Saturday, January 31, 2015

REVIEW - BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova (Nova #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
Publisher - Sphere
Release Date - October 9th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
Please note: This book isn't for younger readers. 

Breaking Nova is nothing like Jessica's Secret series, it's far more emotional, complicated and such a heart felt novel that it simple takes your breath away. I literally only just finished this book at the time of writing this and I'm already on Saving Quinton. As Jessica first brought me to the NA genre, I find myself binge reading her entire collections of novels.

Miss Sorensen certainly doesn't stray away from her lost, broken and soul/life-searching characters when we have Nova and Quinton. Told through her classic dual perspective, we see the how one moment, can shatter them completely. Nova Reed wants to be a drummer, but that was the old version of her before everything happened with first her dad and her boyfriend, three years later. At the beginning of the book we see a glimpse of happiness in her life, when Landon her best friend and loved one, but only briefly until she is left alone underneath the stars... now she lives counting her life away, from when the sun comes up then down while just trying to get through each day as it comes. Quinton Carter, wants to be an artist, marry his beautiful girlfriend and have children, it was his life plan... now that plan no longer exists, when he killed his girlfriend, Lexi and her friend, Ryder. But he also died that day, though resuscitated by the paramedics. Now he has to live each day, alone, haunted, broken and despaired of the what he believed he was his fault.

Now whilst you'll probably thinking what a depressing book this is. Although I did ultimately feel quite emotional towards Nova and Quinton, I found that I was enthralled and captured by Jessica's writing throughout the their relationship and that of the plotline. Both Nova and Quinton suffer from blocking out their past, if you ask them a question they will either refuse to answer or they just can't remember because they don't want too. Between them they make one person, standing alone they really find themselves at a loss. When they both met through their friends, they both saw the sadness that radiated off each other. Whilst it isn't the best one-liner for starting relationships, they found that they shared something that no-one else can identify with, and they both needed to that connection, that life isn't always cruel.

Like I said, I found both characters to be so much stronger stylistically and I found I didn't need to connect with them like you do but I just wanted to see what they're story is. It was their trauma, their life that made me so addicted to the novel, that I really couldn't put it down. Whilst there were some parts that could be considered shocking, it isn't what you call unusual in this day and age either. I don't know what it was about Breaking Nova that I enjoyed a lot more, Jessica, still retained her writing style, her knack for wonderful and heartbreaking characters, throughout the dual POVs.

I'm lucky enough to receive the next book already, because there is no way you could leave it like Breaking Nova did. So please be aware that there is a cliffhanger which is not unusual with Jessica which I learnt form The Secret of Ella and Micha. I can't tell you what made it that much better, it's fast paced, thrilling and emotional ride between two very vulnerable and breakable characters. All you need to know is.... Read their story and you will be Breaking your love this series.

Rating - 5

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARC REVIEW - ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
by Ally Carter
Publisher -  Orchard Books 
Release Date - February 5th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.


As a lover of Ally's previous work of the Gallagher Girls when I was younger, I felt I was thrown back into her writing straight away with All Fall Down, a YA thriller based on a girl trying to find answers to her mother's death.

Three Year's Ago, Grace's mum, the US Ambassador's daughter died in a fire, but Grace thinks different, she was there and she saw The Scarred Man pull the trigger, or did she? Everybody thought she was crazy, after she was in hospital, under medication trying to come to grips with her mom's death. Every since them she has been pulled pillar to post with father being in the army. Now returning to stay with her grandfather after years of summers apart, she uncovers far more than she should, involving a prime minister and conspiracy against her family. With the political aspect and the setting of Embassy Row you are completely thrown into the deep end. Gradually we start to reveal Grace's past through her flashbacks which seamlessly unravel themselves as we meet new people and familiar places of her childhood summers.

