Book Review: Black Ice |FRUSTRATION

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Name: Black Ice

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Main Characters: Britt, Mason, Korbie and Calvin

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense

He combed his hand through my hair, pushing it off my shoulder. I held perfectly still, his touch freezing my breath.

“Be safe. Mountains are dangerous this time of year.” I gawked at him until he pulled out of the gas station and drove off.

He knew my name. He’d saved my butt.

He knew my name.

I have mixed emotions towards this book and one of them is definitely frustration. So we start off with these two girls going to the mountains but they get stuck and stuff happens. Imagine if you are on a roller coaster while you’re reading this book and this roller coaster shows your excitement throughout the book, it would be something like this:

Start of book: roller coaster  is going high up, everything is interesting and intense!

As you read on: roller coaster is going even higher, excitement!

Middle of the book: you are slowly going lower and lower because meh…

As you read on: ok please stop what is this

You decide to read more: why am I not getting off

Towards the end-ish: WOW this is amazing! EXCITEMENT!

The End: Nooo why did you ruin it

And now to explain what I really mean, the book got exciting at times but because it takes place in this mountain and in half of the book they’re in the snow, it gets quite boring and drags on. Don’t get me wrong, when it got interesting I absolutely loved and enjoyed it. The other problem I had was that the author leaves you with so many questions because they are some holes in the book that need to be filled.

AND that ending was the cheesiest ending I have ever read, I think the book could’ve been wrapped up better.

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-this is the first time I’ve read a ‘contemporary thriller’ and I think if these small ‘problems’ were fixed, it would’ve been amazing! Overall I think it was a really great idea but it wasn’t executed well.

I would recommend this to you, if you’re finding it interesting. You never know, maybe you’ll love it! And of course if you loved the Hush, Hush series, give this a try. I’ve heard from many people that they’ve loved it and had no problems with this book so many look at more reviews?

If you have read it, please share your thoughts! I would love to hear what your experience was with Black Ice 🙂

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟/5

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Book Review: Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie)

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Today we discuss WHERE RAINBOWS END (or Love, Rosie) WOOOOOO.

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Title: Where Rainbows End

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Main Characters: Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit and Adult fiction

Rosie and Alex – best friends or soul mates?

Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But suddenly, they’re separated, when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?

Misunderstanding, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time?

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Oh gosh, It’s one of those reviews where I can’t get my thoughts together because I still don’t know how to feel about it! I know that I loved it and whatever I’m thinking is positive for sure…

So if you didn’t know, Where Rainbows End is written in emails, texts, chatting online and mails. At first that kind of put me off because it’s just annoying to read emails for 500 pages BUT let me tell you why it was good:

  1. This makes you read the book much MUCH faster than normal, I read about 80 pages in one go
  2. It makes it SO REALISTIC and enjoyable in a weird way. I literally felt like I had hacked into someones phone, emails and all that stuff and was stalking them full-on…It literally feels like your reading the texts between two (or few) people for a very long time haha

I immediately got engaged in the story and got used to this style of writing. I absolutely loved this idea, I think it was a clever way to get you emotionally connected to the characters and what was happening in their lives which brings me onto the FEELS.

So if you don’t know, Cecelia Ahern has also written ‘P.S. I Love You’ and if you didn’t know it is a very depressing story. I actually haven’t read it, I just watched the movie and it made me depressed for days so when I found out she wrote it, I immediately got scared because what if she made this book depressing as well. As you read the book, you just wish that nothing horrible happens to them throughout the story and especially towards the end. I’m not going to tell you how I feel about the end, you just need to read and see for yourself *insert evil smile here*

But what I can tell you is that you feel like your on a roller coster of emotions and you just go up up up and then suddenly drop down which makes sense because not everything in life is always good and happy  (I know, deep right?)

This is how the book is mostly written like haha :

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FROM   me

TO  Rosie and Alex

SUBJECT    Stop being so blind! urghhh…

I no that you guys are too blind to see but you are perfect for each other…WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?! Please get together or I might just throw myself out of the window before my heart explodes.

Love, almost everyone while reading the book xxxxx

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In conclusion I really recommend it to everyone basically. It’s funny, cute, heart-warming, heart-breaking at some points and just amazing overall! You get to see Alex and Rosie grow up together (from age 7 to old (not gonna saaay) ) and it’s just so nice to see this transition on paper.

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I’m going to put the trailer of the movie here because why not (don’t worry it won’t spoil you, all of those happen in the first 10 pages):

Awwwww melts my heart every time

What are your thoughts? Please share them with me! Also do you have any recommendations of other Cecelia Ahern books? Do tell me 🙂

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Tape | “I highly recommend this!!!”

