Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SANCTUARY BAY | why isn't this a movie?

Sanctuary Bay
Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Released on January 19th, 2016
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.

My first thought after finishing this book was: I sure hope there will be a sequel. And my second one was: WHY is this not a movie?

The story starts off with a flashback from Sarah Merson's childhood: the night her parents were murdered. Later on, we learn that Sarah is preparing to attend the Sanctuary Bay Academy, which she has received a scholarship from.

The story was quite slow in the beginning and I did not like Sarah as a character. She was very... judgemental, I would say. BUT once I got through the first half of the book, Sarah started growing as a character, and a lot of things were happening. Interesting things. 

I did like most of the other characters in the story, such as Sarah's roommates, their boyfriends, and the teachers. They were all very well-written, and had an unexpected story from their past to share.

All in all, I really liked this story. I was very happy to find out that there will be a sequel and I look forward to reading more about Sarah and Sanctuary Bay!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

DOROTHY MUST DIE | why? bc she's evil

Dorothy Must Die
Danielle Paige

Released on April 1st, 2014
Published by HarperCollins
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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. 

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road - but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. 

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

 My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

 And I have a mission.

Reeeeeally enjoyed this one guys! I was very excited for it when it was published last year, but for some reason I never got around to read it. But now I finally have and I can say that it was great!

Original yet familiar - Dorothy Must Die is set in Oz, which many of us are familiar with. So we get to read a story that's set in the same world with many familiar characters, yet is still very unique because it is totally unexpected. I think this is the main reason why I enjoyed it so much.

The story had nice developments and we got to know the main characters quite well. I did find her, Amy Gumm, a bit annoying in the beginning, but I grew to like her throughout the story.

All in all, I do recommend this one if you're out for something that is set in a familiar world, action filled and very entertaining.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

TOP 10 | book to movie



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Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // When I heard that Tim Burton was directing this one I dropped everything. Really. I'm so excited for this one
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard // This would be really cool.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo // Imagine. Just imagine.  



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith // I read this one many years ago and I think it would make a great movie!
Allegiant by Veronica Roth // Waiting patiently for this one.
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle // I haven't read this one, but I will, and I can imagine that it would make a cosy movie.


BUT THESE TWO TAKE THE WIN: Both of these are being made into TV-shows. I'm most excited about these because they are some of my top favourites.

What about you? Are you looking forward to any of books being made into movies? Which one is your favourite? Are there any that are not on this list?

Monday, November 2, 2015

HELLO, GOODBYE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN | bittersweet

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Jennifer E. Smith

Released on September 1st, 2015
Published by Poppy
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On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be.

The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye.

The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Bittersweet.

Want my review summed up in one word? Bittersweet.

This was an emotional one for me. I have read all of Jennifer E. Smith's books but this one was by far the best. The connection to the characters and the story felt so real. I loved how the story progressed and how Clare and Aidan's relationship story was uncovered and explored.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a story about a couple, Aidan and Clare, and on the night before they go separate ways to college, they have to figure out whether they should stay together or break up. To help this very complicated situation they have planned out an evening where they visit places that hold meaning to them and their relationship.

At first it was obvious to me what the should do. But then the story continued and there were events and revelations that made me rethink that opinion. Clare and Aidan as characters felt so real to me. They were both very well written.

All in all, I want you to read Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between because it holds so much meaning and it was so beautifully written.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SAINT ANYTHING | favorite sarah dessen book

Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen

Released on May 5th, 2015
Published by Viking Juvenile
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Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

GUYS. While reading this book, the most thought thought (does that make sense? The thought that I thought the most....anyways) was that I neeeeded to step up my pizza game. AND FRIES. Seriously.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I want to tell you that I loved this. I'm trying to cut down on the 'loved this' phrase in book talk - so now I want you to know that I really did love this, even though Sarah Dessen's previous books haven't really worked for me in the past. The reason I picked this book up was because it sounded so different from her previous books, yet so her style, if you know what I mean. The story has a much "darker" and serious vibe and I thought that it made it stand out.

