Mini Book Haul – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Over the past few weeks I have picked a few books(only a few…I know, I am trying to restrict myself)…so I thought why not share what I bought?

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Plot  Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Genre – Sci-fi

Pages – 387

I thought I would buy this after it being hyped up by so many bloggers and youtubers! I am very excited to read it🙂

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Plot – 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.
Genre – Romance

Pages – 384

Again, another hyped up on the internet! Excited to read this🙂

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Plot –                                                                          Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Genre – Romance

Pages – 336

After hating Fangirl (Im sorry, yes i know!) I was not planning on reading anything else by Rainbow Rowell, but after my friends nagging at me to read it, I bought it. I am a bit nervous and excited to read this, and will tell you all my thoughts as soon as I have read it🙂


 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Plot – 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…

Genre – Adventure/Fantasy

Pages – 479

Excited to read the prequel to the Mortal Instrument Series!!

So thats it, I told you it was mini! Hope you enjoyed it and have a nice week!!  :)

Love,

 

 

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

I finally finished reading The Hobbit just in time for the final film of the trilogy to come out (The Battle of Five Armies). I thoroughly enjoyed, in fact it fitted into place of my Top five Books of 2014 list which you can see here!


Title: The Hobbit

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin (UK)

Genre: Adventure

Pages: 368

Plot

Bilbo, a Hobbit (who don’t have adventures), is visited by the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves who seek a fourteenth member (to avoid the unlucky number) for their journey to steal the treasure from the dragon Smaug. Though reluctant at first, Bilbo is convinced in part by the trickery of Gandalf to join the unexpected party. He is taken, literally from his comfort zone, off to discover things he knew of only from old tales. Bilbo’s adventure takes him face to face with trolls, goblins, a riddling creature named Gollum, elves and of course the dragon. He learns the value of adventuring and of course returns home the greater for having gone of this journey, bringing back with him, not only treasure but a magic ring of invisibility. Yes, the ring which will become the focal point of The Lord of The Rings.

Characters

The main character in this novel is Bilbo Baggins, who joins a group of dwarves. Amongst the dwarves is Bombur, who has to be my favourite character! He adds humour to a ‘serious’ adventure. I also, of course, love Gandalf. I never know where he pops up from when they are travelling, but always seems to create some magic to help them on their way!

Writing

I would say this was quite a tough read. It took me roughly about 2 months to read, but I was reading other books at the same time. I kind of read some, and left it for about week, but eventually finished it.

Overall

Overall, this was a fantastic book. The writing was exquisite, and Tolkien could find description for every nook and cranny! I would recommend to tweens, teens and adults. To be honest, you could even read it to younger audiences at bedtime, because its just a great adventure story! I am giving it 4 and a half stars…

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!

Love,

What did you think of the Hobbit?

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

I popped into the library the other day, and was surprised to see the sequel to Stargirl (which was in My Top 5 Best Books of 2014 post). I was a bit overexcited when I saw it, loving the first book so much, so here is my review on Love, Stargirl…


Title: Love, Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Publisher: Knopf Books

Genre: Romance

Pages: 274

Plot

Love, Stargirl picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of “the world’s longest letter,” in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year’s time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bitter-sweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life.

Characters

In this books, it is written from the point of view of Stargirl, instead of Leo, like the first book. I must add, I very much preferred Stargirl to Leo. Although she is only 16, she is quite old-fashioned in the way she does certain things. Dootsie, who was defiantly my favourite character, is Stargirl’s 6 year old friend. She is very chatty and confidence, and although the complete opposite of myself, I really enjoyed her character!!

Writing

It is kind of in the middle to be honest, not to easy, but not to challenging.

The cover

I don’t usually mention the cover, but I just love the simplicity of it! Its bright, its bold and really stands out on your bookshelf!

Overall I very much enjoyed this book. I think it was a much better read than the first book (Stargirl). I would recommend this for everyone, children, young adults and adults. It is a great duo which will suit everyone. So, I am giving it….

Thank you for reading!

What are your thoughts on Love, Stargirl?

