Friday, 31 July 2015

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon | Review


 
Genre: Young Adult , Contemporary
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5/5
 
 
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster
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*I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
 
Before I begin to explain how much I loved this book , I need to give you a bit of backstory. I won't go into it to much but basically , I have severe allergies to nuts and eggs. You probably don't think that that's a big deal but being in the same room as one of those things can kill me. I don't say this for sympathy or anything but so you understand how I felt about this book. (I know that it's nothing compared to Maddy's but some of the deep dark thoughts that she had were very similar to mine.) When I first heard about this book , I knew that I had to read it because I've been waiting for a book with a character with allergies for so long!
 
This book was hilarious , heart breaking and touching. The story is told through normal narrative , doodles , medical records , diary entries and dictionary definitions. It's beautifully illustrated by David Yoon and I loved that every page was unique. The story moved quickly and was a short but gripping read. Maddie's narrative was actually hilarious at times and her conversations with Olly made me cry from laughter. 
 
I have never related to a character more than I have with Maddy for obvious reasons but aside from that , it was very entertaining to see the world from her point of view as she passed time during her days. I loved her relationship with her nurse Carla and how she stayed happy after 15 years of her illness. I think that Carla understood her much more than her mother did and she have Carla every operunity. Maddy questions who she'd be without her illness , if there were a cure which is a feeling I know very well. Maddy is very naive but she knows that as well as we do , she's open to learn as much as she can and she wants to learn as much as she can. 
 
Olly was such an adorable character and the fact that he would go through so much to see Maddy warmed my heart. He has his own troubles and Maddy helps him to overcome them as he helps her. Although their relationship was mainly in text messaging , I didn't get a sense of instalove at all! It was as if they'd known eachother for a very long time and it was really beautiful.
 
Towards the end of the book , a lot changes and it was really incredible to read. It awakened fears in myself as well as give me so much hope. There's a pretty massive plot twist that made me put my kindle down and be like "WHAT?"The overall message (as you can see on the cover) is "The greatest risk is not taking one." and you have no idea how much I needed to read that , it has definitely changed how I view my life.
 
I could write an entire post about how this book made me feel but I'll leave that for another day as I don't want to think that I only enjoyed it because of my allergies because I know that I would've enjoyed it either way. It's a fast moving and touching story that will change how you see the world. I don't recommend this book , I urge you to read it , you are truly missing out if you don't! I can't wait for the release of this book so that I can see it getting the recognition that it truly deserves. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

BLOG TOUR | The Evolved by KT Webb {Excerpt}

                          
 
                                

Today , I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Evolved by KT Webb. On this stop , you'll find everything you need to know about the book as well as an excerpt. I hope you enjoy it!

 


About The Book
Title: The Evolved
Author: KT Webb
Genre: YA Fantasy
From Indie Author KT Webb comes a fantasy novel that challenges tradition. She artfully combines elements of mythology, theology, romance and adventure to create a fast paced and intriguing story.
Thatcher Kline is a ward of the state, a runaway and a loner. But he has a few secrets; secrets that make him a freak, secrets that have cut him off from any semblance of a family.
Hadley and Whitley Callaghan are the twin daughters of a powerful man. Their mother abandoned them when they were little, leaving them to be raised by an absent father and his security detail. They find themselves settling into small town life in South Dakota when they meet Kerr Mason and their world turns upside down.
Kerr is a bookworm, storeowner and a good judge of character. He likes to be alone; other people make him uncomfortable. When he meets the Callaghan twins, he feels a connection he can’t comprehend.
Distant relatives raised Nora Lowell after her parents died in a car wreck. She lives in a constant state of suspension as she waits to be joined by others like her. When Nora learns that the others are on their way, she feels like her life can finally begin.
Their paths were destined to meet; their lives were destined to be intertwined as those of their ancestors were. When they come together, mysteries are unraveled, prophecies are revealed and this group of misfits quickly discovers they are destined to save the world from the clutches of evil.
Author Bio


KT Webb is a big city girl living in small town South Dakota. KT is a wife and mother of two young children. She works full time as a marketing and communications coordinator for a technology solutions company. KT is also an avid reader and prefers books that allow her overactive imagination to run wild. She published her first book, The Evolved as the first installment in The New Era Saga; the second book will be out in late 2015.
 
