December TBR

  1. Metamorphosis and other stories – Franz Kafka

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2. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

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3. Feed – Mira Grant

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4. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken ( Yes I’m on the late train with this one, should have read it years ago.)

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5. Kiatana’s Journey – Natalie Erin ( I am reading this because an author sent it to me, but I have been so busy recently that I have barely read half the book even though I started it over a month ago).

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If you have any recommendations for me or have read any of these books and would like to share your opinions, ask me questions or just chat, please comment and I’ll be sure to reply.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Synopsis – 

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Goodreads Rating – 3,59/5 Stars

My Review – 

Many look at this book and their minds will automatically go to “The Fault in our Stars”, which it shouldn’t because even though the books have a similar subject matter they are completely different. 

 Where TFIOS brings you to tears through the characters struggles and the authors beautiful writing, Jesse Andrews uses lots of sarcasm and humour which made me laugh and cry. This book made me cringe so many times because all of the characters are so awkward and weird, but that is what makes it realistic. I found it amsuing when the author made fun of cliche’s because it really makes you rethink the way we live and see people. 

There was a lot of swearing within the book, but once again that is what makes it so realistic and funny, because there is no ‘insta-love’ or ‘perfect teenagers’, it’s just 3 real human beings that got stuck with a bad situation and tried to make the best of it.  

My rating – 4,5/5  Stars

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JET- My Brother’s Keeper – J.A.Cipriano

  
Synopsis – 

What if elite Mossad agent Jet had a brother? What if someone was stupid enough to try and kill him? 

Rudy just wanted one last spring break hurrah before his final semester at college, but when one of his friends betrays him to the most powerful drug dealer in Jamaica, he knows he’s in trouble. 

Rudy’s only chance at survival is his sister, an elite Mossad assassin code named Jet. This time, she’ll have to pull out all the stops if she wants to keep Rudy alive, even if it means taking down Jamaica’s top drug kingpin all by herself. 

My review – 

I received this book from the author in exchange for honest review. 

I have to say straight up that as a novella this was extremely entertaining and read really well in terms of a short story. Structurally it was fast paced and easy to understand without prior knowledge of the author or previous books. 

The characters were portrayed really well as I could connect with them and feel all of the emotions they were feeling. Jet was portrayed as a stereotypical “spy” yet the author also made sure to remind us as the readers that she is still just a young women who has had a tough start in life and is just trying to get by. 
The plot was entertaining from the start right up until the end. It was based of a very real situation which makes it easier to connect with the characters and get sucked into the book. I honestly could not put it down! I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a quick read that is entertaining and badass.
My rating – 4/5 stars 

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The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle

Goodreads Synopsis –

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Goodreads rating – 3,65/5 stars

My review – 

Despite the low rating, I want to say that in my opinion this book was great! It was highly addictive and rather hard to put down at times, which is great because it is pretty short and the kind of book you read in a day but stays with you for a long time. Only thing that I found a little odd about it was the relationships between the characters.

The main thing that turned this into a successfully haunting read was the writing style. Doyle’s writing will make you fell both absolutely terrified and as if you are trapped in some parallel universe where everything is a little screwed up and things happen without logical reasoning behind it. Personally, I was so drawn into the story that at times I became scared to read because it felt like I was one of the characters in the book and there was no escaping it. 

Moving onto the characters… They were really unique and did not follow any of the conventional teenage stereotypes, however they were also rather weird in the sense that they all kept kissing each other and had weird relationships between them that I found a little difficult to understand. Each character was portrayed well and had strong character development. It was impossible to confuse the characters since they were all so different and each had a backstory. 

This book also had romance in it ( no love triangles… I think… everyone was kissing, it got confusing) I didn’t love any of the relationships but I didn’t mind them being there. They didn’t necessarily add anything to the story and rarely occurred (maybe 2x), but they didn’t take the spotlight off the mystery which was great. 

The thing I loved about the book was that it was really creepy and mysterious yet at the end, everything made sense and the novel ended with all of the questions answered… The mystery behind the book is actually quite sad and the book is quite dark, so be warned. The writing is magical and I would recommend this to everyone! 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

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Book series I want to finish! 2016

1) Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau

  
2) Half Lost – Sally Green

  
3) The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin.

  
4) Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas 

  
5) Winter – Marissa Meyer

  
6) Siege and Storm & Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo.

  
7) City of Lost Souls and City of Heavinly Fire. 

  
8) Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

  
9) World After & End of Days -Susan Ee

  
10) Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead.

  
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December Book Haul

14 New Books! 

  
1) Bloodlines – Richelle Mead

2) Golden Lilly – Richelle Mead 

  
3) A Thousand Pieces of You -Claudia Gray 

4) Ten Thousand Skies Above – Claudia Gray

  
5) Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
6) The Christmas Books – Charles Dickens 

  
7) The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker 

  
8) Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare 

9) Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare 

10) The Shadowhunters Codex – Cassandra Clare 

  
11) Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

12) Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo 

  
13) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

14) Magisterium, The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare 

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The Assassins Curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke 

  
Synopsis – 

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. 

