An idea? 

So I thought of an interesting way to tackle deciding which books to read from my shelves! BUT I wanted to know if you guys would participate. So I thought I would pick out maybe 4/5 books, and have a Twitter poll where you guys recommend which one to read for that particular month! I have quite a few review books so I might just be able to fit in one or two books from my shelf for the next couple of months. Let me know in the comments if that’s something you would participate in!
Btw sorry if I’m a little dormant the next few weeks, I just registered for my first year at university and next week will be my first week! Understandably I’ll need a little time to settle in, but my Assassin’s Heart review should be up this weekend  :) 

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Mid-year Freak Out: Book Tag

1. Best book read in 2016 so far?
This was insanely difficult to answer, but one does stand out for meee. I know its not really a book but its a Manga adaptation of one so it’ll have to do! Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. For the me the best book has to be something that makes me experience something I can remember for a long while after I’ve finished reading it! the-scarlet-letter

2. Best sequel read in 2016 so far?
Ermm, so I just realised I actually haven’t read any sequels this year. AT ALL.

3. New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Ooooo this would have to be Subject 375, it has such an interesting premise. I can’t wait to get to itttttt.

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4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of 2016?
THE OTHER EINSTEIN!
Basically its an adult fiction that tells the story of Einsteins wife, how they met and her contributions. I’ve read some glowing reviews on this, and I’m so happy I managed to get an digital copy from Netgalley! It comes out 18 October.

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5. Biggest disappointment?
Unbound: Colors of Love. I mean I’m not even going to start on why this was just… My review explains all. It just felt like fan fiction of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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6. Biggest surprise?
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Oh man this was soooo good! There are plenty of Historical Fictions based on Nazi Germany but this for me stood out! I guarantee if you read the synopsis you’ll at the least be intrigued.

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7. Favorite new author?
Bryn Greenwood. An author that has me scrambling to read another contemporary/coming of age story, has to be a favourite!

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8. Newest fictional crush?
OOOO, this has definitely got to be Alessio, ‘Les’, from Assassin’s Heart. I kind of had a moment on twitter when I finished reading the book! My review of that should be up very soon!

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9. Newest favorite character?
Gretchen Lowell from Heart Sick, she’s a soft spoken psychopath. Need I say more?

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10. Book that made you cry?
Me Before You, 100%. I balled my eyes out reading it, as in I actually needed tissues!

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11. Book that made you happy?
Passenger, the world building was soooo gooooood! I would to travel the world some day and Passenger let me do that from my tiny little room!

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12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) so far this year?
No doubt, Glitter by Aprilynne Pike. I mean just look at it!

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13. Books you need to read by the end of the year?
I mean have you read my previous post? There’s a shit ton of books I want to read, but probably at the top Harry Potter (gasp). Yes I know I still haven’t gotten to it yet! I’m just so intimidated by the series, I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like it. I feel lucky that I get to experience it for the first time, but at the same time I want to take my time with it!

14. Favorite book community member?
I couldn’t possibly just mention one, so here are a few book blogger you won’t regret checking out!

Gretchen @ Chicnerdreads

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Ayesha @ The BroadBlogs

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Heart Sick: Review

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Title: Heart Sick

Author: Chelsea Cain

Published: September 4th 2007

Length:  336 pages

Source: Purchased (bookstore)

 

I’ve been craving a creepy crime thriller for a few months now so when I found this on the ferry on my way to Morocco I just had to pick it up! Crime thrillers were what really got me back into reading so they’ll be that one genre I can never get bored of. When I read the synopsis for this, I just couldn’t wait to pick it up! Here it is: ( taken from Goodreads)

‘Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.’

I’ll be completely honest, this story had a bit of a slow start… For me the most interesting aspect of the story is the ten days that Gretchen Lowell had Archie for! The format of this book was that throughout the story the author would plug in a chapter from his time when Gretchen kidnapped him. I just found it to be a much more compelling story and it really helped us understand more about Archie. Gretchen was that kind of calm crazy, she was soft spoken whilst saying shit that made your skin crawl!

