Book Review; The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Posted on 21 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

The Rain Title: The Rain
Author: Virginia Bergin
Publisher: Macmillan’s Children’s Books
Published: July 17th 2014
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, The Book Depository, The Book People

Summary:
It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.


When One Drop

The concept of this book really caught my attention and it was the best thing about this book. I can not imagine how difficult it would be if the rain was contaminated and had the potential to kill you. Hell, I struggled to live without running water in the flat for two days! Sadly, however, the concept was also one of the only things in this book that I enjoyed. I found the main protagonist extremely hard to read about and there were a few too many inconsistencies for me. So while I liked this book, it wasn’t anything spectacular or amazing and probably not a book that I would revist.

Can Kill You

Alongside the concept, I did like how this books plot went. I was very interested in following the journey that the characters took and liked all the different turns that appeared throughout the book. There were a few moments that I didn’t like and just didn’t work for me personally but overall I did like everything that occured in the book. This is the kind of book that makes you think things might finally be okay and then a curveball gets thrown and ruins that which is something that I do like in books.

How Do You

The reason I struggled to fully enjoy and engage with this book is because the main protagonist, Ruby, irritated me so much. She was our narrator and I know that if I met her in real life, we would not have been friends. She was shallow, selfish, and a snob. I believed that by the end of this novel this may have changed but no, she was still just as frustrating and thus it ruined my enjoyment because I wanted to throw her across the room throughout the entire book. I can only wish that she really does change and grow in the next book; The Storm.

Learn to Survive?

This book had so much potential. I have heard a great many good reviews about it too but it simply did not work for me at all. I am probably being nitpicky and irritating about the reasons why I didn’t love it but as a reader, I’m allowed to do this. But before you believe I hated this book, remember that I finished it. I also found it to be addictive, fast-paced, full of action and incredibly eerie and creepy. It could have been an exceptional and unique dystopian but instead it was just an entertaining and emotional read that didn’t quite hit the mark.

Three Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 21 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Spring Clean Your TBR; Update #3

Posted on 19 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
The third week of April is almost over and so it is time for me to post my updates! This linky will be open for another week so you can add your updates at a time that suits you.

My Goals

To try and read eight books from the bottom of my TBR pile.

My Progress

Books Read: 0
Books Started: 2
Pages Read: 200 and 20%
Comments: Wow. I am failing miserably at this challenge! I just haven’t been in the reading mood at the moment. It’s getting a bit better so I hope this week I will read more but who knows. Either way, I’m really glad I’ve read something. That for me is already an accomplishment.

Currently Reading

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How are you doing on your goals?

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Posted on 19 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Book Tour; The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring

Posted on 15 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi Guys
Today I have a fun post detailing reasons why I think you should read The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring.


The lives and loves of jesobel jonesAuthor: Anna Mainwaring
Publisher: Portal Press
Published: 25th March 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Jesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good?

Anna Mainwaring’s debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It’s hard to smile in all those selfies when you don’t like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important – looking perfect or being happy?


Ten Reasons to read The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones

It is a brilliant and realistic teen read

It deals with issues that real teens may end up facing

It is addictive, funny and a very cute read

Jesobel Jones is a great protagonist that is easy to connect with.

It is a book that as a girl on the chubbier side, I wished I had at my disposal as a teen

If you like contemporary books, it is very likely to be a book you’ll enjoy

If you love or hate food, it is a book that you will be able to take something away from

There is a very cute, very lovely boy at the center of the story who is truly adorable

On top of that, this book truly treasures friendships and shines a wonderful light on how powerful they can be

It is a book that perfectly celebrates being different and being yourself.


About the Author
Anna PicAnna Mainwaring first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ when she was seven and she hasn’t stopped reading since.

Her debut novel, “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones”, follows Jess through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat?

After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching, or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.

You can find out more about Anna on her website or by following her on twitter


About the Tour

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Monday 6th April
Writing From The Tub

Tuesday 7th April
Luna’s Little Library

Wednesday 8th April
Ya Yeah Yeah
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 9th April
Fiction Fascination

Friday 10th April
Live to Read. Read to Live.

