Book Tour~Things We Know By Heart Review and Top Ten Quotes

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Summary: After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake

Review: I received this book by the guys over at Harper360 in exchange for a honest review, as well as an opportunity to partake in the book’s blog tour. However, none of this has impacted my view/opinions all of which stated are my own.

Things we know by heart is my first Jessi Kirby novel but certainly not my last. Quinn’s story is told with an authentic and raw voice that is sure to tug at heartstrings everywhere. When we are first introduced to Quinn, we learn that it has been 400 days since her boyfriend Trent was killed in a car accident. Those last 400 days have been devastating for Quinn with her wallowing in grief and pity and somewhat of a sense of guilt.

In a desperate attempt to start healing, Quinn begins to seek solace in those that received his organs after his tragic death; she is able to contact all but one… The boy that received his heart. However, after a bit of social media stalking she discovers that his name is Colton and begins to embark on a mission to meet the boy that currently possesses the heart of her lost love. They eventually meet after she sees him in a coffee shop although she flees, leaving behind her purse *cue the Cinderella feels*. Colton chases after her causing Quinn to get into a minor car accident and I’m sure you can imagine what happens from there.

It is eventual that the two fall for each other, but this story is more than a predictable love story. It is a romance with depth all about the importance of learning to cope with loss, moving on and learning to love again, it is a beautiful story and one that I would recommend to fans of contemporary romance as well as authors such as Sarah Dessen.

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Quotes: 

  1.  “For so long, I was the one with his heart. I just need to see where it is now.”
  2. “We are made of our pasts, and our pains, our joys and our losses. It’s in the very fiber of our beings. Written on our hearts.”
  3. “Do what I tell you, when I tell you, and the worst thing that’ll happen is you’ll fall in love.”
  4. “It’s too much, this. Life, and love, and how fragile it all is.”
  5. “But it’s terrifying to realise how much of your world is wrapped up in loving another person”
  6. “I’d give anything right now to go back, even just for a few moments, so I could pay more attention. Inscribe every detail of him, and of us together, onto my heart, where I could keep it safe always. Where even time couldn’t erase it.”
  7. “Today feels different because yesterday was different.”
  8. “…we found our own synchronicity together, his heart thumping out a slow. steady beat and mine filling in the spaces between”
  9. “Everything else falls away, and in this moment, when we touch, we are light.”
  10. “She has that kind of manic focus about her, like if she just keeps moving, the things she’s upset about can’t catch her.”

 

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Top Five quotes from Anna and the French Kiss

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I just finished this book a few days ago, and it was not a book I ever thought I would love as much as I do but it really reeled me in. So, I was going to do a book review but I might save that for a future post, rather I wanted to post five of my favourite quotes from the book as I had ALOT!!!!! Comment below if you have read this book and loved it and its quotes just as much as I did.

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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.

Blog Tour: Dumplin Book Review and Top Ten Quotes

Hey Guys, this is a very special post today as I am a part of the Dumplin Blog Tour which means that I get to not only post a book review, but also my top ten quotes of the book. So, let’s get started shall we?!

Summary:

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Goodreads Link

Review:

Smart, funny, confident and a downright bad-ass. Willowdean is a refreshing character that makes you smile with each page. Dumplin was a book that I have been looking forward to for ages, and I can definitely see myself reading it repeatedly.

One of the things that I loved most about Willowdean was how real she was. She is often seen as being the girl with the biggest insecurities but covering up her feelings with a smile and confidence. Willow has a lot of moments where she is conscious of her body and how it may be perceived by others, specifically a boy. But that is all I will say on that matter as I don’t want to give too much away.

Furthermore, Willow’s relationship with her friend Ellen is so realistic. I mean come on what kind of friendship doesn’t involve tiffs along the way? It was nice to see friends that were relatable rather than that sickly, ‘we never argue’ friendship… so kudos to Julie for that.

The character development was good but at times contradictory because Willow prided herself on being the girl who empowered others, yet frequently criticised other girl’s body appearance. Maybe, that was her insecurities talking rather than Willow but I found that to bring down what is a pretty amazing book.

However, this book had so many great qualities like friendship, self-love, happiness and so much more. Without a doubt, I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an uplifting read this month. Rating: 3.5*

Top Ten Quotes:

  1. “I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to.”
  2. “Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”
  3. “I don’t get why we call it a crush when it feels more like a curse.
  4. Then there are days when I really give zero flying fucks, and I am totally satisfied with this body of mine. How can I be both of those people at once? ~
  5. Sometimes figuring out who you are means understanding that we are a mosaic of experiences. I’m Dumplin’. And Will and Willowdean. I’m fat. I’m happy. I’m insecure. I’m bold.
  6. I’m not doing this to be some kind of Joan of Fat Girls or whatever. I’m doing this for Lucy. And for me. I’m ready to go back to being the version of myself I was before Bo. I’m entering this pageant because there’s no reason I shouldn’t. I’m doing this because I want to cross the line between me and the rest of the world. Not be someone’s savior.
  7. It’s selfish and it’s wrong, I know. But I’m not perfect and neither is she. When you love someone enough, you accept their flaws. You make sacrifices to keep them sane. I need her to keep me sane. I need her to sacrifice this for me. ~
  8. ..good friendships are durable. They’re meant to survive the gaps and growing pains.
  9. “There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it”
  10. “There’s some kind of peace that comes with knowing that for every person who is waiting to be found, there’s someone out there searching.”

