Wednesday, 31 July 2013

What's Next #6

Which book should I read next?
*click on book cover to go to it's Goodreads page*

Time-Riders - Alex Scarrow
TimeRiders (TimeRiders, #1)
 Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.
Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand ...’
But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose—to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world...

The Boy With Two Heads - Andy Mulligan
The Boy with Two Heads
How would YOU feel if you woke up and found another head growing out of YOUR neck? What's more it's a living, breathing, TALKING head, with a rude, sharp tongue and an evil sense of humour. It knows all your darkest thoughts and it's not afraid to say what it thinks. To ANYBODY.

That's exactly what happens to eleven-year-old Richard Westlake. Prepare to be stunned.

Part thriller, part horror, part comedy - this is one of the most riveting novels about fear and friendship that you will ever read, straight out of the astonishing storytelling HEAD of Andy Mulligan(author of the amazing Trash) direct to your very own BRAIN.

Wake - Amanda Hocking
Wake (Watersong #1)
Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.
Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
Reached - Ally Condie
Reached (Matched, #3)
 After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review - The Distance Between Us - Kasie West

The Distance Between UsTitle: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: July 2nd 2013, Harper Teen
Pages: 320 Pages
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5 Cupcakes!
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
My mom got a new phone, weird way to start a review but anyway, and it has the Kindle app on it. My phone is an oldish Blackberry that isn't able to have the Kindle app on there. When I put the app on the phone and I was going through the books I had purchased, I saw The Distance Between Us on the phone. I purchased it last week, as I thought it looked really cute! I've been wanting to read a light-hearted novel and I felt like this would be the perfect read. And for the most part it was!

The Distance Between Us is about seventeen-year-old Caymen that lives above the doll shop that they own with her single mother. Caymen studies the rich, they're almost like an experiment to her that she is constantly observing, she has come to the conclusion that they're shallow people with the only intention of spending money. Caymen's mom fell pregnant with Caymen at a young age, her mom's parents disowned her and her dad's (who was never in the picture) family paid off Caymen's mom to keep quiet. So it's understandable why Caymen's mom disapproves of her mingling with the rich, not like she would anyway. She understands what they are like.
Her perspective changes on them, however, when in walks handsome Xander, one of the doll shop's best customer's grandson, comes in to buy a doll for her, Caymen can immediately sense he is filthy rich, from the way his hair is done, to his expensive, labelled clothing and the way he walks with an air of attitude that only the river are capable of possessing. When he comes back to her every day, with his charming ways and sweet smile and Caymen starts enjoying his company, she knows she has to keep him at a distance. Because if there is one thing she has learnt, is that the rich don't keep interest long, and soon he will throw her heart side and go for someone else and she will be left standing there, shaking her head at how foolish she was...well, that's what she believes anyway.

At first, I was worried that Caymen's dry sense of humour and her exceptional (if you've read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about) skill at sarcasm, would, instead of being funny, come off as irritating and if the author were trying to hard to make the book entertaining. Luckily, Caymen's sarcasm was perfectly written and she was a likeable, funny, down-to-earth main character. I did, however, get slightly annoyed with her when she constantly assumed that every rich person was a jerk. She kept stereotyping and it slightly annoyed me, but I could understand her actions for doing so.

Xander...*adds him to favourite book-boyfriend's list* He was just so completely and utterly sweet and adorable! Him and Caymen's "career days" were so sweet and I was constantly looking forward to what they would choose next. It was also so lovely the way he brought her hot chocolate and muffins and the way he slowly melted her heart. It was honestly stunning watching their romantic developments and it was the furthest thing from insta-love that I've ever read, so THANK YOU!

Their relationship was amazing. The way Caymen slowly started falling in love with him even though she knew that she wasn't allowed to, was really beautiful and you could really feel the happiness she felt when she was with Xander...but also the despair and hopelessness she felt as she wasn't allowed to be with him. The Distance Between Us was one of those books where you have no idea how it's going to end. I was constantly hoping that they would end up together but I was never certain if they would or not.