My New Year Resolutions – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

2014 has been a very successful year, but there a few things I want to improve on, so I thought I would share my New Year Resolutions with you! Sorry this is isn’t completely dedicated to books, but don’t worry, there will be some book related resolutions…

1) Read more books

This year, unfortunately I didn’t complete my reading challenge on goodreads (although I only started it in June!!).I am determined in 2015 that I will firstly generally find more time to read books (instead of watching TV, YouTube and reading other blog posts!!) and also complete my goodreads challenge.

2) Achieve the grades I want

I want to work as hard as I can to achieve good grades.

3) Blog More

I did have a break from blogging, due to exams and stuff, but I definitely want to post as much as I can in 2015! It is a big hobby, and again, it is just finding the time to post.

4) Write in my 5-year diary every day

My brother gave me a 5-year memory book, where you can write a line a day for five years. Then, after five years have passed, you can go back and read what you have done, each year on a certain day! It is such a great idea, and also very exciting that you can read what you have done in previous years.

5) Eat healthier

Finally, I wan’t to stop eating junk food and eat more vegetables and fruit. I know this is a typical one, but I do think I eat to much rubbish!!

So there were my New Year Resolutions. Thank you all for commenting, liking and following my blog this year, and I cannot wait for more blogging and reading next year!🙂

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

My Top Five Books of 2014 – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Finally 2014 is coming to an end, which gives me the chance to share with you my most loved books throughout this year!

5. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Blurb – Zoe Collins has a dark and terrible secret that she dares to confess to no one. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone Zoe picks up a pen.

These are the letters that she wrote…

Genre – Crime/Romance

Star Rating – 3 and a half stars

When I read this book – I finished it quite recently on the 22nd December.

Brief thoughts on the book –  I really enjoyed the style of writing that Annabel used and how the book was a very original idea. Zoe Collins, the main character, writes letters to a man on death row named Mr Stuart Harris. The point of this is so that Zoe can tell someone the terrible and dark things he has done!  I have already given a wider insight and my thoughts on this book in my previous blog post, which you can find here.

4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Blurb – After the summer break, a mysterious girl turns up at Leo’s high school called Stargirl. She strums the ukulele at lunch and sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to people when it’s their special day. People at the school think she is a ‘fake’ and a ‘set up’ but they soon discover she is not. She soon becomes popular and people start loving her for being unique and for being herself, but sometimes when you’re unique and stand out from everybody else you are not always admired…

Genre – Young Adult/Romance

Star Rating – 3 and a half stars

When I read this book – On the 10th of April

Brief thoughts on the book – Stargirl is quite a short book (192 pages) but is an enjoyable and fun read. I wouldn’t say this has any age limit because it is quite an easy read. Also I have to mention on the vibrant book cover!! It really stands out on my bookshelf with the bright pink, which is probably one of the reasons I picked it up! Again I did a review of this book back in April, so if you want to know a bit more about the book and my thoughts, click here.

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Blurb A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug.

Genre – Fantasy

Star Rating – I gave this book four Stars

When I read this book – Very recently! I finished yesterday (28th December)

Brief thoughts on the book – To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked this up on my own, but when my brother said I had to read some of the classics, he said I should start with The Hobbit. My tbr pile is so large, I was pretty angry I couldn’t read Cinder by Marissa Meyer (which I have been waiting to read forever!!). But, he did prove me wrong! The writing was exquisite and I cannot wait to read the Lord of the Rings!

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Blurb – Despite the tumour-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

Genre – Romance

Star Rating – I gave this 4 and a half stars

When I read this book –  March 28th

Brief thoughts on the book – I absolutely loved this book. John Green, as always got this book spot on! I loved the characters, my favourite being Augustus Waters. It was gripping, and I read in about 24 hours! I am sure you have heard of it, but if you haven’t read it, I urge you to read it! More thoughts on the book can be found on my blog post here.

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1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Blurb – The futuristic city of Chicago is divided into five different factions, Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of sixteen you must choose which faction you wish to stay in or go to for the rest of your life. When it is time for sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior to chose her ‘rightful place’ in the world, she can’t decide if to choose her family or her own choice. As soon as she has finished her aptitude test, which can help her decide which faction to choose, she is shocked to know she has a secret which she must not tell anyone. When she has chosen her faction  she can trust nobody in this new world, but when she meets one of her instructors Four, she seems to trust him more than anyone else…..

