Friday, 20 February 2015

4 Mini Reviews: The Paper Magician // Blood Oath // Shadow Study // Ticker {4 books that didn't stay with me}

Today, I have 4 mini reviews that ended up turning into mini long rants! Enjoy them to your little brain's content. Just to let you know, I'm away for 3-4 days, so will be back answering comments and checking my overflowing blogfeed on Tuesday! I'd also like to say thanks times a billion for the enthusiasm over my "If I was a book, what Book would I be?!" post!! You internetions are seriously beyond awesome!


The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician had an amazing premise but unfortunately failed in the delivery. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and mainly found it an incredibly boring read which I DNF'd at 41%. People that like descriptive writing and stories that take the going slowly will more then likely enjoy it more then me.

Honestly, this a good book, and well worth reading, but only if you have the time and energy to settle down and dedicate yourself to it. Seeing as I am not the most patient person at any time, it just comes down to it, that it's not you, book, it's me.


Blood Oath by Felicity Pulman

Blood Oath used to be called Rosemary for Remembrance, and when I was a little 11-year-old and just starting my frabjous adventure in the world of YA, I stumbled across this book and was utterly enchanted by it. Being a huge history AND having an a massive interest in the powers of herbs this was right up my alley, and I went on to read the rest of the series that I could find. Sadly, my library didn't stock the last 2 books, so I never found out what happened to Janna and if she got a satisfying conclusion to her tale. So when I saw Blood Oath up for request on Netgalley, a month ago, I realized it was Rosemary for Remembrance, just being republished and renamed. Obviously I requested it and was gleeful when I got approved, fully expecting to absolutely love it all over again, but damn, I was SO wrong. Janna was a completely annoying brat of a girl, and was an idiot for most of the book. I'd forgotten how drama llamad the love triangle was as well. The writing was a lot more basic then what I remembered as well. Disappointed? VERY. Be carrying on with the series? I'm not sure. If they're anything like this one, I'll be running far, far away. 2/5

16130758 Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

 Shadow Study is the 4th book in the Soulfinder's series, that I thought was a trilogy, but recently turned into a six book series. Eight years have passed since Fire Study was published and I was shocked in December when I discovered that there were 3 new books to be released in the series, with Shadow Study coming out this March. I was half excited but mostly extremely apprehensive about Shadow Study, mainly for the fact that after the amazeballs that was Poison Study, Magic Study lacked that literary punch in the emotions, and Fire Study was completely dismal in EVERY way.

Unfortunately, Shadow Study, was pretty much craptastic from page 1, which made me horribly upset throughout the whole book. I think the thing that bothered me the most, was the fact that Yelena our MC, is 28-years-old here. AND THIS BOOK IS YA. In Poison Study, Yelena had just turned 20, but I was ok with that because the book was brilliant, and it wasn't a big factor, but I honestly think that having a 28-year-old main character in a YA book, is not only stupid, but doesn't even make sense. YA is called YA for a reason! The story was pretty drab, and the writing was so basic. The ending was not only PATHETIC, but didn't add to the book at all. 2/5 (i'm being nice)

 Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

 Ticker, was a read now on Netgalley, which I just couldn't resist, especially after seeing that eye-catching cover! While I really enjoyed the story and the romance was pretty cute, apart from the slight insta love factor. Unfortunately, while I really liked this one, it didn't stand out in any way from any other steampunk book I've read. It didn't leave any lingering impact, which I was kind of hoping from it, but it was still an enjoyable read, especially if you're looking for a light one. 3.5/5

What book has let YOU down, recently?!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

If I was a BOOK, what book would I be?!

A week or so ago, I was sitting in the car in a carpark, being slowly roasted alive by the sun and I had NO BOOKS WITH ME. And I was BORED. So I got out my notebook and started listing a random list of things I would be if I was a book. Because I was bored. And I was slowly dying a death by roasting. And we all know good blog post ideas come from those situations, don't we?!

And then I decided it would be a brilliant blog post, so here they all are!.

1. I would be YA! Duh! If you didn't see that coming you don't deserve to be on this blog, and you have to give me all your favourite books as punishment! MWAHAHAHAHA.

2. I would either be a) A murder mystery/thriller/BOTH, that would tie your brain in knots AND MAKE YOU NEVER SLEEP AGAIN (think Dangerous Boys!), or c) a fairytale retelling that was so mind bogglingly stunning and different but wonderful AND JUST ALL THE THINGS (think A Court of Thorns and Roses!)! Whatever I am, though, it will be the best thing you have ever read, because, well, I AM ALLLLLL OF THOSE THINGS AND MORE! Admit it: YOU LOVES ME. You can't help it, I know, I'm just to adorable for my own good. *flutters eyelashes* You will probably be torn between wanting to gorge out my eyes in jealousy of my beautiful writing, and becoming my loyal slaves subjects. I advise the latter as I am a very nice evil Fairy! I'll feed you with cake...occasionally. If I remember.

3. I would very likely be quite lengthy and have to much dialogue. There would be lots of arguments and looooong discussions about interesting THINGS (LIKE WHY IS THERE NEVER ENOUGH CAKE! WHY?!). Because in real life I argue a lot and discuss the weirdest things.

4. My characters and I would most likely do nothing but eat and eat and eat and eat AND EAAAAT for the whole book. I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. Plus, food scenes are the BEST.

