❤ Obsessed with Rafe, I’ve lost my memory and now, I’ve Time Travelled ❤ January Reads!!!

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Hi!!

This is a bit late. (Okay, I’m four days late with this post but it should be fine!) I have read so many exciting books this January and I think I’m pretty well on my way to finishing a hundred books this year. I mean as long as homework doesn’t devour me, social media doesn’t distract me and I don’t fall into a reading slump, I should be able to complete a hundred books! What is your reading challenge?

Anyway, I have read a total of twelve books this January!! (I know, I think it’s a record if I can say so myself! ) I am so excited to share with you my favourite books, my dislikes and a brief note of my thoughts on the books I’ve read this January! This year has been a fresh start for me and I have enjoyed every day of it! I hope your January was a great start to making 2016 your year! I would love to add some book to my TBR: What have you read this January?

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This was my favourite this month by far,  KISS OF DECEPTION! It was fortunately, one of my first reads, as well! I mean who couldn’t fall in love with this book! I absolutely loved it and the fact that it reminded me of the joy and heart-wrenching pain I felt whilst The Infernal Devices (If you didn’t feel heartbroken at any stage of this book, you aren’t human) So, for all you TID fans: You have to read this series!! The book hangover was actually unreal!!! I am definitely #teamrafe! I loved following the journey of Lia, Rafe and Kaden throughout the four-day period I read this book! I was submerged into this fantasy world and only just managed to pull myself out in one piece! I am desperate for the last book and I honestly need it now!

#SHIPITLIKEFEDEX! OMG RAFE AND LIA ARE GOALS!!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset   Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw (Check out the review) was yet another highlight of the month! It’s one of those novels that shakes, racks and completely changes your view of society in just 400 pages! I absolutely love the cover (I know I’m superficial! Jks.) However, seriously though you need to get to this novel, it isn’t like any novel I’ve read before! If you loved Vanishing Girls, I think you’ll enjoy this. Seriously though, get to this book because you won’t regret it!

 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTowards the end of January, I read the long-awaited novel, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! I don’t want to spoil to much but I definitely had a lot of fun reading this novel! A review will be up in the upcoming days, so don’t miss it! It was a different novel to the books I normally read but I loved following this adventure! Both Nicholas and Etta are characters you’ll come to love! This book made me time-travel through so many different periods of time, which made this novel so much fun!

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I also read Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and I am planning on reading the rest of the series this February! You can check out the full review here! What I loved about this book, was the fact that it is short, yet packs a major punch. You won’t be disappointed. Hopefully, the series will continue to get better but I’ve heard from a few bookstagrammers that it isn’t amazing (Yikes!) However, nothing can put aside the fact that this book is written beautifully well. It’s one of the best author collaborations that I have read! I loved reading about how these two main characters lost their memory, it was so well written that I felt like I had lost my own memory and it’s so r

 

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This January, I also read was Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour! I’ll tell you the truth, at first, I was very sceptical. This book is written by a YouTuber, not a professional author, not an editor- a YouTuber, who also supposedly wrote this novel with a ghost writer. I wasn’t expecting much. However, when I read this I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the writing isn’t amazing and parts of the novel were a tad cliche, but it was pretty good for a contemporary novel. I’ve read worse and I really liked how the main character, Penny, was a blogger. The romance was pretty cute, you have to admit!border-grey

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis month, I have also read Trust Me, I’m Lying, Thirteen Reasons Why, Boy 23, How To Be Bad and Crown of Ptolemy! You guys can check out some of the reviews which I have linked. I absolutely loved Crown Of Ptolemy because Percabeth is life! To be honest, this novella had more percabeth moments than Blood Of Olympus, itself! So, if your craving some Percabeth! You have to check this novel out!

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I hope you enjoyed my January Reads post! Did you read any of these books? Chat to me down below! I have also begun to settle down into a blog regime, which has made me extremely happy! I have updates my blog and have begun posting so much more! Do you like my new layout?

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date: May 2008
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama

After years and years of hearing the novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, I couldn’t pass by the chance to read this book when I saw it my library. Knowing that this novel was getting made into a TV Show by Selena Gomez (Her Revival album is great 🙂 ) I had to read it! Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why was different to most contemporary novels that deal with the theme of suicide. However, this book was disappointing as it didn’t live up to its hype. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and it was a great short read.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a unique dual perspective novel. Clay’s true love, Hannah has committed suicide not to long ago. Clay can’t seem to bear the truth but one day a package of thirteen tapes arrive one day on his doorstep, each tape consists of thirteen reasons told by Hannah of why she decided to end her life. Clay can’t stop listening to them and as he delves deeper into Hannah’s true story the reasons he discovers will hurt him in ways he could never imagine.

