The Art Of Going Home – Nicole Sorrell

The Art Of Going Home.jpgI received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book and as part of a Goodreads Bookclub.

When Maddie Chandler was ten years old, her twin sister, Angeline, was murdered. Her mother then goes insane, being placed into an institution and with her father being who he is, Maddie is placed into the care of Aunt Ceci, who then raises and treats Maddie as though she is her own daughter. Maddie goes through high school being blamed for her sisters death, also for being constantly told that and therefore believing that wrong sister died. So, Maddie leaves this town as soon as she’s able and leaves for college. It takes her ten years before she comes back to her home town, but sadly, she only come back to attend the funeral of her beloved Aunt Ceci. But as soon as she is back, she is forced to face her troubled past that she has hidden even from herself. There is some happiness, in the form of her old high school crush Zac, her friends and her home made family. Will she find the truth behind the murder of her sister? Is she going insane or is she really seeing her sisters ghost?

I was genuinely shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, simply because I thought that I thought I wasn’t going to, I put off reading it until the last minute it had to be read for the bookclub on Goodreads. There are so many topics in this book, which was surprising as it isn’t that big of a book, such as; Mystery, Romance, Crime, Death, Paranormal, that I wasn’t sure which was the main theme of the book. There is another topic/theme, but I didn’t want to include it above, as it will give away one of the main surprises to the plot of this book, but it may be a trigger warning for some.

Some of the characters did have some strong developments, and I did like the relationship between Maddie and Zac. I even liked the relationship, or lack there of, between Maddie and her father. Even the writing was good and easy to follow and once I started reading it, it took me less than 2 days to finish it. There were so many questions left unanswered when I finished this book, which left me wanting answers and unsatisfied. On saying that, there is going to be another book coming out, so maybe that’s why there were things left unanswered, as they will be included in it’s sequel, but this book didn’t leave me wanting more and I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. So for that reason, I had to give it 2.5/3 stars out of 5.

Now if you like mysteries you may like this one. It keeps you guessing right up until the last page, with constant twists and turns. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of this book. Do you agree or disagree with my rating?

2.5 Stars

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Blood Rights (Book 2) – Kyle Andrews

Blood RightsI received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This is the second book in the Freedom/Hate series and it picks up from where the first book left off. I am going to try and give this review without giving away to many spoilers from this book, or from the first book, Freedom/Hate, but I give no promises sorry. So to be on the safe side, I am going to provide the description from Goodreads:

“It’s in our blood.”
The last words spoken by Uly Jacobs, seconds before his death was televised across the nation.

Since that day, the authorities have been hunting Libby Jacobs. She doesn’t know why they want her, or why they killed her cousin. Desperation has forced her into hiding with a group of people that she once thought of as terrorists. Living among them, she soon comes to realize that everything she once believed in was a lie.

Justin Becker was Uly’s best friend. He grew up with Libby. Once upon a time, he even loved her. Now, Justin has taken on the task of picking up the pieces of Libby’s shattered life. The first step will be finding Libby’s mother. She is critically ill, alone and lost in the broken system. Finding her will be difficult. Saving her may be impossible.

The city is changing. Collin Powers was nobody until the authorities turned him into a symbol. Now his ideas have taken root. His words are forcing people to question their beliefs. His sacrifice will push Freedom out of the shadows and give them the courage to start living up to their name.”

I loved this book!! How much simpler can I put it? I had been waiting for this book ever since I first read the first book, which I received and read in advance, so you can only imagine the wait. Again, thank you to Kyle Andrews, for sending me this sequel in advance and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I thought that I enjoyed the first book, but then after reading this one, it not only reminded me why I loved the first book, but it also added so much more, to my enjoyment, my excitement, and to the development of the story and to the characters. Freedom/Hate left off with an ending that left me desperately wanting more! Literally. I remember emailing the author back screaming NOOOOOO!! You can’t end it like that! So you can understand my excitement to finally be sent and asked to read and review the eARC sequel of that book 😀

Blood Rights picks up exactly where it left off in Freedom/Hate, so yes, you definitely have to read the first book in order to understand and fully grasp everything that happens within this book. You wouldn’t be able to get away with skipping the first book, Freedom/Hate and starting with this book, hoping to grasp everything and picking everything up from what’s being mentioned. But that is the fun part. You get to enjoy the full extent of the series by actually reading the whole series. Oh, by the way, this is a Dystopian themed series, in case you hadn’t guessed.

