Review: Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Publisher: Scholastic

Publish Date: 4th May 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult

Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (#2)

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Plot: Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


 

Review: I honestly could not have asked for a better conclusion to Lara Jean’s story. Everything in this series was perfectly tied together, the family was happy and moving forward, Lara Jean was growing up and starting a new adventure and her life seemed to be moving in a good but unexpected direction. I honestly loved this book, I feel like everything tied together nicely.

Throughout this book we see not only Lara Jean mature, but Kitty too. Kitty goes from being a little kid to a teenager, she has her own personality and adds a lot to this series, I don’t think it would have been as good without her.

The relationship between the Song girls is one to be envied, I wish I had sisters and a relationship like that was possible. They’re there for each other throughout everything, even if there are thousands of miles between them.

Peter K will always be my favourite, it is just so difficult not to love him. Yes he makes mistakes, and doesn’t always do or say the right thing but he is human and everyone is allowed to mess up sometimes. His love for Lara Jean is extremely obvious and his willingness to make their relationship work through anything is so endearing.

Overall I honestly think this series was better as a trilogy rather than a duology. The ending felt completely, as if there was nothing more for the characters to say. I really enjoyed this trilogy and cannot wait for the movies to come out!

 


 

Rating:

 

★★★★✩

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Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: 1st June 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Review: The Dark Artifices #1

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Plot: Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.


 

Review: Cassandra Clare never fails to amaze me! When I think the story can’t get any better, she proves me wrong with another amazing book. Lord of Shadows definitely exceeded my expectations and I found myself unwilling to put the book down until the last page had been turned.

This book was a serious page turner for me, honestly if you haven’t joined the Shadowhunter world, it is a necessity. Each character is so diverse and they are completely original, adding to the overall plot of this book. I thought I could never love any characters more than Julian and Emma but oh my god Ty and Kit seriously took over my heart in this book. You can see the clear growth in each of the characters in this sequel as they mature and become more experienced Shadowhunters.

As always, the plot to this book was insane. It was so action packed and intense while also having a hint of romance and friendship thrown in. It was the perfect balance of love and war. I love that characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices are also involved in The Dark Artifices. It ties all three series in together and allows the reader to read about their beloved characters again. Among all the love within this story comes some heartbreak, which Cassandra Clare never fails to do beautifully. I’m elated, heart-broken and excited all at once while reading Cassie’s books, something that can be hard to achieve.

I seriously love the Shadowhunter books that Cassie writes, each book gets better and better and leaves me longing for more. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to reading the third instalment of The Dark Artifices series and would recommend it to everyone looking for an action packed series.

 


 

Rating:

 

★★★★★

Review: God is a Woman by Michael Tavon

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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publish Date: 1st February 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

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Plot: Price Jones is young, handsome, and already spiraling down the drain in a sea of alcohol. He chooses sex as his release, indiscriminate and plentiful, and for that he paid the price in many ways.The young novelist carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and wants nothing more than to be loved and the warmth of a woman’s touch.

After losing his mother to a heroine overdose the Price finds himself in a precarious situation of loving two beautiful women simultaneously. A predicament he must resolve before life gets messier than it already is. Can Price finally learn to respect himself? Will he finally spread his wings and fly? Is Iris the muse he needs to feed his creative and soul-deep need to be his version of a good man? Will she be the wind beneath his wings? Or will it be Benu the woman to sparks the light to his soul? Or will the trauma of his childhood keep Price from accepting love all together? GOD IS A WOMAN is a heartfelt tale of one man’s journey toward self-destruction that could only be halted by one special woman. The story proves how a woman can be the driving force to a man’s personal growth. And how a woman’s God-like nature can provide the substance to a man’s heart and belief.


 

Review: Firstly, I would like to state that I received an eBook copy of this book in return for a review, however this has not impacted my opinions at all.

When I first heard about this book I found it to be completely different to the books I had previously read and I was intrigued to see what it was about. Once I started I found it difficult to put down as it was such a quick pace and easy book to read.

While reading this book, I was surprised to see such raw emotion and honesty throughout the novel. Price Jones leads such a difficult life and for someone so young he holds a lot of responsibility. This leads him to spiral into a deep depression, living recklessly and not caring about his safety. When an old love comes back into his life, Price faces the decision of changing for the better or losing the people he loves for good.

Michael Tavon’s writing style is different to those I would usually read, he is straight to the point and provides little detail. However, for this novel I believe it worked. Not a lot of detail was needed to describe the life of Price Jones. In fact, I think this writing style added to the book and it allowed the reader to clearly see into Price’s mind.

Overall, the book was very realistic and covered a lot of issues to remain relevant in today’s current society. The book showed the effect a nurturing woman can have on a self-destructive man when he opens up his heart to her. I would definitely be interested in reading more about Price Jones in the future as his character was very complex and interesting.

 


 

Rating:

 

★★★★✩

Review: Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell

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Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Publish Date: 28th July 2016

Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

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Plot: Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…


 

Review: Upon starting this book I had no expectations. I had not previously heard about the book or the author, I discovered this book in the airport as part of Zoella’s book club and decided to give it a read.

