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My #Top5 To Read #YA #Supernatural #Dystopian #Contemporary #GottaReadThese

Posted 22 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Mature, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Uncategorized, YA / 0 Comments

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Are you like me and have a pile of books ready to be read but you just don’t know where to start?

I feel your pain.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but mostly new books. And It’s so hard to choose out of the pile I have. *counts all 60 odd books* Yeah, it’s becoming a library in here. 

So I thought I’d write up a list of the top 5 books I want to read from my pile.

So here goes (in no particular order):

1)Ruins by Dan Wells. The third and final book in the Partials Sequence (series?) Sci-fi at its best, and also Dystopian…so I love the series. Very detailed and in-depth. I started it a month or so ago and although I was struggling, I was also distracted by shiny new books released that time. 

2) Enders by Lissa Price. I read the first, Starters, a couple of years ago, and loved it! It was definitely something new to my pile and I waited a long time to get Enders. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and still haven’t gotten around to it. So definitely…I will get to it before September.

3)Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – Another one I started a year ago and still haven’t finished (but really want to!).  From what I HAVE read, it’s good. And witches…I mean…I love witches. 

4) Dare You To  by Katie McGarry – yet another half read book that I keep putting down. I have nothing against this besides that it’s heavy and these teenagers just keep having problems and it makes me want to slap them upside the head…but in a good way. Like a teddy slap. The kind that doesn’t hurt. lol I will finish it. It’s on my pile to “finish”

And lastly, but definitely not leastly (?):

5) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – I started this a couple months ago. I was eager to buy it and I got into it and…then something new came out. Can’t remember what. Something about it wasn’t hooking me as much as The Immortal Rules did. I declare I will read it, though! 

I’ll check in, tell you how far I got. This can be our weekly Friday post. It keeps me occupied, anyhow. 🙂

 Wish me luck.

-Kat

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My #BoutofBooks update Days 1-4.

Posted 22 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Day 4!

I’ve been a little distracted this week so I have been so bad at taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon but I HAVE done some reading.

 

I read Isla and the Happily Ever After  by Stephanie Perkins between the dates 17th and 20th August and I started reading Idols by Margaret Stohl on the 21st.

So far I’m on page 83 of Idols. I hope to finish it by tomorrow. (Saturday)

Unfortunately I haven’t really had time to do the challenges.

 

If you haven’t seen my review for ISLA you can here

 

Eh…not really sure what else I’m supposed to put. haha.

But hey,

I’ll update today’s progress…tomorrow. I guess.

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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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New segment: “Scene it” Saturday

Posted 19 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Reviews, Uncategorised / 0 Comments

Because reviews for books are going at sort of a glacial pace right now, I thought I’d start something different. 

What do you think of the title? Pretty…lame, right? haha no worries. If you have any better ideas, please say,

The basis of this segment:

I want you to tell me what movie you’ve seen lately. What movie you want to see and what movie was your favourite. 

I’ll post reviews of any film I see, but the idea is that each Saturday, I or you talk about movies. That sound fun?

Good, good.

I really need to stay away from gifs. So okay, I’ll go first:

The last film I saw was:

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How did I rate it?

4.5 stars out of 5

Things I loved about it?

EVERYTHING!!! The sheep! Hiccup (is HAWWWWT NOW!), Toothless! And some of the new characters that just made this epic.

What I didn’t like about it?

Well this isn’t so much about the film, but the cinema experience was terrible. There were little children (I’m talking under 2yrs) who weren’t even watching the film. They were running around, laughing, crying. I was ready to scream.

Who did I go with?

My mum. She loved it too.

See? It’s really that simple. You post a comment answering those questions, and at the end of each month, I’ll try to see the films you say. (Depending on what it is and if I’ve already seen it.)

Until next time!

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My Summer Challenge…that may or may not work.

Posted 16 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Uncategorised, Updates / 0 Comments

I thought I’d indulge you all on what I like to call The Book Readers Collecting Obsession From Hell.
You know the type. The girl or guy buys and buys and tells themselves they WILL read these. But alas, sixth months to a year later (or in some cases, several years later) the books are still there. You’ve maybe read two or three of your stock pile but over all…yup, you’re just not making a dent.

I severely have this problem. Oh, you don’t believe me?  Well…uh….TOUGH!

*hugs self*

I have about 70 paper backs to be reading but every time I read a couple, I find I’ve added ten to the pile!

Does anyone else have this problem?

