Thursday, 30 August 2012

Back to Books Giveaway Hop International



Hey guys. Its been a while since I've done a giveaway hop so thought I would participate in this one :)  Anyway you all the drill, giveaway is international so long as the book depository ships to your country. The winner may pick any book they wish up to the value of £10. Also as usual, you don't have to be a follower to enter - but if you do decide to follow it is very much appreciated!
 
Simply fill in the rafflecopter below and Good luck!
 
 

 
 Below is a list of all the other blogs taking part in the hop!
 
 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Time Between Us - Book Review


Time Between Us – Book Review
Tamara Ireland Stone
YA Time Travel
Synopsis:
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.


Review:
With a similar kind of concept to The Time Travellers Wife, Time Between Us was a moving and captivating YA read that despite a few hiccups, I ultimately enjoyed. Told from the point of view of sixteen year old Anna, Time Between Us is a story of love and adventure, all mixed in with a twist of the impossible.
 Inexplicably drawn to Bennett, the new guy at her school Anna can’t help but feel like there is something ‘different’ about him. Therefore when he saves her from knife point by teleporting her into the past, she realises just how different their lives really are.
Bennett is a time traveller and Anna knows that realistically, they were never meant to meet – yet she can’t help but fall in love with him. Born nearly 17 years apart between two different times, Anna and Bennett must find a way to keep Bennett from returning to the future, but fate is determined to pull them apart. The only question is, is their love strong enough to beat the divide of time and space…?
I enjoyed this book but felt like it got off to a slow beginning. There were also times where not everything made sense, but I assure that this is one of those books that if you persevere, everything will eventually fall into place and the story does pick up after the first hundred or so pages.
Anna is a very level headed main character. She has a loving family and great friends, slightly above average grades and a future all planned out. I liked that she is just a normal kind of girl.  Bennett on the other hand wasn’t your typical mysterious, good looking type. Sure he had elements of mystery but apart from the whole time travel thing he was mostly a, ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of guy which I really liked.
I enjoyed how the romance between the two developed and their relationship was sweet and believable. The trials and conflicts Bennett and Anna had to face as a couple were harsh and I was quite often surprised by how the storyline played out. The ending was also not at all what I expected – but in a good way.
The secondary and supportive characters such as Anna’s best friend Emma were also really well written, some of the characters even having small storylines of their own. I also enjoyed how Bennett was careful with his gift, knowing that changing the past in even a small way, can have huge consequences in the future that at first you don’t see at all.  These little consequences made for some great plot twists.
So overall I thought Time Between Us was a pretty good read, although my main hiccup with the book was that the pacing could be rather slow. However I will also say hands up that this isn’t the type of book I typically go for. Therefore my rating is 3 stars!
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Monday, 20 August 2012

An Apology, a Competition (UK) and a New Meme!



The Apology
Hey guys, sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. I have no excuse really, just everyday life getting in the way of me and my blogging (I knew getting a job and joining the real world was a bad idea!) lol. Anyway I have plenty of reviews scheduled for the next few weeks and if you scroll down a little further, you’ll see I also have a competition and new meme planned too!

The Competition… (UK ONLY)
As some of you may already know, on the 2nd August 2012 Vintage Classics (an imprint of Random House Publishers) launched its new Classics range which currently consists of twenty fabulous Children’s titles – including some of my all time favourites such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Treasure Island.
I highly recommend you check out the Vintage Classic’s website HERE, along with their new interactive website - worldofstories.co.uk – where kids of all ages can find quizzes, downloads and extra material on all your favourite, much loved characters.
Anyway to celebrate the launch of this new classics range, the lovely people over at Vintage have offered to giveaway a copy of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden to one lucky winner.
To enter all you have to do is click on the link below and fill in the rafflecopter. You also need to have a UK mailing address. A winner will be picked and announced on the 2nd of July. Good Luck!


The Meme!
Ok, so I’ve decided to run my own meme which I’m calling “Book-On-Board” - A new meme that will run once a month and feature the places and countries I want to visit, along with some of the amazing works of fiction that can take you there for free… at least until you save the money to venture their yourself! What do you guys think? Good idea?
Also I’m totally rubbish at creating logos and things (as you can probably see) so if anyone wants to volunteer to create one for me (hint hint) I would be that persons best friend forever! However until then you will all have to make do with my meagre creative skills J Anyway I’ll have the first post up this coming Friday and it will feature one of the places I’m most eager to see… JAPAN – land of the rising sun! Look out for it!
Later xXx

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Legend - Book Review

Legend– Book Review
Marie Lu
YA Dystopian
Synopsis:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbours. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Review:
I had heard many good things about Marie Lu and was really looking forward to reading her debut novel Legend which, I’m pleased to say was totally amazing. Despite not being quite what I thought it would be – it really was a fantastic read with plenty of action, drama and intrigue and just a dash of romance thrown in.
The story is about two teenagers who live in a dystopian world where the military and republic rule America under a tyrannical thumb. Born on two opposite sides of the track, fifteen year old June is an exceptional prodigy of a military family and an up and coming star among the republic. However living in perfect contrast to June’s world is Day, a notorious criminal who does his best to help the poor while scraping by on life himself.
But when June’s brother is found murdered and Day labelled the number one suspect – the two of them suddenly find their lives entangled together in a web of deceit, death and intrigue. But what they both don’t know is that they have a common enemy… and only by working together do they stand a chance of surviving against the deadly plots laid down for them by the republic…
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Told from the dual perspectives of both June and Day the reader is given a very clear view of what it is like to live in a world ravaged by the republic – both from a military and criminal viewpoint. It was also great to read how despite their completely different upbringings, both Day and June where driven and manipulated through their feelings and empathy towards people in need.   
As a main character June was intelligent, strong willed and (despite being inside her head) often hard to read. However while this could be a little frustrating it prolonged the suspense of what would happen next and of how June would react to the next situation thrown at her.
Day on the other hand was very straightforward. Motivated into action by the love and protection he felt towards his family, he has a kind heart and unlike June – he was right all along in thinking the republic was evil and tyrannical. He’s also a pretty bad ass character and capable of causing some serious damage. The relationship that develops between him and June is sweet but they have yet to reach the stage where they work well as a couple. I’m hoping the romance will develop more in the next book and that these characters will get a chance to develop their feelings more.
Otherwise the plot was fantastic and moved at a nice pace. The setting was interesting and described in such a way that it felt very real and the writing itself was brilliant. Full of secrets, action and suspense Legend was a really good read and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel. 4 Stars!

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