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Book Excerpt
As soon as they collided, she felt an immense pressure from all angles. She looked around wondering if they had created a book avalanche. As she reached for the book, the clumsy book store clerk reached a hand out to help her. Whitley felt an intense heat rise in her cheeks, she wanted to melt into the floor, and she was so embarrassed she had almost forgotten he was there. Her hand touched the book guys hand and the heat intensified. The room got dark, and light again, she thought she was about to pass out when the realization hit her, the lights were flickering. She hid her embarrassment easily by adding a little “senators’ daughter condescension” to her voice, her father would have been disappointed in her.
“You should really pay your light bill” She threw at him while the lights continued to flicker.
“Uh…what?” Was all he managed to force out.
Whitley pointed up and said, “Your lights. Do they do this often?”
“Oh, no.” His eyebrows knit together as he looked up at the ceiling. “In fact, I’ve owned this building for three years and it’s never happened before.”
“You own this place?” Hadley asked coming up behind him.
“Yeah, Kerr Mason, at your service.” He made a little bow and grinned, the light seemed to sparkle in his eyes.
“Hadley Callaghan, and the klutz you ran into is my sister Whitley.”
“Callaghan huh? As in Eric Callaghan. Senator Eric Callaghan? The presidential candidate?” Kerr asked.
“Yep, that’s our dad. Mr. President himself.” Whitley responded with just a hint of venom in her voice.
“Soft spot huh?” He stage whispered to Hadley.
She nodded, and giggled a little. Whitley rolled her eyes at her sister, she couldn’t believe Hadley hadn’t grabbed her hand and dragged her from the store. That’s what she usually did when she caught Whitley in situations she found embarrassing. She noticed Hadley narrowing her eyes at her and she wondered if her sister could sense how flustered she was.
“Whit, we should probably get going, I’m sure Kerr has to call an electrician or something to get this fixed.” Hadley looked around uncomfortably.
Kerr nodded and started to head to the back room when the jingling of the bell alerted him to another customer. The three of them turned to see who had come in, but couldn’t see anyone. The flickering lights made it hard to focus on anything. As Kerr tried to pass the girls to offer his assistance to the person who’d entered, he stumbled over one of the books still strewn across the floor. Whitley instantly reached to steady him. As soon as she made contact with him again, the lights instantly grew steadily brighter.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Top 5 Character Tropes | Top 5 Wednesday

As always , Top 5 Wednesday was created by Gingerreadslainey and you can find out more in the Goodreads group
This weeks topic is Character Tropes so let's get started! If I've got this right , a character trope is something you see often in books.
 



1) Love Triangles

LET ME EXPLAIN! Everyone acts as if love triangles are the worst thing in the world and in some cases , I agree but I love a good love triangle when it's done right! I love to compare characters and character relationships. I like when two sides of the triangle are both good and flawed people who care about the other side. Usually , I can pick a side based on the character I prefer but other times I'm so torn that I could rip my hair out.
I know that some people hate love triangles because of those reasons but I love to analyse actions and decide which couple works better. My rule with love triangles is that they can't take over the story , the main character can't forget about all of her problems other than the love triangle. My favourite type is when person 1 (usually main character) is loved/liked by person 2 and person 3 but person 2 and 3 are friends or have a certain loyalty to each other. I personally think good examples of these are in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
 
http://rambling-reads.blogspot.ie/2015/07/top-ten-characters-that-are-also-book.htmlYesterdays post was about this very topic. Characters often love reading and to me that makes a lot of sense. Usually , a author loves reading and they'd want to put that part of themselves into their characters. It makes the character relatable to anyone reading the book! I personally love to see how the character reads and what they take from it , how it influences their life and the types of stories they read. I like characters who are subtle readers , not cringeworthy and scarily obsessed ones. Again , I like when the stories they are reading influence how they react to the problems that they face throughout their own book. I named lots of characters like this here.
 
 
3) Characters going from evil to good / good to evil
 
I find it hard to forgive people and characters , especially if they were evil before. Although I don't want all of my favourite characters to turn into villains , I do appreciate it when it happens. In my opinion the best character arcs are when something bad happens to a goodie and they turn into a baddie because you feel sorry for them even when they try to kill everyone you love. I always love a good , fleshed out villain with lots of delicious backstory. You see this in Harry Potter by JK Rowling  (so many times) and Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi.)

