Friday, 8 May 2015

Review: Dancing With Molly by Lena Horowitz

Dancing with Molly
Before, I was never the life of the party. I was the reliable one. The one no one had to worry about. The one no one had to think about. I was the one that everyone could ignore.

Until that night, when everything changed and I finally became someone.

Someone special.

Someone noticeable.

Someone Carson might actually care about, as much as I cared about him.

But the cost of being someone is more than anyone can imagine. For every moment, there’s a price to pay. For every party. For every choice made. For every kiss.

Ultimately, living a life of PURE ECSTASY might be no different from not living at all

I wish this book had been better. It had such an amazingly perfect plot, and I so desperately wanted to see this book show someone spiral into a really dark place. Problem books can be so mesmerizing, but this one was just... not good.

I feel like in a way this book was supposed to show the dangers of ecstasy/MDMA, but that only happened at the end. The majority of the book was just the main character taking loads of drugs and getting involved with the wrong crowd and making mistakes and then writing in her diary about how she regrets it. She's supposed to be this good girl, but peer pressure gets to her and she falls into this hole and that could have been the point where they showed the regret, but all the way through, when she makes these crappy mistakes and she says 'oh I regret it' and she does it all over again?

It just seemed to me that this book was not acting as a deterrent from drugs, but rather as an advocate. The main character is so happy and makes it sound so amazing, and sure, some bad things happen right right right at the end, but until then it just comes across more as a "YAY DRUGS ARE GREAT" message to me.

Also, I so did not like the way this was written in diary style. It was so immature and the character sounded more like a 12 year old on MSN back in the day than a modern day teenager. I just could not get my head around it and I couldn't relate.

Overall Rating: E

Book released 2nd June 2015 by Simon Pulse
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Friday, 1 May 2015

Review: Bomb by Sarah Mussi

When Genesis goes on an internet date she is only anxious that this latest guy won't be 'The One'. She's not at all worried about meeting a dodgy bloke or getting in too deep. And when her date appears she texts her best mate, Jackson, to let him know that she thinks this time, he just might be 'The One'. And he texts her back with a huge: I LIKE.

It's the one all right. But not in the way she expects.

For when Genesis wakes up the next day, she can't remember a thing. She can't remember where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour ... and then a voice sounds in her head: 'Get on to the 37 going north. You are strapped to a vest made entirely of explosives. At the push of one button I can detonate you right where you stand.'

To her horror, Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction. The countdown to detonation begins now...
Oh my god.

Oh my god.

If there is any book that has had my heart in my mouth and my fists clenched so hard it made my knuckles white, it is Sarah Mussi's newest offering, Bomb.

Now I have to admit that I was not sold on Sarah Mussi after I read her 2012 offering Angel Dust, but the plot of Bomb just had me absolutely absorbed from the first page to the last, it was un-put-down-able. I refilled the water in my bath like four times so I didn't have to put this book down to get out of the bath. I ignored my boyfriend when he got home from work, I even read the acknowledgements so I didn't have to face that awful feeling when you close a book on your kindle and have to move on.

Bomb is a highly relevent book these days, and it has a highly relevant main characters. The plot is simple; an everyday teenage girl living in a world where terrorism rules is kidnapped, has a bomb strapped to her, and is sent on a twisted scavenger hunt where her life is on the line. All the way through the book, I felt like there was no way Genesis would survive at the end, and I'm not giving anything away but the ending had me rereading it multiple times. The story was so fast paced where not a lot happens, but the fact that the main character has freaking bomb strapped to her chest keeps the suspense up anyway.

There have been quite a few negative reviews for this book, and usually I can comprehend at least why someone might have disliked a book, but in this case I can't. Bomb was hands down the most suspenseful book that I have read in a long time. Both reminiscent of Speed as well as very relevant with today's world issues. A fantastic read that is well thought out and keeps you guessing all the way through... Bomb was awesome.

Overall Rating: A+

Book released 7th May 2015 by Hodder Children's
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Dude. DUDE!

This book though! This book!!!

Sarah J. Maas's world must have turned on it's head when the amazing Throne of Glass series got as big as it did, and rightly so. In a world where the YA market is saturated with fantasy books which are honestly a little bit meh, this author is one that brings back the magic that made authors like Robin McKinley and Kristin Cashore and Maria V. Snyder as great as they were. Sarah Maas just has this fantastic way of building a world and characters that we really care about. From step one of this book I loved Feyre and that is the key for me. I cared about her future and her love life and what she goes through. She was such a strong independant character but she is thrown into this world where that isn't enough.

