Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The leaving review

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

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I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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lessons i’ve learnt in the month of june

lessons i’ve learnt this month

DSC_0360_FotorOrganisation is key: It may seem super simple but one thing that can change your mood and positivity is your organisation. I’ve been really trying to utilise my planner lately and although, I still have a fair bit of practice before I master my journal it is safe to say that writing to-do lists and taking five minutes out of your day to plan and organise your life is a serious benefit. Using my planner in the last three weeks of the month has felt like I’ve removed a heavy burden off of my shoulders. The next step is to start a bullet journal but knowing my “perfectionist-mentality” I don’t know if it’ll go so well.

Your happiness and attitude are only determined by one thing- yourself: Before you think, “She is such a cheesy person,” hear me out. This might sound super simple but I think getting caught up with our busy lives often causes us to forget to take some time out of the day to enjoy yourself. To put it into context, I go to school every day and whilst everyone is complaining about going through this regime for the next three years of our lives, it is really easy to fall into the same trap. I definitely fell into this trap last month and it was definitely not healthy. I dreaded going to school. However, recently I’ve been trying to change this outlook because why should I dread school? I should be so grateful for this chance to go to school, to enjoy being with my friends and just having an overall warm atmosphere.

Don’t let bad news + failures get to you: Something I still need to work out til this day and something I will probably struggle with for a very long time, but it’s something that I’m improving on bit by bit. However at the start of the term I would always feel horrible after hearing even the littlest of bad news and that definitely did not do me any favours what so ever. I expected the worse in everything and nothing could make me feel better even if the failure/bad news wasn’t really that bad. It was getting to me and it was getting worse and worse. However, I’ve soon realised that there is no point in letting bad news get to you because you are only ever wasting your time to dwell on the past when you should be investing your time into the future.

Stop forcing yourself to do things you don’t like and just learn to say no:  I wish I figured this out sooner but I’ve just realise how important this is. You may think that forcing yourself to do something you don’t like is just a part of every day life but if you have the choice to quit…quit. I recently joined a sports team that I normally join every year and every year I dreaded signing up, going to the training and the competitions. Don’t get me wrong I adore sport but when it came to this sport, it gave me all kinds of motivation and I just remeber feeling horrible the day I had training because I knew I would be wasting more than an hour doing something I didn’t like. So, I quit. I asked to leave the team and although they were disappointed they understood. The whole time I dreaded the coaches reactions when I said I would quit but when I said no their reactions weren’t as bad as I thought.

favourite songs to put me in a motivational mood:

watch this video to put you in a motivational mood, trust me this video is amazing:

 

Hopefully, I didn’t make this post too cheesy and have instead motivated you to do things. I know that my blogging routine hasn’t been the best this month but I’m trying my best to get some exciting posts out and updating myself with all of your blogs.

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Review: Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of The Sands
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy, Adventure

I believe that Rebel of The Sands is one of the most hyped up stories of 2016. Therefore, coming into this novel I expected the best of the best. Just like my expectation, what I found inside this magical novel was a carefully woven, beautifully written Persian adventure and fairy-tale. Rebel of the Sands follows the story of a girl, Amani who wants nothing else but to escape her village and she will do whatever it takes to get out. When she ventures out she meets a new boy and together they travel across the Arabian desert to a new place. However, with every step, she takes Amani questions whether or not she is taking the right path.

The novel starts off with a fast-past scene that definitely got me into the story. The pacing of the book was something that brought it down a little. It definitely was fast-paced but because of how quick some moments where I felt like some character development was lost on the way. Amani and Jin’s development were perfect as the novel revolved around both of them and I found that I just wanted to know more and more about both of them. However, characters such as Amani’s brother and Shazad were not as developed and I found it difficult to understand their characters. Furthermore on character development, I thought there were a few too many characters which made it difficult for the author to go in depth with every character. Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump

Amani and Jin’s relationship was cheesy, yet adorably cute at the same time. Their relationship was very stretched out, which means more cuteness in the next novel. I actually am so pumped to see where their relationship is going because at times I see them teetering on a beam and sometimes it seems like they are perfect for each other. It pained me to see that Jin tricked Amani and I really hope they are together by the end of the books.

