New Year Bloggy Resolutions 2014

New Year Resolutions

First post of the year! Yay!

I was just about to do my own New Year Blogging Resolutions when I came across Chiara’s over at Books for a Delicate Eternity (http://delicateeternity.wordpress.com/). Then I was looking at her questions and realised they covered pretty much everything I wanted to say anyway and couldn’t resist joining in! So here goes –

 Reading:

I will read more books…

Oh definitely more review books. It’s getting ridiculous. I have a new plan that I began to follow at the end of last year that was read as many arcs as I can during the week and one non-review book whether it be from the library or not. Speaking of which, I have way too many books unread on both my Kindle and shelf too but I am kind of stockpiling (it’s hard to explain).

I will try reading…

More classics and mystery novels. I am not a fan of mystery books at all because I haven’t found one that I really enjoyed and that has kind of put me off them a little bit. As for classics, I am determined to start and finish Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, even if it mean reading a little bit a week.

I will finish…

Oops, I kind of got into that in the last question. But aside from Les Mis, I really want to read a couple of complete series’ that I own and have started, including:

  • The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
  • The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Maze Runner trilogy + prequel by James Dashner
  • Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate

More than I thought….this includes rereading the books I have read in the series too.

And I’d love to finish The Mortal Instruments this year.

I will start…

And hopefully finish:

  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • The Legend trilogy by Marie  Lu

I will not read…

Same thing as Chiara here – books I don’t want to. I hate DNFing books but I will probably have to.

  Posting:

I will try to post:

When I can. I usually find it very difficult to post every single day, so I’m aiming for every other day if need be.

I will post more:

Reviews. I have a lot of reviews that need to be typed up and posted. I think I’d be a little more enthusiastic about posting the reviews if maybe I typed them up straight after finishing the book on Goodreads instead of handwriting them first. Also, more of my Babbling with Bookcomet posts because they’re really fun and seem to be my more popular posts.

I will post fewer:

Nothing really. Since I have been able to post more at the moment, this may be hard to believe for any new followers but my problem last year was finding time to post.

If I do not post:

Then oh well. I have that post to look forward to still.

  Visiting:

This topic was actually going to be one of my main resolutions.

I will visit blogs:

Whenever I can (and want to). I love it when people comment on my posts because it shows that someone is actually reading what I write. So I am going to make an effort to do the same for other people and meet some great bloggers.

I will comment on more:

Same thing as Chiara again – reviews. I never know what to say. Particularly if I haven’t read the book. But comment on more everything in general.

I will comment on fewer:

Nothing, I need to comment more 🙂

I will return the comment favour as much as I can…

I’m quite happy to say that I do do this most of the time.

I will try and visit and comment on ____ blogs:

Bloggers whose blogs I really enjoy reading and appreciate. They deserve to know people read their posts and appreciate all the time and effort they put into them.

I will not post comments that are…

Nothingy. I will not post comments just for the sake of commenting.

I will post comments that are…

Relevent, interesting, thoughtful and are frequent (if you get what I mean).

 

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Some other resolutions that I wanted to mention, include putting more time into getting to know some other bloggers. Maybe I might get a Booklikes account and use Twitter, Tumblr (never even posted on), Pinterest and Goodreads (yes, I use this a LOT but I mean put more time towards my groups and stuff) more often.

I would also love to finish all my reading challenges because they would help greatly with decreasing my tbr pile and would be a great way to meet new bloggers and, well, they sound like fun!

Oh – and the other thing was that I started something called The Bookcomet Book Awards pretty much on the day I started my blog and never really picked it up again. I want to make this a regular and fun thing.

 

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So there you have them! I have a review to post later, but after this my posts will probably go back down to once a day.

Counting the Stars (28#)

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

This is always the post I look forward to the most. For some reason, this edition a lot. As you can see, I never miss a week. This meme has been going on for SEVEN months now! And I’m planning on making that more.

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it).
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below.

Books I bought:

One of the books I bought weeks ago from TBD finally came – but not the edition I wanted. Still waiting on two, both of which were preorders. One should come soon though. Then I surprised myself by actually buying a book in a store. It’s been a long time guys.

  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (this is massive guys. MASSIVE)Les Misérables

Gifted:

Won:

Not last week but the week before I mentioned winning a book. The Kindle edition was sent to me yesterday and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie KarsakChasing the Star Garden (The Airship Racing Chronicles, #1)

For review:

I went a little crazy with arc requesting this week after trying so hard to cut back. Plus, I got a request.