Enter Tamlin, a high fae that made me swoon and urgh and mmmm! In his fae form he is a handsome man with a mask covering his face - the result of an awful curse on his world - but he can transform into a beast and beastly men make me go phoar. The love story, for once, is a simple progressive one where you get to see it develop on both ends. It was magic, and whilst the love triangle is there in the latter part of the book, it didn't bother me too much because Tamlin is perfection and there is sexy-times and Feyre and Tamlin forever.

The plot of this isn't altogether very original, it is a spin on the story we see in a lot of fairy YA books, but Maas's writing is so fantastic that it doesn't feel like you're reading the same book again. Man, this woman can write.

Do you see that I am absolutely typing diarrhoea over this book? This was a book that made em melt and gasp and awe, and whilst maybe it wasn't as amazing as Throne of Glass, it was definitely amazing nonetheless.

Sarah J. Maas proves over and over again how worthy she is to be known as one of this generation's queens of fantasy, and I will forever bow to her.

(All hail Queen Sarah).

Overall Rating: A

Book released 5th May 2015 by Bloomsbury
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Reason for lack of posts

Sorry guys! I Was hoping to keep up, but I'm in the final year of my degree and I'm just finishing up my dissertation, which is a massive headache for me and taking up all of my time outside of my full time job.

I'll be back in the next week! Promise!


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

I can't believe that I waited so long to read The DUFF, everyone has been raving about it for years and I never really thought to pick it up. That being said, I'm glad that I did wait, I don't think I would have loved this book as much as I did a few years ago. It would be so easy to say that this is just a book about a girl having lots of sex with a guy she claims to hate but it is actually much more than that....

The DUFF is a fantastic read. The writing is gripping, the dialogue is witty and the characters are all engaging in their own ways. Bianca is actually an amazing character, even though a few years ago I might have called her very shallow she was simply very real. The way she was with Wesley was annoying at times, but they were just real. It was relatable, real emotions and confusion and insecurities and it really did just get into the teenage psyche. That was the best thing about this book.

I mean, I could go on and on about how I loved the fact that this was a book about insecurities where the main character is actually popular and has friends, and how it was so nice to read and I really enjoyed it and it wasn't mind-blowingly gripping but I really cared about the characters.

I'm not going to do that.

I'm going to say that if you want to read a teenage romcom, this is the book for you. Quote me on that. 

Overall Rating: A

Book released 7th September 2011 by Poppy
Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Shelf Spotlight (5/3/15) and The Week in Review

Shelf Spotlight is my weekly haul meme where I talk about all of the books that I have got this week in print and ebook format!

It's based on Stacking the Shelves hosted over at Tynga's Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

For review - NetGalley/Edelweiss:

From Where I Watch You Never Always Sometimes Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) The Edge of Forever

Review: The Memory Key by Liana Liu

The Memory Key
In a five-minutes-into-the-future world, a bereaved daughter must choose between losing memories of her mother to the haze of time and the reality-distorting, visceral pain of complete, perfect recall.

Lora Mint is determined not to forget.

Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her—most importantly, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return.

But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. Then a minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these formerly forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad—burying the truth forever?

Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with authentic and poignant emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride. In the end, Liana Liu’s story will spark topical conversations about memory and privacy in a world that is reliant on increasingly invasive forms of technology.

I think it's best that I mention right now that I didn't finish this book - I gave it my best shot, got to around the halfway mark, but I couldn't finish it. It's a pity because I had soooo many high hopes for The Memory Key, but this book just didn't live up to it. It lacked in world building, the main character was reckless and annoying and the romance seemed pointless, underdeveloped and not interesting. 

I think my main problem though was the formatting and the writing. I don't know if this is because of issues with the eGalley or if it will be the same in the published version, but it was so hard to tell when Lora was having a flashback and this was really disorientating and really put me off my trail. As well as that, the writing was another big let down. The dialogue seemed overly formal and clumsy, it was difficult to read and actually feel immersed in this conversation because I was too busy cringing at some of the wording.

The storyline was good, the premise was interesting and I was in half of a mind to push myself through just to see how it ended, but with a review schedule absolutely packed until at least June, I have much better books to spend my time reading...

Overall Rating: DNF

Book released 3rd March 2015 by HarperTeen
Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review