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Pretty Little Liars #1 Book Review


pllHey Guys,
(NB. this was meant to be posted last Sunday. I’ve been really busy so apologies for the lateness)

So today I will be reviewing the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. As many people, I have seen the TV show and have been loving it (review on my reaction and thoughts on the season 6a finale up soon) so I thought it would be great to read the book and see if it’s different and what they changed. So on with the review!

Book Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Date Published: October 1st 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

My Review:

This book is the first in a series following four teenage girls as they go through high school receiving anonymous texts by a complete stranger, reminding them of all the bad they have done before. This brings their group closer as they are constantly reminded about the night when their best friend Ali disappeared.

I did like a lot about this book. I found that the characters were very realistic and relatable for people who have gone through a lot in their life. It shows how all of us have secrets and how much we try to keep the things that hurt us locked down. As I watched the TV show before I read the books, I did already know what would happen. However I really liked the different timeline in the book and how it was in a more first person description in the book. I felt that it really allowed me to get more connected to the characters and allowed me to form more of an understanding. One thing, however, that really shocked me about the TV show is that they changed Emily’s whole family. Her Dad stays at home, she has 2 siblings and she isn’t coloured. It brought about a whole new diameter between Maya and Emily’s Mum in the book that isn’t able to be conveyed in the TV show.

Some of the things I didn’t like were the fact that it was quite slow paced. The space of the entire book was only about an episode and a bit of the TV show. This kind of disappointed me as I wished that we got more going on than there actually was. But other than that, it was a really good and interesting way to see the story from a different media.

Overall, anyone who loves the PLL TV show should read this as it provides a really interesting retelling of the story. There is some language in it so probably if you’re 13+. I gave this a 4.0 stars as I really liked the depth of the characters yet I found it rather slow at point.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

~Spike

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All the Bright Places


ATBP coverHey Guys,

So today I will be reviewing All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This book was one that I saw on the shelves at Waterstones and thought that it looked like a fun read! Also, according to Goodreads and numerous news sites, it is set to become a film in 2017! Such an amazing book so let’s hope the movie reflects that. Now let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Date Published: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review:

All The Bright Places is a captivating novel written by an up-and-coming author and describes how a simple rally of events can drastically alter the future of anyone. This story in particular follows the tale of Theodore (Theo) Finch and Violet Markey. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they meet at the top of the school bell tower. Both helping to save the lives of the other, they form an unlikely friendship and eventually love. Their bond only growing stronger with a school project, this relationship is… well… complicated…

There is so much that I loved about this story. I loved the diversity of the characters and how some who you thought had perfect lives, were actually rather complex and abstract. Finch was an amazing character to witness. The diversity in his personality and how rapidly it changed made you realize that he was scared of who he could be and what he could do. In his life, it is clear to see how the factors and decisions of his family and friends made him the person he was. Violet also was a unique character. Her life being changed after the untimely death of her older sister, pulling out of clubs and isolating herself from her friends, her character and Finch really merge well together and create an almost perfect pair. The other character I would like to mention is Amanda Monk. She plays the classic “popular high school queen” role with her own posy and her crude nicknames for anyone not inline with the status quo. However underneath all that status and popularity is an uncertain, insecure girl with no idea how to save herself. We find this out when she and Finch meet in an unusual situation which shall remain unnamed in the view of no spoilers.

As well as the depth of the characters, the plot line was also extraordinary. I felt that everything Finch did throughout the story (all the wondering and visiting unique places) told us a lot more about his personality than just meeting the character. Towards the end of the book, Finch leaves a trail for Violet to follow. This leads her to all the places he wanted her to visit and each with a little memento left by him to show he was there. Each place he led her to was somewhere that few kids their age would have been interested in visiting. Yet throughout the story of the wandering and arriving in unexpected places, Finch told the deepest parts of his personality to Violet on that final wandering through every gift he left her. This made us realize just how in-depth his character was and how much he had grown to trust Violet in the short time he knew her.

There was honestly very little that I disliked in this novel. The one thing would probably be that I felt we didn’t get to know the real reason for decisions that Finch made and I found that to be almost unfinished in a way. I knew how it was going to end after Finch sent the emails to his close friends and family, however I found them to be very abstract and without a clear reason (however this did perfectly fit his character). I feel like right at the end of the book, there should have been a way to clearly understand what happened as I found it to be confusing.

