Top 5 Anticipated Pre-Orders for 2015

SO SO SO SO SO!!! THERE ARE NEW BOOKS COMING OUT OVER THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAT ARE JUST EVERYTHING AMAZING IN THE WORLD AND I CAN’T EVEN!

Here are my Top 5-ish. I am going to pretend that I can’t count and that will be why there are more than five here. Cough.

Here. WE. GOOO!

On the 1st of September, 2015:

Top5 Queen of Shadows

This is legitimately one of my favourite series at the moment and I can’t wait to read more about Celaena. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a bajillion years – which is a completely accurate measurement of time.

On the 8th of September, 2015:

Top5 Stand Off

JDGJKFGCVNXMCVIUSYJSKFOAISGJHDFJGFKHGDFGFPSGITUEJFDDVL!! <– This is the only way I am able to express my feelings about this sequel.  Just a tad excited.

On the 6th of October, 2015:

Top5 Carry On

Now I am not the biggest fan of Rowell’s – don’t get me wrong, I love her books and I am excited for this but I am not making inarticulate screeches because of it. I am hoping for a winner here.

On the 20th of October, 2015:

Top5 Career of Evil

Queen Rowling – as Galbraith – is back! I absolutely adore her crime novels and I can’t wait to mentally munch on this.

On the 3rd of November, 2015:

Top5 The Revolution of Ivy

These are my feelings:

On the 10th of November, 2015 we have two releases. TWO!

Top5 November 9

Yes. Yes…ALL THE YES!

Top5 Soundless

A new book by one of my all-time favourite authors? Put me down for 57. Thanks.

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TBR: July 2015

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I have already read this and it is super brill!

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I have started this and so far I am intrigued…

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This will be next because I MISS MY COLLEEN HOOVER!

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This one has me really excited. Everyone is going on and on and on and on and on about it.

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I don’t really know what this is about but I saw some people raving about it on Instagram so I decided to jump on board.

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This may make me poop my pants. We’ll see…

Book Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

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Title: Winger

Author: Andrew Smith

Rating: 9.7/10

 

THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD READ AND I DID NOT WANT IT TO BE OVER!!

Characters

Ryan Dean West, also known as “Winger”, is magnificent and flawed, which just makes him all the more perfect. I can’t even deal with my love for this kid. He is 14 years old but is advanced. Being a sarcastic, funny, jock-ish genius isn’t easy. One of his greatest characteristics is that he is frightened of a lot of things but he still does whatever he feels he must – even if it means tackling someone twice his size.

Ryan Dean (that’s his entire first name … don’t ask) is, like many teenage boys, obsessed with the ladies. His main love interest is a lass called Annie Altman. The writing was good enough that I believed that he was in love with her, but I didn’t understand her appeal – she pretty much spends the entire book calling him a pervert (which he is), telling him to shut up (which he should) and talking about how she can’t love him because of the age difference (which is lame) – I just didn’t feel like she was a well-rounded character.

Chas Becker is Ryan Dean’s room mate and *sometimes* tormentor. JP and Seanie are his friends and *constant* douchebags. Joey Cosentina is his best friend and *always* beautiful. The dynamics between everyone in the story are great. You expect Ryan Dean to be teased mercilessly and bullied – and he is – but there are also levels of respect coming from unexpected people, while people who should be looking out for him are the ones betraying him.

Story

It is a fairly simplistic story – it could be labelled a “coming of age” story if one felt inclined to do so – but Lorde is it a great one. It is set in the US but it feels like a British boarding school because of all the hijinks and whatnot. What amazed me was the epic change in tone that the story has right near the end. Without giving away any spoilers, the majority of the story is comedic, even melodramatic sometimes, and then BAM! it’s a little frightening and a lot tense.

Basically, the story broke my heart.

Writing

Some of the writing was a little tedious and repetitive – this was generally Ryan Dean mooning over the hotness of some female – but it was always quirky, witty and funny so I wasn’t overly bothered by it. I was constantly laughing throughout the entire book. The sketches were a brilliant addition – in the story Ryan Dean likes to draw cartoons and us readers get to see these! It’s such an amazing contribution and gives us greater insight into the comedic genius that is Ryan Dean.

 

This will definitely be a story I reread, and probably soon. I read it so quickly because I felt I had to absorb as much as I possibly could as quickly as I could. Now I need to go hug my kitty and cry for a while. You understand.

Book Review: Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

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Book: Love Hurts

Author: Malorie Blackman

Rating: 5.8/10

This had some amazing excerpts in it and I am keen to look into some of these stories and authors now! A large problem with these is that the majority are excerpts, so when taken out of the context of the story they don’t make sense and characters are not as gripping as they could be – this is when they received a lower rating.

Here are the individual ratings for each story:

Humming Through My Fingers | Malorie Blackman: 3.5☆

This is definitely an author who I need to check out – her other excerpt from Noughts and Crosses was particularly brilliant.

More Than This | Patrick Ness: 3.5☆

I remember thinking that it was way too short because I just wanted to read more and more.

