Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Only Boy Review

Title: The Only Boy

Author: Jordan Locke

Pages: 268

Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance

Publisher:  CreateSpace

Date published: December 17th 2013        

Format: e-book


Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch's senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

Taylor's got a dangerous secret: he's a boy. His compound's been destroyed, and he's been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he'll be exiled. Maybe even executed.

Mary's never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn't suspect Taylor's secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.

Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound's boundaries. ( goodreads synopsis )

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Jordan! I really appreciate it! :)
This books had a very different vibe from most of the dystopian novels that I have read, in this world they believe that there are no boys, that they all died out with a disease. I found that really intriguing and unique. I think that some of the story was a bit fast paced and  I liked how even though they had these feelings about each other the book wasn't all about the romance, it was just a little part of it. I quite enjoyed this and I thought that the world building was really good because I could imagine it all quite clearly in my head. I was really surprised to find out the matriarch's secret and it made me wonder if that was the reason for being so cold hearted.

I have never read anything like this and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read this. I loved that the story was told in both perspectives of Mary and Taylor, I think that it worked really well. I also really like the cover, and I just found out that Jordan Locke designed it herself, how cool!

Overall: I recommend this to anyone who loves the YA Dystopian genre and is looking for something a bit different to your normal Dystopian.

Cover art: 4Plot: 4
Level of interest:5
Total rating:3
Happy Reading Everyone, I hope that you all have a fantastic week :)


Feature & Follow Friday #4

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This picture was from my school ball. It's one of my favourite photos so I thought that I would share it haha :) I am the one in the pink dress :)
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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Ignite Me Review

Title: Ignite Me (shatter me #3)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 416

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date Published: February 4th 2014

Format: e-book

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her. ( Goodreads synopsis )

“I like the way I feel about myself when I'm with him." I say quietly. "Warner thinks I'm strong and smart and capable and he actually values my opinion. He makes me feel like his equal--like I can accomplish just as much as he can, and more. And if I do something incredible, he's not even surprised. He expects it. He doesn't treat me like I'm some fragile little girl who needs to be protected all the time.”  

“I’m not sure. But there’s something about the darkness, the stillness of this hour, I think, that creates a language of its own. There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. We forget that the blackness is not a blanket; we forget that the sun will soon rise. But in the moment, at least, we feel brave enough to say things we’d never say in the light.”  

“Water that never moves." I say to him. "Its fine for a little while. You can drink from it and it'll sustain you. But if it sits too long it goes bad. It grows stale. It becomes toxic." I shake my head. "I need waves. I need waterfalls. I want rushing currents.”

“Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extremely attractive man, J, but I am not Bruce Lee.”
“Who’s Bruce Lee?”
“Who’s Bruce Lee?” Kenji asks, horrified. “Oh my God. We can’t even be friends anymore.”
“Why? Was he a friend of yours?”
“You know what,” he says, “just stop. Just—I can’t even talk to you right now.”

“I promise myself then, in that moment, that I will hold him forever, just like this, until all the pain and torture and suffering is gone, until he's given a chance to live the kind of life where no one can wound him this deeply ever again.”

“I am going to MURDER YOU—”
“No,” he says, pointing at me as he shifts backward again. “Bad Juliette. You don’t like to kill people, remember? You’re against that, remember? You like to talk about feelings and rainbows—”

So like I have said in my previous reviews for Shatter Me and Unravel Me, how beautiful are these covers?!! I honestly think this is the best one out of them all. Did anyone else notice the bird in the eye? Can I just say I love Kenji!!! oh my gosh like I just want him to be my best friend! I got so angry with Adam in this book and I just completely lost hope in him getting back with Juliette and I completely fell for Warner. In shatter me I really didn't like him, Unravel me turned me to start liking him and now oh my.  Some of things that Adam did and said left me gasping in shock and I was so surprised. All the characters in this final instalment had really good character development and the writing was oh so incredible as ever. Like Tahereh stop being so talented! haha just kidding.

Who thinks that it would be really cool to have a book in Kenji's p.o.v because I am down for that.