 
 4) Multiple perspectives    
 
There are so many reasons that I love stories with multiple point of views. I love to see the contrast between how a character sees themselves and how others view them or how different characters view the same situation. I think it tells us so much about the characters themselves!  My favourite types are when they have two different timelines as well as perspectives. You see this in Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and it's so beautifully done! Vicious by VE Schwab plays with all types of perspective so you really can't trust anybody. They are both some of my favourite books of all time!
 
 
5) Royalty
 
I love when books are set in the middle of a royal court. It's my guilty pleasure and has been since I was young. I love the struggles that come with the life that seems so perfect and how it affects everyone. If I hate a book that is like this , it's either because it wasn't done correctly or the royal bit was the only part I enjoyed. I'm really into history and obviously , monarchies are a huge part of that so I love the different dynamics that only appear in those situation. (I also love big dresses and sword fights which seem to go along with that!) There were a lot of things that bothered me about The Selection Series by Keira Cass but I loved life inside of the palace!
                        

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Top Ten Characters That Are Also Book Nerds | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find the topics here .
This weeks topic is Characters That Are Also Book Nerds so characters that read books , love books , obsess over books etc! I can only think of 8 but that'll have to do. Enjoy!

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1) Clary Fray and Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
 
Clary and Simon are more obsessed with comic books but it's still the same idea. I've put them together because they're comic book nerds together!
 
 
 
 
2) Katy Swartz  from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 
Katy is a huge book lover! She reads YA and has a blog! Throughout the series , you see how painful it is for her to neglect her blog due to the troubles that are brought into her life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
3) Celaena Sardothien from Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas
 
Some of my favourite scenes are the ones with Celaena in the library or when she's reading!
 
 
 
 
 
4) Maddy Whittier from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
 
This book isn't actually out yet but Maddy is a great main character who lives her life through books It's out September 1st and my review will be up soon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
5) Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
 
The obvious choice , but valid none the less!
 
 
 
 
6) Cath Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
 
As you can probably guess from the title , she's a book fangirl. Cath was very relatable and hilarious.
 
 
 
7) Will Herondale and Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
 
Again , they come as a package deal. Honestly , if Will , Tessa or Jem fit into any category for favourites they'll be in it.
 
 
8) Eleanor and Park  from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
 
Comic book nerds again. It's what brings them together and it's adorable.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading! What are your favourite book lover characters? Do you think that a book loving character can sometimes be cheesy and stereotypical or do you enjoy them anyways? Comment below!  I hope you enjoyed this post , have a wonderful day!
 

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury | Review



Genre: fantasy , young adult
Pages: 333
Release Date: March 1st 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 3 stars

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...


I should start of by telling you that this is my second time writing this review as my first one was a stream of angry and confused thoughts.

Let's  start of with Twylla , our main character. She has a poison in her veins that lets her kill people at the touch. This is obviously , pretty damaging considering she hasn't touched anyone unless it was to kill them in years. I know what your thinking , Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi but no. They're completely different , you rarely even notice the similarity (except for once , I will discuss that later.) One of the main things I noticed about Twylla is that she is very na├»ve. She trusts almost everyone without looking into it any further which really annoyed me at times. I wasn't surprised when she started to realise that not everything is true and other than that she was really boring to me. She's selfish and tells herself that she is enduring the luxuries for the sake of her family when she rarely thinks of them.I could not relate to her what so ever and she seemed so dry and underdeveloped.

Twylla is The Sin Eater's Daughter. Sin Eating was one of the good parts of this book and I found it really interesting! When someone dies , a plate of food is given to The Sin Eater to be eaten on their coffin. Each food represents a sin that they made during their life and by eating it , The Sin Eater cleanses their soul. I loved the fantasy in this book as it was very based on the belief of gods and we don't see that as much as the usual dose of magic and the like. There is a fairy tale told in this book and I think that any reader would know that it would become significant as we read on but it was not quite what I expected. Something that I was not expecting was the incest. Princes and princesses married each other and one character brought it to the next level of disgusting.

As you can tell by reading the blurb , Lief , Twylla's new guard is a love interest. I hated their romance , to get that out of the way. I like fantasy mixed with a good romance that doesn't take over the plot but this was not what I like. It was the worst type of instalove and this is where I'll compare it to Shatter Me. It was like when Juliette falls in love with the first man she can touch after no time at all but at least they vaguely knew each other before that. Their relationship was so dry , boring and doomed and although the ending made up for that , I still didn't like it.