Saturday 11th April
Joshua J Stories
Serendipity Reviews

Sunday 12th April
A Thousand Words, A Million Books
Becca Talks YA

Monday 13th April
Chrissi Reads
Marie’s Journal

Tuesday 14th April
An Awful Lot of Reading

Wednesday 15th April
The Book Moo
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 16th April
Music Books and Tea

Friday 17th April
The Page Starts Here

Saturday 18th April
Snuggling on the Sofa

Sunday 19th April
Tales of Yesterday

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Posted on 15 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Blogger Spotlight Interview – George!

Posted on 13 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi Guys!
Today I’m here to show you a little bit more of George from George Lester Writes as I have an interview with him!


Tell us a little something about yourself!
an aspiring author, former bookseller, infrequent youtuber and graduate from Kingston University studying Drama and Creative Writing (first class, if you must know!)

How long have you had your blog?
I’ve had several blogs but this is the first time I’ve sort of taken it a bit more seriously (despite the lack of posts) and really tried to own what I post. I’ve had this site for just over a year.

Do you enjoy running your blog?
Sometimes. Most of the time. I think I just struggle to post often and then I worry I’m not interesting enough and

When you started, did you ever think it would end up the way it has?
No. I thought I would be better at it! Ha!

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog?
It was originally going to be called TheGeorgeLester.com or .co.uk or whatever to keep with my twitter name and my instagram name. But then I decided I wanted it to be more of an author website sort of thing, I guess. I wanted it to be the place for George Lester the writer. Hence, GeorgeLesterWrites! :)

It’s not an interesting background story, but it is a very much overthought and pretentious one! :D

As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog? What you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc
Ah yes, so I post book reviews for the most part but more recently there have been more guest posts and blog tours featuring on my blog. And whenever something kicks off in the media/someone says something I very much don’t like, I will post an opinion piece on it. There are also occasional posts on writing…but they are very occasional. I think in future, I hope to post more things about writing/my writing.

Do you participate or host blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
I don’t, but I really want to! The Waiting On Wednesday and the Top 5/Top 10 posts people do! I just don’t know how to get involved because I’m rubbish at life!

What about blog tours? Have you ever or do you ever participate in them?
The first blog tour I was ever a part of actually happened this year and was for The Art of Being Normal! It was brilliant and I’ve agreed to take part in multiple ones since, four of which are happening in April! Whoop!

What is the best book you read in 2014?
Hands down, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. A positively stunning read! AH!

What about so far in 2015?
2015 has been a mixed bag to me so far. Favourites (as of 27/03/15) include REMIX (pronounced ReeeeeeeeeeeeeMIX) by Non Pratt, Hold Me Closer by David Levithan, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Simon David Hutchinson, and Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. All contemporary which is odd…

Has there ever been a book that haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
There have been many, I’m afraid. Currently though, I’m stuck on Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It\s not that it isn’t a good book because the writing is brilliant but it is just quite slow for me. And I’m gutted because I really want to love it. I’m going to power through it because this is exactly how I felt about Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I ended up LOVING that!

What is your favourite book genre?
Well, if the above is anything to go by then I guess it would be contemporary, but I love quite a large range. It really depends what kind of mood I’m in. At the moment, I think I’m in the mood for something pretty action packed which is pretty good with the book I’m reading at the moment! *Top Secret though innit!*

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
Hardcopy, ALWAYS!

YA or Adult?
YA

Vampires or Werewolves?
Vampies! (Someone needs to do proper vampires again!)

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter, til the end…

Four or Peeta?
Peeta

Series or Single?
Series…but I need to really love it if I’m going to commit!

Blogger or WordPress?
Wordpress

And finally, is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
I’m going to go into more detail about this in a blogpost but over the summer ’14 I signed with a literary agent, Sam Copeland (RCW), and have edited my first book with him. So I guess that sort of also makes me a writer or YA books…unpublished as yet…but, like I said, more on this in the blogpost! :)

Thanks so much for having me on here Faye, it’s an total privilege to be a part of your blog!


You can find George on his blog here. Or you can follow him on twitter here.

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Weekly Highlights; The One Book Week

Posted on 12 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.

In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

It is actually boggling my mind that it was Easter Monday last Monday, it feels like it was AGES ago as SO much has happened since then. Of course, I have, yet again, had a very busy week so I’m quite glad that I got a post on the blog everyday bar one! Go me!

