Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Book Review | Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West




Title: Listen to Your Heart
Author:  Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Rating: 5 Kitkats





Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.



(From Goodreads)

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

I was so excited to hear there was another Kasie West book that had been released. I immediately ordered it, and when it arrived, I had a massive urge to start it, so I put it on my TBR for the next month, and I'm so glad that I did.

Kasie West is one of my favourite auto-buy authors. Every book she brings out, I buy straight away even without reading the synopsis, because I know I'm going to love it.

I have given all of Kasie's books 5 out of 5 Kitkats. 

The story is told from the perspective of Kate (Good name), and I really liked this main character. She's quite the introvert. She likes her private space on the lake side, and she has no confidence in herself. 

Her best friend Alana on the other hand is the opposite. She oozes with confidence.

Frank is a character we learn to hate on first appearance, but then after we see he is actually quite a nice person who will do a lot for his friends.

Diego is quite a quirky male character. He is funny yet interesting.

What I liked about this story is we know there is a male ringing into the podcast, but we are only assuming along with Kate that it is Diego. Kate is completely oblivious to anything, and even inside I was thinking this Diego could be talking about Kate and having an interest in her.
I did also think Frank could have an interest in Kate as a hate-to-love-trope, which I was actually digging. 

This book had me guessing all the time and it kept me hooked. I thought it was utterly cute and the perfect read for Summer. This was the book I was missing this season, and I'm so glad I found it to fill my missing void.

My favourite part of the book would have to be the bit when they all design over Diego's car, then everyone is asking everyone out and I'm just there like "oohh" getting swooned everywhere!

I loved how this book ended. It was sweet. Friendships were still there and strong. Even new friendships were formed.

In the end I had to give this book 5 out of 5 Kitkats as it was totally worth the read and I loved every single moment of it. 

If you love a good summer contemporary read, then I suggest you give this book a go. 

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As always, thank you for reading. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review. 

  Keep smiling, keep reading & be happy! =)

~Katie~ 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Book Review | Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher








Title: Eve of Man
Author:  Giovanna & Tom Fletcher
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Rating: 5 Kitkats





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?

(From Goodreads)

Disclaimer: A massive thank you to the publisher for sending this to me on a read-to-review basis. This does not affect my opinion of the book. It's my true opinion only.

I was so excited when I received my copy of 'Eve of Man'. When I heard it was being published, I had to request it from the publisher. I was so lucky when I knew I had received a copy. I am so grateful to the publisher.

Tom is from a band called McFLY. He has also written books for children which are very popular.

Giovanna have been writing chick lit novels for a few years. I haven't read any by her yet, but I've heard she's really good. 

This is the first novel this married couple have written together. It's going to be the first in a trilogy.

I liked the story line of this book. It is different and unique. As I was reading it I was thinking this book could so be made into a TV show. 

The story is told from two perspectives: Bram and Eve.

Eve is a very innocent character. All she wants is to live and see the beautiful world. She lives for the people as she has known from birth she is the saviour, so she is powerful in the fact she will do what's right for her people. However she does dream of freedom. 

Bram is a son of a powerful man who works for a company to keep Eve in the dome above. Bram has followed in his Dad's footsteps for a few years, but get involved into Eve's life and ends up developing a crush on Eve. 

I liked both of these characters together. I thought they were cute as Bram would do anything for Eve to help her get her freedom, and Eve saw Bram as part of her freedom. It was really sweet. 

Giovanna wrote Eve's chapters, and Tom wrote Bram's. I found I had no issues with either writing style. I liked both of them. 

My favourite part of the book would probably have to be when a secret is revealed and they find the secret. I was surprised as well as happy, and from then on this book just got better. 

I really liked how this book ended. It leaves me wanting more, and I can't wait for the sequel.

In the end I gave this book five out of five Kitkats as I found it was an enjoyable read.

If you like YA sci-fi books, then I suggest to give this book a go. 


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As always, thank you for reading. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review. 

  Keep smiling, keep reading & be happy! =)

~Katie~

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Book Review | The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles







Title: The Kissing Booth
Author:  Beth Reekles
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Rating: 5 Kitkats





Meet Elle Evans: pretty, popular - and never been kissed.

Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile - and a total player.

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school carnival, she never imagines she'll sit in it – or that her first ever kiss would be with bad boy Noah.

From that moment, her life is turned upside down – but is this a romance destined for happiness or heartbreak?

(From Goodreads)

Disclaimer: A massive thank you to the publisher for sending this to me on a read-to-review basis. This does not affect my opinion of the book. It's my true opinion only.

First of all I just would like to say I have had this book since the year of 2013. That's five years ago! And now I feel so silly and embarrassed to the fact I have only just read this. All I can do is apologise. I literally just looked back into my video book hauls on YouTube, and found that it was in my May book haul. Feel free to watch the shame here.

Okay so this is the first and only book that I have read by this author. I do own a couple of her other books 'The Rolling Dice' and 'Out of Tune' (I have also owned these for a while, but I'm not going to get into that now...)

This book became a movie on Netflix which I watched a couple of times before I read the book. As I got obsessed with the movie, I decided to pick the book up.
Although the movie and the book are both similar and different, I liked both ways in which the story was done. If I am honest though, I do like the twist the Netflix movie did.

So as you all may know, I do love a good YA contemporary, and this book didn't disappoint. I actually feel ashamed I haven't read it sooner. It has everything you could want in a summer romance contemporary.

What I liked was that this book had a major focus on friendship and trust, and how when those things clash it is hard, and I liked how the characters managed to overcome it as their friendship was that powerful.

At times in the book I found myself smiling. Other times I found myself giggling. It is a book that fulfilled the happiness inside me.

Ellie was quite a likeable character. She was funny, strong and a very caring person. When faced at a crossroads, she did panic and make a few bad decisions, but she came out fighting in the end.

Lee is Ellie's best friend. He was quite quirky, and he knew just how to make Ellie smile. I liked that even in the dark times, he fought for the friendship to stay strong. He forgave a lot easier in the book compared to the movie. I guess that's another reason why I like the movie, as you can really see the trust factor showing. 

Noah is the hot swoony older brother. He is the brother who Ellie finds annoying for most of her life, but then slowly develops a crush for. 

Rachel is the girl who has a crush on Lee and who is a good friend to Ellie. I thought she was really nice and supportive to Ellie in times of need, and she was a very genuine person.

The chapters in this book have a normal length. I found myself to be flying through them.

If I had to be honest, I can't think of anything that I disliked about this novel.

My favourite part of the book was when Lee and Ellie's friendship had a little dip, and I liked how they found each other again. 

I liked how the book ended. It leaves us wondering what is going to happen. Will this happen or will this happen? Who knows? I hope Beth Reekles writes a sequel though. 

Overall I gave this book five out of five Kitkats. It was a really fun and cute Summer read, and I definitely recommend 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~

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Reading Plans For Today | 23rd June 2018



Hey, guys! 
Since being back at work I haven't had a day off to really do one of these posts.
As I'm off this weekend, I thought I'd start by doing one for Saturday.


What have I finished recently?








I am proud to have finished this book.
I really enjoyed it, and if you would like to see my review, you can click here for more details.










What am I currently reading?







Unfortunately I am still reading this book.
I am sooo close to finishing it though!

I have 100 pages left, so it would be amazing if I could finish this book today.

















I haven't read any more of this book yet, but I am currently in the middle of this.



















I started this re-read early this week. 
I am 50 pages into it.
I also have the audio book for this, so I'm using this as well.









What will I read next?








This will be the review book that will replace "Eve of Man" when I finish it. 












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

~Katie~

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~