HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BOOK REVIEW!

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BY JENNIFER NIVEN BOOK REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was everything I ever wanted from it and more.

The characters from this book I found to be SO interesting, in particular I found myself very intrigued Jack and by his condition and found myself looking into it more while I was reading the book just so that I could learn even more because it wasn’t something that I had ever heard of before. Libby was also a really cool character, she wasn’t your average shy teen, she seemed to be very outgoing and independent and I found that she could stick up for herself when needed and was not a weak character that is for sure.

Jennifer Niven is known for her poetic and just all round obsessive writing style that leaves you just flying through the book. I found that a lot of Jennifer’s writing was very informative and you could tell that a lot of research had been put into the writing of the book. Jennifer is also a fangirl herself, and included so many sneaky but smooth references to other things I love such as The Hunger Games and Supernatural.

The setting of the book was also something I could relate to with the characters being my age but also the fact that they were in school, I found that the school environment was very similar to how I would explain my school (apart from the fact that Australian schools run different to American schools).

Overall, I found this book very addicting, empowering and a very important read. I don’t think I will ever get this book out of my mind fully, the messages and the information it holds really intrigues me. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone that would like to read a book that has a very special message, if you enjoyed Jennifer’s other book, or if you just feel intrigued by learning about quirky and new characters that aren’t your usual protagonists.

STAR RATING: 5/5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://penguin.com.au/books/holding-up-the-universe-9780141357058

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POKEMON GO BOOK TAG!

I was tagged by the lovely Aentee, from https://readatmidnight.com who is also the creator of this cool tag, if you want to do this tag feel free to say I tagged you!! ALSO ALL THE GRAPHICS I USE FOR THE QUESTIONS ARE ALL AENTEE’S SO PLEASE LETS JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THEM AHH!!!

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For this question, this is for sure The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, they got me into Young Adult books and got me back into reading and for sure got me into the book blogging thangggg!

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To Kill A Mockingbird, it really was a meaningful read to me and I learnt a lot about it and when i studied it in school it really didn’t feel as bad as all the other books you usually study in school. I also really love the original Alice in Wonderland, which I grew up reading and absolutely loving!

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This one is most probably The Lunar Chronicles, this series has been everywhere and at first I thought I would pick it up one day but now I have no interest in it at all and don’t think I plan on reading it ever (oops…sorry!)

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Hmm this one is a tough one, I think for this one I would say The Infernal Devices as they follow the usual trope of a love triangle that has become so over used now days but I still really adore these books and could re read them over and over again!

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For this one, I am going to go with the The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, there are just so many books in the series to commit to and even though I loved Vampire Academy I don’t know when I’ll have the time or the patience to read all of the books any time soon or in the near future.

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This one could be a million different books, but I’m going to go ahead and say Raelia by Lynette Noni. As soon as I got this in the mail I had to read it all night and finish it as soon as possible so I knew what happened.

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My bookish OTP for sure is Shahrzad and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn, I literally love those two to pieces and could read about them all day everyday if I could.

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A super amazing fast paced book that I LOVE would have to be What I Saw by Beck Nicholas, it was a very fast paced, mysterious and exciting read that I couldn’t stop reading and ended up reading in one sitting.

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For me this would be the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, I will never get tired of this world, the kickass characters and the Herondale bloodline. Everything about this series just intrigues me and I will always read Cassie’s books.

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This for me was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, when I first heard of it I was sure that I was going to like it but did not know that it was going to be absolutely awesome and one of my favorite books ever, I can’t even begin to go on about how much I love Nevernight (we could be here all day, but go read my review)

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This for me is…. Harry Potter (hides in corner) I mean it isn’t BAD I just don’t really seem to connect to it a lot but I still like them and am excited to finish off reading the rest of the series.

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I really wish I could own that cool edition of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven that is exclusive for Zoella’s bookclub, I really love the super girly colour makeover and hopefully one day I shall have it in my hands.

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This one is totally Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, I’ve been intrigued by the synopsis and the author is just absolutely lovely and I do have an arc so I’m hoping to get to it very soon so I can review it!!

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This for me could be a long list so for now I’ll just label a few; Jay Kristoff, Colleen Hoover, Renee Ahdieh, Krystal Sutherland, Lynette Noni, Tara Eglington, Morgan Matson and Suzanne Collins (if she still even writes books????)

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I have been waiting forever for another book by Jennifer Niven but my wish has been granted and Holding Up the Universe is soon to be released eep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW TIME TO TAG:
SAM: http://youtube.com/c/SamBarnesAF
KAYSIA: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NEvLF0ordmTdMTGT3Ledw
DANIELLE: https://thechroniclesofdanielle.wordpress.com/
JULIA: http://picnicreads.blogspot.com.au/
CHAMI: https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadLikeWildfire
BECCA: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeccaTheBookReviewer
ALEX: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoCjs2cTT2r5Tfkdj2cByiA
LILY: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkwFGjojGvTT9iaDFj9_big
MADDY: https://readinglikegranger.wordpress.com/
ELLIE: https://capitolbooks.wordpress.com/

THANKS FOR READING, COMMENT YOUR THOUGHTS IF YOU AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE!!!!