  • Anomaly by Krista McGeeAnomaly (Anomaly #1)
  • Imposter by Susanne WinnackerImpostor (Variants, #1)
  • Mine to Tarnish by Janeal Falor (I am SO excited for this. I loved You Are Mine!)Mine to Tarnish (Mine, #0.5)
  • The Girl Who was on Fire edited by Leah WilsonThe Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
  • The Almost Girl by Amalie HowardThe Almost Girl
  • Cress: Chapter One by Marissa MeyerCress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)
  • Jaded Stone by Kelly WalkerJaded Stone (Souls of the Stones, #4)

 Read:

Not too happy with my progress. I finished Poison Princess (I started it last week though) and read another book so that I could read Jaded Stone by Wednesday.

  • Poison Princess by Kresley ColePoison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)
  • Cornerstone by Kelly WalkerCornerstone (Souls of the Stones, #1)

Library:

Last week I requested a lot of books from the library. I requested some more this week even though all the ones from the week before still hadn’t come…I will be reading a whole trilogy! Yay!

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
  • The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessThe Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick NessMonsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
  • Crash by Lisa McMannCrash (Visions, #1)
  • Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz (won’t be reading. Didn’t realise that it wasn’t YA. Kind of assumed it was because of Blue Bloods. And got excited about the TV show. Oh well.)Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)

To be read:

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
  • Reign of Blood by Alexia PurdyReign of Blood (Reign of Blood, #1)

Currently reading:

  • Jaded Stone by Kelly WalkerJaded Stone (Souls of the Stones, #4)

So feel free to join in and link up! I’d love to see what you got and read during the week!

Model Misfit by Holly Smale

Model Misfit by Holly Smale

Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2)

Publication date: September 26th 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Number of pages: 356

Series: Geek Girl (2#)

Source: From the publisher via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion

Date finished: 11th October

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 Goodreads synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

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 Review:

Geekiness to the MAX. It’s enough to make anyone really want to be a geek. If you already are a geek, then you will feel a sense of pride. Read this book and you will see why.

Harriet is the perfect character for this story. She’s innocent, awkward, clumsy and of course, geeky. Since you don’t often come across these characteristics in books (and Holly Smale’s amazing writing skills help), it really makes Model Misfit bring out the emotions. There is one particular part of the book where I was extremely happy for all the characters and then (a little while later), quote: “NOOOOOOOOOO.” Luckily that was followed by another “yay!” A lot of the books is like that though. My emotions kind of felt what I guess is a yo-yo effect: up and down, up and down, and so forth.

What would Model Misfit be if there had been no Wilbur? I’m not sure to be honest but definitely not as good. His weird name calling and bubbly personality sort of compliment Harriet’s character. However, I still stand by what I said in my review of Geek Girl. “My little pot of bean paste” is definitely the weirdest name he has called Harriet so far. While the old characters are awesome, some of the new ones are too. Rin was quirky and fun and her obsession with Australia was so funny. Model Misfit, as a whole, was hilarious – I kept laughing out loud and earning myself some curious looks from those around me. The clumsy mistakes Harriet made were hilarious, as were the ways she tried to cover them up.

Luckily there some facts (really interesting ones) to balance the humour out. Those around me also got to hear those facts. Though this time they were more interested than annoyed.

I’m so happy that there is going to be a sequel! For a while after I finished Model Misfit I was a little unsure because everything was rounded off so nicely. Fortunately on Goodreads I discovered there was going to be a third book! The people around me also found that out too.

I love the cover of Model Misfit. It’s so quirky and fun. As a reader (and massive fan of the Geek Girl series) I can honestly tell you that it fits Model Misfit perfectly.

Please, I urge you to read Model Misfit! There are NO excuses. The only reason I will excuse you is if you haven’t read Geek Girl yet. But then you still have to read Model Misfit. If you are looking for a funny read, definitley check out the Geek Girl series!

 5/5 stars!

Add Model Misfit to Goodreads

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  Goodreads author bio:

Holly SmaleHolly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 20 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting.

She wasn’t.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives either in London or @holsmale.

 

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Publication date: May 21st 2011

Publisher: Feral Dream

Number of pages: 283

Series: Penryn and the End of Days  (1#)

Source: Bought

Date finished: 3rd October

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 Goodreads synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

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  Review:

Angels vs humans apocalypse…that’s new.

Me being me typically read the synopsis ages ago and put it on a mental TBR list. Then, fitting in with the typical pattern I have, promptly forgot what Angelfall is about. But bought it anyway because it was so drenched it hype and I remembered that I thought it sounded really good. Angelfall kept peeking out at me from all over the book blogging world. Five star review followed by five star review and so on. I come to Goodreads and find that all my Goodreads friends have rated it five stars.

