Pokémon Go Book Tag

When I saw we were nominated for this book tag, I got very excited as I am one of the millions of people around the world who is obsessed with catching Pokemon, Eleanor on the other hand isn’t the biggest fan so it will just be me (Amy) doing this tag! We were nominated by the lovely Becca @ShihtzuBookReviews and I recommend you go check out her blog!

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This is probably a very generic answer but it has to be Harry Potter as they fuelled my love for reading but if you’re looking for what started my love for YA then it would have to be The Hunger Games – thank you Eleanor for recommending it to me!

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I am a sucker for a classic especially Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin because it is such a beautiful storyline with some iconic characters which I love! Plus I’m also in love with the film adaptations and if it’s a horrible day or if I’m not feeling well, it will definitely be on my television.

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I’ve never been one for horror or spooky books but I recently read last summers thriller Girl on the Train which freak me out a bit especially when I made the decision to read it late at night….

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Don’t make me choose just one, I have thousands! Of course theres me and all my fictional boyfriends but the first one that came to my head was Cress and Thorne from the Luna Chronicles as their relationship is just so cute and I ship them so hard!

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Any book by Sarah J Maas, as her writing style is just so magical, easy to read and you can find adventure behind every page! Plus they have some pretty good fast paced fight scenes which I can guarantee will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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I started the Game of Thrones series ages ago and I managed to get half way through book three before I stopped. They are just all so long and I personally find them all a bit intimidating!

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Either Harry Potter or Throne of Glass! These are two of my all time favourite series and I wish they would never end! I would love to see J.K Rowling release stories about the Marauders but I am super excited about both Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts.

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I’ve just started the Snow Like Ashes series and I found it to be really awesome and action-packed which is what I look for in YA Fantasy novels. Looking on Goodreads the reviews weren’t all positive but that didn’t stop me and I was pleasantly surprised! You can add both me and Eleanor on Goodreads here.

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I would love to own the collectors edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit as their covers are just so elegant yet simple and they would look even better on my bookshelf! At £60 I better do a bit of saving!

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Red Rising, reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games but that didn’t really bother me as much as it did to other people as I loved the Hungers Games so it wasn’t a surprise that I fell in love with Red Rising as well!

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The Red Queen series. I adored the first book as it was just fantastic but the second book was a bit disappointing and certainly wasn’t as good as the first book. Fingers crossed the next book is better!

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The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye as it’s a combination of Shadow and Bone, Red Queen and Ember in the Ashes! Although I haven’t yet read it, I’ve heard it’s a gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action, and romance.pokemon-tag11-lure-module

I instantly thought of Sarah J Maas for this answer but I thought I better pick someone else as I’ve mentioned her a lot in this tag! Leigh Bardugo is another favourite of my and I always get very excited when she writes another book! If you haven’t read her Shadow and Bone Series or Six of Crows stop what you’re doing now and go and read it!

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I know I keep mentioning Sarah J Maas but Empire of Storms is a perfect answer to this question! I love this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!!

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

Firstly, I would just like to apologize for how late this review, it took a while to read because here in the UK it is currently exam season so both Amy and I have had our heads stuck in text books instead of reading books… Anyway, wow, I have waited such a long time to read this book, the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, was amazing and I just couldn’t wait to jump back into this world! Although I try not to have high expectations, it just couldn’t be helped with this book, my expectations were sky high, but I am very happy to say that my expectations were met and even surpassed!

For those who don’t know, this is book follows from the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). This book picks up a couple months after the horrific incidents from ‘Under the Mountain’ in the first book and shows how those events have impacted upon all members of the Spring Court, but especially Feyre and Tamlin. I feel as though readers should go into this book relatively blind, as I did, there is just a lot in the book that could easily be spoiled by mentioning any of the plot. I will try my very best to keep this review spoiler free but I can’t make any promises about not spoiling the first book ACOTAR, if you wish to read that review I will link it HERE.