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

Top Ten Books Of 2015

First off, let me start by saying that I am so sorry for not posting for A WHOLE MONTH but I have been really ill, as well as being tied down with schoolwork. However I am back and can’t wait to get started.

The end of the year is nigh which means a new year, but most importantly new books!!!!!!!!! There are so many good books coming out next year and I am really excited, but I can’t go into the new year without mentioning some of my favourite books that have been released this year… *hint-there has been a lot* So, let’s get started !

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SUMMARY:

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Dooris a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

SHORT REVIEW:

One word: amazing. This book is a roller-coaster of emotions but a definite keeper.

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Noa Blake is just another normal 15 yearold with exams looming. Except in The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything – because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death. But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?

SHORT REVIEW:

Words can actually not describe this book. I absolutely love it, it really draws parallels between our current meritocratic (or lack of) society and how it could become in the future. Check out my review for a more detailed analysis.

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SUMMARY: 

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

SHORT REVIEW: 

The fourth novel in the throne of glass series. As this book is part of a series, I would not suggest reading this until you have read the first three. Otherwise, a riveting read that definitely deserves all the credit it gets.

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SUMMARY: 

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

SHORT REVIEW: 

This one is probably a bit naughty 🙂 I haven’t actually read Dumplin yet, I literally just received a copy today from the prospective publishers Harper 360. But, I have to include it as it one of my most anticipated reads for this year. WATCH OUT FOR MY REVIEW 🙂

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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

SHORT REVIEW:

A beautiful story that will have you hooked from start to finish. Read my review to find out more 🙂

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Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you’re immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they’ve escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus’s attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus’s volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

SHORT REVIEW:

A book written about one of my favourite tv series… what more could a girl ask for??????????

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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met.Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future… before she loses everything she has grown to love.

SHORT REVIEW:

Got an ARC of this from NETGALLEY; a heartbreakingly beautiful read.

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own hear

SHORT REVIEW:

The book that blew everyone away this, both metaphorically and literally.

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What happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all?

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

SHORT REVIEW: 

A truly captivating book that tries it very best to capture the voice of a transgender protagonist.

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It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes..

SHORT REVIEW:

READ! READ! AND READ THIS TRULY SPECIAL BOOK.

National Anti-Bullying Week

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So this week (16th November-20th November) is national anti-bullying week, children around the UK will likely be receiving sessions from their teachers about the implications of bullying, they may even hear from speakers who want to spread the message. But, can any of these things measure up to what it is really like to be bullied?

A bully is blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidatessmaller or weaker people. (definition as provided by Dictionary.com) However, the form of bullying can occur in many ways, these may vary from: cyber, emotional, physical and covert bullying. Being a victim of bullying can often be one of the hardest things to go through, it in many ways destroys a part of you, that you can never get back… take it from me who has suffered at the hands of bullies and never felt like I truly recovered.

During my earlier high school years, I dealt with a lot of bullying, much of it involved the criticism of my appearance and led to me being severely ill after taking drastic measures to become someone different. It’s funny because a lot of the time when I would go through this stuff, I wouldn’t tell anyone because it had got to a point where I felt like I deserved the stack of cards I was being dealt. Moreover, I spent much of the time hating my own reflection that I never really understood the complexity of these horrible people. Bullies seek to hurt you because it is easier than them admitting their flaws, they hurt you because their insecurities seem better on the back of someone else.

Recent years have seen so many teenagers commit suicide because of bullying. Take, for example, Amanda Todd who hanged herself after being a victim of severe school and cyber bullying. Before her suicide, Amanda uploaded a youtube video detailing all that she had been through, in hope that it could change someone’s else life. She was a hero.

But, why is it that people only listen to you once the worst case scenario happens. What is it about society that have made them so desensitised to other people’s feelings? We may never know, but word of advice… If you ever see someone being bullied, don’t take a backseat. You may just be the person that could change their life.

The Wolf Wilder Book Review

Summary: 

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves

Series: No, as far as I know Wolf Wilder is not part of a series.

Pages: 319 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review: 

I was sent this book by a PR representative at Bloomsbury, all opinions stated are that of my own.

When I first read the blurb to this book, I had no idea if it was going to be good because the description did not sound like something I would be interested in. Boy was I wrong!

The story follows Feodora, a young but very headstrong female who alongside her mother helps to tame wolves but not in the typical way you are probably thinking of, a wolf wilder doesn’t train wolves to adapt to civilisation. Instead, they train them how to be better at defending themselves.

