Thursday, 31 March 2016

Min Reviews of The Butcher's Hook & The Siren :: the ones where i just didn't get it

Publisher: Hachette
Release Date: March 5th 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 6 hours
Word Rating: STRANGE

Georgian London. Summer 1763.

Anne Jaccob is coming of age, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. When she is taken advantage of by her tutor — a great friend of her father’s — and is set up to marry a squeamish snob named Simeon Onions, she begins to realize just how powerless she is in Georgian society. Anne is watchful, cunning, and bored.

Her saviour appears in the form of Fub, the butcher’s boy. Their romance is both a great spur and an excitement. Anne knows she is doomed to a loveless marriage to Onions and she is determined to escape with Fub and be his mistress. But will Fub ultimately be her salvation or damnation? And how far will she go to get what she wants?

Dark and sweeping, The Butcher’s Hook is a richly textured debut featuring one of the most memorable characters in fiction.


To sum up THE BUTCHER'S HOOK in one word, I would call it gristly. This book is dark, cold and sullen; the entire atmosphere of it holding a murderous, foreboding tone throughout the whole novel. While this was interesting at first, after a while I got bored as I failed to feel emotion towards anything that happened in this book.

I pitied Anne the main character but didn't feel any emotion for her. Anne was so wooden and held so little emotion or feeling, partly I know because of her upbringing but also because her character was so flat that in the end I just didn't care.

Maybe if it had taken a comedic route, the whole novel would've run smoother and been a better read. It might've lightened the tone of it which I think would have helped it's flow as it was so somber it got hard to push through at times.

I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't what I got while I read THE BUTCHER'S HOOK. It's rather disappointing because I thought this book could've been great.

::Thank you Hachette for the review copy!::


Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 5th 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 4 hours
Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


Well, HMM. Piffles I have many in this book. Reading Cass' previous SELECTION series was like eating chocolate cake; it was light and fluffy but had that interesting and addictive dystopian storyline woven through it which made it not to sickly to read. Reading THE SIREN however was a completely different experience, and unfortunately, not one I enjoyed.

Sirens fascinate me and I was hoping this book would be a really fresh and interesting twist on the original sirens but instead I got a really cliche cheesy romance that was so insta loveish, it made my eyes water.

If you like books with strong romance then you will probably enjoy THE SIREN. However, if you're looking for a book with a refreshing take on Sirens and and little might not like this book so much.

I'm really sad I didn't like THE SIREN more! It had all the possibilities to be good, but unfortunately, in my shoes it just fell flat.

::Thank you Harper Collins for the review copy!::


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Their Fractured Light by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner :: i want the duvet innards dress on the cover!

13138736Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 5 hours
Word Rating: *happy sigh*

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.


My relationship with the Starbound trilogy has been complicated but it's so weird to think that it's now over! The first book, THESE BROKEN STARS, I had serious trouble with first time round, but the second time I pushed through it and really enjoyed it. The second book, THIS SHATTERED WORLD was an instant love and is still my favourite of the trilogy, while THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT, this book fits somewhere snugly in the middle of my enjoyment of the series.

Leaping right into it: Their Fractured Light wasn't my favourite book of THE STARBOUND TRILOGY. It lands in second place as it was a thrilling adventure overall, but the characters lacked a little for me in this one and I couldn't fully get behind them and the romance. By themselves, Sofia and Gideon are interesting, complex characters, but together, my interest in them kind of withered and I grew a little bored with their romance.

I felt that the high that THIS SHATTERED WORLD had risen too, deflated somewhat in THIS FRACTURED LIGHT. The characters were good...but not great; the story was one I followed eagerly but wasn't as transfixing as in the second book...the list kind of went on. Not that it wasn't good it just...lacked just a tiny bit.

But hey! There ARE positives and things I loved about this book! Like how I adored how all the main characters from the past two books got woven into this book and how I was always on the edge of my seat because something dangerous and risky and exciting was ALWAYS happening!

On the ending: I'm happy to say, that THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT ties up the trilogy delightfully!! The ending left me satisfied and happy and I didn't feel frustrated or let down at all which is truly all a bookworm asks for when reading a series ender.

ALSO CAN WE JUST COMMENT ON THAT COVER BECAUSE OMGGGGG THAT COVER. I want that dress! I imagine it would be like wearing a ball gown that feels like fleecy pyjamas! IT'D BE LIKE BEING WRAPPED IN A DUVET BASICALLY. 

::Thank you Allen & Unwin for the review copy!::

Actual rating 3.5!


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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eager :: AHHHHHHH THIS BOOK

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: February 1st 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 4 hours

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig - sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they're at their most vulnerable?

It's all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy's stuff. Just your typical love story.


What an absolutely wonderful surprise SUMMER SKIN turned out to be! I'd heard a lot of praise for it before I dived in, but whatever I was expecting, I didn't expect this. Everything about this book was so fresh and crunchy and different from any other contemporary I've read before!

The characters in here were AMAZING. I loved the utter mixed bag they all were, with their different personalities that you could NOT mistake any of them for each other! And the writing! The writing was so absorbing...I haven't felt so sucked into a story in such a long time! I never wanted it to end it was so absolutely brilliant. <3

While I had complications with the romance I thoroughly enjoyed how REAL it was. I loved watching Mitch's character grow, and I especially enjoyed how Eager made him change because he wanted to not because Jess made him.