Other than that one thing though, this book was perfect. Complex, interesting characters coupled with a perfectly deep and twisting plot line made this an enticing and gripping read all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 13 and likes romance, occasional serious issues and hidden humour. It is a great addition to the world of YA and perfect for fans of John Green (TFIOS, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska etc.), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl etc.), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why etc.) and Gayle Foreman (If I Stay, Where She Went etc.). I look forward to seeing what else this new writer has up her sleeve.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon!

~Spike

Unspeakable Book Review


Unspeakable CoverHey Guys,

Sorry for the late review, the last couple weeks have been pretty busy for me. Anyway I managed to finish a book called Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton. Here’s my review on it!

Book Title: Unspeakable
Author: Abbie Rushton
Date Published: February 5th 2015
Publisher: Atom
Overall Rating:
3.0 star

Blurb:
Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.
Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.
Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.
Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

My Review:
As explained in the blurb (summary) of the book, main character Megan has lost the ability to speak. Straight from then we can assume that something traumatic happened to her. Give her the regular pressures of being a teenager on top of a new counselor and the addition of a new girl in school, I feel like there is a lot going on in this book.

I liked the way Rushton portrayed the scenes and emotions of her characters. She really went into detail with the scenic trips and holidays that the characters went on. I found a really diverse group of people within this story and yet somehow they all fitted together. I liked many of the decisions that she made for her characters. Yes, I understand that it sounds strange however I liked that, especially with Jasmine, she made desperate decisions because she herself wasn’t in her correct state of mind. It did correctly capture what being a mute was like and also began to explore aspects unknown to YA currently. However I felt like, in adding all of these additions and alternate routes, I found that the main plot line wasn’t always visible.

Now with the things I don’t like. I found that the story was very predictable when it told us the big surprise reveal at the end of the novel. It may just be me as I have read a lot of books along this sort of genre and I generally found the same pattern of events happening in each book. I also found that there was WAY too much going on in the story. The plot line was generally not seen in most of the story and it lead my to wonder why some of these points were put in. For example, the new counselor. I can understand that the counseling side of it was a very important part to the story as Megan has a lot that she needs to work out however I think that the addition of the new counselor without giving Megan any message or alert that her counselor was changing seemed unrealistic. I also think that the author had opened up a whole new character development within Jasmine. I think that this canvas was left blank as we never really found out much about her except she is from a different family and used to get bullied at her old school. I would’ve liked to read more about her. This could’ve been done on a girls night between her and Megan or just random little bits popping up in conversation now and again. With how close Megan and Jasmine become, I felt that I didn’t really know her so much as judge her opinions on boys she liked dating.

Overall, I think this book is worth the read so you can make your own opinion of it. Some find it brilliant but I just found a lot of stuff wrong with it as well. It was a good read though so I would recommend it to anyone interesting in YA dark storylines and over the age of 13 as it does cover topics, such as sexuality, that wouldn’t be appropriate for anyone under the age of 13.

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon!

~Spike

MockingJay Part 2: Teaser Trailer


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Hey Guys,

So today the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: MockingJay part 2 came out and I thought I’d share my opinions on it (Click here to see the trailer).

I don’t really know what I think about it… to be honest, I do love the Hunger Games series but in my personal opinion, I find some of the lines really cheesy. Yes, I understand I’m being hypocritical because obviously some of my favourite quotes from books and movies are always *see what I did there?* extremely cheesy. However I just find them not that riveting in this series. Don’t get me wrong, yes I will go to see the movie and yes I will LOVE it, but I just think that the way the trailer has been done has made it really cheesy and appealing to a cliché audience.

On the good side though, I do really love all the video edits and fast transitions because I feel that it really incorporates the whole feel and emotion behind this movie series.

Right that’s all from me. Click the link above if you want to view the trailer and obviously let me know your opinions in comments!

Thanks for reading

~Spike

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse Review


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Hey Guys,
So today is the first time in while that I’ve done a book review. I’m reviewing Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse this time. Lets get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Date: Published: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

 IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive… 

My Review:

Okay so this is the 3rd book in the Percy Jackson series. Percy must venture out with 4 other people across the country to find Annabeth. With the Oracle’s words stuck in their mind, who will be the first to go? We are introduced to the Hunters of Artemis, Nico DiAngelis and his sister Bianca.

