Thursday, June 30, 2016

Monsters Of Men

Title: Monsters Of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

First Published: May 3rd 2010

Series: Chaos Walking #3

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Pages: 603

My Copy: Physical copy

My Rating: 8/10

Goodreads Summary
Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Beach Book List - Books To Read On The Beach!

Hi everyone! Now that summer is right upon us (actually, it had already arrived a while back), I've decided to make a list of books that are perfect for the summer, especially if you're relaxing on a beach. Doesn't that sound nice? Okay, let's go!

(I don't know why but I associate summer with Contemporary and Mystery, so the majority of this list are books from that genre)

The Beach Booklist

1. Summer Days & Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

This is actually on my TBR list for July! I really enjoyed My True Love Gave To Me, so I have really high hopes for this anthology as well. The authors I'm most excited about are Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare and Veronica Roth! Plus, Stephanie Perkins herself wrote a story as well. Isn't this the perfect book for the beach?

2.  We Were Liars E. Lockhart

Yes, old book I know. I read this one last summer and it blew me away. The writing was really good and it kept the suspense until the very last moment. I loved the cleverly crafted plot twist! It's a really good mystery book for anyone who enjoys a good mix of contemporary and mystery.

3. There Will Be Lies by Nick Lane

I love this book! It starts slow at first since you have no idea what the heck is going on. The narration is fragmented, lacking some important punctuation - until you figure out why. Then it all makes sense. That's when I began to appreciate the book. It's beautifully written, making a compelling story. It's also mystery, but nothing too drastic. There is a bit of fantasy in it, but more on the magical realism side. Great book that is perfect with a refreshing smoothie ;)

4. The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani

Okay, I haven't actually read this one yet, but I came across it when browsing Goodreads. It sounds really interesting! It's just a cute contemporary story, but I think it's quite appropriate for summer. Plus, the cover seems quite cute, no?

5. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

This book is amazing! I was sucked in from the first word (probably because I love music and play piano myself). So basically, it's about a girl who is a champion piano player who stopped playing due to... unsaid reasons that you will find out over the course of the book. It even comes with a short playlist of songs at the end! It's a really cute book. Really cute.

6. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

This book is a whole mix of emotions. There are laughs, sobs and everything in between. The whole story gives you so much hope (ergo the title) and it really makes you appreciate life for the little moments. I don't want to give away the ending, but I'll warn you fellow readers: be prepared with tissues.

And that's it for me! Here are some recommendations that would potentially make your summer reading list a lot brighter! I hope you do try out some of these books, and if you have already read them, what did you think? Worthy to be on this list? Are there any books you recommend for the summer? Let me know! :)

Plus, have a great summer everyone! :D

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Ask and the Answer

Title: The Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness

First Published: May 4th 2009

Series: Chaos Walking #2

Genre: YA,  Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Pages: 536

My Copy: Physical copy

My Rating: 8.5/10

Goodreads Summary
We were in the square, in the square where I'd run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her - But there weren't no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men...

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...

"The Ask and the Answer" is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Hidden Oracle

Title: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

First Published: May 3rd 2016

Series: The Trials of Apollo #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology

Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Pages: 376

My Copy: Physical copy

My Rating: 9/10

Goodreads Summary

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ARC: Supremacy

Title: Supremacy

Author: Christin Lee

First Published: June 3rd 2016

Series: Supremacy #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance(?)

Available As: eBook

Pages: 330

My Copy: eBook

My Rating: 8/10

Goodreads Summary

Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She's on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.