Popular Book Series I Won’t Read

There are so many hyped teen and YA books series, many of which I’ve read, however there’s a few that don’t appeal to me for various reasons, so I thought I’d go through the book series I won’t read. There are also a number I’ve started but don’t plan on finishing, but I think I’ll save those for another post.

fallen1.`Fallen series by Lauren Kate

I did used to own the first book in this series – I think I bought it for about 50p in charity shop – because I had heard quite a lot about it, and at the time it sounded interesting to me, however over summer when I did a big sort out and unhaul of my books I decided that it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore. It’s the sort of thing I would have liked as a young teenager, but just isn’t the type of thing I’ll ever read therefore I’ll never read the series.

2. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Steifvatershiver

I bought the whole series for quite cheap during the Twilight era when werewolves were big (and also because the covers were pretty…). A couple of my friends read Shiver and said it was okay (they didn’t rave about it but I think they quite enjoyed it) so I contemplated reading it, but then they read the next book – Linger – and they both hated it. One hated it so much that she couldn’t bring herself to finish the series, and one finished but reluctantly, but either way it seriously put me off reading it. So, about 5 + years later I still haven’t read them, and unhauled the series a few months ago. Werewolves aren’t my thing anymore anyway.

beautiful-creatures-cover3. Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I heard about this series mostly when the Beautiful Creatures film came out, and I heard quite a few good things about it but it just really never appealed to me. I can’t put my finger on why but I just never had any inclination to read the book or watch the film, and even less so now, so for that reason I pretty positive I’ll never read the series.

 

4.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggsmiss peregrines

This is a very popular series – probably one of the most popular I’m talking about – but as with Beautiful Creature I can’t put my finger on why exactly but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I think possibly because it sounds very creepy, and that really isn’t my thing I don’t like things that are scary particularly, especially not  supernatural (I’m not sure because I don’t know all that much about it so forgive me if I’m wrong, but it think it maybe has supernatural elements?). Either way, something about the book just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing I’d enjoy, however this is probably the one out of all the books on the list I’m most likely to change my mind on.

song of ice and fire5. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin

This is probably an unpopular opinion because the TV show is so popular, and maybe it’s just because I don’t watch the show that I’m saying this, but I have no inclination to read Game of Thrones. Everyone tells me I should watch it – and I do plan to at some point – but the books are so long, and there are so many I just don’t think I’ll ever be bothered.

6. Gone by Michael Grantgone

This is a series that seemed popular a few years ago, I never knew a lot about it and couldn’t tell you to this day so many I’m being judgemental but realistically I just know I’ll never read it because there are so many amazing sounding books and series that I want to read.

House_of_Night-Marked_coverart7. House of Night by P.C. Cast

There was time (once again, Twilight era) when I considered reading this series, but I never got round to buying them because there were just so many of them, and now I kind of out of the vampire phase, it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore so I just know realistically I won’t want to read them.

8. Lorien Legacies by Pitticus LoreI_Am_Number_Four_Cover

I keep repeating myself, so as you can see the common theme here is that the series just really doesn’t appeal to me. I know these books were fairly popular – enough so that there was a book made of the first one (I Am Number Four) – and my brother had and enjoyed the books, however neither the book nor film ever intrigued me enough for me to pick them up, and why this point I doubt I ever will.

vampire diairs9.Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

I loved the TV series for the Vampire Diaries series a few years ago (however I stopped watching so I haven’t finished the last few series) and I think the reason for this is just that my tastes have changed and, as I said previously, vampire stories don’t appeal to me so much anymore. I did have some of the books, but I unhauled them a while back because they were just sitting on my over-cluttered shelves unread.

10. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrickhus hush

I feel like I’m becoming very repetitive so I’ll keep this short, but I did own the first one, and around the time I was into vampires I thought I’d like angels, but now it doesn’t interest me so I unhauled the book.

iron king11. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

I never really knew a whole lot about the series, but I got a lot of them cheap (3 for £5) in The Works, so I just kept buying the series, but they sat there for a long time, so when I did my big unhauling over summer I thought it was about time to give someone else a chance to read them rather than leaving them to gather dust on my shelf.

12. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentroutlux

This ones slightly different, because it’s not on here because it doesn’t sound good or it was sitting on my shelf for too long, because it does sounds interesting and maybe I would like it, however there are so many other series that sound so amazing and that I can’t wait to read I just can’t see myself investing my time into reading this series.

gallagher girls13. Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Finally, is the Gallagher Girls series, and this one is similar to the last one. I did own the first one, and it does still sound like it could be good and maybe in the future I might try it, but it was sitting on my shelf for so long I decided to unhaul it for the moment, and there are a lot in the series which also put me off.

 

As I mentioned for a couple of them, this isn’t set in stone, it’s just how I feel at the moment, and maybe in the future I will change my mind, but as it stands these are the books I don’t think I’ll read. These are just my opinions and other people may love the series I’ve mentioned so I don’t mean to offend anyone.

Izzy xoxo

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‘Ink’ by Alice Broadway Review

IMG_2115This review is coming a lot later than intended, but I haven’t had wifi for weeks so I haven’t been able to upload it, but anyway here goes…

I had briefly heard about Ink when it was released, but didn’t know a lot about it – other than that it has a beautiful cover – but this meant that I didn’t particularly plan to buy it. However, I was browsing at the books in a charity shop and came across it, and at 50p it would be stupid not  to buy it. As I have a habit of buying lots of random books and then leaving them to gather dust on my shelf for the next 5 years, I thought I’d do something radical and read it straight away.

The blurb on the copy I have was pretty vague so I didn’t know a lot going into other than in the world it’s set they get tattoos on their body of their every action.  I actually quite enjoyed not knowing what the story was going to be, but nonetheless I’m going sum it up now.

Ink follows a girl called Leora who lives in a town called Saintstone, where they believe someone’s life should be told In ink to clear the soul, their skin is then made into book to preserve their stories. After death their books are weighed and a judgement is made whether they are to be remembered – and so their books are kept – or forgotten and their books burned. Leora believes deeply in the inking, however when her father dies and she discovers they story on his skin is not a true and good as she believed, she begins to question the system she believes in.

Now I’ve done a brief summary I’ll go into more spoiler filled thoughts.

I instantly got so hooked to the story I just couldn’t stop! I read a few pages (maybe about 20/30) one night before bed after I’d finished my previous book, however I finished the whole rest of the book in one day. Granted I was ill, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in one day before, or not often anyway but it was so amazing to immerse myself in the story.

I loved the character or Leora, she had amazing character development, although I did question some of her actions, particularly her decision to condemn her father and burn his book so quickly. I guess it’s different for me though because I am a ‘blank’ and haven’t grown up in her world so maybe in her situation it would be different. Aswell as Leora, I enjoyed reading about a lot of characters, I really loved how Verity was smart and driven and successful and that because of this Leorna saw how brilliant she was rather than being bossy or hard as women in her situation often are.

The ending was so action packed and dramatic, I can’t wait for the next book! I had such a beautiful imagine of Leora with the crow tattoo, and I really can’t wait to see how the next book will follow on from the ending and how all the relationships will play out.

There’s so much more I’d love to say about this book, so maybe in the future I’ll do a more in depth discussion, but for now those are my thoughts, I gave it a 4.5/5 and I highly recommend, it was a beautiful read very quick and easy, but lovely read.

‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera Review

history is all you elft meI was first interested in reading Adam Silvera’s books when I heard about ‘They both die at the end’, but as it wasn’t released yet, I turned to his previous books. After reading the synopsis of ‘History is All You Left Me’ I realised it sounded just as interesting as ‘They Both Die In The End’. [P.S. my review will contain spoilers so don’t read past the next paragraph if you haven’t read it!]

‘History Is All You Left Me’ follows 17-year-old Griffin coming to terms with the death of his best friend and first love Theo, after he moved away to Santa Monica College – a long way from his native New York. In the face of his grief he encounters Theo’s boyfriend at the time of his death, Jackson, and finds that maybe the key to dealing with his grief is turning to the most unlikely person, one he thought he hated.

The story is told by alternating between present day Griffin, mourning Theo’s death and past Griffin falling in love with Theo. Having the two perspectives is a good way to show the development of their relationship and then the contrast with the mourning.