There was a lot that I liked about this book. For example, the introduction of the new characters. With Annabeth’s life in danger, there had to be someone to take her place on the quest. We found that in Zoë Nightshade. Her character was always in doubt of Percy and she was always looking to do her own thing. This made her similar to Annabeth (although she’d never admit it). We also had the rest of the Hunters that followed in Zoë ‘s footsteps. The introduction of Nico and Bianca was also a great addition as they were the cliché siblings who couldn’t be separated. However, Nico being too young and inexperienced to venture out on the quest, was left alone at camp while we got to know Bianca’s character as she went as part of the team on the Quest.

As well as there were things that I liked about this book, there were also things that I didn’t like. I found that, at times, the book became a bit tedious and slow paced for my taste. It took me a while to get through the novel which surprised me because usually I am a fast reader.

My overall opinion is that this was a good book. If you read the other Percy Jackson books and enjoyed them, obviously this book would be great for you even if it wasn’t perfect for me. I would recommend it to anyone reading the Percy Jackson Series.

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

New Posts Arriving Soon!


Hey Guys

I have recently been looking over past posts that I have made over the 2 years that this blog has been running for and feel like it needs a bit of an update. This means that I am going to go back over the Reviews 2013 category and redo each of the reviews.

My reasoning for this is purely that I feel I am more experienced now then I was before and that allows me to be able to express my opinions on books with a lot more detail and clarity than before. This means that, over the course of the weekend, I will be redoing these reviews so look out for them!

I also plan to start posting nail art videos in the next couple weeks, however, as some of you may know, exam season is here so I am going to be busy with that this week but the nail videos shall soon follow 🙂

Just wanted to give you a heads up!

~Spike

Interview with Christa Yelich-Koth!!!


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Hey Guys!

So one of the first people who I followed when I joined the blogging world and one of my first followers was Christa Yelich-Koth, a science-fiction graphic novelist. To celebrate the publication of her latest book Illusion, I have had the privilege to interview her. Let’s get on with the interview:

Q:So Christa, what inspired you to become a writer?

A: I always enjoyed reading when I was young. In middle school, I loved the creative writing portion of class where we got to write our own stories. In high school, I worked on a collaborative book series with two of my friends. From that sparked the story of ILLUSION, in which I saw a scene involving a young woman named Daith who woke up on a space ship with no memories. I wrote the scene down and knew that if I wanted to find out what happened next, I’d have to write more. While writing ILLUSION, I would come in and tell a coworker of mine the scenes I’d written the night before. After several weeks she asked “when are you going to publish this?” It opened a whole new world to me. I’d never really thought of becoming a published writer until that point.

Q: Out of all different genres of novels to choose from, what made you decide to go with science-fiction?

A: Science fiction is one of the only genre’s (the exception being fantasy) where I can make up anything I want. Without being bound by Earth rules, I can create worlds, peoples, abilities, and stories that couldn’t happen otherwise. It gives me absolute freedom to let the story unfold how it’s supposed to, without any restrictions.

Q: Your first comic, Hollow, is a 5 star rated book on Amazon.com. Did yyou every expect is to become so successful?

A: Haha! Not at all. HOLLOW was a really exciting graphic novel I did with illustrator Conrad Teves. I had no idea it would take off the way it did. I didn’t realize that the concept of free will versus happiness (which is the premise) would appeal to so many readers. Add to it the mix of the Matrix meets War of the Worlds and I was amazed, and humbled, at the positive response.  One of the great things on my end was I was able to do a follow-up series, HOLLOW’S PRISM. Without the support of the fans, I would not have continued on with the story, and I would have never have created Squee and his band of tinnybots! (They are super adorable. 🙂 )

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for your characters in Illusion?

A: I’m not really sure. I get flashes of scenes more than anything else. Once I write that, the characters start to take on a life of their own and I’m just along for the ride. What’s always surprising to me is when readers find parallels to real people or other characters. Though I have to admit, even though Daith is the main character, I’ve had a lot of readers really enjoy Trey’s journey.

Q: What made you choose graphic novels as a way to produce your works?

