One

Firstly, I want to start off by thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book in exchange for a review.

So I woke up this gorgeous Saturday morning, feeling guilty for not reading very much lately. I got up, got dressed, walked over to my bookshelf and after staring long and hard at it, I picked up One by Sarah Crossan, which Bloomsbury kindly sent me. As I snuggled back in bed, I opened up the beautiful hardback, to find that it was written in verse, like Sarah Crossan’s other book, The Weight Of Water (which I have also reviewed, and you can view here). I started reading it, and by the time I reached 20 pages, I was hooked. I read One in one sitting. #noregrets

‘Oh come on, Grace,’ she says, ‘all this you and me is a lie. There has only ever been .’


25366338Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate? (Goodreads summary)


Over the past few months, I have read a book about a girl who is blind, a book about a girl and her mother who are immigrants, and now I have read a book about two girls who are conjoined twins. Sarah Crossan has managed to somehow not only show such emotion and passion, but also include humour and a lot of information about what it would be like to live a conjoined life.

Throughout the novel, I was laughing, crying and writing down notes and quotes. It’s the type of book where you as soon as you have finished it, you don’t know whether to cry some more, start re-reading it, or just sit there, speechless.

I highly recommend One for anyone, whether you are a teenager, adult, non-booklover, or a total booknerd!

I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Currently reading:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

Dangerous

Firstly, I wanted to start with thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book to review.

Dangerous, by Shannon Hale, is a YA/Teen Fiction novel about a group of teenagers that entered a competition to be able to go into space. The blurb for this book made me really want to read it, and going into it, I was still super hyped. When I got about 60 pages in, I was losing interest, and about 100 pages in, I realised that it was more of a Teen Fiction or Childrens (ages 9-12 year olds) rather than a Young Adult read. I think that if I had read the book when I was younger, I would have really liked it, because it is really well written, but going into it as a 16 year old, who prefers Young Adult books, I did not find it as engaging as I hoped.

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Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else? (Goodreads Summary)

 


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

Currently reading:

 Glass Sword (#2 Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard

Anna and the French Kiss

Where do I even begin? Re reading this fantastic Anna and the French Kiss was possibly the best part of my day. The first time I read it, I rated it 4 out of 5 stars, this time when I read it, I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. What happens when I read it for the third time? 6 out of 5 stars? I probably will rate it this to be honest!


71n-haxibzlAnna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? (Goodreads Summary)


Despite how cheesy and clichè this book sounds, it actually got me starting to like contemporary style books, eg. love stories. I used to be the type of person who, as soon as I saw a book with the word ‘kiss’ or ‘love’ in the title, I would shake my head and move onto looking at other books. (I know! How very un-book loving was I?!) But now, after reading Anna and the French Kiss, I get excited looking at contemporary love stories!

I started AATFK latish last night, when I couldn’t get to sleep, and today, after school, I sat down, put my headphones in, and read the remaining 250 pages or so in one sitting, only getting up to get some food! If you are looking for an easy read, an adorable love story, or just a generally all-round good book, Anna and the French Kiss is the one for you.


Currently reading:

The 100 by Kass Morgan

 

Breathe

Firstly, I want to start off by thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book.

“Oxygen is essential for most living things. For 2.5 billion years, it was the most abundant chemical element on Earth. Until the switch.”

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13541378When oxygen levels plunge in a treeless world, a state lottery decides which lucky few will live inside the Pod. Everyone else will slowly suffocate. Years after the Switch, life inside the Pod has moved on. A poor Auxiliary class cannot afford the oxygen tax which supplies extra air for running, dancing and sports. The rich Premiums, by contrast, are healthy and strong. Anyone who opposes the regime is labelled a terrorist and ejected from the Pod to die. Sixteen-year-old Alina is part of the secret resistance, but when a mission goes wrong she is forced to escape from the Pod. With only two days of oxygen in her tank, she too faces the terrifying prospect of death by suffocation. Her only hope is to find the mythical Grove, a small enclave of trees protected by a hardcore band of rebels. Does it even exist, and if so, what or who are they protecting the trees from? A dystopian thriller about courage and freedom, with a love story at its heart. (Goodreads Summary)


I really liked Breathe. Although it did take me a while to read, I think it was a good thing, because it helped me really take in the book, and not rush through it like I sometimes do. Dystopian books like Breathe are usually kind of similar, but Breathe had lots of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, keeping me on edge and eager to read more.

I have been watching the TV show The 100, based off the books by Kass Morgan (which I will start reading soon) and I think they are quite similar. So if you liked The 100, Breathe is definitely for you!

I am also really looking forward to reading Resist, as Breathe finished on a bit of a cliff hanger, and I am excited to find out what is going to happen!

I rated it 4 out of 5 stars!


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

Currently re-reading:

Paperweight by Meg Haston

Oh! And don’t forget to check out my good friends’ blogs:

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

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

 

 

3. Can’t Wait 2016

Since the beginning of the year, I have been looking forward to so many books that are coming out in 2016. Narrowing it down to my Top 5 might just kill me, so this is the third post of this series. (Click here to view the first and second posts)


7. Untitled by Marissa Meyer

This novel has yet to be revealed. All I know about it is that it is about superheroes and villains. I am quite excited for this book, especially the name and cover reveal. I actually have never read a book about superheroes, and since my favourite YouTuber, Sasha Alsberg, aka ABookUtopia, is still writing a novel about superheroes and villains for NaNoWriMo, I am even more excited for both of them. Marissa Meyer’s novel should be published near the end of 2016.


8. Ruined by Amy Tintera

26072584On Amy Tintera’s blog, she describes her third novel as being a cross between Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) and The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson). I have not actually read either of them, but they are both high up on my TBR list.

RUINED follows a princess out for revenge as she infiltrates the ruling kingdom’s royal family by pretending to be the prince’s fiancée. (Amy Tintera)

This book sounds really cool, and as a high fantasy YA novel-lover, I am looking forward to this book.


9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

20983362I found out about Passenger from ABookUtopia. Sasha was given an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy), and I was very jealous! She posted a video about her favourite books, and Passenger is the second book in the video. Go check it out for a summary from someone who has actually read it.

I also love this cover. It is so detailed and I am kind of looking forward to reading the book so that I can understand the cover a bit more.

This book sounds so interesting, since it has time travel and music in it. I am a bit of a Whovian, and I also love playing and making music. This book comes out in February 2016.


Currently Reading:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18 days ’til Christmas