Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21393526-magonia https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18044277-the-walls-around-us https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23009402-saint-anything https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18189606-since-you-ve-been-gone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13138635-these-broken-stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23149128-extraordinary-means https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19223830-ticker https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24846577-the-thorn-and-the-sinking-stone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465597-vanishing-girls https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24886378-witch-hunter

A nice and easy list this week. I just went back and checked out the books I gave 5 stars to! Plus a couple 4 stars to fill in the gap. I'm definitely loving what I've been reading so far this year, and I'm looking forward to many more.

What books made your list? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Series: Crank, Book One
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published Date: 1 October 2004
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank. (summary from Goodreads)

Crank is a powerful and disturbing story, made all the more raw by its being told in verse.

I'm always impressed by verse novels, especially those by Hopkins. There's such talent here, where every verse is like a piece of art, and it awes me. The way the verses flow into something like a picture sometimes, or how words separated on the page from an entirely new sentence - it's truly amazing. After a little while though, I often stop noticing such things as I'm completely drawn into the story. That's another great thing about verse novels, they get right to the heart of the story, into the nitty gritty stuff. There's such focus to these beautifully lyrical words. Crank is a very quick read, fast paced the entire way through and able to have a massive impact still.

The emotion of Crank is brutal. It's an honest and frightening portrayal of drug addiction, and it'll play on your mind after you finish. I rocketed though so many emotions reading this book, and very few of them were good. I was at times sad, scared, disgusted, and so very angry. Despite the flourish of the verses, this is ultimately a shocking and terrible story and it's often hard to read. The descriptions of drug use, its effects, of withdrawal, of the things Kristina is willing to do to score, of rape - this is a confronting read in all ways. Knowing that Hopkins' family actually went through something like this is the saddest. What made it harder for me to read Crank is that I rarely felt sympathy for Kristina. Her choices and her attitude frustrated me and so much of the anger I felt is geared toward her. I do feel for some of the awful things she goes through, but I still couldn't get past that fury. Every time I felt even a little hopeful Kristina would stomp all over it. In this way, Hopkins has really evoked that feeling of being on the outside looking in, being a family member or friend losing someone to this destructive monster.

It's truly terrible, and Hopkins portrays it in such a moving way. Crank is an impressive and haunting read. 

Rating:


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Ghosts of Shanghai by Julian Sedgwick

Title: Ghosts of Shanghai
Author: Julian Sedgwick
Series: Ghosts of Shanghai, Book One
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published Date: 2 July 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository

I received this book through NetGalley from Hachette Children's Book for review.

Obsessed with martial arts and ghost stories, Ruby is part of a gang of Chinese and ex-pat children who hide out in ruined White Cloud Temple. But the world of Shanghai in the late 1920s is driven with danger: disease, crime, espionage and revolution are sweeping the streets. And since the death of her younger brother Thomas, Ruby is stalked by another anxiety and fear. 

Faced with a series of local hauntings, and armed with a lucky bookshop find - The Almanac of Distant Realms - Ruby forms the Shanghai Ghost Club to hunt down restless spirits. When best friend Fei is kidnapped by the Green Hand, Ruby must trust a mysterious stranger - and face her worst fears - in order to save her friends, and her own life. And in the ensuing fight she will catch a glimpse of the one spirit she has longed to see... 

The secrets that Ruby's father and friends have kept from her are coming back to haunt them all. (summary from Goodreads)

A haunting and thrilling read, Ghosts of Shanghai is chock full of action, suspense, wonder and ghosts!