This book made me laugh out loud, cry, be angry, sigh in relief and there were parts of the book that shattered me (haha get it, yeah I know that was dry). Tahereh wrapped up this series amazingly and I wouldn't want her to change anything, it was breathtakingly perfect. I can't wait for whatever project Tahereh has next in store. (Kenji book? haha)

Overall: If you have not picked up this series yet. please go do it now, I cannot believe I waited this long to pick it up but I am so glad that I didn't. I think this is in my top 5 favourite series now. It is that good.

Cover art: 5
Plot: 4
Level of interest:5
Total rating:5
Happy Reading Everyone, I hope that you all have a fantastic week :)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love, Volume 1 Review

Title: My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love, Volume 1
Kat Lieu

Pages: 120

Genre: New Adult, Romantic comedy

Publisher: Nummyz Productions

Date Released: January 18th 2014

Format: e-book

Synopsis:It’s another suck-tastic summer for book nerd and baker, Sara Lee-Affen. She’s broke, she’s single, and she’ll probably die a virgin. At her beautiful cousin’s wedding, Sara meets a sexy and delicious stud muffin, Ian Forrests. He’s totally her cup of tea, that is until he laughs at her misery when a bee burrows into her ear. Yes, a dang bee. She’s dying (well not really) as he’s dying from laughter.

What a jerk. A smoking hot, Adonis of a jerk with strikingly green eyes, dark hair, and drool-worthy pecs and eight-pack abs. As luck and fate would have it, Sara keeps bumping into Ian all summer long and ends up working for him as a pastry chef at his failing bakery. Despite her better judgment, Sara falls for the sexy, badass rich boy. She discovers the truth about Ian: he’s a tortured soul who’s still pining for his deceased girlfriend, Sarah. One look at Sarah’s picture and poor Sara knows that she could never compete. She could never be Ian’s cup of tea. Or could she?

Note: This version of My Cup of Tea is completely different from the previously published version.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Kat! I really appreciate it! :)
When I first read the synopsis for this, I instantly knew that I would like this. This was quite different from the new adult novels that I have read and I really enjoyed it. You could really feel the emotions in the book, especially Ian's grief. This is the kind of book that you will read in one sitting.

I like how Kat made Ian and Sara's p.o.v's because sometimes it just does not work but they way Kat wrote was so good and the characters are very easy to connect with.
I thought Ian's conversation with his aunt Tootie was hilarious but you will have to read My cup of tea to find out why. I found it really interesting how Sara's name was the same as Ian's dead girlfriend, it made you always wonder if his intentions were because he was thinking of Sarah or if they were actually genuine for Sara.  This was left in a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to see how Sara and Ian's story continues!! :D

I highly enjoyed this and I recommend it to anyone looking for a light summer read, it' so easy to get into and you really will enjoy it.

Cover art: 5
Plot: 5
Level of interest:4
Total rating:5

Where can you buy this:
Physical copies

e-booksAmazon - Kindle

Happy Reading Everyone!
- jordypaigebooks

Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2) Review

Title: Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2)
Liesel K. Hill

Pages: 400

Genre: New Adult/Dystopian/Fantasy

Publisher: Create Space

Date Released: September 17th 2013

Format: e-book

Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry.

When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.

Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.

The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you Liesel! I really appreciate it! :)I am just going to right out and say this, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this but I think that the I liked the first book better. There were some things that were a little predictable but there were also some surprises that I did not see coming. I'm not really sure why I didn't like this one as much as the first novel and I was surprised to find that there is a 3rd book coming out but there's no date on goodreads yet but I will definitely keep checking to find out when its going to come out and I am excited to find out what happened next.

I'm not really sure if I like David or not because he is so sweet with Maggie but its his brother's girlfriend, just ugh.. I feel as though in the next book he might try and get in the way of their relationship... and I like Maggie and Marcus as a couple.

Like how I said in my Persistence of Visions review , this was very well written and enjoyed diving back into this world. I usually do not like books with time travel but I truly liked this and I am so happy to have read this.

If you are looking for something a bit different and you love dystopian and fantasy novels you should most definitely check this series out because its really good and I can guarantee you will enjoy it! :)

Cover art: 4
Plot: 4
Level of interest:4
Total rating:4

Where can you buy this:
Physical copies

Amazon - Kindle

Happy Reading Everyone!
- jordypaigebooks