Grace is a very hotheaded character. She is quite a built up character, what I mean is that she is so tense with memories, that with what everything has happened to her, it's built and built and built until she comes to the boil, like she is simmering on a low heat before she can really emotionally explode. She thinks on the spot, she doesn't wait for anyone's permission, she just goes for it, no matter the consequences. If I was honest I found her character to be a bit overly dramatic, though considering that they believe her to be crazy sort of fits her character perfectly. I've always said that I haven't been fond of characters younger than my own age as I find they I don't connect with them on an intellectual level. Whilst you can feel disconnected with Grace, I think the plotline itself is very overwhelming and you are so focused on the conspiracy itself, which really worked well for the novel Combined with a familiar written style as Ally's, it was very cleverly done, in my opinion. I found this to be in favour of Grace's character and I found more connection in the secondary characters, like Ms Chancellor, Alexei, Rosie, Megan and Noah.

As I said, Grace has quite a headstrong type of persona, which let her the other characters, shine through the book a little more. Rosie, is quite flexible character, literally. She tends to go with the flow a lot which I found quite refreshing. Megan, a familiar face from Grace's past likes to show where her talents lie, she is the your Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Girls, which I loved as Ally hasn't quite lost her her connection to her first series. We have the Noah, who instigated to be Grace's best friend from the start, which was very sweet and adorable. There were hints at a more romantic aspect to their relationship but I guess that will be decided as the series goes on. Finally Alexei, for me he was quite a surprise, I didn't really like him at first as he was far to up his own backside to really care what was happening. Until he really saw what was going through Grace's head. She was vulnerable, a bit of a damsel in distress behind that rebel skin of hers, and he was the one who could save her.

Whilst, some of the story was overwhelming at times with Grace's character, I found that I really enjoyed the novel overall. If I'm honest after reading this it sort or reminded me of a younger version of Conspiracy Girl only with more of a political aspect which is very realistic. With it's fast-paced nature, like all Ally Carter books, it really is unputdownable, addictive and a classy first novel of the series.

Rating - 3.5/4


Friday, January 23, 2015

REVIEW - SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
by Morgan Matson
Publisher -  Simon & Schuster
Release Date - May 6th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. 

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
The Reader's Lounge first book of the year, is a amazing rendition of friendship, love, and loss; from the highly acclaimed author of Second Chance Summer and Amy & Rodger Epic Detour. I've been meaning to read this for ages and when it came up as our first book by vote, I was very excited to get started.

Emily is a girl living in the shadows, invisible to the social eye as it were, until she meets a very loud and characteristically vintage girl named Sloane. They first met on one of Em's running route, Sloane had locked herself out and was in desperate need to wash her hair before it turned green. Your probably thinking, what a weird girl, Em thought that and so did I! Sloane and Emily have been inseparable ever since. Until, out of the blue, Sloane has just...gone. Emily is completely at a loss what to do, she's phoned, left messages and gone round her house. It's only when a letter arrives that she knows what she has to do... complete the list in hope to find Sloane.

Since You've Been Gone is a novel about finding yourself, going through the motions but also going outside your comfort zone. You are completely surrounded by a world you are unable to identify with because the person who helped you in no longer there. At first I felt like Emily as quite moany to a point, she was so narrow-minded when you think about her character overall. But to be honest it is totally relatable, if you think about it. There is always someone who is the heart of the group of friends that make you a part of them. Now Emily's tie to her and to society as they both know it is broken. What I find is that we see a depth of friendship like no other, where Emily will travel to the world until she finds her best friend.

Emily has met a very unique persona of a friend, so she is used to seeing the world through a different pair of eyes. When she starts to tick off the list, she builds new friendships and new relationships which you see such a difference in Emily, starting with and most importantly with Frank Porter, her romantic interest. Frank is shown as the guy who the most popular, has a beautiful, yet he finds himself stuck for the summer at home. Their first meet was rather adorable as they seem so awkward with each other, but I felt it as if Frank really showed his true self. Frank doesn't push being her friend, but its as if they are meant to be together as they naturally grow and towards each other. With Frank comes Collins, you could say he's the funny guy of the group, always making things light and interesting when it comes to certain points of the list. Finally there is Dawn, a drama-queen none-the-less whilst I wasn't overly keen with her in the beginning purely because I didn't want her to replace Sloane so much either. 

As one of Miss Morgan's first books I've read, I believe that this is only the beginning for me and her written prose. Her style, is so easy to connect with and I loved how she incorporates various music Mix's and little snippets of parchment in the book, it really gives a different feel to a contemporary that I wouldn't usually read. Since You've Been Gone stands out from all the rest! A friendship like no other, you really would want to read this! 

