REVIEW: friday brown by vikki wakefield

28 June 2013

Author: Vikki Wakefield
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published (UK): July 2013
Pages: 320
Source: For review*
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Travel, Cultural, Death
First Impression:
I still have tears lingering in my eyes now. a few days after the last page was turned, the last words echoing in my head, the black text swimming before me. i read it in one sitting. and although i was sat in bed; by the time i had finished i was shivering, cold all over. This book left me feeling empty, hollow, as if my heart had been ripped out and not replaced....
Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who’d like her to stay. She’s lost, alone and afraid.
Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday must face the ghosts of her past. She will learn that sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started—and often, before you can find out who you are, you have to become someone you were never meant to be.
There are no words to describe how i feel right now. but i will try. my very best. there is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be and Friday Brown is the culprit for this infliction, or should i say; Vikki Wakefield is.  Vikki Wakefield writes in such a way that you feel there, you are the main character. At times i would just have to tear myself away from the book and gaze into the distance, to recollect my thoughts and marvel and the pure genius of the imagery. the writing was stunning. beautiful. and so so evocative..
The characters were so diverse, and they all had there own stories to tell, it was just...gah. the right words are not coming to my mouth...speechless. that is what this book will do to you. it will render you completely silent. yet inside your head there will be hundreds of thoughts and emotions clamoring for attention.
...and the ending will destroy you. i really do not want to give any spoilers, but all i can say is, make sure you have an ample amount of tissues with you before you start, and don't beginning this book with things on your to-do list, they won't get done. even if you finish the book in one sitting like i did. you won't want to do anything but hug the book, your box of tissues and a cup of tea for the rest of the day. and to end. a gif; just to show you what you will do when you finish this book. i was not able to say it to its full effect in words;
Friday Brown made me feel. By the end, my eyes were red from crying, i was as cold as ice, and my head was still within the confines of her world. You will know as soon as you have read the prologue that this is a book that you will never forget...
Quote Love
“Some things aren't meant for this world. They're too fragile, and life breaks them.” 
“I thought about loneliness. How its not something you catch and mostly we choose it. How a trouble shared is a trouble halved but things like love and joy are multiplied when you have someone to share them with.”   
“I am afraid. I'm afraid of everything. I'm afraid of the dark, of closed-in spaces, of being alone and of getting too close. I'm afraid that I'll never again have the life I've always known, my feet in the dust and my heart full. I'm afraid of being alive; I'm afraid to die.”
“They all count, even the wrong turns; they all add more to who you become. Nobody wants to be a one-way street. There are signposts if you cared to look.”  
"How a trouble shared is a trouble halved but things like love and joy are multiplied when you have someone to share them with."
“Watching someone you love die is like driving through a fog. You know you're headed somewhere but you can't see your hand in front of your face; you're so focused on steering without crashing that you never say the things you want to say.” 
“You can't always make good choices. Sometimes you have to settle for making a choice you can live with.” 
“Where you've been isn't as important as where you're headed” 
“Wrong turns just added more to who you are.”
The Word
Why?
if you don't know why then that means you haven't read my review. or seen my gif. ;p

*thank you so so so so so much to Hot Key Books for sending me an ARC, but this has in no way affected my review. I LOVED IT GUYS. 'kay? okay? okay.. #thefaultinourstarsmoment

p.s i just realized i'm posting my FRIDAY Brown review on a FRIDAY.....

REVIEW: Shadow and bone by leigh bardugo

26 June 2013

Series: The Grisha #1
Publisher: Orion
Published: June 6th 2013
Number of Pages: 320
Format/Source: Paperback/For Review
Originally Published As: The Gathering Dark
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? -blurb from goodreads
I finished this book at around 11pm last night and, when I finally layed my head down on my pillow and slept, i dreamt of ebony black swathes of darkness, enfolding me into a nightmare of flesh eating monsters: volcra, blinding white light and a handsome, but evil man; the darkling.
This book gave me shivers, brought tears to my eyes (oh, Mal!) and made me stare, unseeing, into the distance long after i'd turned the last page.

tea & books

23 June 2013

I've decided to start a new series of posts highlighting newsworthy book gossip, new releases, author appearances ect. Maybe that way i'll be quicker at writing posts as if i don't; the news will be old! *hands everyone a cup of tea*. settle down. we may be here for a while!

