Right now I'm reading...

Right now I'm reading... Taylor Swift: The Whole Story by Chas Newkey-Burden.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

I loved this book.  It's one of my favourites of the year so far.

I borrowed it from a friend and didn't even read the 'blurb' on the back before I started reading and I'm glad I didn't.  It is a love story but one in which all the main characters are suffering from Cancer.  I think if I had read the blurb first I may have been a bit put off thinking that I was about to pick up a very depressing book.

While this is a sad story and I did spend probably the last third of the book crying whilst I read; it's also one of the most uplifting books I've read.  Even when dealing the issues of death somehow the writing is comforting.  The story is quite philosophical in parts which was really interesting; I love books which make me think.

The characters in this book are strong, likeable and very normal. There is much more to the story than the Cancer which affects the characters.  I really enjoyed the relationship between the three main characters, Hazel, Gus and their friend Isaac.  I also loved the relationship between Hazel and her parents.

This was a brilliant book which I didn't want to put down.  Thought provoking, charming and absorbing.  I would definitely recommend it.

Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green

Saturday, 22 June 2013

I Heart Vegas by Lindsey Kelk.

What can I say, I heart the 'I Heart' series of books.  I've absolutely loved the first three books in this series; New York, Hollywood and Paris, and this one did not disappoint either.  I laughed out loud (which is always inappropriate whilst reading in a totally silent office at lunch time) and cried my little eyes out in parts.

I adore the main character Angela and her relationships with boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny, and to top it all off they were having adventures in Vegas, where I just happen to have been this time two weeks ago, so I really did love every single thing about this book.

Lindsey Kelk writes in such a light-hearted, funny way that you can't help but fall in love with all the characters, and despite all the heartache Angela endures you always come away from reading the 'I Heart' books feeling so happy.

Angela has so many funny internal monologues but my absolute favourite from this book is "everytime someone swipes an Iphone a fairy dies" - love it!

I am now just slightly panicking by the fact that I only have one more 'I Heart' book left to read on my shelf.  I may have a slight nervous breakdown once I have none at all left.  Whatever will I do for feel good, make you all warm and fuzzy inside books...

Title: I Heart Vegas
Author: Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Series #4

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

I was really intrigued by the concept of this book.  It was easy to pick up the rules of this 'new' society and the story was everything I expected from reading the blurb on the back of the book.

Hannah is quite a strong character but I would have liked to get to know other characters a little bit more.  Hannah's sister was in interesting circumstances and I would have liked to see what happened with her.  There was just something lacking with Hannah and her story as I didn't have the 'page-turning', 'can't put the book down' feeling that I get when reading some other books.

I only gave this book four stars as I was a little disappointed with the ending, it ever so slightly felt like when I was at school and I struggled to think of any endings to my stories other than "and then she woke up and it was all a dream".  I would have liked a little bit more detail regarding Hannah's transition, how it happened, what happened to her 'after'.

It's an interesting read, the concepts of chroming and how it is a punishment for crime are well thought out and quite believable but I would have like to become more attached to the characters.

Title: When She Woke
Author: Hillary Jordan