To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks–all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic…and the growing romantic tension between them.
Goodreads rating  – 3,74/5 stars

Review – 

Ananna is a pirate, born and raised on the sea with a pirates personality through and through. Her sword fighting, stealing and snarky attitude help her achieve her dreams. She wants to travel to distant lands on her own ship with her own crew but her family wants to marry her off as she is but a woman, therefore not entitled to her own ship. She takes the plunge and runs away from one situation into another one. Assasins, witches akd curses loom over her. The plot of this book was amazing and, Ananna was an awesome protagonist. She was badass and stubborn but not in the least bit annoying. 

Naji’s is the assasin sent after her but due to the curse his destiny changes.All covered in blood magic, scars and tattoos, he is your typical bad boy.Enemies become allies, if only to survive and eventually go there seperate ways. I loved the change from them being enemies, to frenemies and then almost friends. Their is no ridiculous inst- love or anything of the sort. I was able to relate to the characters because they weren’t perfect, and despite the magic within the novel, it was fairly realistic… The relationship between the characters.  

Great book, I cant wait to read the next one! 

Rating – 4/5 stars 

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

  
Synopsis – 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 
Goodreads rating – 4,02/5 stars 

Review – 

The plot sounds awesome and I did like the book but it was the same as every other contempory book I have read. Two troubled teens meet, chat and fall in love.  It seems very unrealistic though because in my mind a girl like Maddy would be so frsutrated and angsty but she doesn’t care. She spends all her time with her mother and even when her mother is being mean anf selfish, Madeline just brushes it off and forgives her… 

I felt nothing for our poor sick character which was frustrating because I knew that I was supposed to. She was so boring and she kept forgiving her mother even when she was being a cow…. It is a fun read, If not a little frustrating at times. The end is rushed and the plot twist wasn’t really shocking. 

It’s the kind of book you would sit down and read in a day just for fun. I won’t re-read it but i’m glad I read it. The romance is cute and there is a ” happily ever after”. 

Rating – 3,5 stars 

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Top 5 Auto – Buy Authors

Cassandra Clare’s writing is magical and the shadow hunter world that she created is going to be something that will be remembered and loved for years to come. I am eager to read anything and everything that she writes! 

2. 

Sarah J Maas is yet another author who was able to create an amazing world and characters that jump of the page and seem scarily realistic. I am yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses but I can say that with the Throne of Glass Series the books get better and better ( and bigger…) with each one. 

3. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a legend when it comes to creating loveable male characters! She is great at world building and just an overall literary goddess in my opinion and I am happy to say that I still have a lot to read of her books and I shall savour every moment.

4. 

Marissa Meyer has not disappointed me yet! I haven’t read Winter yet but the rest of this series is incredible and certainly some of the best books that I have read this year. I look forward to Stars Above coming out soon and any future books that Marissa Meyer releases.

5. 

Libba Bray wrote an incredible book, The Diviners, which I read and fell in love with. The plot, Characters, writing, setting and simply everything was perfect. I know that she has Written many books and that I shouldn’t judge her based on one book, but hey… I loved it. I will starting Lair of Dreams a the start of 2016 and I have already ordered the Gemma Doyle trilogy which is at the top of my TBR. 

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Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Goodreads Rating – 4,59/5 stars

Review – * Contains Spoilers*

I don’t know where to start with this review because we are talking about a book with almost 600 pages of pure awesomeness and perfection!

After the first two books you may think that you know Celaena, the kickass assassin who became the kings champion through death and destruction with the help of her friends. The truth however is that you don’t know how she came to be this badass assassin. Within this book she starts attacking herself because she blames herself for so many deaths and we finally find out her history and how she came to be an assassin. Eventually, with the help of Rowan, a Fae prince, Celaena lets her walls down and accepts her past allowing her to embrace the pain, regret and self-loathing she kept hidden for many years.


Rowan, the new addition to this series is a kickass Fae Prince that is told to train Celaena and get her to master her magic and ability to shift.  He is protective and caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan doesn’t take snark or sarcasm from anyone which was awesome because he was able to show Celaena that she isn’t all that mighty and he really helped her character grow from a hot headed teen girl to a mature woman, ready to accept her mistakes and protect her people. They do eventually develop a friendship which was important as Celaena needed a friend to support her through her memories and acceptance. 

Another addition to the series is Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin. Aedion comes across as daring, clever, manipulative and self – centered … At least until he hears about Celaena. He is set on killing the King of Adarlan, and seeing his true queen on the throne and magic restored. He partners up with Dorian and Chaol which are both ” minor characters in this book as Chaol simply aids `Aedion and Dorian seems to be going through some sort of Identity crisis and is enjoying himself with his new love interest. 


Lastly we were introduced to more witches! Remeber Baba Yellowlegs? Well, say hello to Manon Blackbeak, heir of her coven ( the Blackbeaks… shocking right?) of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. ( Actually don’t say anything to her because she will probably rip your throat out with her Iron teeth)…  The witches are part of the Kings plan and they fight to see who will become Wing Leader and lead all of the covens. Manon is cruel and bloodthirsty but she wasn’t exactly a villain because even though she was aggressive, I didn’t hate her. The way she treated her Wyvern showed me that there’s a chance she has a heart and soul, contrary to her grandmothers words and that she may not want the life she has been given.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

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