Thursday, 23 March 2017

Everything, Everything Book Review

Everything, Everything is the first novel of the new author Nicola Yoon and follows the story of Madeline Whittier who is allergic to everything and Olly who  moves in next door with his family.  Soon after Olly moves in, the two become friends sending instant messages to each other and sending messages through their bedroom windows.

I originally bought this book because my friend made me watch the film trailer, and it looked really good, so I just had to pick up the book.

I really enjoyed the short snappy chapters as it made it easier to binge-read and I didn't have to wait loads of pages to have a break or stop reading (I can only stop reading a book if I finish the chapter). I equally loved the little diagrams, doodles and images throughout the book because it made the book different and more interesting.

Right from the get go I loved Maddy and quickly began to love Olly too. Also, I loved the way Maddy acted about Olly because of her inexperience, like when she didn't know why her heart was beating so fast (it was because she was excited about Olly). I loved how Maddy reads and has loads of books - I can relate so much, being a book hoarder lover myself.
At around 60 pages I didn't know what to think, but as I got further into the book I started to love where it was going. I adored pages 88 to 90, they were just so cute! Pages 239 to 306 were incredible. They made me quite sad but made me smile at the same time.
I thought that it was such a unique story, I have never read a book where someone is allergic to everything. Also, the cover is just stunning! 

Although I thoroughly enjoyed Everything, Everything I thought it ended a little abruptly and I was left wanting more. For that reason, I gave it a  out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder Book Review

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is about Steffi, a selective mute, and Rhys, who is deaf. They are put together at school because they can both use sign language and so a friendship begins.

One of my friends read this a while ago and kept saying how good it was and I was really intrigued as I have never read a book with either a mute or deaf character, let alone both. I was a little worried on how the sign language would be included in the book, but it worked really well how they just put it in bold. I love how it teaches you about what it is like to be deaf or have selective mutism instead of just being about someone who has that disability. Reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder made me want to learn sign language and thanks to the end papers which have the alphabet and numbers 1 - 10 on them, I know a little of it.
It was just such an adorable read that was unlike anything I have ever read. Yes it is a love story and I have read plenty of love stories, but A Quiet Kind of Thunder was completely different. I fell in love with it right from the get go and just binge read it until I was finished. I got completely sucked in, especially with the argument between Steffi and Tem, and with Rhys' accident.

Throughout the whole book I just kept saying to myself 'they are so cute!' about Rhys and Steffi. At the beginning of their friendship I loved how it was quite awkward, like when they watched Atonement together. I really enjoyed the light-hearted comedy throughout the book, especially the part with Rhys' mum in chapter 8. Chapters 23 to 27 were also really good, purely because of how cute and funny there were. Some of the characters I didn't like. Steffi's mum infuriated me because of how she treated Steffi and her disability, Karam seemed a little fishy ad I just don't know how I feel about Tem.

I ended up giving A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read any of Sara Barnard's books?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

If I Was Your Girl Book Review

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo follows the story of Amanda, who used to be Andrew. After being consecutively beaten up for being transgender, Amanda moves in with her father and starts a new school.  Soon after starting her new school, Amanda meets Grant and starts to fall in love with him.

I have been wanting to read If I Was Your Girl ever since it was released in June last year, but only got chance to pick up a copy and read it this month. And I have to say, it did not disappoint. 
I have only ever read one book with a transgender main character and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read more. I found the story really original and unique and fell in love with Grant, Amanda and the two of them together.

I loved the flashbacks to when Amanda was transitioning and shortly after her transition, it made me understand the character a lot better. Whilst reading the book I was really curious to see how it ended. Part way through I guessed how it would end, but that happened with at least 50 pages left. 

Initially, I was a little bored with the story. However, I put it down to it was the start of the book and that I was being introduced to characters because after chapter eight, things got interesting. I became that engrossed in the story that I binge read the last 100 pages or so.

I ended up giving If I Was Your Girl 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Wrap Up

Another month, another wrap up. This month I really surprised myself with how many books I read by reading six books. For this month I really wanted to read The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan because my friend told me I needed to read them as soon as possible and because they have been sat on my shelf calling to me since Christmas.

At the start of the month I decided to read Shift by Em Bailey. After reading the blurb, I was intrigued to see what happened and wanted to mix up the genres I was reading so that I didn't end up in a reading slump. I was left disappointed with this book as it wasn't as suspenseful and intriguing as I hoped. It follows the story of Olive, who when a new girl starts at school she believes that she is a shape shifter.
I ended up giving Shift 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

And here is where my reading month picks up. I managed to read the whole five book series by Rick Riordan, apart from going over by two days. The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus were so good! I fell in love with the series and the characters and am so upset that it has ended. This follows seven demigods on their quest to stop the Earth Mother from rising.
 I ended up giving each book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

What did you read in the month of February?

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Heroes of Olympus - The Blood of Olympus Book Review

The fifth and final installement in The Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus carries on from The House of Hades where the seven demigods are reunited and have a quest to finish. Even after the main quests they have completed, they are no closer to defeating Gaia and to make matters worse, all of her giants have risen and are stronger than ever. However, for Gaia to fully rise she needs two demigods (male and female) as a sacrifice. As well as this, there is a war brewing at Camp Half-Blood with the Romans.

The beginning chapters were so good and got me hooked and sucked back in. Other parts that I loved were with the goddess Nike/Victoria (there was a really funny joke), the whole section with Reyna, the Hunters of Artemis and the Amazons (page 208-245, so chaotic and dramatic) and when Jason and Percy was under the sea.

I freaking love the Hunters of Artemis, so much more than in the Percy Jackson series. I also wierdly love Nico and find him really cute. The friendships in The Blood of Olympus were really good, Jason and Percy and the three girls. 
The comedy in the whole of the series, especially in this book, was brilliant and so funny. Leo was hilarious and was possibly my favourite character from the whole series, but I still love all seven of the main demigods (eight including Nico).

Initially I was a little concerned about how the series would end. However, the ending was amazing and I was sat there thinking 'what the f*ck is happening!?'
Throughout the end of the book I was crying because I didn't want it to end.

I ended up giving The Blood of Olympus 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. 

Have you read The Heroes of Olympus series? If not, do it!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Heroes of Olympus - The House of Hades Book Review

The House of Hades follows the seven demigods (eight including Nico) on their quest to close the Doors of Death. For Piper, Jason, Leo, Frank, Hazel and Nico that means travelling to the House of Hades and closing the doors from the mortals side. For Percy and Annabeth, who plummeted to Tartarus in the Mark of Athena, it means they have to travel through Tartarus and closing the Door of Death from their side.

One thing I love about this series is how every book starts with so much drama, it sucked me in right from the get go. I also loved how badass Piper and Hazel was in this book, that and Leo's wittyness and jokes made the book a lot more enjoyable. I fell in love with quite a few monsters and Calypso. I found the dwarfs really funny and random and found Bob the Titan really cute with his broom. I enjoyed how Calypso was brought back as I loved her when she was in the Percy Jackson series.

Initially, I was worried and skeptical about how Tartarus would be described. However, I loved how it was described and could actually picture what it would be like. I think the parts of the book that were in Tartarus were actually some of the best parts of the book. I found the part with the arai and chapters 53 to 56 so tense and couldn't stop reading until those chapters were over. 

Throughout the book it is hinted that Nico has some secret, but I never expected it to be what it was (I would say, but spoilers). When I read the part where he revealed his secret, I just said what, it was so unexpected.

I really enjoyed the battle in the House of Hades and loved the ending. I really don't want the series to end!

Have you read The House of Hades?