Genre – Dystopia

Star Rating – 4 and a half stars

When I read this book – I read Divergent on the 2nd February, Insurgent on the 25th February, and finally Allegiant on the 1st March,

Brief thoughts on the book – In all three of the books, they were action packed and exciting. It is my favourite trilogy of all time. I just was gripped the whole way though! My favourite character out of all of the books had to be four (played by Theo James in the film ahhhh!!). He was dangerous, hot and in Divergent, I wanted to find out more about him, and what had happened to him as a child. If you take anything away from this blog post, then please read this trilogy if you haven’t already! I cannot praise it highly enough! To find out more about the tree books here are the my reviews:

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four-A Divergent Story Collection and the Divergent Film Review.

So there we have it. My top 5 books of 2014. Thank you all for commenting, following and liking my blog this year, and I look forward, to more posts and reading next year!

What are your top 5 books of 2014?

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

Firstly I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got all of the presents/books you asked for, and ate lots of Christmas dinner! Today I will be reviewing Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher which had been on my tbr list for a while…


Title: Ketchup Clouds

Author: Annabel Pitcher

Publisher: Indigo

Genre: Crime/Romance

Pages: 303

Plot

Zoe Collins has a dark and terrible secret that she dares to confess to no one. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone Zoe picks up a pen.

These are the letters that she wrote.

Characters

The main character, as you have probably guessed is Zoe Collins. She is a peculiar character who wants to have freedom and go to parties and meet boys. Here is where Aaron and Max come in. If I am being honest I didn’t like either Max or Aaron as they weren’t exactly truthful to Zoe a lot of the time. My favourite character though was Zoe’s little sister Dot. Dot is around the age of 6, and is deaf. She loves royalty and princesses and is just…so adorable!! At the end of the book (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you!) Annabel decided to add part of Dots diary, which I really enjoyed reading, and was a good part to see the same chapter in somebody else’s eyes!

Writing

I thought it wasn’t an easy read as such  but not very complex. I would recommend it to everyone really! Although it was different to anything else I have read before, I was surprised and  really love it!

Overall

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but it was quite strange if I am honest. I haven’t really dwelled on who Zoe’s letter were to. They were to, as mentioned in the plot of the book,  a man on death row called Mr Stuart Harris. She writes to him explaining that they are similar to each other because they both killed someone! So I have decided to give it …

I did enjoy the book, but as I said, it was a bit odd. I know that Annabel has written another book called My sister lives on the mantelpiece which I am intrigued to read!

Thank you for reading this review, and if you did like it then please like and comment what you thought of the review, whether you will read it, or if you have read it then I would love to hear your thoughts on the book! Also please follow my blog as it means an awful lot!!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – Book Bonanza

Dear Readers,

So…I am going to be honest and say that this blog and reading wasn’t the biggest of my priorities in the past  few months! I LOVE  reading and have really enjoyed starting my blog, but when you have masses of homework plus music rehearsals, you don’t really have time for it. But, seeing as it is now the Christmas holidays (yay!!!) I have finally had some well deserved reading time. Anyway, I am going to stop ranting  now (which is probably for the best!) and get on with the book review. Today I will be reviewing Girl Online by Zoe Sugg…


Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 352

Plot

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl-Online, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever…

Characters

Penny, as you have probably have realised is the main character. She is just an average teenage who lives in Brighton. Her mother owns a wedding shop and when two Americans one day catch sight of their ‘Downton Abbey’ display in the window, they whisk Penny and her best friend Elliot to New York, to help cater and organize the wedding! This is where Penny meets Noah and…well I won’t spoil it for you! Personally my favourite character is Penny’s best friend-Elliot. He just seems such an amazing friend, and when Penny and Elliot both knock on each others walls, it seems so exciting and I suppose secret!! I also love Noah’s little sister who you meet to near the end of the book. She is just adorable and innocent and is so excited when Santa brings her presents!!!

Writing Style

It is quite an easy read, and I read it in roughly 3 days (which may seem long but remember I do have school and homework and stuff:/ !!). Seeing as it is Zoe’s first novel, I think it was a definite success!

Am I bias?

So if you are a big you tube fan (like myself) then you will most probably now the name Zoe Sugg, or as she is better known as Zoella on her you tube channel and her blog). But I am giving my honest opinion, and I really enjoyed the book.

Overall and my Rating

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was the greatest boost I needed to get back into reading. Therefore I am going to give it a mighty four stars….