Initially I was undoubtedly on Griffin’s side and was outraged by the thought of Jackson and Theo’s relationship, but as the book progressed I realised that I was hating Jackson out of principal, but that he actually isn’t a bad person.

Silvera masterfully explores not only the topic of grief, but also OCD and of course gay relationships. He normalizes two boys dating, rather than making it a radical, strange thing, he makes it natural and adorable and completely lovable. I found the portrayal of OCD interesting, as someone who doesn’t suffer with it myself, as it allowed me to get such a good understand and respect for Griffin and what he was dealing with on a daily basis, on top of his unthinkable grief.

The plot was developed beautifully and the characterisation was complex and excellently constructed. The storyline did not falter and was not effected by Silvera’s inclusion of so many important topics, but they aided the progression of the story wonderfully.

I gave ‘History Is All You Left Me’ 5/5 stars, and I can’t wait to start ‘They Both Die At The End’!

Izzy xoxo

Most Anticipated Releases September 2017

I’ve had such a good reading summer this year compared to how my reading in the first few months was going, and what better to encourage me to keep up my reading into the new University year then so exciting new September releases. There are so many books being released constantly, hundreds I’ve never heard of, but this September is full of so many that I can’t wait to get my hands on, so I’ll go through the ones that I’ve heard about that I’m the most excited for.

1. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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I’ve only just (by just I mean about 10 minutes before starting this post) finished reading History Is All You Left Me – review to come soon hopefully – and feel in love with the story aswell as Adam Silvera’s writing, he created such complex and interesting characters and wrote beautifully, so I can’t wait to get my hands on his new book! I’d heard about this on booktube before I read History Is All You Left Me and the concept sounded so interesting that it’s been on my list ever since, but now it’s shot right up to number one.

 

2. Warcross by Marie Lu

warcrossI heard about this one around the same time I heard about They Both Die In The End originally. It’s different from anything  I’ve read before, but the hacking and gaming aspect really intrigues me, and I’ve read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, so I have faith in her writing to do it justice so I can’t wait!

 

3. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugolanguage of thorns

I recently read the Six of Crows duology and it’s instantly one of my favourite series, I fell in love with the world. I didn’t read the shadow and bone/Grisha trilogy first (as was recommended) because Sox of Crowd appealed to me more, but since reading it it’s made me want to read so much more Leigh Bardugo books, and although Language of Thorns is slightly different, and it’s the 3rd Six of Crowd book that I’m loving for, it’s the next best thing, so I’m still extremely excited for the stories it holds.

genuine fraud4. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I’ve only read one other E. Lockhart book before (We Were Liars which I loved) but I had the pleasure of meeting her at YALC and while I was there I heard about (and got a sampler for) her new book Genuine Fraud, and although I don’t know a lot about the book t sounds so exciting so I can’t wait to read it!

 

5. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkinstheres someone

I’m not a huge fan of horror in any capacity, I’ve never watched a horror film or read a horror book, but I guess it’s always good to branch out a bit. I’ve read Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French kiss books and I loved them and her writing so who better to introduce me into a new genre.

moxie6. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I first heard about Moxie at YALC as one of the publisher stands had a lot of promotion for the book. When I went over to the stand to browse I saw some very cool feminist badges, and I picked one up that says ‘fight like a girl’ and the lovely women at the stall explained that they were for a new book Moxie and talked briefly about it. I can’t remember in detail the plot but I remember it sounding like an awesome feminist kick-ass book, so I can’t wait to read it!

7. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren Jamesloneliest girl

Once again – I’m sure you can see a theme here – I heard about this book at YALC. One of the publisher stands – I believe it was Walker – had a display/poster for this book and the cover is so beautiful. They also did face glitter as part of the promotion for the book, and although I forgot to take a proper picture of it, I got some awesome blue glitter on my cheeks. After that I of course looked up the book, and after reading the blurb I’m really intrigued to read it. Once again it’s a slightly different genre to me because for some reason my reading list seems to be seriously lacking science fiction, but I think this would be a great book to get me into the genre.

invictus8. Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Carrying on with my theme of YALC, I also heard about this book there. They were doing an arc drop for the book, however I was only there one day so I wasn’t able to get a copy, but after hearing about it so often, I had to google it and find out what it was about. The other theme going here is being introduced to new things, and this time it’s time travelling novels. I’ve never read – or particularly had the desire to read – a time travel book, so when I decided to read reviews to get more opinions. So many reviews that I  read, said that they didn’t normally like time travel but that this was different and they loved it, so after reading all these thoughts and re reading the synopsis, I can’t help but be excited to read the book.

