Update & Wrap Up for August

So I’ve been away now for about a year.

I’ve missed Booktube-A-Thon unfortunately which would have been my third year participating but I’ve been working loads over the summer before I go onto my second year of Uni.

I’ve really missed blogging and writing so I think for this last month I’m on holiday I’m going to try really hard to keep post on here and on my Instagram @livingforonemorechapter. Hopefully I will manage to keep up with it while I’m back at Uni but work load is always an issue. I also hoping to extend my blog and write about things other than books. Any ways onto my Wrap u for this month and this month I’ve read 3 books:

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Goodreads Blurb: Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don’t tell each other everything; Graham doesn’t know the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham’s new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie’s mom want her to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

This was exactly the kind of book I needed to get me out of my slump. It was cute and the characters were lovable. I really connected with Graham as he is and actor and that is what I am aspiring to be. Some of things he said about acting I could totally relate to and I enjoyed his growth as a character. I did think the book got a bit tedious towards the end and I began to grow tired of the repetitive thoughts of Ellie’s in relation to her father. Overall it was an enjoyable, easy read. There is a novella add on about Ellie and Graham but I don’t see myself picking it up as I am happy with how their story wrapped up. I gave this read 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

Goodreads Blurb: Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I heard about this book years ago through booktube but never felt the urge to pick it up until last month when I found it on BookBub at a discounted price. I read this as an ebook and it was incredibly addicting. It obviously has all the tropes of early YA paranormal/ fantasy books, such as my favourite “I let go of the breath I didn’t realise I’d been holding” and “His lips were so kissable”. Apart from that, however, I did enjoy this immensely and once I really got into it I couldn’t put it done. I loved the natural and realistic dialogue between the characters. Armentrout’s characters are well written and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Blurb: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

After reading Obsidian I went straight onto iBooks and bought Onyx. Such an addictive series. This book did not change my opinion. Lots of action and extremely gripping. I gave this read 4/5 stars and I am sooo excited to continue on with this series.

Until Next Time.

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Books I’m Taking to College

I thought I would do a quick update before I leave for college on what books I am bringing with me. I went up on Thursday to drop some of my stuff off including my books, so I have to do this from memory.

The Martian

This has been on my TBR a while so I decided to take it with me. I have seen the movie and I loved it, so I am really excited to read this.

The Smell Of Other People’s Houses

I just seen Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock yesterday in a book talk at the Edinburgh book festival. I have already read this but I really want to reread this because it was sooo good.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

I’m trying to finish the Percy Jackson series this year and also I have been loving the series so far. It has taken me 6 years to get through them because I’ve been reading one a year to pro-long them.

Miss Mayhem

I read Rebel Belle earlier this year and adored it. I thought is was so funny and an exciting read. So I am keen to keep reading the series.

Hollow City 

I read Miss Peregrine’s at the start of this year and thought it was amazing and super interesting. So I’m really excited to read this around Halloween time as it is classed as horror!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

I really want to get into more Sci-Fi so I thought this was the perfect story to get started on.

Until Next Time.

non-spoiler review The Cure by J. R. Knight

I was sent this novella in return for an honest review after contacting the author ensuing his instagram post looking for bloggers. J. R. Knight is a debut indie author and I am thrilled that he sent me a copy. I can say this was a very interesting and different read that I thoroughly enjoyed. However, there was a few minor points which were meh so I had to give this read a 4/5 stars.

Goodreads blurb: Welcome to Metravā.
The year is 3433.
Here are some things you need to know:
Run by the governmental body, Peār, Metravā is inhabited by U-mans, a genetically modified race of humans who do not sleep, who work fifteen hours a daāy, and who are fused with their U-chip at birth.
Everyone is the same, everyone blends in, and no one stands out.
That is until Knijä Taū is born.

I’ve not really read a lot of sci-fi but I have been meaning to. This was a good start as it’s a sci-fi dystopian read so it seemed easier to understand and follow for a newbie like me. The novella starts out with a welcome pack which was just so brilliantly clever, I thought the info dump would be a bit boring but it was done so well and it was interesting. The story grips you from the start. Some words are spelt differently throughout, the reasoning is explained but I thought this was a really unique. I really like the sleek black cover with the glossy finish and the layouts of chapter’s titles that looked like a computer, everything looked super neat. One thing I would advise is to read the fine print just under the chapter title because I skimmed over this part and didn’t realise all the information that was there. The story was beautifully described and very easy to follow. The world building was great and easy to imagine. Picking up the new spelling of words and different names was a little difficult at first but I managed to get it quickly. I had a few holy shit moments through out that I won’t go into detail about because spoilers, but seeing the differences in this society was scary and shocking at times.

