Thursday, 22 June 2017

After You (Me Before You #2), by JoJo Moyes

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I've said I'm only going to post reviews of books I want to, I've still got a heap to do, so it's best I start with them! This is my review of After You!

After You (Me Before You #2), by JoJo Moyes
Title: After You
Author: JoJo Moyes
Genre: Contemporary
Release date: 23rd September, 2015
Pages: 407
Blurb: "Lou Clark has
lots of questions.
Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar,
watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she's owned for half a year still doesn't feel like home.

Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did
eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is
searching for- or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to
keep it, she has to invite them in..."

My Thoughts
Me Before You created the romance between quadriplegic Will, and his carer, Lou Clark.
After You takes place eighteen months after, and the first chapter ends with Lou Clark falling from the top of a building.
The fact that the end of that chapter was a surprise was an understatement.

But eighteen months later, some things have changed for Lou. She lives by herself, she isn't the happiest working in a bar watching other people live their lives and jet off to exciting places.
And her family haven't been the kindest since what happened at the end of the first book.

But then she meets Lily, a teenage girl claiming to be the daughter that Will never knew he had. And she wants to know more about the father she didn't know.
So Lou invites her in, cautious about this strange girl, but wanting to help her.
And this starts a whirlwind of chaos, but ultimately starts a journey that pushes Lou to learn to live again, to find joy in what she has, and feels the push to give for what she wants.

Now, this book, with any other writer, might make this book seem gloomy and depressing. But we saw it in Me Before You, and it was evident in the sequel. JoJo has an ability to make us smile, make us laugh and see the good in things even in the most depressing scenes, and I think that was the reason that I enjoyed the story so much, that ability to balance the light with the heavy.

Also, compared to the first book, there's an air of change, of trying something new. And in the eighteen months since the end of the first book, some of the characters we met then are changing, also. Lou's parents have changed, her mum has discovered feminism, and it has caused a rift between her and Lou's father. Will's parents have separated, having drifted apart. They play a more serious, but vital role when it comes to Lily and her connection to the family. Will lingers in every spot for these scenes.

Along with some of the old characters, there is a new romantic interest thrown into the equation. He is present from the second chapter, the paramedic that helps her from falling from the roof at the end of chapter one, and he's there for Lou all the way from her journey from the darkness that seemed to cloud everything Lou did, all the way through, to when she sees the value in life and happiness. The romance between the two of them is sweet and caring, and they work well as a team.

Overall, this was a wonderful way to wrap up the story of Lou. As much as I liked the ending to the first book, it was nice to find out the ending of everyone.
Do I recommend this? It depends on whether you were okay with the ending of the first book.
But I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is perfect for anyone who wants a book with interesting characters and a good plot.

So that is my review for After You! I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you all tomorrow!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx



Monday, 19 June 2017

Books 21-30 of 2017

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I seem to have fallen behind in my look back to the books I've read this year because not only have I reached 30 books, but I'm close to 40!
So I figured I posted one of these updates: better late than never I guess!

Books 21-30 of 2017
21. Fractured (Slated #2), by Teri Terry
This is Book two of the Slated trilogy, and even though it is my least favourite in the trilogy, just because the plot turns more mysterious, it is still a thoroughly engaging book.

22. Shattered (Slated #3), by Teri Terry
This is the third and final book in the trilogy, and if I had one thought on this book is that it wraps up the story perfectly. This book takes place about a month or so after the first book finishes, and even though Kyla's surroundings are totally different, the events that caused her to leave, follow her to the new place, and they are mountainous. This book is right up there with the masterpiece of Slated. And I'm not exaggerating.
23. Heartless (Heartless #1), by Marissa Meyer
This is the first book in the new faiytale retellings series that is being written by Marissa Meyer, and it centres around the Queen of Hearts. This book tells the story of how she goes from a young girl in love, who loves to bake, to the ruthless Dragon we see in Alice in Wonderland. Although the first book isn't as solid as the Lunar Chronicles series is, it does have the promise to become great in future books. Check out my review here .

24. The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardringe
This was a different read to what I normally choose, but I, for one am glad I did. Constantly overlooked for wanting to be a scientist like her father, fourteen year-old Faith is thrilled when her father takes her on a scientific discovery with him one night. To evaluate a tree that grows, based on lies. The Lie Tree. Then the following morning, her father is dead. And Faith knows it has something to do with that tree. An easy, yet interesting read, I finished this in about two days. And this is the link to my review in case you want any more of my opinions: The Lie Tree.


25. Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys
I picked this up because I read Between Shades of Grey previously and really enjoyed it. As it took me longer to read and grasp all the different characters, I was a bit lost for some of it, but once I got used to all of them, and was able to distinguish who was who, I got into the story really easily. And one of the characters had a relation with the characters in Between Shades of Gray too. But what I liked about this book is that if one character has something happen to them, the whole big plot kind of stops to see what each character's reaction is for that character. What is evident is how a bunch of strangers, from different backgrounds, learn to care and rely on each-other, regardless of what is happening in the outside.


26. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Omg, this book! One of my favourites of the year, possibly my absolute favourite! So many thoughts and feelings on this book, I can't even talk about it. I'll just link my review here, and you can read it: The Hate U Give.


27. The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell
I think this was the biggest surprise on the list: it was unnaturally easy to be pulled into the story. I don't know what it is, but the story was so gritty, it didn't shy away from away the harsh imagery of a deathly cold winter, not the brutality of The Wolf Wilder's journey as she hurried to escape the guards that wanted her head. This story left you wanting the protagonist to rise above everything, even though that seemed unlikely for the majority of the story.  

28. Flawed (Flawed #1), by Cecelia Ahern
I read this for the first time in December, and because I bought the sequel, I decided to re-read it just because of the love of the story. As Cecelia Ahern's debut YA novel, she did an amazing job. If you are a fan of her normal work, for example P.S I Love You, I urge you to pick it up. And if your a YA reader, pick it up anyway because this is a story that takes it further than the premise, though the repercussions of the protag's actions are mirrored in the premise itself. Highly recommend.
29. Perfect (Flawed #2), by Cecelia Ahern
This is the second and final book in the Flawed trilogy. And as much as I loved the first book, I was kind of hesitant to see whether the second was as good. This book wasn't so much about Celestine's individual story, but whether she would make the choice to reveal the sixth brand (which was illegal) or whether she would hide away and continue to let the Flawed be treated as if they were nothing? This book had more of a global feeling, like it was more than what one story might be, compared to the millions. But what I liked about this book is that something- whether it be character development, conflict, or a plot development, every scene, every chapter does something to progress this book.


30. The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
This one was... kind of all over the place. The premise was interesting: a girl that nobody remembers, has one goal: to destroy an app that labels you perfect. The pacing was a bit slow, but there were points within the book that were interesting, though they were few and far between. If you are in the mood for a calculating crime-ish novel, then you'll enjoy this book.
So that was my Books 21-30 of 2017! That was the first look back I've done in a while, and I hope you enjoyed it.
If you have any thoughts at all about this post, or any of the books I discussed in this post, let me know in the comments!
I hope you have a wonderful day (and I hope you don't melt from the heat, it's really hot here at the moment) and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx







Saturday, 17 June 2017

Recommending High Intensity Books!

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And today I am going to be recommending some of my favourites books!
Everybody has a select group of books that they love to talk about, and I am no exception!
So today I will be recommending some of them.
Enjoy!

Recommending High Intensity Books!
1. Mind Games, by Teri Terry
Set in a virtual world, where everybody lives plugged up to a computer, our protagonist Luna, is a refuser, which means she chooses to live in the real world and refuses, point black, to "plug in" as they call it. But (and this isn't cheesy at all) she can actual live in the virtual world, whilst also being conscious of the fact that she is in a virtual world (nobody else can). And this is a secret that she must guard with her life, or else she could be taken. But when she starts to be scrutinized, she can hide no longer. Now, this is one of the most high intensity books that I have ever had the fortune to come across. Fast paced from start to finish, there is a ticking time bomb, the horror and the "try not to be caught with this massive secret that could potentially ruin all of humanity", and a secret government, this book is intense, guys.  (And it's a stand-alone, so there's no reason not to read it).

2. Knife-edge, by Malorie Blackman
Now, I could put all of them in the series for this one, but I thought that Knife-edge was particularly high in intensity out of all of them. To quote Malorie Blackman, she said: "Like Noughts and Crosses was my book about love, Knife-edge was my book about hate." Knife-edge takes place immediately after the birth of Callie's birth. The uncle of Callie is after Sephy's blood, Sephy is dealing with the death of Callie's father, and the whole world, particularly her father, Kamal Hadley, hate her for giving birth to a mixed race child. Sephy feels trapped, and there is no way out, so you can bet there's some intensity in there. Then when Jude (Callie's uncle) gets sentenced in prison, Callie is the only one can help him, so his life is resting on a knife-edge. This book is about a test of wills, and butting heads, and Sephy's downward spiral as she tries to get over her first love. It is one of my favourite books, and I urge you guys to pick up the series.  