So, on to my opinions! Firstly I really liked how this book really throws you back into the story, there isn’t an awkward re-introduction, things just start happening right from the start which gripped me straight away! This book really quickly became ‘that book’ that I would look forward to reading at the end of the day and it was always such a treat to come back to, especially after a long day of grueling school work! I would also like to add that I am really sad that I’ve finished it, I keep thinking that I will be able to continue the story each night and I’m crushed each time I realise that I’m going to have to wait a whole year before I know what happens next! Grrrr!!

All the main characters return from the first book mainly Feyre, who’s character development is truly fantastic in this book, she grows so much, I was actually really proud of her, especially after all that she had to ordeal under the mountain! Also Tamlin returns (obviously), my opinion of Tamlin was always changing in this book but he’s just as gorgeous as always, especially without that darn mask! Finally there is Rhysand, I’m still totally in love with Rhys, that hasn’t changed from the first book! I just loved how he would always manipulate a situation to be able to pop up and the most awkward times! Haha!

This book really is an emotional roller-coaster and I was either crying, laughing or gasping with shock (oh yes I gasped with shock A LOT!). However I would say that the main plot of the book was a little bit overshadowed with other themes of the book, so I kind of felt that I wasn’t as well informed as I probably could have been when it came to the ending, but this might have been because it was late at night and I was tired and zoning out a bit… The only other criticism is that the book dipped in action in the middle a little bit, but that part was really essential to the story, so although it was a little more dull, it was absolutely necessary!

I would also like to mention that this book is VERY steamy, and when I say steamy I mean adult fiction steamy, there is a lot of sex and adult themes! I looked up the age rating for this book and it said 14-17, but if I am really honest, I wouldn’t want a 14 year old reading those scenes, I know if I read that at 14 I would have… well let’s just say I would have learned a lot…! So if you are on the younger side, perhaps just be prepared? Or maybe wait until you’re older? I obviously don’t want to tell you what you should or shouldn’t read but I just want people to know that it is very graphic in places and is maybe not a book for tweens… Although saying that the scenes worked with the story and were very well written!

In conclusion I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK! The twists and turns were AMAZING and it is unreal how much I want to read the next book. Even though I had a few (very small) criticisms, they didn’t lessen the quality of the book at all! One thing Sarah J Maas is very good at is continuing a story successfully! I’m going to give this book the biggest 5 out of 5 stars, I loved it so much! Lastly I have tried SO hard to keep this review spoiler free as I know not everyone has read it yet, including my co-blogger Amy, so please feel free to leave a comment but please keep it free of spoilers (I know it’s very hard!)

In The After Light – Alexandra Bracken

I have quite a few different opinions about this book, good and bad, so I’m going to do a bit of background and then jump right into it!

So this book is the last book in the Darkest Minds series, after the emotional end of the second book Never Fade, I had simultaneous high expectations, excitement and curiosity about how the last book would pan out and how one of my new favourite series would end. If you wish to see what we thought on the first two books I shall leave the links here (The Darkest Minds and Never Fade)

Right, let’s get to it, we’ll start with the negatives. This book was VERY SLOW, I felt that it was a real slog to get through to the climax of this book, there was just too much sitting around planning things and too much politics. I know it was developing the story and building to the end, but compared to the previous two books which were action pact all the way through, it was just boring! Secondly, Ruby really annoyed me in this book! Some of the things she did were really frustrating, and it just seemed to me that the better choices were really obvious however she still did the opposite. I suppose emotions were high and everything so perhaps things weren’t so clear, but still, it annoyed me, it just seemed as though she was trying too hard to be a martyr.

Well that’s it for the negatives, on to the bits that I LOVED! Firstly, overall, Liam was such a little cutie, he is definitely one of my faviourite characters, but again some of the things he did were a little irritating, but what he did helped the overall story. Also he was just adorable, especially with Ruby, and there were some really cute lovey dovey scenes that were a nice relief to the intense politics of the rest of the book. Finally, without a doubt, the best part of the book was the end! Bracken took it in a different direction to what I was expecting which I loved, also it was really exciting, really intense and had me on the edge of my seat! It was a brilliant and satisfying ending to the series!

