top 5 favourite contemporaries

So in the grand scheme of everyone who has ever read books or started blogs, I probably haven’t read a lot in comparison. I can imagine this list is going to change over and over and over again. These are also not in any particular order, it’s just my top five!

The Hate U Give
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Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Pages: 444 pages
Start Date: 26 March 2017
Finish Date: 28 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

The Hate U Give is about Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a dominantly black, poor neighborhood but attends a posh suburban prep school. Starr is driving home from a party with her childhood best friend, Khalil when they get pulled over by a white police officer. Khalil ends up getting shot and killed when he is unarmed. Khalil’s death makes headlines and protests break out all around Starr’s neighberhood. Starr is deciding between staying silent and only talking to the police or dealing with joining on the public outrage at the decisions of all the authorities around her.

I loved the issues that this book addressed, it is based on the black lives matter movement. Police brutality needs to be spoken about more and is a huge issue in America. I think this novel should be read by everyone to see the aspect from Starr’s point of view.

I loved the family dynamic in this novel so much and the character’s and relationships just felt so real. I will 100% reread this book multiple times in my life and Angie Thomas has been an auto-buy author from the moment I started to read this novel!


More Happy Than Not
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Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: 2 June 2015
Pages: 304 pages
Start Date: 24 February 2017
Finish Date: 25 February 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

More Happy Than Not is about 16-year-old Aaron Soto. Aaron’s father committed suicide in the previous months to when this novel takes place and Aaron is finding it hard to be happy. His girlfriend and his mum are trying to help him and he’s slowly seeing progress, but with his smile-shaped scar on his wrist, it is proving difficult. But when his girlfriend leaves for a few weeks, Aaron meets a new guy, Thomas.   Aaron is starting to feeling something for Thomas, and he is thinking about getting a memory-alteration procedure from the Leteo Institute to get rid of his feelings for this new guy.

Okay so the first thing I want to say is this story has a lovely science-fiction aspect to it. It isn’t overwhelming, and coming from someone who doesn’t usually gravitate towards science-fiction storylines, I loved this aspect to the plot.

So as it says above, I read this in about a day and I just loved it so much. Adam has a way with words that just makes me love everything I’m reading. I have his second novel on my tbr just now and I’m planning on reading it soon but I am waiting for his third novel to release later on this year and I want to space them out so I can enjoy his writing!


My Life Next Door
my-life-next-doorTitle: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 14 June 2012
Pages: 394 pages
Start Date: 3 July 2016
Finish Date: 21 July 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

My Life Next Door is about Samantha Reed and her noisy, messy neighbours, the Garretts. The Garrett’s are the opposite of  Samantha’s family and they don’t speak, Samantha just watches. That’s until one night when Jase Garrett climbs up next to her on her rooftop perch. The two start to fall for each other but Samantha has to keep it a secret from her family and their judgements. Then one night everything changes and Samantha is forced to make a decision on what family she should choose, her own or the Garretts?

 

The only reason this book took me so long to read is because I was in the biggest reading slump ever. I read a couple of chapters the first day, didn’t read anything for about two weeks then read the rest of this in one sitting!

I really loved the family dynamic with the Garretts and think that Jase was such a good character to read about. I bought a couple more Huntley Fitzpatrick books after reading this but just haven’t gotten round to reading them yet, I’m definitely excited though!


Fangirl
9781250073785_p0_v2_s192x300Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: 10 September 2013
Pages: 445 pages
Start Date: 20 March 2016
Finish Date: 24 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Fangirl is about Cath, the biggest fan of the Simon Snow series. Along with her twin sister, Wren, they used to dress up as the characters, reread the books and write fan fiction. Wren has grown out of her Simon Snow loving phase as the twins go to college but Cath doesn’t want to let it go. Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to share a room when they go to college and that means Cath is on her own dealing with this experience that is completely out of her comfort zone. Cath’s surly roommate has a charming friend, Levi, who Cath becomes fond of. She has a professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the world, when Cath’s Simon Snow fan fiction is something she loves to do. She is also worrying about her sister and dad. Cath is all around stuck in a situation totally out of her comfort zone and this is all about her dealing with her first year at college and everything that comes along with it.

This is a fun book with a main character that deals with anxiety. This is a really popular novel with people who want to get into reading or just want a quick and easy read. It was definitely a novel I read when I was first getting back into reading and it totally helped me want to read more. Rainbow’s writing was so much fun and the characters were really relatable.