  • VERONICA ROTH IS WRITING FOUR NEW NOVELLAS IN THE POV OF FOUR AND THEY'RE BEING PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 24th (me thinks..)!!! Yes I know. nj mfd,zmgnz.df,gmn,ednsm,nm,xzgj. When i read the news on Ruby's blog i think a little bit of me died in side - but for a good reason! I absolutely cannot WAIT! The first one is going to be called 'The Transfer' which makes me think that the four must be about his live 'through the factions'? (as for people who've read Divergent; you'll know he transferred from Abnegation to Dauntless). Although Zoe's  idea that they may be based on his four fears is A VERY GOOD ONE. (*high  five book buddy*). The only problem i have is that they are going to be published as e-books. And as I have no way of reading e-books THAT IS GOING TO BE A HUGE PROBLEM. (but i can always moan about that nearer the publish date so you are saved...for now. ;P). 
  • SARAH. J. MAAS. IS. COMING. TO. THE. UK. TO. PROMOTE. HER. NEW. BOOK. CROWN. OF. MIDNIGHT. Finally!!! Awesome things are happening in ENGLAND and not just America *mutters* BEA! *sniffles into soggy tissue*.... According to the lovely people over at Bloomsbury she will be here from October 2nd to October 7th. She's going to be at a number of appearances, including the awesome Bath Festival of Children's Literature and you can book your ticket in advance here.
  • Upcoming releases I am dying to get my hands on are: 
  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)
  2. Resist by Sarah Crossan (Breathe #2)
  3. Once We Were by Kay Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (Throne if Glass #2)
  5. Altered by Gennifer Albin (Crewel World #2)
  6. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  7. Unhinged by A.G Howard (Splintered #2)
  8. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #3)
  9. Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)
  10. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)
  • So let's just talk about The Lunar Chronicles for a minute. Or in particular. CRESS. So. it's inspired by Rapunzel, but rather than being trapped in a tower, Cress is stuck in a satellite orbiting Earth. She also happens to be a computer hacker forced to work for Queen Levana. Oh. and it;s set in the Sahara desert...SERIOUSLY njenfmd.g.emsfdngmfzdx.gm vbfxjnhngcmfhkszjnf WHY IS THE RELEASE DATE SO FAR AWAYYYYYYY? 
Trivia:
  • --Her father is in Africa, which is where the Sahara Desert lies, and where Cinder, Scarlet, Thorne, and Wolf will end up next.
  • --Cress is also short for watercress. Rapunzel's and Watercress' are both types of lettuce. The story of Rapunzel begins when a poor man's pregnant wife is having mad cravings for the Rapunzel in the witch's garden. The husband sneaks into the garden to steal some but the witch catches him and they strike a deal-he can have the Rapunzel for his wife but he must give her the child when she's born. So when the baby is born, he gives her to the witch and witch names Rapunzel after the lettuce she was traded for.
  • --The "Rampion" owned by Carswell Thorne is also another type of lettuce. Hinting that Captain Thorne will be Cress' love interest.
  • WINTER: will be out EARLY 2015. (Based on Snow White). Princess Winter is Queen Levana's stepdaughter. But Winter, not wanting to be like the cruel queen, has made the decision to never use her glamour--which means her sanity is slowly dissolving.
Trivia:
  • --This will take place on Luna, otherwise known as the MOON, and the homeland for the Lunar's. Help making Winter's white as snow skin reasonable.
  • -Information regarding this title is under more lock and key than CRESS.
  • --If you die before this comes out, you will become a ghost with unmet wishes!
-thanks David for this info
  •  AND HERE'S A CRESS TEASER: She bit her tongue against a reminder of all she’d done for Her Majesty during her imprisonment. Designing countless spy systems for keeping watch on the Earthen Union and its leaders, jamming satellite signals so that countless soldiers and operatives could slip down to Earth undetected… it made no difference. Sybil cared only about Cress’s failures, and not finding Linh Cinder was Cress’s biggest failure to date. O_________________________________________O
I think that's all i've got for now. All the other news I had been going to put in is now ''old'' as it was just about the Divergent movie and stuff...Anyway. I hope you liked this post. :D
Do you have any book news I haven't mentioned that is just too squueeelicious to keep to yourself?
(yes i just made up the random-est word in history. i have a habit of doing that. If you want to purchase  'the hawwa dictionary' just contact me...)
-xo waiting for the new-

