses due to the nature of Madelines condition but doesn't tell them that. This frustrated me, she looked so rude and it bugged me. Sounds silly I know.

Madeline and Olly's relationship grew from emails to being able to meet in secret thanks to Carla her nurse.

I loved all the characters in this book except Madeline mum. The plot twist had me so mad, I had guessed this from about half way through the book. I was mad I was right because it made me hate the mum even more.

This book was so gripping, I liked how it showed you love makes you do crazy things, that sounds cringe and lame but it is so true! Without love making Madeline do crazy things, the story would of been boring. This book was so hooking and such a quick read. I loved this and Nicola's writing is just so incredible, I'm excited to read more by her.



Love, Beth x

Hogwarts Tag


Hello,



So this is my first tag to feature on this blog, with many more to come!

I was tagged by the lovely Vrinda, check out her lovely blog.

Lets jump straight in!

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Am I pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?

Probably a half blood, as I only have one parent.


Which wand chose me?
Larch wood

'Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. I find that it always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match'

Picture of wand
  • 13 ¼" in length 
  • Unicorn hair core
  • Quite Bendy flexibility



Did I take an owl, a cat, a rat or a toad?
Cat, they're my favourite


Where did the sorting hat put me?
According to pottermore, Slytherin


What house did I want to be in?
probably gryffindor as most of my favourite characters are in that house and seems like the house I'd fit into.


What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?
potions probably as that would be a lot of fun and my least would be defence against the dark arts, seems scary!


The form my patronus takes:
A weasel according to pottermore, how boring.


What does a Boggart look like for me?
loneliness, always scared of losing the ones I love.


Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?
I'd like to join the quidditch team, so much fun!


Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?
The room of requirement! a room that fits to your purpose? wonderful!


What would I most likely get detention for?
Probably for being up late around the castle reading!


What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?
something within magical creatures!



I tag anyone that wishes to take part!!

Thanks for reading. 



Love, Beth x


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Holding Up The Universe #21

Hello,


Yes, it happened. I finally read holding up the universe. I had a massive reading slump last year and have only started reading again in the past month! Although I did pre-order holding up the universe, so I like to think I'm still a dedicated Jennifer Niven fan!

Right so lets get started



pages: 388




"Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 


Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.



Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours."



This book hit me, I felt such strong empathy for Libby. I truly admired her too, the whole ordeal she went through with her weight and then dealing with shitty people at a high school. The book shows how cruel high school is and how you're supposed to fit in and not be anything else except what people want to label you as. I loved seeing Libby grow as a character, she started off quiet and quite timid but soon releases she doesn't have to please anyone. YOU DO YOU. Libby has goals, she wants to be in the dance squad, she wants to dance. She decides she's going to do that regardless of the shitty Caroline. Libby finally decides to be who she wants and doesn't care about anything else. She grew so much as a character, I loved her.

Then we have Jack, he's the typical popular one at school although his character was a bit of an arse at the beginning I grew to love him and did feel sorry for him. Jack suffered with face blindness which meant he couldn't ever remember faces or people except Libby. He saw Libby. This was the cutest moment in the book, after their relationship had blossomed and they truly fell in love it finally showed Jack saw libby, not because she was overweight which is why he thought due to her being larger but no. He saw her face, her eyes, her lips. He saw Libby.

Both characters needed one another to grow and to be the people they grew into. Without that we wouldn't of seen Libby become her true self or see Jack become a non douche.

I liked her Jennifer wrote this book, not in a way that made overweight people look bad or turned this into a story where the fat girl gets the popular boy. She wrote it in a way that showed everyone is human, nobody needs to look a certain way to be loved and nobody needs to give someone shit because they don't fit into their expectations. Jennifer wrote this to show everyone that you can do whatever you want, you don't have to be afraid to be yourself. If Libby can do it, so can I.



Yes, I loved this book so much, but what do you expect? All the bright places is still my favourite book and the reason behind my blog. Jennifer Niven, I adore you. 