Faceless
PrintTitle: Faceless
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Publication Date: 29 September 2015
Pages: 352 pages
Start Date: 3 June 2016
Finish Date: 4 June 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Faceless is about Maisie Winters, when she is out for a run in her neighbourhood a storm gathers and lightning hits a powerline when she is running past. The burning electrical fire consumes her and leaves her without nose, cheeks and a chin. Everyone around Maisie is telling her she is lucky as she qualifies for a face transplant, but she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels like someone else is staring back at her in the mirror. Nothing in her life feels normal, she can’t even live the life she used to have, the life that she was promised by the doctors. Maisie was someone who ran track, loved her boyfriend and her best friend and now she can’t even recognise herself in the mirror.

I read this book in a day. Maisie’s story captivated me and just made me read more and more. I felt for her and her situation and I cared about what happened to her. I loved all of the characters and Maisie was a truly inspiring character to read from. This story was truly amazing, unique and an honour to read, even though it is fictional.


So that is my top 5 favourite contemporaries right now! I can imagine this list will change multiple times throughout my life but I highly recommend all of these stories! I am very much in a contemporary mood right now so will probably be rereading some of these soon!

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city of ashes by cassandra clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Start Date: 16 April
Finish Date: 25 April
Rating: ★★★★

This is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, it continues on from City of Bones, where Clary is first introduced to the Shadow world and her life is turned around. At the beginning of this novel, the Lightwood’s mother, Maryse, has returned from Alicante, angry with Jace and saying she believes he is working for Valentine. We have some Simon and Clary love we have some angry Jace and we have a werewolf murder. Maryse has called the Inquisitor, a member of the Clave who is there to put Jace under trial by the soul sword, one of the mortal instruments of the shadowhunters. The gang from the first book are back again and think Valentine is preparing the killings of downworlder children in order to change the alliance of the soul sword and gain more power. There is a steamy brother/sister kiss in the Faerie land, some special powers introduced, oh, and Simon’s a vampire now?

Like the first book in the series, I read City of Ashes for the first time in April 2016, in 5 days. I loved it and was incredibly excited to see where all the character arcs were going. Like I mentioned in my review of the previous book in the series, I was caught up in the hype. It took me a while to read this, and I think I’m just not loving the series as much as I did last time.

I had the same reading experience for the majority of the novel as I did rereading the first book. I would pick up the book and read a chapter or maybe half a chapter and then put it down and go and do something else. It was only when I got around 75% through I really started to enjoy the story more and I sped through the last 25% in a day.

The relationship between Clary and Jace in this novel made me feel uncomfortable. In this novel, the characters are aware that they’re brother and sister and they still act towards each other in a way that I’m just not okay with. I can vaguely understand that it wouldn’t exactly be easy to turn off feelings for someone, since Jace and Clary weren’t aware they were related at the start of City of Bones, but reading it just wasn’t exactly helpful in making me want them together.

Jace’s witty and sarcastic lines are still here and are just as funny as they always have been. Clary is still the same non-memorable slightly irritating main character who never listens to anyone. Alec is cute and funny, the scene at Luke’s with the fearless rune and so funny and I think my heart actually broke the first time I read the scene on the boat after Izzie gets hurt. Izzie is the same loyal and fierce character I’ve always loved. I still love Magnus too.

The plot in this book was good, it wasn’t overly amazing but I didn’t think about putting it down or anything. I loved Simon’s arc in this book as well as the hints we got about Magnus and Alec. The abilities revealed in this book excite me, they add drama and tension to the arc in this story but makes me more excited to just pick up the next few books because I know what happens next since I’ve read them all.

I feel like this has been a pretty sad review for a four star story, and honestly I think I would have been a three star read if it wasn’t for the ending. Since I read it in a day, it shows that that was my favourite part of the story. The battle on the ship was really dramatic and all the moments with Simon and Jace and Alec and Izzie and just everyone. The ending just saved this story for me.

So I recommend this story if you haven’t read it before. It was a five-star read for me the first time round. It is a fun and enjoyable urban fantasy. The reveals and twists and turns in this are fun to find out but I think the reread just ruined it since I knew everything that was going to happen.

dreamology by lucy keating

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Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Pages: 336 pages
Start Date: 13 April
Finish Date: 16 April
Rating: ★★★

Dreamology is about Alice Rowe, for as long as she can remember she has dreamt about Max. In her dreams, they have gone on crazy, wonderful adventures and fallen in love. Max is the boy of her dreams, and only her dreams, because he isn’t real. Then Alice is sitting in class on her first day at a new school and Max walks into the room. He is real. But he is not the Max of her dreams, in fact real-life Max is nothing like dream Max. Once Max starts to let his guard down, the pair realise their dreams are starting to become their reality. Impossible things are happening and the pair need to find a way to stop it before they can’t tell the difference between real life and dreaming.

