Wednesday, 29 July 2015

ARC Review: Defects (The Reverians #1) by Sarah Noffke

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25855415-defectsGoodreads Synopsis:
In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. 
Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves. 


Review:
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

When I heard that Sarah Noffke was releasing another dream traveller novel, it’s safe to say I was right on it aka pleading for a copy. And I was not disappointed. So once again I have to thank her for writing such an amazing story.

It revolves around a new society which is pretty messed up, to say the least. From the start you know everything isn’t fine and dandy like the higher powers portray and I loved how the details were slowly revealed throughout, working to keep you on the edge of your seat. That said, it was fast-paced, and a combination of the two made it an incredibly enjoyable read.

I can’t pick a favourite part; there were simply so many amazing aspects! For instance the characters had plenty of depth, but more than that you immediately care about what happens - the book is quick to build connections between them and the reader. Em is someone I’d want as a friend (for many reasons including being a bad-ass) so long as I’m allowed to steal Rogue away from her… The two are great for each other and their conversations never cease to make me laugh but Rogue… *heartfelt sigh* I want him.

Also I have to mention that Ren’s cameo/crossover made my day?!

In the end, it’s pretty clear that Noffke has a talent for writing books that capture my heart as well as my attention. I’m unbelievably excited to see where this series goes in the next book and in the meantime I’d recommend you pick up Defects.
Favourite Quotes:
“The longer we confine ourselves to a place the more it imprisons us.” 

“Sometimes the best thing about us isn’t what we’re gifted with, but what we can make others feel just by our very nature of existing.” 

“I can’t let you go. If you leave, I’m leaving too. If you stay, I will. Hell, if you march into your father’s house I’ll be right behind you, because I’m absolutely, terrifyingly in love with you.”

Monday, 27 July 2015

Review: UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13402447-unenchantedGoodreads Synopsis:
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. 

But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its' next fairy-tale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.


Review:
This book took me back to the time when I was getting into reading religiously again; when I downloaded any and every book that I could find for free on my kindle. It means that my opinion is quite biased even though now as a more experienced reader I found faults which I didn’t before.

That’s also why I’m making this a shorter review than normal because I don’t want to mark those memories with critiques that never mattered to me back then.

Basically I love this book.

The writing may not be award-winning and the characters not dramatically deep, but it was a hell of an enjoyable read. I flew through it without realising where the time went because it simply sucks you in. The plot with its twist on fairy tales captured my imagination being something so unique that even now, years later, I haven’t seen before. Its magical aspect merged beautifully with the real world making it the perfect light read to take you away for the few hours it takes to read.

The characters aren’t perfect I’ll admit, and not just in the way they were written, yet because of it they felt all the more real. Mina was such an easy character to relate to with her clumsiness and bad luck (we’ve all had that embarrassing moment… or several…) Her best friend Nan was also great because back when I didn’t have so many friends these characters took me away from that reality, which is something I’ll always treasure.
Favourite Quotes:
“Not every tale has a happy ending. In fact, many of them are grim.” 

“Nan, I’m cursed.”
“Yeah, I know. We all are.” Nan kicked her legs back and forth and grabbed a magazine from Mina’s nightstand. “It’s called being a teenager.”

“There is something far greater at work here than what the human mind can process. It’s ancient, it’s old, and it’s powerful. Some say it’s God, others say it’s fate, but whatever it is, it can’t be stopped.”

Friday, 24 July 2015

YALC Haul & Wrap Up

There are a number of reasons why I haven't posted in the last week and a bit, ranging from lack of wifi because the weather hates the internet, to recovering from one of the greatest (and most tiring of weekends) at YALC 2015 - a literature convention in London where readers and authors alike come together inspired by their love of books.

Now something like this cannot be missed and in my eyes needed to be taken advantage of, which is basically my excuse for buying soooooo many books.

When I have book hauls, I go all out.
And so, here are all the books I have obtained under the reason of YALC:

On the left are the ones I bought there (for great prices I might add) and include:
Allies & Assassins by Justin Somper Fantasy, princes, murder and assassins - there was no way this book wasn't coming home with me
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly Already have the sequel, makes sense to read this first!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I do not understand how I didn't own this already
Red Rising by Pierce Brown Apparently I'm a sucker for hype and low prices
The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher Also a sucker for beautiful covers 
Plague Risers by Anthony Ergo That tagline has everyone hooked

In the middle are the ones I already owned/ bought online to take and get signed

On the right are the free ones I picked up throughout YALC and include:
The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan I've wanted to read this for ages!
Boo by Neil Smith Amazing premise
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick Hopefully I'll like this more than Hush Hush
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Hopefully I'll like this more than Delirium!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead Can't wait to continue with this series
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake Already love the author
Banished by Liz de Jager I feel so lucky to have found an old proof of this


I also bought a Supernatural poster (how could I not? Dean's face is perfect) and a Toothless funko pop <3
With family there too and free stuff calling to me, it's safe to say I have quite the collection! That is why sometime soon I will be hosting a giveaway - make sure you check my twitter and instagram for details in the next few days.

