Weekly Recommendations #6

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 385

Rating:4/5 stars

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I only recently read this book, but I absolutely loved it. It was just a perfect mix of romance, music and what it’s like to be young and in love. Colleen Hoover is like the new adult version of Sarah Dessen, and my next favorite author I’m pretty sure. I would recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance with swoon worthy musicians. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Synopses:

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 459

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind”

This book was really good, when you look at it by itself. But compared to Rowell’s other books, it wouldn’t be her best. I think I prefer when she writes adult fiction, from my reading of Attachments, which I thought was really cute. However, that’s not to say that this wasn’t a good book, because I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great story. I absolutely loved seeing all the different aspects of Cath’s life and how she was not your normal girl you would come across in books nowadays. The copy that I had had some really cool illustrations of the characters, comic book style. I thought that was a fun little thing to add to it. It was nice that at the end of each chapter there was a little extract from a Simon Snow story, being from the actual book or a fanfic, so it felt like I was reading two story’s sometimes.

Looking at Cath as a character, I think she was formed really well. It felt like she was a real person who you could meet in the street, knowing that there was more to her than meets the eye allowed for a better understanding of the story. When she finds out that her twin Wren doesn’t want to be her roommate, the emotion was so real it just made me feel sorry for her. I was able to relate to her in some aspects, like with her anxiety. I can see where she’s coming from with her feelings about meeting new people and how college life was going to work for her without her sister to help her. As Cath starts to discover who she is without her sister, she begins to experience things for herself rather than in Wren’s shadow. The writing was phenomenal in this book and the characters were all really interesting. Regan, Cath’s roommate, was so much fun to read about, with her “I don’t care” attitude and curvy figure, she felt like a real woman. When she takes Cath under her wing and try’s to show her new things, how to live and what she should be doing with her life, I just started to love her even more. As you can tell I just love all of these characters, they were all written to so well and in such a way that you can’t help but be entranced. Now on to our lovely Levi, I wish I could talk more about him, but I feel like if I do then I will be giving the story away, which wouldn’t be good. So, all I’m going to say is that he is my new Book Boyfriend. He’s so cute and you just want to hug him anytime he’s in the story. He’s always so happy and nice to Cath, trying to get her to come out of her shell and try new things, I think we all need a Levi in our lives.

If you’ve read the book you’ll probably already know this, but the Simon Snow story’s are like a remake of Harry Potter. They are set in a wizarding school and there is a really smart female character that’s way ahead of her class, just like Hermione. The main kid Simon is like the chosen one and is meant to save the world or something. So yeah it was sort of funny that it was liked Harry Potter. It’s like in books or movies where there is something that is close to the real thing in reality but isn’t it and they talk about it as though it is the real thing, because it’s essentially replacing that thing. Simon Snow was like that, except for the part where Harry Potter is mentioned in the book. That sort of ruined it because it just didn’t make sense any more. Why make up a book series exactly like HP and then keep HP in that fictional world, it just doesn’t make any logical sense. But besides that there wasn’t anything wrong with this book. It was actually pretty great and I really enjoyed reading it.

I would recommend this book to people who like story’s with real life problems and cute romances. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley

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Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley

Published May 1st 2003 by Vintage

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 149

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Carmel McKisco is wry, volatile and full of longing: a twenty-year-old girl working nights in a Manchester dive bar. Cut off from her family, and from Tony, her carefree ex, she forges strange alliances with her customers, and daydreams, half-heartedly, about escaping to Cornwall.

Cold Water is a poignant picaresque of barmaids and barflies; eccentric individuals all somehow tethered to their past – not least Carmel herself, who is nurturing mordant fixations on both her lost love, Tony, and her washed-up adolescent hero: a singer from Macclesfield. As she spins out the days and nights of an unrelentingly rainy winter she finds herself compelled to confront her romantic preoccupations, for better or worse.”

