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#Review: 4 stars to The Heir (The Selection series #4) by Kiera Cass #YA #Dystopian @HarperChildrens @kieracass

Posted 2 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

 

 

 

 

Might be some spoilers if you haven’t read the Selection series/or don’t want total fangirlisms 😛

Review:

Having loved the Selection series (1-3) I was sad it ended….

Until it didn’t.

What’s that, you say? A 4th book?

 

Yeah, so that was my reaction. But it took me some time to come to terms that it wasn’t from America’s pov. Damn! I left it some time after getting the book before delving in.

I’ll admit, it didn’t hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know? Anyway, then I got the audio book from Scribd just to see if that would help me get through it. I managed a chapter. Oh boy, was the narrator annoying! What is it with female narrators for YA books sounding like they should be reading erotica instead?

In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like “What? You’re 18?!” Because, you have to admit (if you’ve read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And  okay, she’s a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.

I got over that.

When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn’t want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I’d just read) and is determined to be in control (again…familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her. 

It’s a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it’s like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn’s behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.

I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn’t fawning over her, he wasn’t obsessive (Uh…hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn’t have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile. 

I do hope she chooses him. 

The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like “where the hell did that come from?!”. I’m glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call. 

Over all, definitely can’t wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon’s all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol

-Kat

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Book Nerd Talks: Blogging and Ideas

Posted 27 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 1 Comment

I’ve been having a bit of trouble lately coming up with new things to post about. I don’t want to just copy what other people do, but it might end up coming to that soon.

I just don’t understand how other bloggers can spend all their time blogging and there’s me, wondering what to put. It is baffling. I don’t want my blog to disappear into the wilderness and never be seen. I know blogging is supposed to be for me, but I’ve always been a secret attention seeker, even if it’s just for things I work for. (Attention for myself, however, I can live without.)

This whole book blogger community always feels a bit like school, and the popular groups stick together. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled to fit in. Who would have thought that problem would spread to blogging, huh?

Actually, when I finished school, the thought of blogging never even crossed my mind. It wasn’t even in my life at all. It’s only within the last, ooh, maybe five years when more and more YA books were turning into films and I begun reading more, that I became interested. Ooh I hear the ice cream van!

 

Wait…getting distracted there.

 

Anyway, so in the past I’ve tried several different ideas and new posts but they have sank faster than the Titanic, so I’m asking you, the readers – *hears my own echo* – what would you like to see more of?

Reviews? General posts? Promos? Or something entirely different?

Let me know, please.

In the meantime, live long and READ ON! 🙂

x Kat x

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Blog Talk: What’s new with me?

Posted 3 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 1 Comment

 

I has been busssayyyy! Well, I had been busy. Let’s take a look at what busy actually means, shall we?

 

Busy:

 

  • having a great deal to do
  • occupied with or concentrating on aparticular activity or object ofattention
  • (of a place) full of activity
  • excessively detailed or decorated;fussy
  • (of a telephone line ) engaged
  • keep occupied

 

In that sense, then yeah, I’ve had a lot on. I went to America for 3 weeks (felt at times like 3 years!), I met some friends that I’ve been DYING to meet for years!, I went to Comic Con, London film and Comic Con (more to the point YALC), and am going to Summer in the City soon, and I’ve been reading a lot. A LOT.

Well, it sure feels like it. 

I still can’t really get back into the swing of things. Without places to go, my life is dull. I will no sugar coat it for you. It is D. U. L. L. 

I always feel like I’m just planning the next big thing. And despite being in a bit of a money slump, I still want to book things. I want to see people, I want to do things, be more active in the convention and community world. I don’t know. BE FABULOUS, DARLING!

Haha.

The downsides of my weeks, though, have been mum falling over on our second day away! Not being able to walk properly for most of the trip, me losing my Taylor Swift blanket at SDCC and then forgetting my cushion at the hostel before leaving for the airport :(, and when I got home and hosted a giveaway, only 2 people entered. 2! I mean, COME ON!

Besides all that, I’m good. I’ve got plans to get new book cases, and rearrange my room (when I can summon up the energy and have some help from mama dearest) and also I’ve been reading to catch up on my GR challenge which I’m now only 7 books behind! Woo! I thought before I was 20 books behind but nope. 7!

What else?

I decided to try up video blogging again, though editing is a pain. 

I have enough books to feed a library.

I had joyous fun trying to find another web host only to have my current one give me a brilliant offer so I wouldn’t leave. Now THAT’S what I call service!

Yeah.

I want to know about your days? How have you been this summer? Got any plans?

Hit me up, yo!

-Kat

 

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UPDATE: BLOG UP!

Posted 31 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

LOL no worries. I got an offer from my host with a very nice discount so I’m staying with them. Panic averted!

