Sunday, September 22, 2013

Showcase Sunday #22

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.
Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Unfortunately it has been a while since I have done a Showcase Sunday *sighs* but this week I got a little overloaded with books so I thought I would make a one of the best books I have received and looking forward to reading in the next few weeks. Work has also been keeping me busy with new prospects ahead for the future as well. Exciting Times. So thank you to my Postman who seems to know even when I'm not in to deliver to my work so I can get them. Haha! So thank you to again Royal Mail and the Publishers for these....



                           Shine by Candy Gourlay                                             Dead Jealous by Sharon Jones
                        Soulmates by Holly Bourne                                          AntiGoddess by Kendare Blake
                       Stolen by Lucy Christopher                                       Shadows and Haze by Paula Weston
              The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black              She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
                          Teardrop by Lauren Kate


I've kind of experimented with my book presentation. Hehe. Anyways Soulmates I'm so excited to read, Holly actually lives near where I work now so I was very honored to get this book. Stolen was one that I asked for and if you have seen my tweets on it with Sam @ Realm of Fiction you know how much I really want to get stuck in.Now the second picture; Dead Jealous is one that I'm reading for #UKYA (which I have only just heard of, Sorry Lucy!) But my surprise was from Indigo with the Shadows and Haze, I love when I receive them in series order. Finally She is Not Invisible was again a surprise, I haven't read anything by Marcus, so I'm looking forward to it. 

  

And Yes I have some NetGalley's this week. I have been a very good girl and only requested ones that sounds really interesting or ones that have been recommended to me. I love LOVE Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry book, I have re-read them like 5 times... So I can't wait for another series. The Breathe series I'm reading for Sci-Fi Month in September and Geek Girl 2, well I've heard such high praise and I'm thinking of doing a read-along of the series to those who want to join! Let me know in the comments!

So with the all that showcased I will resume my blogging this week. It has been manic... So thank you to all the Indigo, Hachette, Random House, Chicken House, Usbourne and Bloombury. 

On the blog recently my joints of reviews of City of Bones Book and Film Review, Go check it out!

Well that's my haul for this week. Have you read any of these novels? I would love to know... Leave me a link to your Sunday Post and I will be sure to see what you received!?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review and Film Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Publisher - Walker Books
Release Date - July 2nd 2007
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository 


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

For me this was a highly risky book for me to read for two reasons... Firstly, I didn't want to ruin the characters I have read and loved in The Infernal Devices and Secondly this is still highly popular book because of the film. At first I was seeking the relationships between the characters between TID books and TMI but it was no use and I needed to see it from a fresh perspective and that is it what I did.

Cassandra Clare previous books have been amazing especially the likes of Will Herondale, Jem, Tessa Gray and even Magnus Bane. What I thoroughly enjoyed was how the 21st Century was weaved into such a timely series such as this. First we meet Clary, a 16-year old girl who is completely oblivious to the world beyond her own until she was faced with foreign symbols and invisible people. When she goes to the Pandemonium a NY club, she is pulled by this guy and urged forward to know what he is about, until she witness a killing only she can see. With a mysterious blonde guy with tattoos and her mum missing, she is helpless to join these people to find some answers. Clary could be annoying sometimes and a little selfish but once she settles in into her own real world she becomes almost part of Shadowhunter world. Aside from the this I thought that the descriptive nature of the Institute and City of Bones was quite astonishing. I mean the some of the characters and eerie places really sends a shiver down your spine. Cassandra Clare brings a world of imagination into the 21st Century.

Now like all fangirls of this series, you will find only one word in their vocabulary... Jace. I mean I was very torn about it because I was very much in favour of Will Herondale in The Infernal Devices, but I am no longer. Jace has stolen my heart irrevocably. His sarcasm, humour, and the occasional stints of hate towards to each other is play on his character and one that admired greatly. Its obvious that Clary makes him feel something, makes him believe in anything other than himself. Its self-preservation with Jace, he will only acknowledge the things he has been trained and taught to do and occasionally runs at full strength into danger when it calls for it. To be honest you have probably heard every appraisal under the sun from the likes of him...

What I also appreciated was the lack of secondary characters, there wasn't too many but just enough to keep you interested. I mean for me the only one that I slightly got a bit annoyed of was Simon, he is sweet, cute and obviously Clary's best friend but to be honest he got in the way of Jace's and Clary's true purpose and of course their relationship... am I babbling here? I do apologise.  One of my favourite secondary characters has to be Magnus. His personality, humour, superiority over everyone was quite funny and I think his presence alone in the novel brings it to life a lot more.