Now on to the plot line, I have a major love for Persian and Arabian fairytales. There is just something so uniquely magical that I love about them. I thought Rebel of The Sands was perfect. Although The Wrath and The Dawn will always be my favourite Arabian fairytale novel, I believe Rebel of The Sands was an enthralling novel. I was surprised when I discovered that Amani was a Djinni and that Jin was a prince. I am so excited to see more of this Arabian story in the next book. I was expecting a retelling of Arabian nights but instead what I found was a unique storyline that had woven bits of the Arabian nights fairytale.

Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump and upon finishing it, I think I have saved myself from the slump. I loved so many parts in this novel and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this recent release I highly recommend it, it’s magically and wonderfully exciting and it will keep you up at night!

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When We Collided by Emery Lord: Interview + Review

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If you didn’t know, When We Collided by Emery Lord officially came out on the fifth of April! When We Collided follows the story of Vivi and Jonah. In the town of Verona Cove, Vivi is the new girl whilst Jonah is the boy with the tragic past. Since the death of Jonah’s father, Jonah has carried the weight and burden of his whole family on his shoulders. He is expected to look after them, pay their finance and organize his sibling’s life. However, he feels lost in this vastly different lifestyle. Vivi is the new girl, she is the “wild child,” she changes everything in Jonah’s life. When Vivi and Jonah are together it seems like an explosion but sometimes explosions can go too far and both of them have to bear the consequences.

If you haven’t picked this up, I definitely recommend it but I’ll explain more in my review later on. First up, I am so excited and honoured because I got the chance to interview Emery Lord! I loved Open Road Summer and had a major book hangover after reading it, which goes to show how much I loved it. When We Collided is her latest novel, which I highly recommend if you are looking for a unique contemporary! Without further ado, lets get right into the interview with the one and only, Emery Lord:

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what is one writing tip you have for all the aspiring writers out there?

Protect your wonder!

when in your life did you decide to write this book; what was your inspiration?

I started in 2013. My inspiration is always part my curiosity (What would it be like to live in a vacation town? What would it be like to have a bunch of siblings? And so on) and part things that are happening in my own life (grieving a family member, depression, etc.)

 what is your favourite young-adult book, what are some book recommendations?

My favorite YA books are, in fact, by Australia’s very own Melina Marchetta. I would recommend every last one—I can’t pick!!

 have you ever met someone who has an amazing love story and relationship?

Of course! I hesitate to call us AMAZING, but I started dating my husband was I was 16, and he is still my favorite human on Earth.

What are your advice and tips on how to improve your mental health?

Well, different things (and combinations of things) work for different people, so I guess my advice is to be gentle with yourself and realize you’re in control of how you manage your health. I’m personally open to a lot of things because I like to see what suits me!  Whether it’s yoga and meditation and/or therapy and/or medication or simpler lifestyle things like long walks and good sleep, I think being open to possibilities is a huge help!

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Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release Date: April 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  8/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age

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heard of this sensation before, in TV shows and from friends. Emery Lord’s When We Collided left me with tingling shivers. I’ve never felt goosebumps like I did whilst reading this book. I’ve never shed a tear of happiness and hope but I truly did with this book. I loved it so much. It definitely did not disappoint and I can safely say that it blew me away.

The storyline for this book was so unique. It was refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I thought it would be like a copy of We Were Liars or All The Bright Places but When We Collided took the themes from these books and twisted them into this book. Hope, family, loss, mental illness and coming of age: all of these themes fitted into this book perfectly like a puzzle. Emery Lord’s writing was perfect. Writing contemporary books are literally like an art. You have to capture the voices of all the characters into a concise and descriptive writing and Emery Lord did that with both Jonah and Vivi’s voices. I actually really enjoyed the dual perspectives in this book. Since Jonah and Vivi were such contrasting characters, I thought it was very fitting how we got to see both of their thoughts. I didn’t find myself getting confused with both characters because of their different voices.

Another element I loved about the plot was how much it left the reader hooked. I was perpetually page turning throughout the book. It was so spontaneous and exciting that I constantly needed to read it to catch up. I don’t think I found myself bored during any part of it. Jonah and Vivi were constantly on some kind of adventure or argument and it really kept me entertained throughout the novel. However, it did feel a bit choppy at times, which brought the book down for me.

