Monthly Archives: December 2015

December Wrap Up + January TBR.

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It’s that time of the month where we all need to decide what we want to read next month. I couldn’t decide at all what to read so it took me longer than usual! I’ll do my December Wrap up first 🙂

DECEMBER WRAP UP.

● Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs.

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Date started: 10th December 2015.
Date finished: 14th December 2015.

You can find my review here.

● Killer – Sara Shepard.

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Date started: 10th December 2015.
Date finished: 17th December 2015.

● Frostbite – Richelle Mead.

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Date started: 17th December 2015.
Date finished: 21st December 2015.

You can find my review here.

● The 100 – Kass Morgan.

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Date started: 25th December 2015.
Date finished: 28th December 2015.

You can find my review here.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness.

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Date started: 27th December 2015.
Date finished: 28th December 2015.

You can find my review here.

JANUARY TBR.

● Truthwitch – Susan Dennard.

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Here’s hoping it won’t be too much on the kobo store because I am so desperate to read this!

Homecoming – Kass Morgan.

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● Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead.

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I’m not 100% sure of I’ll get through this because I don’t know what I think of this series. We will see!

That’s all I want to get through this month. I’m currently reading Day 21 By Kass Morgan and Charms and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn so I need to get through those first.

Hope you all have a happy new years. I’ll see you in the new year!

Top 10 Tuesday:  Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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So Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and I’m so excited to be taking part in this 🙂 I love doing things like this!

This week’s meme is Top 10 most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. And holy moly there is so many books I’m excited for next year!

1. Passenger – Alexandra Bracken.

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Expected release date: 5th January 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

– I am so excited for this book! I have heard such good things about it! It sounds just like my cup of tea!

2. This is Where it Ends – Marieke Nijkamp.

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Expected release date: 4th January 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

– This book sounds so good but I can imagine it’s going to be absolutely devastating. I like the fact it’s going to be told from 4 different perspectives.

3. Truthwitch – Susan Dennard.

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Expected release date: 5th January 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

– I could literally wee with excitement for this book! I’ve heard great things and I’m so glad I don’t have long to wait!

4. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare.

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Expected release date: 8th March 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

– I LOVED the Mortal Instruments series so I’m so excited to have another Shadowhunter story to devour. I’m rather excited that we will find out more about Emma and Julian because they were intriguing.

5. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys.

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Expected release date: 2nd February 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

– SO excited! I loved Between Shades of Grey and I LOVE historical fiction so I hope this is going to be as amazing as I’m imagining.

6. The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith.

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Expected publication date: 22nd March 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

– I’m really looking forward to this. It sounds so good and so heartbreaking and so powerful.

7. Shiny Broken Pieces – Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

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Expected release date: 12th July 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

– Can’t wait for this. It’s look so good and intense.

8. The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn.

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Expected release date: 2nd August 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

17-year-old Arman Dukoff is struggling with severe anxiety and a history of self-loathing when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He’s taken a huge risk—and two-thousand dollars from his meth-head stepfather—for a chance to “evolve,” as Beau, the retreat leader, says.

Beau is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman’s not sure, but more than anyone he’s ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than what he usually feels—worthless.

The retreat compound is secluded in coastal California mountains among towering redwoods, and when the iron gates close behind him, Arman believes for a moment that he can get better. But the program is a blur of jargon, bizarre rituals, and incomprehensible encounters with a beautiful girl. Arman is certain he’s failing everything. But Beau disagrees; he thinks Arman has a bright future—though he never says at what.

And then, in an instant Arman can’t believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous.

As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he’s always trusted the least: himself.

– I love books about mental illness because I feel like I can connect so much and this sounds like it’s a bit different and I am excited!

9. Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth.

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Expected release date: 16th February 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?

Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?

– I love a good thriller that grips you and this sounds exactly that!

10. On the Edge of Gone – Corinne Duyvi.

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Expected release date: 8th March 2016.

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one.

Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

– Did I say how much I love dystopian?! Cause I really really do! This looks amazing. I only discovered this the other day and I CANNOT wait.

There are so many other books I’m so excited about. 2016 looks set to be an AMAZING reading year 🙂

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Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

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Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
Author: Patrick Ness.
Publisher: Walker Books.
Publication Date: 27th August 2015.

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You can purchase this book here;
Amazon (UK) | Amazon (USA) | Barnes & Noble | Waterstones

Synopsis.

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

My Thoughts.

I thought the beginning was really sweet when they were talking about how you feel love. They were definetly right, you do feel it in your stomach, like there’s butterflies in there fluttering around.

This book was so different from other books. I’ve been wanting to read Patrick Ness’s books for a while now, I’ve read so many reviews saying how his books are so good.

