Book Review: The Walled City | I’M BACK!

Sooo…I haven’t posted in a while…

Yup. Just wanted to say that I’m sorry for not posting anything. I’ve been drowning in school work and any free time I had, I just jumped right into bed (story of my life). But I’m back now and ready to drown YOU in reviews! *evil smile*

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The Walled City

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Romance

Main Characters: Dai, Jin, Mei Yee

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.

18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

 

So at first when I started reading the book, I was slightly taken back by having three main characters in the book. Each chapter alternated between them and allowed you to read from each one of their viewpoints. The reason that I disliked the idea was because I thought that the story would just get too confusing and not allow me to get engaged into the story as much as I liked.

But after reading a chapter from each of the characters’ viewpoints and got familiar with them, I could NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN! Each character had its own voice and the world that was created was just so interesting and immersing. The idea behind the book was clever and well executed and the fact that it was based on a real location added that element of reality to the story. (I was so shocked when I found out that Walled Cities actually existed)

Each chapter was its own little adventure. I kept having mini heart attacks in each chapter because it seemed very realistic and being in that situation is just SO TERRIFYING. I was able to connect with each character and sympathise with them.

Even though there were some tiny parts that dragged on, I absolutely loved The Walled City! Each little character that showed up in the book seemed so alive and had their own personality which was refreshing. I often find books with multiple viewpoints really disappointing when you can’t even tell the difference between the characters (I’m talking to you Allegiant. Yes. You.)

I’m actually craving to pick up this book again which rarely happens because I never really reread any books unless I absolutely love them. So obviously I recommend this to everybody! Just beware there were some parts that were harsh (as much as I can remember). Other than that, go pick it up! I definitely think more people need to be talking about this book 🙂

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Please share your thoughts if you’ve read this, I would love to hear them!

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Book Review: Torn True Love & Tore Divided Love

First of all I wanted to thank the author for kindly giving me the chance to read her book!

Torn True Love & Tore Divided Love are the first two books in a series written by K.D. Ferguson. I just finished reading both of them so I decided to do a review of the first book and then briefly talk about the second one mostly because I don’t want to spoil you on what happens in Tore Divided Love.

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Author: K.D. Ferguson

Main Characters: Krissa, Braiden, Chance

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Everyone has a choice.

Abide by the government’s rules and regulations and you may live the average life. Or you can become a Sweeper. Krissa Channing’s destination was clear until Braiden entered her life and clouded her future.

Krissa’s future, which once seemed so promising, is compromised when her relationship with Braiden is forced by the hands of the government. The pressure of an automatic pairing pushes them both down a path they never dreamed they’d travel.

While Krissa accepts the change, Braiden revolts against the government leaving Krissa alone, her heart torn. Should she follow the rules and regulations and continue down the road mapped out for her?

Or should she go against everything she’s been taught and follow after her true love?

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I’m kind of having a love-hate relationship with this book and let me explain why. First of all the main character really made me mad at some points where I just wanted to go in and shout WAKEUP GURL! WAKEUP!! And as the book went on, I also started to really dislike Braiden for some obvious reasons (I won’t spoil it!) which shows how well written these characters were because man, I haven’t hated a character so much haha

The only problem I had with Torn True Love was that I feel like everything escalated too quickly. I would’ve loved if it was 500 pages with more details with the characters surroundings because the idea behind the government was so interesting! I feel like it was heavily based on their relationship. And the transition between the scenes were too sudden, you were suddenly in a car then in someone else’s house.

I know I’m sounding like I didn’t enjoy this book but you’re wrong. After saying all of that there was something about the story that pulled me in and made me read it in one day.

Stars: 🌟🌟.7

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As I said, I will briefly talk about this one because those of you who haven’t read any of these books will be spoiled which is not nice.

Tore Divided Love was very different from the first book in a very good way! I just love the idea behind this world, it’s not just like any ‘government-controlled’ story. It felt very real. Again, I wish it was longer because everything just happened too quickly.

Stars:🌟🌟🌟

Overall, I recommend you reading these books if you love dystopia. I think those who loved the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie will enjoy this one for sure. It isn’t one of my favourite books but go watch the trailer and see other reviews because who knows, you might absolutely love it.

Please share your thoughts if you have read these! 🙂

Book Review: Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie)

HELLOOO!

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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(from the movie)

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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: The Winner’s Curse

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HI THERE!

The Winner’s Curse is written by Marie Rutkoski and it is the first book in the Winner’s trilogy. The main characters are Kestrel, Arin, Jess, Ronin and Cheat. Genre: fantasy, historical fiction, war, dystopia and romance.

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. Arjun’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.

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This book kind of dissapointed me. It was one of those books that was overhyped and didn’t turn out to be THAT amazing. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked this book, I just didn’t love it.

I think the idea behind this book was really interesting but the world-building felt unfinished, I would have loved to read more about the past and the relationship between the Valorians and Herranis. It was too vague for me.  Overall, I think is was a slow read and the story was dragged on.

When I read the synopsis, I kind of imagined a forbbiden love between a mistress and her slave and yes, it was like that but then again some parts really annoyed me. I couldn’t actually feel the love between Arin and Kestrel until some parts. The idea that Kestrel buys Arin as her slave but then falls in love with him was REALLY INTERESTING but I didn’t get enough Arin-Kestrel scenes.

This is really hard to explain *shakes head*

The thing that was really beautiful to me was the use of music in the book. This reminded me of ‘Matched’ by Allie Condie, those of you who have read it will know that art and music was completely banned and gone in their world and The Winner’s Curse was kind of smilar to that. The fact that people actually couldn’t play any instruments themselves and that it was a slave’s job was really frustrating. Amd I just loved the way music connected Arin and Kestrel started off their relationship because she bought him partly because she found out that he sang.

He had almost regained his senses, had almost turned back, when a few low notes stole into the air. The music now came in slow strokes, in a different key. A nocturne. Arin moved toward the garden. Past it, ground-floor glass doors burned with light.

I did enjoy reading this book and I can see it getting more interesting. Even though I didn’t love this one, I still look forward to the second book because I’m really dying to see what happens haha

I do recommend it to you if you find the synopsis interesting because you might love the book. It is really interesting and I can see it getting better. Hopefully. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟.5

Book Review: Easy

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(this book was sent to me by Spinebreakers)

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Easy is written by Tammara Webber and it is the first book in ‘The Contours of the Heart’ series. The main characters are Jaqueline, Lucas, Erin and Kennedy. Genre: Romance, contemporary and new adult.

Rescued by a stranger. Haunted by a secret Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior… The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

So easy to like, so easy to fall in love with this book and so easy to finish the book and wanting more!

I read Easy in what, like 3 days? Yup. I read through it so fast, it was like cutting a butter. I just found myself turning the pages, wanting more and more. The author has written the book in a way that allows you to feel close to the main character, Jaqueline. The relationship between the two main characters developed so well and slowly which made the book extra realistic haha.

It is a really interesting story and I can’t wait to read the next one, ‘Breakable’, because apparently it’s the same story from the boy’s point of view. SO THAT IS EXCITING.

I went into the book and was immediately hooked. I don’t want to say more because oh gawddd, you need to read it yourself and I don’t want to spoil you 🙂 And this is a ‘new adult’ book which I think it’s a new genre or something or I hadn’t heard of it. But anyway this means that the book isn’t for young readers but I’m guessing 16+? See for yourself and decide if you want to read it because obviously it’s your choice. But to my young adult/new adult readers out there: I RECOMMEND IT! Please share your thoughts!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.8

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Book Review: Fangirl

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HI THERE!

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)

Hello!

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.