Friday, 30 June 2017

June Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I've been thinking that my Wrap Ups could be more than just talking about books. I'm talking television shows and films I've been watching recently and any writing I've been doing.
So let me know in the comments what you think, because this is sort of a trial run!

So the books that I read this month are:

As you can see, I have a review up. You can click it!
This is sort of a lead up to the big event, which is three sisters, each with a unique gift- and their inevitable fight to the death.
And although this is just the lead up to the event, a lot goes on throughout the three sisters. And even though this event has been happening for hundreds of generations, nothing will be the same after this year.
So I recommend this to anybody who is in the mood for a surprisingly good, yet intense and fiercely fast paced book!

2. Contagion (Dark Matter #1), by Teri Terry
I have not a review up yet for this one, and I'm still consinuating as to whether I should post one or not, but I will let you guys know on my twitter (@TheWorldIsBooks) so good check it out on Twitter!
But anyway, this is the first book in Teri Terry new trilogy, and although I had a few problems with this one, I'm looking forward to seeing the direction that the story goes in. There are a bunch of directions that the story can go in, and there is no doubt in my mind that this book is going to be explosive and unexpected from now, all the way through to the end.

3. The Girls, by Emma Cline
I will definitely be posting a review on this because even though I didn't initially have a bunch of thoughts on this, a book that is loosely based on the Madson Murders that took place in 1969, having discussed this in my book club last night, I have a lot of thoughts to discuss with you guys on this one. I appreciate that this isn't what I usually like to read and review, but that's kind of the point to a book club: to read and discover new books that might not necessarily be something you like to read!

4. Orangeboy, by Patrick Lawrence
This was a book that showed me just how easy it is to get swept up into the world of crime and brutality, as well as how hard it is to come back out.
This was a book that frustrated me no end, if I'm being honest. Purely because it was so easy to see where the main character was headed, and he knew what he was doing, and even though there were some points that were interesting, I feel like the whole thing could have been better.

I decided to read this and not Big Little Lies, purely because I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it before the month was out, and let me just say that it was so good to re-discover these characters, and their journeys, and just re-live this book. This review isn't the best, especially as it was posted last year, but by all means, take a look!

1. Waterloo Road (Series 1 & 2)
This was a television show that was on from 2006, and ended in 2015. It's set in a school and it is by far one of my favourite tv shows that I have watched, maybe ever. This tv show was basically my childhood and I recently started to re-watch series 1 on YouTube. It was so great to watch all the familiar characters and forget everything that has happened. If there is anyone that watched Waterloo Road at any point, let me know in the comments!

2. Pretty Little Liars (Season 6)
In the attempt to catch up before the final episode, I started to watch this again (even though it isn't possible as I do not have Netflix, but am watching on DVD). But I can watch up to the end of season 6, which I am definitely going to be doing at some point in July.
(No spoilers please).

I haven't done as much writing jobs this month, certainly not as much as I might have liked to. At the moment I am working on my second draft, and hopefully I will have that finished by the end of summer, or September at the latest.
So other than that, there isn't really anything else to tell concerning writing.
Let me know in the comments if there are any writing posts, you guys might be interesting in seeing, because I would like talk about writing more on this blog.

So that is my June Wrap Up (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know what you thought about it overall, and I will reply!
So I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and I will see you on Monday with my July TBR!
(Heads up, it might be late as I am in London on Monday).
So, byeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 26 June 2017

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), by Kendare Blake

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And today I'm reviewing a book that I wish I could get all the editions, purely for the covers- Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake!

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), by Kendare Blake
Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 20th September, 2016
Status: Book 1 in the trilogy? Series?
Pages: 407

MIRABELLA, a fierce elemental, can spark hungry
flames with one click of a finger.
KATHARINE, a poisoner, is known to be resistant
to the deadliest of snake bites.
ARSINOE, a naturalist, is rumoured to have the
ability to bloom the reddest of roses.

But becoming the Queen Crowned is not just a matter of
royal birth. These three sisters must fight to the death for the
throne, and on the night they turn sixteen the battle begins.
Only one queen can inherit the crown.


My Thoughts
Going into this book, I admit, I was kind of apprehensive about what it was going to be like. I'd heard, leading up to it, that a pretty heavy theme in the book was politics, which I'm normally not keen on, which kind of gave me a bad idea about it. But I was thoroughly surprised, not just how much the political side added to the story, but how much I enjoyed the story overall.

If I had to describe this book in one word, I would use the word: Intense.
Just the way you jumped from each queen, and each kingdom was adamant that their kingdom was the one that was going to win the crown.
Also, the fact that each kingdom had flaws, secret meetings and doubt in the heads of each kingdom, meant that there was no clear winner among any of them kind of made me nervous, because I really didn't know which kingdom was going to come out on top.

I admit, there were a couple of problems, like it took a while for me to recognise each princess, since the story was jumping to all three kingdoms constantly, but this made the book very slow at the start, just because I was trying to get to grips with everything. And due to the slow start, I really had to fight to push past that slowness before plot twists started happening. But looking back, I'm really glad that I did because it picked up really fast after I got the gist of everything.

Now, plot. This book was actually the lead up to the fight to the death. And even though there wasn't much confrontation between the Queens, but there was certainly a lot concerning everything that wasn't about the Queens confronting. 

But I think what I loved the most about this book was that every chapter progressed a part of the book. And I was never bored, not in a single chapter. I was engrossed in every chapter, every character's backstory and personality and journey that before I knew it, the full beautiful, heart-wrenching story all about loyalty and secrecy and violence and depth was unfolding right before my eyes. What was so wonderful about these characters was that, even from the beginning, I knew only one could survive, yet I found myself in a constant battle trying to favour one over the others.

The magic was also extremely well crafted. They touched on the magic, though it wasn't the main focus, and Blake left just enough space to make for some more exploration of the magic in the second book, which I (for one) can't wait to read.

As for the ending, I was blown away. Literally blown away. The look on my face when I read the last sentence was stuck there for a good ten minutes after I finished the story. And when you finish this book, you will start to see the little holes that Kendare has deliberately written in to make you feel shocked at the end.

I would highly recommend this to fantasy lovers, as well as those that likes books about thrones and violence and a very dark undertone. And underdogs. And powers. And most things that happen to be in most fantasy books. Three Dark Crown has interesting characters, a world of drama and an intense lead up to a fight-to-the-death that promises to be absolutely amazing!

So that was my review of Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake! I hope you enjoyed this review, and let me know in the comments if you did!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and I can't wait for the second! (It's released 19th September, 2017 so only about two and a half months away!)
I hope you have had a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!

-Abi xxxxx

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!

-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!

-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.

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!

-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!

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.

-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!

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!

-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.

-Abi xxxxxx