This book was so random, I mean it really was. I’m not really sure if there was a specific line of events that were meant to lead to anything. The book just sort of ended and I was confused as to what had happened. But that’s not to say that I didn’t like it, it was a nice read. This book wouldn’t have been what I would usually have read, but I’ve been trying to branch out lately so I thought I would pick it up. Now, I wouldn’t say that I’m glad that I read this book, or that I feel enlightened by it or anything. But it wasn’t a waste of time, only because it took me like two hours to read it. It was different and quirky and portrayed some interesting characters throughout the story.

This book showed a very different side of love and being young. The main character Carmel wasn’t what you would be used to reading about. She was quite harsh as a character, almost always drunk and staying out late with her girlfriends. The reality of her life wasn’t one that you could see as a good one. I got the sense that as a character she isn’t happy and because of that, drowns herself in alcohol to make it all go away. I wouldn’t be able to count how many times Carmel was drunk during this novel. It really showed how she struggled with her life and how things weren’t going to plan. But it got to the point where I was wondering what kind of idiot she was with all alcohol she was consuming. She was going to end up killing herself one day if she didn’t stop. She could be quite annoying at times and I felt like throttling her at some points. All of the characters in this novel seemed to be party people who go out and get smashed every night and maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have. I’m not a party person or a drinking person, so I didn’t feel like I could connect with the people in this book, especially the main character Carmel. But I feel like that’s not why this story was written. I think the author was trying to convey the difficulty’s for a young girl living on her own and how that’s effected her so far in life.

The writing was good and there was a bit of humor at some points. I thought the characters were well-developed and I could understand how they had gotten to the point in their life that they were at. All the characters were each unique and different and I hadn’t read ones like those before. I think Riley captured the essence of the lower class very well and portrayed a sad image of the lives of those people. So it was more the fact that this wasn’t my kind of story, rather than it not being a good book, that caused me to not like it or to not think it was amazing. I did like it, but I wouldn’t be reading it again or book’s that are similar to it. One last thing that I want to say is, I thought the ending was sort of anti-climactic or something. After all that Carmel experienced in the story it was sad to see how she continued to let others control her and her life. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give the ending away, but I was disappointed with it.

I would recommend this to people who like books about the lower class and a harsher reality than the usual fluff story’s. This book is suitable for readers 15+, but would recommend for older readers as there is a mature story line.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Published July 3rd 2014 by Scholastic

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?”

That doesn’t really tell you very much about what the story is actually about so I’ll run through it really quickly:

Cole goes to LA to do a reality web series, but the main reason he’s going is because Isabel will be there. Isabel is seen as a cold bitch, she works in a fancy boutique where this is exactly what her boss want’s. Cole shows up there unexpectedly and Isabel feels herself begin to thaw, she cares for Cole and struggles with those feelings. Basically the whole book is about them figuring out if they can be together and the events that ensue. Cole almost loses himself in the process and Isabel starts to harden the shell that she has created around herself when things start to go wrong. It’s a love story about two very weird and quirky people who are searching to find a reason to live(with each other, who knows? Read the book!).

I had never planned on reading this book, because to be honest I sort of forgot about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and the fact that there was a companion novel. But when I found this book at a Thrift store for really cheap and I just had to get it(you know what it’s like, couldn’t help but buy it). I don’t really remember if the original series was like, but I just got the feeling that Sinner was better, or that I enjoyed it more or something. It’s hard to say because I read the series a good few years ago.

But anyway, about the book. The characters were all really interesting to read about and I felt like they all had dept to them, even some of the minor characters. Stiefvater just found a way of making all the characters so real, like you could believe that there are people out there just like them. None of her character were in any way perfect and it was a breath of fresh air to read about real types of people. Isabel was the kind of person who looked perfect from the outside, the frosty demeanor that she showed everyone was just a front she put up so that she could protect herself from getting hurt. I really felt for Isabel in this book, she’s had a hard life so far and I wanted her to have a happy ending. I loved reading from her POV and seeing how she truly felt under her ice queen facade. When she would get bitchy and snap at her cousin Sophia, it just pulled at my heart-strings, to see how she really loved her and wanted to help her come out of her shell, but didn’t know how to do it nicely. Seeing her thaw a bit as the book progressed just got all the feels. And when Cole and Isabel came together, it was just magic. They were two such unique and eccentric characters that I couldn’t help but love them together. Cole was always going off and doing the most random of things, it was the most entertaining thing to read about. He brought this feeling to the book that no other author could have created and he made other characters shine, as well bringing forth a multitude of new things for the reader to love.

Stiefvater has created some truly unique things in this novel. The world that she set out for us as readers was written in such a way that you get sucked in straight away. The plot was slow but fast paced at the same time and it was a really great story to read. Seeing it from both POV’s was a nice change and I felt like it completed the story. There wasn’t much going on plot wise, but non the less it still kept me interested and I couldn’t put this book down. It’s hard to say whether it was better than the original series or not. I got a different feeling off of this book than off the Mercy Falls series. I would definitely say that if you were thinking of reading this book, it would be a good idea to read the series first, as there is some information in it that you need to know for things to make sense. You get to know the characters background more and what led them to where they are now, otherwise you’d be a bit lost with everything.

I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book. If you like off the wall characters and quirky romance story’s, you’ll love this book. This is suitable for readers 15+. If you want to read the original series you can find it here.

Rainbow Read-A-Thon Finished!

It has been one hell of a week but I have managed to complete the rainbow read-a-thon! I have no idea how I was able to read six books in a week, it was a new record for me. I feel completely washed out, who knew you could read too much, because I certainly didn’t. I mean, I am actually really tired now after what felt like was a sprint of reading. Or maybe it was because I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading every day, then got up early to do it all over again.

So I read almost all of the books that I said I would read, apart from one small change. For my purple book I decided to read Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley instead of Postcards From The Heart by Ella Griffin. I was just really tired by Saturday and I wanted to read something short so I could just finish the read-a-thon. Which is what I did because Cold Water was only like 150 pages, where as Postcards From The Heart was around 400 pages, and I just didn’t know if i was going to be able to do it. You could say I took the easy route. But whatever, I’m still happy with what I read, and that’s what the read-a-thon was for, right? To enjoy yourself!

So here’s how my week went:

Monday: Finished reading Sinner, which I had already been reading since Friday

Tuesday: Started reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, finished it that evening. Started reading Lament.

Wednesday: Finished reading Lament in the evening, started reading Fangirl.

Thursday: Finished with Fangirl.

Friday: Started reading A Long Way Down.

Saturday: Finished reading A Long Way Down, read Cold Water in one sitting.

Sunday: REST! (Too much reading, if there could ever be a thing).

So as you can see I read pretty much every day that week. And that’s not to say that I wasn’t busy because I was. I had to work this week so it was hard to squeeze in reading time. But I managed it and I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish this, it was really fun challenging myself to see how much I was able to read. So here is the finished list of all the books that I read this week:

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater(red)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater(orange)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan(yellow)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell(green)

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby(blue)

Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley(purple)

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I will be reviewing all of these books over the coming week so you will see those posts popping up soon hopefully! If you participated in this read-a-thon please let me know how you got on and what books you read.

Happy reading 🙂

Rainbow Read-a-Thon TBR

So upon looking up all of my book-tubers on youtube I came across this read-a-thon. I was very excited, because I always seem to miss them when they’re happening. But it is not so this time. I have caught it and it looks to be a really cool one! I found out about it from Peruse Project, who put up a video of the books that she was going to read for it and it just got me really excited. Mainly because, with my recent book haul I now have many more colorful books that fit in perfectly with this read-a-thon. The read-a-thon was originally created by a bunch of book-tubers, which is just awesome really.

So what this read-a-thon is, is you pick six books that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple(must be the spines). Or you can pick seven books, all of the same colour. You have from the 15th to the 22nd of June, which is Monday to Sunday, to read all of these books. To make it easier though, you can double up on some books. By this I mean that you can have a book that has say a blue background with purple writing, allowing you to knock off both of those colours.