That’s it for my most anticipated September releases, I’m also going to give an honourable mention you Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas, which is from the point of view of Chaol from the Throne of glass series. Although he was my favourite in the early books, (unpopular opinion) I didn’t like the later books in the series as much, so I’m yet to read Empire of Storms, therefore I couldn’t have it on my official list. Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading about my most anticipated releases.

Izzy xoxo

 

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

  1. Which book – most recently – did you not finish reading?

download (2)There are a couple of books recently that I’ve started but not got round to reading, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and Odysseus: The Oath by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. I was enjoying both books, however I was reading them fairly slowly and there were other books I was more interested in reading therefore I temporarily put them down, however I do want to go back and finish them at some point.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?twilight

It’s hard to pick a guilty pleasure book because I wouldn’t really count any that I read as guilty pleasures, but I think I’ll go with Twilight. Twilight gets a lot of criticism for its writing and how cringey it is, and although I do agree with many aspects, I still really enjoyed it and it was one of the series that got me into YA books so it holds a special place in my heart still.

  3. Which book do you love to hate?

I’m sure there are any books I could put into this category, I find if I don’t like a book I simply don’t like it, there’s no loving involved, and then vice versa, therefore I either love or hate a book but I can’t think of a book to fit the combination.

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

712H-FrdJoLI could never bring myself to throw any book into the sea the poor thing, but I’m just going to choose a book I didn’t enjoy and for this I’m going to go with Crossed by Allie Condie. I really enjoyed the first book Matched, so I went out and bought the next two books, however about 100 pages in to Crossed and I was bored out of my mind, and couldn’t even force myself to try to carry on, so I got rid of both the books and moved onto better things.

  5. Which book have you read the most?HG4

I don’t tend to re-read books anymore because I have so many new books I want to read, so I don’t have a lot of time to re-read others, however when I was younger I did read the Twilight series and The Hunger Games series multiple times, and when I was even younger I used to read all of Cathy Cassidy’s books over and over, I loved them!

 6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

I guess anything I already own I wouldn’t like again, in particular one I didn’t enjoy, but although I wouldn’t need them or particularly want them again, hate is a very strong word. I don’t think there’s any book I’d hate to receive.

    7. Which book could you not live without?

City_of_BonesI’ve read so many amazing books throughout the years, and narrowing it down to one book is incredibly hard, so I’m not. I’m going to choose Cassandra Clare’s books. It was The Mortal Instruments series (after Twilight) that got me into reading YA and was the first book I became obsessed with in the way I’m obsessed with books now, but I can’t just stop at The Mortal Instruments, because then I read The Infernal Devices and it quickly became my favourite series, and then there’s The Dark Artifices which is also amazing. It’s very dramatic to say I couldn’t live without them, but without them I wouldn’t have been introduced to so many other amazing books, so they are certainly very important to me.

8. Which book made you the angriest?18621194._UY200_

I can’t think of a book that made me particularly angry, I suppose Crossed annoyed me slightly because it just wasn’t going anywhere, but I can’t say I got particularly angry. Another book I didn’t like was Half Bad by Sally Green, which I got around the time it came out and I was really excited to read it, however when I did read it I was extremely underwhelmed, I found the plot and characters very underdeveloped and rushed, once again it didn’t make me angry as such, but certainly didn’t make me happy like I’d hoped.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

tumblr_m6yrm3pc0o1r3oy4vo1_500I’ve read a lot of sad books, and cried at a lot of them, and perhaps I just cry too easily, but either away my list is long. Cassandra Clare’s books have been known to make me cry, usually it’s the final book in the series – both City of Heavenly Fire and Clockwork Princess – but Lord of Shadows , the second book in the Dark Artifices series also did. Other books that made me cry include, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Me Before You and The Fault in Our Stars among others.