The book is beautifully written and managed to keep my attention for a really long time. I loved the landscape as it was set in rural Russia,which was something I found particularly interesting as it brought something fresh to the table.

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Furthermore,  we’re made aware of the state of Russia, and how beaten they are by Rakov, the tyrant who rules over Feo’s town in Russia. Also, we get to see first-hand the power children really have as they are the driving force behind a revolution that seeks to reclaim their land back. Feo’s sheer bravery and courage is really what makes this story and will leave you feeling a small sense of glee once you are finished.

A heart warming book for everyone.

Rating: 4*

Book Review: Hysteria By Anthony Ergo

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Summary:

HYSTERIA sees Sasha, Aaron and Zara travel to America to combat a coven of Black Witches who are inflicting Hysteria on the local society. Can Sasha help her friends overcome the most deadly of foes and uncover the truth about Dystopia Day while trying to graduate as an Agent?

HYSTERIA is the second book in the paranormal YA series, DYSTOPIA by Anthony Ergo.

Review:

I received this book from the author Anthony Ergo in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

Hysteria is the follow up novel to Dystopia and somehow manages to top the first one by a mile. I finished Hysteria in a day after doing nothing else but binge-reading for the whole day. This sequel sees Sasha in America as she trains in the Academy, whilst also helping her friends (Aaron and Zara) combat against two very powerful black witches who have inflicted the curse of Hysteria on the locals.

The writing in this book is incredible and somewhat captivating… Ergo has a very rare way with words that enable him to keep you hooked each chapter. It is something I give him a ton of credit for because I also say “anyone can write a story, but it takes a genius to create a masterpiece” Furthermore, the fact that Ergo isn’t already a household name actually somewhat frustrates me, because it is so obvious that he puts everything into his writing.

Now, in terms of character development. I wasn’t entirely sure how much more Ergo could possibly make me fall in love with the main characters (*Wink, Wink* Aaron). However, this book unravels so many more layers to the characters that I found myself gravitating to them more; and each for different reasons.

Aaron, Aaron, Aaron ❤ I think it is pretty obvious that Mr Hart is my favourite character, as I personally think he is the most relatable character. Hysteria sees Aaron struggle with his past as he finds himself battling with alcoholism, whilst Sasha is away. The fact is Aaron spent his whole childhood with a parent who saw alcohol as their only form of therapy,and when the going gets rough, he results to it too. Now, you may wonder why someone would turn to the very thing that destroyed their mother… The truth is, I don’t know *I’m not a therapist*. But, what I can guarantee is that all this will only make you love Aaron even more.

Sasha grows so much in this book because no more does she let her fears consume her, instead she faces them head on. Whilst Sasha is training at the academy she is seen as the underdog by her competitors and not taken seriously due to her lack of powers. However, rather than let this affect her she works hard with her partner Dexter to become the best student the academy has seen. The relationship between her and father is so beautiful to watch, as they grow so much closer in Hysteria… I guess that’s what happens when there are no more secrets.

Zara is one of a kind and there isn’t much I can say about her apart from… AMAZEBALLS ❤ Honestly, all the characters in this series have such relatable qualities and quirky personalities, that it would be horrifically crazy if you didn’t like them.

This book ticks all the right boxes for me and is a definite recommendation to any one out there that has read Dystopia, but not picked up the sequel. It it also a recommendation for those prospective buyers *GO OUT AND BUY THIS BOOK*

Rating: 5**************************

The Secret Fire Book Review

424 Pages

Published by Atom

Summary:

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Book Review: 

First of all, let me just say this book is absolutely incredible. A major well done to C.J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld for delivering such a stellar start to an obvious beautiful series.

Typically, I don’t like co-written series as I usually find that the authors styles of writing conflict and the story becomes jumbled. Well C.J and Carina have converted me guyss, I can not describe enough how amazing this book actually is.

Sacha Winters lives in Paris and comes from a family who is cursed: Every first-born son will die on his 18th birthday and not a day before. With only weeks until his birthday Sacha’s English teacher urges him to get in touch with a girl from England for some online tutoring. Taylor is a straight A student from England whose dream is to study at Oxford, so when the opportunity came to earn some extra credit by tutoring English to a French boy (which is sure to look great on her Oxford application), she jumps for it. The only problem is Sacha is the worst student eve. He’s rude and arrogant .But, Sacha and Taylor’s ‘meeting’ was no accident, they are connected and could be key to saving each other.

In terms of character development, Taylor wasn’t your usual stereotypical ‘geek’ that usually becomes annoying after the first few chapters… She was funny, smart and vulnerable, yet carried herself with such grace that she quickly became one of my favorite protagonists. Sacha was my kind of character… He was sarcastic yet sweet. Strong yet so loving. Words can’t describe how much I LOVE Sacha and Taylor’s relationship, it was such a lovely thing to watch develop and I literally spent half the time counting down until they met face to face.

This book was suspenseful, fun and adventurous. It was everything I love about a book all in one, I can not thank the authors enough for writing such an amazing story. I think it is pretty obvious that I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

Rating 5*