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Tuesday 4 August 2015

Review: Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Love Rosie By Cecelia Ahern.
Genre: Adult/ Contempary/ Romance.
Publisher: Hachette Books.
Rating: 3/5
Pages: 448

The basis for the forthcoming motion picture starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin!

What happens when two people who are meant to be together can't seem to get it right?

Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, they are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston.

Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn't quite done with them yet.

This is one of those books that you hate and love at the same time. For me it felt like this.
We have our two mains characters Rosie and Alex who we read growing up together through writing to each other between letters and text messages. Of course along the way we read letters (Mostly between Rosie) and other characters connecting and interacting this way as well. We have Rosie who is the kind of girl a lot of people could relate too. She had a lot of realistic problems which in most books authors wouldn’t write upon. She was one of those people that had a series of bad luck in her life but where there’s a bad there’s a good, which I think was kind of the message this book was trying to give. You know never give up on things because there’s always a rainbow at the end. Then there was Alex who I felt was my favourite character in the book unlike Rosie I felt his life was a lot more successful and he had a lot more to give which we didn’t see because this book was based more around Rosie’s life. He was ambitious, determined and a supportive friend for Rosie whenever she need him.
Since this book is letter formed this is how we get to understand what is happening in the story. I honestly didn’t think I would of read this entire book because of it being in this form but I was surprised at how much I liked this different format it was a breathe of a fresh air and made it an easy read. Will definitely try more letter formed books.

Good points to the book:
I felt what I loved most about this book was the beginning and the end they both were great ways to start and finish a love story and I can definitely picture this being done well in a film. The beginning was funny because we read about Alex and Rosie being young in school so at times they acted childish and immature but their friendship was cute to read about, the beginning was a very light read it brings you back to when you were in school and going through puberty and all that.

Bad points to the book:
The middle of this book kind of bored me, that’s probably why I gave it 3 stars. It just lacked in places I had to keep putting it down because I wasn’t engrossed in the storylines because they weren’t really about Alex or Rosie together. And if there was any spark of any drama it was soon pushed back down after about two pages, so good parts didn’t last long. The chemistry for Rosie and Alex was frustrating as well because when one liked the other, the other one didn’t like them, it was kind of a circle that kept going round and I just kept getting frustrated wanting to smack them both in the heads and make them realise how delusional they both were and how they  both needed to just get it on and confess their love already.

Overall I think this makes a perfect summer read for those to take on holiday or to read on a beach. I read mine on the plane which helped me get through my flight.

Monday 15 June 2015

Stacking the shelves 15/06/15

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking the shelves is all about the great books we have received over the week that's been collected to our book shelves. It also gives people chance to share books with others that they may not of heard of before, which they can then check out for themselves.
My wrap up of books has came late this week due to being busy but better late than never.

This is a collection of books I have brought over the last two week, due to being busy with college I didn't have time to do it last week. But that's just means more fun books to share with you this week :)

P.S I Love you By Jenny Han.
Saint anything By Sarah Dessen.
The Distance between us By Kasie West.
The Assassins Curse By Cassandra Rose Clarke.
The Pirates Wish By Cassandra Rose Clarke.
Off the page By Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer.

This week I decided to buy more cute, contempary books that I can read for the summer I'm most excited to The Distance between us heard nothing but good things about Kasie Wests writing. I also decided to buy Cassandra Rose Clarkes books because of the publishing house shutting down and I have heard they will be hard to buy soon, and I didn't want to miss out of books about pirates of course!

What did you buy or receive this week?

Friday 12 June 2015

Review: The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Young adult/dystopyian/fantasy
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 355

Summary: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Review: I picked this book up based on the cover not going to lie (shouldn't be judging a book by its cover I know). It took me over a year too read this, I've had this on my shelf just because of its beautiful cover and I so wish I had read it sooner now! The story begins when Kestrel and her friend Jess go to the market where they happen to stumble upon a slave auction which Kestrel ends up bidding in, bidding for the slave Arin due to feeling sorry for him and for once wanting something that can be her possession. Even though she kind of forgets hes at the house to begin with until one day she seeks comfort and friendship in him even though its forbidden..

