Tuesday, 23 December 2014

My true Love Gave to Me - Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me
By: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Janny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: October 14th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250059305

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays. (Goodreads)
 How cute was this book? Like seriously, so adorable! 

Over all I think this book is really a fantastic Holiday read, I'm a huge fan of how it incorporated different Holidays and traditions, not just focusing solely on Christmas. I generally really enjoyed the stories, I found the contemporaries to be more enjoyable than any of the fantastical stories. With each story being only around 30 pages it was difficult to understand and get into any of the concepts that weren't straight contemporary. I had some I liked more than others and I've rated each story individually.

Midnights - Rainbow Rowell : 5/5 - This started off the book with a bang, Rainbow Rowell does it again! I did not want this story to end, it was only 30 pages and I was so invested in the story and loved the characters, this was by far my favourite part of the book!

The Lady and the Fox - Kelly Link : 2/5 - This was not a good follow up to the first story, I was really quite disappointed in this one. I found it kind of boring and a bit confusing. there was a magical aspect that was pretty cool, but at the same time it wasn't explained very well and I couldn't connect with the characters at all.

Angels in the Snow - Matt De La Pena : 3/5 - This was a pretty cute story, I liked the characters and found an easy connection with Haley. That being said the story was a little slow and not my favourite, but still pretty cute!

Polaris is Where You'll Find Me - Jenny Han : 4/5 - Now this was a Christmasy read! Full of elves and love and Christmas magic, I thought this was very enjoyable! Even though it was set in a different type world, it worked and it didn't need much explanation, so adorable! 

It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown - Stephanie Perkins : 5/5 - I loved this story! The characters were too cute and their little romance warmed my heart! I loved North, he was one of my favourite guys from all the stories, such a sweetheart! 

Your Temporary Santa - David Levithan : 3/5 - This story was pretty meh for me, I felt no connection with the characters. I thought it was a cute concept but nothing was really explained. The two main characters were so separated throughout most of the story that I couldn't feel a connection between them. The story was cute, but I wanted more.

Krampuslauf - Holly Black : 3/5 - This was a fun story that started off promising but kind of slacked nearing the end. I thought the traditions were really interesting and I loved reading about them, and even the party planning aspect as neat. However, I wasn't a fan of the magical elements because I just felt like it wasn't explained very well and the characters were kind of annoying. Still, not a bad read.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? - Gayle Forman : 5/5 - Oh I loved this story, I loved loved loved it!! The characters were just so adorable and their relationship and interactions were really fun to read! This one left me wanting more and I wish this was a whole book by itself!

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus - Myra McEntire : 3/5 - This was a fun story, I think it wasn't my overall favourite because I'm really not into the "bad boy" type characters. But Vaughn grew on me by the end and I thought this was a nice fast paced save the day type of story.

Welcome to Christmas, CA - Kiersten White : 4/5 - I really enjoyed this story! I wish there was a bit more connection between the characters but overall I thought it was super cute and fun to read. I also feel like this would make the cutest Christmas movie! I'd watch that!!

Star of Bethlehem - Ally Carter : 5/5 - SO CUTE. I loved this story start to finish. I even found the twist/secret reveal at the end to be really surprising. Another favourite, how cute was Ethan's family? Loved them!

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer - Laini Taylor : 2/5 - This one was another disappointment for me. I think I just need more time and detail to get into stories like this with more magical elements, etc. 

Overall, I definitely recommend this book for a nice holiday read! I like how the stories don't intertwine so really you can just pick this up and read one or two stories a year if you wanted! LOVED IT!

This Book!!!!
Also... This is the UK cover and its AMAZING and I want it!!!
4/5 Albi Cats

Monday, 22 December 2014

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (King Killer Chronicles #1)
By Patrick Rothfuss
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: March 27th 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group DAW
Pages: 662
ISBN: 075640407X

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. (Goodreads)
 *slow clap* 

I'm not gonna lie it took me a long time to read this book and I was very confused by a lot things that happened, fantasy just isn't my forte. That being said, once I got into this book and started knowing Kvothe better and understanding the world, I really loved this book. Even though I found there wasn't a ton of action, it was the writing style that hooked me, it was wonderful! This is a mammoth of a book with intricate details and a whole new world to learn, I highly recommend this book, just make sure you're ready to take it on!

Everything that happens in this book, Kvothe is just like... Deal with it.
5/5 Albi Cats

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3)
By Veronica Roth
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: October 22nd 2013 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 526
ISBN: 006202406X 

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered--fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature--and of herself--while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. (Goodreads)
 Hmm where to start.....well first things first I did not enjoy this book, for a few different reasons. BUT I will admit that I thought the ending was very meaningful in the broader scope of humanity and love and blah blah you know where I'm going here. ANYWAY, I did not however, enjoy the sudden change in how it was written. (aka: tris / Tobias alternate chapter views) It took me awhile to adjust so before I could adapt to the change there were sections where I defaulted back to the tris perception when it was Tobias talking. Just seemed nonsensical BUT makes sense for how everything sums up at the end I guess. But listen here is the real kicker....I can't stand the romance. Dear god save me from this book of romance and relationship squabbles. I felt like I was reading a soap opera. AND NOTHING EVEN HAPPENED. The whole book just seemed to drag on and this person was fighting with this person, and this guy was mad at that girl, and then they all love each other again. Killing me bro. Anyway, it is what it is, it is an ok book but just wasn't for me. I thought the other two in the series were far superior.
3/5 Carls

Can You Keep a Secret - Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret
By Sophie Kinsella
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: March 23rd 2004
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages: 357
ISBN: 0385336810

With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her mother:
I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Sammy the goldfish in my parents’ kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.

Secrets from her boyfriend:
I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

From her colleagues:
When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
My G-string is hurting me.
I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from 
the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse—Until they do. (Goodreads)
 Another fun book from Sophie Kinsella! 

I always have such a great time with her books, they always put a smile on my face and make me chuckle, and this book is no exception!

I loved the premise of this story, telling a complete stranger all your secrets in a moment of panic, thinking your secrets are safe then BOOM that stranger isn't a stranger anymore! I think it such a fun idea and as always I really enjoyed the characters. I found I could relate with Emma and I enjoyed hearing her story and thinking about all the little secrets I have as well!

If your looking for a cute funny book, I recommend this one for sure!
4/5 Albi Cats