reviews

It Ends With You by S.K Wright – Review

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Publication: September 6th 2018

Description: 

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect.

So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police.

Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

Told from six narrative strands, this cleverly woven and utterly compulsive novel challenges preconceptions; makes you second, third and fourth guess yourself; and holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat those they perceive to be on the outside

Thank you so much to Atom Books for sending me this proof!

Thoughts:

I’ve not read many YA thriller/crime mysteries but this is probably one of my favourites out of the ones I have read.

I’m not sure why, but I was really expecting this to be set in the US but I was pleasantly surprised when I realised it was set in the UK!

I loved the format, it’s told in various POVs, as well as diary entries and text exchanges. It keeps you guessing until very close to the end!

I feel like some of the characters could’ve done with being a bit more developed and a bit more fleshing out though. Getting to know them a bit more, other than how their lives revolved around Eva.

I honestly couldn’t put this down. It kept me wanting more and I couldn’t go to sleep until I knew who had done it! I finished the book at 2am because I could not stop reading haha

The pacing was good and more kept getting revealed at a steady pace, enough to not feel rushed, but also not too slow that you’d get bored.
It kept me on my toes the whole way through!

This book made me so mad though! I need closure!!

A solid 4 stars!

  • Writing: 4/5
  • Plot: 4.25/5
  • Characters: 3.5/5

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Thank you for reading!

Abbie ❤

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – Review

Pages: 368

Release: 31st July 2018

Description: 

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain

My thoughts: 

*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher* 

Thank you so much to Harper Collins 😀 

This was a really interesting take on a classic fairytale!

I quite enjoyed the characters and their relationships and seeing how things all linked together through them. Everything was not quite as it seemed with these characters and I loved watching them develop and reveal more about themselves.

The story is told in the present tense with flashbacks to what happened in the past which was really cool because as you’re seeing how the story unfolds in the present, you get to see what happened to lead up to these events. I enjoyed how this set up feeds you bits of information, slowly piecing together the mystery.

I did enjoy the story, however it progressed rather slowly in the ‘present’ sections. Not much seemed to happen over the span of ~200 pages. It took a while to get into tbh. The sections focussing on past events were the best parts. I think it would’ve benefited from picking up pace a bit. All of the exciting parts seemed to happen in the last 50-100 pages.

Overall it was a nice read, and a really unique twist on the little mermaid story, but the pacing was a little slow for me personally.

Abbie ❤

Blog Tour

Theatrical Blog Tour

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Hey Guys!! Welcome to my stop on the Theatrical Blog Tour! I’ve been looking forward to this for so long! I feel so honoured that Stevie @ Usborne asked me to be a part of this! So thank you so much! ❤

The book is out now btw! And here’s the synopsis: 

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret. 

My Thoughts: 

I read this book back at the end of last month, and I enjoyed it so much! The characters were so wonderful and I loved seeing their journey’s through the book. The Main characters Hope and Luke are so cute, and it was lovely to see their relationship develop and grow, and it seemed really natural, like how a normal new teen relationship would be. However was expecting the romance aspect to play a bigger role in the book than it ended up doing. I wanted more of them being cute together and getting to know each other more, I wanted more mush haha

The book gives such an amazing insight into the backstage of theatre productions, which is something we don’t really get to see very often in books! Books that have a centre around theatre / productions seem to mostly focus on the actors rather than production. It showed me how much work and effort actually goes into big productions and it was so lovely.

My Experiences 

I haven’t really been to many plays/ theatre productions but I remember being part of a musical production of We Will Rock You at school back in the day! It was honestly one of the most fun things I’ve ever taken part in, and I would honestly love to do something like it again! It brought everyone together and we all had fun and enjoyed ourselves, and it was a great way to end the primary school era.

I didn’t play a major part or anything, but it was just so fun to be part of it, and sing the songs and dance on stage. I don’t know if i’d be brave enough to do it now that I’m in my 20’s though! Even though it happened about 11 years ago, I still have fond memories! I think I have a cast photo around somewhere in my house too! If I manage to find it, I’ll have to upload it sometime! haha

Maggie’s experiences of school productions (written by Maggie):

So many actors say the first time they felt they wanted to act was when they were in school productions: I can completely understand this because something very similar happened to me. It was school productions over the years that taught me the very last place I ever wanted to be was on a stage.

In my head, you see, I’m a brilliant and talented natural actor.

In person, I am… not. And I’ve had ample chance to prove it.