The Infinite Moment Of Us | Lauren Myracle: 2.5☆

A little too contrived for me, as in it sounded like they were trying too hard to be deep and meaningful. The characters sounded more like college-aged students rather than the teenagers they actually are.

If I Stay | Gayle Foreman: 4☆

This is one I hadn’t read yet despite its popularity. I watched the movie and was greatly disappointed and decided to avoid the books – this has made me change my mind. I will be seeking these stories out.

Tumbling | Susie Day: 5☆

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This was so freaking cute and funny! I am incredibly upset that this is not an excerpt from a larger story but a short story in itself.

Trouble | Non Pratt: 3.5☆

The writing style was kind of awesome, but the story had me rolling my eyes a bit.

Rani And Sukh | Bali Rai: 0.5☆

I could not connect with these characters on any level. They were just so melodramatic! And the story is not something I am into – sort of Romeo and Juliet-ish from what I can gather.

You Against Me | Jenny Downham: 0.5

Stupid. I hated this. I don’t care what the characters are meant to be like, I don’t want to read about how a girl was “asking for it”.

13 Little Blue Envelopes | Maureen Johnson: 2☆

Just sort of “meh” – wasn’t good, wasn’t bad.

Junk | Melvin Burgess: 0.5☆

I can’t even comprehend what the frack was happening in this.

Noughts & Crosses | Malorie Blackman: 5☆

ALL THE YES

Gentlewoman | Laura Dockrill: 5☆

This was perfect and beautiful to read. I was disappointed (again) by the fact that this was a short story rather than an excerpt. It’s like I am being teased with something amazing!

Heroic | Phil Earle: 3☆

Another “meh” story. I didn’t feel strongly either way about this one.

Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat | David Levithan: 4☆

This was entertaining and angsty – a very good mix.

I Am The Messenger | Markus Zusak: 5☆

I have already read this entire book so it was great to reread one of my favourite scenes. There is an honesty to it that is incredible.

Grasshopper Jungle | Andrew Smith: 4☆

I am yet to read any Andrew Smith (although Winger has been sitting on my shelf for yonksies) but he is moving high up on my TBR!

Echo Boy | Matt Haig: 3.5☆

This was intriguing and had a lot of promise. If I have the time and money I may check this one out.

Forbidden | Tabitha Suzuma: 4.5☆

I had already heard a million amazing things about this story and I can already tell it is going to be a heartbreaker. So many feels.

Endless Love | Lauren Kate: 2.5☆

I am not a huge fan of the Fallen series so I am not a huge fan of this excerpt. I don’t believe the relationship between Luce and Daniel to be that fantastic. It can even be a little horrendous at times.

Midwinterblood | Marcus Sedgwick: 0.5☆

This was another one where I was just confused because of the lack of context. The title of this book is “Love Hurts” and it was about some person choking on water. Mmmk!

The Liar’s Girl | Catherine Johnson: 4☆

Much good! The writing is pretty spectacular. It kept me intrigued and I am excited to read something else by Johnson in the future.

The Unicorn | James Dawson: 3☆

Not a huge fan of flashbacks in writing, and the relationship in this, although very interesting and most likely a fairly accurate representation of homosexuality during that time, lacked something.

Northern Lights | Philip Pullman: 0.5☆

Too short to mean anything or cause any feelings.

We Were Liars | E. Lockhart: 4☆

This is another that I have already read so it was good to revisit one of those amazing, doomed relationships.

First Book Haul of 2015!

First thing you should know about me: I lack self control, especially when it comes to book stores. I float through the stores and pretend that my wallet is The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin – just a bottomless pit filled with all sorts of swag.

Recently I went to three different book shops over two days and ended up with eleven books, which wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t just visited the library and borrowed another ten…yep. This is not a situation which I would consider “a problem”. I am quite happy to be cavorting amongst all the books. They are my babies.

Anyhoodle. The books which I hauled from shops.

From Good Ole Target I got these three beauties:

Joe Hill’s ‘Horns’ and Cecilia Ahern’s ‘Love, Rosie’ are being turned into movies that look amazing! I usually like to read a book before I see the movie because it adds so much more to the viewing experience. Also, it makes me feel superior to all those people who haven’t read the book. ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray has been on my to-read pile for a while now after seeing in a BookTuber video. You really can’t go wrong with a book about alternate universes.

Then I went the greatest book store in all of Sydney – Kinokuniya. I have to hold back the tears when I visit this place because it is just so beautiful and peaceful. I want to live inside their YA section. I couldn’t stop myself from picking up these:

I can not get enough of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books! Her characters and the universes she creates make me happy. Keep up the good work, young lass! I hadn’t heard of ‘Winger’ by Andrew Smith until a friend forced it into my hands. Not something I would usually go for, but I trust her book instincts.

And finally, Basement Books: where all your dreams come true. This is basically a discount outlet for books. Cheap books. Books on sale   *DIES*

This is where I lost my plot and any self respect I may have had.

I don’t want to go through all of these because I am fairly lazy, but it’s safe to say I have an amazing taste in books and these all look pretty exciting. Have some romance, some historical fiction, some fantasy! All that one really needs to live the Bookish Lifestyle.