To my surprise, I fell in love with the story and could not put the book down until I had read every page. It was such an easy book to read and one that every fangirl and teenager can connect with. It tells the story of a shy 16 year old girl who likes to stay in the background, unnoticed at school. However, when she is given the opportunity to take photograph’s of the most popular new boyband, she finds it hard to stay unnoticed.

Charlie is a typical teenage girl with ambitions, secrets and heartbreak. This story covers controversial topics such as online trolling and bullying. It shows that people’s actions will always have consequences. In such a simple story, a very important message is portrayed to the reader. However, asides from these serious matters, the plot remains fun and exciting.

The story ends with a twist leaving you longing for more. It is definitely a must read for YA lovers and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, “Songs About Us”.

 


 

Rating:

 

★★★★✩

Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Publisher: Harper Collins

Publish Date: 28th January 2016

Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

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Plot: A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.

Kahlen became a Siren after her family died in a terrible shipwreck, decades ago. And though a single word from her can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all of the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


 

Review: When I was starting this book I didn’t have any expectations. I hadn’t heard anything about the book, I picked it up because I had read Kiera Cass’s other books and liked her writing style.

I think the story was completely different to anything I had previously written and it was definitely unexpected. I think it was both good and bad. The ocean was a huge character in this story and at times I loved Her and at times I hated Her. She was too controlling and domineering. She seemed like such a motherly figure to the girls and it was clear how much she loved them, her love for Kahlen was particularly clear.

I loved Akinli’s character. He just seemed so sweet and caring, it did not bother him that Kahlen couldn’t speak to him, he always found ways around that. My only wish was that there would have been more of Akinli in the book. I feel like there could have been more character development for Akinli.

Finally moving onto Kahlen, I’m not so sure I liked her character. She was too moody and depressing and I did not like the way she treated her sisters. She was constantly forcing them to move to different places and change their lifestyles. To be honest, I found her character to be quite selfish. I found it difficult to read some of the book since the whole story was told in Kahlen’s point of view.

Overall I found the story to be quite interesting because it was so different to other books, it was a quick read and the writing was very simple and easy to follow. I wont be rushing to read this book again but I am happy that I gave it a go. If you love The Selection series then I would just like to remind you that this is a very different type of book.


 

Rating:

 

★★★✩✩

Girl Online On Tour (#2)

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Publish Date: 20th October 2016

Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Girl Online Review (#1)

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Plot: Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

 


 

 

Review: I have to admit that I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the previous one. I found it to be a cliché romance story with a very predictable story line.

I absolutely loved Girl Online and was looking forward to reading the sequel but it just didn’t grip my attention as much as the first book did.

The book started off really well, there were several really cute scenes between Penny and Noah at the start of the book, but when they went on tour everything changed. Noah turned into a completely different person and just wasn’t a nice guy anymore. This made me begin to hate his character even though he had been my favourite character in the previous book.

We didn’t get to read about any Magical Mystery Dates, which was my favourite thing about the first book. I was a little disappointed about the way Noah was treating Penny, I know it was done to evolve the story line but I just don’t believe that it was well-written.

I personally love Zoella and watch quite a lot of her YouTube videos but this book just did not live up to my expectations. I think it would be perfect for a younger crowd such as 13 year old girls but as a 20 year old, it just seemed too unrealistic for my taste.

 


 

Rating:

 

★★★✩✩

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publish Date: 8th March 2016

Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Plot: It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

 


 

 

Review: I don’t even know where to start with this book! I finished it a few days ago but decided that I needed a few days to process everything that happened before writing the review. Let me start by saying Cassandra Clare did it again, I feel like each book she writes gets better than the last. I can’t help but fall into every story and I found myself unable to put the book down until I read every single page.

In this book we get to learn a lot more about Emma, Julian and all of the Blackthorns. I loved seeing the life of a shadow hunter through the eyes of a new character. It gave a completely different perspective on the shadow hunter world which made it feel like a new idea rather than a developed story. Emma is someone who grew up as a shadow hunter her entire life, she doesn’t need to learn how to become a shadow hunter as its already in her nature. This in itself is a new twist on the shadow hunter story as in The Mortal Instruments we had to watch Clary adapt to the shadow hunter world.

It is clear to see from page one of this book that Cassie Clare has grown as a writer. I think the characters in this book are a lot more real and grounded than her previous books. There is a whirlwind of emotions in each character, hidden stories and a complex mix of characters. I also found the characters to be a lot more realistic.

I will admit that it took me quite a while to get into the story, it wasn’t until I got 200 pages in that I really became engrossed in the story. However, I think that was because I was getting used to listening to shadow hunter stories from a different perspective. Once I hit the 200 page mark I could not put it down. The story was constantly changing and evolving and with every page closer to solving the mystery the more engrossed I became. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to last a year without the second instalment of the Dark Artifices series.

I would recommend reading both The Mortal Instrument and The Infernal Devices before starting this book as characters from both series’ are incorporated here and each character has a background story that we see in detail in the other series’. I loved the subtle references to characters from TMI/TID as it kept the story feeling very realistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to fans of the Shadow World. Cassie Clare will remain one of my favourite authors as she never disappoints. For those of you that want to read Lady Midnight, beware there are spoilers everywhere!

 


 

 

Rating:

 

★★★★★