Friday, 15 June 2018

Book Review | Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare






Title: Clockwork Angel
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 5 Kitkats



TMagic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the 
world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
(From Goodreads)

Disclaimer: I purchased this book myself. All opinions are my own.

I have owned this book for a few years now. I bought it around the time it was really hyped up on Booktube. 

Cassandra Clare has written various books in the Shadowhunter world. I am slowly making my way through them in publishing order.  

I really enjoy Cassandra Clare's writing style. Even though her chapters can be sometimes thirty pages long, I fly through them because I get so immersed into the story. 

In general I really liked the story line of this book. Shadowhunters in London in the past? Yes please!

Character wise, I really liked Tessa. I thought she was an interesting character.

Will was moody and dark and mysterious (which is why I secretly had a crush on him). I totally shipped Tessa and Will from the start.

Jem has got to be my most favourite character though. He has a massive heart, is really caring and always there for Tessa when she needs a friend. He is someone I would want to know in real life.

Jessamine is a female I'm still not sure if I like or not. She is full of sass and confidence, but she can also be spiky and rude. Will see how she fares in the other books...


I really liked the last few chapters of the book the best. There was so much action, suspense, casualties, intensity...I loved it!

The remaining epilogue of the book leaves in a cliff hanger where I want more, and I can't wait to continue.

In the end I gave this book five out of five Kitkats because I loved the book in general. I definitely recommend this book to all. 


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As always, thank you for reading. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review. 

  Keep smiling, keep reading & be happy! =)

~Katie~

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Book Haul | May 2018




Hey, guys!
In today's post I would like to share with you the books I received in the month of May.
Enjoy!







How do you speak out if you have no rights?

After withdrawing from the EU, Britain is governed by The Party, and everyone born outside the country is subject to immediate arrest and deportation. Failing to report illegals is a crime.

Zara is the only one who knows her friend Sophie died. But Zara's an illegal.

She can't tell anyone her secrets. Not even Ash, the boy she loves. The boy who needs to know the truth.

As the country prepares for an election, Zara must make an impossible choice.

This book sounds really good. I received a copy of this from the publisher.
The premise of this book sounds unique, and I look forwards to giving it a read and review.








Riya and Abby are:
Best friends.
Complete opposites.
Living on different continents.
Currently mad at each other.
About to travel around Europe.

Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it's only a year and they've been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches:

They haven't talked in weeks.
They've both been keeping secrets.

Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?
 

Again another summery read I got for review. This book makes me feel all summery so can't wait to read it. 








Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts.

This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K. Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.
 

This book had been in my wish list since release, and I waited so long to get it. I found that I had some money left on a voucher on Amazon, so I used it towards this. I look forwards to one day giving this a read.












The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

So my Mum went to a writing course with Mark Haddon and managed to get me a signed and personalised copy. I have yet to read this book, but have always been curious! 











Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

This was a book I pre-ordered in May. I have yet to read the 3rd book. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews from this book though. Mostly negative. So when I get to this, I will go into it blind. 









Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

This book was also a pre-order as I have read 'Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda' and I watched the movie 'Love, Simon' and loved it. I have also heard mixed thoughts on this as well! 









Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.
 

I pre-ordered this book just so that I could have the complete series to read. I've read the first book and really liked it. Hopefully when I re-read the first book, I can jump back into the series. 










Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancĂ© who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die. 

But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.

I received this book for review. This book doesn't actually release until July. The concept sounds amazing, and I look forwards to reading and reviewing it. 






Jody McGrath's dolphin dreams are coming true! Her whole family is sailing around the world researching dolphins - and Jody is recording all their exciting adventures in her dolphin diaries



Jody can't believe her dolphin voyage has begun. A whole world of discovery awaits her aboard the Dolphin Dreamer.

I got these four books as a bundle cheap on Ebay. It is filling my nostalgic needs!







Based on the globally bestselling Animal Ark series.

Newly-qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds - and her fiancé Simon - to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in. There, she will help out in her parents' surgery whilst they're short-staffed. Mandy's life has always revolved around her work with rescued animals, and Welford offers an opportunity to work with creatures of all sizes, from hedgehogs and puppies to farm stock and even wild deer.

But rural Yorkshire is very different to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Mandy must work hard to be accepted by the close-knit village community, and convince them of her abilities as a vet - especially Jimmy Marsh, the gruff owner of the local Outward Bound business, with whom she just can't seem to get along.
When some long-neglected animals are discovered in a critical state on a nearby farm, Mandy is determined to prove herself as a confident and fearless vet. When it comes to protecting animals in need, she's prepared to do whatever it takes...
 

Of COURSE I had to get this book. I grew up on the 'Animal Ark' series as a kid.









I got some more books from Ebay from this series! 




















Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.
 

I received this for review, however I need to read the first book first. 







AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .


All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it's time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She's always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

I received this for review and I have already started it. I am loving it so far! 


If you guys would like to watch my May book haul, then I will leave it here for you to view!




Thank you for reading this post. 
Keep smiling, keep reading and be happy!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this =)

~Katie~

Reading Plans For Today | Thursday 7th June 2018



Hey, guys!
So today I will let you know how I did yesterday with my reading and what I plan to read today! 

What am I currently reading?