I picked this book up around about September 2016 if I remember right, although I don’t have the best memory so don’t count on me being right! I put it down around 100 pages or so, but it was just because I was still in a huge reading slump and this just wasn’t the right book for me to get me out of it.

I wasn’t planning on reading this any time soon but I finished my last book and I just picked it up out of nowhere. It was an enjoyable read so I’m glad I read it.

I have recently decided that I really enjoy contemporary books that have a small science fiction twist to them. The other book I read recently that was like this is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (if you want another recommendation!!)

Alice was the main character, the book was written from her perspective, and I liked her. I didn’t find her anything special, it wasn’t overwhelmingly amazing reading her as a main character but I didn’t hate her. She had real-life problems that I think a lot of people could relate to, I just couldn’t.

However, I really liked Max! He was cute and exactly what you would expect to read in a YA contemporary romance. Dream Max was so cute, so was real-life Max, but dream Max just knocked it up a notch.

Max and Alice were cute together, I didn’t initially like the fact that Max kissed Alice and acted the way he did towards her when he was still with Celeste, but when that storyline finished up I began to ship the characters together more. I wanted them to end up together but they’re not an otp or anything.

The plot of this book was what initially drove me to picking this up and it was what kept me reading. Like I said before, I have a new found love for contemporary books with a sci-fi twist and I think I could pretty much read any book in this sub-genre. The idea of these two people dreaming of each other for as long as they can remember and then realising that each other are real. It just sounds so amazing and it definitely was. The plot was my favourite part of this novel. Characters are usually my favourite part of a novel and even when a plot is good, I usually end up not enjoying the story much, but there as just something different about this one.

I enjoyed the writing in this, there wasn’t too much description in this, which is something I like. I also really like the chapters in this book that told us about the dreams that Max and Alice were having. They were cute and funny and I really liked seeing them like they had no cares in the world and only thought of each other. I know it wasn’t real but it was so cute and I loved dream Max- like I said above.

The ending was slightly odd, I felt it was slightly cliché but in a way I didn’t really love. It’s like Max and Alice liked each other then they didn’t then they did again. I know it’s YA, but I don’t usually read books where characters go on and off of each other so often. I just got a bit bored at the end.

Anyway, this was a three star read for me, I originally had it down as a four stars but after thinking about it I put it down to three since the only thing I truly loved was the plot/genre. Hopefully my next review will be the second book in The Mortal Instruments!

would you rather tag (book edition)

So I’m not sure if I need to put this at the start of every tag I’m going to be putting on this blog. But I got this idea off of booktube and yeah, that’s basically it. So here’s the quick would you rather tag!!

WOULD YOU RATHER…

READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR STANDALONES?
I think I would say standalones. I love trilogies more than full series but I like quick, easy reads and standalones are definitely quicker than trilogies. Plus, contemporaries are my favourite books to read and you don’t get trilogies in that genre much.

READ ONLY FEMALE OR MALE AUTHORS?
I don’t really have a preference, but if I look at the ratio of female to male author books that I read, I would say female authors. There must just be something about them that I prefer to read, or maybe there are just more female authors in the contemporary genre.

SHOP AT BARNES & NOBLE OR AMAZON?
Amazon. I live in Scotland, so there aren’t any Barnes & Noble near me and the shipping cost is high to get it here. However, I have an Amazon Prime Membership which means I can get the books from there nice and fast and a lot cheaper than Barnes & Noble. Even if I lived in the US, I would prefer Amazon. I love reading and collecting books but I prefer to get them cheaper!

ALL BOOKS BECOME MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?
Definitely movies. I always tend to prefer the movie adaptations compared to the TV ones. For example, The Hunger Games adaptations are really amazing! I love The Maze Runner movies so far and I really liked the first two Divergent movies (don’t mention the third one to me though, it was atrocious).

READ FIVE PAGES PER DAY OR FIVE BOOKS PER WEEK?
Five books per week, if it was only five pages per day it would take sooo long to read one book and I don’t think I could only read a few books a year. I NEED TO READ!

BE A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER OR AUTHOR?
I enjoy writing, but I think I would definitely say a professional reviewer. An author involves a lot of writing and as much as I enjoy it, I do it for fun, and if I did it for a job I would stress about it. I like reading more than writing and I love to talk, so reviewing is a better option for me.