Overall, I did enjoy this book but the ending made it A LOT better! I’m going to award it a 3 out of 5 stars, a definite read to finish the series, especially if you want a secure closure, but not my favourite in the series.

Life On The Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuipers

This is certainly one of my top 10 favourite books ever! It’s such a beautiful story and how it is written is so unique – I love it! The story is about a mother and daughter both who have very busy lives and hardly ever see each other! From the little notes they leave each other on the fridge, we encounter different events which push them further apart but also bring them closer together! This story is full of emotions and will certainly make you cry!

What really makes me love this book isn’t the fact that there are so many emotions but the way it is written. Just short notes can explain everything, show every feeling and creates a very clever storyline. It’s just perfect! I’m sure everyone has written notes to their parents but just imagine keeping all of them and putting them in a book. Each one of them tells their own story.

The characters are also very relatable and I instantly feel connected to Claire. She herself is such a loveable and strong character and some I aspire to be like!! Being a teenager, I find it difficult to communicate with my mom but after reading this I will certainly try harder too!! It sends an important message to always communicate with your loved ones, no matter what!! I first picked up this book from a friend who was reading it during a free period and I couldn’t put it down!! I was very impressed when such a short book could tell such a passionate and deep story!! It’s one of these books that you can pick up on a bad day and will make you smile – it’s fab!!

Overall this book deserves 5/5 stars it’s such a fun but very emotional book!! Please, please pick up this book, it won’t take long to read but make sure you have tissues at hand!!

Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

I have heard many good things about Morgan Matson and finally picked up one of her books; I wasn’t disappointed!! Since You’ve Been Gone is a classic girly contemporary which leaves you in a good feeling after reading it – it’s just so cute!!

Sloane and Emily are best friends. Sloane is very outgoing and a social queen while Emily is more of a wallflower. This summer they plan to do everything together but when Sloane mysteriously disappears, leaving only a list of tasks to complete over the summer. Emily must try and complete them all as well as trying to find her best friend.

The lovely thing about this book that it isn’t all about romance but it’s mostly about friendship! Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about a good romance, but I think friendships are so important and I love reading about the bonds between best friends.

The storyline is perfect and I quickly connected to Emily and I would totally freak out if someone gave me a list and disappeared!! I felt like I was right there with her, feeling everything she was – when she first discovered Sloane had gone when she went to the party in The Orchard alone when she got to know Frank and realized her feelings might be a little more than just friendship. She just seemed so real, so normal, and I think I would genuinely be friends with her. Since You’ve Been Gone was an amazing read, one that I’m sure I will revisit in the future. Complete with playlists throughout the novel (which you should make and listen to while reading because it just makes it that little bit better!) this book is perfect! I can’t wait to read more of Morgan’s books!!

So to finish off, I’m going to give you a list to complete over the next year and hope that it inspires you to either make your own list for a friend (but don’t disappear) or read the book!! So here it is…

1. Break something
2. Learn at least one new thing each day
3. Dance until dawn
4. Give unwanted toys to a Children’s Hospital
5. Conquer a fear
6. Meet someone new!
7. Write and keep a journal!
8. Take time off and drive across the country
9. Laugh for five minutes every day
10. Sleep under the stars!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year!

Crown Of Midnight – Sarah J Maas

Oh my Gosh, Oh my Gosh! This series just keeps getting better and better! The storyline and the characters were just once again perfect and the book held so many twists and turns! This ladies and gentlemen is how to write a sequel!!