You get to know more about other characters  in this book, while still keeping the main ones from the original. We still have Libby Jacobs, Collin Powers, and Justin has our three main characters, but now we get to see some extra characters through their interactions. We get to see more of Libby’s boyfriend Sim and her mother Amanda, but now we get to see them with the aftermath from previous events and see if and how that’s might have affected them. We also get to see more of Freedom this time round, the actual Freedom and not just the Hate that everyone has been lead into believing is the truth. We also get to see another side of HAND that we haven’t got to see yet, the inside and vicious side that nobody wants to see.

He did it again!! The author knows how to leave you wanting more because that’s how I’m left right now. I finished reading, what I thought was the end of a chapter and turned a page to find out it was the end of the book! NOOOOOOO!!! I need more. I just finished reading a book that was just under 500 pages, my copy, (Goodreads says 352 pages), in almost no time and I could’ve gladly and easily have read more. But OMG that ending!! How could he do that again. I love this series and really do enjoy reading it, which shocked me at first at how much, because this type of book, and this whole dystopian theme and type, which isn’t really my usual type. But it’s really well written, has some strong characters, and the story and plot is what makes me beg for another book to arrive sooner.

I definitely recommend you read both books in this series, and I mean BOTH books in this series, with one of my highest recommendations I can and have given so far! Prepare for the cliff-hanger ending, needing the next book immediately, but knowing you’ll have to wait, which is the only disappointment I faced. However, the third book is out now so, lets see how it can compare. 😀 😀 Super Excited!!! I give this book a MASSIVE 5 out of 5 stars!!!

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Have you read a book or series where the ending made you need the next book in series right away? Or if it was a stand alone book, what stand alone book do you think just needs to have a sequel? Comment below 😀

5-stars

Lets Get Back To Book Blogging :)

I haven’t posted anything on this site in such a long time and for that I would like to apologise. Not just to you but also to myself. I enjoyed writing reviews on the books that I had recently finished reading, coming up with different ideas so that this site wasn’t just a book review site, with tags and other daily books memes that go hand in hand within the book blogging community. I was enjoying doing all of this so much that I purchased this domain name, to match my twitter and Instagram name.

I had one goal when I took out this website, which was to post more. Not just book reviews, but everything book related that I could possibly come up with. This was going to be my way of staying in touch with other readers, as I live in a reality where I am surrounded by non-readers, except for one person. So when it comes to talking about books, it can be something of a struggle to do. My lack of posting hasn’t had anything to do with any lack of reading and therefore having nothing to post, because believe it or not, I have read so much more than I’ve read in a while. I have been in a bit of a slump, not a reading slump but a slump in general and I want to turn it all around. All of the books that I have been reading, I have read and left reviews of every single one of them on Goodreads.

I want to get back to posting reviews, creating idea and get back to all of this, back onto this site and doing it within the Book Blogging Community. Thank you all 🙂

My June Goal

I am doing something I have always wanted to do during the month of June. A reading goal of mine that I have had for a while now. So, I have dedicated the entirety of June to do it, which give me some time and hopefully I will be able to accomplish this little goal. So what is it? I am going to be finally reading IT by Stephen King. 
I am so excited about doing this and I so excited about what I am going to uncover and discover in this mad world. This is the book that inspired the two part film adaptation that created my fear of clowns. So how is the book going to stand up. Is it going to be scarier? Because of the size, there is definitely going to be more in the book, more details, more descriptions of everything that gives me the impression and the hope for so much creepiness and hope for such amazingness. For not only a fantastic horror story but for a great story in general. But because the book is so huge, is it going to be too much? Too much to take away from everything. From the main story, from the plot. Too much for you to remember and you get distracted and you just give up reading it. And because there’s too much, will it take away from the horror? 