Throughout the times that I didn't think about fries and pizza (which was very hard to do) I was angry and I was disappointed in Sydney's family situation. She was so alone and it was painful to read about how invincible she felt in her own home.

For me, this book is first and foremost about friendship. I LOVED Layla. She was so warm and open-hearted. She felt so incredible genuine, and she picks Sydney up. I think everyone needs a friend like that. That doesn't make you feel invincible, but rather that you're amazing and you can be noticed for great things. The friendship between Layla and Sydney was really the component in this novel that made me love it.

I really hope that you will pick this book up if you haven't, because it's so deep yet so light-hearted. It has a purpose. It has a meaning and a message. I wish I could put a copy in your hand and send you off to an armchair to read it, but I caaaaan't. So now it's up to YOU.

Have you read Saint Anything? What were your thoughts? Which component of the story was the most important for you? Did you like Sydney and Layla's friendship?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

RED QUEEN | red & silver - but no gold

Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard

Released on February 10th, 2015
Published by HarperTeen
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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red.

 To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betrothes her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

 From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

There has been SO MUCH hype about this book, it's insane. I didn't pick it up right away because, well it was hyped, and I don't know why but when books are this hyped I lose interest.

ANYWAYS. Red Queen introduces the readers to a world where the people are divided. You are either Red or you're Silver. Silver is superior to the Red, because the posses certain types of "powers". Mare Barrow, our main character, can be described in the following way:

  • A sister
  • A daughter
  • A friend
  • A thief
I actually liked Mare -- in the first half of the book. She was protective and determined. BUT I just wished for a liiiiiiittle bit more character development in her. 

My absolute favourite thing in the story was the world-building. Although this category of books where there are divisions in society has been increasing over the past few years, I think that the world-building here made it very different. The readers get to know what type of people the Red's are and what type of people the Silver's are. 

As for the romance in the story (you know I like a little bit of lovey dovey things), I didn't feel like there was room for it to develop. There were love interests BUT I didn't feel like there was anything clear happening. There was simply no connection going on.

SO. My favourite part of the book was the first half. In the second half I just felt like things got boring, yet that was where the majority of the stuff started happening. Even though this is how my reading experience went I DID really like this book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

THE WALLS AROUND US | this was a good one

The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma

Released on March 24th, 2015
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
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On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

People! I can see why this would not work for everyone. I can absolutely see it. But friends, this was SO good. I read The Walls Around Us in the beginning of the year and it stayed with me. I still think about it, because it was truly such a memorable read. I loved it and here are a few reasons why:

- The writing: Absolutely gorgeous! Nova Ren Suma really knows how to deliver a well-written story. I really appreciated this, because it did play a huge role in the way that the story left its impact on the reader. I think that was why I ended up loving it as much as I did.

- The plot: Was messy (in a good way)! When I started reading I didn't know what on earth was going on, why it was going on, and how it was going to go. Yet this is what kept me reading. I wanted to know everything. What had happened? What was happening? What was going to happen?

Just like the story, the characters unfolded slowly. I really liked that, because it gave the story a different kind of vibe. It had a ghostly, dark and eerie kind of feeling, which I think suited the story perfectly.

All in all, I strongly recommend this book! It is so capturing and most likely a different kind of story for you. Read it!

Monday, June 29, 2015

GODS, OUT AND ABOUT IN THE WORLD

Antigoddess
Kendare Blake

Released on September 10th, 2013
Published by Tor Teen
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Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

 The Goddess War is about to begin.

This book took quite some time for me to finish. I didn't want to put it down because, even though it was boring throughout some parts, I still wanted to see what would happen.

The story was dragged out and I felt like it had the potential to be so much more than it was.

One thing that has to be said is that it is so incredibly unique. When I finally sat down to read it I had OF COURSE forgotten what it was about, because that's just me. So I was quite surprised when I finally got into the story, because it was so refreshing and different from any other "Greek Gods" themed story.

So what I really need to get across to you, my fellow reader, is that this will most definitely be a different read for you, because it's dark and twisted in an original way.