 10. Which book cover do you hate the most?51Js6G5I9PL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

There are a lot of ugly covers in the world, I’m going to try to narrow it down and choose a cover that I own otherwise I’d be here a while, so I’m going to go with A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. I loved this book, it was a wonderful story, but the cover I own just doesn’t excite me, I don’t like the colours, and if it hadn’t been recommended and given to me by my mum I probably never would have picked it up.

Izzy xoxo

Top 10 Series I Want to Read/Finish

I’ve decided to split this Top 10 into two sections, for more like two Top 5’s. These sections are Top 5 series I want to start reading, and Top 5 series I’ve started and want to finish (or continue if the series is still going). There are others I’ve started and others I haven’t that I still really want to read, however I just tried to choose the ones I’m currently more excited to read.

Top 5 series I want to start

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas22839894._UY200_

I’ve read [most of] Sarah J. Maas’ first series ‘Throne of Glass’, and I loved it, therefore when she released ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ I bought it straight away with the intention to read it then, however it’s been sitting on my shelf since, and now two more books have been released and I still haven’t read it. I think what’s stopping me now is the fact there are already three books (and I don’t own the next two) which is very daunting and I don’t know if I’m ready to commit to marathoning the books yet, especially when I have so many unfinished series. Despite that I am interested in reading it, so hopefully I’ll get round to it by the end of the year.

    2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

91WEx42EdiLThis is another book that I own – like A Court of Thorns and Roses – which I bought pretty recently. I haven’t read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, and while some people have recommended that you should read that first, I believe that they’re unrelated and simply set in the same world, therefore I think I’m just going to start this series, because it appeals to me more that Shadow and Bone.

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter_Me

This is a book that I’ve seen all over booktube and blogs for years and I’ve always wanted to read it but never got round the buying it. The concept of it sounds amazing and I’ve heard good things about the writing. (Also the covers are absolutely beautiful) so when I have time (and money) to dedicate to reading this series it’s definitely high on my list.

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

418xpeLSRrLThis series is another one I’ve heard a lot about and always intended reading but just never did. A friend of mine has read the first few and really enjoyed them and has recommended I read them, which has encouraged me, so as with Shatter Me, this is a series I’m really interested in I juts need to find time to be able to sit down and marathon them all.

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5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Once again this is one that I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Some friends read the Shiver trilogy by her and hated it, which made me hesitant to read this however I’ve heard so many good things, and the story appeals to me more than Shiver did, so once again when I get time I’d be very interested in reading this series.

 

Top 5 Series to finish/continue

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

51txnYl47mL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_As I mentioned in my June Wrap-Up video, I never finish reading the series when I was younger, therefore I’ve decided to read them all this summer. I’m having a little break at the moment as I go on holiday next week, so for this week before and the two weeks I’m away I reading other books, then when I get back I plan to finish this series, hopefully by the end of summer.

2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter

I read this book a couple of years ago because the story really appealed to me, and I 61hPgTUorTLloved it, then when the second book – The Sleeping Prince – came out, I had planned to go to a book signing with my friend to meet her and get this new book, however my friend was on holiday so we didn’t end up going, so I planned to go into the shop to buy the signed book anyway, however that never happened, and now it’s two years later and a third book is out and I still haven’t continued. I can barely remember what happened in the first one, so I’ll either read a summary or re-read the first book, but I loved it so much I really do hope to finish at some point in the near future.

3. Study/Soulfinders Series by Maria V Snyder

23561467._UY200_A few years ago I read the Study series, and it is still to this day one of my favourite series, and I then read the Glass series, a spin-off about character Opal, which still featured a number of characters from the original series. However, I then discovered that she was releasing books about the original characters, however set further in the future, I bought and read the first one, Shadow Study, however I lost track after that (and can’t remember what happened in that one) and two more have been released that I’ve yet to buy or read, but because of how much I love the characters, I really do want to get round to it at some point.

4. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

My unpopular about this series is that I loved the concept of the first book and then I download (1)really enjoyed the second, however in my opinion it went downhill after that, I just didn’t enjoy them as much as the earlier books, therefore I wasn’t as interested in keeping up with them. I’ve read up to Queen of Shadows, and although I did enjoy them, I’ve just never got round to reading Empire of Storms. I do want to at some point because I don;t like leaving the series unfinished considering I did enjoy it, but as it’s been a while I can’t remember much about what happened previously.

5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red_Queen_book_coverI’ve read the first two books in this series, as well as the short story companion (which I gave my brief thoughts on in my June Wrap-Up), but I have yet to read the 3rd book in the series, King’s Cage. This book came out fairly recently, and I do own it, and although I can;t remember everything that happened in Glass Sword, it’s fairly recent, so I want to get round to King’s Cage before I completely forget everything.

Izzy xoxo

‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon Book Review

As I mentioned in my June Wrap-Up post, I’m going to do full review of ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon, one of the books I read last month, as it was one of my favourite books I’ve read recently. Obviously if you haven’t read the book the review is going to contain spoilers, so if you haven’t I recommend you go and read it, it’s worth it!

Synopsis

Live life in a Bubble? Or Risk everything for love?
Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left the house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her.
Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.

Review 

Before getting into the plot of the story, I want to start with talking about the writing and layout of the story. I didn’t realise when I bought the book, however when I started to read it, I realised that this book did not follow the usual set out. Instead of simply pages of writing, Nicola Yoon has broken up chapters with other types of writing such as IM chats, emails, schedules, book reviews and little drawings, which not only makes it a bit different and exciting, but also made it very quick to read. Not only that, these sections she added corresponded with the characters feelings and with the progression of the story, for example her short book reviews and her dictionary definitions were related to her experiences with the books or words, which was extremely clever.

In terms of the story, it was a very character driven. As Madeline is isolated in her house for a large majority of the book, there is an emphasis on the relationships to drive the story forwards, particularly the mother-daughter dynamic, the relationship between Carla and Madeline, the relationship between Olly and Madeline and then Madeline’s exploration of the world.
At the start of the book there appears to be a good dynamic between Madeline and her mother, with there Friday night routine and their after dinner games, however that appears to deteriorate throughout the novel with her mum seemingly becoming more paranoid and controlling over her daughter.
The relationship between Carla and Madeline remains very close throughout the novel with Carla helping her see Olly and travel to Hawaii without telling her mother. However, despite how nice the character seems I can’t help but think she was slightly reckless by putting Madeline at risk doing these things, although she had her doubts about her illness, she was by no means certain that Madeline wasn’t ill.
In terms of the love story between Olly and Madeline, although it was possibly an example of insta-love see in a love of YA novels, I was still very invested in their story, as for me it wasnt;t just about Madeline discovering what it felt like to be in love for the first time, but her mind being opened to the world she was missing. I also didn’t view her risking her life in going to Hawaii simply as her running off because of a boy, but because he’d made her realise there was a whole world outside her home, and she was exploring that for herself not for him.

I’ve heard a fair bit of criticism about the ending of the novel being convenient and unrealistic, and in a way I see where they’re coming from, however I personally really enjoyed the ending. I don’t think it was random or out of nowhere because Yoon had made Madeline’s mother appear to be losing control throughout the book with her frantic behaviour and by referencing the accident with her dad and brother. Because of this, I think that the ultimate reveal of the illness being created by her mother is somewhat realistic as she was grieving and was protective of her daughter and was not being malicious. Madeline’s decision to leave her mother at the end and go to Olly in New York was also very controversial, as, yes, her mother is ill and wasn’t intentionally harming her daughter, however I understand why she would leave as she felt like she’d lost such a large part of her life being locked away.

Overall I really enjoyed Everything, Everything, and it’s got me wanting to read more contemporary’s recently, so I went out and bought another book by Nicola Yoon – The Sun is Also a Star. Therefore my rating of this book is 4.5/5 and think it’s perfect for people who want a quick cute contemporary romance.