I absolutely loved the idea of the metaphor with the planet colliding. The thought of having two completely different people collide together but breaking away to follow their own separate paths is heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time. I feel like Emery Lord took the whole typical plot of “two very different people who fall in love,” very differently and I loved what she did with it. The romance between Jonah and Vivi is so unique I fell in love with the idea. Their relationship was so cute and heartbreaking at the same time and I have never read anything quite like their love story, which was so refreshing. Lately, I’ve been reading a few cliche love stories and When We Collided’s love story was so unlike what I’ve read before.

Vivi’s character was very bubbly and quirky. It was enjoyable to read from her perspective but at times, I found myself cringing more than once. However, I loved how she kind of acted like a beacon and life saver for Jonah, I thought that was so cute. Jonah’s character was that boy that I felt so sympathetic for. I loved how much his character developed throughout the story. He was a character I truly admired because of his courage and his ending chapter was amazing!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and it’s definitely one of my top ten books this year, so far. If you loved Museum of Intangible Things, The Fault In Our Stars, We Were Liars or All The Bright Places you will definitely fall in love with this book! Emery Lord brought this explosive book that was amazing. It was both unique and intriguing and for me it was a highly enjoyable read!

what did you think of when we collided

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Reading Habits Tag

Hey Guys!

Sorry for not posting all weekend, I’ve been extremely busy! Today I decided to a tag, which you have probably seen and that is the Reading Habits Tag! I was tagged by Book Delights and her blog is super cool, if you love books and reading! Let’s get straight into the tag:

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
No not really because I am one of those people that will find anytime and anywhere to read, as long as I have my book. The place I read the most in is my comfy bed and kitchen benchtop!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Kind of a mixture…but I am a really clumsy person and I often end up losing my bookmark. So, I use things like business cards, tissues or pens- pretty much anything that can hold my place in a book.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I absolutely hate stopping at a “non-round” number- it has to be a five, zero or nothing. I try to allocate time to read at least 100 pages so the numbers don’t go to like a completely random number like 653. If I can’t get to a round number, I try to finish the chapter.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
I like to drink water, while I’m reading- is that weird? 🙂 I just need something to chew or drink because I need to let out my nervousness through some form of external object and often that is water or something really small like a chip.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
No. No. No. I can’t deal with a background noise while I am reading but for some reason I can’t sit and watch a movie or a tv show for more than 30-40 minutes, so, I’ll read like a chapter of my book when they are really dragging on.

One book at a time or several at once?
I try to do one at a time but that doesn’t play out to well! 🙂 So, I’ll often read one ebook and one physical book!

Reading at home or everywhere?
Like I mentioned before, I can read anytime, anywhere!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, I can’t deal with reading out loud.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No but I am guilty of flicking to the end of a book! Whoops 🙂

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
KEEPING IT LIKE NEW!!!! IF YOU BREAK THE SPINE: NO, JUST NO!

Do you write in your books?
No, I like my books like I like my water- fresh and clean!

❤Five People I Nominate❤- I would love to hear your answers to some of the questions in the comments:

Coffee Book Love
The Lit Mermaid
Book Is Glee
My Tiny Obsessions
The Perks of Being A Bibliophile

Also, just before you leave I am doing the 40 Hour Famine and I would be so thankful if you can help donate here: https://t.co/WJBdrQnx9Z 

Your $2 to $10 may mean nothing to you but to 10 children in Africa it can seriously change their world. These children deserve a chance at an absolute life and you can do that by simply clicking the link above to help donate.

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Taylor Swift Book Tag

Heya! I haven’t done a book tag in ages… so, I am doing one today. I recently got tagged by Famtaq to do the Taylor Swift tag, she has a great blog and you should definitely check it out! Lets get started on the tag:

