Friday, December 6, 2013

Mini review: You Had Me At Hello

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi Mc Farlane
Goodreads / Book Depository 

Blurb: What happens when the one that got away comes back?
  Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.
   It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.
   From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…
Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

My Review: I really enjoyed this book, over the course of reading it (two nights to be exact) i laughed, i cried, i swooned and then cried and laughed again. Now this book is by no means a 'sad' book its just heart breaking at times when the two people you want together seem to have everything going against them and also i'm a a big crier when it comes to books (not a good sight believe me, lucky i share my bed with my dog!) 
I also really liked the easy tone of the book and the english setting which was a nice change, it was very reminiscent of Dvid Nicholls 'One day' which i loved (luckily this book doesn't end the way 'one day' did). I'm looking forward to reading more from this author, she's a welcome fresh edition to my reading pile. 

P.S: Watch out for my next post, that will feature Mhairi Mc Farlane new book.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Just Bought

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
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Blurb: A public relations expert tries to prevent the breakup of a raucous country band and corral their wild—and very sexy—lead singer in book 2 of the Stargazer Series.

As an expert in public relations crisis management—that is, babysitter to the stars—Sarah Seville just spent nine months in Rio trying to keep rock singer Nine Lives out of jail long enough to record his new album…and barely succeeded. Now she needs a triumphant success so she can keep the Manhattan-based job she loves. Trouble is, her new assignment is to travel to Alabama to prevent the breakup of the raucous country band The Cheatin’ Hearts, headed by sexy Quentin Cox. As she edges closer to Quentin, she discovers layers of secrets. It seems Quentin is taking the spin doctor for a spin.
The Cheatin’ Hearts have stayed on top of the charts two years following three rules. Rule One, no drugs. Rule Two, no sex with other band members. Rule Three, no sex with record company spies. Quentin figures he’d better follow the rules, because he made them. And because if you break a rule, you’re out of the band. But he can’t resist the record company’s beautiful PR agent, and inevitably he breaks Rule Three with hot Sarah Seville. As he falls for her, he finds out that she has plenty of secrets of her own, and one of them comes knocking on her door: what really happened to her in Rio.

My Thoughts: I think i've said this before but i just love Jennifer Echols an the fact that she's branched out from young adult into new adult/contempory makes me love her even more. 

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Find more at Goodreads

Blurb: What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.
It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…
Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

My Thoughts: I bought this book yesterday and started reading it last night and i couldn't put it down, the witty humour and building chemistry between the characters is very reminiscent of David Nicholls.

Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

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Blurb: Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.

All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.
Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember.
Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.
The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.
Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.
Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just Bought

How I Live now by Meg Rosoff
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Blurb: Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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Blurb: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Just Bought

I bought some books off the book Depository and have been meaning to post about them for some time, so here it is..

Persuasion by Jane Austen
(Barnes and Noble leather bound edition)

Blurb: Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

A little too Far by Lisa Desrochers

Blurb: Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has.
Yep. She just had mind-blowing s*x with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome. But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Just Bought; John Green + more

An Abundance Of Katherine's by John Green
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Summary: Katherine V thought boys were gross, Katherine X just wanted to be friends, Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail and K-19 broke his heart 
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself

My Thoughts: After Reading 'The Fault In Our Stars' and loving it, i've decided to get my hands on the rest of his books. 

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Find out more at Goodreads

Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves, or it might destroy her.

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Find out more at Goodreads

Summary: One choice can transform you, or destroy you.
Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves, and herself, while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

My Thoughts: With the excitement of the film adaption of Divergent I decided it was time i read the books. 


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book to Movie Adaptions- The Fault in our Stars + more

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Goodreads / IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base)

Summary: Daisy, a teenager from New York City, is sent to the British countryside for the summer to stay with cousins. She soon immerses herself in a dreamy pastoral idyll as she falls madly in love with Edmond, until their perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a 21st-century world war. Along with Edmond's younger siblings, Isaac and Piper, they are left in isolation and forced to fend for themselves. When they are violently separated Daisy must embark on a terrifying journey in order to be reunited with the boy she loves. Edmond is never far from Daisy’s mind but as her journey to find him becomes more desperate, the idea of what she may or may not find consumes her consciousness and haunts her soul

Daisy Portrayed by Saorise Ronan
Edmond Played by George MacKay

My Thoughts: I haven't read this book (since i was a bit grossed out about the whole cousin love interest aspect) but I have read some of Meg Rosoff's other books. It's a shame she had to make them relatives in the book because it was really unnecessary but i guess that's what sets Rosoff apart; her risk taking when it comes to writing. Aside from this I am still excited to see the movie since Saorise Ronan is in it and I will watch anything she's in. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Goodreads / IMDB

Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Hazel Grace Lancaster Portrayed by Shailene Woodley 
Augustus (Gus) Waters Portrayed by Ansel Elgort
Issac Portrayed by Nat Wolff
Peter Van Houten Portrayed by Willem Dafoe

My Thoughts: I read this book early this year and like everyone else on the planet i loved it and balled my eyes out. So when i saw the casting choices I couldn't be happier with who they chose for Gus, Issac and Peter. However I am still unsure about Shailene Woodley, I said this before when i did a post on the Divergent movie but Since i've only seen Shailene in 'The Secret life of the American Teenager' (Which is god awful btw) I'm still undecided on wether i think she will pull Hazel off, But I guess I'll have to wait and see the movie.

So what do you think of these casting choices?


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Just Bought

I'm finding book shops are becoming few and far between, The closest book store for me is over half an hour away. So imagine my joy when a pop-up sale book stall set up near my work. I've given myself a book budget, so i don't go all silly and sell them out. Anyway heres what i got:

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Find out more at Goodreads

Blurb:When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed. 
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. 


Pivot Point by Kasie West

Find out more at Goodreads

Blurb: Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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