As this is a book with over 1100 pages, depending on certain editions, I have also bought and downloaded the audio book of IT from audible for times when I want a little break fro, reading but I don’t want a break from the story. Because the writing in my edition is also really tiny and I suffer with migraines, I did this as a precaution. So wish me luck ☺ and hopefully this will be the month I will finally read and finish this book! 

What book/s have you always wanted to read that may have always intimidated you? 

Book Review: Replica – Lauren Oliver 

(4.5 stars)

This book took me completely by surprise and that is one of my ultimate, favourite things when it comes to reading a book. If I’m being completely honest, I picked this book up without reading the description or knowing what this book this book was about at all. I simply picked this book up because I was enthrilled by the whole layout and presentation of this book. Look at it and tell me that it doesn’t appeal to you because of how different it is from the majority of books?. I’d never seen a book like this one and with this beautiful cover, it just screamed out to me. So, I didn’t know what I was actually expecting from the storyline when I purchased this book, just that it was told from two peoples persepective, I would have to flip it upside down and that their stories, or perspectives, met in the centre of this book. 

But on saying that, I actually really enjoyed this book!! The way it works and is presented, with the storyline and how it is all written, blending together but yet having their own individuality, it was so clever. Each characters perspective is written slightly different to emulate each characters different personality and I loved that fact. There are a couple of ways that you can read this book, choosing one person’s first, Reading it in its full then continuing on by reading the other person’s story, or visa versa. However, I chose to read it a different way. I read a couple of chapters at a time and then flip it over to switch to the other characters perspective, so that it wouldn’t feel like I was reading the same book twice and I am glad I did it that way. They each select and include different things and have their own thoughts and moments to include, that when brought together make this story complete as a whole, so when reading it the way I did, I felt like I wasn’t missing anything. You do get some duplicate reading surrounding the same events, however as they are told from different perspectives, they feel like and are in themselves, different stories and need to be duplicated and I’m glad they were. 

There was so much hype that surrounded this book, even before it came out and based on my opinion, it was definitely worth all the hype that surrounded this book, even if most of the hype was about the way this book presented the two characters stories. I would’ve like a little bit more at the end, a conclusion or something, where they reached where they were heading and got to see all of the reactions and a bit more because I was looking forward to that, but we didn’t. Instead, we had to settle for a phone call, which wasn’t as dramatic as the ending I was looking forward to and a bit of a let down and I don’t want to say why as I don’t want to give away spoilers. I have found out that there is a second book coming out, so maybe that’s why this book ended the way it did, but I still had to remove half a star because of it. Edit

April Wrap Up – 2017

Hello my fellow booknerds 😀

I am so happy with the amount of books I was able to read during April, not only physical, but ebooks and audio books included. I was able to not only read all the books I had wanted to in my AprilTBR, but I was able to get through several others. So what books have I read during April? Let’s dive right in. . .

The Judas Game (The Shepherd Series, 4) – Ethan Cross

I have been wanting to read this book for so long and I have finially gotten around to reading it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the fourth book in The Shepherd Series which is a series I looovveeee and definitely needs more attention towards it!! This book did not disappoint. It has some twisted elements, with comedy and my favourite book character, EVER! I was not disappointed. I haven’t posted my review for this book yet, but it will be posted soon, as well as the other books in the series.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 

This is a book that’s been on my shelves for a while, which I have always wanted to read, hearing reviews and reviews constantly. So I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. I had seen the film so I knew roughly what to expect, but of course like always, there was so much more. I loved how this book was written, the style and how the entire book was made to appear as though the character had written it, I think that was amazing. 

For my full review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, click here.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, #3 – J.K. Rowling

I am making my way through rereading the Harry Potter series and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I will gladly and openly admit that I am enjoying the series a lot more now as an adult, than when I was a child. I am understanding the simplest of things and am connecting everything together so much better now as an adult, things that I never thought about when I first read them. 