  1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- pick a book series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then you wanted to break up This would have to be the Harry Potter series. Now before you all butcher me, I used to “try” to be obsessed with the Harry Potter series because everyone else used to be “OH MY GOD! It is the best!” but internally I used to despise it. I guess I don’t really like the layout of the plot where all the boring stuff, like going to school, would happen in the beginning making it really hard to get through and then in the last quarter of the book we would get this really big scene with Voldermont. It followed the same routine throughout the series and that is probably why I don’t really like it.
  2. Red- pick a book with a RED cover. The first book which popped into my head was… you guessed it, Vampire Academy but I also really like House of Hades!
  3. The Best Day- pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic. That would have to be the Percy Jackson series because I read it when I was quite young and I’ve pretty much grew up with the characters!
  4. Love Story- pick a book with forbidden love
    SOOOOOOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. I recently read Amanda Hocking’s Kanin trilogy and there is definitely forbidden love in there! Oh! The! Pain! A review will definitely be coming soon.
  5. Innocent- pick a book that someone ruin the ending for
    Allegiant, I learnt about the ending before because I had a friend who told me as I didn’t think I would read the book. I started the book a month after, but don’t worry I still cried so much! 🙁
  6. Everything Has Changed- pick a book character that has gone through extensive character development
    This is honestly one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs but anyway back to the point, Lara Jean from the Two All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology goes through really extensive character development and you can clearly see that towards the end of the two books.
  7. I Knew You Were Trouble- pick a bad character you couldn’t help but love
    I really don’t know… I’m one of those people where if the bad guy is a bad guy, my view won’t change for the entire book. For example, I hated Warner (Shatter Me Series) from the start to the end and I was still on team Adam at the end of the book. Roth in the Dark Elements series was bad for about a book- does he count?
  8. You Belong With Me- pick a book you are highly anticipating
    7 MORE DAYS TIL EVERY LAST BREATH!!!! Wooooo!!! I am highly anticipating this series! I can’t wait! I am also waiting for the last book in the 5th Wave series to come out, as well!
  9. Forever and Always- pick your favorite book couple
    This is too hard!!! At the moment, since I just finished reading the series I am really shipping Ridley and Bryn but my favorite book couple of all time has got to be Will and Tessa.
  10. Come Back, Be Here- pick the book you would least likely let anyone borrow, in fear that it will be returned in a ruined state.
    I have a fair share of “book-borrowing” stories and they do not go down well. I still lend out my books, but my favorite copy of City of Bones was destroyed by one of my best friends and I have been much more careful, nowadays. I would probably never lend out my Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods book because it is too fragile and beautiful and also my Infernal Devices trilogy because of how much it means to me!

That’s all for the tag!!! I hope you enjoyed my answers and I will tag anyone else who wants to do this!   #lovebooks❤

5 Books That Made Me Cry Hysterically

Hey Guys!

I am back to school, so that means I won’t be posting as frequently as I did for the past three weeks but you’ll definitely be seeing me around! Today, I decided to do 5 books which made me cry…a lot. This won’t be in order because I have pretty much lost tracked on the amount of books that made me cry; don’t judge I’m a sensitive person 🙂

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
If you didn’t cry for this book, I can’t even consider you human. I cried so much for this book that I was a serious mess. At the end, everything about this book made me cry and it was the epilogue, especially, that made me just burst into a bomb of tears. My favorite books tend to be the ones where I really connect with the characters and the ones which make me an emotional wreck by the end of that and The Infernal Devices definitely did that for me.

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The memory of finishing this book was painted vividly in my mind. The tears just couldn’t stop. If you have read this book you would know that the ending is awfully sad and just the thought of the ending was too much so the tears kept coming. Contemporaries which end without a happily ever ending are my weak spot and most of the time I end up crying but this one was one of the worst cases. 🙂

3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riodan
This was no surprise but I definitely cried at the end of this book. I was lucky enough to grow up with this series and so the fact that this amazing series had ended was unbearable. Percy and Annabeth were my like my best friends and when I finished the last book- Blood of Olympus, I cried so much. It was really the end and for me it felt like an end of an era.

4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven
Like Eleanor and Park, I cried so so much. I was using up all the tissues, this book has a major plot twist (if you know what I mean) and it just got to me. I was crying so much it was crazy. Every little thing about the book got to me and the adventure the main character takes at the end of the book was too much to bear.

5. Champion by Marie Lu
If you ready 5 Stages of A Book Hangover post you would know how much this book affected me. The ending was horrible and the way the main character was left broken really broke my heart. I was balling hysterically. I never thought such a cheesy plot ending would affect me so much but the way I felt like I really knew the characters really made me cry even more.

What’s a book you cried for? Comment below:

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Liebster Award #5

Woo! Hoo! Hello Guys!!!

This is another Liebster Award and I was nominated by Analee from Book Snacks. She is one of the nicest bloggers and I highly recommend her blog. She posts book reviews and other fun book stuff. Go check her out! This Liebster Award is a bit different to the normal one. I’ll be answering 11 questions, sharing 11 facts and I’ll be nominating and writing 11 even questions for 11 other bloggers! For this award I nominate anyone who want to do this award.