I did feel the story was not long enough for me to become attached to any of the characters in fact I didn’t feel like I knew Knija at all, which is disappointing because it was such an interesting book I would have like to have felt for the characters. I also thought there was no build up to the big action, it was talked about how they had been waiting years but we didn’t see any of this so it felt like we were just thrown in. But that being said this could have been Knight trying to make the reader feel the same as Knija. Towards the end I felt the character stories that were being told were rushed and were told in big chunks. I also thought the ending was too convenient, everything was laid out for her and as an audience we didn’t get to see the planning but this was probably because this story was a short novella. The last line was hella cheesy (but what’s wrong with a little cheese topping once in a while). Overall, I would highly suggest giving this novella a read as it was an interesting story and an even more interesting world. A genuinely good read and cant wait to see more from this author. Buy on Amazon.

   

J. R. Knight: Website , Twitter , Goodreads 

I am currently reading And I Darken by Kiersten White and have conquered my reading slump. I have another short story to review from Future House Publishing which I am planing to start soon.

Until Next Time.

July 2016 Wrap-Up

I normally never do wrap ups because I only usually read maybe 2 or 3 books a month at most. But in July I read 7 books and I wanted to share because this is a very rare occasion for me. I read a lot of contemporary novels so I think that’s me all done with contemporaries for the year!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Really enjoyed this and was the fluffy contemporary I wanted for the summer – 5/5 stars

Amy And Rodger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

I thought this was going to be lighter than is was but it was actually quite an emotional read – 5/5 stars

P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han

Again loved this. I’m kinda over love triangles, however this one wasn’t so bad – 4.5/5 stars

Shut Out – Kody Keplinger

I thought this was an alright book that had some good elements but I didn’t love it or anything. I kinda got annoyed with the main character – 3/5 stars

Harry Potter And The Philosopher Stone – J.K. Rowling

Loved this obviously – 5/5 stars

How To Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

I really enjoyed this, it was completely different from the film but still loved it – 4/5 stars

Looking For Alaska – John Green

Didn’t enjoy this which was a shame because I usually really enjoy John Green’s work – 2.5/5 stars

 

This month I am hoping to read just as much but I have a lot on this month and I am getting ready to move away for college this month. I’m also trying to conquer my reading slump so I might only manage a few books this month.

Until Next Time.

BookTube-A-Thon 2016 Wrap-up

First of all this is going up super late, I meant for this to be up last week whoopsie. This has been my second time participating in BookTube-A-Thon and it has been so much fun. The book community are so lovely and funny. I had a great time posting pictures to my Bookstagram account of the challenges every day: instagram.com/livingforonemorechapter. I managed to read 3 books and get a little while into another this year which is better than last year. I also completed 4 challenges.

First challenge and book I completed was Read a Book with Yellow on the Cover: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

Next I completed two challenges with one book – Read a Book Older than You & Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. This book was obviously a 5/5.

Last challenge and book I completed was Read a Book Only After Sunset: How to Train Your Dragon I gave this 4/5 stars

After rereading The Philosopher’s Stone I didn’t want to read anything other than Chamber of Secrets. But I managed to read 11 pages into Looking for Alaska by John Green from the Favourite Author challenge. I have just finished this and didn’t really enjoy it at all. It was really disappointing as I usually really enjoy John Green’s novels. I gave this read a 2.5 or 3/5 stars.

Over the past week and a bit I’ve fallen into a slump which is kinda annoying as I have books that I’ve been sent for review. However, I’m gonna push through so I can get these books reviewed! Just gotta keep reading!!

Until Next Time.

BookTube-A-Thon Update Day 3

So in the past three days I have managed to finish Shut Out by Kody Keplinger, which was my book with yellow on the cover. I am about 80 pages into How to Train Your Dragon and 40 pages into Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. So overall, I think I’m doing pretty well this year definitely better than last year. I have been having the best time participating this year.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger – 3/5 starts, for a while I thought I might have rated it lower but the story and some of the characters grew on me, even though the main girl and the love triangle just annoyed me. A good quick read that did have some cute moments in it.

Total pages read: 455

Until Next Time.

 

BookTube-A-Thon 2016 TBR

This year I have decided to participate in BookTube-A-Thon again as last year I had so much fun. So, seeing as this starts really, really, soon I thought it would be a good idea to post a very quick and very late TBR.

1) Read a book with yellow on the cover – Shout Out by Kody Keplinger

There is yellow on the spine and on the back so I’m just gonna make it count.

2) Read a book only after sunset – How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell

I met Cressida Crowell at a book signing and she was lovely.

3) Read a book you discovered through YouTube – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

4) Read a book by one of your favourite authors – Looking for Alaska by John Green

5) Read a book that is older than you – Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone by J.K. Rowling

First published in 1997. This is a reread for me.

6) Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

I may be cheating a tiny bit with this one as I had already started reading this but put it down.

7) Read seven books –  This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Which I am probably, almost definitely, not going to get to.

I definitely don’t think I am going to be getting through all of these books this week but that okay. I am going to start with How to Train Your Dragon, my evening read, and Shout Out for during the day. BookTube- A-Thon officially starts in almost 5 minutes here in the UK. I am ready!

Until Next Time.