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Tape is written by Steven Camden and the main characters are Ameliah, Ryan, Eve, Liam and Heather. Genre: Contemporary, Young adult and Romance.

Record the voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story. 

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This book was on my ‘to read’ list for a long time because from the moment I read that synopsis, I just knew that I wanted to get my hands on it. And I am so happy that I finally picked it up, because I think I can easily say that it’s now one of my favourites!

I felt for both of the characters and loved reading from their point of views although Ameliah did annoy in some bits. I just wanted to go in the book, shake her and come back. Usually when a book is in dual point of views, the two characters kind of merge into one and you can’t tell the difference between them but with Tape, I could feel their differences. And the font change was very smart and helped a lot to keep track of the time change.

I wasn’t expecting to be emotionally connected to this book or feel something for it, I just saw it as a fun read. But I think this story will stay with me for quite a while and I will probably read it again sometime which is surprising because I never like to read a book twice haha

At first I was bit confused about what was happening and the way the dialogue was written but I quickly pushed through that and got engaged in the story. I think the dual point of view flowed very well together and they merged so, as a reader, I wasn’t confused at all. Since this is a stand-alone, there is not much to say apart from that I absolutely loved it to bits!

At the end I actually cried a bit which really surprised me because the story isn’t depressing or anything. I still don’t know why I cried, I think they were happy tears which surprised me even more haha. Man this book was full of surprises…. *sighs*

After reading what the plot was about, I thought this was a love story which is but not the way I thought it would be. I think that it was such a cute, interesting and beautiful story to read and I highly recommend it. I think more people need to talk about this book and it needs more attention because it’s such a unique story. It touched my heart.

I really recommend to everyone basically, even adults might enjoy it! I think it’s such a great summer read and to be honest I want to come out of the screen and put this book in your hands and go back haha. I really hope Steven Camden writes another book, I can’t believe this is his first book! It was sooo amazing!

I hope you give it a try and love it as much as I loved this book…

Please read it!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

– I guess the universe wanted us to meet.

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Book Review: Fangirl

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Fangirl is written by Rainbow Rowell and the main characters are Cath, Wren, Levi, Reagan, Art and Nick. Genre: contemporary, young adult, realistic fiction and romance.

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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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OH MY GODDD! I love Rainbow Rowell!

Her way of writing is definitely different and unique. All of the characters seem very realistic and alive and I just love each one of them to bits!

And Cath is such a relatable character because she’s a fangirl and so am I (and probably so are you) and every time I was like I GET YOU CATH, I GET YOU. It was really interesting to read fan-fiction in a book and to be honest I never read fan fiction but I might do after reading Fangirl. Each ‘Carry on, Simon’ part just made me excited and all of the pages after each chapter were really fun to read.

Actually now that I think about it, fan-fiction is like an alien to me. As I said, I’ve never read one because I just find it weird. In fan-fiction you can just take your favourite characters and change everything about them.

All characters had their own voice and I never got bored when any of them appeared. You know some of those books, where you hate a character and you just want to throw yourself out of the window when they appear? Well Fangirl wasn’t one of them.

IT JUST MADE ME SO HAPPY. This book was like taking happy pills. Every time I opened Fangirl, I just went into happy mode and smiled at so many parts. This book made me stay up late at night to finish it because it was so addictive!

The only thing that kind of annoyed me was Cather’s personality, she didn’t open up to any new stuff and I guess that was the point but the reader can connect to the book through the main character and Cather was so distant. She had to leave her comfort zone at least a bit because It felt like she was so closed to the world around her.

Other than that, I absolutely loved it and staying up till late was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Now I’m going to sleep…who am I kidding? ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!

I definitely recommend Rainbow Rowell’s books, they’re so fun to read. So pick it up if you haven’t yet and share your thought if you have!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Click here for Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (review)

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Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor and Park is written by Rainbow Rowell and the main characters are Eleanor and Park (duh). Genre: realistic fiction, contemporary and romance. . Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

OMG THE FEELS

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Awwww this was SO adorable. It was such a cute and heart-warming (and heartbreaking) story and I read it sooo fast. I loved how the relationships built up between the characters, not just Eleanor and Park. It was the relationship that developed between Park’s mum and Eleanor that just made me smile.

It all felt so realistic and I also loved how we change point of views all the time. Rainbow Rowell was able to write both characters really well and you could tell which character was talking because they did sound different (unlike Allegiant😒)

There were times where I actually laughed out loud which made people think that there was something wrong with me… And there were times I actually wanted to cry or get into the book and kill a character(*cough*Richie*cough*).