I adored the Uni aspects of SUMMER SKIN. Although saying that...I would've like more???!! Because while we had the fantastic story and uni life(ish), I would've liked to see the characters doing more studying. But that's just my opinion!

One of my favourite parts of the book was the FEMINISM. It was abound and it was GLORIOUS. I loved every second of it and how it was entwined around the story! There was also not a DROP of slut-shaming which is something I don't think I've NOT come across here or there in a YA book for so long. It was so refreshing and made me admire the author even more of her writing abilities but also her sense.

I also loved how well the ending tied up everything!! It was incredibly satisfying but REAL at the same time. It wasn't a, "everyone lives happily ever after and nothing bad or terrible ever happened again" ending, it was just RIGHT. And I could totally see it happening in real life.

I'm so picky about Contemporaries but SUMMER SKIN just hits the jackpot of everything amazing that Contemporary fiction can bring to YA. This is definitely going down as one of my new favourite contemporaries OF EVER.

SUMMER SKIN is a really excellent addition to the NA genre! And I'm so glad! If more books like this turned up in the NA market you can bet your rainbow coloured socks that I would be snatching them before they the shelves!

Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2016! It's wonderful, it's absorbing and it's like stuffing a whole block of chocolate in your gob and having no ill after effects afterwards. I'm now off to find and gobble up read all of Eager's other books pronto!

::Thank you Allen & Unwin for the review copy!::

I think I've squawked about this book long enough...your turn! Have you read SUMMER SKIN? Yay or Nay?? And what are your thoughts on the NA genre?? What do you think writers could do to make it a bit different??

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken :: time travel, history and adventure <-- YES THIS IS AN ELLA BOOK

Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 25th 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
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Read it in: 6 hours
Word Rating: ADDICTIVE!

Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle.

Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family - unharmed.

Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood's dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta ...


I am sooooo happy to say I enjoyed this book! PASSENGER is so hyped and definitely one of THE most anticipated YA timey wimey travel books of 2016 and I'm really pleased that I wasn't left the black sheep which I normally am and instead could happily board the, "I-love-this-book" train baaing happily with all of my other white sheepy friends instead of being chased with flaming pitchforks for once!

Character wise this book concentrates on two characters the most which are Etta and Nicholas. We see a whole cast of other interesting characters but the novel focuses on Etta and Nicholas running around like headless chickens desperately trying to find a way to save Etta's mother and find a device called the astrolobe which they have to give to a bad guy called Cyrus Ironwood in a certain amount of days or he will kill Etta's mother who he is keeping prisoner.

BUT the astrolabe is basically the end of the world for time travel peeps because if Cyrus gets his hands on it he will basically be able to control time itself with an IRON thumb (GET IT??! HAHAHA I'M HILARIOUS). I've purposely made my description of the book annoyingly vague in the hopes that this will make you frustrated and curious enough to read it if you haven't yet!

Can we talk about the SETTINGS?! For that was truly my favourite part! I am a massive history buff as lots of you know already from all the raving I've done over historical fiction in the past and PASSENGER really hits the mark in all the places! I haven't had the greatest luck with time travel books in the past, but because PASSENGER focuses on more the places the characters are traveling too (although how people time travel in here is really interesting) and so basically we get treated to all these amazing historical settings and each one is never the same! We get to go to WWII and a bomb goes off! We get to go to a rain forest meet a tiger! We get to go France stuff I can't remember doing! We get to go to a desert and look at tombs and ride camels called Daisy! Basically YAY for all the history because it made my heart squee!

What also helped the historical settings, I think, was that the writing was really good. It was too descriptive at times, which could make reading it a little boring, but overall all the detail and attention to the places Etta and Nicholas visited was amazing and made reading it feel like you were IN the book and doing everything alongside Etta and Nicholas which was AWESOME.

I'm really excited about the sequel! PASSENGER ended on a real nasty of a cliffhanger and I made that, "NUUUUUGGHH!" sound that Bookworms make when they read a really horrible cliffhanger YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I MEAN) when finishing it because it was truly dreadful and made me want the sequel EVEN more. (And yayyyy, it has a title and a blurb, EXCEPT DON'T READ THE BLURB IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE SPOILERS BIG TIME, but I'm excited!! Here's hoping for an even more gorgeous copy for the second book (which has a really wierd title that I can't pronounce but ANYWAY)!)

"So Ella, why only 4 stars, if you adored it SO much??" Wellllll, that question brings me to the only part of the book that I really had a problem with and that was the INSTALOVE. Etta and Nicholas meet and BAM! They're feeeeeeeling things for each other that they've never felt for anyone else before! *eye roll* And lets not forget the spaaaaark that's between them! *bigger eye roll* That spark was so big I'm really surprised neither of them were electrocuted. >.>

Grumblings aside, I did like Etta's and Nicholas' relationship by the end of the book, I was just disappointed at how fast their romance progressed before that stage in just a matter of days. -_-

I'm really glad I read this book! It took me a while to read and there were times I really wasn't impressed BUT for the other 95% of it, it was exciting, heart pounding, addicting and just a really good read. yes, it had problems, but in here the good overruled the bad by so much more and overall it was a great hearty read. READ IT BASICALLY.


::Thank you HARPER COLLINS for the review copy!::


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