I would recommend this mainly for teenagers because I think you can really relate to it. Oh… and on that topic, she also mentions panic attacks which I think is really helpful for those who suffer with them, as I know Zoe does.

So to wrap things up, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to like this post, share it and comment what you thought!

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The British Tag-Book Bonanza

Howdy,

Lately I have seen this tag floating around the internet and seeing as I am a Brit, I thought I would give it a go on my blog! All of the questions were created to a you tuber called BeautyCrush so I hope you enjoy it. Sometimes I do like to do some different posts to just book reviews so I thought a tag would be a good idea.


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1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?

P1000301Lets just say I am a VERY big tea lover. On average I have about 2-3 mugs of tea a day. My favorite tea is Jasmine Green Tea which I don’t have any sugar with. If I am just having an ‘English Breakfast Tea’ then I will have one sugar but usually I stick with Green Tea!

2.What is your favourite part of your roast dinner?

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Of course the Yorkshire puddings but I also do love the roast potatoes and the gravy!!

3. What is your favourite dunking biscuit?

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Chocolate Digestives are my favourite dunking biscuits but I also love some chip-cop cookies as well!!🙂

4.What is your favourite quintessentially British pastime?

Probably having afternoon tea which consists of scones, jam and clotted cream. I did not have any scones at home, but here is a picture on the internet which I found to give you an idea, if you haven’t seen it before.

6. Do you know any cockney rhyme slang?

I only know the one:

Apple and Pears = Stairs

7. What is your favourite sweet?

Pear drops have to be my favourite sweet. They go down nicely with a mug of tea and a good book😉

8. What would your pub be called?

In Britain we do have a lot of local pubs, but I really don’t have any idea what I would call my own pub. Maybe ‘The Winter Rose’ or something along those lines.

 
9. Who is your no.1 British person?
 
Of course I have to say the Royal family. That what kind of makes Britain! But if I had to choose one member of the Royal Family it would be Kate Middleton.
 
10. What is your favourite shop and restaurant?
 
My favourite shop is Waterstones which is a British bookshop. I spend many many hours of my life in there! My favourite restaurant is Prezzo which is an Italian diner and their pizzas are amazing!
 

 
11. What British song pops into your head?
 
 
♫Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
 
12. Marmite?
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Yep! I love Marmite!!
 
So they were the questions! I really enjoyed this tag and I hope you did too! Please share your thoughts by liking it, commenting below and following my blog! Thank you all so much if you are reading because it does mean an awful lot for me!
 
Thank you and keep reading!!
 
 

If I stay by Gayle Forman-Review

Howdy,

As I am on my Summer Holidays (or Summer Vacation as some may know it) l have been away a few times on holiday. Two weeks ago I went to a course dedicated to singing! If you did not know already I am quite passionate about singing so I really enjoyed the week!! I then the following week went to the seaside for a week with my dad and we enjoyed relaxing on the beach and in my case READING! One of the books I read over the Summer was If I stay, so here’s my thoughts on the book…


 

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: DoubleDay

Genre: Romance/Young Adult

Pages: 209

Everybody has to make choices.

Some might break you.

A haunting novel about the power of love and loss.

A story that won’t quite let you go.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, decisions seem tough, even when they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning… a snowy road… and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all…


Plot:

I have not read any of Forman’s books before but thoroughly enjoyed her style of writing. (WARNING MINOR SPOILERS)

After the massive car crash that changed everything, Mia goes straight to hospital. Throughout the time she is in the hospital, she is in a near death experience which enables her to come out of the ICU unit where her body is and go around the hospital hearing what other people are doing and saying. I think this a great idea and very cleverly written as it is written in first person, so we see Mia’s side of the story and get to now what is happening elsewhere.

Characters:

My favorite character was Teddy, Mia’s little brother. He just seemed so vulnerable and wow I will warn you know get lots of tissues!! I can tell Gayle did a good job because I did not dislike one character!!

Overall although this is just one big roller coaster ride of a book (in a good way) there is something that I would criticize is the length of the book! It was quite short for me personally, as I read it in one sitting and I like to read a book over the length of a few days but apart from that I really enjoyed this one!!! Therefore I am giving this book four stars…

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. Please like, follow and comment!

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