While it may not be for everyone, I think it should be given a chance. I know that I'll be checking the sequel for sure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PERFECT COUPLE THAT NEVER WAS

Perfect Couple
Jennifer Echols

Released on January 13th
Published by Simon Pulse
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Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

Read my first Jennifer Echols book - CHECK! Perfect Couple is the second book in the Superlatives trilogy. It involves a yearbook and senior votes - and who does not think that's interesting?

Perfect Couple was unlike any book that I have read. It was refreshing and since I had not read the first book in the series, I went into the story not knowing very much. But that was not a problem at all, in fact I loved it.

The main character, Harper, is a young woman with aspirations and life goals, who loves photography. However, when she is voted Perfect Couple That Never Was with Brody, who is practically the exact opposite of her, Harper begins to reconsider some of the choices she is making.

Like I said, this was a very refreshing and original story for me. I really liked Harper, however she was a bit annoying throughout certain parts in the story, but my friends, she was very cute and I loved reading from her point of view. I also enjoyed seeing her and Brody develop together. At certain times, however, it did feel like the story was too centred on the romance, and not on other matters that I also considered important. I felt like some things were just left to the side. And although this crossed my mind while reading a couple of times, I really felt satisfied with the beginning, ending and everything in between.

People! I really recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a cute and light read with just the right amount of high school and romance!

Friday, January 2, 2015

THE FAERIES AND THE FOREST

The Darkest Part of the Forest
Holly Black

Release date: January 13th, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Reader
Pages: 336
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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

YES to this people! The characters, the setting, the whole story is very well done. Holly Black definitely knows how to hook a reader from the very first page. The Darkest Part of the Forest is mainly written through Hazel's point of view, but the reader occasionally gets to see what Ben is thinking. And between all this, there are chapters dedicated to the town of Fairfold and the tales that have been told throughout generations living in it.

I loved how unlike many stories about faeries, this one was different because the people living in Fairfold are very much aware of them and the monsters lurking in the woods. They warn their children to stay away from the forest. They keep a piece of iron on a chain around their neck. They are warned not to make deals with the faeries. It was fresh, and I really enjoyed reading about this magical town from Hazel and Ben's point of views.

Speaking of Ben and Hazel, these two got each others backs and THAT IS FOR SURE. Ever since they were young they play in woods and they know that they can count on each other. Hazel was definitely a great main character, she knew what she was destined to be from the very beginning and Ben seemed so sweet and caring, I really enjoyed reading about his musical talent!

But friends, I have to be honest: what really caught my attention was the Horned Boy. I wanted to know who he was, and what he was doing! Why was he sleeping in a glass coffin? Why did he wake up? Why was he so beautiful?! Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the horned boy. I felt like he was left behind through some parts. Wasn't he supposed to be important? Honestly, at some point I even forgot about him.

Despite this, I really liked this book and I would be more than happy if there was a sequel! To sum it up, The Darkest Part of the Forest was different and unique. The characters were so strong and the writing was so beautiful. I strongly recommend this for fans of faeries and creepy forests!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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Happy new year, wonderful people! It's a new year, and a new start, so I was hoping to make some announcements regarding the blog.

+ This will be the year where I make no excuses for bad updates and similar stuff. It is what it is. I have mock exams coming up in a month and the real exams in May (!!!!) so I will be  B U S Y

+ I update when I want to update, simply.

+ You shall know that I love and appreciate all of you who take the time to come out here and read and comment. You are the realest.

+ Reviews will be up soon.

+ There will be times where I will disappear, but fear not, it does not mean that I will stop blogging.
 When that day comes I will announce it here.

+ My goal is to read 30 books this year.

+ I'm excited for 2015. Lots of change and hopefully only to the best.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

HAI PEEPS

Friends! It is almost December, and this few weeks and the few upcoming weeks will be W I L D. And therefore I will not be around here very much because that. But I will be back on the 20th, so stop by then and check out how things will look like starting next year!

