Monday, 30 September 2013

September Wrap-Up

So guys, it's been a busy, busy year and I haven't been able to read much, but I'm trying to work out a better reading/blogging system and I'm hoping to be able to read more in the next few months to come! :)

In September I read:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co, #1)Between the Lines

I finally read City of Bones and I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT! That ending completely threw me though, I was like wait, WHAT?! I loved it. I really did.

I also read Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase and it was AMAZING! One of my new favourite reads, everyone must read it this Halloween! <3 

I also read Between the Lines, it was okay, nothing outstanding! :/

What did you read this month?
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Discussion Post: The Criticism We Receive Because We Love Reading

"Ew. How can you like reading?"
"That's so nerdy."
"Instead of buying books, you should save. Or spend money on something useful."
"What?! You actually enjoy going to the library?!"
"Are you like okay? You're not like mental? You actually read for pure enjoyment?"

Many of the things I have heard, when I tell people I like reading. In today's society, people who enjoy reading are labelled as "geeks", "nerds" and "boring" with "no life". I'm still not quite sure why people still have this reaction to people who have an unquenchable love for reading and all things bookish. I don't see how it's any different to people who's hobbies include running, guitar and singing. I know there are some people who hate reading, (I still don't see HOW that is possible, but anyway) but that doesn't mean they have to criticise people who do enjoy it.

It's like I hate sports. I can not run to save my life and when I do I look like a drunk chicken that has a cloth covering it's eyes. Yes, it's that bad, I'm not even kidding right now.
When someone says to me they love athletics and running and jumping and stuff, I refrain from saying "Are you out of your mind? Like, really." because we all have our own personal preferences and I know how it feels for being looked down upon because you enjoy something. I love reading, it takes me places I could never have imagined by myself, I meet characters that are so incredibly amazing and it makes me feel strong emotions at times. But why are we judged because of that?

I have always been encouraged to read and I have always loved reading. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my parents every Saturday and getting me books to read. My dad's side of the family love reading and buying books, my mom's side of the family don't like reading and consider buying books "hoarding." When my grandparents on my mom's side visited a few weeks back, they said some things to me that had me quite taken aback. Now I love my grandparents and they're great, but really.

When I was asked to be taken to the library, they refused to take me as they hated reading and the library was boring. Wait, what? My oupa refused to take me because he hated libraries. All he had to do was take me there and sit in the car or visit a nearby shop. But he refused to take me to the library. Now they generally do everything for their grandchildren, but they refuse to take me to the library? Because they hate it? It's not like I'm asking them to buy me illegal substances, I'm just asking them to take me to one of my favourite places, where there are books and other book lovers. I'm their grandchild that they do a lot for, as well as for my cousins, but why not take me to the library? Why not feel happy that I am atleast reading and doing well in school work and wanting to go to the library than being in the streets surrounded by bad stuff?

They said I was a hoarder because I buy books and go to the library even though I have quite a few books to read already. I absolutely hate it when people call me a hoarder just because I buy books. I do read those books, it's just because I have so many it takes awhile to read all of them. And I might occasionally experience *cough* a bit of abibliophobia. But I'm not a hoarder. I also hate it when people say "Why do you buy books? You have enough." ASDFGHJKL. Enough? ENOUGH?!?!?! You can NEVER have to many books! NEVER! There are so many books I want to read and if I see a book that I've been dying to read or a few books on sale that look good, I will buy them. I will. The only issue is finding space, and of course, money.

People have also said to me that I am a hermit and all I do is read and sit on the computer and I need to go out and socialise. Let's just clarify, I am not a hermit. I do go out, I go to dance classes twice a week, I'm starting piano again soon, I go to the library, I go to friends, I go out with my family. I'm can be quite shy and being out 24/7 isn't my favourite things to do. I don't mind talking to new people but more often than not, they're not people I would really like to befriend, as they're quite mature and do stuff that I don't find appropriate. I love being at home and reading, but I also enjoy going to dancing and seeing my friends there. I love being on the computer because it's where I can blog and tweet and go on Goodreads/Booklikes, but I don't stay cooped inside just on the computer everyday. 