The book was in third person narrative and it always makes it hard for me to connect with the characters but not in this book! I never thought I would care so much about the characters! They will always stay in my heart. I loved everything about it, I loved the humour, I loved the sarcasm and the pain. Rainbow Rowell had captured everything beautifully. I did not know that you were able to write down those feelings. It was so unique. Thank you Rainbow for letting me experience such emotions that were new and familiar.

Even John Green recommends it!

“Reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”

 

So I really suggest you read it! Even adults need to pick it up.

Have you read it? Please share your thoughts. I would love to hear it! I seriously could write on and on about this book.

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Review: Out of Control

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(Book sent to me by The Guardian)

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Out of Control is written by Sarah Alderson and the main characters are Olivia (Liva) and Jaime Moreno (Jay). Genre: contemporary, mystery, romance and thriller.

When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target. Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

Wow, I did not expect to be hooked when I started to read Out of Control. It is fast-paced, super addictive and it feels like you’ve just watched a movie. I really enjoyed the mystery that was present in the book and I think Sarah Alderson did a great job keeping the reader in suspense because from the start we see that these group of people are after Olivia and she cannot trust anyone. I literally didn’t know what was going to happen in the next chapter which was what kept me going.

I think the character development was brilliant and what was really interesting was that the book is set in two days which was really cool in my opinion. The thing that I really loved was that Olivia couldn’t trust anyone but the boy she met. It definitely made me excited to see how their relationship was going to turn out and I alway looked forward to their conversations. And lemme just say how much I loved Jay’s character (hottie alert). It was really nice to get involved in Jay’s family life as well.

I would have liked to read more about Olivia’s life before all of the attacks happened because that would’ve made me feel closer to her character. I think the story starts too early with the attack but then again it did engage me immediately because as you start the book, the character gets attacked and you just want to know WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!

I am giving this book 3.8/5 only because I just felt like there were some things missing in the story. If I was being generous, I would definitely give it 4 stars but…It isn’t one of my favourites but I think it’s a good stand-alone to try.

If you’re looking for a nice fast-paced and action packed story then I really recommend this book! Especially if you have read Alderson’s other books. I feel like it’s one of those books you can read after you’ve read a great series or trilogy and you just need something fun to read. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟.8

My Favourite Stand-alones

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This post is all about my favourite stand-alones that I’ve read. We all enjoy a good trilogy from time to time but to be honest, I love reading stand-alones because in my opinion some trilogies get boring in the second book, so without further ado lets get to it!

Here I’m going to show my most favourites in different genres so you can pick the genre you’re most interested in! And I love all of these equally, I cannot pick my most favourite between them.

1) Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My favourite author for thriller stories is Gillian Flynn. She is absolutely amazing and I think Gone Girl was a masterpiece! It might be slow at the start but as you get more into it, it just gets better and better. It is so cleverly written and I think it’s definitely a must read for all you thriller lovers out there!

Click for my full review on Gone Girl

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2) Vampire-esque: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I absolutely love vampire books but nowadays most vampire books are based on a love triangle or just romance. I think that’s great but it gets kind of repetitive when you read a lot of vampire books and I thought that diversity in this genre was gone but Holly Black proved me wrong! I think this is the only stand-alone I’ve read that is about vampires and it has such a unique story. This is definitely a must-read!

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3) Zombie-esque: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

I usually run away from stories that have zombies in them. They don’t sound attractive to me and I just dislike anything with zombies in them BUT this book was just perfection. I never thought I would be able to read a story like this, It’s fast-paced and beautifully written. I loved the hint of humour that was present in the book, it really brightened my mood. I think Isaac Marion did a great job creating this destroyed world and all of the characters included in it. It was such an adorable and heart-wrenching story so if it sounds interesting, I really suggest picking it up!

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4) Romance: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book! It’s so simple yet so powerful because Rainbow Rowell makes you feel emotions that you never thought would be possible to be written down. Even if it’s a young adult book, I still recommend it to everyone! It’s such a heart-breaking and beautiful story.

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5) Humor/realistic fiction: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Apart from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, this book was also one of my favourites and it is written by two of my favourites authors! It was such a unique story and even though I did get confused at the start, but I could not put it down! I read it in a few days and absolutely enjoyed it. If you have enjoyed John Green’s and David Levithan’s books then you really need to read this!

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6) Mystery/psychology: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

And last but not least, I recommend The Shock of the Fall. I was absolutely blown away by the way it was written and seriously recommend it!

Click here to find out more about this amazing book

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I hope you found some of these interesting! Looking for series/trilogies to read? Click here. Please share your thoughts.