3. The Day I Met Suzie, by Chris Higgins
This is a very realistic book of what can happen if your not careful and you get into a situation that is seemingly impossible to get out of. This is the story about Indigo, a girl that met Suzie, a seemingly innocent, homeless and most importantly penniless. That isn't how it ended. Basically, this book is able debts and how you shouldn't trust everyone for who they saw they are. Although it doesn't start off intense, it build gradually, and then it peaks. This book is totally un-put-down-able. Less intense at the start, but it totally and completely rivals the rest of these books once you get into the story. Recommend this if you want a book that will transition you into young adult. 
4. Caraval (Caraval #1), by Stephanie Garber
The intensity in this book is within the mystery of Caraval, and trying to figure out what is real and what is just creepy blurred images; and the chase for Scarlett to find her sister, Tella, before time runs out. Because when the two of them, along with another character that I won't talk about, Tella is snatched, and when it is revealed that Tella is the prize to find at the mysterious Caraval, then there is a race against time to figure out the clues and find her. But what makes this book truly intense is that everything Caraval is, everything you see, there is a slight dark edge to Caraval, which makes it super intense.


5. Baby Doll, by Hollie Overton
The characters by themselves are menacing enough in this story. Well, not all the characters, mostly the captor, and Abby too. Abby has this dark, festering anger that not only twists and turns throughout the story, but she turns into her anger. And then there's the intensity that is the captor himself. Just the quiet intelligence he showed (he's a teacher), along with the mastermind criminal planner he is, made for an intense character. And then add that to the plot, this book is full of intensity throughout.
So that was my Recommending High Intensity Books post! I hope you enjoyed it, and this was hopefully one of the first of many recommendations that I hope to make for you guys!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Summer Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And it's time I talk about why I haven't been posting much recently. Boring story actually, but I need to say why.  I basically have just needed to focus more on my qualification, especially as it's nearing the end of year. But I promise, after I finish, (which is next week at some point) and then the usual schedule of posting at Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be back and I hope you guys will be here, so we can start about books!
So anyway, now that that that's out of the way, let's get on to the post!
It's been a while since I've done a tag, so I thought it would do one now! And since Summer seems to have come by all too quickly, I thought it only fitting that I do the Summer Book Tag!
Enjoy!

The Summer Book Tag
1. Lemonade: Pick a book that started bitter but got better.
For this one, I'm going to choose the book that I am currently reading. The Girls, by Emma Cline, the Waterstones Book Club pick for June. This started off super pretentious and slow, and though the pacing hasn't changed yet, the story has taken a turn for the better. More on this book after I read more.

2. Golden sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.
I'm going to go with a book I read earlier in the year. Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon. Just the uniqueness of this book, and the love that Maddie and Olly have for each-other, and the love that is bursting to be free, but can't because of four walls.

3. Tropical flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.
This book stuck in my mind and didn't go away for this question. Wolf Wilder is set in Russia, and is the story of the Wolf Wilder, who raises wolves, protects them and treats them as her equal. It's basically a run from authority that turns into something else. This book thoroughly surprised me and it is a strong contender for my favourite books of 2017.  

4. Tree shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character

was first introduced.
I'm just going to go with the Skulduggery Pleasant series for this one because the MAJORITY of the characters seem dark and mysterious and shady from the get go, but end up not really being that big of a threat (or a massive threat, it's hard to predict which pile they are going to go in).

5. Beach sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

Ohhhh, this one's hard. I'm just gonna cop out with Fifty Shades of Grey, because 1) I can't think of anything else and 2) there's that one theme that's relevant, and the plot really doesn't develop much at all.

6. Green grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.

Another hard one! I think I'll go with Alice, just because she's so joyful and positive and stubborn, that I just love her (from Twilight, if you didn't know). She's just a breath of fresh air in that house full of the intense vampires that she lives with.

7. Watermelon: Pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

I'm going to go with the first two books in the Red Queen series (I haven't read King's Cage yet) because who saw the end of book one coming?!

8. Sun hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

Chasing the Stars, by Malorie Blackman. They have the whole of space, as well as a bunch of planets to explore!

9. BBQ: pick a book where a character was portrayed as a hunk.

I would have chosen Emmett for this, but I've already chosen a Twilight character, so instead I'm going to go with Gale. Though he is portrayed as a hunk, he is also seen as a protector, when Katniss goes into the arena. (I know, spoilers! Lol).

10. Tag people!

I'm actually going to tag a couple of people for this!
I tag Savannah, at The Book Prophet , and you can check out her blog on this link!
I also tag Elena, at Elena of the Universe , which contains the link for her blog too!

So that was my Summer Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed this tag, and Elena I will get to the tag that you tagged me in in my Writing Update! Promise!
So I will see you all on Friday (hopefully).
I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you soon.
Byeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Edge of Everything (The Edge of Everything #1), by Jeff Giles

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm in the middle of catching up with the reviews I really ought to have done a while ago.
I don't have anything else to say, so here's the review!
Enjoy!

The Edge of Everything (The Edge of Everything #1), by Jeff Giles
Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 25th January, 2017
Pages: 357
Blurb: "She names him herself,
so it felt like he belonged to her.
X knows only obedience- he has seen only hatred.
Until one bright soul pierces the darkness...

Zoe rages against a world turning to ice.
Her father's body lies unrecovered in the
wilderness and nobody seems to care.