I hope this month will be good to you, and I'll see you in a couple of weeks! Until then you can check out my daily blog mishmishing.blogspot.com where I update more frequently! xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Embarrassingly, a true story"

We Should Hang Out Sometime
Josh Sundquist

Released on December 23rd
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.

Let me tell you something: We Should Hang Out Sometime is a memoir. Written by, you guessed it! Josh Sunquist, today an author, motivational speaker and Paralympic ski racer.

Let me tell you something else: I was hooked from the very first page of We Should Hang Out Sometime. It's written in such a FUN style that I really had a hard time to put it down to go do my homework ( "ONE MORE PAGE, JUST ONE!" *2hrs later* "Uhm").

Each "chapter" represents a girl from Josh's life. There is some background information, how they got to know each other, how feelings developed, what happened. Throughout the information I see such a hopeful Josh. His enthusiasm was so cute!

After the background there is a hypothesis: where Josh takes a guess at what went wrong. Finally, an investigation. Note that in between all this there are hilarious graphs, diagrams and plenty of sketches, which made it SO much more interesting!

Now, We Should Hang Out Sometime is so incredibly entertaining and the investigation was always my favourite part. I wanted to know the girls reactions about all these events.

To summarise for you: I loved this memoir! It was so easy to read and so entertaining. I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of We Should Hang Out Sometime because it's such a fun read.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - Nov. 15th

Hectic week, as usual. School-wise and otherwise. I want it to start snowing so that I can really get into the cosy feeling of winter, but right now it's still 9 degrees outside…Anyways, I'm here to show you what I've added to my shelf this week, through a 'Stacking the Shelves' which is as always hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

 
Borrowed:

 
For review:
This week I also…
…told you about A Darker Shade of Magic


So! What about you? How was your week? What books did you add to your shelf?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A LITTLE TASTE OF: A Darker Shade of Magic

When I was younger I used to go into the library and look up at all the shelves, amazed at all the books that there were to pick from. I used to go up to the librarian and ask her for help choosing and she would take down four or five books from a shelf, and tell me to read a couple of chapters from a book to see whether I would be interested to continue reading after that. A Little Taste Of is a feature here at Book Angel, inspired by this. Sometimes you want to take a sneak peak at what the first couple of pages from a book has to offer. And I am here to help you do that!


by V.E. Schwab

February 24th, 2015
Tor Books

What is it about?
Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

What to expect?
+ Multiple London's
+ A boy with a coat
+ A girl who's a pickpocket
+ LOTS of magic!
+ LOTS of action!

Will I continue reading?
Most definitely yes! A Darker Shade of Magic was unlike anything that I've heard of. From the first couple of chapters it seemed to original and refreshing. A Darker Shade of Magic has dark vibe with intriguing characters. This book promises lots of action and magic and that can be seen from the very first page. I think you should check this book out, because I have feeling you'll like it. A lot!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday - Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) features the characters that we wish would get their own books. This was a little tricky for me, and therefore I was only able to come up with eight. However these eight came very easily for me, because I've thought a lot about this.


 Scott Parnell from Hush Hush Saga: As you may (or may not) know, the Hush Hush Saga is one of my top favourite series of all time. So of course I had to pick Scott! I love Scott, I absolutely adore him. He is hilarious, and caring and so protective of Nora, but at the same time badass and not-mess-with and AH! I want a book just for him.

Nick & Cas from Altered: I picked two characters from Altered here. I loved Altered, but I wanted to know so much more about both these characters. Nick has a past, but what is it? I want to know. Cas has the best sense of humour ever. I want to read a book about JUST these to fellas. What's their past? Where did they grow up? WHAT HAPPENED?!?


Noah Shaw from Mara Dyer series: <3 does this even need an explanation? Noah Shaw is fab. I want to read things from his point of view. Those of you who have read this series will know what I'm talking about.

Ben from Touch series: I want to know everything there is to possibly know about Ben, because he is one of my favourite characters!


Orielle from The Walls Around Us: I recently read The Walls Around Us and I loved it. It was so incredibly good and one of the main characters Orielle was so interesting. But I cannot say more, because I believe you should read it yourself when it comes out next year. 

