Entangled

Entangles is set in a totally white room with a pill of paper and pens set out for Grace to write. She doesn’t remember why she is there but the mysterious Ethan is keeping her fed and encouraging her to write about the events of the past few months leading to where she is now. As she writes we learn about her life. She writes about her best friend Sal and how their friendship is tested after one Easter holiday. We learn about her rocky relationship with her mother after her beloved father’s death and she talks about fallen in love for the first time. Things are tough for Grace though and her way of dealing with the many issues that are being thrown at her isn’t healthy. It is as she pushes herself to write about her past that we learn about how what all seemed good fell apart for her and she finally remembers exactly what happened to her and where she really is.

When I first started reading this book I was interested by how it was written. Grace talks about her situation in the white room with Ethan, who she seems to remember and be close to but can’t quite understand, and about her past. Ethan encourages her to remember and although it is hard she pushes herself to allow us and her to understand what has happened. It is a story about dealing with the hardships of life. She is struggling with her fathers death and her insecure relationships, all these things lead her into a depression she can’t deal with.

This book deals with very intense issues and shouldn’t be read by younger readers but I think it is well written and a very interesting approach to complicated issues.

Without Looking Back

The idea behind this story was a good one. Louis is 12 and from Paris. He has an older brother and younger sister and his parents are currently going through a custody battle. When things don’t turn out the way his dad wants them he takes them away for their last weekend together. However he is acting strange and the Louis especially is worried about missing out on school and his beloved dancing. They eventually make it to England and start doing up a home they believe to be their Dad’s new home or holiday home but on the way back from a lovely trip to the beach Louis discovers the truth. He see’s a poster in a train station saying that him and his sibling’s are missing and his mum is looking for them, When he confronts his Dad about this he is honest and gives all the children the option to go home. The problem for Louis is that he wants to go home whilst he sibling’s don’t. So he stays and gets back into his dancing making a good friend. Little did he know however that this would lead to him getting his freedom.

I feel like her other books Tabitha has gone for a controversial issue that is very interesting to read about. It is an interesting thing to think about as a child as what would you do if one of your parent’s kidnaps you? Although I did enjoy this book though I did feel like there was always that little bit missing. He could have been more controversial but for a younger teen I think it is a suitable way to explore and a private about issue.

Where She Went

After a visit to the library I have managed to find a couple of books that will allow me to shorten me Amazon wish list.

Where She Went is the sequel to the If I Stay, the story of a young girls choice over her life after she loses her family. This book however is based 3 years after the end of the first book and is written from the point of view of Adam, the boy Mia was dating. However they have now gone their seperate ways and Adam is struggling with life. He is a nervous wreck and is full of questions about why thing ended with my and why she hurt him the way she did. Lost is his own world although he is with a band he stays away from them and it is during a night in New York alone he comes across Mia again.

They are both due to fly out of New York the next day for their own tours but first the end up spending the night travelling around New York. Adam tries very hard to say all the things he wants to Mia but it isn’t till morning that he eventually come out with it and gets his answers.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I have to say I enjoyed it. The story was written in chapters that alternated between the present and memories Adam had about what had happened after Mia had woken up. It was a really good way to bring the reader up to date without it being boring to read and you really wanted to know what had gone wrong for them. I think the story line was quite realistic in that many couples must go through similar break ups when one in particular goes to university although I thought maybe Adam’s reaction was maybe slightly extreme (although he comes to that revelation too). If you have read the first book I would recommend reading this one because it the end of the first book was so sudden is this gave you another good read with a more rounded ending.

 

Big Stinky City

Another free kindle book that was an easy read and a nice break from the vampire books.

This books is about three people and how their lives comes together for one day that is special to all of them in different ways. The youngest is 11 year old Mash who loves planes. He lives with his older brother who skives school, his alcoholic mother and his book loving Gran. He likes to help out at a local cafe in return for his favourite food and is best friends with a tattoo artist. Mash hates living in the city and when he hears about an air show that is going to happen just outside the city he will do anything to get to go.

Juniper is an artist that lives in the city with his younger sister Junior. He likes to do massive art projects in the environment and for his next one he is inspired by his sisters love of ice cream. His life is very priviledged and he is able to organise his plan to go exactly as he wants. He is worried that this act might get him into trouble with the police and wants to keep his sister out of it but she doesn’t agree. However after a dream she is worried for his safety and refuses to go much to his delight.

The final character who’s point of view we read from is the owner of a major ice cream firm, Stuart. Although he has a very good life he has a love for music that he has kept hidden. However after a bad day at work his cleaner learns about his passion and his life is changed by being close to their family. He becomes happy and organises a big opening ceremony for his new ice cream cone shaped building which he will play at.

On the same day Stuart will make his musical debute, Juniper was pull off his biggest project yet and Mash will reach his dream of leaving the city and seeing a plan. The characters stories all come together in a creative way and they all gain something great out of it.

This was a very easy read but I still enjoyed it. The characters were all dealing with their own personal issues but all have a dream that keeps them on the right path and this makes them nice to read about.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books on my Summer To Be Read List. This weeks was also fairly easy as there was about 40 to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to the ones I am most looking forward to reading.

1. Eve by Anna Carey

Where do you go when nowhere is safe? Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earths population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home shes ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life. In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eves timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

2. Slated by Teri Terry

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist,
and that they are giving her a second chance –
as long as she plays by their rules.
But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind.
Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems.
Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie.

