Category: YA


Review: 4 stars to Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Posted 18 October, 2016 by katheryn13 in Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Mature, Reviews, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

 

(DISCLAIMER: CONTAINS SWEARING BECAUSE I’M IN ONE OF THOSE MOODS. SORRY.)
Review:
Who would have thought I’d make it this far? I mean, I loved Throne of Glass (by the way, if I accidentally put ‘game of thrones’ instead, I’m sorry. It happens. lol) but it took me forever to finally get through Crown of Midnight. Sorry I didn’t do a review for that one, by the way. I just couldn’t.
Heir of Fire started out really well and I loved where Celeana was at (well, not LOVED per-se, but it was more interesting, I suppose). But then there were new characters introduced and I wasn’t sure how I felt. I mean, Manon? Nuh-uh. Sorry. I guess I’ve warmed up to her a bit by the end but her chapters were so boring for me, I was stuck around page 90-100 ready to give up.

It was very yo-yoing how many POV’s there were, to be honest, but it definitely kept me on my toes.
I think part of the problem was this book was just too long and I wasn’t in the right head space to put up with it. So, though there wasn’t anything that I could pin point as the culprit to my struggle, it just wasn’t going according to plan. The pacing definitely wasn’t that fast, which could have contributed. Fantasy tends to be hit or miss with me in terms of how we get along. Like, if I’m not 100% in it, the descriptions alone could make me want to hurl the book across the room. I have to be in the right mindset, you know? It’s not automatic acceptance. 
So I got to the point where I didn’t give a shit what colour the buildings were, I just wanted to get to the POINT! Haha. 

Then you have Rowan, and I heard so much about him (yeah, thanks Twitter. You like to ruin stuff, don’t you?) but I guess I was expecting someone different? A bit like Rhys in ACOTAR, I thought I was going to meet someone with a personality I’d love instantly (judging by how many people love him). This was not the case, but since I knew roughly things changed, I dunno…I was skeptical. One thing that put me off him, though, and call me judgemental, but I think I’m allowed to be when it comes to fictional characters (as it’s all personal preferences and NOT real people, so yeah), but when his description mentions TATTOOS? ON HIS FACE? I’m instantly nope. Not happening. I’m out.

I just don’t dig tattoos. Especially on the face.

(I mean, people are free to do what they like, but when it comes to fiction, I reserve the right to outright not like that character for doing so, yknow?)

But in the end I realised as long as they didn’t MENTION said tattoo, I could deal. I could pretend he didn’t have one. I mean, his face is a no no place for me. lol  His ‘bond’ with Celeana was weird, and I was shaking my head like “NO NO NO PLEASE NO’ because honestly those kinds of things are so cheesy and make me want to stab something. It’s the ‘mate’ thing all over again. Bah! So I’m hoping it’s just a friendship thing. *fingers crossed*
Celeana’s character development was….intriguing. I guess I’m a weird one because I actually felt more for her when she was weak and pathetic. LOL. I know, I know. You don’t need to say it. 
I felt for her past, her self-pity, I just…she made me want to CRY. 
However when she got all kick-assery and fierce with fire, I dunno…it kind of irritated me. I  wonder if it’s because I’m not fierce or strong and I get envious of characters that can change so easily (because damn, it sure seemed that way) and I can’t. Call me emotionally stilted.
Dorian. My precious prince. What have they done to you? I will forever be Team Dorian.  His growth through this series so far has made my heart GROW WITH HIM. I just love him so much. He’s so precious to me. I can’t deal. The last scenes in this book with him were terrifying and I was SO anxious.

 

And thankfully Chaol wasn’t much of import in this book. Can I get a hell yeah?

Oh, alright then. xD

Chaol utterly fucked up his own life when he decided to sit on that fucking fence like the sad mofo he really is. Honestly, I don’t know how people still LOVE him? 
Over all – I did ENJOY most of this book. There obviously were moments that bored me, and the pacing could have been better, but to be honest, it wasn’t as awful as I suppose I’ve made it out to be. It was an automatic 4 stars for me. The last quarter moved faster and I was more invested. I’m taking a break from the series for a bit, though, because this was exhausting.
-Kat
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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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