World Building: I would say the best world building was in the chapters between Archie and Gretchen. Having said that, the first few chapters were dedicated to world building, who knew I would leave this story with so much knowledge of Portland! I did find the first half of the book it little slow to get through, this new case was a little all over the place. It felt like there was no plot line, I didn’t see how everything would come together at the end.

Characters: My two favourite characters were obviously Gretchen and Archie! I just found that they had a little depth, and I definitely found that as I read on I understood the characters more! We have Gretchen who’s this creepy, sinister psychopath. Honestly she made the story a whole lot more interesting! She would also manipulate Archie, from her 10 days with him she was able to severely destroy his mind as well as his body! Throughout this story you also get to weird relationship that developed between the two, I’m not going to spoil anything but, weird is an understatement.

Plot: This genre tends to have the most excitement in the last 50 pages, that’s understandable. Its usually when a massive discovery is made blah blah blah… BUT I actually enjoy reading and experiencing the developments through the story probably just as much as the end. Unfortunately, I felt like there wasn’t too much to be interested by in the beginning. I just started to lose interest, literally the only thing that kept me reading were the flashback chapters.

It was a good read, it really was… But it had a slow start. My favourite thing about this book are the two main characters and their bizarre encounter! If there was a book just about that story I would be rushing to buy it! If you’re someone who has an interest in complex and developed characters I would definitely recommend you pick this up!

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READ ALL THE BOOKS I CURRENTLY OWN!

I have so many great books just dusting up on my shelves, some popular YA that I’ve purchased but haven’t had the time to read, new releases that I was so excited to get in to… Every time I look at my bookshelf its so depressing, I have so many books that I want to read but don’t have the time to! Sooo, until the next year I’m going to hold off buying more books (psht let’s see how that goes!) and try and at least make a dent in my TBR pile! Do any of you experience this? There are just so many books and so little time, especially with school starting in a few weeks which will definitely shrink my monthly TBRs! Also I’m going to be making a few book tag blog posts, they’re really fun to do and I feel like I’ve just been posting reviews on my blog! If you can recommend book tags that would be fun to participate in, in the comments that would be GREAT!

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: Review

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Title: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Author: Bryn Greenwood

Published: August 9 2016

Length:  352 pages

Source: Received for review from Netgalley

 

 

 

I’ve had the review for this book handwritten for about 3 weeks, I just didn’t get around to typing it up! For me to read a coming of age story it needs to have an intriguing synopsis, so here it is: (taken from Goodreads)

‘As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.’

This is a fairly controversial book, with the main relationship being between a grown ass man and a minor. But I finally figured out why it made me as a reader so uncomfortable. Usually when we are presented with these kind of relationships, they are portrayed in a revolting/creepy way, which tends to be our response to it anyway. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things didn’t do that, it showed us a relationship where this child, who grows up in an environment where both her parents are meth addicts, has an escape. Someone who actually cares for her, enrolls her for school when neither of her parents bothered to. Protects her, feeds her and basically plays the role of the parent. So it presents the relationship in a way that confuses us, in a weird way you kind of understand the relationship, and sometimes even root for it. If you’re reading this and you haven’t read the book, you’re probably thinking WHAT THE HELL.Just read it.

World Building: I LOVE multiple perspective books anyway, but it was so essential to this book, it added another dimension to the story. SO many things happen, and as a reader you just want to know what a particular character makes of a situation. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed reading this book as much as i did if it wasn’t for this aspect.