I posted TWO reviews this week;
The Three by Sarah Lots (FOUR HEARTS)
The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring (GUEST REVIEW)

On Tuesday I told you all about the characters I would love to check in with, find out who they are in this post.

And on Friday, I shared my thoughts about bookmarks and dog-earing books. To find out what I said and to join the discussion click here.


Spring Clean Your TBR

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I’m really not doing so well on this challenge, I put it down to how busy I am. Hoping to get more on top of things next week though!
You can find out how much I’ve read of what here.

And you can still sign up and join us in this post.


Around The Blogosphere

This week Carly got a little ranty on a very interesting topic. Bloggers aren’t billboards. I couldn’t agree more. Check out the post here.

And to balance it out and lighten the mood, she also wrote a really fun post full of gifs about Netgalley. Click here to see that post.

This week Lucy has confessed to some bad habits she does as a book blogger. Posts like these are great reminders that we’re all still just people. Check out the post here.

On a similar wave to Carly, Amber posted this week asking the question; Should Book Bloggers get paid. See her thoughts, and the thoughts of others in the comments and add your own in this great post.

Jamie has written a great post this week about how she’s overcome some of her bookish fears and gotton two victories out of suggesting her favourite books to people she knows. To see the post, click here.

Celine has shared with you some Fantasy series that you may not have read yet. If you’re a lover of fantasy or in the mood to read it, I suggest you check out this post.


Letterbox Love

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I don’t know how I managed it but SOMEHOW I only acquired one book this week. I think we should all celebrate this achievement! (Or you know… don’t).

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Sweet by Tammara Webber; There are not enough words to describe how excited I am for this book! I cannot wait to dive into this one. I love the Contours of the Heart series SO MUCH. And Tammara is a brilliant writer and I’m just so glad I was lucky enough to get an ARC!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

The Oathbreaker's Shadow me since you


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 12 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Spring Clean Your TBR Update #2

Posted on 11 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
The second week of April is almost over and so it is time for me to post my updates! This linky will be open for another week so you can add your updates at a time that suits you.

My Goals

To try and read eight books from the bottom of my TBR pile.

My Progress

Books Read: 0
Books Started: 2
Pages Read: 150
Comments: I’m not doing so well at all. I have hit a sort of reading slump again where I want to read when I’m busy and then don’t want to read when I do have the time to. This is in no way a reflection of the books I’m reading which are really awesome and entertaining. I’ve got the week off work next week so I’m hoping to get a little caught up/back into my reading stride then. Wish me luck?

Currently Reading

The Oathbreaker's Shadow me since you

How are you doing on your goals?

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Posted on 11 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Faye’s Thoughts on… Bookmarks and Dog-Earing

Posted on 10 April, 2015 by Faye - 9 Comments

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For this weeks Thoughtful Friday, I have decided to do something a little fun and a lot less serious than my last few Fridays. So today I am debating between using bookmarks and dog-earing the pages. It’d be great to get your opinions in the comments too!

Dog-Earing

First of all, I have to admit that I used to dog-ear my books and had no cares about doing this at all. Dog-earing, for those not in the know, is when you fold down the corner of the page you’re reading to save your place, instead of using a bookmark to do it. Of course, there are pros and cons to this method.

The Pros

- It’s easy
- No hassle
- No time-wasting
- No losing your bookmark or place
- It is free

The Cons

- It ruins the book
- You can get confused if you forget to un-dog-ear before continuing to read
- It doesn’t look pretty
- It ruins the book…

Bookmarks

Nowadays I use bookmarks to keep my place in a book. A bookmark is usually a rectangular piece of cardboard or fabric used for keeping your place in a book. It can also come in many other cool and fun designs too! But, as before, there are also both pros and cons to using a bookmark.

The Pros

- It doesn’t damage the book
- They can come in many pretty designs and styles
- They’re fun to collect
- Essentially you can use any old bit of paper as a bookmark – even your train tickets
- They’re easy to use

The Cons

- They’re easy to lost
- They may slip out of the book and make you lose your place
- They can cost money
- It can sometimes take a bit of time trying to find where you put the one you were using
- You always have to put it somewhere when you read

The Outcome

Personally, I prefer using bookmarks because I like having lots of different designs for them, I find them much easier to use and I like that they don’t ruin my books which I have become very obssesed about recently. I currently use some cool little bookmarks that you clip gently to the page – like a paperclip – that come in different colours so I make sure that the colours match the book cover in some way.
I know that some people prefer to dog-ear their books and that’s fine but I just hope that they do use bookmarks when borrowing books from a friend or from the library!

