The Siren

 

crdex0bveaaunitA few months ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote my first blog post. It was called The Selection. I kept ranting on about how much I loved Kiera Cass’s writing and the story lines, and everything about them. Little did I know that her books just got better and better…


Once upon a time (yesterday afternoon), I was casually browsing my local bookstore, when I came across the YA section, I kept walking (technically skipped) over to the bookshelves. I looked at one shelf, and then another and then another until… the unthinkable happened. A book that I thought wasn’t released yet suddenly appeared on the bookshelf. The Siren. Blatantly staring at me. Begging to be bought. Screaming my name. I immediately snatched the book, searched through my wallet and handbag reaching for any coins I could find to buy the book. As soon as I bought it, I went home and read, ate some food, read, went to sleep, woke up this morning, read some more, and didn’t stop (apart from eating) until I was finished.

The emotion in this book… The way the book is written… The fact that it was written by the one and only Kiera Cass. The book cover. There is nothing bad about this book!

A while ago when I was reading the Goodreads blurb of this book, I wasn’t too sure about it, seeing that I have never read a book about Sirens or mythological creatures like them. But after seeing the cover, and obsessing more over Kiera Cass, I realised that NOT reading it, would practically be a crime. Best decision I ever made (in the book world) was to read this book.


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Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger… but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart? (Goodreads Summary)

“We were stars. We were music. We were time.”

– Kiera Cass, The Siren

 


I honestly want to thank Kiera Cass for giving us fans the wonderful experience of reading her books. I’m sure I speak for a majority of us when I say, it brings happiness to our days, emotion, with tears of both sadness and joy. These experiences are ones we will keep with us always.

This book is available from: Book Depository, BookTopia, Barnes & Noble, Dymocks, Harper Collins, Amazon, and your local bookstore!

Currently (STILL) reading:

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

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Book Bloggers

I am absolutely obsessed with book blogs, and all things bookish! So here are my Top 5 favourite book bloggers, in no particular order.

Also, just a little side note, I probably will not be able to narrow it down to five, so you will most likely see a very similar post later on, with more and different bloggers.


1. ABookUtopia

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Sasha Alsberg is famous in the book world for BookTubing. She has a blog also, but her main priority in the book world is her YouTube Channel. I love watching her book reviews, book unboxings and especially her bookshelf tours!

Sasha currently has 248,678 subscribers on her channel and counting.

She also loves Scotland, Sarah J Maas’ works, Cassandra Clare’s works, Game Of Thrones and Outlander.


2. LovingDemBooks

913152b22bsquareGrace is the author of the blog LovingDemBooks, and also has her own YouTube channel, with 19,759 subscribers and counting.

Grace not only loves books, but she loves beauty, fashion, make up, organic foods, sports and hiking!

She is so energetic and funny, it really brightens my day when I read her blog posts and watch her YouTube videos.

 

 


3. thepageturnerblogger

thepageturnerblogger is actually one of my close friends. She writes reviews, top 5s and loads more! I especially love her top 5 favourite book covers post because they are all gorgeous covers, and seeing them all together is really nice.

We sometimes collab and work together on blog posts so if you read one of our posts and then read the other person’s post, you may see some similarities!

I really like the name of your blog, thepageturnerblogger 🙂


4. The Book Nerd

The Book Nerd is also one of my close friends! She posts loads of reveiws, Top 3 lists, authors and loads more. I especially loved her review of The Jewel. Go check out her post here! And also her post and review of City Of Bones, I especially liked that one!

I also really love the name of her blog!


5. Lekeisha the Booknerd

Lekeisha the Booknerd posts regularly and I love her reviews. I can really relate to some or most of these reviews, which makes me like the posts even more.

Plus, Lekeisha has book giveaways, which is always a great thing 🙂


Well that’s about it, go check out these bloggers, follow/subscribe, anything really! I guarantee that once you start reading their posts or watching their videos, you will be hooked!

Currently (still) reading:

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

The Weight Of Water

Firstly, I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me this book to review. I have never read a book quite like this one. I read the blurb a month or so before I received it, and purposely did not re-read the blurb before I actually read the book, and I am so happy that I didn’t, because I basically went into it, with no expectations or knowledge about it.

Also can I just give a shout out to Oliver Jeffers! The illustrator of this book, which so perfectly captures the story, and once you have read the book, you will (hopefully) look back at the cover and understand, and really appreciate as I, and many others also do.

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“I tell her my name.

And some of my story.”

– Sarah Crossan, The Weight of Water


The Weight Of Water is a book full of emotion, relatability, and a little bit of humour. When I first opened the book, I saw that it was written in stanzas, almost, and I thought that it was a book written in rhyme, but as I read it, I was so intrigued by the language of it and the story line, I hardly noticed.