For my full review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, click here.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, #4 – J.K. Rowling 

This was the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read! And now after rereading it again, in the correct order, I got to appreciate it so much more. I got to understand it, to feel for everyone and I got even more emotional reading this book this time around. 

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

I did a lot of rereading this month and was already feeling emotional, but I was in the mood to re-read Of Mice and Men for some reason. This has been, without a question of a doubt, one of the books that have stayed with me the most that I read in school, becoming a favourite, even encouraging me to purchase a copy. But a few books make me sad to my core and stay with me for a while, and this is one of them. Reading this as a 14 year old, I always hated George, I never understood why he did what he did, but omg reading it now, but heart broke not only for Lennie, but for George. I could see what it was all leading up to, the writing and the story was all pre-warning you and I emphasized so much with George. I realised the adult content, because I had such an innocent mind, and the racism. Plus, this is the only book (or film or anything) that got me upset when an animal died.

I was also able to read two ebooks during April, which were Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice, Through The Looking Glass both by Lewis Carroll and I plan to read the next two (the final two) books in the Alice In Wonderland series during May. I also listened to a several audio books during April, although two of them were short stories. I listened to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and the two short stories were Mrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins and The Window Man by Louise Millar. 

That’s a total of 11 books!! Wow! :O 😀 I’m so proud of myself. I’ve really become a fan of audiobooks recently, which is so funny coming from me, as I have always been a major hater on them. 

What books did you read during April? 📖😃

Discussion: What kind of reviewer are you?

Hello there 😀

I have chosen to do my first discussion topic on something that all Book Reviewers and people who read Book Reviews should understand. This is my second website that I have created, and in doing so I have made the decision to not include starred or number based reviews in any of my reviews. The problem I find with including stars or numbers is that you are, or I was at least, constantly comparing books to others I’ve read and reviewed, therefore judging which was better and using the star/number system as so. If this one was better than that one, then it deserves a higher rating, but it wasn’t as good as this one, and definitely didn’t deserve the highest rating. I didn’t want to have to worry about this when it came to my new site and reviewing books. I wanted to be completely honest and open, so I stopped using them, this way it could just be my honest, unbiased review. However, when it comes to Goodreads and online review sites, eg Amazon, NetGalley etc, I still use the star system to rate books.

However, when I read other people’s reviews on Book Blogs and other places, I do subconsciously seek out what they thought by looking for their rating. I know this makes me a hypocrite, but sometimes it’s the easiest way to see if a book you’ve been interested in reading for while is any good, without reading a lengthy review.

What about you? What kind of reviewer are you? Do you like seeing a star or numbered rating when it comes to reading book reviews? How do you decide what to rate the book you’re reviewing? And how do feel about reading book reviews that doesn’t include any star or number ratings? 

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-rabsom-riggsThis is a book that I saw everywhere! When I say everywhere, believe me, I mean everywhere. All over Book Tube, the Book Blogging community, online shops, as this book was the biggest suggestion for me to buy and in all the shops, not just book shops. I will admit that I was already intrigued but weirdly not enough for me to buy this book. That is until I went to the cinema one day and saw the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of this book. That’s when I bought this book, with no hesitation!

This book has something special about it. I can’t pinpoint exactly what that is but it kept me hooked and so gripped to this book, from the instant I opened it and began reading it. Maybe it was the photos that were included, which meant that picturing the people the author was trying to explain and express was just so much easier to do, and made the whole story feel so much more realistic. For the first time ever, I saw the people the author wanted me to see and not the characters and people I had seen in the trailer for the movie, while I was reading this book, because I had seen the trailer first.