Izzy xoxo

June Wrap-Up

This reading year has been a very slow one for me, and up until the end of May I hadn’t read a single book for pleasure. Yes, you read that right, other than the occasional bit here and there for University, I didn’t read anything. As a girl who loves to read, its hurts to think about, not reading for that long is sad, and I missed it dearly, however when the final week of May came, i went off to Cornwall on holiday with my family, and took a book, determined to fit in time to read, and it happened! I’m going to briefly mention the book here because I didn’t technically read it in June, however it got me back into reading this year so it deserves some credit, and this book is : 13 Reason’s Why by Jay Asher. It was a very quick read – a very useful quality for a book when you haven’t read in such a long period – and was such a page-turner. I won’t go into detail, as i mentioned it isn’t part of my June books, however it was incredibly though provoking, and i certainly recommend it.

So, on to the actual point of this post, my June Wrap up. I read 6 books in June, which, for my usual reading pace, I’m impressed with myself for, so here are the books I read in June:

  1. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough 

I haven’t had this book that long, I bought it on a whim a couple of months ago because it was buy one get one half price at Waterstones and the blurb sounds good, I’d ne

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ver heard of it before that day. Because I hadn’t heard about it before and therefore hadn’t heard anyone else’s opinion, I didn’t know what to expect going in to the book – which can be quite a nice thing, you haven’t got other people’s opinion’s effecting your reading of the book.

The story follows a girl who is found nearly dead on the bank of a river, and she doesn’t remember how or why she got there, or in fact of the events of the last two days, so she along with the police – DI Bennett – try to discover what happened to her.

I really enjoyed the book and I read it pretty quickly because of the mystery element it makes it hard to put down. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil any of the mystery aspect that surrounds the book, but it was well written, including text messages and diary extracts which made it a lot more interesting to read, and I gave it 3.5/5.

2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

It’s going to be hard to have control here and not write a full review, because there is so much I coulIMG_4638d say about this book. It’s hard to give any sort of summary without any spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in the series (Lady Midnight) or any of the other Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, so if you haven’t I highly recommend you read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy.

The writing was great as always, and I could not put it down, the story was wonderful as were all the characters, it was full of humour, love an heartbreak, and was definitely 5/5.

3. Cruel Crown

As much as I’ve raved about the previous two books I’ve read this month, I have to say I was underwhelmed with this one. Cruel Crown contains two short stories following on from the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and while I thoroughly enjoyed

img_4636.jpgboth of the other books I’ve read, i found myself getting bored by her short stories. They were very short and so I finished them fairly quickly, but I didn’t enjoy them much. I’d say the first – Queen’s Song – was my favourite of the two, however I didn’t have a lot of interest in either of the characters who were the protagonists of the short stories. The book also included the first few chapters of Aveyard’s second book Glass Sword, however I’ve already read that previously. Despite being slightly disappointed by this book, I’m still excited to read the next book, King’s Cage. I give Cruel Crown 2/5.

4. Everything Everything

I won’t go into too much detail about this book as I plan on writing a full review of it very soon, but img_4637.jpgI loved it! I recently got quite interested in contemporary books, and I bought this fairly recently – the same time I bought 13 minutes – so I decided to read it now, since I’ve seen the film has recently been released. The writing style was really interesting – emails and drawings etc – and made it a really quick read, and it was a really cute interesting story. I give it 4.5/5.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

You’re probably thinking, ‘Harry Potter!? How have you never read Harry Potter before!? Call yourself a book fan!?’ and yes I know it sounds outrageous, but I have read

img_4643.jpgmost of them before. When I was very young I read the first 4 or 5, and then i just didn’t finish, and I don’t remember why not, but I thought it was about time I did, so I’ve finally started again. As I’ve read it before and seen the film millions  of times, I read this very quickly.

There probably not much point in me giving a summary of Harry Potter because I’m sure all of you have read it or at least seen the film, but it follow a boy called Harry who is living a relatively ordinary life with his horrible Aunt and Uncle – his parents are dead – until his 11th birthday when he receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and discovers he’s a wizard. If you haven’t read the books I urge that you do immediately, and of course I give it 5/5.

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

img_4642.jpgNow I’m sure this one wasn’t too hard to guess, but the final book I read in June was the Chamber of Secrets, to continue my rereading of the Harry Potter books. As with Philosopher’s Stone, I read it very quickly as it was a reread and I know the story like the back of my hand, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to carry on and finish the rest of the series, and of course, 5/5.

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