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

4. The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada

An international sensation now available in English for the first time, The Auschwitz Violin is the unforgettable story of one man’s refusal to surrender his dignity in the face of history’s greatest atrocity.

5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…

6. Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate. DAVID is a rich kid, with a million friends, online and off. CHARLIE is a loner, disconnected from the high school world around him. Neither of them feels close to anybody. Until they meet… ROSE: part girl, part robot, and ALL a boy could want. But can a robotic girl really change the lives of two teenage boys? Before they know it, Rose is teaching David and Charlie how to feel human again.

7. Entangled by Cat Clarke

What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? Am I going to die?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal.

But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see? Then, in a story full of dangerous revelations, Grace must face the most important question of all: why is she here?

8. Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

9. Rapture by Lauren Kate

The sky is dark with wings . . . And time is running out for Luce and Daniel. In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates. But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . . In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?

10. Live & Laughing by Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second that sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking fifty-four date Arena tour.

But how did he get there?

Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography Life and Laughing. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny.

Allies of the Night

Allies of the Night follows on from 7 with Darren, Harkart and Mr Crepsely continuing their search for the vampaneze lord. They are following their heart as Mr Tiny told them to and have returned to the town Mr Crepsely lived when he was human. However they are met by a surprise visitor. Someone has set Darren up and he has to return to school. They decide it would be best for him to go and when Mr Crespley is called back to vampire mountain after some sad news it gives him something to do. It is there he bumps into his childhood sweetheart Debbie. Things seem great at first, Darren and Harkart have a close call with a vampaneze but are saved by someone from Darren’s past and from then on it all seems to be going ok. As time passes they don’t seem to be finding any vampaneze and get ready to leave. As expected though at the last moment they are led into an attack and all hell brakes loose. Darren learnt the identity of his mystery attacker and the what has become of more than just one person from his past. The book ends of a cliff hanger as they all seem to from this point on with the team taking advantage of a small lee-way they get from an unexpected foe.

This book see’s many people from Darren’s past become part of his dark new world. It is a good introduction to the next section of the story and is interesting to see how the people he was once close to have changed.

Sunshine Award

So today I have been nominated for the Sunshine award. This made me smile as it has taken me a long time to get into blogging and any feed back I get is great but I want to say a big thank you http://lifeinanotebook.wordpress.com/ for the nomination.

The award is just a little thing where you answer these questions and then pass it on to ten bloggers.

So here are my answers;

Favorite number: 3, although I like most odd numbers particularly 7 and 21
Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Irn-Bru 😀
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, I do have Twitter but I just don’t really get it lol
My Passion: Reading, of course and Girl Guides
Favorite pattern: hmmm.. I think spots 🙂
Favorite Day of the Week: Possibly Thursday because that’s the night I go to Guides but I don’t really have one atm
Favorite Flower: Lily

I haven’t got into being an avid blog reader yet so instead of 10 here are 5 blogs I follow that I feel are worth nominating as their writing interests me.

1. http://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/

2. http://thecheapreader.wordpress.com/

3. http://vanityoutraged.wordpress.com/

4. http://anibundel.wordpress.com/

5. http://thelightpurplesky.wordpress.com/

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and please pass on the award.

 

 

Hunters of the Dusk

Book 7 in the Saga of Darren Shan is set 6 years after book 6. Darren has resit trials and passed them and has been learning about his new role within vampire mountain. The vampires are also trying to track down the destined lord of the vampaneze and the many battles have become known as the war of scars. However an unexpected visit from Mr Des Tiny see’s Darren, Harkat and Mr Crepsley leaving vampire mountain in search of the Vampaneze lord alone. They are destined to find another vampire to help them on their trial  and have been told they will have 4 chances to save their race.

Following their hearts they find their travelling companion and go and see Evanna. A woman destined to be able to carry the child of a vampire. They enjoy her company and Darren is told more stories about his friends. They then travel back to the cirque where they catch up with their  fiends but the happiness if spoilt by an unexpected betrayal and an unsettling revelation.

Book 7 isn’t one of my favourite’s but it allows us to learn more about the destiny of the characters that provides the plot for the next few books.

 

Top Ten Tuesday -Top Ten Books I’d Recommend as Good Beach Reads

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d recommend As Good Beach Reads. This was a particularly easy one for me as I think books for reading on the beach need to be easy to get into and don’t have too heavy a story line. These are possibly also the most girlie of my books.

1. Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

2. All American Girl by Meg Cabbot

3. The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

4. Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly

6. Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

7. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

8. Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

9. Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Tumblr Blog

For me, my love of books is about more than just reading them. It’s also about having them. I love to own the books I have read even if I read a library or friends copy. I also take a lot of pleasure in having them perfectly arranged in my bookcase and the more books I have the better I think it looks. I am also one of what I believe to be a small collection of people who likes the books to look like they have never been read. Most people disagree with me on this but I think I just like it cause I am a little bit OCD and like things to look tidy.

I am an avid tumblr user and my favourite blog that I follow is this one:

http://booksandothergeekery.tumblr.com/

It is basically pictures of books but I think it shows off the beauty of not just the story but the book themselves. Reading is an experience and many of the pictures capture that but the also show many varieties of storing books that are awesome and I am jealous of many of the peoples collections.