Rating - 4

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ARC REVIEW - CONSPIRACY GIRL by Sarah Alderson

Conspiracy Girl
by Sarah Alderson
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Release Date - February 12th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
One of my most anticipated reads of this year for me and it didn't disappoint yet again. Since meeting Sarah last year, I've made it my mission to read all of her books, especially her upcoming ones. I also met Jasprit last year decided to buddy read it together. What I found is that Sarah creates such a gripping, intense and action-packed thriller that it really is unputdownable. 

Conspiracy Girl, a novel written in dual perspective takes on the life of Nic Preston, a life ruined by grief, loss, humiliation and her celebrity status. She has lived her life splashed across the tabloids after her mum and step-sister where murdered one night in LA. Copper Killings have lived on, until one very night in Nic's apartment building was broken into. Her dearest neighbour, was murdered in cold blood trying to help her, and now she is on the run fighting for her life and finally survive yet another stake on her life. After going from safe house to safe house, she finally lands at the doorstep of Finn Carter, a man of many talents as well as no stranger to the Cooper Killings trail. 

From the beginning of the novel, you are undoubtedly thrown in at the deep end. Literally. Adrenaline is pulsing, through, you have no idea what is going on apart from a very paranoid, panic-driven scared girl with a bulldog named Goz hiding in a room from the intruders. Nic certainly is an defensive character, but yet one I found cleverly created. Goz, her bulldog was just adorable and really showed how she relied on someone like that, but also how her character is so raw and full of cracks, that she almost seems breakable. Dogs really are your best friends and your protector. 

While the plot thickens, you have Finn, Oh Finn. Sarah Alderson has the capacity to make any male character make you swoon, deeply and irrevocably. She doesn't just give you the full picture, of who Finn his and his many talents. He certainly has many talents that for sure. Sarah lets you warm up to Finn, slowly and painfully. The tension and your general concentration is completely thrown out of the window. Between Nic and Finn they are a dismantled bomb...with their past firmly stuck in the middle connecting on more deeply levels, they both really don't know which way too look. Nic a suspect in a murder investigation, Finn liaison with the FBI and a defense against Nic's mum and step-sisters death. But you are in for an explosive climax. Whilst Sarah really focus on the characters, she also creates some moments of pure joy and humour. Between Nic and Finn, their interactions grow throughout the whole book. There is a scene which had me in a fit of laughter...here's a snippet...
"Finn's lying in the bath, his head tipped back against the edge and his eyes closed... For a heart-stopping moment I think he;s dead and then I realise he's just asleep....I turn in a fluster, almost tripping over Goz, who has come to investigate. Goz struts right past me and pads over to the bath.
'Goz!' I hiss. 'Come back!'
But Goz ignores me....He picks up a paw and in a moment of pure horror I see exactly what he's about to do....'Goz!' I shout as my dog's paw touches the water, prodding Finn in the stomach. Finn shoot upright in the tub, jumping straight to his feet..."
Although this does remind of some of her novels, like The Sound, which can make this a little predictable at times, if I were to be picky. But that is uber pickiness. Yet Sarah still does capture my attention for more...If you want a combination of some action-packed scenes and swoon-worthy characters, your in for a winner. From page 1 you are already half-way there...

Rating - 4.5 

*Quotes are taken from an Advanced copy and could be subjected to change in the final copy* Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Sarah for reading this book in exchange for an honest review!*

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

REVIEW - THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares
Publisher - Hodder's Children's Books (UK)
Release Date - January 1st 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

TIME TRAVEL AND FORBIDDEN ROMANCE FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take of an impossible romance. 

There are rules.

Never reveal where you’re from.Never be intimate with anyone outside the community.And never interfere with history. 

Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn't come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan. 

She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.
Of late I seem to be having a great run with science-fiction and time travel novels. The Here and Now is exactly one of those novels. I didn't really know what this was if I'm honest, sometimes I tend to pick up a book that I like the look of, glancing over the book description, yet not really knowing what I'm in for. And I love when a book completely surprises me. 