I managed to read some more of 'Eve of Man' last night before bed. Unfortunately, I got a little bit carried away with looking at e-books and sorting them, which took some time.

I will now sort dinner and then read for the evening as much as I can. 

I am however really enjoying what I am reading. 








Thank you for reading this post. 
Keep smiling, keep reading and be happy!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this =)


~Katie~

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Reading Plans For Today | Wednesday 6th June 2018



Hey, guys!
I've only just recently got back into blogging.
I feel bad that I have neglected it, as this is the place that started my love for reviewing and talking about books.
I know I am on YouTube more, but there are some people that like to read reviews online, which can be quicker than a ten minute review.

I wanted to keep you guys updated with what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about the books.

Luckily this week I am on annual leave, so this gives me an opportunity to 

So today we are pretty much in the middle of the week.


What have I finished recently?


On Monday, I finished The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. 








If you haven't checked it out yet, I did a non-spoiler written review on this, which you can find by clicking here if you wish to give it a read.









What am I currently reading?





On Monday I also started 'Eve of Man' by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, which I received for review from the publisher.

I am only on chapter one at this point, as I went to go see my boyfriend and his Mum Monday evening and Tuesday.

So my target for today is to read more of this. If I could read at least half of this book by the end of today, this would be a great achievement. 







I am also in the middle of 'The Kissing Booth' by Beth Reekles, which is a movie on Netflix. 

I have already watched the movie, and loved it so much, that I wanted to read the book.

I'm currently just passed the halfway mark of the book.

I'm mainly going to be focusing on my review book today.







What will I read next?





To replace the review book, I will be reading 'All These Beautiful Strangers' which I also got for review from Penguin.

I have been told it's for fans of 'Gossip Girl' and 'Pretty Little Liars' which I love! 

So hopefully I do enjoy this. There aren't too many reviews about at the moment, so I am simply going into this book blind.

Hopefully I do like it.








To replace my own book, I will be continuing on with 'When Dimple Met Rishi'. 

I started this book last month, but review books got in the way.

I however was enjoying what I was reading, and can't wait to read some more!








Thank you for reading this post.
Keep smiling, keep reading and be happy!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this =)

~Katie~

Monday, 4 June 2018

Book Review | The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green




Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author:  Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Rating: 4.5/5 Kitkats



A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?


(From Goodreads)

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only. 

I will start off by saying that I have read 'Half Bad' by the author Sally Green a few years ago. When I heard that she had written another novel, I was a bit intrigued to see what she would do with a different story line.

I have found that I enjoyed 'The Smoke Thieves' a lot more that I did with 'Half Bad', which I will eventually re-read. 

So this book is a fantasy, and fantasies aren't normally my forte. 

'The Smoke Thieves'  is the first book in a new series, and I actually look forwards to when the sequel comes out. 

This book for me was quite slow-paced. There is a lot of being introduced to all characters and their back story, as well as watching them travel through the lands.

There are several characters who hold sections of the book: Princess Catherine, Ambrose, March, Edyon and Tash. Each introduction is explained well, and I didn't find myself confused. 

When reading the book, one of the things that I found, was that I could picture the scenes well. I can honestly see this book as being a TV show. 

Two characters I despised was Boris, the brother of Catherine, and Catherine's father, King Aloysius. However, we as a reader are meant to have a dislike for these two. I was suspicious of Boris about fifty or so pages into the book. 

There is a big event around three quarters of the book where there is a plot revealed, and I really enjoyed finding this out, and it kept me going. 

The ending contained some suspense and action, which leas me to wanting to read the sequel when it's out just to find out what happens next.

I think the reason I docked half a star was because there were some of the sections I found more exciting than others, however I still persevered, and ended up enjoying the book in general. 

In general, I definitely recommend people to give this book a read. It's different, and I think if more people read it, it will go far. 


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As always, thank you for reading. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review. 

  Keep smiling, keep reading & be happy! =)
~Katie~


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Blog Tour | More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer


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More Than We Can Tell by
Brigid Kemmerer



Summary

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.


Title: More Than We Can Tell
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: 6th March 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback

About the Author


Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost and the YALSA nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, with several stops in between. Brigid is now settled near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and children.


My Review

More Than We Can Tell definitely has the vibe of Letters to the Lost, which I read and thought was amazing.
I love the fact that Declan has a return in this book. As this is a spin off from Letters to the Lost. Letters to the Lost is about Declan and Juliet's story, More Than We Can Tell is Rev and Emma's story.
When reading this book, Rev comes across as a dark and mysterious character. We are teased about his past, and we are eventually told, and we can't help but feel sorry for him.
Emma is a character I can totally relate to with the gaming.
I love how these two characters come together to help each other with their problems, and you can't help but feel they need each other.
I liked how the foster kid Matthew was very strange and secretive too.
This book kept me on my toes as I didn't know what was going to happen, and I enjoyed when Rev and Emma met up.
I love Brigid's stories and her writing just draws me in.
I'm definitely going to be reading her other books to come as she has become a close favourite of mine.
If you enjoy deep contemporaries, then I definitely recommend this one.

Thank you for reading this post. 
A massive thank you to Faye for letting me be a part of this tour.
Keep smiling, keep reading and be happy!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this =)

~Katie~