  1. What is your favourite book-to-film adaptation OR what is a book/series you would like to see as a movie?
    I loved The Fault In Our Stars because I think it really stayed true the book and I loved Vampire Academy! I think if you loved the Vampire Academy series you would love the movie but if you haven’t read it the movie won’t be as appealing.
  2. If you could jump into any bookish world, where would it be? Why?
    This is a really hard question because I think about it all the time but every time I have a different answer. Lately, I have been thinking about the Shadowhunter-world  and I think that it would be a great bookish world to jump into. Who wouldn’t want to be a Shadowhunter?:)
  3. Who is your favourite author and why? (You can name more than one if you want.)
    I don’t really have a specific favorite author but I love Jennifer L. Armentrout books, so i guess you could say she is my favorite. I love her storylines as they are cheesy yet action-filled and witty. Cassandra Clare is also high up on my list of favorite authors as I love any of the Shadowhunter Chronicle novels, which were one of the first Young-Adult novels which I have read.
  4. What is your most prized book?
    I like to think that all of my books are prized possessions but one of my most special novels on my bookshelf is definitely Percy Jackson and The Greek Gods. The cover is so beautifully designed and it’s hardback. It is no surprise that it is one of my most prized books.
  5. What character from a book would you like to meet, and why?
    This is a really hard question… but if I could meet a character I think meeting Daemon (Lux Saga) would be amazing but I would love to meet Patch (Hush Hush Saga) and Will (The Infernal Devices). If I ever got to meet them I would probably faint! 🙂
  6. What is/are your favourite quote(s)?
    I actually have a post about this here! But I am planning on writing an updated one of these posts because I love quotes. My all time favorite quotes are:
    ” There is plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it, ” ~Cassandra Clare
    “Thomas Edison’s last words were, “It’s very beautiful over there,” I don’t know where there is but I believe it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful” ~ John Green
  7. What quality do you appreciate in a character?
    Persistence, loyalty, courage and confidence. I believe these are really important qualities in life and I love it when characters are so brave, persistent and confidence. For example, Rose(Vampire Academy) who I really look up to is so brave no matter what even if her loved ones are evil, she would do whatever she can to save them.
  8. What are three books you can’t live without?
    This is another tricky questions because I love so many books but I think three books I couldn’t live without are Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Mark of Athena by Rick Riodan.
  9. What places would you like to visit and why?
    I think I have answered a question like this before but I would love to backpack around Europe. This has always been my dream. I want to backpack with someone all around Europe without a particular destination, to just wander the streets of London, swim in the seas of Greece and eat authentic Italian food.
  10. Who is someone you consider a hero?
    There are many young-adult heroines who I consider as a hero. Tris Prior (Divergent) is someone I really look up to because of her selflessness. I want to be as loyal as she is to her family and friends. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy) is someone I have considered a series since I’ve read the series because I love how feminine yet strong she is. She isn’t a really unfeminine heroine but she is still capable of so many things. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson) is someone I have always respected since I read the series when I was really young.
  11. What do you think are your best qualities?
    Ummmm 🙂 I think one of my best qualities is my positivity and kindness. I have grown up in an era where teenagers are really submerged in positive things (tumblr and youtube) and I have always tried to make light of dark situations. I always want to help people because I think a small smile can light someone’s day so I always try to be happy because it really rubs off on people.

My Eleven Questions:
1) What is a novel you recommend to people who are not into young-adult novels?
2) Who is an evil character you somehow love?
3) What is a novel you thought you would hate but ended up loving?
4) What is an overhyped novel you do not like?
5) If you could live the life of a character for a day, who would you chose?
6) What is your favorite contemporary novel?
7) What is your most anticipated novel of 2015?
8) Do you prefer bookstores or libraries?
9) What are you currently reading and what do you plan on reading next?
10) What is an object you need by your side when you are reading?

That’s all for this award and as I said before I nominate anyone who wants to do this award! Thank you!

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Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Romance

This is another Jennifer L. Armentrout book… what a surprise! Don’t worry it is going to be one of the last ones for a while. This was different to the normal Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was definitely much more well written than the normal fantasy novels. Don’t Look Back is a unique, stand-alone mystery with a huge twist at the end. It isn’t a novel where you fall in love with the characters and world, it is more of a confronting and haunting novel. I highly recommend it if you loved Paper Towns, Mara Dyer and We Were Liars.