REVIEW: acid by emma pass

21 June 2013

Publisher: Corgi Children's Books/Random House Children's Publishing
Publication Date: April 25th 2013
Number Of Pages: 431 
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult (YA), Romance, Thriller, Action, Fantasy.
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished Copy
Blurb:
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
Review:
I was really excited to receive this book to review, one of the main reasons being that i love 'dystopian' type books, the other because it was set in England, well the Independent Republic of Britain should i say; and i was excited to read a book that was not set in America. (!!).
To be honest the blurb did not draw me in so much, purely because it sounded like a 'been there-done that' type of book and at the beginning, Jenna reminded me a little of Caleana Sardothien (Throne of Glass), with her being in a prison (which i would have liked to have read more about, just because i was interested to see how things worked there) and being 'intimidating' and able to fend for herself. But as i got into the book i was drawn into it and the whole 'just one more chapter' to 'just five more' to 'oh i may as well finish it' began to happen. (yep - you relate to that?..yeah..book worms tend to have that type of mindset..;))
The book was eerily 'true' and kind of set me on edge a little? It's only set around 100 years from now so, pretty close really, and easily portrays how Britain could turn into a 'nanny state', which the government overpowering and controlling people's lives.
One thing I was not entirely happy about was the love interest. Yep - here I go again! It just didn't seem necessary to be honest...and like many of the books i've previously read, i think *everyone* needs to realize that a love interest is not needed to make the book interesting.
I loved Jenna as the main protagonist. And although she changes identity twice - we can always still feel her 'real' personalty eking out of her thought and actions. She was very relatable and sympathetic and i really thought i would love this book - and don't get me wrong i still do, but there were some things that i consistently questioned which i did't like. I felt like the author should answer anything and everything to make the book more accurate and less of a disappointment. However A slight 'peeve' i had with the whole face changing business was that i constantly wondered why just Jenna? If the government has the power to change people's identities/remove people's memories why don't they just do it to everyone and have done with it? that way they can effectively control them by changing them into people who agree with the government. And why didn't they just kill Jenna? Instead of taking the time to 'alter' her? That way they could just have been rid of her.
And one thing i didn't really believe was the 'amount' of brain-washing that had happened. It is hinted a couple of times that England is the only place that has such a tyrannical government and elsewhere - things are less oppressive. The internet is 'the stuff of dreams'. A thing that is spoken of with awe and written on 'the impossible to achieve' list and that kids don't recognize books. Yes, they have 'Komms' which they carry around with them that are like mini-laptops/e-readers that they can read ''e-fics'' on but when they break into a library they don't understand/recognize what books are. Do you buy that? How can books have suddenly disappeared out of existence when it's only 2113 and the government has been in power for only 50 years...
The ending came as a surprise to me though. Although i thought that the ending was 'too easy' for Jenna, it should have been harder for her to get the whole 'happy' ending i wasn't expecting the twist at the end to do with her identity which made me want to read the next book even though i had some slight problems with this one.
Acid was a fast-paced, action packed book with a potential romance that although i had some slight misgivings about at the beginning, and found a few things in the book that i did not fully understand, still had me hooked.

*thank you to Random House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW: parallel by lauren miller

16 June 2013

Publisher: Scholastic
Published: June 6th 2013
Pages: 281
Book: For Review*
Format: ARC, Review Copy
Genre: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Romance,Contemporary
Blurb:
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.
With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.
As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.
-summary from goodreads

Parallel was the perfect book to sit at home and curl up with and forget about those looming exams coming your way; was light enough not to be too much of a distraction, but had a depth to it that made you constantly intrigued. The concept of a parallel universe was the main reason that i enjoyed this book, and i loved the idea that two realities could collide and intertwine. The story was told from alternating points of view: Abby’s perspective in the present, and Parallel Abby’s perspective in the past, which at first i found hard to get to grips with but eventually worked it out; although sometimes i'd be reading and be like 'huh' who's perspective is this? and have to flip back a few pages to check..i don't think that was any fault of the author's though..probably just because i have a brain like a sieve!
I especially loved the way that every small thing Abby did, changed her 'future'. It made me think about all those 'insignificant' things that happen in daily life that you think nothing of, but in reality - well, in Abby's world - these were major factors in how her life 'played out'.
I have to admit Abby slightly annoyed me though. She was so shallow such a girl. She got jealous over the littlest things and made mountains out of molehills and it just made me want to reach into the book and shake her. She lied a lot to her friends and i didn't like how she would be with one 'guy of interest' and be sure he was 'the one for her' then switch 'lives' and be determined that they were made for each other..I never really connected with her and i think the reason for that was because the book was constantly switching perspectives, so the reader never really got to really grasp her personality.
The romance..was..not my favourite part of the book - partly because half the time i couldn't really tell them apart. They felt so similar to me!
I loved both Fiona and Caitlin though. Caitlin was so refreshing - practical and down to earth and willing to take time to sort through things to work something out, unlike Abby who just jumped straight into a conclusion without stopping to think of how she got there.
The end was..satisfying. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers so i'm grateful this didn't have one. It just left a blank, for the reader to fill in and i have to admit, i wasn't expecting the twist at the end!
I loved the overall 'moral' or message that the author lets the reader take away with: that no matter what path you take, you'll always end up where you're mean to be.
The author did a great job of explaining the concept of the parallel worlds and answered every question throughout the story to avoid any confusion, because i actually managed to get to grips with the whole idea...which is..shocking to say the least because i am terrible at getting my head around 'complicated' things.
The only question the author didn't really answer was why Abby was the only person to have this happen to her: which i think is very important to understand so i am kind of disappointed with that.
I did find three quotes in the book that are now firm favorites and will definitely be going in my 'quotes'..yes i do have one. ;p
“The sky is a storybook. Every constellation’s like its own fairy tale.”
“When you make sense of the chaos, the chaos disappears. Or maybe, what looked at first like chaos never was.”
The path doesn't dictate the destination. There are detours to destiny, and sometimes that detour is a shortcut."
Overall, Parallel was a fun read that drew me in mainly because of the plot. I wasn't really a fan of Abby's personality but i think that was because we didn't get enough time to actually come to grips with her personality. The author was a complete genius when it came to explaining the whole idea of the 'parallel' worlds concept and the ending..oh the ending!
*Thank you to Luisa Plaja for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review on my blog