X and Zoe were never meant to meet.
But when their worlds collide, they dare to love...
They stand on the edge of everything
-and risk it all."

My Thoughts
I'm going to be blunt: when I heard about this book, I didn't like the sound of it. But swayed by the seemingly millions of positive reviews, I begrudgingly picked it up.
When I first heard about it, I assumed it was a cutesy contemporary about love that I wouldn't enjoy. But when I started reading it, I was taken completely off-guard by what it actually was, compared to what I had built up in my head. (Note that I'm not saying that I fell completely in love with it, I did have some issues with it, but lets not focus on those for the moment).

Now, what I did like. Although the starting was slow, unimaginably slow, once you got into the story and found out about the characters and the situation a bit more, it was really easy to become emotionally invested in the story, and Zoe's desperate search for her brother in what seemed like an impossible task. 
During that time is when she meets the (then un-named) X, and from then on you see the two of them move past that onto a journey that they never imagined they could.
When they were together, they never once lost sight of who they were individually, which is actually really hard to do in real life, but it was good that Giles was able to distinguish them individually. The characters never shied away from what they had been feeling before they met.
 Saying that, I had a couple of problems with this book: like how they fell completely and absolutely in love with each-other after just a few days!
Although they still kept part of themselves focused on what they were dealing with individually (like Zoe's father and neighbours just recently died, and what X was sent to do), their love became part of what distracted them from those things, even though it was only after a day or so of having met.

So the insta-love was something that I didn't like. But there were still a ton of things about this book that I absolutely loved. The backstory of X, for one. There was a part about halfway through the book that we got to meet the people that X was around, day to day, and the world that X had grown up in, was unique and I was totally emerged into the Underworld, and all that X had gone through growing up there.

The character development was flawless too, Zoe goes from somebody that is questioning every move she makes, after a major emotional block, she is trying her hardest to get back on her feet, if not for her, but her family too. She goes from that, to flying and travelling to a place she barely knows, with nothing but a goal. This was a bit of a drastic character development, but for the most part, it is smooth and colourful.

All in all, this was a thoroughly engaging read, and if you are thinking about picking it up after reading this review (or any of the millions of others that are currently on the internet) then go with the whim because life is about grabbing opportunities with both hands (even if it is about picking up a book with both hands). But I am so glad I read this, and you will be too.
I promise.

As for whether I will read the second book? Although I think the book had a nice wrap up and ending, I most certainly will pick it up when it comes out. Can't wait.


So that was my review of The Edge Of Everything (The Edge Of Everything #1), by Jeff Giles! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know any of your thoughts in the comment below!
I am sorry I did not post this on Monday, but I will be definitely be posting on Friday (let me know if there is anything specific you want me to talk about, and I will!)
I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you on Friday!
Byeee!

-Abi xxxxx 







Saturday, 3 June 2017

June TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And today I am super excited about the selection of books I have lined up for June!
Apart from that, I finish college for the year this month, so I will have plenty of time for reading!
Without further ado, here is my June TBR!

June TBR (2017)
1. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), by Kendare Blake
I'm already about 75 pages into this and even though I'm not super impressed by what I've read so far, I'm intrigued as to who is going to win this battle that the book has set up. In Three Dark Crowns, every generation has a set of triplets: each child possesses a type of magic. And when these three triplets reach the age of sixteen, they must each compete in a fight to the death to see who wins the crown. Intensity guaranteed. I'm not far enough into it to go into much more detail than that, but what is intriguing is that none of the Queens seem to be put into the favoured light, like I haven't picked up any clues as to who is going to win the fight and become queen, which I haven't encountered much before. I have to say, it'll be interesting to see where the story goes.

2. Contagion (Dark Matter #1), by Teri Terry
Of course, as soon as a Teri Terry book is released I have to read it! This is the first book in a new trilogy, and there is nothing better than the start of a new trilogy, especially by Teri Terry! I will for sure be doing a review for this, so look out for that! This is a story about Kai, a boy who is looking for his sister Callie- who is missing. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the night she disappeared, and his hope is regained. Their search for his sister leads them to the heart of a terrifying epidemic that is raging throughout the country. The main point is: can the two of them find Callie and escape alive? If there's one thing that I know about Teri Terry, she can do intensity really well, and this sounds like it's up to the back teeth of intensity. Can't wait to read this.

