My favourite genres

When I first actually started to like reading, which was only around a year and a half ago, the book that got me started was The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. My friend, Kirrily (whose blog is https://thepageturnerblogger.wordpress.com/ ), actually showed me this book. I guess this was sort of the push, that got me started with liking reading. It’s kind of sad really, that for the first 15 and a bit years of my life, the only books that I read were the ones that were compulsory for school.

But bam. In February 2015, my other friend and I were suddenly obsessed… and I mean OBSESSED… with books. We would go to the library and borrow 10-20 books at a time, renew them a few times, and end up returning them, only reading one or two of them. It was a rookie error, and looking back, I found that I could really relate to the EpicReads video about the girl who started liking to read and was entirely obsessed and also I can relate to this one, which was me, BEFORE I liked to read: YouTube! This was me… All those years wasted thinking that I hated the bookstore, when really, deep inside of me, it was where I belonged.

tumblr_mkqwoacf2r1qdlytco1_500Anyway, once I started reading more, I was drawn to heaps and heaps of YA Crime fiction books, because, with my new-bookaholic mind, I clearly thought that oh! There could not POSSIBLY be any other genres of books out there… BUT WAIT! Goodreads made its way into my life and… you will never guess. THERE ARE OTHER GENRES OUT THERE?! *the crowd gasps*

It was probably Red Queen that actually made me start liking Dystopian/Fantasy novels, and it was The Selection that made me fall in love with Romance ones. But it wasn’t until this year that I actually liked contemporary novels. I seemed to think that the only contemporary novels around were the annoying stereotypical clichè novels, but my eyes really opened when I realised that there are other ones out there, and that even the stereotypical ones aren’t all that bad.


(Photo credit: Epic Reads)

My favourite genres now, are basically all Young Adult Fiction books! But I especially like romance, contemporary with a twist, a little bit of fantasy, and dystopian.

Anyway… I hope this post wasn’t too bad, and that you enjoyed hearing about my cringe-worthy reading journey.

Happy reading!

xx

Hotel Ruby

I have been wanting to read this for so long, so when I went to the library, and saw it just sitting there on the shelf, I snatched it straight away so no one else would take it!

I’d seen it on Goodreads so many times, and since it is by Suzanne Young, I couldn’t not read it. But the weird thing is, that I had actually never read the blurb.. not until I was halfway through the book anyway. I didn’t know really what I was expecting, but let me tell you… I was not disappointed! A little bit shocked, and emotional but not at all disappointed.

I don’t want to spoil it or anything, but Hotel Ruby is an exciting, romantic, slightly-haunting incredible book, and I recommend it to just about anyone who loves young adult fiction. I’m also happy that I started reading it, without knowing what it was about, it was surprising and really fun.

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Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.


Currently reading:

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

 

The Program

So I’m sitting on my bed, looking at my bookshelf, trying to decide what to read, and, even though I still have 65 books, (out of the 140 books that I own), that I have not read yet, my eyes flick to The Program, which I have already read before! As soon as I start reading it, I remember how much I loved it the first time.

The Program, by Suzanne Young is a book about depression in teens, and if there was a treatment for it, this is how it could turn out, aka The Program. It sounds sort of morbid, but the romance, humour and drama makes it almost impossible to put down. I guarantee you won’t regret reading it!

The main character, Sloane, is a really strong-willed, and role model character that I found pretty relatable and basically… awesome.

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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them. (Goodreads summary)


I rated The Program 5 stars.

Currently reading:

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) Sara Raasch

(I’ll be reviewing another one of Suzanne Young’s books pretty soon so stay tuned!)