The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

I bought this series with every intention of taking part in the Booktubeathon but sadly due to work  I was unable to take part, work commitments and all that. (All information on the Booktubeathon can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon )

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Even though I haven’t been able to take part in the fun this time around that doesn’t mean the reading stops ohh no! The Selection by Kiera Cass is the perfect Young Adult easy read I was looking for, the story centers around our main character America Singer, in the Dystopian world in which she lives members of society are sectioned off into castes. The Castes are numbered from one to eight, now 35 five girls from various castes ages 16-20 are being chosen, chosen to be part of the Selection. The Selected will go and live in the palace  with Prince Maxon and the rest of the royal family. One by one the Selected are picked off until one girl is chosen, chosen to be a princess and bride to the future King.

America just has one problem she doesn’t want to be a princess she doesn’t want any of it the dresses, the crown or Prince Maxon, how could she when she is totally in love with someone else?

I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to care about the characters, it was an interesting mix of a modern day fairy tale dipped in our reality television, celebrity culture. As I was reading the book I wondered if I should be finding the whole premise a bit archaic, the handsome Prince picking his wife from a group of beauties. The thing is he dates them all, he kisses, dances, praises them all and the little feminist inside me screws up her nose and stomps her foot but is soon silenced by just how damn good this book is.

It pure entertainment and that’s what I love, filled with pretty dresses, pretty girls and two big strong boys!

I’ve already started book two The Elite and book three The One  is in the post. (I know, I shop on Amazon I’m a terrible person)

All hail Kiera Cass!

Taking part in Blog Tour – The Destroyer by Warren Murphy

Hi guys just a quick note to say I am taking part in a blog tour for Created, The Destroyer  thanks to Clara Diaz at The Little Brown Book Group.

Created, The destroyer by Warren Murphy is book one in a long running thriller series which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide.

The series is the story of a former police officer, Remo Williams, who gets sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit BUT hours before he sits in the electric chair a mysterious monk visits him and gives him a black pill to bite just before he dies. He bites the pill and after “dying” he wakes up in an ambulance! He has now been rescued/recruited by a secret government organization as an assassin. He is now The Destroyer.

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My part in the blog tour will take place on the 21st September and this is when I will be publishing my book review.

Would love to hear from anyone who has read the series (Spoiler free of course) all opinions discussions welcome!

Remember to look out for my review- September 21st 2014

A Promise (2013) Review

So what happens when Severus Snape and Robb Stark are in love with the same woman?

Chaos guys. Just chaos.

Based on the post humerus novella by Stefan Zweig A Promise directed by  Patrice Leconte is set in 1912 and beyond. When a young  engineering  graduate Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden) comes to work for an aging tygoon  Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman) he learns of his employers deteriorating health and is soon, having earned the affections and respect of Hoffmeister helping him run the company as he becomes more and more bedridden.

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The problems start when Madden meets Lot (Rebecca Hall)  Hoffmeister’s much younger and beautiful wife and an attraction begins to grow between the two. Lot is a devoted wife and unwilling to betray her ailing husband until, she finds out that Madden is being sent by Hoffmeister to Mexico for two years.

Finally the two declare there feelings for each other and make a vow to love each other, write to one another and be together when their two year separation is over.

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Of course their separation was to be for longer than two years, with the out break of war imminent it would be six years before the lovers saw each other again and with years, continents and war to separate them a lot will change.

I have not read the book and believe me I plan on it because the films premise was… interesting.

This was a indie film so by no means am I going to compare it to any of it’s big budget contemporary’s I liked the story and with out getting all spoiler-y (big twist cough cough) is just I thought the whole thing was a little rushed.

With in eight minutes of the film  the main character had, arrived at his new job, met his boss, had dinner with him, been promoted and fallen for Lot and the film continues in this fashion.

Over all I would A Promise is a good film, it has sparked my interested and made me want to read the novella Journey into the Past and above all it was nice to see Professor Snape and the King in the North alive and well.

 

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart review

” We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.” 

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This book has been so hyped some loved it, some were not that impressed, but I had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.

The rich beautiful Sinclair family holiday on their private island every year, told through the eyes of the Sinclair families oldest grandchild, Cadence she describes the island, the escapism and magic it provides and the secrets it holds for her and her two cousins and their friend Gat.

The best way to go into this book is blind – when something happens on island that Cadence cannot remember she realizes that her family and even her beloved cousins and Gat our keeping the truth from her. Desperate to find out the secrets the island holds  she makes it her mission to find out but she could never have prepared herself for what was waiting for her.