Love, Beth x

Every Fox Is A Rabid Fox #20

Hello

Last month I read a book by Harry Gallon which was kindly sent to me by dead ink books. 
 'Dead ink is a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in liverpool'

Every fox is a rabid fox
by
Harry Gallon

"Robert didn't mean to kill his brother. Now he's stuck between grief and guilt with only ex-girlfriend willow and the ghost of his dead twin sister for company. terrified of doing more harm, Roberts hysteria and anxiety grow while willow and his sisters ghost fight over him: one trying to save him, the other digging his grave.


every fox is a rabid fox is a brutal yet tender tale of family tragedy, mental illness and a young man searching for escape from his unravelling mind."


I picked up this book not knowing what to expect, I dived right into it and read it in one day. 
The character which was written was written in a way which made the book interesting, the main character Robert, spoke about events in the book as thought he was telling them from the past. This was something I enjoyed reading, it made it flow and made it interesting hence how I finished it within a day. 

Throughout the book there is an impending sense of doom, as the events basically lead up to how the brother died in the end. I found this making the book more gripping. 

We meet the important characters early on in the book, his dad, mum, uncle Jim, his dead  but important brother, girlfriend and dead twin sister. These are all important to the story, especially the obsession with his uncle Jim. 

I like the way we're brought back to events by Robert's obsession with guns and games played back when they were younger. The books structure wasn't wasn't at all confusing which considering how it's all tied together is quite surprising. The book to me was a fantastic read. Gallon's writing is simply beautiful, the style used made this story, it created the world and characters in a way which I certainly won't forget.

it was nice to read a book by a small publishing company, it goes to show some of the best stories aren't the popular ones.
3/5 stars


Love, Beth x


July wrap up


Hello

Todays post is the books I read in July and the grand total of books read was *drum roll* 7 books. This may seem like a little number to some but considering I've only just gotten out of my reading slump, I am proud of me.

Here are the books I read this month.
Book one:
How To Stop Time
by
Matt Haig

Pages: 325

"Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret.

He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.

The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love."

(I reviewed this book earlier this month, so check it here)

4/5 stars.


Book two:

The Eye Of Nefertiti 
by
Maria Luisa Lang

Pages: 208

"The cat must free Queen Nefertiti from a horrific curse

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter. 

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him. "

(I also reviewed this book on my blog here)

4/5 stars


Book three:
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Every fox is a rabid fox
by
Harry Gallon

pages: 185


"
Robert didn't mean to kill his brother. Now he's stuck between grief and guilt with only ex-girlfriend willow and the ghost of his dead twin sister for company. terrified of doing more harm, Roberts hysteria and anxiety grow while willow and his sisters ghost fight over him: one trying to save him, the other digging his grave."
(Review to follow shortly)

3/5 stars


Book four:
No. 6: The Manga, Volume 01 (No. 6: The Manga, #1)
no.6 volume 1
by
Hinoki Kino
pages: 160

"
A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY

For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6."
(I'm gonna to review the whole series once completed)


5/5 stars



Book five:
Holding Up the Universe
Holding up the universe
by
Jennifer Niven

pages: 391

"
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours."
(I know what you're all thinking, I've only just got round to reading it???? Yes, I was in a massive slump when it was released, I still bought it on release day though. Review 100% to follow soon)

4/5 stars



Book six:
Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything
by
Nicola Yoon

pages: 310

"
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?"
(I enjoyed this so much, review will come soon)

4/5 stars


Book seven:
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The rest of us just live here
by
Patrick Ness

"
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions..."
I started this July 27th and finished it august 1st so that counts for July right????

(Review to follow soon)

3/5 stars


That ladies and gentlemen is my July wrap up for you all. I feel proud of myself for reading seven books, I am officially out of my reading slump *loud cheer*

The reading count total is: 1,919 pages


What books did you guys read this month and how many?

Heres to hoping that I read even more in August!


Love, Beth x

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