I have been told that because I read I don't have a life. And because I read so much and spend my money on books instead of clothes and fangirl over fictional boys instead of real boys (whom just don't compare to Will, Four or Jace >.<) apparently means I don't have a life. EXCUSE ME?!?!?!?! I have fought demons, I have been a victor of the Hunger Games, I have briefly, even, visited Hogwarts. And you tell me I don't have a life. Whooaaaa, back up a minute. I would rather spend my life reading and falling in love with fictional characters and learning stuff then go out partying. I would rather have a room filled with books than a room filled with clothes. Don't tell me I'm not normal just because I love reading. One of the recent comments someone made, when I said I wanted to start something in order to get teenagers more excited about reading, was "Yes but normal teenagers aren't a fan of reading and do other stuff instead of sitting around the whole day" and just to clarify, a grown up said that to me. It actually sickens me that some people view fourteen year olds going out, possibly drinking, swearing and the lot acceptable but reading isn't. What has happened that people view reading as so abnormal? So "lame"? That people who read need to "get a life". People who say that are the ones who need to get a life, who need to think about what they are actually saying and see what is acceptable and what is not.

Like I said earlier, the family on my dad's side love reading and buying books. Mine and my gran's favourite past times is going to eat out and then heading off the to bookstore to buy books. I love it when I speak to my gran because we somehow almost always manage to get onto the topics of books and what we are both reading. And we need more people like that in our lives. I love how since I was small whenever my granny comes to visit she'll sit for hours with me while I show her my book collection and tell her about my favourite characters and she will have a proper conversation with me and she has genuine interest for books and reading. When I buy books she doesn't moan at me like the rest of my family and friends, she just laughs. We need to surround ourselves with book lovers and people who encourage reading, people who don't make you feel bad about rather being at home and reading than being out doing other more "acceptable" things. 

That's why I am so glad I have this blog. I have met so many amazing bloggers that share the same love for reading that I do, and when I have Twitter conversations with them or email them, it's awesome to know they're not thinking, "What? This girl is cray-cray."  I don't think I could ever quit blogging as the community is so supportive and I have "met" so many wonderful bookish people. When I talk about books to people around me, I often get ignored or avoided because of that. It's quite sad that I have had to stop talking about books to certain people because it drives them off. I have luckily met two girls from dance who love reading and who I have gone to the library with. One of my two best friends has also gotten into reading more and I love that! I love being a book blogger too because I can recommend lots of books to people and when they're finished and tell me that they loved it it makes me feel so happy inside and this is what book blogging is about, being able to share and express my love for reading. 

 I also love that I am able to speak to authors and publishers, it's a dream come true! Authors to me are like what rockstars are to other people. Whenever I've done a review on a book I've been sent by one of the lovely publishing companies and it gets retweeted and replied to, or sometimes even by the author themself, it makes my whole day. I will never stop reading, reviewing or blogging for anyone. This is what I love doing and I shall continue to do this for as long as I can and no amount of flack I receive from people will ever change that. 

Sorry for ranting but I had to talk about this. Have you received criticism because you love reading? Have you been told you don't have a life? I want to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to comment. 
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Review - Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co, #1)Title: The Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Genre: Middle-grade, Young-Adult, Horror
Publication: August 29th 2013, Doubleday Children's Books
Pages: 440 pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you so much to RandomStruik for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes!
Hauntings are our business . . .
Ghosts crowd the streets and houses of London. Anthony Lockwood, with his slightly grumpy deputy George, and his junior field operative Lucy, make up LOCKWOOD & CO, the small, shabby yet talented ghost-hunting agency.
After a series of calamitous investigations into the supernatural go awry, the team are desperate to prove themselves. Their opportunity comes in the form of a terrifying ghost, the Red Duke. But little do they know what perils lie in store for them at the haunted Bliss Hall . . .
When I received The Screaming Staircase to review, I instantly knew I was going to love it. It sounded like it had a unique premise as you don't generally get many books these days that focus on a ghost-hunting agency. And I did love it. More than I thought I would.