ONLY READ YOUR TOP 20 FAVOURITE BOOKS OVER AND OVER OR ALWAYS READ NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BEFORE?
I think I’d say always read new books that I haven’t read before. I love rereading books, and I’ve actually been doing it a lot more this year, but there is nothing better than finding a new story that you love. It would get boring reading the same books over and over again.

BE A LIBRARIAN OR BOOK SELLER?
Book seller 100%. I don’t really use my local library that much, it has the smallest YA section ever and it’s practically just John Green books. I also prefer to own my books, I love libraries and I think it’s amazing that so many people use them. I would never shut down a library or judge anyone for using one. I just love my mini library/collection at my house. I would still love to own my own book shop in the future! It would be so amazing, introducing people to new books and selling beautiful copies of my favourite books. I just love the idea.

ONLY READ YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE OR EVERY GENRE EXCEPT YOUR FAVOURITE?
I think I would only read my favourite genre. I love contemporary and within contemporary there are so many different subgenres, I can’t even remember one that I don’t enjoy. I don’t think I could get bored of contemporary, considering it’s the world we live in and all.

ONLY READ PHYSICAL BOOKS OR EBOOKS?
Physical books. I actually prefer reading ebooks and there are a million reasons why that is, but I love having my mini library and I love owning beautiful books. So definitely physical books.


Thank you so much for reading, love you all x

us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Start Date: 11 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★

Us is the sequel to Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. It takes place eight months after the ending of Him. Wes and Jamie are living together in Toronto. Their relationship is still a secret and they are planning on keeping it that way until Wes finishes his rookie season in the NHL. Jamie’s coaching job is also keeping him busy and it’s putting a strain on their relationship because they aren’t getting to see each other as much. Earlier than they planned, their relationship gets shown to the public and both Wes and Jamie have to deal with how it affects their relationships with not only each other, but their teammates and co-workers.

DEFINITELY 5 STARS. I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE SITTING. I LOVED IT! I read both Him and Us in under 48 hours!

I felt like this novel had it’s own storyline and wasn’t just a continuation from the first book, which I always enjoy.  It is dealing with their relationship as well as their chemistry and their complicated situation.

A lot of people felt like the lack of communication between the characters in this book was a down fall but I think that it’s true and real, some people do find it hard to communicate in situations like Wes and Jamie are in.

The hockey was still a large part of the novel, which I still loved. It wasn’t all about their relationship (don’t worry, their relationship is still the main focus on the story).

I still loved Wes and Jamie, their chemistry is still undeniably real and totally believable. There was some very cute scenes between them in this book, not as many as the first book but I understand that since the plot is more focused on the strains of their relationship than their figuring out their feelings for each other.

I loved Jamie’s mum in this book, she is such a lovely and understanding character. She had a lovely relationship with Wes as well as Jamie.

A character that was introduced in this novel, Blake, was interesting to say the least. He annoyed me slightly at the start of the story, he honestly just seemed kind of rude. But as the story went on we got to see his friendship with Wes and Jamie evolve and by the end of the book I started to really like him.

Obviously I have to mention that I loved the representation. There is a gay main character and a bisexual main character. There is also a main character dealing with mental health issues.

slight spoiler ahead !!
In this book there is a medical emergency used as a plot twist (?) in the story. This is not an issue for me as I love this trope/cliché. It allows the reader to see a different part of Wes and Jamie’s relationship.

I 100% shipped Jamie and Wes throughout the entire story, which did not surprise me at all considering how much I loved the first book. I cried multiple times reading this and I laughed out loud to myself multiple times as well. This story was very emotional for me and not just some steamy new adult story. I loved these characters and I’m sad that my journey with them is finished.

I will 100% be rereading this book and the first one multiple times throughout my reading life. I definitely recommend the duology of books and think it was a brilliant and unforgettable introduction to new adult for me.

 

him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

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Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Start Date: 10 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★

Him is about two guys who went to hockey camp together when they were younger. Wes is someone who was struggling with his feelings towards his best friend. Jamie had never questioned his sexuality until after a bets stakes get carried out and he has a drunken experience with Wes. They don’t talk for four years after their final camp together, much to Jamie’s confusion, then they run into each other when their hockey teams both go to the same match. They meet again and are both coaches at the camp they attended when they were younger.

I really really enjoyed this story. It was definitely a five star rating from me, I started it at night and stayed up until 3am reading this, I then finished it in under 24 hours.

The writing in this is not spectacular or anything but it isn’t bad, I didn’t read it thinking that it was some 12 year olds fanfiction. I really enjoyed it for the purpose of enjoying a story.