The characters aside I think this has become a guilty pleasure for me and I can't wait finish the series....The Mortal Instruments is a phenomenal series and one that will be timeless adventure to the hearts of avid readers.

Rating: 4.5


The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones
Written by - Sony Universal Pictures
Director - Harald Zwart
Cast -  Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan
Release - 27 August 2013

Usually I don't do film reviews, actually scrap that, I've never done one, but as I saw the film last week, finished the book that day and its the first YA movie that I've seen at the cinema in such a long time, I thought it would be great to do one.... annnnnnd I have to fangirl about Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. *sighs* I really don't sound like an adult here do I. Haha!

Spoilers ahead if you haven't read or seen the film!

Like all movies with books, you always, ALWAYS, have to read the book before you see it at the pictures and I'm so glad I did. For one its my new favourite series and two I loved the film as it was just like the book minus a couple of things. They can never be accurate and even now when I'm reading City of Ashes, I know they added a few things so they can move on and grip the audience with anticipation further. The Downworlders were even scarier than I imagined and did I jump at the Silent Brothers they really do send a shiver down your spine; the stitched mouths, cold, blank eyes and an eerie voice in your head. In point of fact the plotline for me actually cleared some unanswered questions that I had with the book, like how did Jocelyn go into a sleepless coma etc and vice versa with the film... like the bites on the neck of Simon.... ect... I wouldn't want to spoil the whole thing for you...

Lily Collins as Clary was a brilliant choice again, at times I was a little frustrated with her character, but other than that I thought her acting was spot on for Clary's persona. What I love about her in both the book and the film was her artistic nature especially one of Jace with wings, that was beautiful (even though she probably didn't draw that in the film, but I still admired it). After all she is the most powerful Shadowhunter they have to come to pass in a while.

The secondary characters like Alec, Isabelle, Simon, Luke and of course Magus were just brilliant, though I wish Magnus was in it a little more, I wanted to know more about his character and his status of High Warlock of Brooklyn. Finally, I also thought that Luke was much more likable in the film than the book with his persona, he so suited change of a werewolf.

Now onto to more pressing business... Jamie aka Jace, wow did I fall him love with him instantly. He made me laugh out loud so much and it wasn't a very busy cinema so that was a little embarrassing. I think the Director, Harold Zwart really captured the characters perfectly especially as Cassandra Clare was in on the screenplay, of course. Oh the greenhouse scene was beautiful... though he did irritate (even in the book) when he just completely dismisses it when Simon comes around... Grrr. But there is an obvious event in this series, that absolutely crushes your heart if you know which I mean *wink wink* but in the film I felt so content and at peace with the ending that its now my new favourite film of the year so far. I have to wait until the beginning of 2014 to buy the DVD.

Rating - 5 (Is it bad to rate the film better than the book) Each way I love it all the same.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

NEW FEATURE: Book of the Week #1

Inspired by my job as a Library Assistant, this feature is to showcase the best book that you either received or reserved from your library this week whilst also promoting your love and support to your local libraries. For more information about this meme, please click here.



Hi Everyone and welcome to my very first post of this feature Book of the Week. I would love for you to all join so I have left the linky widget at the end of the post. I got my hands on some pretty looking YA books this week but the aim of this feature to highlight one of them. So my pick for this week is:


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.
It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...

From the moment I saw this is the bookshop I knew that this was a book I'm was going to enjoy. I don't know if it was the cover and colours or the synopsis of this book but I really did call out. So instaed of buying it I saw it was coming to my library so I couldn't help my hands grabbing it. I'm not usually one for Mystery Thrillers, but I just couldn't resist.

So this is the what a Book of the Week feature post will look like! You don't have to add the book description but that's what I like to do to show my book. All you need is a picture of the library book of your choice and a little bit about why you chose it/what's it about/or even if someone recommended it to you. I would love for you to all join so I have left the linky widget below...So link up your Book of the Week's and I'll hop over to you! 


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Mini Reviews: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - August 15th 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository 
I never really done a review for Throne of Glass, it was either a mixture of I wasn't in a blogging mood at the time or I'd simple got so caught up in it that I knew so many of you would have already read, and reviewed it with the similar ideals and expectations like me. Throne of Glass was for me a little tough for me to get into as it was the start of the series and it contained quite a complicated and historic background. But going passed that the characters for me were what brought it to life. Celaena Sardothien is merely an 18 year-old, yet I regard her as someone far older and far wiser. But I guess for her she has seen her life flash in front of her eyes, seeing beyond those with far greater knowledge and experience in the world she lives in. After suffocating in the salt mines of Endovier, she is taking on far greater threats, Cane was only beginning. The danger lies within The King's Champion.