I don't do horror/ghost stories or movies, however, because this book was written so incredibly perfectly, I felt the perfect blend of fearfulness but not that feeling of complete terror. There were some hair-raising moments. Moments where I would move from the room I was currently occupying to a room where my parents were sitting, moments where when it started growing colder in the room my thoughts would immediately think "This is what happens when a ghost is near", moments where I regretfully had to put the book down to sleep, I would stay away a little longer listening to any abnormal sounds and having an accelerated heart-beat if I did hear anything (which would more often than not turn out to be a pigeon, seeking comfort on my roof). And whilst reading some of Lockwood, Lucy and George's adventures, I would get a shivering unease creeping through my body as to not knowing what would happen next to the characters I loved, however, I can honestly say I loved every single minute of it.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is about a small, unknown ghost agency in London, made up of three youngsters, Lockwood, George and the newest employee, Lucy, who takes up the role as junior field operative. These three together make up Lockwood & Co, which is a small, but very talented agency, amidst hordes of larger, popular agencies. Many ghost hunters have been needed since the start of the Problem, 50 years ago, when ghosts started occurring more and more and unleashing their pent up fury on innocent humans. In London, people happily go along their business as long as the sun is up, but when the dark starts to invade they hurry home to get safely inside where they will be protected by the iron doors, the lavender and the ghost lamps.

When Lockwood and his agents embark on a case that goes quite awry and the house ends up in flames, their barely-there reputation dwindles even lower. However, when they are offered a high-profile case for a generous amount of money by one of the richest men to reside in London, owner of an iron supplier company, Lockwood & Co can't turn down the offer. However, before they accept the case, they need to do a long risking their lives to save their business by spending a night in one of Britain's most haunted houses worth it?

The plot was amazing, there were so many unexpected surprises, so many blood-curdling moments, a mystery within a mystery. There was non-stop action. Jonathan Stroud is an incredible writer, to so artfully create such an impeccable book. There was not one minute that I wasn't enjoying myself. He managed to create the perfect blend of horror, humour, seriousness and fun into this already fantastic book. The pacing was neither too fast, nor too slow, I was constantly gripped by the author's words and could scarcely lift my eyes from the page. When I had to put the book down to study or do chores, all that would occupy my mind was as to what was going to happen next. This book should come with a warning that states how much fun you are going to have reading it, and don't pick-it up unless you have a few days free time. 

The characters were utterly perfect in their own right too. Lucy, the narrator of the novel was perfect! She was feisty, brave and sarcastic too, and I admired her for being so brave as to go and kill some terrifying ghosts. I also loved however, that through her bravery, she also let us see that there were times she was seized by complete, over-whelming terror, I loved how she revealed her inner emotions to us, she had her flaws and showed us she had emotional depth. Definitely one of my new favourite heroines.

I also loved Lucy's Talent. The way that she could sense the fear, pain and utter terror when a certain ghost is in the vicinity. I loved how we, as readers, could feel like we were experiencing the emotions too and how at times we could sympathise with the ghosts our self. 

Then there is the owner and leader of Lockwood & Co, from the moment I was introduced to him, I instantly fell in love with his whole character and personality. He was friendly and sweet. Whenever someone was rude to him or disparaged him or his business he would be friendly and polite anyway. However, despite his spirited, vibrant, care-free attitude, there was an under-lying sadness that I sometimes witnessed, as he has been through a lot and despite his best efforts to be brave and dauntless, you could sometimes see the sadness he carries. I really admired Lockwood though, he was just a young boy running a company, which, at times, received criticism. He exuded maturity and did whatever he needed to be done in a professional manner. And when someone did belittle his company, or his young age, he rose to the unspoken challenge and proved numerously that Lockwood & Co is indeed the best there is.  