The novel was written in alternating first person point of views from the two main characters, Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning. I could easily tell the two character’s chapters apart and I really enjoyed reading from both perspectives.

I enjoyed that the story was about two male hockey players who were dealing with their feelings for each other and their experiences with being attracted to males and how that affected their everyday lives. It didn’t feel like someone had wrote a m/f romance and just changed the pronouns of a character, it felt real.

I loved Ryan Wesley. Someone who is in love with hockey and his best friend. He has a terrible relationship with his parent’s, both of who have doubted and ignored his sexuality. Wes was always confident in his sexuality throughout the book and the ways he spoke to Jamie throughout the novel make me so happy. Wes doesn’t let people in very easily and he just loves Jamie so much that he can talk to him so much easier.

I loved Jamie Canning. Someone who is in love with coaching and his best friend. Jamie was sleeping with a character named Holly at the start of the novel and hadn’t questioned his sexuality until he meets Wes again. He figures out through the novel that he is bisexual (yay! bisexual representation!!) and I loved seeing him figuring out that part of himself and becoming more comfortable in himself.

The two characters spoke in a more juvenile tone throughout the story but I enjoyed it. It made their relationship more cute and happy. They could joke around with each other and they could be themselves. They also worked with kids at the hockey camp throughout so had to speak to them in a way they’d understand too.

The sports in this book is there and part of the story but I actually found myself enjoying it even though I have no interest or knowledge of hockey. It didn’t change my enjoyment of the story at all, if anything it made the story feel more real and added something to the story apart from just the romance.

The story didn’t have unnecessary  drama, it felt right. It felt real. I didn’t have to sigh from cheesyness or anything unrealistic throughout. It was fun and really really enjoyable.

I haven’t read much new adult stories but I think this was a really great introduction into the genre! I’ll definitely be looking at some more of Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s work!!

I really really enjoyed this story, it will be one I will reread in the future, I read the ebook version but I’m dying to pick up a physical copy and maybe give the audio book a shot in the future!

my favourite booktubers

So I’m kind of obsessed with watching Youtube videos, not just about books but beauty and conspiracy theories and fan theories. But for this particular post I’m going to focus on the books. I have found many people on YouTube that I love to watch that make videos on their books and I figured I’d share them here.

Here’s a list of my top ten favourite booktubers:

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Name: Hannah
Subscribers: 29,000
Channel Views: 960,000
Goodreads: http://goo.gl/OA8vPi
Most Popular Video: Top 17 Books to Read in 2017
What I love: HARRY POTTER HOUSE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS !!!

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Name: Ash
Subscribers: 15,000
Channel Views: 359,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/0pXRH5
Most Popular Video: Very Harry Book Haul
What I love: She’s so happy and lovely and I never miss a video!

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Name: Abi
Subscribers: 3,700
Channel Views: 153,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/EE6Mxo
Most Popular Video: Room and Bookshelf Organisation 2016
What I love: I could watch all of her videos in one day, they are so bingeable!!

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Name: Emma
Subscribers: 50,000
Channel Views: 2,700,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/6xAq3F
Most Popular Video: Bookshelf Tour November 2016
What I love: MENTAL HEALTH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS!!

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Name: Hailey
Subscribers: 104,000
Channel Views: 6,475,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/5rptpO
Most Popular Video: Top 15 Young Adult Books
What I love: Her Recommended Reads videos!! (and her bookshelves!!)

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Name: Ali
Subscribers: 6,300
Channel Views: 332,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/M7RYvT
Most Popular Video: Bookish Harry Potter DIY
What I love: Regular uploads!! And her happy mood!!

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Name: Lily
Subscribers: 39,000
Channel Views: 734,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/zhguIY
Most Popular Video: Shit Books That I Hate
What I love: She seems so real and swears all the time, so different from everyone else!

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Name: Cece
Subscribers: 22,000
Channel Views: 1,095,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/T1eBTM
Most Popular Video: Cursed Child Discussion
What I love: LGBTQIA+ BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS!!

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Name: Zoë
Subscribers: 115,000
Channel Views: 5,580,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/pVu5bR
Most Popular Video: Book Recommendations
What I love: Seems so nice!! And reads contemporary, which I love!!

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Name: Yesy
Subscribers: 8,800
Channel Views: 269,000
Goodreads: goo.gl/iEiDVz
Most Popular Video: Bookshelf Tour 2015
What I love: She’s so real and funny!!