3. The Girls, by Emma Cline

I've said pretty much all I want to about this book in my May Book Haul (come check it out here). This is for the Waterstones book club that starts 29th June, and this book has been on my radar since it was picked for the Waterstones book of the month. Based on a true story, this is about a girl called Evie, who is desperate to be noticed by the seemingly amazing girls that sees everyday. But intoxicated by their promises and lies, Evie comes back to their house with them, only to discover that things aren't always what they seem. This book looks dark and addictive, and I just can't wait to read it. 
4. Orangeboy, by Patrick Lawrence
I think this is now the book that has been on my bookshelf the longest. It's been there for near enough a year ago, and even though my interest for it hasn't dwindled much, the motivation to pick it up has dwindled enormously. From what I know about it, this is a book that's about choices: would you become a person you never wanted to become, the person that your brother became, from his own choices, for the people you love? And that alone is enough to intrigue me. So I hope this book is good, because I might just do a review if I enjoy it enough.
5. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
I can't believe this is last on my list for June, but there are other books that I need to read before this. Nevertheless, it is still on here, and because there are only 5 books on this TBR, hopefully I'll get to it eventually! I don't know much about the book, but I know that the TV show is incredibly fast paced and intense, so hopefully the book will be too! And with the ending sentence of the blurb being "It was always going to end in tears, but no-one thought it would end in murder!" I'm inclined to believe that it will be intense. Again, looking forward to seeing what this book is about.
So that is my June TBR (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you all on Monday, where I think I will be reviewing either Vortex (Tempest #2), or The Edge of Everything! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you then.
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx





 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And today I am posting my may wrap up!
This is the first time I am actually talking about what I thought about these books- because I don't want to do a separate review for each book- so let me know what you think about that!
Also! Total achievement- I actually stuck to my TBR this month! I read every single book on my May TBR, which I feel super accomplished for!
So this is my May Wrap Up!
Enjoy!

May Wrap Up (2017)
So I read a total of 6 books this month, which to be honest, I'm pretty happy about. (Especially considering I read the last three books in the past 6 days). These books were:

1. The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
This book was one of those that was okay, but I was expecting more from it in some aspects, but I got more than I was expecting in others. The book took a kind of roundabout direction, and it took it's time explaining how the things that were happening, were relevant to the story. This is a story about a thief, and from the time that she was 16, her family, and everyone she knew, started to forget her. From that point on, Hope (who takes on multiple personalities and names), is out to destroy a company called Perfection, whilst also finding a way to finally be remembered. Despite the roundabout way that the story that the story was told, I did enjoy this book. The pacing was off in a few places, but overall it was an enjoyable read, purely because you get the feeling that you never know what is going to happen next. If you're in the mood for an unpredictable, unique read, I recommend picking this one up.

2. Tempest (Tempest #1), by Julie Cross
I read this one purely because I wanted to continue the series (I got Vortex, the sequel, a while ago), and I had forgotten most of the bigger plot points (I read it about a year ago). If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, you can check out my review here. 
3. Vortex (Tempest #2), by Julie Cross
I also read the second book in the series. And I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought it was the perfect lead on from the first one because what we got introduced to at the end of the first book, was carried on throughout the second book. And although the first book had a nice ending, I'm glad I read the second one, because so many things were turned on it's head in this one, and I have to say it was done really well. In Vortex, after saying goodbye to the life that Jackson used to have, he is currently training as a CIA agent, though he is still keeping his time travelling a secret. And even though this wasn't the main point, we got to learn more about Jackson's family, and we got to learn more about Jackson himself, which was nice to see, and it actually made me relate to him more, to see outside the spy-time-traveller person that we've seen so far. This is turning out to be a decent trilogy, and I can't wait to see how it wraps up.

4. The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1), by Jennifer Bell
So, I put this on my TBR purely because I was sick of it gathering dust on my bookshelf. And that stuck with me throughout reading this book. I don't know whether it was the fact that I read this in one day (I literally had nothing else to do), or whether it was recommended to me, but the whole thing just dragged. Admittedly, there were a couple of times when I was like "Wow!" moments that I wasn't expecting, but for the most point, I was kind of confused and disappointed about the story, and I doubt I will be carrying on with the series.
5. The Edge of Everything (The Edge of Everything #1), by Jeff Giles
This was another that I read in a day, but for a different reason. I could not put it down! The whole time I was thinking that I need to slow down, because I did not want to finish another book in the day, but I kind of needed to, because it was SO GOOD! This book, actually really surprised me! I will definitely be reviewing this book, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, so more detail on those then.
6. After You (Me Before You #2), by JoJo Moyes
Yet another book that I read because I just wanted to finish. But I also wanted to read this just to see how some of my favourite characters doing after the events of the first book. And even though it wasn't as good as the first book, it was still a decent ending to a traumatic duology. This book takes place about a year and a half after Will... yeah. And it's basically about Louisa, getting her life back together after everything that happened with Will. It's about her coming to grips with life once again, and learning to let go of her love to Will. And when his daughter comes in search of Louisa, wanting to know about her Dad, she has two choices: close the door and life continues, simple, safe. Or open the door and risk everything. The story carries on from there, and let me tell you, this book was beautiful. Like not happy cry beautiful, but still hopeful. Recommend to anyone who wants a story about learning to love after someone has passed.  