Then there was George who I found extremely likeable and I think he made the book even better (although it was already fabulous from the beginning). He was such a cute character and I felt that sometimes he was over-looked and placed in Lucy and Lockwood's shadow. He was the cautious one in the agency, the one that wanted to thoroughly look into a case and he was the one that generally ended up saving everyone by his precise planning, thirst for knowledge and witty humour.

Another thing I must praise before I end this review, is that I love the witty, sarcastic banter between the characters. I love it when authors are able to bring some light as to what would perhaps be a dark book, otherwise. Their personalities and the relationships between all the characters were extremely well developed. I trust that if you read this novel, you will fall in love with them all, as I did.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is an utterly outstanding novel that everyone must have the pleasure of reading! As you read it, you will enjoy being immersed into the eerie, hair-raising atmosphere and shrieking at some moments from terror, and at other parts because of sheer delight! The characters are immensely real and once you close the book, you just want to start it from the the beginning all over again so that you can spend time drinking tea, plotting plans and, of course, eating doughnuts. This book is unputdownable, and will have you transfixed until you read the last page. The storyline was phenomenal too and I wasn't expecting that resolution at all! The second book can't come sooner. 

I give it: 5/5 CUPCAKES!
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Sunday, 22 September 2013

My Reading Plan

It's been absolutely hectic the last few months, but things have started  to quieten down now so I am hoping to be able to read more! :)
Books I've Read This Week:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co, #1)

Books I'm Going To Read Next Week:
Between the LinesThe Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)The Earth Hums in B Flat

Aiming for 3 is quite high for me, especially because it's hectic here with moving again and all that jazz, but we shall see ;)

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

What's Next? #8

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

1. The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan
The Earth Hums in B Flat
Every night, 12-year-old Gwenni Morgan flies in her sleep. She leaves the bed she shares with her sister and soars into the night sky, listening to the nighttime sounds of her small Welsh village below. Irrepressible Gwenni -- a dreamer full of unanswerable questions and unbounded curiosity -- is childlike yet touchingly adult. Reluctantly facing a modern world, she prefers her nightly flights to school and her chores. Blessed with the uncommon insight of a young girl, Gwenni's view of the world is unparalleled.
Quaint, odd, touched, funny in the head: Gwenni is all too familiar with the taunts of her peers and fields them with equanimity beyond her years. She knows she can no more change her nature than stop the sunfrom rising. And when a neighbor goes missing, Gwenni turns amateur sleuth, determined to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Little does she realize that the trail she's pursuing will bring her uncomfortably close to home, and a dark secret.
Vivid, imaginative, yet remarkably unsentimental, The Earth Hums in B Flat is a transporting debut. Strachan has created a magical character in Gwenni -- bighearted, inquisitive, and charming as all get-out. Her specialway of looking at the world and her ability to transform the ordinary in the extraordinary are poetically rendered in this remarkable story of family, duty, understanding, and forgiveness.
 2. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
A SACRED OATHA FALLEN ANGELA FORBIDDEN LOVERomance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

 3. Between the Lines - Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Between the Lines
What happens when happily ever after... isn’t?
Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
4. The Edge of Nowhere - Elizabeth George
The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)
Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.
This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.
5. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville
Un Lun Dun
 ‘UnLondon is at war. We’re under attack. And it’s been written, for centuries, that you – you – will come and save us.’
Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba emerge in the strange wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people, too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas and Hemi the half-ghost boy. UnLondon is a place where Routemaster buses have legs, where Librarians are ‘bookaneers’, intrepid adventurers dedicated to hunting down lost books, and postmen spend years tracking the mobile addresses of the ever changing Puzzleborough. But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time – UnLondon is under siege by the sinister Smog; it’s a city awaiting its hero.
China makes extraordinary use of the ordinary is this wildly inventive fantasy adventure. 
6. Valiant - Holly Black
Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales, #2)
 When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #6 - Top Ten Books On My Summer 2013 TBR List

Top Ten Books On My Summer 2013 TBR List

It is spring going onto summer here in South Africa, I, for one, have had enough of the cold, rain and wind and I am eagerly anticipating the hot, sunny days, lounging by the beach and the summery foods to eat! I also can't wait to delve into some amazing looking reads this summer!

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Believe it or not, I haven't read Insurgent yet. BUT I am going to read it, as well as re-reading Divergent, in preparation for Allegiant.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
I bought this last year and I have the rest of the series now, I've been meaning to read it for awhile and I will definitely be reading it this summer!

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
I have heard nothing but good things about Anna and the French Kiss and it seems like the perfect book to read whilst lounging on the beach!
Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)
I can see me loving this!
Along for the Ride
Despite not enjoying the  other only two Sarah Dessen books I have read, I am hoping I will love this one! Third time lucky? ;)
6. The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Books 1-4)
The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Wedding Planner's Daughter, #1)
I read the first book in the series and loved it, will definitely be re-reading this one and the other 3 this summer!
Playing Cupid (Wedding Planner's Daughter, #2)Star-Crossed Summer (Wedding Planner's Daughter, #3)From The Heart (Wedding Planner's Daughter, #4)
7. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
I absolutely love books that have to do with travelling and since this is a road-trip novel, I think it's going to be great!
8. Twenty Boy Summer
Twenty Boy Summer
I think this looks like an interesing contemporary that will have meaning to it and not just be a fluffy contemporary that won't mean much :)
9. Shipwrecked
An island. A shipwreck. A secret. Count me in!
10. Just One Day

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
I have heard so, so, SO much about this book and I think it looks utterly fantastic!
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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Review - Life After Theft - Aprilynne Pike

Life After TheftTitle: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Publication: April 30th 2013, HarperTeen
Pages: 352 pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for sending me an ARC to review :)
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 
No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

I'd seen Life After Theft on Goodreads and I didn't actually read the synopsis, I just looked at the cover, which is honestly stunning, added to my wish list, not knowing that I would be reading it way sooner than expected! I own Aprilynne Pike's Wings series, however I have not yet managed to read them. As you know, my TBR pile is taller than me *cowers*, so I haven't managed to read them yet, but I will soon, and I'll have to add it to the top especially after reading Life After Theft.

Anywhoo, when Edelweiss accepted my request I literally squealed and did my happy dance that my parents have grown accustomed to since I started reading and fan-girling, which I think was from when I was 6 years old. But yep, I totally flipped and when before I started reading it I was thinking "Eeeh, maybe I shouldn't have requested it, as it's about ghosts and dead people and that kinda stuff Freaks. Me. Out. So basically I was actually kind of hesitant to read it, but once I started reading it I honestly couldn't stop. Yes, it was THAT GOOD. 

I'll start by talking about the cover, I absolutely love the cover and I think it is gorgeous! I love how the reflection in the sunglasses *spoiler* is where the cave is and where all the items she stole are hidden, *spoiler* well I presume that's what the reflection is! Although I do LOVE the cover, it is quite misleading. I didn't actually read the blurb (I just requested and added to my wish list due to the pretty cover *guilty sigh*), but if I did I would've known that it was told from a male POV. Yep, that's right, the narrator is a guy! If you look at the cover without reading the blurb you would've thought it was told from a female POV, so when I read the first few pages, I thought it was a from a female point of view but then he said his name was Jeff and then the realisation hit me that it wasn't from a female point of view. And guys, this has taught me two extremely valuable lessons. 

Two Extremely Valuable Lessons I've Learnt From Reading Life After Theft:

1.  Depending on the gender of the person on the cover of the book, don't assume it's written in that gender's point of view

2. Always read the blurb before requesting a book and don't just get distracted by pretty cover

See? Two extremely valuable lessons.