I haven't heard much about this book, but that cover and it's summary? Hooked me. 1920s Shanghai and a Ghost Club? Yes, please! And Ghosts of Shanghai does not disappoint. From start to finish Ruby is on one heck of a wild ride and we're right there with her. There's so much to this book. Revolution, gangsters, Taoism, racism, ghosts and spirits - and in the middle of it all Ruby and her friends, with no idea what's going on but doing everything to keep each other safe. From page one Sedgwick kick starts the action and he doesn't slow down. I'm pretty unfamiliar with the history of China, and Nationalism versus Communism, so there's a lot to take in as you get into Ghosts of Shanghai. Especially as Ruby is so focused on her fears of hauntings and her quest to trap these spirits. The political nature of the world around her is revealed in snippets and as she doesn't understand, neither do we for the most part. While it is often a little confusing, feeling like so much information is thrown at us at once, it's purposeful and adds to the overall atmosphere of Ghosts of Shanghai. The tension builds as Ruby sees and overhears more and more, as she throws herself into the fray without understanding the true danger she's in. And then there's the other worldly elements - foxes, vampires and spirits - that Sedgwick writes so well. I read part of this book at about 1am, in the dark but for my booklight, because I couldn't sleep. I had hoped reading a little would settle me. Not my best idea. Instead I read about Ruby waking up, unable to move as a Black Thing stood at the end of her bed before crawling over her. My heart pounded, I tell you, and as a grown woman I was peering into the darkness surrounding me, honestly a little scared. Ghosts of Shanghai is full of moments like this, wonderful and frightening all at once.

Ruby is pretty amazing, stubborn and curious, absolutely determined to discover the truth and do the right thing. She's a little young, so her reckless naivete made me want to shake her now and then, but her ability to trust her instincts and the other worldly events surrounding her awes me. The rest of the Ghost Club - Charlie, Fei, Andrei and Yu - don't stand out quite as much, but each have a history and secrets that are intriguing and add to the story. Jin is cool, with his ninja ways - wrong country, I know, but it sticks with me - and I'm looking forward to more of his story to be revealed as this series continues. I am so very, very desperate to read more of this series - talk about a cliffhanger! Just as everything is coming together and falling apart at the dame time, Ghosts of Shanghai ends! I may have flailed about. Just a bit.

A little Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo, Ghosts of Shanghai is a unique and utterly thrilling story, and I want more, more, more!

Rating:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (56)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

Just the one book added to my shelf this week, and one I'm seriously interested to read. It's the book club pick for next month, so I'm waiting just another couple of weeks first so it's fresh in my mind!

 Bought:

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

How about you? What books have you added to your shelf? What are you reading this weekend?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday: Favourite Required Reading

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved?


More than one! I actually don't remember disliking any book that I was required to read in school, to be honest. A few stand out that I loved, though, more than the rest. Those would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love most everything Shakespeare thanks to school. As I think about this question I remember other titles - fiction, poetry and plays alike - that I was required to read, and while I didn't love them all, I at least liked them. Though I'm not considering Uni here, only High School...I majored in English Literature at Uni and I'm sure there were some books I didn't enjoy. But Uni courses were different, I usually got to choose what I read and wrote essays on out of certain selected titles, so picking what I liked was easier.

Is there a required reading title that stands out as one you loved? Is there one that you've given a chance to out of school? Tell me about it!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Title: Akarnae
Author: Lynette Noni
Series: The Medoran Chronicles, Book One
Publisher: Pantera Press
Published Date: 1 February 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Pantera Press

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings's world changes--literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her... but he's missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected... something sinister... is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world--and maybe even her life--to save Medora?
(summary from Goodreads)


A fun YA fantasy read, Akarnae is full of magic and adventure.