I am definitely excited as to how the TV show will turn out and when it does come out I will definitely be writing a #mythoughts on the episodes.

*SPOILERS FOR THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER*

Thirteen Reasons Why was an interesting read for me. While I didn’t really enjoy the novel, I still found myself page-turning for more. Perhaps, it’s because I just wanted to find out how Clay impacted Hannah, it was gripping in the sense that readers are captivated to find out more about Hannah’s reasons for committing suicide and how she did commit suicide. Before I get to what I didn’t enjoy about the novel, let’s start off with the positives.

Thirteen Reasons Why started off very shaky but as the story end, it got better and better. To be honest, the ending was the one of the only good parts of the novels. I really enjoyed the execution of the theme of suicide, in the novel. Suicide and mental problems, like depression in teens usually begin with a small spark and as Hannah mentioned it’s usually the little things that build up to the, “Snowball Effect”. Asher’s intriguing example of this effect was one of the reasons that kept me wanting to read more. Hannah’s tapes began with the starting problem and as the story progressed the snowball became too big and unbearable for Hannah and for her it was the end of the world. After reading this novel and discovering that some little things will always be in your memory, I have definitely been more conscious to the way I treat others.

The novel was definitely well thought-out in terms of the layout of the story. I really liked reading the different tapes from Hannah and then hearing the comments from Clay. It was kind of like two perspectives in one both set in different time frames and that was really intelligent. However, even though it was well thought-out it wasn’t tear-jerking. I was expecting a major flow of tears like I did with All The Bright Places but I was disappointed.

The story jumped straight away into the story and I was kind of taken aback. It was too fast and I never got any information or background on Clay. Therefore, I didn’t get to understand or click with him, even though he was the main character. Even though it may not have been that important to the story, If I had gotten to know more about who he was or how much he really loved Hannah I would have enjoyed the story a lot more. The character development was disappointing as well, Clay went through no development and by the end of the novel, all he went through was the same few emotions thought-out the novel: angered, sad and disappointed.

Hannah’s development was definitely a bit better and we got to go through every step of her where the reasons began all the way until she met the English teacher and committed suicide. I really liked the way her tapes and recordings really reflected her personality and what she went through. It was very much like listening to the real tape. Through her dialogues we definitely get to find out more about her character than just plainly writing her story.

However, Clay’s part on the tapes were so small, I was so disappointed. I was expecting more but the way Hannah told the story it seemed like she never really loved Clay like he did to her. However, he was oblivious and only ended up getting enraged. It was as if we lead up this to huge mountain but we were only faced with a small hill. Not only that but it was hard to follow and pinpoint what was exactly happening during the ending tapes, as everything major was all crammed into a few short stories.

I was trying really hard not to compare this novel to All The Bright Places but I can conclude that Thirteen Reasons Why wasn’t as good. However, I commend Jay Asher’s layout of the story but it was just some flaws that brought down the novel.

Thanks guys! Next review will be on BOY23 by Jim Carrington!

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Teaser Tuesdays (January 6th)

New Year! New Teaser Tuesdays! 🙂

If you didn’t see my last Teaser Tuesdays post, I am going to do this little feature on my blog every week! Basically, every Tuesday I will share with you the novel I am currently reading, give you a short teaser and tell you some of my thoughts on the novel!

I am currently reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher!

This is my second attempt at reading this novel as my last attempt didn’t go so well due to the fact that it was due back at my library! 🙂 I am currently nearly done with this novel- I only have five more pages left. Here is a little snippet from the contemporary:

“But to stop it, I felt like I had been out of control for so long that whatever I did hardly mattered anymore.
” And I couldn’t stand it anymore I wanted the world to stop…to end,”

– Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

I have enjoyed reading Thirteen Reasons Why but I was slightly disappointed (I’ll tell you why in my review 🙂 ) Jay Asher has executed the theme of suicide and the notion of the Snowball effect well but there is are still a little flaws that didn’t live up to its hype! Anyway, I’ll explain more in my review, which will be coming up very soon!

Thank you guys so much! P.S: Who else is counting down the days til the release of The Shadowhunters TV Show? YES! (It’s 6 days 🙂 )

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