Back in a world, our future, Prenna James and the whole human race was facing extinction. In the future people were dying from blood born plague derived from a mosquito. So when it became critical, the council decided to create a time path, to go back to our present and to live there lives, whilst trying to save and to prevent her time from becoming reality. The Elders and The Council still rule even. Under a different time. So they initiated rules and precautions, to live as community with the humans, yet stop any harm coming to them in return. This all seems rather sensible but what if these rules were just a cover to what lies beneath! The truth to what really started this epidemic! 

Prenna has to live by rules, abide by their precautions and to never reveal where they really came from. That's sounds reasonable, wouldn't you say, however, that could predict to be difficult when she meets Ethan Jarves. Prenna is a character that doesn't like to be mollycoddled, or told what to do, she tunes out from that, she's independent and a strong willed woman. That's what I loved about her, her faults or lack of social skills made her so easy to connect with. The more she shied away from who she was, the more her confidence  bloomed when she wanted to make friends, especially with Ethan. 

When Ethan was twelve years, he witnessed something not-of-this-world, when Prenna moved to present day. He was there, he spoke to her, he gave her a sweater, but she doesn't remember that day! Since then he has been able to know and sense when a traveler is among them. But Ethan goes against all the rules, yet Prenna can't stop finding herself drawn to him...At first, Ethan is such a free spirit to encounter, persistent, impatient to say the least, but you couldn't fault him. Together their persistence, intelligence and passion for each other and future dominated the whole story.

Both Ethan and Prenna uncover far more than ever anticipated together. They discover a crucial point in time that will prevent this epidemic from happening, to convince others, that these people who lead them, are only keeping secrets to protect themselves rather than protecting their colony rather human race. Ethan and Prenna are very loveable characters. Worlds and time apart, they are far more in tune than you could imagine.  

When I first started reading this book, The Here and Now very much reminded me of The 100, the various angles of the plotline. However the epidemic of the novel was scarily relatable to reality, the pace and writing was fueled the thrilling nature of the novel. This is the first novel I've read by Ann Brashares and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing yet another perspective to the world of science fiction. This book was a page turner from beginning to end. 

Rating - 4.5

Friday, January 09, 2015

REVIEW - LOOP by Karen Akins

Loop (Loop #1)
by Karen Akins
Publisher - St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date - October 21 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
I think I always start off a time travel book review with 'Time Travel is an odd and complex genre to write in the world of YA...' or something along those lines. I always tend to make comparisons to Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and other previous books I've read of that genre. BUT this time, I will not mention anything of the sort, because this book is so refreshing and different in terms of the way it is structured that I'm starting fresh, I kid you not... Karen Akins is the definition of time travel novels. 

It's the Twenty-Third Century....

Bree Bennis a sixteen year-old time traveler, known as a Shifter goes to a boarding school in the Twenty-Third Century. When she is put to an assignment to deliver a package and find a grave in the Twenty-First Century she didn't realise this would be the turning point in her life that will change her timeline and the space between past and future itself. Bree isn't your typical time traveler by far, she is your breaking-the-rules type of girl, she is curious, yet keeps to herself, she also like to tempt fate. I guess in times we do see two sides to her character and how she progresses throughout the novel to become the real Bree. This you can see through Finn, a boy, she never knew he could possibly be tagging along with her through time and space. Yet she doesn't know a lot of things that is to come, and more importantly that she will fall someone that could possibly break apart reality itself. 

Back in time to the Twenty-First Century...

We first meet Finn in the Twenty-First Century, he is the occupier of the place assigned to young Bree to deliver the package. But he knows nothing of time travel or even the existence of Shifters, when his father is one and so will his sister in the not too distant future. But in that one moment of his his entire life changed because of one girl and her extraordinary abilities and crazy personality in his mind. However...Bree comes back, only for Finn a lot has happened in six months, including being romantically involved with the Future Bree. Let's say Bree 2.0 is trying to help present Bree from a dangerous future and one that involves the fate of her mother. Finn is such a likeable character, frustrating at times when he is put in the middle trying predicaments with two sides to Bree's character. 