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UPDATE: BLOG DOWN

Posted 31 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

While I change Hosts/Decide on who to change TO, there might be a few glitches when trying to access the blog. My current host plan ends 19th August but yknow…I’m thinking ahead. 

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My USA trip + San Diego Comic Con #BookHaul

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

Welcome, welcome. So it’s been a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s gone so quickly. Bah! Feels like just last week I was posting about going away. Anyway, here I am. I have LOTS of new books I can’t wait to show you. For this, I decided to do a video as writing it all would kill my hands. 

Enjoy 😀

p.s. Still getting the hang of editing so please excuse any hiccups along the way. 

 

 

Funnily enough, as soon as I’d finished all the recording, my mum came home with more packages and two books I’d forgotten I’d ordered. Those were:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by  Laini Taylor.

So there you have it, I am officially bogged down with books. HA. As if that’s even a bad thing. As I said in the video, I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading or have read, whether I mentioned it or not. 

The giveaway will be announced officially on Thursday so keep an eye out because there are more than just 2 books going.  Why yes, I am feeling generous.

And have a good Tuesday, wherever you are. 🙂

Kat

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#Reviews & Update: Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted 22 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Just a quick update first:  I’m going to be away for 3weeks so may not be able to post anything during that time.

Also, as in true pre-trip fashion, I’ve lost something. My new glasses. Good thing I still wear my old ones now and then, other wise I’d be stuck. I mean, my new ones were lowered in prescription, and they’re better for me, but the lens never cleaned properly. So…anyway.

On to the reviews, yes?

 


Being marooned on an island somewhere off the coast of Madagascar with five celebrities sounds romantic and glamorous, right?
Wrong.

You couldn’t find people with fewer survival skills if you tried. Seriously. Cisco may have centerfold abs, but he can’t even spell SOS. At least super-sexy Jonah seems to have a clue (too bad about the purity ring). If I’m stuck here much longer, these self-involved head cases might drive me crazy-assuming they don’t insult each other to death first. It’s like a group therapy edition of Survivor.
At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all celebrities should be caged in Hollywood and confined to the pages of US magazine. And, btw, if you’re there, God, it’s me, Francesca, and I really want to go home.

Review:

So, I was looking for some funky contemps that weren’t too expencive, and lo-and-behold I found this for under £2 on Amazon! Bargain if I do say so myself.

The story starts off fair cute, Francesca’s humour is just so…fresh. Though she does act older in some aspects than 16. At first I thought she was 18 or so. But, no. She’s very into celebrities, she reads gossip mags like they’re literally growing on trees, and constantly worries about what others think of her. She has a good relationship with her dad who lives with a new girl (younger than her mum) and everything’s great, until he announces he’s having another child. Well, Fran is angry, and in a rush, enters a competition from a Seventeen magazine where she’s to write a non fiction story about loss. Except she doesn’t, she says her dad is dead. Which…isn’t true.

So she wins the competition and is jetted off to a secluded island off the coast of Madagascar. Except… the pilot is hollywood legend Joe (surname has been forgotten, but it’s made up so no worries) and he’s not exactly famous for flying, if you catch my drift. They crash somewhere NOT where they’re supposed to be, and it reminded me of Lost but without all the supernatural stuff and a lot more complaining.

I can’t say I disliked this book, but I did find it wasn’t as funny after a while and it just got a bit irritating. There seemed to be a lot of oneupmanship with each of the characters, but given that there were like…6 celebrities (more like B list celebs) and one normal and one Perez Hilton like guy, that was to be expected. The amount of swearing, however, was a little unneeded. I don’t mind it but when it’s just thrown out there for no reason other than, clearly, to shock, it’s just a bit weird.

This was a quick read and I didn’t struggle to get in to it, which was a relief. If you like the sound of it, I’d definitely recommend a read.

I rate this 3 and a half stars.


‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

Review:

I saw the movie of If I Stay first. I’ll admit that, and so we can get that out of the way. *sighs*

I loved the film and cried, and just…it was so beautiful. So when I came across the book in the library, I had to read it. Granted, I was months/years overdue, but who cares?

And basically, I fell for this book just as I did for the movie, and then some. Because obviously there were bits that weren’t put in the film, but were just as lovely to read.

Mia is a strong willed character who is then thrown in the deep end with a challenge that I don’t think I could complete. A car crash is one thing, but then to lose everyone in your family? That is just crippling. So I didn’t blame her if she didn’t want to wake up from her coma. As I’d seen the movie first ,I knew what the characters were like and I knew roughly what to expect, but the words on page still struck me hard. I need to read the sequel.

I thought the romance was sweet and gentle, but still held meaning, and Adam was everything you’d want in a guy.