Characters: The perspective of Wavy felt so real, raw and genuine. Kids usually have this unfiltered view of the world, they see everything as it is, they don’t search for deeper meanings. The author really managed to enable the reader to connect with this little girl who, to say the least, is living an insanely difficult childhood. A lot of times you come across characters, usually on TV, or sometimes people you see in the real world. You see the way they live, their little habits and you sometimes wonder what goes on in their mind, the perspective was so satisfying because it provided me as a reader, with that insight. The development of our main character was realistic, as Wavy grew up she didn’t blossom into this young woman who has magically overcome her past and left all the habits behind. You see wavy as she progresses into college carrying along with her the baggage of her childhood, the responsibilities and burdens she’d been dumped with when she was just a child actually having an impact on her later on. Having said that, it is a coming of age story so she does try to move on with her life, studying a subject that she’d been interested in from a young age (astronomy). But nevertheless it still felt like a tangible progression, an individual trying to get on with her life! I’m trying so hard not to spoil anything…

If you don’t usually read coming of age stories I definitely recommend you pick this up. If you like to be challenged by a book I also HIGHLY recommend this. It has that addictive factor, you become so familiar with the characters and the environment you wish there was more!

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September TBR

September TBR

If you haven’t already noticed I managed to forget to do a monthly wrap up and TBR for the past few months. I’m going to be a little ambitious with my TBR this month because I start school at the end of it! So I have a little time on my hands! The first two books I’ve already started reading and they are:
1. Assassin’s Heart

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2. Heart Sick

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There are quite a few exciting September releases, so i requested some books from Netgalley. Here are the ones I’ll be reviewing this month:

⦁ The Loving Husband

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⦁ Wicked Intentions

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⦁ Faithful

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I also received some books from authors/publishers:
⦁ Upon the Tide

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⦁ Toru: Wayfarer Returns

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⦁ Falling for the chance

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I didn’t really do an August book haul, so I’ll be joining it with the September one which should be up on my blog soon! My next review up will be All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. And hey, did you know I joined the Twitter? I literally don’t know what I’m doing on there, which is exactly why you should follow me *laughs nervously*. Please? I’m joking, but you know, just in case you’re interested, here’s where you can find me @abook_nation. Prepare yourself for a lot more awkwardness…

Unbound: Colors of Love

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Title: Unbound: Colors of Love

Author: Kathryn Taylor

Published: November 16 2012

Length:  242 pages

Source: Received for review

 

 

 

 

You will probably notice that from my past reviews I don’t really read a lot of romance novels, I tend to prefer romance in fantasy/crime etc. I haven’t really read a romance contemporary that I really, really liked. So during the summer I thought why the hell don’t I i try and read at least one! I was scrolling through Netgalley and read the synopsis of Unbound and decided to just jump in! Here’s the synopsis: (taken from Goodreads)

‘Grace is young and has led a sheltered life. She hasn’t yet taken much of an interest in men. It’s only while doing an internship in London, where she meets the alluring Jonathan Huntington, that our sleeping beauty is awoken from her slumber. Jonathan is rich, incredibly attractive, and stems from British royalty – but he is a far cry from Prince Charming. He lures Grace ever deeper into his world of sinister passion, and she is sucked further and further into the maelstrom of her own growing desires. But when Jonathan demands she do the unthinkable to prove her love for him, she realizes just how dangerous her feelings for him are.’

I like to ensure that my reviews are balanced, I want to point out what i didn’t enjoy but also what kept me reading. Let me start with why I had to finish reading this book. There’s a secret/mystery within the story that is only revealed at the end, I wanted to see if that would change my opinion of this book. Mehhh… it didn’t, and to be completely honest once the big reveal happened i was so uninterested in the characters I didn’t really care.

As a reader I feel like we can excuse a few grammatical errors while reading , its just something that happens! And hey, I make plenty of errors on this blog, some that I just didn’t pick up while editing and others for effect. BUT whilst reading this book I noticed it was getting a little hard to ignore them.
For me to be able to immerse myself in a story I have to be able to see myself as the character, but i just couldn’t do that. There were literally some things that left me a little flabbergasted. Like really, you’re going to have her do that?

Maybe this is someone else’ cup of tea, but it weren’t mine. I wouldn’t personally recommend this to someone who doesn’t usually read a lot of romance. I didn’t find that it had much development in terms of the plot line or the characters. It’ll probably take a little more effort to pick up another contemporary romance…