It follows the story of Samantha Franco who one day goes mysteriously missing with her best friend, Cassie. Suddenly, Samantha appears but she has lost all her memories and Cassie isn’t there with her. As she tries desperately to find out what happened that night of her disappearance, she only discovers a note that says, “Don’t look back. You won’t like what you find.”

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DON’T LOOK BACK*

I really liked this novel as it was different from the normal contemporaries and thriller, I have read before. I loved how we saw the story unravel through Samantha’s point of view because I think Jennifer L. Armentrout really captured the thoughts and frustration she would of been going through after the accident.

We start when Samantha Franco mysteriously stumbles in to town after her recent disappearance with her best friend Cassie. It started off with an ambiguous yet catching scene where she is completely blank and from there we meet her family. We discover that she came from a rich background and her parents are not on complete terms with each other and her brother is very protective of her. At this point, I was desperate to discover what happened on the night of the accident.

We then see Samantha going to school where she meets her friendship and her “serious” boyfriend. I love to see how the new Sam reflects on her old self and discovers that she was actually a mean, controlling and arrogant girl. She doesn’t want to be that kind of person again and, as she is offered this “new life”, she can amend her mistakes. This is one of the main themes that is explored in this novel and really makes the novel a lot more enjoying and relatable. It adds a lot of drama. Especially, when she tries to make that sudden change from being mean to nice.

I shipped Carson and Samantha. I loved to see their relationship develop while Samantha had extensive character development. It added a nice extra plot to the storyline. I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know what happened to Cassie and on the night.

At first when she thought it was Carson, my heart broke. I did not expect it to be Carson and the motive seemed right. I was so shocked! I did not expect that but then it turned out it wasn’t Carson and it was , in fact, her father. It was bombshell after bombshell. I really liked her father because he actually treated her like she was sane. In the end, he was the cold-blooded killer. Originally, I didn’t like her mother because she was so superficial. I really wanted to strangle her but she became more accepting of her completely different daughter and that was really good.

Overall, it was a fun read and I am glad it is a stand-alone book. Jennifer L. Armentrout blew me away, once again. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it for mystery enthusiasts!

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Top Five Fictional Boyfriends

Hey Guys!

I thought it would be a fun idea to tell you my five favorite fictional boyfriends because we all have a favorite fictional boy in our hearts. All these boys will be from books, so, nothing from TV Shows or Movies. These aren’t in order but Daemon and Roth are now my #1 favorite boys. (Warning: There are certain spoilers for each character)

1) Daemon Black from the Lux Series
Can we get a hallelujah for this guy! This is a no brainer. Who doesn’t think that Daemon Black is boyfriend goals? He is funny, hot and strong. He is so nice to Kat and just, ahhhhh!! He is so perfect! There are pretty much no flaws with Daemon Black. I love how he calls Kat kitten, it’s the cutest thing, I can’t wait for Oblivion- more Daemon goodness!

2) Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices
This guy was one of my first fictional boyfriends and he still is. He has a huge love for reading, which is so cute and he sacrifices so much for Tessa. My heart was breaking when he tells Tessa the truth but she was already proposed to Jem. He may seem dark, arrogant and cold-hearted in the beginning but then you see the cracks and discover that he actually is really loving.

3) Roth from The Dark Elements Series
OMG! I am freaking out for the last book and by just mentioning Roth, I am literally screaming. He drives a silver porsche. Who doesn’t want that? He is the prince of hell and like Will, he sacrifices so much for Layla. He jumped into the fiery pits and he pushed her away to save her. He is perfect, like Daemon, which is probably why he is equal first on my list with Daemon

4) Jace from The Mortal Instruments
He was my second fictional boyfriend. I’ve loved him since I read the series. Pretty much any Herondale is amazing. He is just really nice and I really like seeing the sensitive side. He is sarcastic and just so protective of Clary. I think he would be a perfect boyfriend. If only he was real.

5) Percy Jackson from The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series
He is the cutest. I loved him since I read the book, ages ago. I love how protective he is of his friends and family. He is so clumsy but so strong. He can control the water, which is so cool. I ship Percabeth so hard and Percy is such a cute boyfriend.

These are my top five fictional boyfriend list! I might do more of these top-five lists. Tell me your fictional boyfriends in the comments below:

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