I'm going to put this right out there first - Akarnae is very reminiscent of many Harry Potter elements. The trio of friends, a wise old man mentor, a magical school, an MC thrown into a world full of magic and expected to learn, a class focused on magical creatures, a huge family that are very close to each other and accepting...you see what I mean. This isn't too surprising considering Noni freely admits her love of Harry Potter. Some may judge this book harshly for this however. For me, it works. While I certainly made the comparisons while reading, I also found it enjoyable. I haven't quite fallen in love with Akarnae like I did Harry Potter though. Still, there was that sense of wonder. It took me a little bit to truly get into the story, but once I did I was hard pressed to put it down. This is mostly thanks to Noni's world building. Medora is a fascinating world, and the whole secret sentient Library is awesome. A lot of Akarnae is Alex's adventures through the Library, putting the pieces together, finding her place and her purpose, and it's quite the ride. There's a lot going on on the outskirts of this story - other worlds, the reasons the Library remains hidden, the disappearance of an entire world, the villains ultimate plans, characters who make brief but memorable appearances - but most of this book is Alex and her navigating her classes in this new world. As the first of a planned five book series, this is definitely only an introduction. There's just enough offered right now that I'm eager for the next book.

There are quite a number of characters throughout Akarnae, and getting to know them is entertaining. Jordan and Bear are hilarious, and I adore Bear's family. The easy friendship between Alex and these boys is nice. Darrius is very similar to Dumbledore and Gandalf, and I can't help but be charmed by him. His part in the story is a little obvious though. I am very much in love with Fletcher and intrigued by Ghost. Those are my honourable mentions. Aven oozes psycho villain feels, which is always lovely. For the most part I liked Alex, she's smart and strong. She's set to become truly kickass, which is cool. My biggest problem though is all the easy acceptance. There's a little too much "oh, it's another world, just accept the differences without question" for me - and not just from Alex. To me, this often felt like a cop-out to move the story along rather than build upon the world. Sometimes I could see the benefit - we don't want the story to be mired in detail, yes - but at other times it frustrated me. "Hey, my new best friend's father just tried to murder me but I'm going to let it go as I'm not sure what's happening and I don't want to cause problems!" Um, what now? There's elements like this that are obviously meant to generate storylines further along in the these series, which is great, but they're not handled exactly right to sit well with me now

Oh, I should also mention - the best thing about Akarnae? No love interest!! *faints* There's definitely attraction between Alex and one of her classmates, Kaiden, but that's IT. Seriously, I'm shocked. And so very overjoyed! Huge kudos to Noni for this.

Akarnae is an entertaining start to this fantasy series. I'm looking forward to Alex's next adventure.

Rating:


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I want, I want...wait, I NEED...

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published Date: 19 January 2016
Pre-Order: Amazon | The Book Depository

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.
(summary from Goodreads)


Suspense and synesthesia, oh, yes, yes, yes! And that cover! Can't wait for this one. 

Is there a book you can't wait to get your hands on?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics of the Last Five Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics of the Last Five Years

Five Lists I've Completed

Five Lists I Wish I'd Completed
  • Top Ten Characters I'd Name My Children After - This would have me thinking...though I already have a couple off the top of my head!
  • Top Ten Characters I'd Want as Family Members - I'd have some fun with this!
  • Top Ten Books I'd Give a Theme Song To - Same as above. I'd have to put some serious thought into this too...
  • Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want to Live in/Characters I'd Never Want to Trade Places With - Such a good topic!
  • Top Ten Books I HAD to have...but still haven't read - I could complete this list about five times over...

I'll have to keep some of those last five topics in mind for future freebie weeks!

What are your favourite Top Ten Topics?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published Date: 13 May 2014
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
(summary from Goodreads)


We Were Liars is certainly a can't-put-down-as-I-need-to-know-what-happened read, but one that lacks that emphatic connection. 

The mystery of We Were Liars is the heart of this story, and why it's earned itself only a good read from me - because it's not much of a mystery. The twist is obvious right from the beginning and as such, it doesn't have the impact it intended to. Added to this is the fact that I didn't care for any of the characters. I didn't hate them, but I didn't like them either. The whole rich, perfect, normal at all costs attitude had me rolling my eyes most of the time. That was pretty much my entire emotional response to the Sinclair's. At least until the end, when a little anger flared at their sheer selfishness and stupidity. But despite my indifference to the characters and the predictability of the plot, I wanted to keep reading We Were Liars because I wanted to know how everything came to be the way it is. That is gripping enough, and as We Were Liars is a short and fast read, it never felt like a chore to finish. I can't say the truth garnered much of an emotional impact either, to be honest. It struck me as completely idiotic, but that's part of the tragedy of We Were Liars - all the ways everything could have simply been avoided and all the ways it was for nothing. Lockhart didn't bring me to tears, but her story still played on my mind a little after finishing.