To get that many fantastic ratings it must be a good book, right? Then, recalling coming across it on the Kindle store, dived back onto the store and found it again. Sure enough, same cheap price. Sold.

I could instantly tell why Angelfall is so popular. It is very much like Divergent (by Veronica Roth) in the way that the action is CONSTANT. I know that many dystopian books receive comparisons and quotes about their similarities to Divergent and The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) but I geniunely believe that they are alike pacing wise. I don’t know if I have enough fingers to count how many times I have seen “*such and such* is the next Hunger Games” etc.

When I glanced at the quotes in the front of the book saying things like “I couldn’t stop reading…”, “I was up early in the morning…”, I kind of felt along the lines of “there’s no way I’ll read it that fast” but lo and behold: I started it late at night and finished early next morning. Sleeping in between.

While I am attempting to count how many dystopian book comparisons I’ve seen, I may as well try and count how many times I’ve come across really strong heroines. In dystopian books especially. I guess they kind of complete the dystopian books though becuase a weak character who does nothing would be kind of boring. But Penryn was a pretty good character, absolutely determined to find her sister and she didn’t let her mother interfere with that. Even if she did let a certain character distract her.

Angelfall is a MUST for dystopian book fans. Just as long as you like fast paced books, you will probably take to this. I can’t give it the full five stars though because there is just something missing, and although I can’t identify what that is, I just can’t give it the rating I want to.

4.5/5 stars!

Add Angelfall to Goodreads

Blog News and Counting the Stars Mega Edition (21, 22, 23#)

So, yesterday I mentioned there was going to be a big post for today.

I wasn’t joking.

Counting the Stars is a meme I run that shares news about books you received and read and what’s on your TBR pile (to sum it up) and having to miss two Sundays means that I have to do a post for all three.

Why did you miss two Sundays, you ask?

I was in New Zealand!

I had an awesome holiday and even took a picture to share with you guys. Especially the one’s of you who like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings…

Hobbiton

I was lucky enough to visit Hobbiton (the place where some of the filming for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took place)! It was like I had just stepped into the movie and extremely interesting. If you are ever in NZ, you have to check it out. I also visited Sydney – also amazing.

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 Counting the Stars (21, 22, 23#)

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

I went to a fantastic and insanely cheap bookstore in Sydney and got these four books for a very cheap price. I couldn’t resist.

  • Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (I just need Silence and I have the whole series!)Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)
  • Unravelling by Elizabeth NorrisUnravelling (Unravelling, #1)
  • Starters by Lissa PriceStarters (Starters and Enders, #1)
  • Supernaturally by Kiersten White (I need Paranormalcy before I can read this one)Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)

Gifted:

Won:

  • Script Kiddie (Assured Destruction) by Michael F. StewartScript Kiddie (Assured Destruction #2)

Thank you!

For review:

  • Garden of Eden by Kate CowanGarden of Eden
  • Hush by Stacey R. CampbellHush - A Lakeview Novel (Book 1)
  • Infinityglass by Myra McEntireInfinityglass (Hourglass, #3)
  • After Eden by Helen DouglasAfter Eden (After Eden, #1)
  • External Forces by Deborah RixExternal Forces (The Laws of Motion #1)
  • Moirai by Ruth SilverMoirai (Aberrant, #2)
  • Starlet’s Web by Carla J. HannaStarlet's Web (The Starlet, #1)
  • The Summer I Found You by Jolene PerryThe Summer I Found You
  • Phoenix Island by John DixonPhoenix Island
  • Taste of Darkness by Maria V. SnyderTaste of Darkness (Healer, #3)
  • Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent (Divergent, #2)
  • The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica ScheinThe Disappearance of Lizzy Ross
  • Cursed by Lizzy FordCursed (Voodoo Nights #1)
  • The Rising by Terra HarmonyThe Rising (The Painted Maidens Trilogy, #1)
  • Venture Untamed by R. H. RussellVenture Untamed (Book 1)
  • Fireblood by Trisha WolfeFireblood

Thanks!

Read:

You guys can expect some reviews!