The books that I have chosen are as follows(in order of colour):

So as you can see I have not taken the easier route, six books is a hell of a lot to read in a week. Who knows if I will read all of them, but I’m hoping I can get through some. I’ve already read one, so hopefully that will give me a good start to it. Since I will be spending this whole week with my nose buried in one book or another, I won’t be posting very much. I will do a wrap up of how things went with the read-a-thon some time at the end of the week and hopefully will have some reviews up.

Let me know if you’re participating and what your rainbow looks like, I am very curious!

Happy reading 🙂

Truce by R.L. Mathewson

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Truce(Neighbor from Hell #4) by R.L. Mathewson

Published by Smashwords on November 1st 2013

Genres:New Adult, Historical, Romance

Pages:284

Format:Ebook

Rating:3/5 stars

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This is the story before everything…

Elizabeth knows what’s expected of her, perfection. She’s the daughter of an Earl and expected to marry well, say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she’s dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday. Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis that she hasn’t seen in over fourteen years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart.

He hated her.

At least, he tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone who he couldn’t live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into…

A Bradford.”

From the moment I found out that this was the next book in the Neighbors from Hell series, I wasn’t very excited for it. I’m not the biggest fan of Historical romance, just not finding it all that interesting and I have to say that I don’t think it was done very well in this book. I found that often while reading it I would forget it was meant to be set in the 1800’s, because it didn’t come across as to be in that time period. I do have to point out however, that the author did say that she tried to make the story enjoyable for those that are fans of historical and those that are not. So I believe that in doing so she lost that element to the book. I can see that Mathewson tried to do the historical thing, but it just didn’t work very well. She is far better at writing contemporary, which is why I like her books so much anyway. I loved the first few books in the series, I even skipped this one and read the 5th book before this one because I knew I wouldn’t like it as much.

But, in saying all that, I did enjoy reading some elements of the story. I liked how Elizabeth was such a heads strong character seeing how she was going to fend for herself unlike many of the lady’s her age. It would have been seen at the time as a weird thing for a young women to want to go off and live by herself, she would have been called a spinster if she were not to marry. Which she didn’t plan on doing unless she was in love, and she knew that was close to impossible from the men her parents were throwing at her. It’s always something you dream of, to fall in love and get married. Knowing that Elizabeth was this kind of person, wanting a real relationship, set her apart from all the other women in the book. I loved how she was such a down to earth person, helping children on the streets and being kind to servants when they were treated like crap from everyone else.

The relationship between her and Robert was sweet, once you got over the whole part in the middle where they hated each others guts. And it wasn’t like in the other books in the series where it was cute when the two love interests bickered, in this book it was just stupid and annoying and I was waiting for the story to move on. This was because at the start of the book they meet and realize they are perfect for each other without knowing that the other is actually their childhood nemesis. I mean, I’ve read books before where this kind of thing happens, but it wasn’t done well this time around. There was also a lot of melodramatic moments that I felt were unnecessary and I’m not going to get into it, but yeah stuff happened that felt a little silly for me to be honest.

I did like however, that at the start of the story it opens with Jason our first male love interest from Playing for Keeps. He’s trying to make his wife Haley a necklace because it’s some sort of tradition, and his father sits down with him and tells him the story behind the tradition. That is how it leads into the story about Elizabeth and Robert and the book ends when Jared has finished, so it all ties in which was a nice touch I felt. It’s always fun to see characters from previous books come into the current story and I love how Mathewson always does that with her book’s. I have to commend her on the fact that she always makes swoon worthy male love interests, with their devotion to their women. I just can’t get enough of those Bradford’s. I would definitely say that this wasn’t a waste of time or anything, and would say that if you’re a romance junkie this is a book for you.This was probably my least favorite book in the series so far, but it was still nice to read, but not up to Mathewson’s usual standards.

I would recommend this book to someone who like’s characters who start of hating each other and then come to love each other, fans of romance and so on. This book is suitable for person’s 17+ due to explicit sexual content.