More than that, I've taken away a lot of memories from YALC & LFCC.
It needs to be said that the people there are awesome.
The authors are just as amazing people as they are writers, the staff were helpful, the stall holders were all friendly, and the readers/ bloggers were even better to talk to in person. I loved sharing the experience with them.
And I can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish with a new topic each week.

Today I have for you the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (which was actually harder to track down than I'd originally thought because my kindle is no longer organised and my bookshelf... well it's a mess right now!)

I should turn this into Top Ten Tuesday on Wednesday that Anna had no time to post on Tuesday - my time managing skills need some work that's for sure. It's further proved by the fact I need to go pack for YALC this weekend and really shouldn't be posting right now, but alas.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25560245-city-of-bones
I couldn't resist the beautiful new covers and since I'll be meeting Cassandra Clare on Saturday at YALC I had the perfect excuse to buy another edition to get signed :D not that I ever really need an excuse to buy books... but it's nice to have a reason for why the credit card's balance keeps decreasing!

After I finished the first book in this series, within 2 days I had obtained and read it's sequels. They were just that good! You can see why in my reviews for books #1 and #2 

Sarah Noffke's writing is amazing, and so I'm really excited to be reading the ARC of this. Already I'm invested in the story <3

The most recent books I've bought have been for YALC and since I'm planning to post a book haul along with my wrap-up I'm going to cheat a little. But here's a sneak peak: 
What books have you recently acquired? I'd love to know :D

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Review: Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13042154-rebel-heartGoodreads Synopsis:
There's a price on Saba's head. They call her the Angel of Death. She defeated a tyrant, but victory has come at a cost. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, she needs Jack. His moonlit eyes, his reckless courage, his wild heart. But Jack has left, and a ruthless new enemy searches for Saba across the Dustlands...


Review:
What. The. Hell. Did. I. Just. Read?

After relatively enjoying Blood Red Road I thought there were high chances this book could bring me out of my latest reading slump, but little did I know it would destroy these hopes… Completely and utterly. After a slow start things went from bad, to worse, to throw book into the pond terrible. And all for 2 reasons:

1)      Saba is an idiot. The bad-ass fighter from book 1 is gone, replaced with a girl haunted by the ghosts of her decisions (incredibly interesting actually) UNTIL her problems seemingly disappear into thin air because of some heat lodge ritual. Pur-lease *rolls eyes*. After that her character is unrecognizable, choosing paths that don’t make sense and bouncing between boys.

Which brings me to reason 2) The plot relies on the idea Saba is irresistible, otherwise there would be no plot! Introduce a love triangle and I’m anxious, introduce a love square and you have lost me as a reader. Introduce a love interest with insta-love (of which I shudder at the word) and I can no longer take any of the writing seriously. I’ll be fair though and let’s consider for one second that boys do naturally flock to her - yet the story still makes just about no sense.

Now there are many other reasons I disliked this book so much – unrelateable characters, boring dystopian plot etc etc. What it boils down to is the fact that I no longer care about what happens. So no I will not be reading the next book, and no I cannot recommend the series.
Favourite Quotes:
“What happens to you changes you. Fer good or ill, yer changed ferever. There ain't no goin back. No matter how many tears you cry.”

Friday, 10 July 2015

Review: Stunned (The Lucidites #2) by Sarah Noffke

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23597960-stunnedGoodreads Synopsis:
Roya desperately wishes she was above ground, on a sunny patio, watching the lake lap up on the shore. Instead, she finds herself trapped with the Lucidites. Her brother is mysteriously wasting away, and at every turn she finds a new betrayal. Just when she thinks she’s finally escaping the Institute, a new danger unveils itself. A secret society of Dream Travelers has declared war on the Lucidites by abducting a head official. It’s up to Roya to figure out who’s behind it and how to save everyone she cares about most. More action packed than its predecessor, Stunned is captivating and will leave audiences squirming from the tension and also begging for more.


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Not a second after I finished this book I was emailing the author looking into the next one, and the same second it was in my hands I was invested! The story so far has been truly amazing and I’ve loved every second of it. As a sequel Revived has more action, more emotion, more mystery and intrigue; more awesomeness basically.

What has really made these books stand out is how much emotion they evoke from me as a reader, and I love how it comes from a combination of both characters and plot together. Everything is so intricately woven that I have to commend Sarah Noffke on her skills as a writer.

Each character has their place and with it their own unique personality. They all have such interesting journeys; a story could have been written about any one of their lives! Of course, the main protagonist is Roya and I can think of no-one better. She has grown to accept her role in society as well as among her friends (if a bit begrudgingly, for which I can’t blame her) and it brought out a whole new side of her. Thankfully her sharp and sarcastic wit has gone nowhere which is something you can look forward to.

Relationships develop a lot in this novel, particularly between George and Roya. I won’t go into the whys and wheres because of spoilers but I will say that I’m leaning more towards team George than Aiden… It could very well change obviously but that will only happen if Aiden steps his game up a notch. I certainly look forward to seeing him try!