The romance was something I had never felt so connected too before and so many emotions were going on it was unreal. I loved it! I wanted more and more. Obviously Kestrel is of Valorian heritage who are in charge of the city that was once Herrani before they destroyed them and killed half of their people and made the rest into slaves, which is what Arin is, so of course we have a starcrossed lovers thing going on. It was a bit like Romeo and Juliet but set in a new world with war and politics going on. All the way through the book I just kept rooting for them so much. I look forward to the second one. (the ending your in for a big shocker)

The characters were well developed. I felt throughout the book we saw both Arin and Kestrel growing and becoming stronger characters towards the end. I loved how Kestrel wasn't a badass that kicked butt but was super clever instead and used her brains and strategies when it came to battles. 

Overall I recommend this for everyone to read and if you do have this on your shelf please do not leave it for a year to read it, this book is so much more then you think its going to be. While there is a romance going on there is also a big war in the middle of it which just makes it that much more exciting. Whos side are you on Valorians or the Herranis?

Tuesday 2 June 2015

Stacking the shelves 02/06/2015

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking the shelves is all about the great books we have received over the week that's been collected to our book shelves. It also gives people chance to share books with others that they may not of heard of before, which they can then check out for themselves.
My wrap up of books has came late this week due to being busy but better late than never.
This week I brought:

A Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir
Splintered By A.G.Howard
This Lullaby By Sarah Dessen (I got this for such a bargain in waterstones for 50p I was very pleased)
The Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh

I am so happy with the books I brought this week they have all great reviews, especially A Ember in the ashes I most looking forward to this one the most. Let me know what you brought this week on the comments below. Have a great day, Kelsey xoxo

Sunday 24 May 2015

Stacking the shelves 24/05/2015

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking the shelves is all about the great books we have received over the week that's been collected to our book shelves. It also gives people chance to share books with others that they may not of heard of before, which they can then check out for themselves.

This week I brought:

Cruel Beauty By Rosamund Hodge.
Confess By Colleen Hoover.

So this week I brought myself two books, since I have been hiatus from reading for a while I would say I've done pretty well. Cant wait to read these I'm a big fan of Colleen Hoover as it is and Cruel Beauty is a beauty and the beast retelling so I'm sure I will get to these soon!

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Review: A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court Of Thorns And Roses By Sarah J Maas
Genre: Young adult/ Fantasy.
Publisher: Bloomsbury.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review: First of all without even reading this book I was excited to read it. I mean its Sarah J Maas right? I loved her other Throne of Glass series (which I still need to finish off) so of course I had to pick this signed copy up at my local water stones shop. And she did not disappoint.. at all!

The story takes place in a world where humans and faeries do not get along. Literally there's a border which separates the realms of humans and fae. In Feyres world there's stories about faeries about how they are dangerous and how no human should cross to their land from the woods as they never return back and how evil these faeries are. With Feyres family being poor, she hunts daily to supply her sisters and father with food, its a routine job which she is used until one day she kills a wolf - and not just any wolf either. Enter Tamlin who happens to be the wolfs friend and who also happens to be a high fae. He gives Feyre a choice to die (ripping her to shreds for killing his friend) or live with him forever, so of course she picks the obvious choice. 

This book was so good! I was in such a reading slum before I read this. I had not read in months but this so got me at of my hiatus status. I loved this world, I loved how magic was such a big part of it, how many different twists there were and how it was a beauty and the beast retelling because it had its own original twist to it. I loved the characters aswell! Feyre was such a strong character, she wasn't a whiny annoying thing, you could actually understand why she was the way she had to be. Then my dear Tamlin oh Tamlin the broody but sensitive (dangerous) fae who made you love him even more every chapter. He was my favourite character in this book I would say, made me swoon with everything he did.

The only thing I didn't like was the ending.. and I know its a trilogy but I still wasn't happy with the ending it could of been a stand alone in my opinion and it would of been great, but I'm guessing Miss Maas is hoping to write a love triangle which total wouldn't make sense! All I'm saying is Rhys (some man who doesn't even enter the story properly until three quarters through the book) ergh! but hopefully she doesn't, we will see.

Overall I loved the romance and the setting and the characters and if you haven't read this book yet then definitely give this book a go.

Tuesday 21 January 2014

I'm Back! Im so sorry!

Its been over a year since I have blogged, its truly upsetting! I was so busy last year with college and work that I didn't have the time to blog about books. But I'm back and have still been reading so get ready for a whole load of reviews that I need to post for you guys!