Monday, 21 April 2014

Save the Date: Second Star

Second Star

By:  Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publishing Date: May 13th, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Source: Netgalley |Thank you to Macmillan Children's!|
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. (rest on Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I requested a copy of this book on Netgalley and was given the chance to review this book. This in no way affected my opinion of the novel.

First off- isn't the cover of this book gorgeous? I absolutely love the colour scheme that its got going on. It really reminds me of the ocean during sunset with the pinky-gold colour and the way you can almost see the light bouncing off the water towards you.

But beautiful cover aside, this book was phenomenal. I was super interested to see how the Sheinmel would work the Peter Pan retelling into a modern day setting. I really enjoyed how it was done, the story wasn't just Peter Pan with all the settings and characters changed to be more modern. It was twisted and stretched, touching on points here and there that just made you think this IS Peter Pan! And of course its always fun to read along and get to a character of setting and realizing which part of the original Peter Pan story it was. Plot-wise Sheinmel wove an intricate story, full of unexpected twists. It was impossible to stop thinking about what was happening in the book even when you weren't reading!

Wendy Darling, the main character is exceptionally well written.  She had great depth and emotion and there was something about her that drew me to her. I couldn't help but love her and empathize with her. Even when I wasn't reading the book I found myself wondering what was going on with Wendy and how she was doing. So I ended up taking very long study breaks just so that I could find out what happens next! 

I would recommend this book to lovers of contemporary novels, beach reads, summer reads, romance stories, Peter Pan and people who enjoy re-tellings of classics!

Second Star comes out May 13th- make sure to save the date on your calendar!



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things I'd Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Bookish Things I'm Dying to Have

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic and I absolutely love this week's topic!

Book Earrings 

Okay so I already own a pair of book earrings that my best friend made me but I love them so much that I just want MORE! (this pair is from this etsy shop)

Book Candles

So I've seen these a lot in the blogger community but I want them so bad! The only thing is I can't decided which smell I'd want the most! (buy here)

Book Marks

I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many bookmarks (also I lose them frequently) and these ones from Chapters are my favourite style that I have found. They clip onto the cover and then you use the ribon to mark your page

This Tea Cup

Credit goes to Jamie over at The Perpetual Pageturner for this one. I saw it on her TTT and I knew I needed it! (sadly the etsy shop for it is closed )

A Book Clutch

Hopefully this summer I am going to attempt this craft because I think its a crazy awesome idea! (I can't find the website with the instructions at the moment)

Book Chair

A super big, comfy armchair that I can curl up on with a blanket and a book

Reading Corner

I'd really like to re-do my reading corner now that I am a bit older (its got a poster of fluffy white kittens with halos and a grey kitten with horns). It could use some redecoration and new upholstery and maybe a touch up paint job.

This is a list of ten but you can just assume that the other three things I want are books!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Here And Now

Happy Book Birthday: The Here and Now


By: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Published: Today! (April 8th)
Source: Netgalley |Thank you to Random House Children| 
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. (rest on Goodreads)

My Thoughts 

I requested a copy of this book on Netgalley and was given the chance to review this book. This in no way affected my opinion of the novel.

Guess what?! Today is The Here and Now's book birthday so I hope after you read my review that you'll go to your local bookstore and pick it up!

I was super interested in this book when I saw up on Netgalley, it seemed like a really interesting concept. I'm a huge fan of dystopian novels (and the society that Prenna comes from is definitely that) and recently I've been on more a sci-fi kick.  

Normally I'm not a huge fan of pure romance books or books that have a large focus on romance but The Here and Now had a nice mix of the time-travel elements and the romance between Ethan and Prenna. There was enough mystery and intrigue guiding the plot-line to keep me interesting in the story. But the relationship between Ethan and Prenna was also really sweet and I wanted to root for them so bad. I also was able to connect to the characters of the story which made me stay up late a few nights so that I could find out what happens to them! 

The book was a fairly short read, which was actually quite nice. It was the perfect book for me because I don't have large chunks of time to read but when I was able to I could still feel like I was getting some sizeable reading done. 

Overall the novel was very well-written. The plot was intriguing and fast-paced, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. I'd recommend this to people who enjoy lighter sci-fi, romance and prefere shorter reads. 

Another book that is celebrating its birthday is The Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. And since you can't just buy one book- I'd suggest getting these two together!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars


By: Kiersten White
Published: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family

My Thoughts

This book was absolutely exactly what I needed. After reading Omens (review to come) and loving it, I was a little bit scared to start a new book. But The Chaos of Stars delivered! It is definitely a short or 'easy' read, meaning it didn't take a lot of brain power to read. Which was perfect for me because my brain uses all its energy trying to keep up with university!

The book has a bit of a Percy Jackson-esque vibe to it but with less focus on epic plot lines and more focus on everyday life, struggles and emotions. I found it more interesting than some contemporary novels I have read, I think that little twist of Egyptians myths helped keep me interested in the story. When I was a kid I read every book on Egyptian and Greek mythology in my school library multiple times.

However, it was a little bit predictable, (I guessed the Ry twist very early on.) I also thought Isadora was a little bit too static, she was basically angry at her parents (mostly her mom) for the entire book and she didn't even stop to consider her parents point of view. I'm not 16 anymore but I'm pretty sure I listened to my parents back then (and still do)

Another interesting thing happened to me reading this book. A lot of the time I don't actually pay attention to a main character's name when I'm reading because I very rarely say their name out loud. I just read and my brain goes "this combination of letters = main character". This can be a bit awkward when I discuss books with other people and I get the name completely wrong. But I remember Isadora, mostly thanks to a very specific conversation between her and Ry. 
Does anyone else have a name problem when they read?

Overall I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, mythology, contemporary with a fantasy-ish twist or Percy Jackson fans! (Its really good guys!)