What do you prefer?

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Posted on 10 April, 2015 by Faye - 9 Comments


Guest Book Tour Review; The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones

Posted on 8 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hi Guys
Today I have a review of The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring written for you by the author of Me and Mr J, Rachel McIntyre.


The lives and loves of jesobel jonesAuthor: Anna Mainwaring
Publisher: Portal Press
Published: 25th March 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
Jesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good?

Anna Mainwaring’s debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It’s hard to smile in all those selfies when you don’t like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important – looking perfect or being happy?


Don’t be fooled by the super-cute cupcake on the cover: Jesobel Jones, Anna Mainwairing’s feisty heroine, is not a typical YA protagonist and this story is far from a light and fluffy look at life in Year 11. Instead, the reader is given a window into the mind of a plus- sized teenager, one who is hopelessly in lust with a guy (she thinks) is totally out of her league. There are complications at home too: her sister has an eating disorder and with a pleasant but vague dad, a spliff-smoking Granny and an uptight ex-model for a mum, Jess is struggling to keep her family relationships on track. School isn’t always great, either, despite her ever- loyal mates, Hannah and Izzie. Snipey bullies pick on her for her weight and when her leggings split on non-uniform day, a camera phone is on hand to give Jess a taste of Internet stardom.

Jess’s big talent is baking and unfortunately, her passion for cake has made her the victim of some full-on fat-shaming. From the Mean Girls at school to the more insidious size-policing digs from her mum and even a particularly unpleasant teacher who thinks calling her pupils fat is ok, it seems the whole world wants to see, well, a bit less of Jesobel Jones. Perhaps the only option is to follow sister Cat and live off apples, fresh air and bone-deep misery.

So far, so not light and fluffy.

BUT, Jess is no conformist wimp and this is what I absolutely LOVED about her. There’s so much more to this girl than the width of her thighs. Ok, she’s not a size 10. Who cares? Jess is happy in her own skin and if she wants to drop a few pounds, fine. And if she doesn’t, also fine. Her body, her choice. She’s a witty and sparky narrator who refuses to be defined by the scales and soon recognises that she’s been wasting her time on crush-guy. Far from being out of her league, he is, in fact, not good enough for this girl. In fact, her ideal man has been a lot closer to home all the time.

The book ends with Jess as a self-confident heroine and proponent of the incredibly important message “It’s okay being me.” Turns out life on the skinny side isn’t as rosy as it’s painted. Certainly, it’s the girls with the body image hang ups, like Cat and resident school bully Zara, who reveal themselves to be desperately unhappy, not Jess.

“The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones” is hugely entertaining while at the same time reinforcing positive attitudes about body image. There are plenty of laughs along the way as the reader becomes emotionally invested in Jess’s journey from self-doubt to total self-acceptance. The realism of the dialogue and the very real situations the characters face are evidence of an author who is utterly familiar with how teenaged girls tick. I loved this book and I’m sure the target audience will too.

Rachel McIntyre- Author of controversial teen novel “Me and Mr J”


About the Author
Anna PicAnna Mainwaring first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ when she was seven and she hasn’t stopped reading since.

Her debut novel, “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones”, follows Jess through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat?

After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching, or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.

You can find out more about Anna on her website or by following her on twitter


About the Tour

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Monday 6th April
Writing From The Tub

Tuesday 7th April
Luna’s Little Library

Wednesday 8th April
Ya Yeah Yeah
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 9th April
Fiction Fascination

Friday 10th April
Live to Read. Read to Live.

Saturday 11th April
Joshua J Stories
Serendipity Reviews

Sunday 12th April
A Thousand Words, A Million Books
Becca Talks YA

Monday 13th April
Chrissi Reads
Marie’s Journal

Tuesday 14th April
An Awful Lot of Reading

Wednesday 15th April
The Book Moo
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 16th April
Music Books and Tea

Friday 17th April
The Page Starts Here

Saturday 18th April
Snuggling on the Sofa

Sunday 19th April
Tales of Yesterday

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Posted on 8 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Characters To Check In With

Posted on 7 April, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Ten Characters You’d like to Check In With


As always, these aren’t in any particular order and some I’ve kind of cheated on as it’s a couple of characters from one book BUT I can do what I want so… *sticks out tongue*

And moving away from childishness, here are the characters I’d love to check in with.

