August Wrap up.

I know that this is very belated but i thought I would show you what books I read in August!  

 I surprised myself this month, I was able to read 10 books. Some of them I liked, some of them I disliked and 1 or 2 I just didn’t get the message or understand.

As I said in a previous blog post, I’ve rediscovered the world of the library so quite a few of these book I have Checked out and returned to the Library, which explains why not all of the titles listed are in the image above.

Starting with the books I own;

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins [4.5/5 Stars]

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins[4/5 Stars]

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare[5/5 Stars]

The Books I got from the Library;

Luck by Alison Prince [3/5 Stars] (I also did a blog post about this book, check it out if you haven’t already)

Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover [4.5/5 Stars]

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay and Siobhan Dowd [4/5 Stars]

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover [4.5/5 Stars] (When I finished this book I completed by good reads goal of reading 50 books, so yay)

The Humans by Matt Haig [3/5 Stars]

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman [4.5/5 Stars]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman [2/5 Stars]

So these are all the books I managed to get through this month:)

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Reading Music.

When I pick up a book and decide to read I like to be in control of the volume around me, so I tend to venture off to my room for some piece and quiet. 
If I were to read downstairs, where all of my family usually are, the volume and noise wont be under my control and I feel like I wont concentrate and fully appreciate the book.
I recently experimented to see if i would be able you read while listening to music, two of my favourite things in the whole word.
Music makes up the majority of my day, along with books, food and instagram.  
I discovered that I was able to listen to music, but only certain music. Some of my favourites that I can listen to are; Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, certain My Chemical Romance songs, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Mayday Parade. I listen to these bands on a daily basis so I was very pleases to know that I can enjoy them whilst reading. Unfortunately there are a lot of bands that I am unable to listen to whilst reading such as Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon, certain My Chemical Romance songs, and a lot more of my favourite bands and artists. I feel I can get too caught up in the music I’d have to read the same page 5 times and i’ll still have no idea what it says. 
Obviously everyone is different when it comes to reading. If I tend to dislike a book that i’m reading I tend to listen to a little music to keep me interested and help me get through the book. 
Just a few songs from my Reading Playlist; 
The Only Exception by Paramore

Lithium by Nirvana

Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
As Long As You Follow by Fleetwood Mac
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
No.1 Party Anthem by Arctic Monkeys
When You See My Friends by Mayday Parade 

Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys 
I Don’t Love You by My Chemical Romance 
Terrible Things by Mayday Parade 
Fake Your Death by My Chemical Romance 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys 
Knee Socks by Arctic Monkeys 
Stay by Mayday Parade
Decode by Paramore

Going To California by Led Zeppelin 
Take Me To Church by Hozier
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

If you were to actually see my full Reading Playlist, there would be a lot more Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Nirvana, a few Oasis songs here and there and a hell of a lot more Arctic Monkeys.
Not my photo, i just googled music and books.👍🏻

🙂 

   

Book Review #5

Luck by Alison Prince

As I have finally plucked up the courage to visit the library by myself, I went to pick up some books that I reserved, I had a good look around at all the books and decided that if a book caught my eye, I would check it out and read it. I looked around in the Teenage section for a while and I spotted this book. The cover and the blurb both intrigued me to read it. I didn’t really know what to expect while reading this book, after all it was only 53 pages but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and read it because I remembered that I found it interesting, not because I wanted another book to boost my good reads goal.

I decided to read this book when I took a break from the book I was reading at the time (Slammed by Colleen Hoover). Luck took me not even 10 minutes to read and I was surprised that when I first opened the book the first line read “My mum is slag.”.  The way the pages and text is set out reminds me of the books I used to read in Primary School or further back and the reason for this is because the publishers, Barrington Stoke, is and independent publisher that edits and design books to help reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, which I personally think is amazing.

I felt like Luck gave out a message though, not a powerful or life changing one but a message at least. I think it shows that if you make on good choice or do one good deed bigger and better things can follow.

Although its only 53 pages, even less is you remove the illustrations, the book contains robbery, gangs a car incident and some other topics like immigration and broken families/homes. I gave Luck 3/5 Stars 🙂 DSC_1507

Book review #4

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 

(May contain spoilers)

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.