I’m a little stuck for words, to be honest. I loved the book so much, I don’t know how to do it justice. So I’ll leave you with my rating, which should explain everything.

5 stars!

 

-Kat

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Update!

Posted 16 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

It appears something has gone wrong from my site. My widgets aren’t appearing. Now, this may not be a problem for you, but it is for me. The page seems bare and naked without them bordering the site.

 

Gah!

 

Just letting you know.

 

That’s all.

 

xxKatxx

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#Video: Ruby Red/These Broken Stars review + update

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Espionage, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

So I’m testing out a little thing. I sometimes can’t always be bothered to write a review (yes yes we all know I’m lazy!) and depending on my mood, and depending on how well the videos are received, I’ll do video reviews.
So…it’s all up to you. If no one wants to see my mug on screen (which I can’t blame you for, really) then I’ll not do anymore.

😀

Also, I’m REALLY new at this, so I’m still learning what to say and stuff. As you’ll be able to tell, I’m not anywhere near as articulate on video as I am in writing. LOL.

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#BlogPost: Health & Hiccups (The Costly Kind) #MayUpdate

Posted 27 May, 2015 by katheryn13 in Updates / 0 Comments

Good day, fellow readers and bloggers.

So I thought it about damn time I post something relating to…well…me! I’ve had a few bumps in the road the past few weeks.

 

I’ll start off with the good stuff. I went to Asylum 14 a few weeks ago. A Supernatural convention in Birmingham that had a LOT of guests, including the main stars Jensen, Jared, Misha, Mark, etc etc. It was a good time, if you ignore the hellish crowds (no pun intended) and the shitty organisation done by a company that’s been running for 10 years and quite frankly should know better by now. I met Jared and Jensen (not before selling my kidney to pay for it…jk) but came away with a smile anyway. I won’t be going to one of those cons again for a long time, as you know..funds don’t allow. But that was where the good times ended…

First, I went through one HELL of a reading slump, in which it took me months to finish one book and then couldn’t be bothered to review it afterwards. I know. So SAD!

In any case, that slump is sort of over, but not as much as I’d like. I’m struggling along with Dorothy Must Die. Not to say it’s a bad book, because it’s most not. But you know how it is with slumps, right? You want to read but the brain just won’t process the words properly so you (I) feel like one is slogging through mud. It’s due back at the library soon so I have to hurry. I’ll tell you a tale: I first got the book a month ago, had it for 3 weeks (never got around to reading it!) and then it had to go back because it was on reserve by someone else. I quickly reserved it again for myself. Now, when I got it first time, it was in nice, decent quality. It didn’t look brand new, but certainly not overly used. I hadn’t read it before sending it back so it was okay. Now, I get the book again last week and it’s bend back at the front pages and looks like a tornado itself ran through it. Seriously, what is wrong with people? Can they not treat books with the respect they deserve? *grumbles* Anyway, I’m liking the story. Feels like I’ve been reading forever and I’m only a quarter way in, but that’s just me. I think.

Then I got ill. Lasted about a week – ten days, but during which I just couldn’t do much. When I get a cold, it ruins me. Call it man flu (though I’m a girl) if you must. I felt awful.

And then one day last week – a fairly pleasant Wednesday – I come home from visiting my niece, having been to the cinema earlier that day as well (Pitch Perfect 2! Brilliant!) I get home to find we’ve been burgled. Now, that not only is surprising because we don’t exactly live in prime robbing estate, but also because they didn’t take much. Only my laptop (MY PRIDE AND JOY!) and my ipod upon further inspection. Fuckers even bothered to unplug the charger and take that. <_< They also took my car keys, and because my car is old and barely working, costs far too much to replace them.

To say I was shaken and in shock would be an understatement. We’d never been robbed before. They’d come in through the kitchen window (HOW?!) and made minimal entry mess (again, HOW?!) but made a tip of my room and mum’s. We don’t think they took much, if anything from mum’s room, which is just fucking typical in my opinion. Of course they leave the tv, camera (new!) and xbox, but they take the one thing I cherish.

We had contents insurance so thankfully we were able to get replacements, but not without paying a hefty excess fee. Ugh. As if, what with the forthcoming trip to pay for, we weren’t having ENOUGH money issues. Seriously.

Anyway, today I received my new laptop and hopefully my iPod will arrive tomorrow or Friday. Not that I used the original much, but maybe I will now that it’ll work better than the last did. In some ways I’m glad they took it just so I could get a new one. lol.

It’s been such a hectic week with worry and stress and general things making life hell. But now we’re on the mend and hopefully *touch wood* nothing else causes any problems. 🙂

So there you have it, my May in a nutshell.

xxKatxx

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