I know there is so much I could have said about each of these amazing booktubers, but I figured I’d stick to the basics of their channel. Obviously all of the information on this post is accurate at the time of writing the post but maybe have changed when you are reading this. Please check out all of these lovely ladies, they make some great videos!!

unpopular opinions book tag

So if you don’t watch YouTube and you didn’t know that BookTube was a thing, then you need to head on over to check it all out. My next post up here will be a list of some of my favourite people on YouTube who speak about books (if you wanted to know).

Anyway, this is where I got the idea for this tag. It is one of my favourite videos to watch over on YouTube and I think it’s probably just because I love a good controversial opinion on a book.

If you want to watch the original creator of the tag’s video there just click here.


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

So my first instinct here is to go with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. If you follow me on Goodreads or if you saw my last post, then you will know that I gave this book three stars. I really didn’t enjoy the majority of this book and considered dnf’ing it multiple times. But since it was so short and I loved Everything Everything by the author I really wanted to finish the story. I’m glad I did because this book would have been a one or two stars if I had read the ending, which I did like. But all around, I have seen so much hype for this story and I just don’t get it. Too much instalove for me.


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

The only answer I can think of for this would be Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I don’t know if it’s cheating since I only gave the book a three star rating, but nearly everyone I know has said that they wish they had never read this book and that they just hated it so much. The main reason for this is the ending and the addition of Four’s point of view. Whilst I understand why people would be annoyed, I think that it was an unexpected and bold move on Roth’s part and I loved reading from Four’s perspective. I think that the point of views could have been more distinct from each other but I did enjoy them. I also didn’t enjoy the circumstances of the ending but I still liked it and I wouldn’t change it.


A LOVE TRIANGLE WHERE THE MAIN CHARACTER ENDED UP WITH THE PERSON THAT YOU DID NOT WANT THEM TO END UP WITH OR A OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

In The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, I never wanted Katniss to end up with anybody. I didn’t hate Peeta or Gale but I didn’t love them either. So I suppose this is more of a OTP I didn’t like than the main character ending up with someone I didn’t want them to be with. I don’t really like Peeta and Katniss together. Plus, they have a really ugly ship name.


A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

Sci-fi or historical fiction. I’m not interested in history, I always hated it in school and it just bores me. I can handle sci-fi at certain times, I don’t mind sci-fi elements in contemporary books like More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I enjoy sci-fi I just don’t reach for it much, but I just don’t like historical fiction.


A POPULAR OR BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

Albus Dumbledore? (From Harry Potter) I’m not sure if he is loved enough to count for this but I just hated him so much. There was just something about him, he was really selfish and I just Did. Not. Like. Him. At. All.


A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

John Green. I know he is popular with a lot of younger readers and people who don’t read much but pick up a contemporary every now and them. I just don’t love his books like everyone else, I’m planning on reading The Fault In Our Stars again sometime soon but I just didn’t love it like everyone else did and every other book of his I started reading and eventually just got bored.


A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING/READING

I’m not going to go with the automatic answer of love triangles here, I would love to maybe do a post all about why I love this trope some time. I’m going to go with bad family relationships. Since I mainly read Young Adult books, the main characters tend to be young enough that the live at home. But for some reason they either don’t have a family in the book or they have really bad relationships with family. I WANT A GOOD FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN BOOKS!! A great example where I loved the family relationships would be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.


A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

I could make a full post about all of the popular series that I just have no interest in. But I’m going to go with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I know a lot of people who have read and loved this series but it just does not make me a single bit interested at all. I just don’t care about the plot of this at all. It doesn’t sounds interesting to me. I’m glad other people enjoyed it though!


THE SAYING GOES “The book is always better than the movie”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

I think a really safe bet here is The Vampire Diaries. The first seven books in this series were written by L. J. Smith. After that were was a ghost writer and Aubrey Clark involved in writing other books in the series. It’s all very confusing but all I have to say is that I tried to read the first book in this series a few years back and got bored and put it down. The TV show finished earlier this year and I watched every single episode of all eight seasons of the TV show. I think that lets you know that I preferred the TV adaptation.


So there’s my answers to this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my unpopular opinions as much as I love reading everyone elses! Let me know your answers to the questions down below! See you in my next post, which will be a list of my favourite BookTubers!

city of bones by cassandra clare

91Dz0CVeJyLTitle: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 27 March 2007
Pages: 510 pages
Start Date: 1 April
Finish Date: 10 April
Rating: ★★★

This book centres around Clary Fray, a fifteen year old girl in New York. One day she is in Pandemonium club with her friend Simon when she witnesses a group of people  murdering someone. Clary is extremely confused and doesn’t have a clue of what’s going on, then she realises no-one else can see these people. Clary learns that she is a shadowhunter, destined to hunt demons and return them to their own realm, and that her mother has had Clary’s Sight from the shadow world hidden for her entire life.  When Clary’s mother goes missing and the only lead she has to find her is the Mortal Cup, Clary and the shadowhunters she met in Pandemonium have to fight until they find it to save Clary’s mother. Clary is thrown into the shadow world, filled with werewolves, faeries, warlocks and vampires, where she discovers secret after secret to do with her family and this unknown world.

