Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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Rating:5star

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Frances only had one thing on her mind –  study and make it into one of the UK’s elite schools. But when she finds out her friend Aled is the mysterious voice behind her all-time favourite podcast she find a new sort of friendship in Aled and Universe City. But when it goes viral everything comes crashing down and Frances has to confront her past.

I really enjoyed Radio Silence. Although I do tend to stray away from YA novels that attempt to mix in fandom into its plot because I often find it doesn’t use fandom as well as it could. But I really enjoyed how Alice used fandom to show the beauty and danger of the internet while creating a solid novel about choices, and whichever path you take doesn’t matter, so long as you decide the course of your future. Frances’ experiences felt so true to me, as someone who is currently in the position she’s in- the transition from college to university is scary. Frances has such a great character development- from a quiet girl who doesn’t feel comfortable about talking what she likes to openly enjoying all the strange things she thought people would judge her for.

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Book Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

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Rating:★★★☆☆

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In a world where perfection is everything and a single mistake marks you Flawed for life, Celestine North’s life quickly becomes anything but perfect after she commits a terrible mistake.

I’m actually very much in the middle when it comes to Flawed. I can’t decide whether I really hated this book or thought it was just alright.

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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To be honest, I gave an extra star because I had a soft spot for Baz.
Carry On follows the life of the worst chosen one ever, Simon Snow, as he struggles to survive his final year at school. His girlfriend broke up with him and his roommate/nemesis goes missing while the evil Humdrum continues to make his life a living hell. This standalone is based on the characters who feature in snippets in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl.

I’m probably in the minority here, but… I didn’t like Fangirl. People kept parading that book like it was the damn Dummies Guide to Fandom. But I didn’t feel that way at all. However, I was mildly interested in the snippets that were in Fangirl. But this book was really boring, at first. Nothing really happens until Baz turns up 30-ish% in the book. There were moments when I felt like I was reading angsty Darry fanfiction.

Looking back on it, this whole book was messy. I know it’s supposed to be Rowell’s take on the story, not Gemma’s (the author of the SS stories in Fangirl) or Cath’s fanfiction version. But the book is set up so it’s like the final story in Simon’s adventure, so there’s a lack of world building and the book leans on using the premises from Harry Potter so much that it wouldn’t have worked on its own. We’re just thrown straight in, having missed seven books worth of characterisation- it was probably Rowell’s intention to so but it was a bit tiring listening to them refer to their past adventures but we weren’t there.

Characterisation wise, I didn’t like anyone, at first, but they grew on me. Simon was so uninteresting and I still feel like I don’t understand him at all. Penny was smart and I liked her. I don’t even remember Agatha. The chapters with Lucy was interesting but I didn’t like how Simon doesn’t learn the truth behind his parentage? It would’ve made a better plot to seem him react to that news, even though I saw it a mile away. Baz was my favourite. Watching him struggle with his dilemma as a vampire was interesting but He was good but could’ve been way better.

Overall, I’m in the middle with this book. While in terms of diversity, Carry On has Harry Potter beat. I was hoping it would be more original.

Kindle Edition, 529 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
ASIN: B00V35U13W

Book Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Parker Grant lives by her own set of die-hard rules which she developed over the years, after losing her mother and sight at age 7, and refuses to let anyone treat her differently because of that. But when Scott, otherwise known as Parker Enemy Number One for breaking the most important rule, reappears into her life, Parker is forced to wonder if she was too quick to judge Scott while attempting to handle her new way of life after the death of her father three months prior.

I’m not going to lie, I was going into this book expecting it to be bad but, honestly, I thought it was pretty good.

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Book Review: The Fifth Wave (The Fith Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

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Rating:★★★☆☆

“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”Stephen Hawking

Set in a  world where a gigantic mothership appears in our sky, it sparks off wonder and fear. But then the first wave hits, an electromagnetic pulse affecting all transport,  and infrastructure we all take for granted in seconds. Half a million people die. The second wave is flooding taking out millions more living near coastlines in a day. This continues until the last one; the fifth wave. No one knows when it will happen, but it’s coming.

I’m actually quite glad I managed to finish this book. I’ve putting it on and off for two years now. I don’t understand why, I think it maybe be due to the fact the first half was really confusing, along with the changing POVs without telling you who was speaking. I would’ve stopped reading it, had it not been the hype and, then later, the movie with this book.  The story is narrated by a few survivors; Cassie, a young girl; Ben, who finds himself inducted into the military, and a couple of others (no spoilers). The action is this book is fast-paced, and just as you think you’ve got the plot there were a few surprises which threw me off completely. This was thrilling to read and I liked Yancey gave a more fuller reason as to why the world became what it is. It’s common for YA novels to simply write off the past as something ~bad~ without never telling us why.