Every year, my school put on what was called the “Easter concert”. Really, it was more of a variety show than a concert, and the whole school took part. Over the years I was Hyena in “How the Camel Got His Hump”, Grendel’s Mother (don’t ask), a Victorian girl who no boys wanted to dance with – talk about typecasting – and a village leader in something I don’t quite remember because I got hit by a car two days later and fractured my knee, giving new meaning to the phrase “Break a leg”. Then there was the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” in which I played the starring role of Goldilocks – in head to toe black, DM boots and a blonde wig. I had about two lines, and had to fall off a chair on cue. It was not, shall we say, my best moment.

And then, a couple of years later, just as the running order to that year’s concert was being set, the drama teacher wasn’t paying attention one day and I’m ashamed to say I took complete advantage of her. Which is how I ended up writing and directing a short scene about a group of friends being attacked by a vampire, and how we put that on in front of a theatre full of teachers and the whole school’s families. Actually, I’m probably not quite as ashamed as I should be, and the only reason I’m ashamed at all is because the vampire was called “Darktooth” – which struck younger me as the perfect vampire name. Anyway: there I was, with a script I’d written in my hand, standing at the side of the stage and looking out at it – not on it, looking out at the audience – and for the first time I felt okay about being in that theatre. I felt like I knew what I was doing.

I didn’t, by the way. The whole thing was a complete shambles, and everyone was confused (the friends I’d cast and the audience) and Darktooth the vampire tripped over a mic stand on the way offstage… but I still remember what it felt like when we all bundled together in the wings, and felt like we’d made something. Because we had. Nobody – us included – quite knew what… but whatever it was, it was ours.

And I hadn’t even had to fall off a chair.


 

Thank you all for reading my post! 

Were you ever part of a school play? If so what was it? 😀 

I’d love to read some of your experiences 😀

Abbie ❤

Top 5 Friday

Authors I want to Meet at YALC

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Hey guys!! I’m off to London next weekend to go to YALC and I’m so excited! It’s my first ever YALC!!

SO I thought for this weeks top 5 Friday, I’d do a short post about which authors I’m most looking forward to meeting/seeing!

Samantha Shannon

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Sam is one of my absolute favourites! As you can tell from my blog name, I’m a big fan of The Bone Season! I’ve met her before, and she’s so lovely, so I’m really looking forward to seeing her again! Also, i can’t wait to finally get my books signed!

Tomi Adeyemi 

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I loveeee her! She’s so funny and wonderful, and I really hope she brings her Wombat suit to YALC  haha

Holly Bourne 

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I really want to get all of my Holly books signed, but I have like 7, and if I take all of them, then I won’t have space to take many others haha. It’s such a dilema because I love all of her YA books (the only exception is her adult book, that I’m not much a fan of)

I’m thinking I might just take the Spinster Series and my ARC of Lemmings and Snowflakes 😀

Alice Oseman 

I’ve never met Alice before, but from her youtube videos and instagram stories and whatnot, she just seems like such a sweetheart, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her!

Sara Barnard 

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My love of Sara’s books is very very new! I read 2/3 of her books within the past week and I absolutely adored them, so I decided that I have to go meet her and get them signed!

Are any of you guys going to YALC?? If so, which authors are you most looking forward to meeting? 😀 

Thank you for reading!

Abbie ❤

reviews

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Review

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Pages: 336

Release: 5th/7th June

Description: 

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

My Thoughts: 

I absolutely adore this book!

It’s everything I want in a romance book and more. The fact that the main character was on the Autism spectrum made it even better, it’s about time there were more autistic characters in books, and it was represented brilliantly.

I’m no expert or anything like that, but the character in this book aligned with a lot of stuff I’ve heard / read / watched about how women with autism tend to try and hide their traits that may identify them as autistic in order to try and ‘fit in’ kind of
It was such a wonderful heartwarming, cute, and sexy book haha . Not words you always put together 😂

I can’t really say much more. Like I can’t put into words why I loved it so much. Just believe when I say that it’s wonderful and you should read it!

If you like romance novels/ chick-lit / rom-coms then I would 100% recommend this

  • Plot – 5/5
  • Characters – 5/5
  • Writing – 5/5

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Abbie ❤

book tags

Panic at the Disco Book Tag!

Hey guys!! Happy Monday 😀

Yet again, I forgot to post (aka actually write) my Top 5 Friday post haha, but I’m back and ready to blog!

