Review//To all the boys I loved before

 

 

 

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Summary: 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all

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Review:

I first purchased a copy of to all the boys I loved before last year, and how typical of me to leave it to the last-minute to actually get round to reading it. I am not entirely sure if I could even write a review that would give this beauty the credit it actually deserves; but I will most certainly try 🙂

The story follow our quaint but cute protagonist Lara Jean who finds closure in writing her crushes secret love letters, it is never her intention for the letters to be seen by them but that slightly backfires when each and every one of her letters are sent out. This comes at a time when she is beginning to take a path of self discovery, as her eldest sister Margot has moved out leaving her to take on the maternal role.

Before I go on any further I am going to take a moment to applaud the genius that is Miss Jenny Han for creating such an amazing book.

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The character development is beautiful as we get to see Lara Jean become  a woman in her own right and learn what it means to be strong. Up until the point of Margot leaving, she very much relies on her for guidance and strength, it is almost as if the loss of her mother has caused her to become dependent on the sibling that took on the maternal role. Furthermore, it was refreshing to see a father be at the forefront of the parental responsibilities, as not just YA but all genres in general tend to either focus on the nuclear family or mother headed household. I actually really liked thier dad, I thought he came across as warm and genuine but wasn’t afraid to show that he struggled at times.

In terms of the siblings, I bloody loved Kitty (Lara’s younger sister). She provided me with such laughs throughout the book because of her frequent sarcasm which always seemed to be on point for a girl of her age. However, I did not feel as connected to Margot because I found her to be highly patronising and rude… sadly I just didn’t really like her character at all.

The plot sees Lara torn between two guys *yas the classic love triangle strikes again haha* and it was pretty tense watching it all come to a head. I don’t want to give too much away about the male protagonists because I feel like being mean today.tumblr_inline_n9eo4xb9cs1qm5fvz

What I will say though is that I think one of the guys is #boyfriendgoals, whilst the other one is a bit of a control freak. Comment below which one you think I am referring to ❤

In all honesty, you guys have to read this book if you haven’t already. If you have, comment below your opinions, as well as who you think I would pick as a boyfriend.

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Book Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Book Blitz & Reviews: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Series: 2/2 (Dangerous Girls is the first in the thriller series)

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Summary:

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

 Book Review: 

For those of you that are familiar with Abigail Haas, you will know that she has a tendency to play with your head and make you feel as though you need to constantly sleep with both eyes open. Dangerous Boys is perfect and just as creepy as its predecessor.

The story follow three protagonists- Chloe, Ethan and Oliver who are bound together by love, jealously and blood ties. The story is told through Chloe’s POV and takes place within the past and present. From contextual knowledge we know that Chloe and one of the boys have made it out of a fatal fire, except one. This drives the narrative throughout the story and leaves you with so many questions…Who died? What happened? And Why?

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I don’t want to give too much away because this is one of those books where you need to experience everything without any spoilers. But I will say that if you have read Dangerous Girls, Abigail does not go very far from this book as she delivers another psychological thriller that focuses on the twisted, naive mind of the teenage girl.

The worst thing is that I really didn’t have high expectations for Dangerous Boys as I loved Dangerous Girls so much and did not believe that Haas could live up to the bar she set so high for herself. However, I was wrong and for that I would like to publicly apologise to the mastermind that is Mrs. Abigail Haas.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of suspense thrillers.

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Rating: 4 Stars

The three books to read if you are looking for peace of mind in 2016

Hey guys, I have been reading three amazing books that I think you will love if  like me,you are hoping for a better 2016 that will take you on a spiritual journey and ensure you achieve all that your heart desires.

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The little book of wisdom should be owned by everyone. This tiny little book has a simple, motivational message on every page and is perfect to dip into for a little inspiration.
This book suggests small and practical ways to change the way we think and interact with people to help us be happier in our every day life.

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A perfect little gem that speak to your heart through the writings of the Dalai Lama who teaches important lessons about life, death and love.

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I absolutely love this book, I think it provides a great insight into  leading and living a peaceful life.

I am sure that by now you guys will have noticed that all of the books I have recommended are focused on Buddhism. This is mainly because I believe that Buddhism is the perfect starting point for those beginning  to learn how to change their life for the better and will hopefully inspire  you to achieve all your goals for this year.

Please leave me a comment if you guys decide to read any of these books- I want to hear your opinions.

Crown Of Midnight Book Review

Crown Of Midnight By Sarah J Maas

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Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

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Review:

This book is amazing and dare I say it tops Throne Of Glass, Crown Of Midnight is a much more in-depth, thrilling and action packed story which makes me think that Sarah J Maas took a lot more time on this book than Throne of Glass but I am not complaining.