A: I originally wrote HOLLOW as a short story. It was fun, but it lacked something that kept it from being a sought after story. I reread it and found that if I added a visual component, the story could really shine. So I entered the world of graphic novels and comics—a world I was pretty foreign to I might add. I did my research, spoke with many other artists and writers, found a good illustrator, and worked my butt off. The finished product, HOLLOW, is something I never thought would come from a girl who only likes to write novels!

Q: The plot of Illusion is so unique and original. What gave you the idea?

A: First off, thanks! Truth be told, I didn’t know what the plot was going to be. I’d had a completely different idea around why Daith had no memories and what was the big secret about who she is. But as I wrote along that story, it got harder and harder to write. It was then I realized I couldn’t MAKE the story go where I wanted it to go. So I backtracked and let the story flow where it wanted. “Where it wanted” was a fast-paced, psychological adventure with a kidnapped woman with no memories, but special abilities, a captain of a ship who feels the burden of everything, but makes logically insane choices along the way, and a memory specialist, who can sense people’s emotions and yet is emotionally constricted from a recent loss in his life, which makes him terrified to rock the boat.

Q: As a final question, what other works can we expect from you in the future?

A: There is a second novel, IDENTITY, (out in 2016) which follows Daith after she’s chosen what to do with her life in ILLUSION (either search for the truth about her past or stay on the ship and use her abilities to help balance the galaxy’s unrest.) It introduces someone from her past who knows the truth about who she is and how that could conflict with the choice she made in ILLUSION.

I have REVENGE, ((tentatively out in 2017)) which is also part of the Eomix Galaxy Books collection, that follows a side character from IDENTITY, Ness Opute. Opute must give up his identity to infiltrate the organization of the woman who murdered his wife, although what he doesn’t know is that he is not the only one on the hunt.

In the fantasy department, I’m working on a YA series called The Land of Aia, first book: DREAMS, which follows Bekk, a sophomore who’s being plagued by resurfacing childhood dreams and how he must deal with them.

And, a reader favorite, the first in my detective series (and the only non SF/fantasy I’ve written), SPIDER’S TRUTH. This story follows Boston P.D. Detective Sean Trann as he faces off with a serial killer who he was able to stop the year before, but has come back with a personal grudge against Sean.

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So there are all my questions out about Illusion! I hope you all had as much reading it as myself and Christa did. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and make sure to check out Christa at http://www.christayelichkoth.com and order her book!

Thanks for reading!

Spike

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Christa Yelich-Koth is the author of graphic novel HOLLOW, comic book series HOLLOW’S PRISM and upcoming science fantasy novel ILLUSION from Buzz & Roar Publishing. She has staffed and led a workshop at the Southern California Writer’s Conference, been a panelist at MiniCon, and was co-founder of Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. She can be reached at cyelkoth@gmail.com. Her website is http://www.christayelichkoth.com.

ILLUSION can be purchased for pre-order (with an exclusive pdf schematic of the Horizon spaceship), at http://www.buzzandroarpublishing.com/our-books.

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Book Haul!!!


Hey Guys,

So I’ve been meaning to post this since Christmas and now I finally have time for it. So, as you may know, I’m doing the 50 book challenge over the course of the year and these are some of the books that I’m going to be reading. Most of these books I was given at Christmas and other’s I bought over the course of the past couple months.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here are the books:

  • Atlantia by Ally Condie
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors
  • Wither by Lauren DeStephano
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

So these are all the books that I’ve bought and/or been given since December. Thanks for reading and make sure to vote on the new blog name!

~Spike

Top Books I’ve read in 2014


Hey Guys,
Sorry for the disappearance, I had a busy December at school then I was on holiday over Christmas. Anyway I am now back and my New Years resolutions are:
1) be more organised
2) do more writing
3) post more frequently
so that shall be a wonderful challenge for me. Anyway I am here today with the top ten books that I read last year. To begin, I will list the books that I have read throughout 2014. I won’t go into much detail, just name the title and author but feel free to skip that part if you want. 🙂
Books Read in 2014
Lorien Legacies
I Am Number Four ~ Pittcus Lore
The Power of Six ~ Pittacus Lore
The Rise of Nine ~Pittacus Lore

The Immortals
Evermore ~ Alyson Noel
Blue Moon ~ Alyson Noel
Shadowland ~ Alyson Noel
Dark Flame ~ Alyson Noel
Night Star ~ Alyson Noel
Everlasting ~ Alyson Noel

