Category: YA


Review: 4 stars to Love Song by Sophia Bennett #YA #BoyBands #Funny

Posted 25 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

 

A million girls would kill for the chance to meet The Point, but Nina’s not one of them.
She’s the new assistant to the lead singer’s diva fiancée, and she knows it’s going to suck. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up.
Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …
Review:
I have been in a real contemporary stage lately, and have basically read all the contemps I have available. It’s annoying. 
Love Song was a gem. I loved every second, and laughed at the most ridiculous things that happened. I mean, this is VERY British, and it was lovely. The band, The Point, reminded me a bit of Mcfly, but more in the sense that they’re a British band and well…yeah okay so the similarities end there. haha. 
Nina is only 17 but she’s like Mary Poppins with all her skills. It’s unnerving. Her parents say she’s too responsible and needs to get out there and live. So after a disastrous meet and greet with The Point, her younger sister – Ariel’s-  favourite band ever, Nina didn’t expect to ever see them again. Which is why it’s a shock when the band’s manager visits to offer her a job. To be the lead singer’s fiancée’s assistant. It seemed simple enough, but it turned out that Sigrid is a complete bitch. 
It’s a hilarious and somewhat awful time and when it’s over, it’s over, except it’s not…
She’s then asked to help the boys on their secluded trip away. Which is where it gets tricky because Nina thinks she’s going somewhere exotic. HAHAHAHAHA no.
I won’t spoil but I tell ya, it’s utterly ridonkulous! I loved every second, even if Nina was being a bit stupid in her thinking sometimes. The boys were fun, sexy, talented, and I so badly wish they were real now. Sigh. There’s a definite romance which feels a lot like a typical Rom-Com movie where things go wrong and then at the last minute they realise their mistake. Still, it’s brilliant, and – though I must admit, a little long-winded – so sweet. 
What confused me a bit was how Nina’s A-Levels were mentioned twice, but you never actually read about her taking them…or studying…so I was like “Wait…did they disappear or something?”
Ariel is adorable but annoying at times, but then..she is 13. So yeah. The rest of the family are included, which is great, and a change. I loved how the dad didn’t want her going anywhere, but the mum was like *dreamy face* >_< There were the usual bitchy girls, and the best friends, and the song lyrics. 
I wanted to rate this 5 stars, but despite me having read it in 2 days – which, to be honest is like light speed for me – it wasn’t one that hit the target completely, but very very nearly. I had an enormous grin on my face most of the time though, so there’s that.
-Kat

 

 

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Review: 5 stars to Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Posted 24 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mental Health, Reviews, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.
Review:
I was recommended this book via booktube, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. I went into this knowing it was about a girl with schizophrenia paranoia but to what end, that was not known.
Alex is a ‘one of a kind’ kind of character, who made me laugh, cry, and generally love so much. She has so much going on, and doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. It’s almost heartbreaking at points because you, the reader, have been taken through this journey, only for the rug to be pulled out from under you. I was right there with Alex, horrified, scared, confused. It was a mish-mash of feelings that utterly made me love this book so much.
Miles was my second favourite, and the one that intrigued me just as much as Alex. I had, to be honest, wondered if he was real, just like with a lot of the characters, I was waiting for the catch. You’re left hanging, waiting in the balance for the penny to drop. Sometimes it dropped, sometimes it didn’t.
I loved the whole gang of friends Alex ended up having, and the mystery behind the Headmaster and what he was up to. Her parents were a bit hot and cold, but then it’s surprising they even appeared as a lot of YA has non-existing parents, you know? Actually it was more the mother that annoyed me. She seemed so quick to want to send her child away.
I know it’s weird, but I have this fascination with books about characters with mental health and where hospitals are involved. It might say a lot about me. They really interest me; even if it is brushed up to be less accurate, it’s STILL made aware. I don’t understand the people that get mad because it’s not 100% how it is. Sometimes you have to embellish to make a story, and still remain loyal, and I felt like this one matched that. I got the pain of someone who was suffering, and still I got the love story, and the trauma of things going wrong. It was all there.
I wanted more when it ended, I wanted to know what happened next, but it was still a relatively happy ending, even with flaws. It almost made me want it to be a series. LOL I know. Anyway, I think you’d like this, even if the subject isn’t necessarily something you’re happy with, there’s a whole different story within it. 
A definite 5 star read for me!
-Kat
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#boutofbooks 17 | midweek update

Posted 25 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Readathons, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hello everyone. So this week 22nd to 28th August I’m participating in the #boutofbooks 17 readathon challenge. It’s now half way and I just wanted to let you know my progress so far. 