End of Exams||Beginning of Summer Giveaway.

13 June 2013

Right at this second I will be handing in my last exam for this year; so can i just hear A HOOORAAAAYYYYYY!! dfhjfgmn,esfjmdxgnjh\bsgvf,jdmgnl\ajfmdj FREEDOM!
So i thought i would surprise you all with two giveaways, to celebrate the fact the exam season is finishing and summer is finally here!
So without further ado,
the prizes.
When you're studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school... is a different kind of animal. 
Best-selling author Mike Mullin (Ashfall) calls Zenn Scarlett "...delightful, bizarre, and occasionally terrifying." Melissa West (Gravity) says it’s “Utterly imaginative… sci-fi at its best... I couldn’t put it down!” And Temple Grandin (Animals in Translation) says "All future vets will want to read Zenn Scarlett and her adventures with veterinary medicine on alien animals."
The Story
Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she's learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she's feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn't enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she's started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can't deny what she's feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what's happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she's actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients... or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year....

ok so i have to admit the cover drew me in - i mean seriously. IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COVERS OF THE YEAR. but when i started reading it...it was just awesome. and i'm not really a fan of fantasy||sci-fi stories..

SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME
Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.
But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...
Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and his story--as told by the screenwriters of X-Men: First Class and Thor--is perfect for readers who have graduated from Encyclopedia Brown and who are ready to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.

oh and guess what? i loved this cover too...lol i sound so shallow - judging books by their covers! haha but i found this a really fun read...perfect for geeky people like me. ;)
the rules and all that shizz.
- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is UK only. Sorry guys but i'm not going to sending the books off myself, the publisher is.
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 14th July 2013 at 12am.

- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(
- To continue with the whole 'surprise!' element, one of the mandatory entries is that you have to fill in your full address. This is because i am going to just send the winner's address to the publishers, who will then send off your book. So you will have a nice little package in the post if you win!..But don't worry...I'm not going to stalk you!
- There will be two winners.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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Good Luck! And may the odds be *ever* in your favour!

Confessions of a teenage bookaholic: TAG

09 June 2013

so i saw this tag a long long while ago on i can't even remember which blog and i always meant to do it, then i kept getting side-tracked by social media. but now i'm finally doing it so hurrah!
there is only one rule for this tag, and that is this: you have to answer with as little words as possible, preferably one word answers. and knowing my tendency to ramble on - this is going to be hard!

best book blogging friend? goodgriefthisisnotfairbutohmygoodnesswellithinkillhavetosayZOEsorrykyraandrachel.
what did you do when you received your first ever book to review? hyperventilated..
two book pet peeves? swearing and INSTA-LOVE. #nuffsaid

favourite gif to go with your 'awesome review'? 


favourite gif to go with your 'terrible' review? 

worst part of blogging? takesupsomuchTIMEandissoADDICTIVE
have you ever been plagiarized? yes
your favourite blogging ''attire''? PYJAMAS!
that book (cover) you got sent that you loved so much you hugged..? Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
worst habit when it comes to lending someone a book? 
me: so where are you?
them: page -
me: oh my gosh that bits so good.
five minutes later..
me: where are you in the book?
them: page -
me: you've read hardly anything! have you got to the bit where...*talks about a really important part of book*
them: no, *death stare*
me: oh, well it's really good.
two minutes later:
me: so where are you now?
them: *walks off*
what generally happens when you are within range of books? 
in the wise words of Zoe, this is what happens:
me: *walks past a library/bookstore*
me: *breathes in heavily*
mum: NO
if i hadn't started my book blog i would have... been killed by my parents||siblings||friends for annoying them with my constant book talk never have made such awesome friends.

so there you have it. i think i managed to do the 'least words as possible part' perfectly didn't i!
have you done this tag? if not then link me up if you do!

-xo off to read-