The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Glass ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls ~ Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire ~ Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince ~ Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess ~ Cassandra Clare

John Green Novels
Looking for Alaska ~ John Green
Paper Towns ~ John Green
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
An Abundance of Katherines ~ John Green

The Selection Series
The Elite ~ Kiera Cass
The One ~ Kiera Cass

Delerium Series
Delirium ~ Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium ~ Lauren Oliver

Girl, Missing Trilogy
Girl, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Sister, Missing ~ Sophie McKenzie
Missing Me ~ Sophie McKenzie

Legend Trilogy
Legend ~ Marie Lu
Prodigy ~ Marie Lu
Champion ~ Marie Lu

Other
Gallagher Girls #1, #2, #3 ~ Ally Carter
Uncommon Criminals ~ Ally Carter
Perfect Scoundrels ~ Ally Carter
Geek Girl: Model Misfit ~ Holly Smale
The Bunker Diary ~ Kevin Brooks
Earthbound ~ Aprilynne Pike
All the Truth that’s in Me ~ Julie Berry
Thirteen Reasons Why ~ Jay Asher
Thirteen ~ Tom Hoyle
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies ~ Katy Cannon
Naturals ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Killer Instinct ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It All Started With An Apple ~ Ashley Winters
Hey, Beautiful ~ Ashley Winters (I read this on Wattpad so I don’t know if it counts but it was really good if anyone wants to read it)
If I Stay ~ Gayle Foreman
Since You’ve Been Gone ~ Morgan Matson
Eleanor & Park ~ Rainbow Rowel

Right so those are all the books I have read during the past year. That is a total of 52 books – or there about. My top 10 books out of them are:

10. Looking For Alaska by John Green
Looking For Alaska

Blurb:
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

9. The Selection Series Books #2 & #3 by Kiera Cass

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Blurbs:
The Elite: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
My review: The Elite
The One: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
My review: The One

8. Girl, Missing Trilogy by Sophie McKenzie
Girl, Missing trilogy
Blurb:
Girl, Missing: Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?
My review: Girl, Missing
Sister, Missing: Fighting back my rising panic, I stopped and took a deep breath. Think. Where could she have gone? I turned right around, looking in every direction, trying to spot the familiar silhouette of my sister. But there was no sign of her…
It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?

Missing Me: Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to her older sister Lauren, Madison learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger. A tense and thrilling end to the bestselling series, not to be missed!

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why
Blurb:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

My Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

6. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend Trilogy
Blurbs:
Legend: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Prodigy: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

Champion: He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.
But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in our Stars
Blurb:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

4. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
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Blurb:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
My review: All The Truth That’s In Me

3. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
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Blurbs:
City of Bones: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
(My Review: City of Bones )
City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

City of Lost Souls: What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

City of Heavenly Fire: Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
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Blurb:
Clockword Angel: 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….

Clockwork Prince: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Clockwork Princess: Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
And finally… my top read of 2014 is…
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockheart
We Were Liars
Blurb:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a great year and I shall be doing a review of We Were Liars Next week!
Cheerio!
Spike

An Abundance of Katherines


Hey Everyone,
Time for another Review Wednesday! This time I will be reviewing one of the earliest John Green Book, An Abundance of Katherines. Let’s get on with it!
An Abundance of Katherines

Book title: An Abundance of Katherines
Authors name: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date Published: September 21st 2006
Number of pages: 229 pages
Overall rating:
3.5 star

Blurb:
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

My Review:
This book tells the story of Colin and his very weird habits. To start with, the only girls that he has ever dating all were named Katherine. Not with a C. It had to be a K. On his hunt to take a break and enjoy life while he still can, Colin discovers a theorem. One that should solve his problems for good.
I liked this book. I did like the ideas supporting the story and I liked the idea of the theorem and the road trip. I like those types of stories because I find them exciting because you never know what could happen yet it is a nice simple read. I definitely recommend this as a summer read because it is nice and relaxing and simple.
One thing that I didn’t like about this book is that it is definitely for the more mathematical minded. I like the theorem and I am going to try and test it to see if it actually did work when I get home from holiday to where my book is.
Overall I would recommend this book to ages 13+ because it does contain some swearing but other than that, a great book and a wonderful starting point into the world and books of John Green.
Thanks for reading and DFTBA
Spike