Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell book review

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Holy amazeballs! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

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Blurb:

Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair anymore – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…

This book!!

I’m so glad I brought it (I wanted it for ages but I had no money at the time haha) but wow wow wow. Its just…AAAAHHHH!!!

So its about identical twins Cather and Wren who are off to the same university, but they will be doing things separately.
Cath’s roommate is Reagan whose not too keen on the whole roommate thing to begin with. And she meets Levi. Who she assumes is Reagan’s boyfriend.
She keeps herself to herself for a few weeks, despite attempts from Levi to get her out. Its only when she’s hungry and doesn’t know where the canteen is that Reagan takes her under her wing.

Cath is obsessed with Simon Snow (the best selling book series) and she writes Fanfic for them on the website, which gets thousands of hits everyday.

To top it all off… Cath isn’t really… social. She doesn’t like parties and would rather stay up reading or writing.

Then she meets Nick in her fiction class and the pair quickly become friends of sorts and they start writing together but he’s not quite what he seems…

Also to add to her list is the fact that her father gets rushed into hospital, she’s not as tight as she used to be with Wren and her long lost mother wants back in their lives.

But throughout it all there’s one strong presence in her life; Levi. (Even if there is a time when they don’t speak to each other… but you’ll have to read to find out why!)
You can quickly tell how much Levi and Cath like each other and it only escalates on one particular night when she’s helping him study 🙂

Then she has her fanfiction deadline… the eighth and last Simon Snow book is out soon and she needs to finish her story before the author does!

Wren is rushed into hospital with alcohol poisoning and from then, the become strong again and they start working on the Carry On Simon fanfic together again 🙂

I can’t tell you the ending because it’ll spoil the book and you guys really need to read it!

This book is just a power anthem for all us Nerds and Fangirls out there. Seriously. Its like Rainbow lived in our heads and took everything out of it and made it into a book!

Cath is the ultimate girl nerd and she’s really an icon! And I can see myself in her in so many ways, its unbelievable!

And the names… haha when it was explained I was like Oh My God YES! (When their mother was pregnant she thought she was pregnant with one baby and only had a name for one… when she found out of was twins she split the name in half… Cather Wren… GENIUS!)

I would definitely read this book over and over again because I can relate to Cath in so many ways and I hope that one day I find my own Levi like she has 🙂

She’s given me hope that the geek girls will come out on top and that there is someone out there who is going to love me and all my geekness!

Five out of five stars does not do this book justice! Maybe 100 out of 100 sounds better 🙂

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Crush of the Week

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Wow… so weirdly I actually thought I’d done Crush of the Week last week… but looking at my blog I realised I hadn’t! I’d written everything down, got pictures and everything but never actually wrote it… whoops! So here’s this week’s, and ultimately last week’s, Crush too!

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             RICHARD MADDEN

Richard was born 18th June 1986 in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
His mother, Pat, was a classroom assistant and his father, Richard, was in the fire service. He has two sister also, called Cara and Lauren.

At the age of 11 he joined Paisley Art Centres Youth Theatre programme to overcome his shyness.

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He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks’s Complicity. This was soon followed by him being cast in the lead role as Sebastian in TV Series Barmy Aunt Boomerang for which he filmed 6 episodes from 1999-2000.

He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.

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While at RSAMD he worked with the Archers and Glasgow Repertory Company, followed by Franz Xavier Kroetz’s play Tom Fool at the Citizens Theatre. It was so well received that the play was transferred to London, which was spotted by the Globe Theatre.

In his final year at RSAMD, Richard was cast as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre which, after a run in London, toured in open air stages during the summer of 2007.
He played Callum McGregor in stage production on Malorie Blackman’s best selling book series ‘Noughts and Crosses’ in 2008 (which I’ve read. Its a brilliant story. Go read it!)

List of Richards acting credentials can be found here:
http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0534635/filmotype/actor?ref_=m_nmfm_1

So why is he Crush of the Week?

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Well duuuur! Have you seen him. He is freaking hot! And tall! And sexy and a whole bunch of other things haha.
I remember seeing him in Sirens in which he played a gay paramedic and fell in love. He played a pretty hot gay too so I had to check to see if he was haha (he’s not by the way… he’s dating Doctor Who’s Clara Oswin Oswald, Jenna Coleman… lucky wench!)
He’s tall, like ubër tall and that is sexy haha. And we’ve all seen the picture of him on the tube and his *cough cough* package 😉
And his blue eyes… *drool*
And he played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. I loved him.

So yeah. A good Crush of the Week me thinks 🙂

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Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand book review

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Not long just put this book down. It was in the box of books that my bestie from across the pond, Stephanie, sent me 🙂

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Blurb:

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend, Demeter, are physically unhurt- but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.
  As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents- secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed.

Aww this book. I never expected it to be so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Elin really knew how to write about certain issues.

You have the twins Hobby and Penny who are the stars of the school. Hobby because of his athletic nature and Penny because of her amazing singing voice. Then there’s Jake, Penny’s boyfriend. The pair are so madly in love with each other, like properly forever and ever in love with each other.
And then there’s Demeter. The girl whose overweight, smelly and wants nothing more than to be accepted. They’ve all been friends since they were little so they’ve stuck together throughout everything.

And then tragedy strikes. At the graduation party at the beach something upsets Penny. The other three are drunk so she drives them home. Except she doesn’t drive them home. She gets faster and faster until eventually the car crashes.

Penny is DOA. Hobby has 16 broken bones and is in a coma. The other two are shaken up but not a scratch on them.

So what happened?

In a series of flashbacks we learn about the other family’s on Nantucket Island, aswell as that of the children.

We learn about Penny and Hobby’s mom, Zoe, and about her life before she had the twins.

We learn about Jake’s parents, Jordan and Ava and how they’ve gone through the trauma of losing a baby and how their marriage is breaking up.

And we learn about Demeter’s parents, Lynne and Al, and how they are going through turbulent times with their teenage daughter.

You read about how the whole Island and the characters come to terms with Penny’s death. How things and secrets are uncovered and how people aren’t as perfect as they seem.

It was a brilliant story and the issues…

You had Demeter whose the 17 year old alcoholic who wants so desperately to fit in at school. She can be spiteful though but at the same time you feel sorry for her. She’s bullied by the other children at school and her loneliness only heightens her drinking problems. You go through a love/hate relationship with here feeling angry about what she does to herself and others but at the same time part of you can understand her loneliness.

Then there’s Jake. Who is in his own way is going through personal hell. Penny was and always will be the love of his life and her not being there is killing him.

Then there’s Hobby. All time sports star whose going through rehabilitation to get his body mended and is told that he’ll never play again. That and he has to go through the trauma of losing his twin sister. But things sort of go well for him and you can’t help but love him.

And of course there’s Penny. We only get to see her briefly at the beginning but through flashbacks we learn about her and how utterly depressed she was and how she could only talk to Ava, whose also depressed, about her problems.

I can see where Hobby comes from when he learns about Ava and Penny. Especially when he believes that Ava was grooming Penny in the art of depression.

I loved this book. So many things happened, so many issues dealt with. And in the end a sort of happy ending. One that makes you believe that all the characters left will be okay.

5 out of 5 stars

Just some opinions for the morning

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I was talking about this last night with my fangirl bestie from across the pond Stephanie.

I love the Hunger Games, like totally and utterly adore it. Likewise the Divergent books and I cannot wait for Mockingjay to be released as a movie and for Divergent. I know they are going to be AMAZING!

But….

I’m just thinking about the other YA to movie adaptations that are going on.

Okay so Twilight set the precipice for for the fantasy YA sector. And that turned out great. It was popular and epic and had a huge fanbase aswell as big promotions. And yet… It seems to have ruined the other fantasy YA stuff.

The Mortal Instruments is an amazing book and I was so excited that it was becoming a movie and it was great. A really great movie but it didn’t have the promotion like Twilight did. Everyone compared it to Twilight. The vampires in it? Twilight.
The love triangle? Twilight.
The wolves? Twilight.

And it didn’t have as much promotion as Twilight did. Twilight had premieres, meet and greets… basically EVERYTHING and City of Bones was hardly promoted over in the UK which probably resulted in it not being a box office hit.

And the same thing will happen to Vampire Academy, I just know it. They’ll take one look at the title and be like… “vampires again? Nothing will be as good as Twilight.” But the thing is Twilight is in the past. We all still love/like Twilight but we need to move on! We need to realise that there is an abundance of brilliant books out there that are better than Twilight and they are being made into movies that we shouldn’t just ignore.

And I know Dystopian is the new in thing at the moment and The Hunger Games and Divergent are going to do sooooooo well but I just feel that that’s getting all the promo. Divergent is out in the UK 4th April and we’ve had so many trailers already and movie companion books and all big fan things but the UK has forgotten… Vampire Academy comes out in April too over here and we’ve had nothing 😦

And the latest book to movie adaptation being filmed is of course Fallen by Lauren Kate and I want that to do so so so well but I know it’ll be compared to Twilight… even though its about fallen angels!

So what I’m trying to say is:

Give the movies a chance. And stop comparing everything to Twilight. Divergent is already being compared to The Hunger Games but its nothing like that. The only similarity is that its set in a dystopian world… that’s it! They are both incredibly amazing books and the movies… wow! THG is amazing and I know Divergent will be too.

Just please don’t forget about the others.

I want VA to do well so we can have Frostbite and I want Fallen to do well so we can have Torment. And I so what City of Ashes!!

So please… give these fantasy YA movies a chance. And stop comparing them to Twilight. Its been and gone and we have to move on to all these other amazing adaptations.

(Everything that is mentioned in here book wise I do love… don’t think I’m slating fandoms… I am apart of each of these fandoms. These are just my opinions)

Frigid by J Lynn book review

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She’s done it again!

I picked this book up yesterday morning and put it down last night!

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Blurb:

For twenty one year old Sydney,
Being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new.

They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard.

The big problem with that? Kyler puts the “man” in man-whore. 
He’s never stated with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want ti risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction!

Better yet, can they survive at all! Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be…
A life changed in more than one way.

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!

I just can’t get over how well Jennifer manages to suck me into her story world.

This one was just so amazing!

Kyler and Sydney have been BFF’s for forever and the whole ‘unrequited’ love thing is so in this book.
He loves her
She loves him.
But they don’t say it!!

Then comes the skiing trip to Snowshoe, the one they go on every year with their friends, except this one is a little different from before. This time there’s a massive snow storm on its way and their friends are stranded elsewhere while Syd and Kyler are stranded at the Ski resort.

And mother of all that is holy; ITS SO HOT!!

Especially when Syd gets drunk and throws herself at Kyler and then there’s the fact that someone is stalking them. And when they power gets lost and the heating goes down the only thing to keep warm is the fire… and themselves.

Tensions arise and they can no longer hide their attraction… queue some extremely hot scenes *drool* and of course the fall out.

While they have this fall out they try to work out what’s going on in their heads… one things for sure though; they love each other.

But will they tell? Or will things just go back to the way they were?

AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

I loved this book. So much so that I read it in a day!

Sydney is a girl we can all get on board with, she’d rather read that party, is always early for things and is just adorable. She doesn’t know how beautiful she is and her love for Kyler is evident from the start.

And Kyler? Hot Damn!
He’s the play boy, the one who goes from girl to girl but never stays with them. And why? Because he’s in love with Syd. There were definite signs, especially in the beginning when they are at a club and Kyler gets jealous when Sydney is being chatted up and of course when he walks in on Sydney in her underwear, and when he feels her up in his sleep…

I can understand where both of them are coming from aswell. Telling each other the truth could ruin their friendship and you know, there is the possibility that the other won’t feel the same way (which is totally ridiculous when you read the book!)

I just love how this book was a page turner right from the start, with all the romance and some laugh out loud moments, it was hard not to fall in love with these characters!

And I love how it was split between Kyler and Sydney’s perspective. Especially as you got to see the warring emotions between the two of them and how much they totally adored each other.

And once again Jennifer has given me ANOTHER book boyfriend!
Kyler Quinn. HOT DAMN.

So that’s now Kyler along with Jase, Cam, Daemon, Dawson, Aidan, Seth, Archer and there’s so many more books of hers that I want to read that I know the list is just going to grow!

I absolutely adored this book and I adore the author too.

5 out of 5 stars

Hell even 10 out of 10 stars!

Be With Me by J Lynn book review

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Like 2 minutes ago I put this book down…

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Blurb:

There are a lot of reasons why Teresa and Jase should steer clear of each other…

Firstly, Teresa is Jase’s best friends little sister – and Jase has a pretty good idea of how Cam will feel about anyone messing her around.

Secondly, Teresa’s dreams of being a dancer have just been put on hold – maybe permanently. The last thing she needs is a player like Jase distracting her when she needs to find direction.

Thirdly, Jase has a secret. A big one. And he’s not ready to risk sharing it with anyone apart from the people closet to his heart.

But there is one electric reason why they can’t stay away from each other…

So before I start I just need to do this…..

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

I completely and utterly LOVE Jennifer L Armentrout aka J Lynn.
Like seriously! (I’ll do some more gushing a bit later on haha)

So anyway…

This followed Teresa and Jase, who we briefly saw in Wait For Me. Teresa is Cam’s younger sister and there is history with their relationship and why Cam is protective of her.
She wants to be a dancer but a knee injury has forces her out, for the time being.

And then there’s Cam’s BF Jase… the swoon worthy, drop dead gorgeous player whose had Teresa’s heart from the moment she saw him.

He has a secret though, a past that only the closet to him know about and he’s reluctant to let anyone get close to him…

But there’s something about Teresa that has made him forget his senses from the moment he saw her too.

And then there’s Teresa’s roommate with the violent boyfriend. The one who puts both Teresa and her roommate Debbie in trouble…

And of course Teresa finds out Jase’s secret and he can’t help but push her away. Sacred that what happened in the past will happen to her…

But there is one thing that is so clearly obvious from the beginning… they totally have feelings for each other…

I literally devoured this book. I started Sunday and finished today. Jennifer’s booms just get to me. Her writing style and her characters are so addictive that you take them to heart. You seriously cannot put her books down.

I loved this one just as much as I love Wait For You. I loved seeing Teresa and Jase’s story. They were briefly in the first book and I am sooooo glad that I got to read about them.

I loved Teresa. Totally loved her as a character and she was so believable. And her knee injury… *winces* I can sympathise with her. I have knee troubles too (not as bad as Teresa’s though) and everytime her knee became painful or hard to walk on, I was right on the pain level with her. I could sympathise in every way.

And then there’s Jase… I thought I loved Cam but Jase… HOLY HELL!
He is just… wow… I can’t actually think of a word that does him justice. The way he’s there for Teresa, the way he cares about her a worships her is beautiful. What I wouldn’t give to have someone like him (or Cam!)

And I loved how Cam and Avery had bit parts in it too and are more loved up than ever! And the scene Jennifer shared on Twitter… AHHHH!!

So yeah. I can gush about her and her characters for such a long time but I’ll most probably end up repeating myself on several levels haha.

Everyone you have to read Jennifer’s/ J Lynn’s books. They are amazing and you will not be disappointed in what you read. She has a writing style that I am envious of and I love how she just sucks you into the characters lives and how much you care about them.

5 out of 5 stars.

Even 10 out of 10 stars!

Midnighters Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld book review

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I finished this Saturday buy I was just so caught up in reading another book I forgot about it haha

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Blurb:

The secret hour is beginning to crumble…

The Midnighters look to Rex for a plan, but his dark side is threatening to overpower him. Melissa can taste the animal instincts leading him into taking greater and greater risks.

But as Bixby faces the darklings’ hunger, will it be Rex or another Midnighter who will make the final sacrifice to save the ones they love?

This book focused on the rift that was opening. The darklings were coming and midnight had already begun to sink in to the real world.
And Rex… well Rex’s darkling side was starting to show through more and more.
And Melissa is tasting it.
Dess meanwhile is putting things together and is realising what exactly will happen when Midnight comes to the proper world.
And Jonathan and Jessica… are still loved up haha. Even though they haven’t actually said it yet.
And then people go missing in the Secret Hour and the gang have to go on a rescue mission.
Beth, Jessica’s sister, is on her tail and is beginning to uncover her secrets.
But obviously there is a bigger battle to come. One that they all must stand and fight for.
And it is a pretty big battle. And of course theres a sacrifice. And a happyish ending…

So I did enjoy them… not as much as I thought I was going to enjoy them but I did. They were readable but there was just something that I can’t quite put my finger on, that I couldn’t get to grips with the book.

The story idea was a really good one. I loved the idea of a secret hour and darklings and all this ancient history but I didn’t warm to the characters as much as I do in other books.

And the ending… yeah I knew someone would end up sacrificing themselves for the cause but… I don’t know… I didn’t expect that. Because I was rooting for them… if anything I thought it was going to be Rex (sorry spoiler) who did but it wasn’t…

And somehow I couldn’t get to grips with Melissa. She was just too… I don’t know… a bitch to be likable.

I did like the other three, Jonathan, Dess and Jessica but somehow there stories got overshadowed.

And the different perspectives from the characters threw me a little. It was good to see how they differed and to see what was happening but sometimes I forgot what was happening to other characters…

Yeah but anyway…

They were good but they didn’t captivate me like other books.

I would read his other stuff because I like his ideas and I hope I like then more than these ones.

Overall I would give the series a 4 out of 5 stars and maybe I’ll read them again and give them another go in the future.