This was a exceptionally written sequel, which is incredibly hard to find once your surpass the first book. Again what enhanced the book was the characters and especially the relationships, both professional or romantically involved ones, for example Chaol and Celaena, Archie and Celaena and even the King. I felt as if I feel into sync with the characters and I couldn't re-surface without my heart breaking. Yes we all know what chapter I'm talking about 23... Will that ever be out of my head for this series, No! Despite a very traumatic cliffhanger this chapter will live on to the next book. The relationship between Chaol and Celaena was just magical and beautiful and and there is really no words to describe other than a huge wide grin. (Which unfortunately was in public for me when I read that bit in a Cafe.)

I think I have great admiration for Sarah as she took a giant leap with that ending one that left the majority of the book loving community to peaces but for me I think it was a risk worth taking. In my head it was as if they are reaching out to each other always and they will close that gap once Celaena finds her truth path. Its a prolonged step in their relationship that needs to distance to focus on the threads of the plot that have woven into each other. That doesn't say that the plotline of this book wasn't half as good because it was brilliant, yet I feel she has cleverly delivered the story to enhance the qualities and intense world-building like no other. It is therefore I say I'm absolutely and irrevocably obsessed with the outcome of the series.

Rating: 5

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Time Between Us (Time Between Us #1)
by Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher - Corgi Childrens
Release Date - July 4th 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository
Romance with a twist is definitely how I like my contemporaries and it was Tamara who said to me on Twitter. I have these Contemp periods when I can't get enough of them and despite some being quite a cliche this one surprised me. Especially me lack of reading time travel books it kind of reminded me of a younger Time Traveller's Wife or The Lake House which are just great films. Anne is from Chicago, 1995 and Bennett from 2012, San Francisco. But like all time travelling romance there has to be a moment or a point in time for Bennett to either change or correct. Neither went as he wanted when his own feelings enhances any point or place in time at that moment.

In Annie's (Sorry I mean Anne, only her Dad calls her that) world she is a very strong-willed character with ambitious and admiring attitude to life and travel. Yet she hasn't left the outskirts of Chicago just to go beyond her dream. Basically she has whats considered a very average in life in 1995 (even though I was just born then) But when she see's a boy on her usual track it sets a very familiar yet unsettling feeling to the individual that walks through the school doors next. In Bennett's universe, he is everywhere and nowhere. Never quite settling down because he has a gift... time travel. He can only go as far as his timeline and no-one else. Changing slight moments in time to protect himself or Anne and even changing an outcome of a major accident. It took me awhile to grow to him but their relationship was a whole different story. They can give something to each other that they never thought possible; Anne: an all access pass to every country in the world. Bennett: a chance at normal life with just a girl he cares for.

What was surprising was the world building and style of how it was written. I've only read a handful of time-travelling novels both sci-fi or contemporary but they've either had multiple protags/perspectives or timelines. This kept me interested, I wasn't confused by what was happening or thinking "What time am I in now." The only thing that let it down was probably in the plotline a little when it kind of ran out of steam so to speak purely down to the fact that Bennett wasn't there. But the ending was certainly a happy smile from me. I love when that happens.

Time Between Us is a warm, refreshing and unique contemporary romance that I've read in a while. I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves through Bennett's eyes in Time After Time.

Rating: 4

Monday, September 02, 2013

Our NEW Blog - The Girls of YA

Throughout the Summer I've had a little project been going between myself and Megan over at The Book Addicted Girl. We have been Twitter Buddies for quite a while and we've had some good laughs and book talks so I decided to see whether she wanted to do a joint blog with me!? I love my own and I wanted to be part of something else as well;  Read, Fangirl and Design together. What could be better. So here is where the Girls of YA has been born today.

The Girls of YA

We will blog weekly with some of the following features below:
She Says, She Says – A Joint Review
From Girl to Girl – Were we each suggest a MUST read! (i.e Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
From The Minds of the Girls – Were we each design a graphic based on a book either a cover, quotes, badges etc.
We really hope all of our followers from our individual blogs stop by The Girls Of YA and love it as much as we already do!  We promise everything we do will be fresh, unique and exciting!  The blog goes live with our first 'proper' post ...  Stop by to hear what The Girls Of YA have to say!! :D

To find out more please visit our brand new blog at:  http://girlsofya.blogspot.co.uk/
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