5. I would have the most gorgeous cover OF ALL TIME. But with not even a whisker of a human's face on it. I am SO tired of those covers and I never think they look very attractive anyway. My cover would be so drop dead utterly beautiful you'd want to hang me from your wall like ART. And I'd kick ass with an awesome font, as I love gorgeous fonts almost more then anything.
THANK YOU. *flips hair*

6. I WOULD BE LOVE TRIANGLE FREE. I would rather garotte myself then have myself with a love triangle. The idea horrifies me! The angst! The Llama Drama! The jealousy! URGH! NOOOOO! I'm still tossing up the possibility of going ROMANCE free, as I am SO sick of every YA book I pick up having a romance. Decisions my friends, decisions.

7. I would have DIVERSITY! Diversity is important! Thus it should be in books more, but it can be sadly lacking in the Young Adult genre.Thankfully though, you have amazing me, and I will fix EVERYTHING. *waves fairy wand wildly*

8.I would be stuffed full of sarcasm and maybe a little funny (just a tad). I am slightly sarcastic. Just a little. I like to make people snort their coffee up their nose because I've made them laugh. It's a good feeling!

Soooo, thinking about it...what books would I ACTUALLY BE, if I was a book?! 

          // If I was a Contemporary...//If I was a Fantasy...//               


 All these books are my preciousess! They clicked with me, in a way few books do! (That is also code for YOU SHOULD GO READ THEM NOW.) There are also a  thousand other beautiful books that should also be in this post, but they aren't because a) There really isn't enough room in this blog post, and b) I forgot. I TOLD YOU MY MEMORY IS BAD.

So SPILL: What sort of book would YOU be?! PLEASE TELL ME!! What genre would you be??!! What would you be about??!! TELL ME ALLLL.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney (ALL THE FEEEEEEELS.)

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: September 1st 2013
Source: Review copy off Netgalley!
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 2 and a bit hours
Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.
A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...


 Two years ago in September 2013, Young Ella was meandering around the YA section of her library, when she paused at the "New Releases" shelf. Her eyes paused on a book with a rather unappetizing cover, called Every Breath, and because she didn't have much else in her library bag, and she thought the blurb sounded slightly interesting, she plopped Every Breath in her bag and went home to have lunch and finish schoolwork. Later that afternoon, while doing maths equations that were not the most interesting thing to do on a quiet afternoon, Young Ella tossed her maths book to the floor and decided to have a break. She emptied her library bag onto her bed and wondered what she should try first. Deciding to try Every Breath, because she felt like a good mystery, Young Ella cracked open the book's covers and settled down to read for 10 minutes.

3 hours later, and not a thought about the maths book that lay forgotten crumpled on the floor during that time, Young Ella closed the book feeling like sobbing. For she had just read the most marvellous, beautiful, stunning, hilarious, AMAZING book in the whole wide world. It had the most wonderful gritty mystery that satisfied Young Ella's internal critic; It had the most amazing flowing writing style in the whole world, that made her sigh on every page; it was so damn funny that she found herself almost crying at times; but most of all, IT HAD THE BESTEST, MOST REAL, MOST BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER, MOST PULL AT THE HEARTSTRINGS WANT TO CRY IN ALL IT'S ADORABLENESS, MOST SHIPPABLE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD OF YA.

You really have no idea how much I love this book. Like, REALLY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. But let's try, shall we?! Yes, lets TRY (no promises tho).

Because I love this book so much, and I don't know how to tell you about  how much I love it coherently, I SHALL LIST MY 5 FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT IT. ( because lists are the most wonderful of things). And hopefully, that will be enough for you to either scuttle off and buy a copy or  reserve it from your library.

1. IT'S CLASSIC AUSSIE STYLE WRITING. As in, sharp, fresh, and tight writing with the sprinkling of snark because it's AUSSIE WRITING. No saggy sentances, purple prose, or anything badly written lies here.

2. THE CHARACTERS ARE TRULY THE BEST THING SINCE MARMITE. No bitchy down putting best friend (Mai, Rachel's friend was seriously the BEST and so supportive), and each character has so many dimensions, it was fantastic! Not a flat pancake person in sight!

3. THE HUMOUR IS FANTASTIC. I giggled on what felt like every page! Some of it was just so funny, it had me sputtering for ages.

4. WE ACTUALLY HAD FRIENDSHIP COME BEFORE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP! *cheers* NOTHING is worse, then when you have this amazing friendship between a guy and a girl...AND THEN IT'S RUINED, when the author decides to make them romantically involved, and then all friendship between them rushes down the drain. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN HERE! The romance NEVER took over the story, and the friendship ALWAYS came first, which made me oh so happy! The romance is seriously one of the best I've ever read and SO shippable, I swear! I JUST LOVE THEM TO PIECES OKAY??!!

5. RACHEL'S FAMILY. YAAAAAAAY for families in YA that ARE ACTUALLY THERE. Not mysteriously *busy* the whole time and not around. Rachel's family was tight knit, and I loved how her parents responded when she did something they said was a no-no. They didn't do it to hurt her, they did it to try and keep her safe BECAUSE THEY LOVE HER. And sometimes as a parent you have to make crappy decisions to keep your kids safe! And also yaaaaay for sibling relationships! Mike was an awesome big brother and the relationship he and Rachel had was great (I have an older brother, so I can totally relate to Rachel).

BASICALLY, this is just seriously the best book ever, ok?! Everything about Every Breath is frabjous, and I just, ASDFGHJKL. GO READ IT FOR YOURSELF!


Before you run off and grab yourself a copy of Every Breath (because you are...AREN'T YOU *foreboding stare*), tell me a favourite murder mystery book or TV show that you love!!

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