This is a very short, quick read, unfortunately I think there was too much hype so by the time I got around to reading it I knew SOMETHING was going happen and I couldn’t help but wait for it. Putting that aside I really enjoyed it, I loved E. Lockhart’s writing style which was almost poetic and kept me engaged, I also think the length of the book is perfect for what the story actually was. I was easily sucked into the world and atmosphere of the island, feeling the sun on my skin and waves crashing against my toes it really it a beautifully written book.

As for the ending- I cried, it was great, and terrible and everything in between.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

Unspoken is the first in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan the novel is about budding journalist Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this book sure does do erring well  it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next.

10866624Everything changes when the creepy Lynburn family turn up scaring the villages with their town history the Lynburn’s seem to think that Sorry-in-the-Vale belongs to them, that they own it, own the people and worse own Kami’s family.

When mysterious bloody goings on start to happen in the woods all seem to point the finger at the Lyburn’s but Kami has other ideas she has to find an alternative now that her imaginary friend is real and what’s more a Lynburn.

This book is so great, it’s so different from any other YA I have read recently the romance is kept to a tiny portion of the book which considering this book is a trilogy I think is great it just kept me wanting more. It has a really great gothic tone to the book which really helped me feel connected to the characters and their surroundings especially the Lynburn’s and their creepy Gothic house.

Kami and Jared’s internal monologues were hilarious and sometimes a little awkward
(in a good way) it really helped me imagine what it would be like to have someone else in my head 24/7.

The last thing (I don’t want spoil anyone) but the ending was fantastic it really had me wanting me more and to me this novel the screams the beginning to a great series.

3.5/5 Stars 

Existence by Abbi Glines Review

Existence by Abbi Glines is a young adult novel about a high school girl Pagan Moore who can see dead people or as she describes them souls, written in Pagan’s voice she explains how she had been seeing the dead all her life and they do not bother her or talk to her, it seems to her that the dead cannot talk at all. Then one day she sees a soul who does talk to her, a good looking boy blue eyed boy (aren’t they always?) and he continues to talk to her and become a presence in her life even if he is unseen by the rest of the world.

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I think I gave this book a 2/5 stars on Goodreads, it was okay honestly there wasn’t much to the main character Pagan, I found her irritating mainly because throughout the majority of the book she is pining of Leif her Quarterback boyfriend and then all of her sudden death rocks up and she’s in love with him and Leif has been demoted to book carrier. Just to make things more confusing death proceeds to disappear for most of the book leaving Pagan giving Bella Swan in New Moon a run for her money in the depression stakes!

This book had been on my TBR for a while and honestly if had I checked Goodreads before reading it I probably wouldn’t have bothered because it’s got some pretty low scores but, I do think it is a novel with a lot of potential. I love the idea of death a God or some kind of deity that can fall in love and the problems that would potentially present but I think I was expecting more Meet Joe Black than New Moon meets The Vampire Diaries.

The best thing about this while book was Pagan’s best friend Gee, she is so hilarious and every time she came onto the page she had me laughing out loud, she’s one of my favourite literary friends ever. Read this book, even if it’s just for Gee, it’s totally worth it.

Over all not really my thing, but had some good points. 2/5 stars Peggy Ann!

Oh, by the way death’s name is Dank and he was in a rock band…no really…

The Shakespeare Challenge 2014!

Shakespeare, The Bard, just plain old Will, how ever you want to refer to him, whether you love him, hate him, you have to admit the guy had a way with words, but for some Shakespeare can be a bit intimidating. I’ve never really been intimidated by Shakespeare but definitely found him easier to understand in the confines of the class room and it was in that environment that I managed to get my head around (and fall in love with) Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night but, as a recent university graduate needless to say my class room days are over and if I want to learn more I have to go forth and discover Shakespeare all by myself.

vj;dvjSo, in a bid to expand my Shakespeare vocabulary I am creating my very own 2014 Shakespeare project- this year I want to attempt to read everyone of Shakespeare’s texts with hopefully a decent level of understanding and, I have decided to start with Much Ado About Nothing (just keeping it light). There is no better way, in my opinion at least, of understanding Shakespeare than watching the television and movie adaptations that are available first as long as you keep an open mind and keep aware, knowing that this is an adapted version of the original tale and in some cases the text.

So with this in mind in a bid to help me with my Shakespeare project I have decided to watch (and review) the BBC series Shakespeare re-told a series that re-told some of Shakespeare’s stories and adapted then within the modern day with modern day sensibilities. I’m sure this is going to be interesting and fun but I think it will also be a great way to wet my pallet and get my head around the stories I am unfamiliar with before I jump right into the original text.

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I will talk about each play as I complete it, I’m not sure review is the right word when it comes to Shakespeare- I will share my experiences and feelings about the story upon completing.

Wish me luck in my Shakespeare challenge 2014, and all that I discover on the way!