I was tagged to do this by Read by Jess over on booktube, but as I don’t have a booktube channel, I’ll be doing it as a blog post! 😀

Here’s the link to Jess’s original video! I love Panic so much, and getting tagged to do this is just wonderful! It was just a struggle trying to fit it into my blog plans for the month haha.

I’ve decided to add my own little twist to the tag, by picking the line/lyric of the song that I think fits the book I pick the most! 🙂

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So let’s get into it! 

1. The Death of a Bachelor – A romance book

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I adore this book so much!

“Put my heart on my chest so that you can see it, too”

2. High Hopes – A book you’re really excited for

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“They say it’s all been done but they haven’t seen the best of me”

3. Miss Jackson – A book with a betrayalImage result for the mime order

“You’ve got ’em wrapped around your finger watch ’em fall down”

4. Girls/Girls/Boys – A LGBTQ+ book

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“and never did i think that i would be caught in the way you got me”

5. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – A book featuring a wedding

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“What a beautiful wedding! What a beautiful wedding!” says a bridesmaid to a waiter”

6. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time – A book featuring a partying protagonist or a party scene

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Tbh, the whole song suits monty hahaha, but I’m going with

“Who are these people I just woke up in my underwear No liquor left on the shelf”

7. Say Amen (Saturday Night) – A book with an unapologetic main character

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Kaz Brekker Obvs haha

“Swear to God I ain’t ever gonna repent”

8. This Is Gospel – A book from a trilogy

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“I won’t give up without a fight”

9. Emperor’s New Clothes – A hardback that looks beautiful naked

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“Heroes always get remembered But you know legends never die”

10. Victorious – An empowering bookImage result for circe book

“I taste like magic, Waves that swallow quick and deep”

11. Impossible Year – A really sad book

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“Only black days and sky grey, And clouds full of fear, And storms full of sorrow”

12. King Of The Clouds – A prize winning book

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“I don’t trust anything Or anyone, below the sun”

13. Hey Look Ma, I Made It – A debut author

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Favourite debut of 2018!

“Are you ready for the sequel? Ain’t you ready for the latest?”


Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I loved listening to the songs and choosing books for the categories! haha

I tag anyone who reads this and loves Panic at the Disco! 

Abbie ❤

 

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Awakened by James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth – Review

Awakened

Pages: 304

Release: 26th June

Description: 

After years of waiting, New York’s newest subway line is finally ready, an express train that connects the city with the burgeoning communities across the Hudson River. The shining jewel of this state-of-the-art line is a breathtaking visitors’ pavilion beneath the river.  Major dignitaries, including New York City’s Mayor and the President of the United States, are in attendance for the inaugural run, as the first train slowly pulls in.

Under the station’s bright ceiling lights, the shiny silver cars gleam. But as the train comes closer into view, a far different scene becomes visible.

All the train’s cars are empty.

All the cars’ interiors are drenched in blood.

As chaos descends, all those in the pavilion scramble to get out. But the horror is only beginning. High levels of deadly methane fill the tunnels. The structure begins to flood. For those who don’t drown, choke or spark an explosion, another terrifying danger awaits—the thing that killed all those people on the train. It’s out there…and it’s coming.

There’s something living beneath New York City, and it’s not happy we’ve woken it up.


My thoughts: 

*I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review* 

The premise of this book sounds so intriguing, and I just couldn’t wait to read it once the publisher said they were going to send me a copy! The plot of this book is really cool and I loved how it was set far underground in the NYC subway! I don’t read horror/ sci-fi thrillers very often, but I couldn’t resist giving this one a try!

The story in general was pretty good. There was always something going on, and it was very action packed and exciting! The main aspects of the story were really unique, such as the creatures and the history behind them, and seeing all of these secrets unfold!

However there were multiple perspectives, and it threw me off a little at times, because at the beginning of chapters, it wasn’t always clear straight away who’s view we were looking at. I think it would’ve been a little better if there were chapter headers for each perspective.

Another thing that I didn’t like so much were most of the characters, except one of the main ones – Diego. I loved getting to know his character in more depth and learning more about his personality and his past, however the rest of the characters just felt kind of flat and boring in my opinion, which let the book down a bit overall.

I don’t think I’ll be continuing to read this series in the future.

But, in general, I think that this book would make a really good film, but as a book, it just didn’t all quite piece together as well as I would have liked.

If a film was made, I would definitely want to see it haha

  • Plot: 3/5
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Characters: 2/5
  • Writing: 2.5/5

Abbie ❤