However, the romance elements were, as always for me, annoying. I’m not sure about anyone else but I never pay attention to the romance portions unless I find the couple really cute and want them to get together. Especially in YA, romance rarely appear interesting to me. Here I didn’t find it realistic. I’m not going to name anyone because it’s a huge spoiler but I felt like it happened waay too fast and, in this instance, it could’ve gone without. Also, as much as I liked Sammy, he didn’t need his chapters.

Overall, it was an intense read, full of excitement and danger, and a smidge of romance. Although the POVs confused me at first, it does add to the action and I have high hope that the sequel will raise the tension more, and show us more aliens because I’m genuinely intrigued by them. 

Paperback, 460 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Penguin Books
ISBN: 0141345837

Book Review: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

In an attempt to escape her music royalty family, Grace Wilde transfers into a Korean boarding school and finds herself falling for a K-Pop star.

If you want a novel with proper representation of Korean culture mixed with likeable characters, I suggest you don’t even bother putting this book on your TBR list. Why? Because this has none of that.
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The Awakened Blog Tour – Author Spotlight + Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

Official Awakened CoverOkay. I am SO EXCITED to be part of the The Awakened Blog Tour. I love apocalyptic novels, especially zombie ones, and the author, Sara E. Santana, better known as WhatANerdGirlSays, has been on such a journey to get this one published. I’ve been following her blog for a while, and it’s so great to see her finally a published author.

Today I’m featuring Sara here on the blog. She going to tell us about her writing space and method and the struggles of writing a book, offering some do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing a novel. I loooove getting a peek into author’s lives and writing processes so I’m thrilled to share this with you today. I’ll also include my review of her soon to be released debut novel, The Awakened at the end of her guest post, including a link to the giveaway she’s hosting! You can preorder The Awakened now for Amazon Kindle. Paperbacks will be available for purchase on the day of release, which is the 1st December.

I would also like to note that if you preorder the Kindle version, you can get a free signed bookmark. In order to claim your bookmark, you must message your proof of purchase/preorder and your name and address to sesantanawrites@gmail.com

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Book Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

In a post-apocalyptic world, the human race was on the brink of extinction and those who survived promised not to make the mistakes of the past. But the effects of such changes lingers on, thousands of years after the Blast.

In the After, post-blast time, there are no single children, only twins. One Alpha and one Omega. One boy and one girl. One perfect while the other is flawed. Usually, the Omegas are easily identifiable, missing limbs, sights etc etc, and when spotted they are thrown out of their society while their Alpha counterpart takes his or hers place in society.  Despite the difference, the twins are linked – one can’t be alive without the other also breathing. Certain Alphas, worried for their own well being, have their Omegas taken from their own societies and trapped for their own protection.

However, with Cass and Zach, the difference between them is much less distinct. Neither have any sort of impairment. Technically, they’re flawless. But Cass has a secret, and Zach knows the secret. A secret that could destroy them.

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Book Review: Demon Road by Derek Landy

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sixteen year old Amber’s life consisted of her lacking friends and her reliance on her online presence to socialise with her peers. Her parents barely acknowledge her existence, but rather are too consumed by their group of friends. When Amber learns that her parents are demons, and the nature of her family and her own life is revealed she is forced to go on the run as she seeks to save herself from the danger chasing her. She aligns herself with Milo, a man whose is paid for his services – to help Amber as she escapes her parents and their sacrificial contract on her life. Along the journey, the duo is joined by Glen, an Irish boy who also has a mark on his life.

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Book Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

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Rating: ★★★★

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You Were Here is a surprisingly enjoyable novel and authentic. Told in alternating chapters from each of the five main character in a variety of ways. The main protagonist Jaycee’s are told in first person, while Zach and Natalie’s are in third. Bishop’s chapters are graffiti art, while Mik’s are graphic novel panels. The result is five clear and differentiated voices and a really refreshing way of reading a book.

Jaycee’s brother died five years ago when he snapped his neck doing a backflip off the top of a playground swing in front of Jaycee and others. Five years later, time hasn’t changed the Jake-sized hole she has in her life. Every year, on the anniversary of Jake’s death, Jaycee breaks into the ruins of an insane asylum, and meets up with Mik, Jake’s friend. But this year, Jaycee is joined by her ex-best friend Natalie, Natalie’s boyfriend Zach, and their friend Bishop. This was the beginning of a series of adventures when Jaycee finds Jake’s map of old buildings and hidden dares.

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