What I did really like about We Were Liars is Lockhart's writing style. It's snappy. With short or broken sentences, her prose is able to pack a bit of a punch. Her metaphors had me pausing to take note of what I was reading, and I especially enjoyed the 'once upon a time' stories interspersed throughout the book. They're a unique way of foreshadowing the truth and always kept me questioning. I do wish the story evoked a more solid emotional response, but it's compelling none the less.

We Were Liars is an interesting read if not entirely mind blowing. I'd certainly recommend readers at least give it a chance.  

Rating:


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review: Those Girls by Lauren Saft

Title: Those Girls
Author: Lauren Saft
Publisher: Poppy
Published Date: 9 June 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository

I received this book through NetGalley from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for review.

Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically....she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever....or tears them apart for good?

Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.
(summary from Goodreads)


Those Girls is the first book in a long while that I could not finish.

I admit to wondering whether I should give Those Girls a go after reading that summary. "Those girls" don't really appeal to me, but hey, often enough summaries don't offer a true judgement of the book, so I pushed my hesitations aside. I should've gone with my original instincts. I hated Alex, Mollie and Veronica from page one. Petty, selfish and irritating is my first and lasting impression. I understand friends having disagreements and facing obstacles, but the things these characters think about each other, do to each other - it's atrocious. Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? That's my recommendation for a new tag line for Those Girls. I simply could not relate to these characters and the more I read, the more annoyed I became. I started skim reading in the hopes I'd find something - any little thing - that I could invest in in order to push though this book, but there was nothing. So I skipped to the end, and holy heck, am I glad I didn't waste my time forcing myself to read this one. I'd have thrown my iPad across the room. As it is, I came close. All the disgusting behaviour of these characters results in lying, cheating, drugging and attempted rape - and there are no consequences. No real lessons. The wannabe rapist gets shrugged off and everything Alex, Mollie and Veronica put each other through is laughed away. Oh, it's all right, okay, because they're totally best friends! Please. If this is what "goes on in the mind of a teenage girl" then I'm thoroughly terrified - and was obviously a freak growing up, because this couldn't be further from the truth for me.

Those Girls earns itself a huge resounding NOPE.

Rating: 


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (55)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Share all of the bookish goodies you got during the week!

I visited my favourite bookstore...twice. I really shouldn't have...

 Bought:

Akarnae by Lynette Noni
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Ready Player One by
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Ruby Red by Kiersten Gier
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Won:

Signed ARC of Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs and swag! Yay! Many thanks to Tera Lynn Childs.

Big book week this week. I also attended a YA Book Club at my favourite store where we discussed Akarnae by Lynette Noni and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I had a lot of fun and am looking forward to next months!

Have you added any awesome new titles to your shelves this week?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday: Tattoos

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the graphic be? Or if you have a tattoo, share a picture and its meaning.

I love tattoos and don't have anywhere near as many as I want to. Certain circumstances held me back for a long while. But now I have two, with plans for more.


The first is a dolphin jumping out of the ocean on my left inner forearm. I have always loved dolphins and ever since I was a kid I wanted a dolphin tattoo, so it had to be my first. My older brother and his wife decided to give me money for a tattoo for my 30th birthday two years ago, so here we are! To me it represents independence and freedom.

I hesitated to share my second tattoo as it's very personal, but I made a decision to never shy away from talking about this, so.