Right, so. As part of my OWN summer challenge, I’m going to try and get through as many of the books I already have WITHOUT buying more!

Ha. Ha. You don’t think I can do this, do you?

You may have a point.

At the moment I will read Ruins by Dan Wells, the third and last in the Partials Sequence.

What are you reading?

Tell me in the comments. :))

-Kat

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My #YALC experience (including some wickedly cool GIFS!)

Posted 16 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Uncategorised, Updates / 0 Comments

 

HELLLOOOOOO THERE!

I’m calling to you, my readers, to tell you what I’ve been up to.

You might have heard of London Film and Comic Con. If you’re into your comics and/or your movies and books then perhaps you’ve gone to conventions.

2014 saw the arrival of the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (or YALC for short. Which made me think of talc…I dunno.) And it was not at all as bad as I expected.  Don’t get me wrong, I know the authors that went are so good and well respected,  but when it comes to the UK and conventions, I’m always a little sceptical. Run by Malorie Blackman, it was certainly impressive. She truly deserves a medal for the organisation and set up. My first comment though would be that I actually wished it had been bigger. More stalls, more…bedazzle, I guess. I’m hoping there might be another YALC sometime in the future but in its own venue because sharing the chaos that is LFCC was horrendous.

I went to quite a few talks, mostly all on the Sunday (I was ill and didnt fancy the crowds) and wow, the panels were fun. With the likes of Sophie McKenzie and Meg Rosoff…what could go wrong? The conversations went deep sometimes, but also there was much funny banter between the authors which is always nice to see. And hear.

When it came to signings, I was both successful and not. The organisation for LFCC was awful, especially for space and so it was hard to know where to queue for what. Luckily I had my mother in tow so she queued for me while I ended up stuck somewhere.

I missed seeing Rainbow Rowell (I am a massive fan of Fangirl) because I thought I had time to go to the toilets (the queues for those were enormous!) And by the time I found mum again, she’d already had the books signed for me.

To say I broke down after all the stress of the day, the HEAT, and the tiredness, would be an understatement.

 

Oh, yeah i mentioned the heat thing, right?  Was it hot in there? WAS IT?

 

Uhhhhm…. you could say so!

Hehe what a cool use for SPN gif! Burrrrn baby burn, DISCO INFERNO! Sorry…going off track.

So okay, it wasn’t all bad in the end. Sunday was better, as I’d said. I got some books. I also got some freebies, which is ALWAYS nice. At the end of the Sunday, they were giving loads out, but because of time…well, I couldn’t KEEP going around and around in the queue just to pick up 1 at a time. I mean, come on!

I wanted to browse the merchandise but sadly we ran out of time and had to leave. 🙁 But it was one of those experiences where I both hated it but also loved it because being surrounded by so many people who enjoy the same things as me makes me proud and happy. I saw so many cosplayers it began to freak me out. I think there must have been hundreds of spidermen. Haha.

So now you know. And oh, just in case you’re wondering, I am recovering from my cold. I’ll be able to actually get some reading done soon. Oh, I almost forgot.

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I’ll have more information up soon, but if you fancy winning signed copies of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I suggest you keep checking this site.

Just sayin’.

But for now, GOODBYYYYYYYE!

XX Kat XX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: 5 Stars to THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott

Posted 7 April, 2013 by elenafx in Fun, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

Warning: this review is going to be totally fangirl-ish.

I’ve been waiting for this book since forever. I’ve been dreaming it in my hands and now that I finally got to read, I want to explode. The Collector is SO good. Unique, full of romance, action. It was definitely worth the one year I had to wait for it to come out.

First of all, I adored Victoria’s Scott writing. It’s so funny. The story flows perfectly, making you hooked immediately. She has a gift of making the story really vivid, like you can actually watch it unravel before your eyes. Victoria Scott is definitely a new voice in YA who needs to be reckoned with.

And here’s the good part. D A N T E  W A L K E R. Swoon. This guy is the definition of swoon. Gawd, I just love him. He’s… UGH! I’m fine, okay, I’m fine *exhales*. Dante Walker is the lead male of the book and we see the story from his point of view. I enjoyed reading the story from his POV. We get to see the real changes in him and also, the truth about who he is. Dante is a collector. He collects souls and brings them to Boss Man aka Lucifer. Yep, he’s a demon, a villain. He’s also the best collector out of the six of them. And he knows it. He’s so totally aware he’s flipping awesome, it just may annoy you in the beginning of the book. Let me tell you something. Dante’s not your usual cocky, bad boy YA book character. He’s the actual villain in the story. That’s what’s so unique about this story. Watching him change, or better yet, watching Charlie change him throughtout the book is just amazing. Yes, we can all see the good in him, even in the beginning. What we don’t know is if the good side of him is enough for him to actually be good instead of a pawn of hell.

