Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Apologies for not posting a July wrap up last month but I was on holiday and it seemed silly putting it up half way through August. So here is my combined wrap up for the two months, I did really well in July as of course I was on holiday and had nothing else to do but I have had two pretty good reading months, until the end of August when I just couldn't seem to get in to a book.


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Read my review here. I am so in love with this trilogy and this was just as amazing if not even better than the first book. Honestly it baffles how Cassandra Clare wrote these books at the same time as the Mortal Instruments as these are just on another level.
5/5 stars

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Read my review here. This was a brilliant conclusion for the trilogy, I was slightly concerned because I thought that I had heard a spoiler but when I actually read it I realised that it never actually happened, so I was pretty excited by that and also this was so beautiful and I miss Jem and Will now. Honestly read these even if you didn't like the Mortal Instruments because these are about a billion times better!
5/5 stars

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Read my review hereAt first I was unsure. The Russian names were confusing and there wasn't any explanation of the way of Grisha or the army, but at about 50 pages onwards the explanations came and so did my interest with the story.
4/5 stars

Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
Read my review hereIt was really interesting to see this side of Four, it makes me wonder how Veronica Roth was able to write Four so well in these novellas, but completely destroy him in Allegiant. I don't know who the Four in Allegiant was but he certainly doesn't fit in with the Divergent, Insurgent or the Four from these novellas at all. I can only imagine what Allegiant would have been like if she had written him then as she has here.
4/5 stars

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Read my review here. I was really impressed by this, I was looking for something slightly lighter to read but still have a slight edge to it and this book is so perfect for that. It was fun, light hearted but also had moments of urgency and intrigue.
4/5 stars

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
For a second book in a trilogy, which is usually just a filler book, this tried its hardest to try and be just as epic as the first whilst still trying to hold off until the next book for anything major to happen really well.
4/5 stars

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Read my review here. This was a really fun contemporary YA book with a bit of a twist to it, I enjoyed it and think it was the perfect summer book when I was approaching a slump in my reading. 
3.5 stars

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Again, this was surprising enjoyable, my only issue is that I wish that America was more assertive with her decisions, occasionally I found myself getting irritated that she kept changing her mind.
4/5 stars

The One by Kiera Cass
Read my review hereI really, really enjoyed this trilogy and this final book was a brilliant conclusion. The whole trilogy is such an easy read and although it has its imperfections it has done the trick and I am left very entertained and very surprised by how much I liked it.
5/5 stars

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Read my review here. I was a little bit disappointed with this book as I just felt like the ending was a bit of a cop out and the main protagonist deserved so much more and occasionally I did find myself getting a little bored.
4/5 stars

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I really liked finding out more about Sydney. There have been comparisons to it being too similar to Vampire Academy but to be honest I really don't agree, I think that this series will delve into the world more and introduce characters that are just as brilliant. Also it has Adrian in it which is always a positive
4.5/5 stars

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
This was such a bleh book, I felt like it was just trying to shock people rather than focus on a good developing plot with strong characters.
3/5 stars

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Normally I don't like having masses of war talk in books but in this book it was never boring but clever and action packed. The characters although have flaws were normal and realistic when you consider their position. I am looking forward to the next book coming out as this was very enjoyable and I can see it will be a very good trilogy if it carries on with the standard of this book.
4.5/5 stars


The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Yet another fantastic addition to this already super developed world. I love these characters so much more than in Vampire Academy as everyone gets their chance to shine and the plot is just so much more fast-paced.
4.5/5 stars

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Oh god this was such a brilliant book. Definitely my new favourite young adult contemporary book. I loved the way that it was written, the characters all had personality and flaws, they had fantastic relationships, amazing plot and I loved the progression of Emily's character throughout the book, from being unhealthily dependent on Solane to being a strong, independent teenager with friends who she makes memories. She is no longer known as 'the girl who is friends with Solane' but known as Emily instead. Argh all the characters and everything about this book was amazing and I loved it.
5/5 stars

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
There was a bit of insta-love in this book but honestly it didn't really bother me too much, the aliens in this book weren't corny, which is the reason why I hadn't read a book about aliens. This was really easy to read and whilst not fantastic and flawed it was entertaining.
4/5 stars

Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout
Obviously this series is not perfect and occasionally the descriptions of Daemon and her love get a little nauseating, the action and plot are undeniably good. I missed Dee in this book though and I can't help but feel that Katy is so focused on herself as to forget her friend, I really hope she sorts that out in the next book because Dee is going to need a friend.
4.5/5 stars

Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout
I have my issues with them, specifically in this book with Daemon constantly telling Katy she cant do something because it is dangerous. Well duh, you're an alien and she is a hybrid, its hardly going to be a walk in the park.
4/5 stars

We Were Liars by E Lockhart
This book is so hyped and I was so excited to read it. To be honest I understand why no one tells you the plot, it's probably because they have no idea what the hell actually happened. That ending oh my god that ending was like "wwwhhhhaaattt????!!!"
4/5 stars

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
This was an addicting book. Full of drama and friendship and crazy teenage drama. It was fun, well written and well though out. But not really anything that individual or particularly memorable.
3.5/5 stars

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Wow, so I decided to pick this up because of the upcoming movie release and oh my this is a total emotional roller coaster. I love Mia I think she is such a brilliant person and so real and that is what makes this book so undeniably sad and just amazing.
5/5 stars

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogsol
This is a really interesting graphic novel. One of the first that I have read that hasn't been in colour as that is generally what I prefer, whilst this graphic novel hasn't changed that opinion completely, I will certainly be less resistant to buy a black and white novel in the future. The colour scheme, or lack of really complimented the story because I think it showed both Anya's and Emily's thoughts and mirrored the lack of colour they saw in life. Really short, easy, fun story and I really liked the illustrations, they kind of reminded me of the Scott Pilgrim drawings
4/5 stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is a soft, contemporary novel that has great characters, a fun plot line and a reasonable romance. However, towards the end of the book the romance got a little too much and a bit too soppy. I don't like it when authors make contemporary book from a teenagers perspective and make their love seem so pure and poetic because it just isn't that way at all. That was my only issue though and I liked the way this author wrote so I will be picking up more of her books.
4/5 stars

I have written reviews for most of these books and if the links haven't been given then the posts just haven't been published yet, so when they have I will keep adding to it, if not check out my blog on Thursdays for new blog posts!

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