Thursday, 14 March 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

So this is my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post, which is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Broke And The Bookish.

I realise I'm a bit late to the party, but better late than never. So anyway here it goes...

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list!

Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins): I’m a bit slow on the uptake. Almost everyone I know has finished this series. But here I am still trudging along, trying to keep up with everyone. This is definitely one I need to read soon, I’m dying to find out how it ends. 

Sever (Lauren DeStefano): It’s the last one in the Trilogy, and I HAVE to know what happens in the end!

Guilty Pleasures (Laurell K. Hamilton): I’ve heard a lot of things about the Anita Blake books, both good and bad. But one thing that has come out of my research time and time again, is that this series is jam packed with steamy sex scenes... my only remaining question, where do I sign up? 

Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry):  The amazing reviews for this book just keep piling up!!

Devils Double (Latif Yahia): So this is a bit of a weird one, and doesn’t particularly fit in with my normal reading habits. But after seeing the movie of the same name a couple months ago, I’ve become very interested in the story of Uday Hussein’s body double. 

Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia): Again after seeing a movie I am drawn into wanting to read the book. Although I didn’t enjoy the movie that much, I think the book would offer a lot more which I probably missed out on. So I’m keen to get my hands on this one. 

Nineteen Minutes (Jodi Picoult): Usually I aim to read one Jodi Picoult novel a year, and this is the pick this year. (I’m only allowed one, because they are so gut wrenchingly, emotionally draining and I’ve been told I  become overly invested in the story and become extremely emotional- like the year I read The Pact *sob*)

Losing it (Cora Carmack): It’s been sitting on my desktop for ages just longing to be read. I’m really hoping to get round to this one soon.

Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion): I usually prefer watching the movie and THEN reading the book. But this one is waiting at the library for me as we speak, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Edge of Never (J.A. Redmerski): I’m pretty new to contemporary romance and I’ve been looking for books in the genre, and heard a lot of Great things about this one!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Kiss to End All Kisses

A couple of weeks ago, after a long and inevitable wait. Nick and Jess (from the series New Girl) finally kissed, and boy it was One.Hell.Of.A.Kiss. It was most definitely one of the better on screen kisses I’ve seen in a long time. Probably since Noah and Ally in the Notebook, sigh.


I know I've had my fair share of fan-girling moments when the two main characters kiss for the first time. That hesitant moment, where they're both in prime position... then they guy says something quirky and sexy, and I'm smiling like an idiot because I know its going to happen soon...

Yes! I’ll take one passionate kiss to go please! Can I also have some shaking knees, heart racing, and ovary exploding on the side as well.

Anyway it got me thinking about all the romantic first kiss moments in books and I wanted to know, what steamy kissing scenes made you go weak in the knees or gave you butterflys in your stomach? Which scenes did you just Have to re-read, because once wasn't merely enough?
So share your favorite first kiss moments from books and tell us why it was so perfect.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Feature and Follow (1)

 Here’s this week’s question: What is a book you didn't like that all your friends raved about or what book did you love that wasn't popular?

One of my all time favorite books is the 'The Raging Quiet' by Sherryl Jordan who is a NZ author. I read it first as a kid, and have read it numerous times since, still loving it. 

It’s not overly popular and I don’t think many people have heard of it. The cover is bland and in today’s societal practice of picking the book with the most desirable cover I think it often gets overlooked. The story is a historical YA romance about a young girl who learns to communicate with a deaf boy. The boy is deemed a devil child by the town’s people because he speaks ‘in tongues’, and later the  girl stands on trial for witchcraft because she’s able to communicate with him.

 Two of the books I really didn’t enjoy was 'Fallen' by Lauren Kate and 'Halo' by Alexandra Adornetto. Both which I was sucked into reading by their beautiful covers. Although there have been many mixed reviews of these books, people either loved them or hated them. I was definitely the latter.

 Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Review - Splintered (A.G. Howard)

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

 My Review

So I had a hard time with this one. I just really couldn’t get into it, I don’t know if it was because I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve only been able to read 15 pages at a time. So the story seems really slow, or if the story really is. Just. That. Slow. 

So anyway after about 120 pages I was about ready to give up. I really didn’t want to though; I had had such high hopes for this book. It promised everything that I was expecting but didn’t receive in Tim Burtons version of Alice in Wonderland. So I persevered, trudging along, while finding a cure for my incessant insomnia... enter Morpheus.  My interest was instantly peeked. Why hello, there dark, mysterious young man in black, how do you do? 

Unfortunately, this dashing young vixen was not enough to keep me entertained. After having the book on loan for almost 2 months, I was still yet to finish yet. It was time to throw in the towel on this one. 

There were some redeeming features of the book, and I can’t act as if I didn’t get some entertainment from it. But the story just felt like it was moving too slow in parts, and then suddenly everything would happen at once, and I’d be lost (in wonderland) again. I did particularly like the macabre setting and description of characters especially Rabid White and his flesh eating disease, and the cover was a absolutely gorgeous.
I will try and go back to this one and finish it at some point, after all I do have a morbid fascination with Alice in Wonderland. But for now I think I’ll just stick to playing Alice, The madness get my fix.

My rating: 2/5

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Review - The Duff (Kody Keplinger)  Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

  My Review

It wasn’t till after finishing the book that I realised it was written by an 18 year old, but it honestly didn’t feel like it. A) Because the writing reflected maturity, unlike other books written by young authors ie Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (Which I personally hated). And B) because of the number of times the F* Bomb was dropped.

The whole idea surrounding the book, is that in each group of girls there is a Duff. While reading the book, you start to understand the point of view the author is trying to get across. The book is not simply a ‘woe is me’ story about a self-conscious girl and all her body issues, but rather a story about the self consciousness that all woman posses at some point in time... even the drop dead gorgeous ones.  At some point in their life, everyone feels like the duff. A designated ugly fat friend; the one who is not necessarily less pretty but feels less pretty than the rest of her cohort. I know that I’ve definitely felt like the duff of my group, but there have been times I know my friends have felt the same way also. 

As the book progresses I, along with the main character Bianca, go from hating the word (purely because it makes me think of my ugly duckling days) to accepting it, as a way of feeling rather than a way of being. I think this is a great book for young girls (Despite the large scale amount of swearing), as it deals with the insecurities that all of us have at some point or another. The book was simple, yet heartfelt and I found myself getting very attached to the characters which oozed personality. 

My rating: 4/5

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