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS BOOK REVIEW!

OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND BOOK REVIEW!!!

SYNOPSIS:

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was one of the most completely unique books I have read in a very long time!

The characters were all quirky and different and I think it was really refreshing to read all about the different characters that Krystal created and they really stuck in my head after I finished reading. Grace Town was probably my favourite character I have ever read about this year, her mysterious background really intrigued me and made me read the book in one sitting (no regrets).

The emotions that this book makes you feel are a rollar coaster. One minute you’re heart is in pain and breaking and then the next you’re dying laughing. This book is deep and has a very lovely meaning behind it however it was still an easy read to get through in the one sitting that I read it.

The writing of the story was beyond incredible, the fact this is Krystal’s first novel really makes me so excited and proud to see her grow and read her future works. It also makes me really proud that Krystal is an Australian author so the fact that this has Australian references that I understand is really heartwarming to me.

Overall, Our Chemical Hearts was a unique, fast paced and quirky read, I would really recommend this to those that love John Green (to be honest its heaps better than his books oOPS DONT HURT ME) and also to those that love quirky characters with a really deep and meaningful plot.

STAR RATING: 5/5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://penguin.com.au/books/our-chemical-hearts-9780143573906

ALSO BIG THANK YOU TO KRYSTAL WHO IS AN AMAZING FRIEND OF MINE FOR SENDING ME YOUR INCREDIBLE BOOK

FOLLOW KRYSTAL’S INSTAGRAM @KM_SUTHERLAND

CHOOSING XAVERIQUE REVIEW!

CHOOSING XAVERIQUE BY KARYN SEPULVEDA BOOK REVIEW

SYNOPSIS:

Reality and fantasy collide when Noah and Gabby meet. Both have secrets: they are not human, cannot be killed and are falling in love with each other.

Gabby Valis is a regular fifteen year old; her biggest worries in life are friends, boys and her annoying brother Zac. But her life is shattered the day she finds out she is not human. She had no idea she belonged to a secret species which has evolved from humans; ‘Xaveriques’. After being hit by a car, her body is forced to heal itself, and Gabby’s powers are unleashed…

‘I died this morning. At exactly 8.17 am my heart stopped beating and I lay cold and still in the street. At 8.24 am my heart resumed beating, I jumped up from the dusty pavement and ran home. Confused? Well, that makes two of us.’

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a very interesting by a debut novel from Australia. I love the way that Karyn used places from Sydney which I could relate to.

This book was a pretty good book for a debut novel, the fantasy aspects of the book were fairly well developed and the whole idea of the book was very intriguing and had a pretty unique concept that I myself had never read or head or before. Although I did find the book to be very short for a book in the fantasy genre, I do understand that this is just the authors debut book and that I did receive an advanced proof copy.

The characters were the highlight of the story for me, Gabby was a very brave character and I think that she handled the situations that she was put in very well. I also really liked the relationship that Gabby had with Noah.

Overall, this book was very fast paced and a very good book for a debut author. I would recommend to those that love reading books wrote by Australians and for those that love to have some fantasy/sci fi genre in their life.

STAR RATING 3.5/5 STARS

BUY HERE: http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/choosingxaverique/

THANK YOU HEAPS FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF REVIEW KARYN!

FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM @KARYN_SEP

 

THE LONG AWAITED: NEVERNIGHT BOOK REVIEW!!

NEVERNIGHT BY JAY KRISTOFF BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

MY THOUGHTS:

This. Book. Im still in awe with everything about this book. So far is is my equal fave top book of 2016 and it hasn’t left my mind since I finished reading it.

The world building in this book was beyond fantastic, so much details were put into this and Jay’s writing style is just phenomenal. I went into this book without reading any of Jay’s previous writing (I can now say I’ve read Illuminae its okay I’m working my way through his works now) so I really wasn’t familiar with any of his writing or have any expectations and I’m so proud to say that I’m obsessed with his style of writing and Jay has easily become an auto buy author for me.

The character of Mia was everything a reader could wish for; she’s kickass, brutal and strong. She is a very loveable character and I think the fact that she didn’t really rely on any man to save her made her just so much more of a stronger and brave character as usually now days the books you read are about the females being saved by the males and its just really good to see something where the female can stand up for herself and be independent.

I love the way in which the story gives us insights into Mia’s past and weaves it in so well with the present time of the story (starts off as confusing but once you get into the swing of it you get to learn that its VERY cool and informative!)

Also this book was not centred on romance either which was a nice change as so many books (lets be real almost ALL books now days) have a strong romance theme in them, well Nevernight was very different as it didn’t have much romance and mainly focused on the magic and the world building and the introduction of the kickass and awesome characters.

Nevernight overall was a very very VERY awesome read!! It was filled with so much sarcasm, strong characters and had a very cool new world. I would recommend this to older readers as there are some brutal and bloody (and some not so childish words), I would also recommend to those that love Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass and those of you that enjoyed Jay’s other books!!

STAR RATING: 6/5 STARS

BUY NEVERNIGHT HERE: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008179991/nevernight/

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INTERVIEW WITH E. R. MURRAY

HEYYYY GUYS!
Today I have a super cool blog post for you, today I bring you an interview with the lovely author of Caramel Hearts, E. R. Murray! I had the pleasure of reading her book late last month and was so happy to say I loved it, its a must read for those that adore cooking and even if you don’t (like me) it will make you want to cook! So here are some questions that I asked Elizabeth and here are her awesome answers!

A book you wish you wrote?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman – I love everything about it. The characters, the storyline(s), the mythology – it has such perfect pace and plot, I can’t fault it.

Your ideal place to write/read?

I have a writing room at home (I don’t call it an office as that sounds too work-like) and that’s my little sanctuary when I’m there. It’s painted sky blue to counteract the frequently grey Irish skies, and it has a few paintings and all my notebooks. It’s a place that I can walk into and immediately switch to writing mode. However, I don’t like routine – I find it makes me lethargic – so I also like to write on trains, in cafes (in busy cities only – not my village as you can’t be anonymous) and when I travel. In fact, I regularly position myself in new places to write – I find it gives me energy. I was in Carcassone last year, Cambodia the year before that, this year I’m off to Bangkok. I find being around different sights and sounds helps me switch off from regular life and immerse myself in my books. I also go to the wonderful Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative practitioners twice a year to recharge.

Hobbies other than writing/reading?

Travel is my main hobby – as much as possible! – but I also love being outdoors; hiking, growing my own vegetables and catching my own fish. We have a small punt and catch mackerel and pollock during the summer and autumn months. I only garden in the spring and summer as I get too cold in winter – I did try, but failed. I also love film, theatre, and art; anything visual helps me switch off as I’m always working with words. Live music is another biggie – luckily I’m married to a musician/singer-songwriter, so I get lots of that. As a creative person, you need to get creative input, as well as output – it’s nurturing.

Inspiration for Caramel Hearts?

This book is loosely based on my own experiences; I grew up in a family affected by addiction and I wanted to explore that a little. The events and characters are fictional, but the emotions are autobiographical; I drew on memories to make the characters and situations as real as I could. This was very important to me; I wanted Caramel Hearts to resonate with anyone experiencing the effects of addiction.

In addition, I wanted to write something around food and play with form a little; the recipe book idea came quite early on but I didn’t realise how prominent the recipes were going to be until I got to know the main character, Liv, a little more. A timely visit to the National Library of Ireland also helped; they invited me to see some old cookbooks from the 1600s, with magical ingredients like ‘frosted plums picked by moonlight’ – they had such a strong voice, they stayed with me. And I realised that the recipes had to be part of the story; they had to reflect the events and emotions the characters were experiencing. This is why the recipes ended up structuring the narrative.

Favourite recipe to cook?

I actually prefer savoury food, and I love spice – so curries and Thai dishes are what I love to cook. I also adore Japanese food – sushi and cooked dishes, like ramen. There’s an alchemy to mixing spices and herbs to get a distinct flavour – and I think Thai, Japanese and Indian food does this to perfection. So if you came to me for dinner you’d probably get a starter of sushi (with ginger & soy), followed by spicy beef salad, pad thai noodles, and some Indian bahjis as sides. With lots of condiments – I love thai fish sauce, but also raita!

What was it like to write about family issues?

In some ways it felt very personal and scary, because I was drawing on emotions and memories I’d hidden away, but in other ways it was refreshing; I could look at the effects of addiction from another person’s perspective. I guess it was quite cathartic. The biggest compliment is when someone who has experienced similar events as those in the book emails me to tell me they feel less lonely, that Caramel Hearts touched them. It was a bit scary

What makes you want to write contemporary?

This was the story that I had to tell; the character, Liv, was hassling me and I had visual images running through my head of different scenes – that’s how my next project calls me. It was also written after I’d finished the first book in my middle grade trilogy, The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 – and sent it on submission. I wanted to write something different, a story that wasn’t urban fantasy. When I start a story, I don’t think about the genre or the readership age; I write the story first and then the characters and plot dictate the rest.

How did you get yourself into the mindset of a character who had to go through so much emotional trauma?

Mainly drawing on my own experiences, or people I know, but I do read a lot of fiction also, so I’m always living inside other people’s heads in a way. I also believe that travel opens up your eyes to how other people live and think too. I did do some online research but to be honest, I fund it too disturbing – there were streams of bullying video links coming up in my google searches that I couldn’t bear to watch. I would feel as bad as the perpetrator and the person videoing – but it shows what a massive problem we have with bullying.

To learn more about E.R. Murray visit her website www.ermurray.com or connect with her on twitter@ERMurray or instagram elizabethrosemurray.

BUY BOOK HERE: https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/young-adult-fiction/Caramel-Hearts-Elizabeth-Murray-9781846883927