Crown of Midnight carries on from the first book as we follow our Campion Celaena Sardothien as she takes up her role as the Kings Assassin. However, it isn’t that simple. In her most recent task, Celaena must uncover a rebel group as well as uncovering the mysteries around her…

With that said, I guess you’d probably like to know why I love Crown Of Midnight so much. I loved this second installment even more than I did the enthralling Throne of Glass, though it was a close call! Crown Of Midnight is a classic good old fashioned fiction and a must read for all!! There was so much action and adventure packed into this book, never leaving a dull moment!! And I am very very excited for ‘Heir of Fire’ (it’s on my Christmas List!) What did I love the most about Crown Of Midnight?! Everything!! I loved loved loved the writing style as the description and detail included help makes the world and the characters more convincing and believable!

Oh, the characters! In Crown of Midnight we still have our main characters from Throne of Glass; Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, and Nehelemia! But we are also introduced to so many more – I never knew who to trust, who was good, who was bad, making the book so much more addictive!

Sarah J Mass has created a perfect combination of original characters that you can root for as well as despise, unpredictable mysteries, plenty of romance, action and adventure and so much more. Certainly 5/5 Stars!!!!

For those new to the series, I have also written a spoiler free review of Throne Of Glass

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancy

I was a huge fan of the first book and I’m still a fan of the series but this book in my eyes wasn’t anything special. The writing, world, and characters were all fantastic, but the story was hard for me to get into, especially in the first 100 pages as i felt it just dragged on and on. But the story did once again leave me on a cliff hanger ending which in some ways I loved but at sometimes it left me thinking Why!!?!

The Infinite Sea picks up not long after The 5th Wave and we join the group in fighting for survival against the alien attack. However my only criticism is that this book dragged on, as we spent half of it in the same hotel fussing over injuries and aliens. Even though so much happened in the hotel i just wished that they would get up and move! Invariably, I was gutted when, something or should i say someone – stopped them and the plot from properly kicking off. The pace, was all over the place.

Several false starts in, many things start to happen. A certain dead dude is resurrected; a new recruit inspires paranoia; whilst one of said survivors, sick and tired of waiting for the hammer to fall, strikes out on her own – Ringer. She is what makes this book and I’m so glad we learn more about her past and her character. Everything about her makes her a loveable character; how badass yet caring she is, the fact we don’t know her name (but we do find out!!) and finally how deep down inside she is really just a young scared girl in the midst of an alien invasion! She’s just so cool!

It’s not only Ringer we learn more about and experience most of the book through as we also briefly learn more about Poundcake. From the first book we all knew Poundcake as just another member of the team who hasn’t died yet but in this book he starts to become a real character.

Overall this book wasn’t the best (well sequels aren’t normally that great!) but this book is filled with action and plot twists always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Character development is really what makes this book and I am defiantly looking forward to both the movie and the next book!! I give this book 3.5/5 and I would certainly recommend this series!

I also did a spoiler free book review on The 5th Wave a few months ago for those of you thinking about reading it!!

Lord of The Flies – William Golding

“The Lord of the Flies” is a book everyone has to read in their lifetime, it is a thrilling yet horrifying adventure which captures the minds of its readers and makes us wonder how thin the line between good and evil really is.

I have to thank the blurb for making me read this. As soon as I read it I knew I would have to read it soon as the concept sounded magnificent; a typical mystery adventure! But I was deceived. The book itself is about a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert after their plane crashed without any adults. A dream for any young child, right? At first, the boys enjoy their freedom, playing and exploring the island, but soon chaos rises and the group splits into two; those who attempt to preserve the discipline and order, and those who choose to give in to every instinct and impulse.

In the group of boys we meet some very interesting characters all of which we see develop throughout the book making me love it more and more. First we have Ralph, our leader for the majority of the book and one of the characters we really see develop from a scared innocent school boy to a brave and strong leader. We see him try and lead the group of boys as well as trying to fight for survival.

Then we have Piggy, a young weak but intellectual boy who tries to be Ralph’s side kick. Poor Piggy is your typical bully victim but he overcomes this and tries to stand up for himself.

Finally, there’s Jack, our antagonist, who longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses. In all the characters we see them developed from scared, innocent school boys to strong young adults fighting for survival!