After surviving the trials in Throne of Glass, Calaena finds herself working alongside the king as his personal assassin, which seems to cause friction amongst her fellow companions as they find it too hard to understand why she would want to work alongside the same man that is responsible for the massacre that killed her parents ten years ago.

However, Calaena is being driven by her own personal agenda. One that requires unearthing all the dark secrets the king has tried so hard to bury and facing her past.

Maas delivers a strong sequel that offers hard hitting and jaw-dropping revelations throughout. I found it extremely difficult to put down Crown of Midnight as I felt like every time I got to a point where I could, a new secret was revealed. The book seriously takes a massive step away from Throne of glass and gives a better insight into Calaena’s past as an assassin , as well as her capabilities. Maas moves away from the clichéd love triangle that she explored between Chaol/Dorian/Calaena previously and focused more on Calaena’s character development and growth as a character. we now see why she is regarded the greatest assassin of all time because of her ruthlessness and unwillingness to take no for an answer, it is almost as if she has shed her naivety and vulnerability that she showed in Throne of Glass and has found her strength again.

In regards to Chaol and Dorian, my opinions on them really changed during the course of this book. I gained a lot more respect for Dorian as I found that he accepted Calaena for all that she is, not just a fragment of her personality. Whereas, I found that Chaol began to judge or somewhat change his opinion of Calaena once he began to see her assassin side which frustrated me slightly. However, this is only for a short period and my guess is that he had to adjust to her real character because Chaol is such a prideful and pragmatic character so it took him a while to get used to the transition of personality from Throne Of Glass.

Furthermore, if there is anything I praise Maas for in this review it would have to be her amazing written ability to keep you guessing until the very end. I literally had to stop myself from putting down COM simply because I had no idea how it ended, this book pretty much starts with a blank slate so I had no clue what was going to happen, which left me like a mouse searching for cheese in a cotton-field *erratic and crazy* .

In conclusion, Sarah J. Maas took all the good stuff from Throne of Glass like action and romance, increased them dramatically and added great insight into characters and elaborated on previously hinted history of fae ancestors and magic abilities. A definite 5*.

The Territory Book Review

The Territory by Sarah Govett

Published April 2015

Published by Firefly Press

Summary:

The year is 2059. Noa Blake is just another normal 15 year old. Except in the Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children can download information and bypass the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out to compete. And competing is everything – anybody who fails the TAA exam at 15 will be shipped off to the disease-ridden Wetlands, to a life of misery, if not certain death.

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Review:

I received this book from Firefly Press in exchange for an honest reviews, all opinions stated are of my own.

When I first got sent The Territory by Firefly Press, I was quite excited because it sounded so original and interesting. Needless to say I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed.

The Territory is a story that opens your eyes to the elitist society we live in and how it impacts the education system.

The story is set in the year 2059 and Noa Blake lives in a ‘supposed’ utopia, except nothing in The Territory is that simple. Each year ‘Norms’ such as Noa are sent to the Wetlands for failing the TAA (the tests that determine your future) and with Freakoids (genetically modified children with the ability to download information) most likely to pass. Noa has her work cut out for her, but surely revision comes easy when death is on the line.

Govett creates a world that very much mirrors our present society, as those with the right capital and social security are more likely to succeed than those without. The Territory somewhat satirises our current state of affairs as the government are seen to be more like dictators as they censor books, music and any other form of entertainment that goes against their message. They seemingly control citizens of the territory through the use of propaganda, which can be seen via the ‘Freakoids’ who are genetically modified to believe and preach all that is spoken by the government *I guess that is one way to prevent a revolution*

In terms of character development, Noa is a ‘norm’ and in this dystopian society known as The Territory, being normal is the worst crime of all as it usually results in an one way to the Wetlands after the TAA. Except Noa is remarkably strong and is determined to pass her exams so that she does not suffer the same fate. And then there’s Raf, a freakoid but unlike any other Noa has seen before… He is smart, loving and a fighter. I loved Raf as I found him to be quite a refreshing character and I can definitely see him in a much larger role in the upcoming books, hopefully at the forefront of an uprising against the Ministry.

One of the things that I liked most about Noa was her vulnerability, she often makes decisions that she regrets and at times questions her own character “I would have killed Anne Frank”. This made Noa a lot more relatable in my opinion as she was shown to be imperfect, something we all are at times.

 I loved reading the territory as it reminded an awful lot of the dictatorship we have seen in past historical events e.g the nazi regime in the 30’s and that there is nothing stopping it from happening again. I have to admit that one of the reasons I loved the territory was because I can definitely see a society like this being created in the near future with technology advancing as fast as it is, it is only so long before someone uses it to their advantage.

The ending of the book was perfectly executed and leaves much to the imagination for the second book in the trilogy. This book is a must read and a wonderful addition to your bookshelves.

Rating: 5*