Sarah Crossan writes so well, and I am so glad that I chose this book as the first book I have read by her. I read it in such a short amount of time, also since it is a very small book. I have actually become emotionally attached to it, and look forward to reading it over and over again.


Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails. (Goodreads summary)


I rated this book 4 stars.

Disclosure: I was sent this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

Also go check out my friend Lauren on The Book Nerd! She posts great reviews and loads more.

Currently reading:

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

 

Best Covers of 2015

So… this post is a little late, considering it is already the 10th of January, but I couldn’t help looking back at all the books I read last year, and thinking about all those beautiful covers.

Oh and sorry I haven’t posted in a while! Thanks for bearing with me, since my brain still isn’t fully functioning due to lack of business and constant reading…

I also don’t know which one is my favourites, but here are a few that I really liked:


1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

If you regularly read my blog posts, you should well know how much I love The Selection books and the covers! I can’t decide on my favourite cover, all though I really love the colour of The Selection. It is such a gorgeous blue. Click here for a my first ever post, as well as the review of the first book.


3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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The Jewel has a similar cover style to Kiera Cass’s books, also with an extravagant and beautiful dress!

The dress matches the description in the book so well, and as I was reading the book, I had to keep flipping from the page I was on, to the front cover, and back and forth.

 


4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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These covers are so fairytale-like that even though they are not as obviously beautiful like The Selection, they do have beautiful qualities, and all together, the series looks incredible. My favourite cover would have to be Winter though, especially since it captures my attention the most, from the glowing around the apple. Click here for a very short review of the series, as well as some of my other favourite series.


5. Defy by Sara B. Larson

Although I have only read the first book in this series, I am reading the second book, Ignite, I found that individually, these books are nice, but all together, they are outstanding! Click here for a short review of Defy.


6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Also known as The Juliette Chronicles, Shatter Me, and the rest of the series have magnificent and detailed covers. I must say though, Ignite Me is my favourite, as I love Spring and flowers. But all together… these covers are incredible. Click here for a very short review of The Juliette Chronicles, as well as more of my favourite series.


7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Ok, so once again, I have only read the first book, These Broken Stars, and I have the other two books very high on my TBR list. I love the dresses on both the first and third books, but I think I would have to say that These Broken Stars is my favourite cover out of all of them.


8. Slated by Teri Terry

I don’t actually know whether these covers are creepy or pretty, but I am just going to say that it’s somewhere in between. Fractured is my favourite out of these, but they are all such creative covers, it was hard to pick. Click here for a very short review of the series, as well as some of my other favourite series.


9. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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The dress is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the font that they used, especially on the letter R.

This cover is also so creative, bringing the words into the picture as well, as Kestrel, the main character is holding the letter R.

 


10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Looking at these covers, makes me realise that I cannot wait for the ninth of February, when Glass Sword will finally be released! Once I have re-read Red Queen, and read Glass Sword, I will be posting a spoiler-free review, so stay tuned. I do think that I like Red Queen’s cover more, but maybe that is partly because I own Red Queen, and have it in person, whereas for Glass Sword, I have only seen images.

Currently re-reading:

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

 

Book Fangirling Award

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Thanks to Book Fangirling for this award and also thanks to thepageturnerblogger who nominated me for the Book Fangirling Award!


Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

ThePageTurnerBlogger’s Questions:

1. What was your favourite book when you were 10?

When I was ten, I really wasn’t that into reading. It’s shocking I know, but when I was younger, I did enjoy the Here’s Lily books. It is a 14 book Christian series that I really enjoyed, and recommend to any tween readers.

2. Do you prefer reading series or single books?

I really like reading stand alone books, because I can easily re-read them without having to be committed to the series. I love stand alone novels also because if it leaves you hanging at the end, you can imagine what is going to happen, without the author deciding for you! Plus I do find that in series, I either don’t bother with the rest of the series once starting them, or I don’t like the rest in the series. There are many series that are the exception. For example The Selection and The Lunar Chronicles.

3.When is your favourite time to read?

I love reading in bed just before I go to sleep and also I love reading in the morning, especially when I am at school.

4.What is your favourite genre of books?

I usually tend to lean to Science Fiction, a bit of Fantasy and Dystopian, but lately I have been really enjoying Romance, because they are easy reads and mostly well written.

5. How has your preference of genre changed?

The fourth question basically answers this question, but after I read Anna and the French Kiss, I realised that not all love stories are sappy and classic, so I have been enjoying romantic stories.


Here are my questions:

  1. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  2. When did you start loving and fangirling about books?
  3. Who do you fangirl about books with?
  4. What is/are your favourite book series?
  5. What is your favourite genre?

I nominate:

The Book Nerd

Bumpin’ Books

Lekeisha the Booknerd

Book Bear Blog

Amidst the Pages


Currently reading:

Ignite (Defy #2) by Sara B. Larson