Patrick Ness has a real knack for storytelling. His writing is so beautiful.
I read so many books about vampires and fantasy characters so it was nice to read about the people on the other side.

Our main protagonist Mike, is in love with Henna and just wants to graduate. He also has OCD. His mother is a politician. It was really sweet how they had the bonding session in the car.

I felt he approached mental illness really well. He explained it well and I didn’t feel like it was sterotypical like alot of books sometimes are.

I’ve been craving fantasy stories so bad recently but this wasn’t that. It was about the other ‘people’. The people who aren’t the ‘indie kids’ The people who weren’t going to save the world or fight vampires. They are just normal kids with normal problems. I loved how at the beginning of every chapter we had a little paragraph telling us what the ‘indie kids’ had been up too!

I did find the characters quite boring, I felt they lacked a lot of personality. Yes they had problems like OCD and eating disorders but that was it, it seemed that was all their personalities consisted of.

I did like Mike’s little sister Meredith though, I thought she was adorable. Her determination to go to the concert was adorable too.

The mystery surrounding the indie kids was really interesting. I thought it would frustrate me being on the other side of where all the action was happening but it didn’t.

I only really had a few problems with this book. It was really slow in parts and I nearly gave up reading it because I was bored. I don’t know if that’s to do with the lack of personality in the characters or because I was craving fantasy or that it was just slow.

Overall it was a beautiful book about growing up and moving on with the added pressure of what could be the end of the world.

I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5 because I enjoyed it but it was quite slow in alot of parts and I didn’t really feel like I connected with the characters.

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Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan.

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Title: The 100.
Author: Kass Morgan.
Series Status: 1st book in a trilogy.
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks.
Publication Date: 29th August 2013.

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Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

My Thoughts.

The first chapter really gripped my attention and I just thought wow, i’m really going to enjoy this book and that I did!

I’ve read quite a lot of bad reviews of this book mainly saying that the TV show is better. I’m probably at an advantage because I haven’t watched the TV show and I was able to enjoy the book more. I definetly would read the rest of the series before I watch the show.

I loved Kass Morgan’s writing style! Her writing was super easy to read and I whizzed through it. Her writing was really captivating and just flowed over the page.

My first thoughts of Clarke was that she was super badass! When the 100 went down to earth I saw a different side to her. When she was caring for the people injured, she was very caring, even to those she didn’t know. She was super protective over Thalia.

I loved the different POV’s as I got to know the different main characters. It was really interesting reading the flashbacks as they happened rather then it just being told in the story.

I felt like I really connected with Glass. She reminded me a lot of me. And I couldn’t believe why she had been confined. I mean I should of worked it out but I didn’t!  When her and Luke were properly reunited I had so many feels! I liked Glass’s story but I can’t help but think she was purely created just so we could see bits of what was happening back home.

I liked Bellamy. His dedication to protect his sister was beautiful. I liked that he had a soft side to him although he did try really hard to act tough!

I didn’t like Wells. His insane jealously was dangerous. And I can’t believe how he held Clarke back from saving the only friend she had. Yeah maybe he was trying to protect her but she was trying to save her friend.

I loved the relationship between Clarke and Bellamy. I thought they were so suited to each other even though their personalities are quite different. I kept getting angry at parts like Wells might be trying to jeopardise Clarke and Bellamy’s relationship on purpose.

I did find it a little predictable. Of course they weren’t going to be alone on earth, that would make for a very boring series! But overall it was a really good book and I am looking forward to reading the next one.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it was a really good book! The writing style was fantastic and the characters had so much personality. It was just a little predictable and I do like books that keep me guessing.

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Book Fangirling Award!

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Firstly, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (those of you that celebrate it) and it wasn’t too stressful!

 

I have been nominated for the Book Fangirling Award by A Frolic Through Fiction so thank you Ashleigh 🙂

This is my first blog award so I’m a little excited!

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(I love the award logo! I love Harry Potter!)

Rules.

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

The Questions.

1. Do you have any bookish resolutions for 2016? If so, what are they?

I would like to read more classics! I’ve read a few but I really want to try more. One at the top of my list is Wuthering Heights. I also want to beat my Goodreads challenge from this year. 

2. What is the first book you’re going to read in 2016?

It will probably be the 3rd book from the Vampire Academy series but that may change as I’m currently reading the first book from the 100 series. I may just want to carry on with that! 

3. Do you have a LEAST favourite author? If so, who?

Please don’t throw things at me but I’m going to have to say John Green. I read the Fault in her Stars back in February 2013 and I kinda liked it but I didn’t at the same time. I was recovering from an operation at the time and only had that book in the hospital. I tried to get into Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska and couldn’t get into them either. I’m sorry!