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
  • Breathe by Sarah CrossanBreathe (Breathe, #1)
  • Resist by Sarah CrossanResist (Breathe, #2)
  • Angelfall by Susan EeAngelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
  • Darker Still by Leanna Renne HieberDarker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1)
  • Model Misfit by Holly SmaleModel Misfit (Geek Girl #2)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (reread)Divergent (Divergent, #1)
  • Endless by Amanda GrayEndless
  • Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent (Divergent, #2)

Library:

TBR:

  • The Waves by Jen MinkmanThe Waves (The Island, #2)
  • Skulk by Rosie BestSkulk

Currently reading:

  • Garden of Eden by Kate CowanGarden of Eden

So leave me a link!

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I have some fun things coming up for you guys! As I mentioned yesterday, I am planning on posting more often and I have some ideas that will involve some of you…

 

 

Counting the Stars (20#) and Tackle Your TBR ReadathonWrap-up

Counting the Stars

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

Gifted:

I am SO excited to read these!

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

Won:

For review:

  • Sworn to Transfer by Terah EdunSworn To Transfer (Courtlight #2)
  • Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye QuinnClosed Hearts (Mindjack Trilogy, #2)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (yes, I have read this but now I have it on my Kindle)Divergent (Divergent, #1)
  • Model Misfit by Holly Smale (I jumped up and down repeatedly when I got this)Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2)
  • Storm by Evan AnglerStorm (Swipe #3)
  • The Waves: an Island novella by Jen MinkmanThe Waves (The Island, #2)

Read:

  • Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans (review to come)Not Pretty Enough
  • The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois (book 3 in the Behind Barres omnibus)Behind Barres
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff HartEat, Brains, Love
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (no review)Wintergirls
  • Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (review to come)Invisibility

Library:

  • Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David LevithanInvisibility
  • Shattered Souls by Mary LindseyShattered Souls (Souls, #1)

To be read:

  • Endless by Amanda GrayEndless
  • The Waves by Jen MinkmanThe Waves (The Island, #2)
  • More by T. M. FranklinMore (More #1)
  • The Guardians by T. M. FranklinThe Guardians  (More, #2)
  • Deadly Designs by Dale MayerDeadly Designs (Design, #2)

Currently reading:

  • Shattered Souls by Mary LindseyShattered Souls (Souls, #1)

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 Tackle Your TBR Readathon Wrap-up

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I really enjoyed this readathon, it was probably one of the ones I have most enjoyed. I was actually a challenge host – there is still time to enter my giveaway (you should find it by searching like challenge giveaway in the search bar). I actually PASSED my goal of reading seven books and ended up reading a few more. Here are my wrap-up stats:

Books read: 15

What were they?

  • Thin Space by Jody CasellaThin Space
  • Girl in Motion by Miriam Wengis-LanderBehind Barres
  • Hidden Wings by Cameo RenaeHidden Wings (Hidden Wings, #1)
  • Codename: Dancer by Amanda BriceBehind Barres
  • The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae MillerThe Summer I Became a Nerd
  • Geek Girl by Holly SmaleGeek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)
  • Everlast by Andria BuchananEverlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #1)
  • Chasers by James PhelanChasers (Alone, #1)
  • Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie AdmansNot Pretty Enough
  • The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff HartEat, Brains, Love
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonWintergirls
  • Invisiblity by Andrea Cremer and David LevithanInvisibility
  • Shattered Souls by (read 160 pages of) by Mary LindseyShattered Souls (Souls, #1)

Total pages read: 3751

Counting the Stars 19# and Reviews

Counting the Stars

counting the stars

Counting the Stars is a meme hosted here at Bookcomet! This meme allows you to display what books you have gained in the last week! Feel free to join.

The rules:

  • Post a sticker – whether it be mine or your own (provided it has Counting the Stars on it)
  • Either a) leave a link to your post in the comments below or b) tell me your answers in the comments – either is fine!
  • Try to post titles under at least a few of the catergories below

Books I bought:

Gifted:

Won:

For review:

  • Aberrant by Ruth SilverAberrant (Aberrant #1)
  • Spellbound and the Determined by Dax VarleySpellbound and Determined
  • Notable by Marni BatesNotable (Awkward, #3)
  • The Iron Bells by Jeanette BattistaThe Iron Bells (The Demon's Gate, #1)
  • Released by Mia FoxReleased (Romani Realms, #1)

Read:

  • Thin Space by Jody CasellaThin Space
  • Girl in Motion (book one in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Miriam Wengis-LanderBehind Barres
  • Hidden Wings by Cameo RenaeHidden Wings (Hidden Wings, #1)
  • Codename: Dancer (book two in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Amanda BriceBehind Barres
  • Geek Girl by Holly SmaleGeek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)
  • Everlast by Andria BuchananEverlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #1)
  • Chasers by James PhelanChasers (Alone, #1)

Library:

To be read:

  • The Queen Bee of Bridgetown (book three in the Behind Barres omnibus) by Leslie DuBoisBehind Barres
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff HartEat, Brains, Love
  • Skulk by Rosie BestSkulk

Currently reading:

  • Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie AdmansNot Pretty Enough

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 Everlast by Andria Buchanan

Everlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #1)

Publication date: September 1st 2013

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Number of pages: 326

Series: The Chronicles of Nerissette (1#)

Source: From the publisher for the review. This is my honest opnion.