Battling to figure out each other and time itself, both character really progress throughout the novel. I think Finn really tries to see the Bree 2.0 in the present Bree but also he just loves her a little more when he gets to see and meet both Bree's of both timelines. Bree discovers a lot in herself too, in one way she wants be this Bree 2.0 so bad, to be want Finn knows and wants, to know all the answers but really what she wants is for Finn to know her and see that she can figure this out and progress to be this Future Bree, so she can fall for the boy that fell through time. 

Page after page, time shifted, events changed, you really are kept on your toes. You transported to very depths of their character and the rush of adrenaline travelling through you as you go through this book. Combined with a female time traveler which was such a unique and welcome change to others I have read. With her written pros, style and structure Karen Akins has started a new paradox of a series and her sequel TWIST is coming in the very near future!

Rating - 5

Monday, January 05, 2015

ARC REVIEW - THE ORIGINALS: THE RISE by Julie Plec

The Originals: The Rise (The Originals #1)
by Julie Plec
Publisher - Hachette Children's Books
Release Date - February 5th 2015 (UK)
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?
First derived from The Vampire Diaries books by L.J Smith, came the TV show, which then after a few series came the spin off, The Originals. Now based on the TV series, comes the novels. After a recent lover of The Originals, I was super excited to receive this book review, only after Glass posted a picture on Instagram. We then said we would buddy read it as we are major fangirls of the series. (I'm Team Elijah, girls!)

Before, New Orleans became a home for them, it was just a city, including the supernatural, witches and werewolves. When three strangers arrived inland, it became a tense and dangerous place to live especially in the 1700s, the unknown and bloody world around them. When a treaty is being held between the witches and werewolves, the city is at it most vulnerable and tension is rife for the clans and the city. When Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah come between them, they are each others mercy and promise to try and bridge an alliance but who do it favour the most. Thus begins a war, between witches, werewolves and now vampires. The Original Vampires. New Orleans, a home that they have both learned to love and hate, when their greatest happiness can be destroyed with minutes. 

When I first begun this book, I felt like I transported instantly to the 1700s and that Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah never left the screen at all. What helps is the fact that you already have the characters so you can visualise them as if it was another episode. What I loved was the alternate POVs especially Elijah's and Klaus as if the book was read out loud to you, this particular aspect reminded me of how it all started with The Vampire Diaries with Elena and Stefan. Each plotline was different from the show which I admired, we saw a different side to each of the other characters whilst having their personalities shining through. Klaus stiring up trouble where it's needed in his eyes. Elijah protecting his family and finding comfort where it is needed. And Rebekah searching to find happiness and love. 

However, whilst I enjoyed the characteristic aspect of the novel, I found that the story lacked follow through. The is certainly more room for potential that could be explored. It could be seen to be very melodramatic at times, but its The Original's were talking, Klaus loves to make a fuss, Elijah, I'd say in his lovely voice, less dramatic, and Rebekah, well she is kick-ass, drama queen by nature of her life and her happiness. But in the end, they will always be together forever. 

The Originals: The Rise is a great addition to the TV series and for that I'm looking forward to continuing the series, to find out what other messes that Klaus likes to drive them into. But for those who want to start out with this novel first, I wouldn't recommend it as you won't get the feels as the TV show. I'm always for read the book before the movie/TV show, but in this instance, I disagree with that. 

Rating - 3.5

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year, New...BOOKS! Happy 2015!


Hello Everyone, Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all celebrated in style! I mostly read until the strike if 2015... what couldn't be better hey!? Well at least the world hasn't ended, but sadly we haven't seen hover-boards yet either. 

2015... is it really!? It doesn't feel like it. 2014 flew by but I hope that this year is even better! So it's another year, which means some awesome books to come. These are some of my most anticipated reads of 2015 so far, of which have covers. Other novels that I'm excited about include the likes of Leigh Bardugo and Amy Ewing.


But 2015 will be full of excitement for the blog, I hope to read more ARCs before their release date, hopefully complete my Goodreads Challenge, which I've reduced to 75, which I think is achievable. Read more books and actually read more from my TBR pile. I'm also going to review more books, as I go as well. AND, Finally I'm starting an awesome bookclub with some fellow bloggers of mine, and we start our first book this month which I can't wait.

Well this was a small post to wish you a Happy New Year, and I hope that it is full of happiness and good health for you all.
xox


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