Fangirl
I loved Cath in Fangirl and I thought the book ended in such a great way, but I would definitely love to know how Cath and Levi are both doing now. Are they still together? Did they graduate university? Get good jobs? Or has it all gone pear-shaped?

Lies Like Love
This story will forever sit on my favourites shelf as it is truly magnificent. But I would love to check in with Audrey and see how she’s coping with everything. I want to know if everything turned out for the best in the end, you know?

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There is nothing better than a roadtrip book, especially a roadtrip book where a relationship is born or strengthened in some way. I loved Amy & Roger’s story but I’d definitely be interested in finding out what happens next…

Boys Don't Cry
I love this book SO MUCH. And it should have a sequel, it deserves one. But mostly I just want to know how Dante is coping. Where has life taken him now?

The Forever Song
This book is one of my favourite ends to a trilogy ever but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to know how Alyson is dealing with life now. Everything is different and it would be so interesting to just get a quick update.

Sacrifice
All of these boys had their own books and it was SO GOOD to be able to see how they’re getting on as the series progresses but I just found it so difficult to say Goodbye and I just want to keep reading about them. In fact, if there story could just never end, I’d be fine with that.

Ferryman
This book is so beautiful and lovely and brilliant and I love how Dylan and Tristan form their relationship. I also love the end of this book and how it leaves everything in the balance with a lot of hope too. But also… I would like to know where they ended up.

Vicious
I well and truly loved this book and I thought all the characters in it were brilliant. But I would just love to know what these three characters are doing now it’s all over…

Easy
These two stole my heart in the best way. I was so happy when we got Lucas’ story and it wasn’t just the same story from his POV but now that it’s over, I would like to know more. Now that univeristy is over, how are things going for them? Has it all worked out like we so hope it would?

Salvage
Aidan goes through such a magnificent journey in this book and I would love to pop into his life and see where he is now and how much has changed. And if I did that, I couldn’t exactly stop myself from having a look in on Cass too, could I?

Who would you like to check in with?

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Posted on 7 April, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments


Book Review; The Three by Sarah Lotz

Posted on 6 April, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

The ThreeAuthor: Sarah Lotz
Publisher: Hodder
Published: February 26th 2015
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn’t appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

Dubbed ‘The Three’ by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioural problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children’s behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival…


What Happens

The reason I decided to read this book is because I went to an event where Sarah Lotz read an extract and then spoke about the book and I instantly knew it was something I wanted to read. I am so glad for that event as without it, I don’t know that I would have heard about this book that was such a unique and incredible read that I thoroughly enjoyed. This book is like a little hidden gem; the reason that I wanted to start blogging about books in the first place.

If There

This book is a book that is full of mystery that really entices your curiosity. It lays lots of information at your feet and then leaves it for you to decide and I really liked that about this book. But what really caught my attention is the way in which this book is set up. It is not told with a linear timeline and a few protagonists on a journey. No, instead this book reads like a non-fiction book reporting on an event from many angles. It’s hard to describe but it works so well to make this story both exciting and intriging. It was the perfect stlye for this books storyline.

Are Only

There are so many different characters in this book as it jumps from one to the next, exploring how those three children survived and what their lives were like afterwards. But despite that, the character development was so good. All the characters felt realistic and I loved reading about them – especially the returning ones. My favourite characters by far were Paul and Lillian. I thought they were both really interesting and fascination to read about. I also loved Jess, Bobby, and Hiro and how creepy they came across as. Sarah has managed to create a very believable world with this book!

Three Survivors

I thought this book was stunning. It took me a while to read but it was so worth it in the end. It is nothing like what I was expecting and nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. It was addictive, informative and really mysterious. It is a book that makes you think and to come up with your own conclusions. There are so many reasons as to why I loved this book and I truly cannot wait for the next one to come out! So if you’re looking for a book that is incredible, unique, mysterious, and very intense then you should definitely read this book as soon as you can!

Four Stars

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Posted on 6 April, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment