THE BUILD UP SEASON REVIEW!

THE BUILD UP SEASON BY MEGAN JACOBSON REVIEW:

TRIGGER WARNING: If you are sensitive to the topic of Domestic Violence be aware that this book goes into very graphic details on the topic, if this is something you struggle to read about, please tread carefully 

SYNOPSIS:

Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who’s as complicated as she is.

From the author of Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rollar coaster of emotions. I was very excited to read Meg’s new book as she is a complete sweetie and I loved her book Yellow and as soon as I saw she had a new book I just knew it was destined to be read as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Iliad Piper was a very fierce, stubborn and tough protagonist and she was also very quirky and not your average YA novel protagonist, for me Ily was for sure one of the best parts of the novel. Ily goes through a lot of self discovery throughout the novel, starting out as a vulnerable child who has been a target of domestic violence, Iliad soon goes through so much heartbreak throughout the novel. I also really liked Max, he is super into filming and photography which is something that I myself am really into and I found myself really interested because of our similar hobbies. Max also represented the Indigenous Australian which I love that Meg added because it isn’t evident in Oz YA as much as I would like it to be. To me this story was a very character based story and I loved to pieces watching Iliad grow as a person.

The writing style as usual Meg style was addicting and being in Iliad’s head was just as awesome as reading about Kiera in her debut novel Yellow, however I for sure loved The Build Up Season a fair bit more than I liked Yellow which is a huge thing for me because I also adore Yellow to pieces.

Overall, The Build Up Season was heartbreaking, addicting and filled with a large range of unique characters that all went through a journey of self discovery. Iliad was also a very inspiring character to read about and I truly loved watching her grow from a scared child to a grown up fearless woman. While reading this I couldn’t help compare this to one of my all time fave books ever, Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow as the main character in that Charlie also goes on a huge self discovery journey much like Iliad does.

STAR RATING: ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE / 5 STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: http://www.booktopia.com.au/build-up-season-the-megan-jacobson/prod9780143573388.html

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IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW BOOK REVIEW!

IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

MY THOUGHTS:

I have never read a JLA book in my life and let me tell you I’m so mad at myself that I haven’t before picked up any of her stuff because its goddamn addicting!

The main character Lena, starts off as a typical high school girl who likes to gossip with her girl friends and go to parties and has a crush on her boy best friend who is also her next door neighbour. That is until something changes everything and Lena hardly has the room for self love let alone to go out and be social and doesn’t feel she deserves happiness. The development of Lena was a rollar coaster of emotions and had me laughing at one moment and then the next sobbing my eyes out. Lena was also a huge reader and book nerd, we got to see her through reading ACOTAR which was pretty cool.

JLA had a VERY addicting way of writing the story, I swear she left every single chapter on a little cliffhanger that had me page turning non stop (actually had to have the book physically taken off me so that I would sleep LOL). I found that Jennifer’s writing style just flowed really well and I for the most part really had no problems with it. I haven’t actually read a book that has stood out to me like this one has in a long while, and I think this book is going to be one that leaves me thinking about it for a while after reading.

Without spoiling the main message of the book because I feel like you should go in without knowing, but just know that it had a very good message in it that I think a lot of teens could learn from and it was a breathe of fresh air to actually read about because I don’t actually think I’ve read a book that really deals with it before which is a shame because it is a huge deal in the non fictional world.

Overall, I found this book a heartbreaking and addicting book with a very important message that I think should be put more into books to raise awareness. This book was sad but also had its very beautiful moments and had me both sobbing and laughing. I really do recommend this book to everyone, I think a lot of teens especially could take something from this book. If you liked Windfall, I think you would like this one too!

STAR RATING:  ALL THE STARS / 5

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/If-Theres-No-Tomorrow-Jennifer-L-Armentrout/9781848456877?ref=grid-view&qid=1498039643454&sr=1-2

HUGE THANKS TO HARLEQUIN AUSTRALIA FOR PROVIDING ME AN ARC FOR MY HONEST REVIEW!

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A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN REVIEW!

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN BY SARAH J MAAS BOOK REVIEW!

(WARNING – SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS, READ AHEAD AT YOUR OWN RISK)

SYNOPSIS:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book wasn’t what I was anticipating. I was rather underwhelmed but still rather enjoyed it and still read it all in the one sitting.

For those of you that have read ACOMAF, you would know that anything wouldn’t beat that book and for me ACOWAR was just no where in its league and I think that was why I was underwhelmed by the book because of how outstanding I found ACOMAF.

This book however, did have its fair share of good moments and SJM even introduced the first ever diverse character into the mix which was a real shock to me because SJM hasn’t before of all the many books that she has wrote added any diversity to her work.

Feysand was obviously evident, the scenes weren’t anything like Starfall or the Cabin scenes from ACOMAF for me but there was a fair few of them that stood out to me in this book, I found that there were more Inner Circle moments than there were Feysand moments that I liked.

PAGE 666, DO I HAVE TO MENTION ANYTHING MORE?!?!? *INSERTS CRYING FACE EMOJI*

Overall, I found this book for the most part to be very fast paced, addicting and a good end to one of my favourite series. However comparing it to ACOMAF it was not nearly as good and I was rather underwhelmed comparing the two. Still though I was for the most part pleased with the ending and felt so many emotions for my fave characters.

STAR RATING 4/5 STARS

BUY HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Court-of-Wings-and-Ruin-Sarah-J-Maas/9781408857908

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A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BOOK REVIEW

A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND BOOK REVIEW!

SYNOPSIS:

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a rollar-coaster. It was everything I wanted from it and so much more. It was mysterious, fast paced and intriguing and also had some added diverse elements to it. (POC main, mental illness: anxiety, depression, selective mutism)

Krystal’s writing style never fails to have me hooked from the beginning, with her unique and always refreshingly new characters to her really mysterious plot that had me page turning non stop for hours until I had read the whole book in the one sitting, the plot was filled with twists and turns, sarcasm, and also had its dark moments, it had a really nice contrast of laughter and tears.

Esther was a really quirky character to read about, her love for movies and dressing up as different fictional characters was a trait I really liked about her and especially because I myself am obsessed with movies (certainly not to Esther’s taste of horror though lol!) and all of us readers adore fictional characters. I also found myself in Esther as she suffers from social anxiety and I myself do suffer from anxiety and felt a really strong relate to Esther in that sense. Jonah was a really hidden and mysterious character, I liked learning more about him as the book went on and also him being a POC was a really cool diverse addition to the story.

The message of the story was also a really good one and I got a lot out of it, the lesson I learnt from it was that having fears is normal, and facing fears was better than just letting yourself live in fear of them. With the helping hand and some courage you can do just about anything.

Overall, this book was mysterious, quirky and a real breathe of fresh air to what I’ve read lately, I haven’t read anything like it and after finishing I still have a lot of thoughts on the book that I can’t fully put into words yet. I really do recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something unique, and something that isn’t your normal typical Young Adult read.

STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

PRE ORDER HERE: https://www.bookdepository.com/search/Semi-Definitive-List-of-Worst-Nightmares-Krystal-Sutherland/9780399546594

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER: SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DUOLOGY

DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR FOREVER AND ALWAYS LARA JEAN, THESE OPINIONS ARE MY OWN AND IF YOU STILL LIKED THIS BOOK THEN I’M HAPPY FOR YOU, BUT UNFORTUNATELY I DID NOT AND THESE ARE JUST MY OWN THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS I JUST HAVE TO LET THEM OUT SORRY

OKAY SO,

I just finished Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han yesterday and have some very strong feelings about this book, I will just say before I get into my thoughts that I do love book one and two and still do prior to reading book three, so I’m not saying I hate the whole series, just had some problems with book three.

Okay so to begin, I always found Lara Jean to be very indecisive in the first two books but it just hit another level of it in this book. Yes I know we are all a little lost after high school, but I found a major case of Lara Jean making her decisions around Peter ALL THE TIME. Like she knew exactly what she wanted to do in collage and the place she went to I feel was all dependant on where Peter would go which really really annoyed me because she was major holding herself back just because she didn’t want to be apart from Peter.

Another problem found was that the book was heaps shorter than I thought it would be, it was very noticeably shorter than the first two which kinda scared me and after reading I did find that I wanted a few more details on more things such as more of Lara Jean’s father’s wedding, I feel as though Lara Jean spent most of this book planning out this wedding only for us to get a page and bit worth of the whole thing. I also wanted to see more of graduation because it also felt a little rushed and I feel like it was more touched on than it was explained in detail and especially since it was meant to be this big moment for Peter because his father didn’t turn up, I feel as though it was again just brushed upon and then the story moved on.

I also felt that we could have got a better ending for John, since the whole second book was about Lara Jean choosing between him and Peter, he didn’t even really make an entrance into the book until the 200 page mark and even when he was it wasn’t as big of a reunion as I imagined, I kind of felt that his story had so much more to it and I personally would liked to have heard more about how he was doing and I expected Lara Jean to want to know more but again I felt as though she was in her Peter bubble and every other guy to her doesn’t really matter – even if they are just friends. And if Stormy had not passed, would John have even come back into the story?

And the last thing I didn’t like was that the ending of the book felt exactly the same as book two which made me think that book three really wasn’t needed? At least for me it wasn’t, I was content with the ending of P.S I Still Love You and kinda wished that I just left it at that. As they all say, once the characters of a book or tv show get to the collage stage they all seem to get that little bit boring and I guess thats just what this was for me?

Anyway, to keep this not all negative I will mention that I did like the extra Peter and Lara Jean scenes that we did get in this book and I guess we really got to see them develop from the new relationship they started in book two to now a year later. I also liked seeing Peter and Kitty scenes because they never fail to make me smile like come on? And of course who can say no to another pretty cover to add to their shelves ESPECIALLY the gorgeous hardback edition with the pretty purple underneath?

ANYWAYYYY HOPE I DIDN’T ANGER YALL TOO MUCH, I GAVE THIS BOOK 3 STARS, COMMENT DOWN BELOW YOUR THOUGHTS IF YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK OR EVEN THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IM INTERESTED IN YOUR THOUGHTS!!

10 SEQUELS/NEW BOOKS I NEED TO READ ASAP!

Today’s post is about books that I really want to get my hands on now, most of these are either sequels to some of my favourite books, new books by some of my fave authors, or just books that sound interesting to me that I really want to read! Note: this list is in no order 

1 – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This book looks so cute and so up my alley and its also diverse which makes it double the more cool, can’t wait to get my hands on this one and devour it in one sitting.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28458598-when-dimple-met-rishi?ac=1&from_search=true

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2 – The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson
I don’t exactly know the exact plot of what this is about, other than the fact that is by one of my friends Megan whose debut novel Yellow I absolutely adored! I can’t wait to dive into more of Meg’s writing, it is also #LoveOzYA

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34854006-the-build-up-season

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3 – Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
I loved the first book Nevernight (Nevernight has been called out for problematic rep, if this is something you would like to look into there are many own voices reviews found on goodreads) by Jay and can’t wait to get into the next book and learn more about the world and to see where Mia goes next. This is also another #LoveOzYA book.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23264671-godsgrave?ac=1&from_search=true

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4 – The Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
This book again I don’t know too much about but its by my friend Krystal and it has a cat on the cover therefore I am sold on whatever idea that Krystal has come up with. This is also another #LoveOzYA title.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32969999-a-semi-definitive-list-of-worst-nightmares?ac=1&from_search=true

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5 – Warcross by Marie Lu
This book is by Marie Lu so of course this has to be on my list, I’m not one for sci fi but I’m willing to give it a go because it does sound rather kick ass and will have diverse aspects which is always a mega plus.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29385546-warcross?ac=1&from_search=true

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6 – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
This book is about Wonder Woman and is written by the queen of lush bath bombs herself, so therefore it is an automatic MUST READ when I get it because no one can pass up a Leigh Bardugo book about a kick ass female superhero??

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29749085-wonder-woman

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7 – They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
I adore anything by Adam, lets be real this one will have me sobbing at the end of it but it will all be worth it in the end because I can’t help but love to hurt myself with Adam Silvera books.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33385229-they-both-die-at-the-end

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8 – Telophy by Wanda Wiltshire
I am super keen to finally be able to read book 4 in this series, it just keeps on getting better each book and I’m excited to keep on going with the series. It is also another #LoveOzYA release too!

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30299503-telophy?ac=1&from_search=true

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9 – Renegades by Marissa Meyer
This one seems like a rather cool plot and I have a hit or miss attitude with Meyer’s books but this one seems like a rather intriguing one and I’m very excited to give it a go.

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28421168-renegades

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10 – The Dream Walker by Victoria Carless
This book sounds SO COOL, and its set in Queensland Australia which means I will be able to relate to it so much more, plus Danielle Binks read and loved so what more could you ask for than a trustworthy friend loving it??? Also #LoveOzYA too!!

SYNOPSIS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34610673-the-dream-walker

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THATS A WRAP! LET ME KNOW WHAT BOOKS YOU ARE ANTICIPATING LATER THIS YEAR IN THE COMMENTS!

CHARACTER OR WORLD LEAD PLOTS? -DISCUSSION

Hey Guys!

So decided to bring up this topic because I was talking to some friends about it and it really occurred to me that a lot of books either have a strong character plot where the characters are the main plot in the story and then there is obviously the world plots where the the building of the world and the setting of the book is the main plot of the story.

For character plots, I feel as though this is more of a contemporary genre thing because in contemporary the characters life is the centre of the story because there isn’t really a whole new fictional world that needs to be built, it’s mainly just about the characters life and everything that happens in the book really revolves around the characters actions and doings. This is personally one of my favourite types of plots to read about because I really prefer to read about characters and real life occurrences (I do have my weeks where I am crazy for world built plots too don’t worry).

World Built plots I always find have so much build up and are mainly found in the genres of Fantasy, Sci Fi, Dystopian etc, as they aren’t really set in just your standard earth/typical every day setting. I always find these types of books harder to get into when the world is being built up and you are also a little confused about the world sometimes but once the build up is over I always find them to be very very good from then onwards. I also find that sometimes (please note the sometimes) world built plots lack in the character explanation department and it can be hard sometimes to really connect with characters of the books because you know so much about the characters world but then you don’t really get that big understanding of the characters traits and lifestyle.

Overall, I find that a lot of books are either driven by the world building or the characters of the stories and sometimes this leads to us all interpreting the story differently because sometimes when a book has a bit of both some people take note to the world and some just take not to the characters. I also find that as a person that reads a lot of character driven contemporary books, I sometimes go into fantasy and get disappointed by the lack of character plot but then have to remind myself that it isn’t driven by the characters life for a while because I need to understand their world before I can focus on the character themselves and get to know them more.

Anyway! These are just some thoughts I had, let me know down in the comments if this is something you find as well and let me know if you prefer one of the two below!!