The Distance Between Us a fantastic contemporary novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was completely absorbed in the characters's world and I honestly couldn't put it down. I loved the easy, conversational flow of dialogue between the characters and Caymen's dry humour. My only  disappointment is that I wish it was longer, but it was still a wonderful read. You saw the magic of falling in love for the first time, but knowing that it wouldn't be allowed and is simply impossible, the devastation and despair the characters felt as those times. A great novel about facing the challenges that comes with love that is not allowed. 

I give it: 4/5  CUPCAKES!

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Stacking the Shelves #48 - EPIC EDITION

HI! Due to me not being able to post for a few weeks, I have quite a big haul! I am ecstatic for the books I bought/received! Tell what you think of them if you've read them and which ones I should read first. Thanks!
Sorry for the bad picture! My phone's camera isn't so good :/

Received for review:
1. The Moon and More
2. Reached 
3. Shipwrecked 
4. Doll Bones *
not pictured*

5. The Child's Elephant *not pictured*
6. Darcy Burdock *not pictured*
7. The Oathbreaker's Shadow *not pictured*

8. Ink Exchange
9. The Lost Hero
10. Time-Riders
11. Teen Idol 
*not pictured*

12. The Fire
13. Vixen
14. Grave Mercy

Fourteen new books! I can't wait to read them all! Thank you to Penguin Publishers and Random House for the amazing books I received!
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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Review - Fated - Alyson Noel

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)Title: Fated (Soul Seekers #1)
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: Young-Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication: May 22nd 2012, Pan Macmillan
Pages: 448, Paperback
Source: Thanks so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me Fated in exchange for a honest review :)
Rating: 4/5 Cupcakes
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals comes a breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers.
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.
There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.
I've had Fated on my TBR pile for awhile now, and whenever I've been about to read it, I've been distracted by another read or not been in the mood to read it. However, I finally decided to pick it up, and I enjoyed it a lot more than expected. I wasn't expecting myself to be so intrigued by the magical world Noel has created, nor was I expecting myself to be so fully immersed in the story. This is the first novel I've read by Alyson, and I can easily say, I was most impressed and will be reading more of her books in the near future.

Fated is about sixteen year old Daire Santos, daughter to a Hollywood make-up artist, Jennika. Daire, who has in the last few months, been experiencing horrific visions and witnessing glowing people following her, beckoning her, to what, she doesn't yet know. Daire doesn't tell her mother about the traumatic things she has been experiencing, as the last time she told her, she didn't take it so well. When Daire sees more awful visions and scratches and physically harms a new up-and-coming actor, people immediately label her as someone with a mental issue. As soon as Daire is to be admitted to hospital, she gets an unexpected call from the grandmother she has heard about, but never met. Paloma, Daire's grandmother, recognises the symptoms of what her grand-daughter is going through, Daire is actually a Seeker, and it is finally happening, Daire's destiny is calling for her. With help from Paloma, Chay and the gorgeous Dace, Daire will either choose to embrace who she is, or not accept it, which will mostly likely lead her on an unfortunate path. When despicable evil descends upon the town of Enchantment, Daire will have to be able to use all she has learnt and fight her arch-nemesis, the El Coyotes. But with Chad being the dark, twisted twin brother of Dace, Daire will have to tread lightly, and find out if the guy she is in love with, is destined with the enemy that is out to destroy her.

I enjoyed Fated a lot more than expected. I honestly thought it was going to be that typical, slightly cheesy paranormal romance story that's supposed to come off as dark but doesn't...I'm glad to say that Fated wasn't really like that. I thought it was going to be an average novel at best or maybe worse, yet it was a new, original idea that I thoroughly enjoyed. I haven't read many books about souls and different worlds and dimensions, and Fated was a refreshing read. Like I've said, I love it when authors have the ability to come up with a completely new book idea.

I really liked the way the author writes. Some people didn't really enjoy the writing style but I did. I also think she is a good author. Her writing is the type where you can really immerse yourself in the story, get lost in it, and be amazed at the wondrous world she has created. I honestly couldn't tear my gaze away from Fated. I loved reading about the different portals and the different worlds and dimensions she travelled through. I loved learning about the three different "worlds" and it was one epic adventure. It was really awesome reading about Daire's destiny as a soul seeker, and I was constantly been surprised at the latest turn of events.