Sloane from Since You've Been Gone: Sloane seemed so fabulous. An amazing friend and I want to get to know her more. I want to know her past and her family. 

So! What about you? What are your picks? Also, what makes a character worth writing a separate book for? Is it their past? Or maybe their role in the story? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

DISAPPEARING BFFs

Since You've Been Gone
Morgan Matson

Released on May 6th
Published by Simon & Schuster
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The Pre-Sloane Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

In a well-ordered universe I would have read this book earlier. 

I had very high expectations on Since You've Been Gone. Even before this book was released there was so much hype about it and I was so very excited to pick it up. However, me being a bit busy I never got the chance to read it, until now.

First, I'd like to say that it took me so INCREDIBLY long to get into the story. To get to know Emily, without Sloane. To some extent I was a bit annoyed at the main character because she seemed so dependent on her best friend who had just left without a single word, except for that list.

Now that established that, I can move on and tell you that once I did get into this book, which was about 140 pages in, I was in love. It was so good. The characters, the story, THE LIST.

I loved the list. It was wild, fun, unexpected. It was so exciting reading about how on earth Emily would pull these things off.

Also, the flashbacks off Sloane and Emily. I felt like that was such a great way to portray their friendship and get to know Sloane herself. To me, their friendship was so lovely, it reminded me of one of my closest friends. It was so nice to read about something refreshing, such as a fabulous friendship.

I would describe this book about friendship. That's what it is about, to me. Friends that pull you up when you feel down, and that you can let loose with, and not be afraid of being judged. This book, to me, was about unexpected things, twists and turns in life. It was about having fun.

I won't say more, because I really want you to read it. It was so nice. Like I mentioned, a bit slow in the beginning, but once I got into the story, it took me a couple of hours to get through, and I was in love. Get to it, because I know you'll love it too.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES - NOV. 9TH

YO! How are you? How's life going? I hope you are being 200% fabulous, because that is what you are. This week has been tiring, and not so productive, butbut that is life and we all have our ups and downs. SO I'm here to show you the books that I got this week, which I am very excited for because I've been waiting soooo long to get my hands on these. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews!


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The One by Kiera Cass 

Also, I have finally gotten around to use Instagram so follow me to see what I am up to: @bookangelya

How was your week? What books did you add to your shelf? I would love to know!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LET IT SNOW

Mistletoe and Mr. Right
Lyla Payne

Released on November 20th, 2014
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…but lust refused to settle in for a long winter's nap. She might be all nestled, snug in her bed, by why, oh why, do visions of the wrong guy dance in her head? 

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they're destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

But it turns out his family--and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend--don't feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most...and least.

This is the first New Adult book that I read and I can say that I enjoyed VERY much! It was such a light and fun read. Lyla Payne creates a cosy dynamic with a mixture of both disastrous and exciting surprises!

I really liked Jessica, the main character in the story, because she knew what she wanted and she was not afraid to go and get (or spend Christmas with it and it's family, uninvited). Although, at some points she got unrealistic and would rush things, but she was determined, and I like when characters are determined. Another character that I liked was Grady, of course. But I won't say much more than that.

It really felt like the reader got to know the characters in the book, especially Jessica, Grady and Katie, and that was very nice given the circumstances in the story. This is romantic Christmas novella, and I am really happy with the romance in the story, because it felt natural, not forced.

But friends! What I was also really excited about was the food and the homely vibe in the story. Lyla definitely knows how to describe the homely vibe, sitting at a dinner table with a family. It was so lovely to read about.

Mistletoe and Mr. Right is book that I strongly recommend. Perfect for a December evening with a cup of steaming hot chocolate and snow outside your window, this story is light, quick and adorable!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

STACKING THE SHELVES

Hellohello! It has been awhile since I have done a 'stacking the shelves' (hosted by Tynga's Reviews), but since I am back (hopefully) I am excited to share with you some books that I received this week and that I'll be reading in the future. And as always, I would love to know what you have received, so let me know in the comment section!


  
               
For review:
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

So! What books did you add to your shelf this week?