I did not like Lief at all. He was far too outspoken and childish for my liking. I'm fine with stubborn characters and freedom of speech but a guard knows what he has to do to avoid treason , Lied did not. Everyone knows that you can't call the prince a swine to his future wife. Twylla could've easily told someone and he'd be arrested for it! He was boring and not fleshed out very well. His character never made any sense and I always suspected that something was up but what actually happens was slightly shocking (emphasis on the slightly)

Despite my problems with both main characters , for some odd reason I kept reading. It started off really strong but sank in the middle , picking up a bit at the very end but I never got bored of reading it. I enjoyed the reading itself and it was only after that I was angry. A character that I did like was Prince Merek but Twylla  and Lief seemed to hate him because he was a prince. He was the only one that had clear goals , any drive to act and he had troubles that Twylla thought to be stupid. Merek was clever , observant and kind to people who didn't deserve it and I hope we see him in the next book because I honestly think he would've improved the book.

The ending was pretty anti-climatic. There was a big plot twist that I liked (it was a bad thing but clever) but the epilogue was so...strange. It was as if a few chapters had fallen out and I had no clue what was going on but if my one suspicion is correct , I am furious. Anyways , I don't regret reading it because I did enjoy it and I look forward to the sequel and to getting some answers. I really don't know if I'd recommend this book because some people love it , some hate it and somehow , I agree with both of them.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fall With Me by J.Lynn | Review

 
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
 
 
 
Genre: New Adult , Contemporary , Romance , Mystery , Suspense
Publication Date:  31st March 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 389
Rating: 4/5

The saying "Don't judge a book by it's  cover" is very relevant when it comes to J Lynn/Jennifer L Armentrout books. The cover tells us nothing about the characters or the story and I hope that doesn't turn people away from this series. This is the fourth book in the Wait For You series by J Lynn. Although , Be With Me is my favourite in the series , I really enjoyed this book! This series is a perfect example of what I love in New Adult books , serious topics but plot lines that aren't solely focused on the romance.

We meet our main character Roxy in Stay With Me as Calla's friend and we also meet Reece , the main love interest. Reece seemed like a good guy so I was excited about him but what made me want to read this book the most was how badly Roxy wanted to avoid Reece. You don't need to read the other books to read this one but the characters from the others have cameos in the book.

Roxy is an interesting character because she's been through terrible things , her best friend is in a long-term care facility and every scene involving him made me cry. She doesn't realise that she's putting restrictions on her life that don't need to be there and it takes a lot to help her see that. She's stubborn and headstrong but that isn't always a good thing, Roxy and Reece both show each other that they can't dwell on their past and they are one of those couples that fit so well together.

I love anything that involves crime and law so the fact that this book has a lot of that in it made me very happy. The plot was fast paced for the most part but I found the ending kind of slow. That's not to say that I didn't like the ending but something happens that slows everything down and turns Roxy's world upside down. With both intense , hilarious , heart breaking and swoon-worthy scenes , I thought that this book was a great addition and I can't wait for the next book!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare | Rachel Recommends #5

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
  


Today , I am recommending one of my favourite series of all time , The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I think that it is about time that I write a post about why I love it so I hope you like the sound of it. There are three books : Clockwork Angel , Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

The Infernal Devices are set in London during the latter part of the Victorian Era , which is one of my favourite times in history to learn about and is made better by the constant threat of demons and other fantastical creatures. You may or may not know Shadowhunters from Clare's first series The Mortal Instruments but you do not need to read either to understand the other. I personally prefer The Infernal Devices so if you didn't like TMI (or you saw the movie and decided never to stand within 10 metres of the series) you might still like this!

The characters in this series are some of my favourites of all time. It's written in 3rd person so we get to know lots of characters! We have our main characters Tessa Gray , Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs who have one of the best relationships I have ever read (also the most painful) and are *gulp* part of a love triangle. Don't let that throw you off though , this triangle plays out differently than any others I know. There are also amazing side characters that we follow. The women in this series show us the different types of difficulties that women had during that time and I found that so interesting and shocking.