The book is carried over a few months however you as the reader don’t feel rushed. Golding manages to leave you wanting more after every chapter with his subtle hints in the story. Not only does he leave you wanting more but his way of writing is magical. The constant metaphors and use of imagery makes you feel as if you’re on the island with the boys, feeling every emotion, experiencing every event it was brilliant. It’s not just the writing that captured me it was the concept because this book is so true to what happens in the world today. When mankind is given the power to control or self-govern sometimes the lust for power can overwhelm them causing tragedy and destruction.

Overall I loved this book and everything about it; the concept, the writing, it was just pure brilliance! Despite the horrifying storyline this books secret message is what makes it; it makes us wonder how thin the line between good and evil really is. I am happy to award this book 4/5 stars and I would certainly recommend this book to everyone as it is a must read!!

The Selection – Kiera Cass

Pretty Dresses, Fancy Jewellery, and A Handsome Prince all makes me want to become a princess! *Sigh*. The Selection was a very easy read which I really enjoyed however like most young adult books it can become slightly predictable.

If you haven’t already guessed this book is about a young girl who is entered into a competition to win the hand of the young charming prince! From there she has to battle a confusing love life as well as trying to compete in the competition which holds many twists and turns! From reading the description I was already hooked and it’s been a while since I read a book about princesses but you’re never too old! Another thing I loved was that it was an easy read, so if you struggling to find a book and just want something simple this book will be perfect.

As for the characters, the main protagonist is a young girl called America who I absolutely love! But it’s not just her I love but the whole theme with her in the Selection and how she wanted to be herself, not someone fake. Brilliant! This book wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good as it is if it didn’t have the love triangle. We have Aspen, America’s first love, and a young poor boy, who I hate. He broke America’s heart and then expected it all to be fine when he returns! No Way Ho-Say! On the hand, we have the young charming prince Maxon who is very sweet and who I defiantly want America to end with, but we will just have to wait and see…

About half-way through the book I stopped and looked at all the pages I had left to read and there were still twenty girls left! I knew something wasn’t right and I could feel myself walking straight into a cliff-hanger ending. Who was going to win? Well, when I finished, my question was answered: None did. Kiera Cass decided to put me through the torture of the biggest cliffhanger ever and not tell me who won. How could she do this to me!

Overall I loved this book and I really enjoyed reading this as it was such as easy read which I whizzed through. The characters are great and so is the storyline but it can get slightly predictable at times and then ‘love triangle’ can be slightly overwhelming!  I give this book 3.8/5 stars and I would certainly recommend it!

The Finisher – David Baldacci

I have to admit the only reason I picked up this book was because it was only a pound and I needed a book to take on holiday with me!

From looking at the cover you see a young female heroine dressed in battle armour with raging battle in the background – this is my kind of story! But I was disappointed as it didn’t turn out as I planned, learning my lesson from the old phrase “never judge a book by its cover”. Apart from that I thought it was a good book and perfect for a holiday read!

The story bases itself around a young girl called Vega Jane, who lives in a town cut off from the outside world. But when a young man adventures into the unknown, it begins to make Vega wonder what’s on the other side of the wall surrounding her! From there she discovers secrets of her past and future whilst trying to survive…

The book is about 500 pages so you would expect a lot to happen but that wasn’t the case. The story built the reader up for an adventure which sounded really exciting which sadly only began at the end of the book! This made it in my opinion a terrible ending and I desperately hope he writes a sequel or otherwise I will hunt the author down and demand answers – just like Hazel Grace! But apart from that I felt there was quite a lot of enjoyable bits with a lot of action! As well as all of this David managed to add a mystery in making it addictive!

The character of Vega Jane I thought was a really enjoyable character who I personally would love to have as a friend – she’s determined, adventurous and sassy! I love her. As for her best friend Delph you really see him develop from a shy quiet character to a supportive, adventurous friend!

Overall I would give this book a 3/5 stars, it was still a good read but nothing I would get excited about as I think it lacked real adventure. However I thought the storyline was still great and I would recommend it to those who have no clue what to read next and just want something different!