You have Jacob, who is so close to his grandfather, who grew up listening and being told all of these wonderful and magical stories about this house in Wales he was sent to during the war. There were these children, these peculiar children, who could do peculiar things, sharing these photos he had of these children. As time went on and Jacob got older, he disbelieved his grandfathers stories and believed them to be just that, stories. That is until one day changes everything and leaves Jacob with so many questions, with nobody to answer them, or so he thinks…

This book starts off slowly, which I personally think it needed to, in order to build the story and some of the background information to the plot, to characters and so on. The way that Jacob slowly begins to work and unravel certain clues and begins to develop his own investigation, further and further, building the story up until he finally gets some answers. Building perfectly. It is Jacob that I was able to relate to the most out of any other character. Maybe it is because he begins not really knowing anything, so we are somewhat similar. So has he is learning and discovering, so are we as a reader, making him more relatable. All of this is all brand new to him, so he has so many questions, as do I, and it is through him that I start getting my questions answered. I read this book in a day, through excitement, frustration of wanting answers and because the photos took up quite a few of the pages.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is unique in its own ways, although I have heard so many comparisons to different things. I have heard it compared to Harry Potter and X-Men or both of them combined, which maybe I way it is, but this is also so much more and so different. It’s itself. This is one of those hypes where I believe the hype was well deserved. The ending ended on a place where you are required to read the following book Hollow City, which I don’t own at the moment but I will definitely be buying soon, which is quite irritating because now I honestly don’t know when I’ll get round to reading Book 2. If I already owned the book, trust me, it would be straight away!

I would therefore very highly recommend this book as I would Re-Read this one, and am going to buy the next book in this series!

5-stars

Book Review: The Girl On A Train – Paula Hawkins

the-girl-on-the-trainI have recently read this book, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t own this little title for a while now. I bought this book when it become the big phenomenon that The Girl On a Train had become, with the intention of reading it straight away to discover what the big fuss was about, but as usual, I got a little distracted, probably by a different book. But now with the release of the movie onto DVD (well in my country) it really got me excited for this book again, so of course I had to read it. Now how to explain this book without giving away too many spoilers, because I personal hate it when that happens, so I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone else.

This book is told between three women’s perspective; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel rides the train everyday, or every weekday, with every other commuter who is going back and fore to work and back. She loves the train. She knows everything about it. Every stop, every signal. Every house it passes, the people in those houses. At least the lives she makes up for those people in her head. She always sees her favourite couple, Jess and Jason, although that’s not their real names of course. She fantasies about their perfect relationship. That is until one day she sees “Jess” kissing someone who isn’t “Jason” and she get’s angry. But, Rachel has a secrets also. One of those secrets is that Rachel is an alcoholic who sometimes blacks out. And when she blackouts this time, “Jess” a.k.a Megan is missing, and Rachel has woken up at home in bed hurt and covered in blood, with no idea what’s happened.

I will start off by saying that I was really disappointed and massively let down with this book. I don’t even think it has anything to do with the anticipation and build up of waiting to read it and then finally doing so after so much time, that it just let it all down. I just personally think that it wasn’t as good as what it could have been. There was definitely story there with the potential for it be great, but the way it was written and executed, I think was poorly managed. The way that it was setup and organized, Morning  and Evening, was a good idea when it came to Rachels’ character because of the train and how she spent majority of her days on the train, but I don’t think this needed to be carried on indefinitely. Those two are not the only times of the day.

I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters, and when you think that you are starting to, they say or do something that just pushed you further away from them. I don’t know if this was done intentionally or not, but this even included Rachel and Megan. Then you have Anna, who I think I disliked the most out of them all. Even when it came to the other character’s, such as Tom and Scott. I will admit that I did guess the ending. It wasn’t to difficult to work it out as it was all PLAINLY laid out in front of you. I actually said to myself very early on that it couldn’t be that simple or easy, but yepp.

I think why I’m so frustrated when it comes to this book, is because the story is there for it to have been so great. The whole idea of it and the story is, without a doubt my favourite part, but you have to forgive, or rather I have to forgive some major parts to accept that, such as the writing. For a book to have had such a massive hype that this book has had, I honestly did expect it to be better than what I read.

I wouldn’t recommend this book, purely on the fact of how disappointed I was when I finished it, plus the fact that I would NOT re-read this book again. But if you are going to read this book, please go into it not expecting great things, at least that way, it may turn out a little better than expected.

2-stars