Then there’s Charlie. Another totally unique character. Charlie’s a sweet, good girl who lives her life peacefully in Peachville. She’s not pretty – glasses, bad skin, limp and all. Thank God for Charlie! I’m so tired of book heroines being so damn perfect. I mean, c’mon, that’s just stupid. But then, here comes Charlie, with all her nerdy-ness and unpretty-but-at-the-same-time-pretty face and rocks our world. I love her! She had had a lot of crap on her plate since she was young but instead of being moody and constantly cursing the world, she tries to make it better. She smiles and has hope. So many people have lost hope, nowadays, and so many girls try to be too damned awesome – it’s disgusting! Charlie really is a heroine to look up to. I personally admire her so much. Because she’s not a coward and she’s good and she cares about her loved ones and she actually forgives. GO CHARLIE!

The Collector is definitely one of my favorite books of 2013 so far. Unique and full of romance with a boy who will rock your world and a girl who will make you feel confident again. Read it. The Collector is amazing!

– Elena

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5 stars to Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Posted 1 February, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fun, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark. 

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

WARNING: EXTREME EXCITEMENT AHEAD. PLEASE CONTINUE WITH CAUTION.

OH MY GOD! I loved it.
So I just this minute finished it. I am in…complete and utter shock. This has to be the best…and that’s saying something because books 1 and 2 were phenomenal! No word of a lie. (well, in my opinion.)

So Kat and Hale are a couple. WHOOOPPEEEEEEEEE!!!

But not all is safe.
When Hale’s grandmother dies, and leaves the will, saying Hale inherits Hale Industries….well you know things aren’t always what they seem, right? Especially not in Kat and Hale’s world. There’s Garrett, who is the family’s lawyer, and a really creepy, patronising, smarmy git of a guy. I won’t spoil, but let’s just say he has plans. Lots of eeeeeeevil plans.

There’s a science-y prototype that is supposedly going to make them millions…. and what does Garrett do? Well…he….. Yeah, right, like I’m going to tell you. Basically, he (TRIES!) to cons everyone. But does he really think he can get away with it? Can he really con Hale, and along with him, one of the biggest con families ever?
There was a lot of nervous, biting of nails moments in this. Several times I feared for Kat and Hale, hoping beyond hopes they’d work through their problems. And well… they did and they didn’t, then they did and then…you get the picture. It was a bumpy ride.
The whole gang were in this and I personally ADORE Hamish and Angus. They remind me of the Weasley Twins from Harry Potter (just in case you don’t know…) with their tricks and witty lines. Gabrielle is so funny with her come backs and flirting… and randomly diverting off course when it comes to their “show time” moments.
There was new competition in the shape of a girl named Natalie. She was….well, I’m not sure how I felt about her. Her father, Garrett (which confused me since her surname was Garrett so I couldn’t tell if he actually had a first name or not…) was such a slimy moron that it was natural to be skeptical of his daughter.

Hale was so sad after losing his grandmother. He thought he’d finally have a place in the Hale family, after always feeling sidelined, and then he learns that it might have been a lie… Kat couldn’t seem to save him. He pulled away so much and I found myself feeling like:

Several times.

And then came the moment of near the end when I swear to God, I freaked out. I won’t say what. But you may or may not want to strap yourself in and grab some tissues.

And then my heart started beating again in a normal rhythm. I hate it when that happens.

Over all this was SUCH an epic read and I’m so so so so so glad I read it but now I’m not even sure if there’s a 4th one or if that was it or what? Because I’m lost. I NEED MORE HALE AND KAT!!! AND EVERYONE ELSE!

Ally Carter, you did it again. You made me love Hale even more.

Oh and in case you don’t know, we find out what Hale’s family call him. BUT WE WERE SO DAMNED CLOSE TO HIM SAYING HIS REAL NAME! OMG!
Also…shirtless Hale. mmmmmmm

So that’s it really, from me. I think I’ve said all there needs to be said. Oh, one more thing:

GO. READ. THIS. PERFECT. PIECE. OF. LITERATURE. PERFECTION!

Perfect Scoundrels indeed. 😀
-Kat

 

 

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