I read this book for the first time in April 2016. I didn’t even mean to read it twice nearly 365 days apart. The first time I read this I loved it. I jumped straight into the second book without hesitation. But upon reading this for a second time, I’ve realised, this book just isn’t that great.

Reading this the second time around I thought that the previous book I read put me into a reading slump, but I looked back at my goodreads reading progress from 2016 and saw that it took me a long time to read the first time round too.

I think the first time I read this I was caught up in the hype, I gave it four stars and I think that was generous. This time I decided three stars was the right rating to go with. This book was good and I mostly enjoyed it and I will continue to reread the series, but it wasn’t amazing or anything.

It just took me so long to read, I would read a chapter and then just put it down and not pick it up until the next day. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the characters or that I felt like there wasn’t a plot, it just didn’t excite me enough to make me want to keep reading.

Clary wasn’t a spectacular character, I’m not in love with her but I don’t hate her. She isn’t a very memorable or relatable character for me if I’m being honest.

As a character, my favourite part about Jace is his witty and sarcastic lines. I love characters like him, they make a book funny and break up all the plot and tension.

The other characters in the novel are alright, there isn’t anyone that I fell in love with. There wasn’t anything memorable about any of them. But my favourite from what I do feel is probably Magnus or Alec.

The world building in this book is probably my favourite part of this, I think Cassandra Clare made a great world. This is the first book she wrote in the Shadowhunter Chronicles and I think she set it up well. You get just enough insight to make you want to get more invested in the world.

I mostly enjoy stories written in a first person perspective but for a third person writer, I really enjoy Cassandra Clare’s writing. It doesn’t overwhelm you with description but it keeps you informed on what’s happening, which is what I enjoy.

I enjoyed the plot of this more than the characters too. I felt like the journey Clary went through and all the twists and turns in this book were well planned and executed in a way that made you want to finish the chapter.

The main point I want to make is just that it was good. It wasn’t amazing and it wasn’t absolute rubbish. I didn’t want to speed read it to experience it all really fast but I didn’t not enjoy it enough to stop reading it all together. I will pick up the second book and reread it too, I’m intrigued to see if the entire series was overhyped for me or if it might just have been this one.

I would recommend picking it up and seeing if it is something that you enjoy, maybe you’ll get more invested in the story straight away. A lot of people really love this series and think it is amazing right from the start. I wish I enjoyed this more than I did, but it was only a three star read for me. I don’t know if I’ll be rereading this book again any time soon.

Let me know your opinion on this book and whether or not you agree with anything I’ve said! Hopefully I’ll have a review for the second book in the series up soon!

march 2017 wrap up

So March was a kind of weird month for reading this month. There were some books that I just fell in love with and there were some I just really didn’t enjoy.


319d5dc4905a5fecf26008be888f55c8Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 25 April 2011
Pages: 487 pages
Start Date: 27 February
Finish Date: 4 March
Rating: ★★★★★

The first book I dove into this month was Divergent by Veronica Roth. I read this series when it was releasing so it’s been a while since I experienced the story and characters. Whilst I remembered the general plot I had completely forgot about my emotions towards the novel.

The main thing I noticed when I was rereading this is that I seemed to let other people’s opinions of this book affect how much I loved this story. I let their opinions on the characters affect how I felt about them. I fell in love with Tobias and Tris and their relationship together. I also really enjoyed the plot of this book and I loved diving back into this story.


816jODGyYmLTitle: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 1 May 2012
Pages: 525 pages
Start Date: 4 March
Finish Date: 7 March
Rating: ★★★★

I didn’t love this book quite as much as Divergent, which is obvious by the drop of one star from the rating. The main reason for this being that I just loved the initiation from the first book so much.

