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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Teaser Tuesday – 5/9/17

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate😀

Rules:
●Grab your current read.

●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
●BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

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What Alice Knew – T.A. Cotterell

Page 60:
“It wasn’t his answer that bugged me but his voice, which sounded as if there was a kidnapper pointing a gun at his head. I suddenly understood that what I’d taken for evasiveness was helplessness, or hopelessness, the sound of a man falling apart.”

Goodreads Description:
“Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.”

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

Freedom/Hate (Book 1) – Kyle Andrews

FreedomHateI was sent a free eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book.

This book tells the story of Collin Powers on the run from the police and even worse, HAND, who have convinced the world that he’s a murderer and terrorist, involved with the terrorist organisation known to the country as HATE, who have been blamed for countless more deaths and destruction. Collin, in fact, belongs to the group known as Freedom, whose incentive is trying to get theirs and everybody’s else’s freedom back to them. This is why they are all being targeted and why even their groups name has been changed in the media to the HATE, making out that they are the bad guys. This book also tells the story of Libby, a school girl who has problems of her own, at home, at school, family problems, boyfriend problems, food problems and so much more. When it comes to Libby we get to see the side of the story of the people who are living under the lack of freedom. The lives of people who have no choice of what days they are allowed to go shopping, allowed to picked what food they pick or put on their shopping list, what extracurricular subjects they take in school, as everything is picked and allocated for and to them. No freedom. Then one day everything changes….

There is no question in my mind that I am going to be giving this book a great review, as I finished this book in two days and stayed up reading until 3 am because I couldn’t put this book down!!. This book was amazing and now I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series so I can find out what happens next. I’m really invested in the characters, even the secondary characters had some great development and has me rooting and hoping that they’re going to be okay, especially because there is death and violence in this book so you’re afraid that you’re favourite characters may actually die next.

There were some editing issues, but that’s a very small issue, which can be expected with an arc, and the main aspect takes a long time to get discovered, which annoyed me a little because it was pretty obvious. This book is set in a dystopian world, which I will admit always takes me longer to get into, because the logical side of my brain always kicks in and asks a million questions. That’s when I have to try and just sit back and escape to the place where I’m reading, but once I’m there and connected, it’s like I’m there.

This book was so exciting, with so much packed in, that it flew by so quickly, getting to the end before I realised that I had read 435 pages by the time I had reached the end of the book. This was made worse by the fact it was an eARC which meant that when I went to slide for another page, the book had ended. I need to read Book 2 fast! This is definitely a series that I see myself becoming hooked into.

I definitely and highly recommend this book!! Enjoy and get ready to get hooked to this brand new series. Massive 5 stars.

5-stars

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

Discussion: Rereading Books

Hello fellow book lovers 😃👋

I have recently taken to rereading the Harry Potter series for a couple of reasons. No. 1 because they are awesome books so why not, and No. 2 because the first time I read the series, I didn’t read it in the correct order and now that I own them (finally) I wanted to do it correctly for the first time and see if it makes a difference.

I am not usually somebody who chooses to reread a book when there are so many books on my tbr and bookshelves I have to read, so why reread something I have already read? But I have been wanting to do this with Harry Potter for so long, so I went against my original presumption and voila. I have been loving this series even more the second time around, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m reading them in the correct order so the stories are following each other correctly, because I am older and am understanding the books, the characters so much more and am in a different place in my life now. The fact I have hindsight, so I have so much more emotion that’s connecting me with the, again the stories and the characters and I know what’s to come. Or maybe it’s all of it mixed together. 

Because of how much I have been enjoying rereading the Harry Potter series, it has been making me want to reread some more of my favourite books, or books I didn’t enjoy so much when I was younger. Will my opinion have changed? Will I enjoy it more or less? How will I now look, think, feel, connect and so much more, now with this book? 

I was shocked when I then reread Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck because of how much more I connected and emphasized with characters I previously didn’t like as much. I realised how innocent I was when I first read it and how much more I appreciate this book. How emotional I got about this short little book and how much more grateful I was for the teacher who introduced me to this book. How I picked up on certain little things that popped out this time around, either because I’m older and more mature, or because I know the story and know what’s coming and am able to pick up on things I didn’t see before. I took so much more away from the book the second time around and again, it’s giving me that want to go and reread some of my other books I’ve previously read. 

Would you rather take the time you could spend on reading a brand new book, and spend it reread through a book you have already read before? There are only so many books you are going to be able to read in your life, so do you want to spend it rereading the same book, especially if it was one you didn’t like or understand, to see if you have changed and maybe you like it now? But if like me, you can rewatch the same film again and again and you do that because you enjoy it, then why not reread a book you love/d? 

What are you’re thoughts on rereading books? 

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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series and this is the book where everything changes. This was the first Harry Potter book that I ever read and I am so glad that I have re-read it now and am continuing to read the rest in the correct order. I discovered so much more and everything has hit me a lot more this time round. The emotions of what took place in this book and everything that was getting ready and being set up for the upcoming books is just so emotional. Knowing what’s coming, I can see everything being set up so perfectly now (possibly because I know what’s going to happen) and its so brilliantly done, which is something I never noticed before. I can’t wait to read the last three books, but they are going to be even more emotional, as it’s all hitting me a lot more now as an adult. 

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? 📖😃