Date finished: 14th September 2013

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 Goodreads synopsis:

Allie Munroe has only ever wanted to belong, maybe even be well liked. But even though she’s nice and smart and has a couple of friends, she’s still pretty much the invisible girl at school. So when the chance to work with her friends and some of the popular kids on an English project comes up, Allie jumps at the chance to be noticed. And her plan would have worked out just fine…if they hadn’t been sucked into a magical realm through a dusty old book of fairy tales in the middle of the library. Now, Allie and her classmates are stuck in Nerissette, a world where karma rules and your social status is determined by what you deserve. Which makes a misfit like Allie the Crown Princess, and her archrival the scullery maid. And the only way out is for Allie to rally and lead the people of Nerissette against the evil forces that threaten their very existence.

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  Review:

For me, my review of Everlast is going to be very difficult to write. It wasn’t really for me but there were a few things that I did like.

Pros:
– There were some quirky lines
.- The idea was pretty good, I mean, you are ranked as you deserve!
– The protagonist, Allie, was likeable and I enjoyed reading about her.
– Even though Allie was queen, the power didn’t go straight to her head.
– Didn’t expect the ending.

Cons:
– I really couldn’t get into the story.
– I got a little bit confused.
– I wanted to know a little bit of backstory for the characters so that I could understand them better.

I love the cover, it’s so pretty! I feel as though it really captures what the book is about.

I would recommend Everlast to middle grade readers and possibly teens. It had a good story line and I quite liked it.

  3/5 stars!

Add Everlast to Goodreads

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Goodreads author bio:

Andria BuchananPatricia’s a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in her twenties she earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but, her passion has always been a good book. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. She’s in a distant third. Patricia writes adult Paranormal under the name Patricia Eimer and writes Young Adult books under the name Andria Buchanan.

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Chasers by James Phelan

Chasers (Alone, #1)

Publication date: May 27th 2010 (first published)

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Number of pages: 247

Series: Alone (1#)

Source: Borrowed

Date finished: 15th September 2013

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 Goodreads synopsis:

The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

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  Review:

Chasers could have easily have earned a five star rating from me. Easily. But there was one thing that really, really bugged me.

The edition that I read had NO SPEECH MARKS. That’s a major thing for me. I am seriously big on grammar, so that kind of thing really, really annoyed me. It also became really difficult to distinguish speech from non-speech.

However, what I DID like was all the action. I was into the book on the first page! That’s pretty rare for me, it usually takes me at least a chapter. I also adored that the main characrer was from Australia! We do not have enough of them.

Chasers was really easy to read, it went very quickly for me. I read a little before bed and then finished it pretty much straight away in the morning. But that’s what happens when you get an action packed book like Chasers, you just can’t turn the pages fast enough. However, I was a little confused at the ending because it went a little too fast.

I loved the story and can’t wait to find out what happens. If I hadn’t have received the third book for review I probably wouldn’t have heard about this one. I am so glad about both of those things though. In other words, I will be continuing this series and I sure do urge you to as well!

4/5 stars!

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 Goodreads author bio:

James  PhelanJames Phelan was born on the 21st of May, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia. His creative spirit was nurtured from a young age, and he credits his overactive imagination to being exposed to authors such as Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well as such works as The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Tales of the Punjab, Siddhartha, and The Little Prince.
As a teenager James discovered a love of geo-political thrillers, of being entertained and informed on topical global events. James cites influences on the Fox series from reading such authors as Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Archer, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Ian Fleming, and Jeffery Deaver.
In 1995, aged fifteen, James started his first novel, which he went on to develop as part of his major VCE English assignment in 1996. A thriller involving a terrorist attack on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, James eventually abandoned the storyline when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was published in 1998. While this story idea died, the lead protagonists of Lachlan Fox and Alister Gammaldi lived on as James went in search of another introductory tale for these series characters.
After high school James went on to study in Architecture, and then English Literature, eventually graduating with a PhD in Writing. It was during his masters degree and while working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book, and would lead to seeing his novels in print.