I loved Peter’s one-off lines, he is the type of character I always just fall in love with. There was also a couple of times whilst I was reading where I just didn’t appreciate some of the things Tobias said to Tris.


dcc6749662cdcf8f7aad4c6198c3f5de2970d076f79246653f38af8d8561f7f3Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 22 October 2013
Pages: 526 pages
Start Date: 10 February
Finish Date: 23 March
Rating: ★★★

Everyone’s main issue with this book is the ending, and I understand where people are coming from. Whilst I didn’t like the ending, it wasn’t because I think it was a stupid thing to do. I think it was a bold move from Veronica Roth. I just hated Caleb so much that what Tris did for him irritated me. But that is what a book is meant to do, it’s meant to make you feel something.

I loved the plot at the beginning, seeing everyone leaving the Bureau and adjusting to the world. But this book just took me far too long to read and all around, whilst I enjoyed this book, I just didn’t enjoy it too much.


four-short-story-the-transfer-cover-630Title: The Transfer
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 3 September 2013
Pages: 55 pages
Start Date: 23 March
Finish Date: 24 March
Rating: ★★★★★

I read this in one sitting, but it was around midnight so it is technically over two days. I loved seeing Four as 16 years old. Him accepting his new name at the end was so cute as well.


The_Initiate_coverTitle: The Initiate
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Pages: 40 pages
Start Date: 24 March
Finish Date: 24 March
Rating: ★★★★

I loved reading from Four’s point of  view, he is definitely my favourite character of the series. Since it was so short, there isn’t really too much to say about it to be honest. I did really enjoy it though!


y648Title: The Son
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Pages: 65 pages
Start Date: 24 March
Finish Date: 24 March
Rating: ★★

I don’t really feel like much happened in this, it didn’t add much to my experience with Four as a character or as the series as a whole. I was just pretty bored.


18080923Title: The Traitor
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Pages: 48 pages
Start Date: 24 March
Finish Date: 24 March
Rating: ★★★

It was cute, just not necessary. I don’t think it added anything to Four as a character, I could have gone without reading it. I wouldn’t have felt like I missed anything.


24dhr95Title: Free Four: Tobias tells the Divergent story
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: 23 April 2012
Pages: 43 pages
Start Date: 26 March
Finish Date: 26 March
Rating: ★★★★★

I really love reading some of my favourite scenes in other character’s povs. This was no different, I loved seeing this scene from Four’s perspective. I loved seeing when he first met Tris.


71VfOKSGUjLTitle: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Pages: 464 pages
Start Date: 26 March
Finish Date: 28 March
Rating: ★★★★★

OH MY GOD. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. This was definitely one of my favourite reads ever. This was such an honest and beautiful story based on the black lives matter movement. I loved Starr, and her family (especially Seven and Mav!!) The relationships between the family in this were so amazing too. I hope everyone reads this! It’s so important! Definitely my favourite book of the month.


coverTitle: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: 1 November 2016
Pages: 348 pages
Start Date: 28 March
Finish Date: 30 March
Rating: ★★★

This was definitely one of the most confusing books I have ever read. Not in the sense that I didn’t understand the plot. My enjoyment was just SO low at the beginning of this story, but I did like the ending. I didn’t like the alternating povs throughout, and I didn’t really enjoy any point of view that wasn’t Natasha or Daniel.

Main warning: INSTALOVE. SO MUCH INSTALOVE. I don’t think I have ever read a case of instalove like this. I doubt I’ll read it again any time soon, but the ending was really emotional and was the only reason this wasn’t a two star read.


gallery-1473414254-florabankscoverreveal123Title: The One Memory Of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Pages: 303 pages
Start Date: 30 March
Finish Date: 31 March
Rating: ★

I hated this book. Like a lot. It was repetitive (which I knew going into a novel about a main character with anterograde amnesia, but COME ON! SO MUCH REPETITION!!). It just felt like every second page I was reading about Flora’s name, age and the fact the only relevant memory she had was kissing a boy on a beach.

Which brings me on to the totally unbelievable plot. The situation Flora was in, with all of the lying to everyone, was unrealistic. Someone’s whose memory resets every few hours would not remember to keep up with their lies so much, even if it was written down in some notebook.

I also didn’t like the ending. I was bored. And I just did not enjoy reading this. I’m honestly surprised I even finished it.


So all in all, I had a pretty up and down reading month. I know some people don’t put each individual novella into a rating of their own, but as you can see I really enjoyed some of these and really didn’t enjoy others and I felt it was unfair to average it out.

By the way, The One Memory Of Flora Banks has put me into the biggest reading slump ever and it is currently taking me so long to read my current book.

I hope you liked my first post! Feel free to comment your opinions on any of the books I read this month. Let me know how you feel about the lay out of this too! They’re just mini reviews, I’ll hopefully start doing more in-depth reviews on individual books from now on!