We also see how England itself was in the late 1800s and the differences between the classes and the history nerd in me was squeeling. Even if history is not your thing , the fantasy is intriguing and thrilling! Sometimes the story parallels with The Mortal Instruments so if you have read TMI , it's fun to look at everyone's ancestors and how they are similar or different to them!

If you like fantasy and historical fiction then this is absolutely the series for you! I still think of this series very often and the characters will stay with me for life. It's one of those series that you feel better off as a person after reading it.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Top 5 Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series | Top 5 Wednesday


As always Top 5 Wednesday was created by Gingerreadslainey and you can find out more in the Goodreads group
This weeks topic is my Top 5 Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series. They are in no particular order , just characters that I would love to read a series about. I actually think we're getting some type of stories about some of these characters but my choices still stand.
 
 
 
The Circle from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
 
There are some short stories about the Circle and I love reading about them. They're basically a rebel group led by the main antagonist in the first half of TMI. We know some of the characters as regretful adults but the stories of their younger selves are so intriguing.
 
 
 
 
The Marauders from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
 
These are also characters that we know when they're older but we get tiny scenes about their younger selves. I'm pretty sure that anyone who has read or even watched Harry Potter would be interested in getting to know the younger James , Sirius , Remus and Peter. Despite how painful that might be.
 
Rowan Whitethorn from Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas
 
Rowan is a faerie and has been around for a long time. We know some of the stuff he's gone through but he is such a great character that I would love to read more about!
 
 
Kenji Kishimoto from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
 
Kenji is a hilarious character and one of the only characters I would be interested in reading scenes from their POV.
 
 
 
Dumbledore and Grindelwald from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
 
I've wanted this since I was 12 years old because who doesn't want to read a book about two teenagers trying to take over the world? I think the most interesting this about these two is that they had the same goals but one ended up being one of the best wizards of all time and the other ended up being the second most evil wizard of all time. If I were to rank these choices , Dumbledore and Grindelwald would be joint number one with the circle.
 
 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Release Day Party | Redemption by Becky Johnson

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About the Book

Redemption-ebook-webTitle: Redemption
Author: Becky Johnson
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Charlotte Marshall’s life changed dramatically when she uncovered a serial killer and narrowly escaped alive. With Lawrence Pheares gone, relationships more validated and trusted than ever, and a new book just aching to be written, careless bliss should have been just around the corner. But when her car is bombed and her worst intuitions realized, a dangerous game of revenge begins to unravel, and for the elusive killer with dark secrets, this time its personal. With all she loves threatened and time running out, Charlotte must outwit her deadliest adversary yet before evil can destroy all she holds dear. A fast-paced, suspenseful, cat-and-mouse story with shocking twists around ever page turn, Redemption keeps the heart pounding and intrigue building for both experienced Charlotte Marshall fans and those new to the series alike.

Author Bio

Run is Becky Johnson’s first published novel, but not her first book. Books are Becky’s passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class! Becky has Master’s degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel. When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, running, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger | Review


At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.


Genre: Young Adult , Dystopian
Publication Date: 4th June 2015
Publisher: One World Publications
My Rating: 4.5 stars

One of the main themes of this book is mental health and how society reacts to it. America decided that the best way to put an end to the violence that was causing war and death was to control the mental health of the population. Everyone has a type , depending on their mental stability. Type 1 is healthy and calm where as 4s and 5s are considered a burden on society with their mental disorders and unpredictable ways. The government want everyone to be a type 1 so they put people through 'conditioning' or mindwalking to make them happier and healthier. Lain Fisher is a mindwalker and she has to go through other peoples memories and remove the darkest moments of their lives so they can go on as if nothing had ever happened. I found the process of removing memories very interesting and it reminds us that every experience , good or bad makes us who we are.

Lain Fisher puts everything into her job to make her Father proud and to help as many people as she can but she is burdened with the memories of those she mindwalked. She has to make a lot of difficult decisions throughout the book as she realises that her world is not as perfect as the government claim. Lain's biggest weakness is that she wants to help people so when the damaged Steven asks her for help she has to choose between relieving Steven of his horrible past but risk losing her job and helping countless others throughout her career.

