Friday, 9 December 2016

The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: November 1st 2016
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? - Goodreads
Where do I start... I was really looking forward to this book. I read Everything Everything by Nicola and absolutely loved it, I thought it was great. I had such high expectations for this book, but unfortunately it all just completely fell apart. I thought the writing was great, I loved the diversity in this book and the incredibly difficult themes that it tried to cover but I wish it focused more on those things and less on the romance. It was literally insta-love x100000. It was the most cringeworthy and unrealistic book that I've probably ever read. I really wish that I loved it, I really wish that I felt what everyone else feels about this book but I honestly cannot. I have so many issues with it. I'm so sorry if I offend anyone with what I'm about to say, I'm sorry if this was your favourite book of all time and I'm about to criticise it to no end, but it has to be done! Ready?...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pretty Wicked - Kelly Charron

Title: Pretty Wicked
Author: Kelly Charron
Publisher: Dark Arts Publishing
Date Published: 30th September 2016
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price. " - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really really enjoyed this book. Anyone who knows me will know that I love reading about serial killers. I don't know what it is about these kinds of books, but it's unbelievably fascinating to be in the mind of a killer. It's crazy.

I'm going to try and keep this review short, I have a habit of going on and on and I'm sure no one cares about half of what I say!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date Published: 4th March 2014
Pages: 388
Source: Bought
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. - Goodreads
If you like a smart heroine, a sexy love interest, and a fucked up world then this is the book for you. I have to say, I knew I would enjoy this book as soon as I heard it focussed on the politics rather than a romance or 'fantastical' plot. I absolutely loved every word of this book and immediately started the second in the series (The Winner's Crime) because I literally could not wait to find out what was going to happen.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Heartless - Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 8th November 2016
Pages: 449
Source: ARC
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans." - Goodreads

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! It will be released on the 8th November 2016!

"You are more beautiful than a birthday cake... your eyes are like ripe green apples sprinkled with cinnamon." 

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, I've been waiting for it since I first heard it was going to be written! I absolutely loved Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles trilogy so I had such high hopes for this book! Although I was a little bit disappointed by it, the end sure as hell made up for the parts that fell a little flat for me! I still really enjoyed reading this, and would definitely recommend it to any fairytale retelling lovers!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Title: b
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: 9th February 2016
Source: Bought
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself." - Goodreads

I can't even begin to tell you why it took me so long to read this book. If this book were human, it'd be royalty. I absolutely loved it. It was most definitely one of my favourite reads this year! The story was original, the characters were likeable (and those that were meant to be hated, were definitely hated!) I spotted some similarities between this book and parts of The Winner's Trilogy, but as you'll soon read, I absolutely loved that trilogy too so I was ecstatic to read a book that had a similar vibe.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Genius: The Game - Leopoldo Gout

Title: Genius: The Game
Author: Leopoldo Gout 
Series: Genius #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 3rd May 2016
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.
The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary.
The Players:Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde- This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf- One of China's most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father's new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.
The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run. - Goodreads

The concept of this book pulled me in and just didn't let me go. I thought it was so interesting, I loved the diverse characters from different parts of the world, I loved the whole idea. It was unique and exciting, I had such high hopes for this book. But it just wasn't executed like I thought it would be. I think the author had an incredible idea, but just couldn't pull it off, which is such a massive shame!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dear Charlie - N.D. Gomes

Title: Dear Charlie
Author: N.D. Gomes
Publisher: Harlequin Mira Ink: Harper Collins
Date Published: 20th October 2016
Pages: 222
Source: ARC
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.
At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong. - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is due to be released on the 20th October 2016 by Harlequin Mira Ink - Harper Collins! 

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was mildly intrigued. If you read my blog often, you'll know that I have a weird fascination with killers, books that involve murder and death, and definitely taboo subjects, such as school shootings. I don't know why, they just fascinate me to no end. So I immediately jumped at the chance to read this unusual take on a school shooting. You never hear about what happens after the shooting, you rarely read about the family of the shooter so I was intrigued to hear their side, to see what happens to them in the aftermath, how they cope etc. Honestly, I was surprised. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was heart wrenching. I felt so sad for Sam (our main character!) I wanted to hug him and tell him it'll be okay. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Dead Boyfriend - R.L.Stine

Title: The Dead Boyfriend 
Author: R.L. Stine
Series: Fear Street Relaunch #5
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Date Published: September 27th 2016
Pages: 276
Source: NetGalley
Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead - and she has killed him.

But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

Terrifying from the first page to the last, The Dead Boyfriend is a heart-racing young adult novel from the master of teen screams himself. - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm not going to lie to you, there were some parts of this book that completely freaked me out. I've only just discovered Stine's Fear Street series and although it's not exactly my cup of tea, they do keep pulling me in. They're good. 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 
Author: John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Series: Harry Potter #8 (Debatable)
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Date Published: 31st July 2016
Pages: 343
Source: Bought
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. - Goodreads

I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this. I pre-ordered it, I read it the day I got it and I hated it. Okay, I didn't hate it.. but it wasn't what I expected at all. 

The characters in this script didn't seem anything like the original characters that J.K. created. But that really was only a small issue that I had. I still imagined them as we saw them in the films, and I still thought of them as those quirky book characters we originally met them as. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Girl of Myth and Legend - Giselle Simlett

Title: Girl of Myth and Legend 
Author: Giselle Simlett
Series: The Chosen Saga #1
Publisher: WWS Publishing
Date Published: 29th December 2015
Pages: 363
Source: NetGalley
A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.
Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.
And things only get weirder…
Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.
Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.
But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive - Goodreads

Yeah... no. This book would have been amazing when I was 13 and just got into YA Fantasy. It had a kind of The Mortal Instruments vibe that I've kind of now outgrown. It was interesting at the beginning, I thought it was cliche but definitely could have been going somewhere different. Towards the end it fell really flat for me, and to be honest I can't even remember what happened. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Tell Me Lies - Rebecca Muddiman

Title: Tell Me Lies 
Author: Rebecca Muddiman
Series: Gardner and Freeman
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Date Published: 10th March 2016
Pages: 412
Source: ARC

"What would you do to protect your family?
Tell a lie?
Break the law?
Or solve the problem... for good?

The body in Lauren James's back garden belongs to her ex-boyfriend, Ritchie. DI Gardner thinks it's an open-and-shut case. But he reckoned without the interference of Lauren's father, local businessman and aspiring politician Walter James. And he couldn't know about the secrets that everyone involved wants to hide. When a murder touches so many lives, not even the cops are immune from the consequences. In the end you must decide what you can live with: a loving lie or the deadly truth?" - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! 

I'm a sucker for murder mystery novels, but I haven't read that many so when I found this book sitting in my letter box, I was ecstatic. The premise of the book wasn't really anything different, seemed pretty standard to me so I'm not going to lie, I wasn't really expecting anything mind-blowing. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1 
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers 
Date Published: 8th March 2016
Pages: 314
Source: Bought
"She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is." - Goodreads

The synopsis of this book does NOTHING for it. If you've read the synopsis, and you're like 'hmmm nah', then ignore that - pretend you didn't read it, and take my advice. I felt exactly that and decided to pick it up anyway because everyone was going on about how amazing it was, and the reviews on Goodreads were mostly 5*. I do not regret it one bit. This was an incredible book. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Wolf by Wolf - Ryan Graudin

Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: Wolf by Wolf #1
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Published: 20th October 2015
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley

Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?" - Goodreads

From the very first page, I was in tears. If that isn't the beginning of a 5* book, then I don't know what is. I think I need to first let you all know that I am a massive history lover, particularly WW2. For some reason, it fascinates me more than anything else, so of course that's made me love this book probably a lot more than I would have if I wasn't completely obsessed with learning about the horrors of Nazi Germany. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

This Savage Song - V.E. Schwab

Title: This Savage Song
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity
Publisher: Titan Books
Date Published: 5th July 2016
Pages: 464
Source: ARC
Kate Harker and August Flynn's families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker's men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real... - Goodreads
A copy of this book was sent to me by Titan Books in exchange for an honest review.

Oh. My. God. Okay, so I actually finished this on the 6th June and thought great, I can post a review on release day. BUT nope that didn't happen because I honestly had no idea how I was going to write this. Let me attempt this okay:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Alice - Christina Henry

Title: Alice
Author: Christina Henry
Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Publisher: Titan Books
Date Published: 4th August 2015
Pages: 291
Source: ARC
"In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside.In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood...Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice." - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Well well well... I have literally zero words. Goodbye.

Nope I'm just kidding, but really I am a little bit speechless. I finished this book a few days ago, and couldn't bring myself to write up the review just yet, I needed time to gather my thoughts. So obviously this is a kind of Alice in Wonderland retelling, and it's one of the best that I have ever read. It really is, it's so unique and well thought out, it's interesting and dark and creepy and yes, weird too. It's everything that I absolutely love. Except the ending. The ending was awful and it pretty much ruined everything that I thought about this book. It was an amazing book, but the ending was so anticlimactic I wanted to scream.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Paper Butterflies - Lisa Heathfield

Title: Paper Butterflies 
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date Published: 30th June 2016
Pages: 312
Source: NetGalley
June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.
But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price? - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I was sent this book quite a while ago, possibly in February but that might be a lie. I decided now was as good a time as any to start going through my NetGalley TBR, so I started with this one. I started the book with no idea what it was about and it immediately dragged me in. I have always been interested in books about abuse, I *love* (probably not the right word, but I can't think of a better one right now) reading books that make me sad, that make me cry. The ones that make me feel something. This book did not disappoint, I was hooked on it and read it in two sittings. I smiled, I gasped, I cried. I didn't know what to feel half the time. I was a mess by the end. That's a sign of a really good book.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury 
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Date Published: 3rd May 2016
Pages: 640
Source: Bought
*Description of the book is not included just in case I spoil anyone for the first book! This is the second book in a series, the first being: A Court of Thorns and Roses! Do not read ahead unless you don't mind reading potential spoilers for the first book and also possibly for this book!* 

Again, beware of spoilers.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Twisted - Hannah Jayne

Title: Twisted 
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date Published: 5th July 2016
Pages: 297
Source: NetGalley

"When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse
Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won't be known as a serial killer's daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to "The Wife Collector," he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public's perception—and drove him to abandon her.
But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?" - Goodreads

I really enjoyed reading this book, although I had some issues; some of which I kind of need to look back at my notes to remember... I read this book a while ago and completely forgot to write up the review so I'm sure this one will be a bit of a mess. I apologise. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hair In All The Wrong Places - Andrew Buckley

Hair In All The Wrong Places - Andrew Buckley 
"What has he done? 

What's happening to him? 

And what on Earth is that smell? 

For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf. 

Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people? 

Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes! 

But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead." - Goodreads

*A copy of this book was sent to me by the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

I was a little sceptical about this book at first, I loved the idea of it but I thought it may have been a little too 'young' for me. I hate saying that because I do sometimes really enjoy books written for younger teens (rather than those in their twenteens) so I did want to give this a go and see how it turned out. Needless to say, I'm so happy that I decided to read this book, I really enjoyed it. It was great at first: interesting and mysterious, although it did get a little bit weird at the end! The writing was great, funny, easy to read. The MC Collin was really likeable, he was my favourite. He was a great character. I just really did enjoy this, it was different. 

I don't know what I was expecting from this book, but the end certainly came as a surprise. I won't tell you what happens for fear of spoiling you (obviously) but I will tell you that things get a little bit weird. Okay, a lot weird. Really very weird, but in a good way. I couldn't see where the story was going or how it was going to end, I didn't want it to be a boring ending, like 'and then he came to terms with the fact that he's a werewolf and lived happily ever after'. I wanted fun, action and a set up for a sequel. That is exactly what we got. 

Collin was a great character, I can't tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud at some of his comments, so witty for such a young age. I really liked the humour that this book had, it lightened it up a bit and made things seem less serious than they were, I think that was because of the age group this was written for. I would love an alternative more adult version of this same book, I think it could be amazing if it were darker and more in-depth. 

There was one character that I really didn't like throughout the whole book, Becca. I got an awfully bad vibe off of her, I just didn't trust her at all. I still don't. I didn't like how Collin had such a massive crush on her, I thought he could do so much better. I became a little bit protective of him, I won't lie! 

The middle/ending of the book left me a little... baffled? I didn't see any of it coming, I had my theories of course but none were right. I don't know if I liked the way it turned out, I don't think it was very realistic or believable (although, it is a book about a kid turning into a werewolf, so should it even need to be realistic?!). It didn't make sense to me. I think it's a great set up for a sequel though, I'd love to learn more about it, or even a prequel to see how it started. That might be good too! 

I loved the fact that the werewolves could talk to each other with their minds, I love anything telekinetic so of course I'd praise this. I really want to learn more about everything that we've discovered so far in the book, especially all the special powers they have, it's fascinating. 

Overall, this was such an enjoyable read, although I did have a few issues, they were easily overlooked. It was a quick, fun read and I rated it 3* on Goodreads! 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo 
"Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone..." 

It took me a long time to get into this, but I think that's partly due to my incredible tiredness just as I'm about to start reading. Sigh. Anyway, so as I'm writing this, I'm kind of re-thinking my rating.... 

This book is amazing. It's so so good and I'm glad I stuck with it, cos I was going to put it down after about 15% cos I just had NO idea what was happening. The names of the characters and the places are just really difficult to get used to and to know what is what, which way is up. At some points, I was even questioning who I was. It was confusing and I didn't really sit and read for as long as I'd have wanted to, to get into the book. 

BUT when I eventually did, I loved it. It took me about half of the book to understand what all the words meant, and who was what etc, but I eventually got it. I guess it would have been easier if I'd have read the Grisha trilogy, I'd have been more familiar with the world, but I'll definitely get to that one in the future! 

I loved Bardugo's writing style, I'm not usually a fan of books with more than dual POV because I usually get so confused and forget who's who etc, but it was done really well in this and I actually loved that we got to see things happening from different points of view. 

I adored all of the characters, which is an amazing thing to happen to me. I usually have problems with characters, one way or another but in Six of Crows, I just loved each and every one of them for completely different reasons. 

"A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

I just... loved them all. My favourite group. Ever. Maybe. 

The heist itself was incredible, I literally could not put the book down. I wanted to see what was going to happen, I wanted to see how they were going to do it, if they were going to get away with it, if any of them were going to die. I just needed to know it all. 

I loved all of their backstories, each time we flipped to a different character's POV, we got a little portion of their life before the heist and they were all incredibly interesting. I loved how it explained some of their behaviour in the present time, and we got to really understand their character and we could see how much they've changed. Incredible character development, it was just really amazing. 

I'm so excited for the second book, I just have a feeling this is going to be an amazing series. I rated this book 4* on Goodreads, I knocked a star off because it took me so long to get into, but really I think it was inevitable considering the intricate world, so I've decided to change my rating to 4.5* because I really really loved this. And I hope when/if I re-read it, I can bump it up to a full on 5* rating!