On Monday/Tuesday I read: 

12 chapter sampler of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. That is 148pages.

On Tuesday (once I finished the previous, obv) and Wednesday:

I began The Crown by Kiera Cass.  

113 pages read over those days. 

So that’s it for now. It’s currently Thursday, but the day isn’t over so I’ll update you on my final tally come Monday. 

I hope you’re enjoying your week. And if you’re doing this readathon also, let me know how it’s going for you!  XD 

-Kat 

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#SBPT | Week 7: Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook @brookeevans2001 @TheBookBratz

Posted 14 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Interviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Hey everyone! We’re nearly at the end of this fun tour organised by The Book Bratz. Again, thanks for having me! This week we’re talking to Brooke as she does the Epic Reads book tag. Enjoy! 🙂

 


Hi Everyone! I’m Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook and I’m so happy to be able to blog here on Kat’s blog today! So my post today is the Epic Reads Tag which is just questions about books (duh). Anyway, without too much of my blabbering, let’s get into the post!

 

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Ok I talked about this in another of these SBPT posts but I will talk about it again because I love it so much. Kiera Cass and her character, America Singer. I would love to talk with Kiera Cass about the thought process behind the book, how she came up with the idea, etc… Also America Singer is such a force to reckon with and a role model to like everyone. As to what I’ll serve… I guess cookies and coffee (because I dislike tea).

 

  1. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
For some reason, i don’t have strong feelings about any authors having a prequel for their book. I don’t know if it’s just that I don’t want to (which actually is highly unlikely) or that I’ve just read so many books these last couple of weeks that I can’t remember any of them.

 

  1. Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?
Two characters that would make a good couple and not from the same book. Taylor from The Way to Game the Walk of Shame and Finn from Summer of Sloane. Even though the two books both ended up with them having a happy ending, I feel like the two can really balance each other out with their personalities.

 

  1. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
‘Oh My Gosh I love you’ (?) But knowing me, I’ll probably just stand there staring in awe at them trying to figure out what to say and then end up saying nothing to them.

 

  1. What book made you a reader and why?
There is no specific book that made me a reader; books were something that I always loved as a young child since I had all the friends that I could ever want in books. But when middle school started, I kinda lost that passion for reading due to my lack of time so when I read The Selection by Kiera Cass, I guess that’s what made me the reader I am now and the reason I started my blog.

 

  1. Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire! Show us the one book you save.
Um why would you ever do this to me? I think the book I would save is The Unexpected Everything because I haven’t read it yet and I’ve been wanting to read it for so long. But let’s be real, I’ll be grabbing all the books that I have on my shelves if they catch on fire.

 

  1. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
Hmmm, which dystopian world would I like to live in. I’m not sure because the only ones that I’m thoroughly familiar with is the Hunger Games and The Selection so….. But they both have huge downsides so I think I like living in our current world… That’s also the reason I like reading contemporary books over dystopian books (but I still like reading them both).

 

  1. What is your most epic read of all time?
Why are all these questions so hard to answer? Actually I’m just indecisive. My most epic read of all time is One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swanker. But of course, that is just my choice for right now.

 

  1. Also, tag some friends to answer these questions!
This sounds utterly cliche but I tag all of you guys to do this tag! Also send me links to your posts if you do this tag so I can see it too!

Thank you so much to Kat for having me on her blog today! If you guys want to see more of my posts, go over to my blog, The Cozy Little Book Nook and check those out because I’m featuring another blogger on there as well!

 

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Thanks to Brooke for taking part. Make sure you look at the #SBPT hashtag to see others’ blog posts! 🙂 See ya next week.
-Kat
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Review: 5 stars to The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Posted 2 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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.
Review:
What a beautiful gem of a book! Apollo is one of my favourite characters…or Gods, shall I say, that were introduced in the early Percy Jackson books.
I had been so excited to read this, and boy, was I NOT disappointed. haha. Had you thinking then, didn’t I? Sorry, my words aren’t coming out clearly.
Anyway, Apollo has been a naughty boy. But that’s another story. He’s being blamed for what happened at the end of the Heroes of Olympus series, and Zeus has no mercy. Not even for his own son. Wow, harsh! Apollo  gets sent to earth as a HUMAN teenage boy, no powers, nothing, and it’s no wonder he’s confused. I was right there with him – spiritually, of course.
It’s a real rollercoaster of batshit crazy and yet it’s absolutely captivating. I love his personality, how he’s so sarcastic and self centred yet there’s hints of humanity and sensibleness (?) about him at the rarest of moments. He’s a great character.
Meg on the other hand…well she was handed to him as a guide and ended up rubbing me the wrong way with her secrets and her avoiding things. I hate being given characters, made to like them only for them to stab me in the back. In any case, she was a handful. I wonder how things will turn out for her in the sequel, because it’s obvious Apollo cares a lot about her.
I loved that Percy appeared. Not to mention all of Apollo’s children as well. It was weird but funny how Apollo was now the same age as them. I only remember Will, though. He stands out more.
And oh my god… Nico. Nico! Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see him in this, but it was still nice. I feel like I’ve developed a bond between all of them now and they’re like long distant friends. 🙂 I wish Annabeth had been in it, but oh well. 
Over all, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for book 2! I’m sure it’ll be just as brilliant and full of witty remarks from Apollo. 🙂
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 3: @LeftyReads of The Left Handed Book Lover @TheBookBratz