Steven is not your typical love interest. He is a type 4 , thought to be a danger to society. In his life he has seen and gone through horrifying things that effect him every single day. He has no family , no job and no friends. People are afraid of him because of what he has faced in the past and because of that he is hopeless and insecure. The relationship between him and Lain grows wonderfully throughout the book and we learn more and more about both characters as they begin to learn from each other.

One of the only things I didn't like about this book was that it was quite slow to start off with , but once I got past that point I read the rest of it in 24 hours.

I'm not a huge fan of dystopian and usually I avoid it but the psychological aspect to the book dragged me in. I think that it's a good twist on dystopian as it's not completely unimaginable. It's set in the not-too-distant future and I think that made it more realistic than a typical dystopian world. It was intriguing to think about how personalities are made and how one lost memory can change who we are.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology and mental health or for anyone who's looking for a different type of dystopian.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Last 10 Books That Came Into My Possesion | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find the topics here.
This weeks topic is The last ten books that came into my possession. These are all books that I bought. (#1 is the most recent.)


1) Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger 



2) Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill



3) I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson







4) Stay With Me by J.Lynn 

















7) The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman
(This is a short story from Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy)









9) Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans by Denise Grover Swank





10) Thirty-Two and a Half Complications by Denise Grover Swank

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Wait For You Series by J Lynn | Rachel Recommends #4


 
The Wait For You series is a set of New Adult companion novels. You can read them in order or just pick and choose the synopsis you prefer. The characters from all of the books have cameos in every book so it's really fun when you read them in order. 
Wait For You (book 1)
 
Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Something that I love about this series is how the romance is almost a back round aspect to the battles that the characters have to overcome. In each book there's a different message but there's one overall message from the books and I thought that was great. I felt inspired after reading them! The characters are hilarious and so well developed and the plot is so different each time. My personal favourite characters were Tess and Jase from Be With Me but I loved all of them! Actually , I haven't read Fall With Me yet because of my Kindle allowance but I cannot wait! We met the characters in Stay With Me and they made me so excited to read on!
 
They were so easy to read and satisfying at the end. Serious topics are discussed as well and I think that it's a great example of why I enjoy reading New Adult.
 
My favourite book was Be With Me , I loved the storyline and what Tess and Jase had to overcome. I loved the endings that both characters had and the ending that they had as a couple. The stories have bittersweet endings but in my opinion , they're the best kind!
 
If you enjoy swoon-worthy romances with darker plots , I would recommend this series!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Songs That I Connect With Books

I often connect songs with book or tv show characters and their relationships. This post is a list of some book characters that I think of when I hear certain songs. Click on the name of the song to listen if you want to.

 
I relate this song with Fred and George & Remus and Tonks from Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. I read the whole Harry Potter series in the car to and from school while The Script played in the back round. When I was reading that scene in Deathly Hallows this song was playing and now whenever I think of the song , I think of that scene and vica versa.
 
 
I relate this song to both the Jem and Tessa ships  and the Will and Tessa ships from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. (Do you realise how hard it is to find an appropriate and non-spoiler picture of these 3?)
 
 
 
There aren't any pictures of Celaena and Dorian that aren't fanart so just know that this is Celaena and Dorian from the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. This song probably doesn't make sense unless you've read Heir Of Fire. Since I first read the series I've been 100% team Chaol but this month I have changed to team Dorian. I've no idea why I feel this way but I am currently 100% team Dorian. Anyways , I heard this song and they were the first thing I thought of.
 
 
 
Thinking of this song with Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare will make you cry.There's not much else to say other than just listen and you'll understand.
 


 
 
I live with the daily struggle of am I on team Joe or team Mason in the Rose Gardner Mystery Series by Denise Grover Swank. At the moment I think that I'm on team Joe , I love Mason , he's a sweetheart but I don't think I'm fully happy with him and Rose. Anyways this song reminds me of what I hope Rose will think about Joe in the next book.
 


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find the topics here.
This weeks topic is then Top Ten (Eight) Hyped Books I've Never Read. I'm afraid that some people may hate me when they find out what I haven't read yet *holds head down in shame* . I



Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan
 

 
 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
 
 
The Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade
 
 
 
The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hopkin
 
 
Looking For Alaska by John Green
 
 
(I actually tried to read this one but I couldn't finish it.)
 
Uglies By Scott Westerfeld
 
 
 
(Another one I couldn't finish.)
 
The Maze Runner by James Dasher
 
 
 
 
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefater