Reading Slump

Okay, so I have literally just finished reading The Wrath And The Dawn and my mind is exploding. I just had to get my thoughts on it down pronto. Everyone has been talking about and reading this book recently, so obviously I picked it up. This was a freaking amazing book! I cannot convey how awesome I thought this book was, the characters, the plot, everything was just great. But seriously, that ending though! I will not be giving away any spoilers here, but if you have read the book you will know what I mean. All I’m going to say it that there is a whopper of a cliff hanger. So I was just going along reading happily and then right in the middle of the action the book ends. I am in agony. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR. A whole year for the next book. Give me the strength to get through this please.

Other than that I have not been reading as much as I would like to. I was busy helping out at a kids camp all of last week and had absolutely no time to read. Which was really difficult because a few days before it I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn, which was a completely consuming story and all I wanted to do was stay up all night reading it. But I couldn’t because I was just so tired, and had to get up early every morning.That meant that I hadn’t really read very much since the read-a-thon.I have only read two books since then which is not much at all. And sadly I won’t be getting much time any time soon to read because I will be working a lot over the next two weeks and then going abroad. But I will try my best.

I still have to put up one more review from the read-a-thon, which is Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s in the works at the moment and I will try to get it up sometime during this week hopefully. I’m in the mood now to read a really quick contemporary romance or something because I feel like all the books I have been reading at the moment have been really intense. I need a break!

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 🙂