In the end, to put it simply, I loved this book. And I think fans of the first among many YA readers will to. So if you take nothing else from this review except the fact you need to pick this series up, my work is done.
Favourite Quotes:
“Sometimes our greatest challenges hold our greatest treasures.”

“Love, deep and pure, it opens my heart. It feels like a magical force, one I’d fight to protect, one I’d die to keep.”

“Regret swallows broken men whole. Acceptance builds them anew.”

Monday, 6 July 2015

Cover Reveal: Defects (The Reverians #1) by Sarah Noffke


I recently discovered this author and have since fallen in love with her work, which is why I'm very excited for her upcoming book Defects and also why I decided to participate in the cover reveal today with the hopes that you will decide to pick it up.
     Without further ado, the fabulous cover!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25855415-defects
Defects (The Reverians #1) by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis:
In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. 

Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.

Expected Publication: August 15th 2015


https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9830676.Sarah_NoffkeAuthor Bio:
Sarah Noffke is the author of The Lucidite Series. She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Review: Awoken (The Lucidites #1) by Sarah Noffke

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23505867-awokenGoodreads Synopsis:
Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

Right from the start this book is action-packed. What surprised me (and for which I’m grateful) is the way it was so effectively driven by character development. There was no doubt in my mind that everything had a purpose and reasoning behind it, so Sarah Noffke wasn’t just including fighting scenes etc for the hell of it.

This worked perfectly with the plot and kept me invested. I'll admit the concept took me a while to wrap my head around, because people whose conscious can travel through time in dreams is unlike anything I’ve come across before. Sarah did an excellent job of building the complex world, though it can still be overwhelming at first.

That was undeniably the case for main protagonist Roya also, and meant you understood where her emotions/actions were coming from immediately. Better yet, you could connect with her. She, along with the other characters, have so much personality that they come alive off the page.

There is a romance aspect (after all most YA books wouldn’t be complete without at least one boy who has a bad attitude, beautiful eyes and/or swoonworthy accent – in Awoken we get 3!) but I enjoyed how it didn’t take center stage and other parts, including plot, were more emphasised.

Now, even though the main fight at the end was a little anticlimactic, I am not ready for this story to be over and hope to continue with the sequel soon (which has been described as “more action packed than its predecessor” and there’s nothing bad about that!) I’d recommend this book to fantasy and sci-fi readers who are looking for something different.
Favourite Quotes:
“Everyone treats you extra nice when they think you’re about to die.”

“The world is dictated by our desires rather than our thoughts. The prior puts the latter in motion.”

“Intentions are flimsy in the face of opposing danger. Determination, on the other hand, is resilient to challenge. It’s the antidote.”

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Top Ten Books I've Read so Far in 2015

(Let's just pretend I remembered to post this yesterday okay? okay)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish with a new topic each week.

This week's topic, as you can see from the title, is Top Ten Books I've Read so Far in 2015. Since I had already been planning to write this post after seeing Fran's video ( ) this is perfect!

Out of the 82 books I've read in the last 6 months, sooo many of them were 5 stars and that made narrowing it down to 10 incredibly difficult - I had actually been thinking that I wouldn't find 10 before this which I now realise is crazy XD

These will be in the order I read them, and  I won't go into too much detail otherwise I'm going to run out of synonyms for amazing, but I will link to any reviews.
So without further ado, the top ten books I've read so far in 2015:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20443207-the-winner-s-crime1) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
I loved everything about this book, from the plot to the characters to the way it constantly broke my heart. REVIEW

2) Fire in the Woods (Fire in the Woods #1) by Jennifer M. Eaton
This was so fast-paced I remember reading it in 1 sitting and almost being late for class because I simply didn't want to put it down. REVIEW

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23300435-apprentice3) Apprentice (The Black Mage #2) by Rachel E. Carter
After I adored the first book, this was more than I could have hoped for and deserves all the stars in the sky for a rating! REVIEW

4) Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green
Original with a creative writing style, this book blew it's prequel out the water and that's saying something! REVIEW

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13519397-throne-of-glass5) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
This was a re-read for me where I loved everything about the book just as much, if not more, than the first time. I mean who doesn't love this series?? REVIEW

6) Frostbite (The Dragonian #3) by Adrienne Woods
Heart pounding, tragic, action-packed, emotional, epic and awesome: all words which describe this holy grail of YA literature. REVIEW

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17331828-talon7) Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa's writing is epic, add in dragons and she can do no wrong! REVIEW

8) Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins
This whole series should be on my list because it was addicting and unforgettable. Also Kaidan... *swoons* MINI REVIEW

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936988-the-sin-eater-s-daughter9) The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury
After I finished the book my emotions were all over the place from devastation to heartbreak to I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY! What it boils down to, is the fact this book blew my mind. REVIEW

10) Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Maia V. Snyder's writing is breathtaking and so from the first page I was drawn in and it was one of those moments where you forget what you're missing until all the emotions from the story come rushing back. REVIEW

Turns out I can't count to 10, nor can I leave this book out of my list.
11) Forever (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #5) by Chanda Hahn
I fell more and more in love with this series after every book, and this was the best of them all <3

So that concludes my list :) Do you agree with my choices? What are some of your favourite books from this year so far?