So that is my May Wrap Up (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any thoughts about any of these books, let me know in the comments!
I will see you all on Friday, and until then, goodbye!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxxx



Monday, 29 May 2017

Perfect (Flawed #2), by Cecelia Ahern

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And it's time I get caught up on all the reviews that I've wanted to review- just because I'm choosing what books I want to review, doesn't mean I can ignore them altogether!
So today I will be reviewing Perfect, the concluding book in the Flawed duology- enjoy!

Perfect (Flawed #2), by Cecelia Ahern
Title: Flawed
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Sci-fi and Dystopian
Release date: 6th April
Pages: 428
Blurb: "Celestine North lives in a society that
demands perfection. After she was
branded flawed, Celestine's life has
fractured completely- all her
freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan declared her
the number-one threat to the public,
she has been on the run with the
complicated, powerfully attractive
Carrick, the only person she can trust.
But Celestine has a secret- one that
could bring the entire Flawed system
crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand,
and time is running out for Celestine.
With tensions building, she must make
a choice: save only herself, or risk her
life to save all the FLAWED..."

My Thoughts
Going into this book, I was kind of nervous to find out how the story would go. Ending on such high expectations from the masterpiece that was the first book, I wasn't sure where the story was going to go, and whether I was going to be happy with how it ended. Turns out, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I had a few problems with it.

PERFECT starts a couple of months after Flawed ends, on the run from her whistle-blower, and Judge Crevan, after he branded her number-one threat to the public. From the word go, she is thrown into deep water, and we are catapulted into the world where being immorally kind makes you an outcast for all eternity.

In the second book, the story has moved past the message from the first book, yet it takes it a step further in Perfect: will Celestine stand up for what is right, or will she hide in the shadows and protect herself and her family? It's really interesting to see how, when seeing the effect she has on the people around her, how she grows as a person and a leader as she makes this terrifying choice. This was one of my favourite parts of the book.

Saying that, I did have a couple of problems with this book. The pacing was kind of slow in a couple of chapters, when I wasn't sure where they where going with what was happening, and I didn't get the significance to the story.
But even though there were a couple of times when this happened, Ahern always managed to bring it back, and keep me interested in the direction the story was taking.

 There was also a little bit of a triangle thing going on in this book which, even though I kind of guessed that that was where the story was going in the first book, I didn't expect the way this sub-plot was headed. Let's just say that the betrayal was absolutely amazing in this book. Not saying any more, you'll have to read the book.

As for the plot, as I said before, the heart of what the book was the ultimate choice: will Celestine stand up for the flawed and say, this is wrong! Or will she protect those she loves, and let Crevan win? This is a high intensity and fast paced (mostly) book that anyone who reads it will agree: it is worth reading.

There isn't much else I can say about this without giving away a bunch of spoilers, so I'm going to end it there. Overall, I thought this was a wonderful end to the Flawed duology and I am satisfied with how it went. If you are a fan of any Cecelia Ahern book, I urge you to pick this up because I promise, it is as captivating and intriguing as any other (maybe a bit more, because it is YA). I thoroughly enjoyed this duology, and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes stories with interesting premises'.

So that is my review of Perfect (Flawed #2)! I hope you enjoyed the review, and if you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments below!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you on Wednesday!
Goodbye!

-Abi xxxxxxx




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beauty and the Beast Film Review

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet!
Saying that, I did go to see the film on like the last week it was in cinemas, but that should be no reason to not post it sooner!
But there is no reason to not... post it any more.
So here it is! Enjoy!

Beauty and the Beast Film Review
Okay, so everyone (at least anyone that has an interest in Disney) has seen Beauty and the Beast. It tells a story about how you can learn to love not with your eyes, but with you're heart, and frankly, when the idea for a live-action version was released, people were wondering, "When something is so perfect, why go near it?"
The answer: "Technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie."
I just love this shot!

And let me tell you, they certainly did it well. Because the whole film was absolutely magical and beautiful and just all round amazing. I don't know whether it was the cinematography that just made the setting look impossibly beautiful, or whether it was how the film perfectly combined the era and what was real in that era, but somehow also related it to ideas that wouldn't have been allowed in that era, but is in this era, or the fact that the must was just so simple and hopeful and perfectly fitted the story they were trying to portray, I don't know what it was. But I am so glad that I went to see this movie.

At the moment, all these things are running through my head- its so hard to find faults with this classically beautiful, amazingly intricate and special film. Although the story stayed intact, there was a lot more added to the film. The characters were more realistic, I guess you could say, and you found out more about Belle's backstory (though I'm not giving any more info than that).


To be honest, when I found out who was directing the film (Bill Condon- directed Breaking Dawn part 1, Dreamgirls), I wasn't really sure whether he would do the film justice- of course, Breaking Dawn did have some beautiful moments in terms of shots and cinematography, I still didn't know whether he was up to it.
He totally was. He was able to capture the era, as well as the story that we all know and love.

Also, you can imagine that I was super excited to hear that Emma Watson was playing well, and she did even better than I thought. The perfect choice for Belle, particularly with the scenes with Maurice. You could really tell that the bond between father and daughter was strong between the two of them (particularly as the rest of the era don't really take them seriously). But you can see how close they are, and that was lovely to see.

I would like a moment to talk about the era that the film took part in. The film took somewhere in France in 1740, when women stayed out home, washing and cleaning  men went out hunting, and went out to earn a living. And it wasn't right for women to read or invent (which is basically the only reason why Belle and her father are outsiders- because they push and rebel, I guess you could say, against what is the done thing), which, I thought, is part of the reason that I love this film so much.
There is also the fact that it brings up the theory that magic is real, which makes the question of magic much more interesting.

And finally, I wanted to talk about the music. Now, being the musical fanatic that I am, if the music is good, then I'm more than willing to give a film a shot, regardless of the plot. But this music, it just... blew me away. There are no words for how I felt when I heard this beautiful music that perfectly matched the story and the mood of the scenes.


So overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and if you went to see it, I hope you did too. And if you didn't, I hope this review has encouraged you to buy the film when I comes out, because I most certainly will!

So that was my review of Beauty and the Beast! I hope you enjoyed it and if you saw the film, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
So I will see you all on Friday!
Byeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx









Monday, 22 May 2017

Writing Update #2 (May 2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And my writing has kind of been taking a backseat in the past couple of months on this blog.
So, I thought it's time I change that. (Especially as I love writing and talking about it so much!)
So here is my second Writing Update (May 2017).
Enjoy!

Writing Update #2 (May 2017)
So, first things first. I FINISHED THE BOOK. Well... the first draft. But at least that's something solid. But the way things are going, your gonna bet that I'll be way over the word count that's recommended for the final project. The recommended word count for YA Contemporary (even though YA isn't technically a genre... but we're going with it) is 50,000- 80,000 words.
My draft is currently standing at 77,291 words... and even though I've already written the majority (from what I've seen so far), I'm bound to write a couple more thousand.

As for what I'm doing now, I'm going through the story, editing, and making sure it all makes sense, as well as listing the plot points that I want to include consistently in the book. I'm thinking about printing each chapter as I go so I can annotate it, but at the moment I'm still thinking about it.  

As much as I want to say I'm working on it consistently, the story has taken a backseat since I finished the first draft. Saying that, I want to take the rest of the year to perfect my book and get it to the best that it can be, and then maybe attempt to approach literary agencies next year, or even get just a couple of people to read it and see what they think.

Also, just for peace of mind, I've updated the formatting that I'm writing the book, to give me even a vague idea of how long the book is going to be. I've made the book double space, but it's still on a word document, at A4 size paper, at 11 font. Translated to the most that I can, I think the book will end up at approximately 320 pages, which is the size I think is just right for a YA Contemporary.

So that's pretty much all I have to update you all on for my novel (scary, calling it a novel!) for now. I hope you enjoyed the post, and let me know in the comments if you want more of these writing updates, and if so, what you would like them to be about (for example, overcoming writing slumps, how to stop micro-editing in your brain, and how to let yourself write badly, so you can edit it later, because it does help!)
But do let me know in the comments, because I love it when somebody takes the time to comment on a post!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxxx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

May Book Haul (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though it isn't the usual time to do a book haul, why the hell not?
I love talking about new books, and at this point my TBR is through the roof, but I just love buying new books.
So enough mindless babbling, let's get to the book haul!

May Book Haul (2017)
1. Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
I read this book in Year 11, for my English assignment. And it was one of the most shocking and heart-breaking stories my eyes have ever read. This is a story about a girl Matilda, who after meeting Mr Dickens, and a certain Mr Pip, gets taken on a whimsical and fascinating journey. But on an island at war, nobody is safe. This book is informative, imaginative, and unique. And it packs a punch. I swear to god, this is one of the best English books I've read, so if you get the chance to pick it up, don't hesitate!

2. The Miserable Mill (Series of Unfortunate Events #4), by Lemony Snicket
I found another one! JUST ONE MORE LEFT! (Can you believe I found them all in charity shops??????)

3. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
This is one of the many books that had been on my radar for some time. I've already tweeted a pic about this book and other (which is on this list also), so go check it out! (My Twitter is @TheWorldIsBooks). But I hope to read this soon, because I want to watch the TV show (My brother is watching it, and he says it's fantastic!)
4. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
Now, I don't know much except for this book except for the fact that they are creating a movie that is starring Emma Watson in it (she is starring in everything at the moment), and that this story is about the circle- which controls everything. All your internet data in one place: and people can watch every moment of you're life as well. When Mae joins the Circle, she immediately does well, and she becomes noticed inside. But the more her ideals and ambitions start to become scrutinised by those inside the circle, the closer she comes to discovering a sinister truth at the heart of the organisation that is seeking to remake the entire world of it's image.
And I can't wait to read it!


