Saturday, 31 August 2013

August 2013 Wrap-Up

Guys! I finally read lots of books this month! Hurrah! :D That's a first in a VERY long time. Here's my wrap-up of my bookish month of August!

The Lucy Variations  Adorkable  Phoenix
You should definitely read these books!

1. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
2. Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
3. Adorkable by Sarra Manning
4. Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway
5. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (DNF)
6. I'd Tell You I Loved You But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
7. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
8. Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem
9. Backward Glass by David Lomax (DNF)
10. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
11. Phoenix by SF Said
12. Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

I had two DNFs this month - I've decided that if I'm not really loving it, and I don't really care about the story that much, I'm not going to bother finishing it. There are so many other awesome books out there that I really want to read, so why waste time reading ones that I'm not enjoying? So, I gave up on The 5th Wave because everybody kept dying and it was bumming me out and I was on holiday and really didn't want to be bummed out on holiday. And Backward Glass was good but it was confusing time travel and there were several times when I had to go back and reread because I couldn't get my head around how things were happening, and in the end I just gave up.

My book of the month...


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

This book was so much fun! I loved it so much that I read the next one straight away and will definitely be reading books 4, 5 and 6 as soon as I can (I have them reserved for me in the library). I might review it, not sure yet!

Since there's been a lot of YA adaptation related news this month I thought I'd collect that all for you here. Have you guys seen The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie yet? I actually really liked it, and although it was nothing special it was a lot of fun. There have been a lot of mixed reviews though, so I'd like to hear your thoughts!

Also, there have been a couple of trailers released this month, one for the Vampire Academy movie, and one for the Divergent movie!

I think this looks awesome, definitely looking forward to Divergent!

This, however, I think leaves something to be desired... I'll still see it though, I'm sure.

What do you think? Lastly, The Fault In Our Stars movie, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, has started filming, yay! Cannot wait to see that one, although I'm kind of scared that it won't live up to the book, and also because I shall weep throughout the whole thing ;) Here's a video from the set.

Reviews posted this month (just one this month due to holidays!):

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

I'll definitely try to post some more in September!

Here's what I'm looking forward to reading next month:

Only The Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)  Stray  The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)

Some September releases for you to look forward to! I'll hopefully have reviews out for Vivian Versus the Apocalypse and The Rig in the next couple of weeks - but in the mean time they're both well worth the read!

SOULMATES  United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)  Vivian Versus The Apocalypse
The Rig  Briar Rose  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

What was your favourite book you read this month? 
Did you read any you didn't enjoy?
What are you looking forward to reading in September? 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Book Review: Soulmates by Holly Bourne

SOULMATESTitle: Soulmates
Author: Holly Bourne
Series: Standalone
Pages: 527
Publisher: Usborne Children's Books
Date of Publication: 1st September, 2013
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.

Enter Poppy, the 17-year-old cynic with a serious addiction to banana milk, and Noah, the heart-throb guitarist; residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students, and…soulmates.

After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, (and a looming psychology coursework deadline), they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…

My Thoughts:
Soulmates was a really great read. I devoured it in just one day despite it being 500 pages, and I'm happy to report I enjoyed every one of those pages! It was frustrating and even a little bit painful at times, but it was so, so good and I can't wait for you guys all to read it too.

I really liked the concept of this book. Don't get me wrong, I do love a good YA romance, but it's always nice to read something with a twist that's a little bit different. The idea of two people being soulmates, yet they cannot be together as even being physically near each other is dangerous to the whole world, not just the couple, was new and intriguing. Sure, I've read forbidden romances and things like that, but never a relationship that quite had the effect that Poppy and Noah's had in this book.

The way in which Poppy and Noah's relationship grew just seemed so right, so real (up until a point). If you ignore the supernatural and just look at their courtship, it was so great. I mean, Noah took her to the ballet. In London. THE BALLET. He is such a good boyfriend :P Poppy was great too and I liked that even though obviously Noah was great she had good morals and put her friends first, and it was important to her that she didn't ditch them for a boy.

Throughout the book there are little snippets that hint that something supernatural is going on, but we're not quite sure what until the end. This was really intriguing and I enjoyed those few pages every couple of chapters that were all about the organisation that prevents soulmates from getting together and destroying the world. I would have loved a little bit more of this, just so we could find out the history of such an organisation and how they came to find out about soulmates and the effect they had on the world, but that's just me being picky and wanting to know more!

This leads me on to the science that is used to reveal the twist at the end. I won't say too much, but Holly Bourne obviously did her research! It all seemed so real and so plausible, that even though I know that it's fiction and can't happen in real life (although Holly has said that most of the science in Soulmates is true), I honestly got so caught up in their story, as if it were happening in real life. I imagine it'd be quite hard to make something supernatural seem real in books, and I've definitely read some that made a laughable attempt, but Holly Bourne's Soulmates is definitely not one to laugh at. It's brilliantly done.

Overall, Soulmates was an awesome read that I cannot recommend enough! Don't be intimidated by the length - it's perfectly paced so that it while it flies by super quickly it isn't rushed, nor is it dragged out over too many pages. With a perfect mix of contemporary YA romance and the supernatural, it's definitely not one to be missed.

*Huge thanks to Usborne for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 

Have you read Soulmates? What did you think? 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In Boarding Schools

I'm on holiday right now with lots of family so it's difficult to get time to myself, so I probably won't be writing any reviews until I get back home. So I've got a Top Ten Tuesday for you to today!


Today's topic was 'Books Set In X' so I chose boarding schools because boarding schools are awesome. I love the drama and relationships that take place between teenagers living together 24/7, without parental supervision... Great fun! Here are my top ten picks:

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)Harry Potter by JK Rowling - Obviously.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I reread this yesterday and oh my goodness I'd forgotten how perfect it is. I want to go to boarding school in France!

Shades of London by Maureen Johnson - These books are great, set in a boarding school in London. Can't wait for the next one!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - These books are such good reads! Funny too. I love them.

Night School by CJ Daugherty - I absolutely adore this series! Allie's great and I can't wait to read more in the series.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - If you haven't read these then you are definitely missing out! They're really good and the first book's being made into a movie so you should catch up quickly!

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead - This is a spin off from Vampire Academy and it's just as good. Such a great twist on vampires.

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan - I know there's been some mixed reviews of this book but I absolutely loved it. Brilliant!

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter - I only finished the first one this morning but I really would love to visit the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women! So good and I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

The Rig by Joe Ducie - Technically this isn't a boarding school book, but I didn't have a tenth book so I chose this. It's set in a prison and they have lessons there, so I guess that kind of counts? Anyway, it comes out in September and you should definitely check it out - it's really, really good!

What are your favourite boarding school books and why do you like them so much? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know and leave me a link to your Top Ten Tuesdays in the comments! Thanks for reading :)

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