Posted 17 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Annnnd we’re back! It’s week 3 of the #SBPT challenge, and today it’s all about LeftyReads and books she thinks you should be reading now!
Take it away, gurrrrl!

Hey there, lovely book people! I’m Lefty, and I’m the ferocious dragon behind The Left-Handed Book Lover. I’m so delighted to be here on Kat’s blog. I’m going to be telling you about the books I like to recommend to people.

These books are just kind of my go-to recommendations. Obviously, if I get acquainted with someone’s specific taste, I’ll personalize the recs, but these are some of my favorite books that I think a lot of people will enjoy, even if they’re not big readers.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – This is my favorite book series of all time! It’s action-packed and the characters are a lot of fun. I’m always telling people they need to read this book, and assuring them it’s way better than the crap-tastic movie made in its name. I know the vampire craze is over, but, in my opinion, this series transcends that trend. It’s much more than the standard vampire novel.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I picked this book up earlier in the year and it quickly became one of my new favorite contemporary books. The friendship elements in it are fantastic, the romance is adorable, and the over-all plot is a ton of fun.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – This series is quick to read, and the writing is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, so I’m always shoving this book in people’s hands.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – This is another one of my favorite contemporary novels. I love the romance and the way the two main characters have to work through so much crap going on in their own heads.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I actually only read this a few weeks ago, but ever since then I’ve been practically shouting from every rooftop I pass that people need to read this book. It’s heartbreaking and phenomenal

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I’m pretty sure I’ve told everyone in my life to read this novel. The premise is unique and the execution is flawless. Oliver’s writing is absolutely stunning, and I just need everyone to read this series.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This is another more recent read, but I thought it was incredibly adorable and relatable.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – While I like TMI, I love this series even more. I feel like everyone knows about TMI now that it has been adapted into a movie and a TV series, so when people express interest in that series, I always point them to The Infernal Devices.

If you haven’t read any of these, I sincerely hope you do! I found all of these novels to be utterly unputdownable. If you’d like to chat with me about these books (or any books, really) feel free to chat me up at ANY time. I’m always on board with making new bookish friends.

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Thank you muchly to Lefty for participating and giving us an insight into her bookish taste! 🙂 Remember to keep an eye on the #SBPT tag on twitter to see other blogger’s posts.

-Kat

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Review: 3.5 stars to The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury #BookBloggers #TheGirlGang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
Review: 
So this book, man…this book. I started it months ago, and I didn’t think much of it. I mean, it was okay, but nothing hooked me. 
Then on my second try, actually things weren’t so bad. Twylla began to grow on me, and not in a bad way. I felt sorry for her, mostly. But then came along Lief. Oh. Lief. How I CANNOT STAND YOU! 
This is one of those things where I’m siding with the prince, Merek. Sure, we don’t see a lot of him, but if there’s ever a prince in a ‘love triangle’ I’m instantly siding with the prince. I know. Weird right? I don’t know why that is. In any case, Lief was annoying and man, my instincts were ON POINT. When the shit show began three quarters through, I was like ‘oh just kill him already!” So yeah, we find out major things to do with Twylla, but he couldn’t have just let her decide on her own? But of course. OF COURSE. How cryptic am I being right now? 100%? LOL. Merek really made me feel bad for him, too, because of how dismissive Twylla was being.
Anyway, the story itself was good, and I might read the next one, though the epilogue of this didn’t give me much hope… Ugh. Lief just never goes away. He’s like a leech. Not to mention the Queen! OMG. She reminded me of Levana in the Lunar Chronicles. Obsessed with power and unable to see beyond her own nose…if you know what I mean. 
The book was really well written and I was flying through the pages, despite my irritation with the characters. So that’s something. 
So yeah, that’s it. Here’s my Goodreads final review to give you a wrap up:
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-Kat
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Review: 3 stars to Paperweight by Meg Haston #BookBloggers #thegirlgang