5. CONTAGION, BY TERI TERRY


I GOT THE BOOK!!!!!!! (And the pages are red too!!!!) You do not believe how excited I am to read the book, you don't understand. I will definitely be reviewing this, because Teri Terry is my all time favourite authors! This is the first book in the Dark Matter trilogy, and I cannot wait to start it!!!!!

6. The Girls, by Emma Cline
Even though this wasn't on my immediate list for what I wanted to read, I bought this because it is the JUNE BOOK CLUB BOOK FOR MY LOCAL WATERSTONES, and it looked like a book of interest. Now what do I know about this book? From what I know, this is a book from multiple perspectives. It's also pretty short, about 350 pages. But from the blurb, I know that it's about a girl called Evie, who is desperate to be noticed, by Suzanne, a girl at the heart of the cliché she is desperate to be noticed by. Intoxicated by her promises, she agrees to go back to thr rotting ranch where they live. But before she knows it, her life is in deep water- and she does not know how to get out. No matter how short this book, this already sounds intense. And that intensity increases when I find out that there, in fact, murder in this book. More thoughts on this when I actually read it.  

So that was my May Book Haul (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and at least I finally posted something! Comment your thoughts below!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx










Friday, 12 May 2017

Netflix Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And today I thought it would be fun to do a tag!
So, over the course of the past year or so, Netflix has dominated more than a few screens, and so, I decided it was time I do the Netflix Book Tag!
Enjoy!

Netflix Book Tag
1. Recently watched
The last book you finished reading
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Clair North. Bit slow at the start, but once it hit maybe the 200 page mark, it picked up, and it stayed that way for the rest of the book. More on the book in my May Wrap Up. Currently I'm about to start Tempest, by Julie Cross, a re-read.

2. Top picks
A book/books that have been recommended to you based on books you have previously read
After thinking this over (trying to think of something to put for this category because I couldn't think of anything,) but after thinking this through, I'm going to go with the Mistborn trilogy. A bunch of people have told me that because one of my favourites genres is Sci-fi, that I should try the Mistborn trilogy. If anyone has read the Mistborn trilogy, feel free to let me know what you thought of them in the comments!

3. Recently added
The last book you bought
You guys already know this one! (At least you do if you follow my twitter @TheWorldIsBooks) because there's a picture!
I bought two books last time, and they were The Circle, by Dave Eggers, and Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty! One has been developed into a film that is due to come out soon, and another is a popular TV show!

4. Popular on Netflix
Books that everyone knows about (2 you've read and 2 you have no interest in reading)
The two that everyone knows about are: -The Hunger Games, and
Harry Potter, duh!

The two that I have no interest in reading have to be: -Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins, and Miss Peregrine Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
I admit I tried the first Miss Peregrine's book, but never again.


5. Comedies
A funny book
Derek Landy is the king of sarcastic, witty humour in his books, and I laugh whilst reading his Skulduggery Pleasant unlike what I laugh about in other books. So I'm picking the Skulduggery Pleasant collection for this one.


6. Dramas
A character that is a drama king/queen
I... don't.... know....
Think I'll skip this one.


7. Animated
A book with cartoons on the cover
Even though this technically isn't a book, it is a graphic novel, which I'm counting.
It's Saga, a series I've been meaning to start for a while now. I don't know much about it, but I hope to read it in the near future (after finishing all the books already on my TBR!).

8. Watch It Again
A book/ book series that you want to re-read
Okay, even though I've already read this a million times, I always want to re-read the Noughts and Crosses series, by Malorie Blackman. It was one of the first series I completed, and it still is, even 5 years later! This is a series that does not shy away from the tough subjects, but discussing them in an explosive and addicting way! Totally recommend (seriously, go read this series, it's GENIUS).

9. Documentaries
A non-fiction book you'd recommend to everyone 
Even though I don't read many non-fiction books, to all my writers out there, I can recommend "The Essential Guide to getting your book Published." It's straight and to the point, and full of information about publishing. 

10. Action and Adventure
An action packed book 
The first trilogy that springs to mind is the Divergent trilogy, so I'll go with that. 

11. New releases
A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can't wait to read
Contagion, by Teri Terry! If you've been here a while, you will know that Teri Terry is my absolute favourite author, and this book comes out 18th May, which I am so excited about! 

12. Max
Tag people!
I'm going to be lazy (once again) and let anyone that wants to do the tag, they are free to do it! 
But let me know in the comments!

So that is all that I have for you all today. I hope you enjoyed the tag, and I will see you all on Monday! 
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and keep reading!
Byeee!

- Abi xxxxxx