It's a memorial tattoo for my younger brother, Jeremy, on my right inner forearm. He was 18 months younger than me and as a baby people called him Boofhead. The closest I could say was Boo and it stuck. He was my best friend and losing him has been the hardest thing. He died almost a year ago, aged 29, due to complications from alcoholism and Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the disability we shared. It does also say "Later, loser". People read that and always make faces, but it was our thing. It's how I'd say goodbye to him and was the last thing I said to him. It felt right to have it as my tattoo.

I plan to get one tattoo a year until my forearms are covered, pretty much. In a few months I'll be getting a book related one, but I'm still trying to design it. I'll share a picture when it's done.

Do you have any tattoos or are interested in getting one? If you could have a literary inspired tattoo, what would it be and why?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published Date: 1 October 2008
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
(summary from Goodreads)


Paper Towns is an insightful and entertaining enough read, but it just didn't resonate with me. 

This is my third novel John Green novel, and the conclusion I've come to is that while I do like his books and admire his writing, something holds me back from loving them. I simply never feel entirely connected to the story and characters. Part of my problem with Paper Towns is that I do feel it's a lot like Looking For Alaska. That's apparent from very early on. And I simply liked Looking for Alaska better. Green has these moments that always have me going YES. It's either a gorgeous sentence that I just want to quote all the time or have on a poster to read every day, or it's a moment of insight that he gets exactly right. This is what I enjoy about Green's works, and Paper Towns has them. But the thing is, they're few. The rest of the time, while I think his writing is smart, I also feel it's borderline pretentious. The things his characters think and say are clever, sure, but they never feel real to me. Q, Margo, Ben, Radar - they're unlike any teenagers I've ever known, and for that reason, I don't relate to them and there's a disconnect between me and the story. Even the adults of Paper Towns are a little too out there.

I liked Q, for the most part. I'd have probably liked him more if he wasn't ridiculously obsessed with a girl he barely knows. I enjoyed his journey and felt for him, but calling Margo his 'miracle' was seriously pushing it. Probably best not to get me started on Margo! To put it lightly, she's selfish and immature. She almost ruined Paper Towns entirely for me, because that ending. Urgh. It's again a case of feeling that it's insightful and smart, but mostly frustrating because it just seems so unreal. What I did enjoy was the friendship between Q, Ben and Radar. They were funny, and I liked their pettiness and honesty. Friends are the people that get you and get to you the most, and that's something that shines throughout Paper Towns

Paper Towns is a good contemporary read. While I couldn't quite connect with the story, it's an easy one-sitting read and the relationships and wanting to see how it ends keeps it moving.

Rating:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting on Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I just discovered...

Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Publisher: Chicken House
Published Date: 6 August 2015
Pre-Order: Amazon | The Book Depository

A castle. A curse. A dangerous summer. Leo has invited Kate and a few friends to spend the summer at his inheritance, Darkmere Castle: as wild and remote as it is beautiful. Kate thinks it will be the perfect place for her and Leo to get together - but instead, she's drawn into the dark story of a young nineteenth-century bride who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house. And whose curse now hangs over them all. (summary from Goodreads)

I like the cover and that summary has me going "oooh", so definitely adding Darkmere to the TBR list! 

What book have you discovered this week?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Books on My Winter 2015 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they have a specific topic for a top ten list. Link up, visit some new blogs and add to your ever growing TBR list! This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books on My Winter 2015 TBR List
It's not Summer here, more's the pity. So these are the books keeping me company these cold Winter days!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15832932-what-i-thought-was-true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20560137-an-ember-in-the-ashes https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22544764-uprooted https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17661416-made-you-up https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675462-the-raven-boys
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17341550-trust-me-i-m-lying https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6087756-white-cat https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17831753-a-history-of-glitter-and-blood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23346358-the-accident-season https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25361860-are-you-still-there

Those books make up part of my current TBR pile. For real, there is an actual pile! Well, except for those that are Kindle titles. I'm hoping a precarious pile of books in sight will keep me on track!

What are you reading this Summer...or Winter, if you're in my neck of the woods?