Posted 2 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Struggling to deal with her brother’s death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she’s still furious about the fact that she’s been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie – and don’t even get her started on the other ‘inmates’. All she wants is to be left alone…
But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows – even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible.
Review:
I’ll start off by saying that if I’d known, when I got this, that the story was about a girl suffering from anorexia…I probably wouldn’t have bought it. That being said, I did find this rather interesting. I, unfortunately, being a lover of food and not anywhere near that state of mind, couldn’t relate at all with Stevie, who is our main character. Her voice was full of angst and, I want to say, obnoxious know-it-allness, as well as her illness. I mean, there were a lot of moments where I found myself ready to yell at the book because of how annoying she was being.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that many people go through this problem, but because I can’t relate, I try to think of this more on the fiction side of things, so whiny characters who don’t listen to reason just bug me. 
The back of the book says about how Stevie wants to disappear and in 27 days she’d do just that. Now, to me, not knowing the full extent to the story, I thought this would be about a girl in rehab or somewhere, and in 27 days she planned to run away or something. Get the hell out of there. That sort of thing. 
Not disappear as in…yknow…die. 
I generally like stories about characters being in therapy, etc. I like the whole psychological aspect.
I found myself liking Ashley, who is Stevie’s roommate, a lot more than Stevie, and she made me laugh / and worry, when there was a moment of pure hyperness during the night. I honestly thought they were going to diagnose her with bipolar. So when things kinda went south, I was crossing my fingers for things to turn out well. Well, not really, because I literally can’t cross them, but you know what I mean.  The other characters were okay, but no one really stuck out to me as much as Ashley, and I really felt sorry for her when she told her backstory.
Stevie’s flashbacks to how she ended up in rehab, and the whole incident with her brother, were a fun tool to show rather than tell. I wanna say more but then it goes into spoilers and that’s bad. Bad spoilers!
It wasn’t until the last quarter of this very-short-story (but actually didn’t feel short at all) that I began to like Stevie more and there was hope and light at the end of the tunnel. I was glad I didn’t give up half way and skip to the end because it would have killed the effect. Though it would have been nice to get maybe a view of how things went after the end of the book…and I usually hate epilogues, but this could have done with one.
As a story, 3 star rating is valid. As an insight into what real people deal with, I’d have said this was 5 stars.There’s a part of me that can’t really understand it, personally, but that’s me. I mean, I knew bits and pieces, but not to the extent described – if most of it was indeed correct, or similar – so it really opened my eyes. Though the descriptions that Stevie gives is almost stomach turning at points.
I suppose I should say that if you do suffer or have suffered from any of these illnesses, there should be a ‘trigger’ warning. Well, I just did. Either way, it’s still worth a read if you’re so inclined. 🙂
-Kat
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#Review: 4 stars to The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski #BookBloggers #YA #Fantasy

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Review:
Wow it took me a year to get around to this book. Thanks TBR dip…thanks. Thanks for picking this. I will admit, I tried it months ago but it wasn’t…clicking? You know? Anyway, so can I just say the back of this book is hella misleading!
I’m not even kidding. “Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love.” HUH? So they’re meant to hate each other but they don’t? It’s not an insta-love thing, right? I don’t understand. So I’m reading this and I’m waiting, I’m waiting for the moment where they declare their undying love for each other.
I’m waiting.
Are they even supposed to love each other, and if so, when? Because right now…nothing! And this is half way through.
Then it’s like, oh okay, so the guy likes Kestrel. And she’s sort of liking him. There’s some kissing, okay. But then we’re back to square one.
I mean, Arin wasn’t about to get on Kestrel’s good side with all the shit he did to her. I was so frustrated. I liked the over all premise, but the story in the background with the war and stuff going on was more interesting than their supposed love story. I was super pissed off with how Arin betrayed her and she had every right to be angry at him. The last few chapters were kick ass, and I was throwing my fist in the air and screaming HELL YES!
It was like a “ha. you think you’re so clever? Well take this, bitch!” to Arin and Oh my god, I wanna read book 2. Arin was so smug, he thought he had it planned out so well and then Kestrel throws it on its head like whoops, my bad. 
Anyway, as you can see my views are all mixed but despite all this, I rated this 4stars because the plot in general was really captivating. Even if the romance side of things was ridiculous. I was actually glad it wasn’t what I thought because I would have been rolling my eyes so hard otherwise. LOL. To have more conflict, and have it not be so simple, now that’s worth reading! Some obstacles, people!
I realise I’m late to the party, but I’m here now, and I plan on devouring the whole series so long as Arin continues to get his ass kicked. Because I don’t like him much.
-Kat
four-stars
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