The plot centres around Jeff, the new kid from Phoenix attending a rich kids school. It's never easy being the new kid, especially when the first person he meets happens to be a ghost. A kleptomaniac ghost called Kimberlee. In order for Kimberlee to pass on, she asks him to help her with a little favour, that turns out to be not so little after all.

Jeff was a really nice, good guy. He wanted to do the right thing and was kind to people. I mean, on his first day of school he meets a ghost that is quite catty and has a psychological problem and he agrees to help her and put up with all her nonsense. I absolutely loved reading Life After Theft, from his narration! He's really an awesome character, who naturally does the right thing and when he has gotten himself into a mess he does his best to fix the problem. And I might just consider him my new book boyfriend :P

Kimberlee...what can I say? Although she was really a nasty person back in the day when she was still alive, she actually learnt her lesson and I really liked her! And also, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her! She was a literally a lost, wondering soul and you could feel the loneliness emanating from her. So even if you're determined that you'll hate Kimberlee, because she was a klepto and a bully, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to help but love her! I also quoted a lot of things she said, as some of the conversations her and Jeff shared were just too hilarious!

Sera...I didn't like Sera and I don't know what Jeff saw in her. I also felt like I couldn't trust her. *spoiler* So when the ending came and I saw we could actually trust her, I felt slightly disappointed as I really had gotten the feeling that she was hiding something big. *spoiler* And truth be told, I was actually disappointed he ended up dating her and I was hoping that he'd date someone more likeable.

The friendship that developed between Jeff and Kimberlee was also cute to read about it, and like I said, I loved the banter that went on between the two of them sometimes.

The plot was really original and I absolutely loved reading about Jeff trying to help return all the stuff and the little things that happened to make the story more exciting. I pretty much read half this book in one setting, it was so enjoyable and I couldn't put it down, however, towards the end I found myself picking it up and putting it down, so I just wish the last few chapters held more exciting events that would have me 100% gripped and immersed in the story.

I was also kind of disappointed about the ending. I have absolutely no idea *spoiler* what the blue shoes at the end of his bed had to do with it! *spoiler*Honestly, I have not an inkling of an idea. So if any of you guys have read this please send me a message via Goodreads as to what this means! Because I'm either really stupid for not seeing the meaning or it just randomly ended like that, which I'm sure it was written there for a reason!

I all felt LAT had some unanswered questions and I really do wish there was a sequel so that I could find out the answers to the questions that I've found myself asking. Like, why was it only Jeff that could see Kimberlee? What was the real reason for Kimberlee's nastiness towards Sera? *spoiler*WHY WERE THE BLUE SHOES ON HIS BED?!*spoiler*

Overall, I loved Life After Theft, it was an original idea that was very well-written and had me intrigued almost the whole way through. With a loveable main character, great writing and non-stop guessing and fun, Life After Theft is a great novel that, despite handling ghosts/death/passing, is a light, quick read that will have you laughing on more than one occasion and have you wondering what really does happen after death. A great YA novel that I highly recommend!

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!


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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Stacking the Shelves #51

Hi! I all hope you have had an amazing week in books! I've made a new friend that goes to my dance classes and since the library is right next to the hall where we dance, we decided to go to the library! I helped her pick out some books that I loved reading and I ended up getting quite a few books my self!
*click  on book cover to add to Goodreads page*

Review Books:
The Tragedy PaperThe Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co, #1)
I received Lockwood & Co a few weeks back (the uncorrected proof copy, and this week I received the finished copy! So glad, as what I've read so far I've loved!

Library Books:
Un Lun DunBetween the LinesAlmost True (When I Was Joe, #2)The Earth Hums in B FlatHush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales, #2)The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods, #1)

Magus of Stonewylde (Stonewylde, #1)
My good friend Lucy from Queen of Contemporary has always fangirled about these books and constantly recommends them to me and other bloggers! So when I saw this on sale I thought, I'll buy this and read it, just for Lucy! :') I'll try and read it soon and hopefully will love it just as much as she does! :D

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