4. Did you get any books for Christmas? If so, which ones?

I only got 1 because I have too many TBR books on my bookshelf and I read a lot of my books on my kobo. I got the Illustarted Harry Potter book which is AMAZING! I’ve been after it ever since it came out so you can imagine my joy when my best friend gave it to me as a Christmas gift 🙂

5. Approximately how many books do you own?

A lot! I have over 1000 books currently on my kobo. And I have probably about 150 books on my bookshelves and that’s after I’ve cleared some out for when I move house! 

I nominate…

Mariana @ Fire Heart Books.

Emma @ The Book Crunch.

Sabrina @ Sabrina Marsi Books.

Aldii @ Perfection In Books.

Codie @ Paperback Book Addicts.

My Questions.

  1. What is your favourite fictional character?
  2. What’s your top book of 2015?
  3. How many books do you generally read a week?
  4. What’s your favourite book series of all time?
  5. What’s your favourite book of all time?

 

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Tag: The Christmas Tag.

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I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I love love love christmas so I just had to do this one!

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1. What is your favorite Christmas film?

It has to be Elf! I love the comedy and it’s still just as magical as any other christmas film! I have to watch it every year or it just doesn’t feel like  christmas!

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2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I used to live in the Midlands where it hardly ever snowed! But now I live further up North it’s snowed a little on Christmas day.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home with my best friend and our animals. It’s just perfect spending it with my favourite person and our fur babies.

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4. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Step into Christmas! Always gets me into the Christmas spirit!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Yes! Me and my best friend always buy each other a little christmas eve bag. Normally has pjamas and chocolate. Nothing better than new pjamas!

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Prancer, Dancer, Dasher. Can’t remember anymore!

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

This is the 4th christmas I’ll be spending Christmas with my best friend and we have a tradition when we’ll open our presents and then we’ll listen to christmas songs and just talk and laugh and just forget about our issues for a while. This year has being a massive roller coaster for us and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with her and forget about all that stuff for a while.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

It’s normally fake. We don’t have a Christmas tree this year 😦 because we were supposed to be moving.

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

Gingerbread!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I love giving presents because I love making people happy and seeing their smiles. But of course I love receiving 😉 but if I had to choose one or the other I’d choose giving.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

The first Christmas I spent with my best friend because it was the first I didn’t have to spend alone or in fear.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

Definetly failing miserably!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

I have quite a few. But anything over the last 3 years because it’s the first time I’ve felt loved and wanted.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

I have no idea!

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

No. I just made a promise to myself to do my best.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

Spending time with my best friend and the people I love.

There’s my Christmas tag! I’m not gonna tag anyone so if you want to do it, just got right ahead 🙂

Have a brilliant christmas and a happy new year.

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Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

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Title – Frostbite
Author – Richelle Mead.
Series Status – Book 2 in the Vampire Academy series.
Publisher – Razorbill.
Publication Date – 10th April 2008.

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You can purchase this book here;
Amazon (UK) | Amazon (USA) | Barnes & Noble | Waterstones

Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…

My Thoughts.

I felt like the first book was just an opening to this series. Frostbite really took off and was a lot more interesting and intriguing. The end of the book ended with a lot of drama and paved the way for a damn good series.

I can fully see where Rose is coming from with her mother. Every child wants to feel loved and cared for by their parents, even when her mother is a successful guardian. I mean it doesn’t take much to make a phonecall to ask how she is. Reminds me of my mother and how little she cared for me.
I’m not a romance girl. I don’t enjoy anything to do with romance and love. Saying that, I have so many thoughts on Rose’s love life. I think Mason and her would of being cute and could of really worked but her and Dimitri are just meant to be! I hate how their relationship is forbidden but things are always too good to be true! I did feel like there were beginning to be too many love interests creeping up throughout the book.

I didn’t like the fact that Rose and Lissa seem so distant because Lissa was spending all her time with Christian. I hope that improves as the series goes on.
I felt so awkward when Rose was watching them about to make love!

I loved how towards the end of the book you can see how much Rose has grown. In the first book and the beginning of this book, she always acted so immature and rebellious but at the end of this book she showed us just how much of a good guardian she will become. I love how bad ass she is but also has some real and raw emotion.

The ending was utterly heartbreaking but I did love seeing some raw emotion coming from Rose and finally her mother actually being there for her.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed it more than the first one and didn’t feel like I was forcing myself through the book. I felt like sometimes the character especially the love interests were hard to keep track of. I loved the development of Rose’s character and loved all the drama. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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