Her descriptions were lovely and I found it helpful that she listed the animal spirits Daire would encounter, and the different things they help with and the activities that the spirit animals partake in.

The plot was interesting, it wasn't the best and there weren't that many astounding things happening but that's okay, it's the first book in the series and I think the author will slowly build the action and surprises up, but it was still an extremely enjoyable novel. One of the faults I did find with Fated though, was that for the first three quarters or so of the book there wasn't that much action, and it was mostly Daire adjusting to her new life as a Seeker, and then the last quarter of the book was a mad frenzy with non-stop action, almost too much action in such a short space, and at times I felt the things that were happening were going to fast and not being explained enough. It wasn't really evened out in pacing, the first part of the book was going along at a nice pace and then there was just too much happening in the last part, as if the author was trying to make-up on the action she lost in the beginning.

I also would've liked it if the author was a bit more explanatory on the history of the Soul Seekers and their rivals. I felt myself very confused at time, especially when Paloma and Daire were talking, as when Daire asked a question Paloma would just brush it off, and I would also be left thinking well what is the answer to that question.

For me to really enjoy a book, I have to have a bond with the main character. I want to be able to cry when they cry, laugh when they laugh, most of the time when I can't connect to the characters, it makes me lower the rating of the book right down.

Now the thing is, I'm not actually sure about Daire. For the most part she seemed like a nice, normal, down-to-earth girl....but then a second later she would come off as ungrateful, pushy and bratty. She wasn't really a likeable main character and didn't seem to have that much personality. I'm hoping that in the next book she will be slightly different.

Paloma was a very sweet lady and extremely kind to Daire, and sometimes I found that Daire didn't treat her with respect in the beginning. Also, towards the end Daire stated how close they were, but I didn't really see their relationship grow. It went (for me) from "who is this person" to "eh she's alright" to "ohmigosh I love her and will do anything for her". I honestly would've liked to be shown her close they were.

The romance was alright. Once again I didn't see a proper progression from friends to lovers, it was almost like insta-love in a way. Although Daire had Dace in her dreams, that didn't actually mean she knew him. They were also basically strangers and then confessing their love for each other, so I really hope in the future that Noel will make sure to write the relationships at a steady pace. It was also quite tiresome when Daire would talk continuously about Dace's "lean, tanned body". I swear if I counted all the times she described their "ice-blue eyes" and their bodies and got paid for every time I read that I would have a lot of money.

Dace was a really sweet character and wasn't too bad of a love interest. He was sweet, caring and thoughtful and I look forward to reading about him in Echo. As for his dark and evil twin brother Chad...he was just straight out creepy!

Despite it's few faults Fated was an original, fresh, well-written novel. Noel's words entranced me and I was completely transfixed with the world she depicted and the story itself. Fated has been disliked by some people and loved by others, I fall into the second category. I loved it and if you decide to read it, I hope you will too!

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!

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Saturday, 6 July 2013

June Wrap-Up

Hi! Can you believe we're in July already? We're half-way through the year and it feels like just yesterday we were welcoming 2013!

I want to apologise for the lack of posts on Blog of a Bookaholic, my maths and science has arrived and I've been busy with that, my best friend came down for 2 weeks and we never see each other, and there's been a huge problem with the floors in the house we built, causing us to have to move out. But I'll try and blog more regularly from now and when I am able to! :D  

Anywhoo, here are a list of the books I have read in June:
My Teachers are ZombiesSmart Girls Get What They WantClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Hostage (Bodyguard, #1)WonderDarcy BurdockFated (Soul Seekers, #1)

I loved every single one of these books, except I wasn't too keen on My Teachers Are Zombies, but the other 6 got rated 4 and above! So all in all a great reading month!

Books to read in July:
1. Teen Idol
2. The White Giraffe
3. The Dolphin Song
4. The Lost Hero
5. The Moon and More
6. Wake 
7. Persephone
8. Time Riders

I really want to try and read these! They all look fantastic! :D
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