As this is the second book in a trilogy, The Infernal Devices, you would asume that the second book would be better than the first, and it was. It’s been a few months and i’ve read alot of books since reading this one but as i’m now currently reading Clockwork Princess it all seems to be coming back to me.  I gave this book 4.5/5 stars 😀

The reason behind Will’s constant need to push everyone away is realved. When he was younger he opened a pyxis, releasing a demon which attacked him, his older sister fought it off, the demon put a curse on Will. A curse that meant that anyone who loves Will would die. Which Will belived was true when his older sister dies the next morning.  Will asks Magnus bane to help find the demon to get the curse lifted. When will finally finds the demon he finds out that the curse was fake. Little does he know that when he would go to confess his love to Tessa, he find find out that Jem has proposed to her and she said yes.

The love triangle has me on the edge of my seat constantly. 

I was shocked when reading this book when Jessamine became mysteriously disappearing at night. I always knew Nate (Nathaniel) had a secret though.

There is so much more to this book than what i have written i know but these parts for me are the bits i love. 🙂

Book review #3

confess by colleen hoover.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin. 

I loved this book, i liked how as soon as i started reading it i knew that they both had secrets that would have to be revealed, that made me want to keep reading. Which i why i read this book in around 2 days. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars, although i really enjoyed it i felt like it was a but rushed and that everything happened all at once.  I was amazed at how the art work related and worked so well with the story (my favourite from the book is below). To me the painting explains every relationship that ensues throughout the book.

Owen. Wow. He seems like the most down to earth guy that ever lived. I love how passionate he is about he art and chooses the right buyer for all his pieces.

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it. This was tha first Colleen Hoover novel i had ever read and i really want to read more.

Hope you enjoyed, i suck at these.

Comment your opinions.

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Book Review #2

  

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

* Meet Bianca.

Hamilton High’s

Resident Duff.

Apparently.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper knows shes not the hottest girl at school, but when school jock and man-slut Wesley casually refers to her as a DUFF-

DESIGNATED UGY FAT FRIEND

– the gloves are off! But then before she knows it, Bianca finds herself in a secret enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

If there’s a thin line between love and hate then Bianca has crossed it. She just never thought she was capable of breaking anyone’s heart.*

This book was definitely not what expected but I still enjoyed it. I seemed to be like a typical high school story, typical ‘unattractive’ girl, barely noticed by anyone but it’s so much more than that, I love how sassy and upfront Bianca can be, the comebacks she comes up with are hilarious! I can relate to Bianca’s home life, divorced parent’s but unfortunately neither one of my parents travel or have written a book. Wesley Rush, he’s the typical school jock in all American high school movies, gets all the girls, is popular but there’s always something happening in their home or private life that no one knows about. Toby Tucker sounds like the sweetest cupcake ever, The ending is just fabulous. I do feel like this book is a little over hyped, even more so now that the movie has been released, which I watched because I really liked the book. The movie is completely different from the book, so much that I actually forgot what movie I was watching half way through because I didn’t recognise anything.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Thank you for reading this review and I’m sorry its been a while, I’ve just been really busy. 🙂

– C 

Book Review!

Clockwork Angel!

Clockwork Angel is the first book In the Infernal Devices Trilogy written by Cassandra Clare.

When Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrive in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I had seen this book on many booktubers shelves, after reading nothing but good things about the whole trilogy, I finally got the whole Infernal Devices Trilogy! I had high hopes for this trilogy so I decided to pick up the first book right away.

It took me a while to get through this book, due to being told not to read until I got my glasses, but I really enjoyed it. I really love starting a new series especially when it includes entering a whole new world, you get learn all about the characters and the world they live in, in this case you find out what they are and what abilities they have… It really fascinates me.

Finding out that Tessa is a shape shifter made me a little scared that I was going to not enjoy it but it really was amazing to read, especially when she is just coming to terms with what she is and what she can do.

William Herondale is a moody jackass, but you can’t help but fall in love with him, the more you read the more you understand that he is hiding something and pushing himself away for a reason but you don’t know what it is.

Jem Carstairs hat to be my favourite character, he is just so sweet and caring. I myself could feel Tessa sort of falling for him but the again could also feel her love for Will growing.

Aside from the characters, Cassandra Clare’s writing is just amazing I find myself turning pages faster than ever, she manages to write book that just flow together so perfectly. Normally an author is so into describing what someone or something looks like, so you can get a clear image in your head, that they ramble on for ages and it diverts you from the story for a while, but Cassandra Clare manages to describe an image so clear in just a matter of words.

All in all I really enjoyed this story, I love the setting, the time period, characters and everything  in between.

If you haven’t read this book or trilogy I really recommend that you do. Also you should read some of Cassandra Clare’s other books!

I read this book back in April and I am still astounded by it.

I rated this book 5/5 Stars!

Thank you for reading!

-C x

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