November Book Haul

Books. BOOKS. BOOOKSSS.

There’s just soooo many I want and soooo many to buy. Unfortunately, that also means I require tons of money, which I sadly don’t have.

But, I just had to get a couple of books at least so this month I bought 11. That’s an achievement, trust me, I limited myself and held back on my urges.

As to not bore you I’ll keep the description of the books short (the first book in series may only be described) but reviews will slowly follow. And I mean slowly… (blame college).

Note: some prices may differ due to sales etc.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

This set was the first set of books I purchased at only £8 from The Works; a UK based retailer, however they have got an online store. (Link at the end of the page)

This trilogy is essentially about Wolves (duh!) and explores the love between Sam and Grace. Sam isn’t a normal boy – as the cold surfaces, his transformation leads him among a pack of wolves. Shiver (the first story) counts down on what could in actual fact be Sam and Graces’ only summer together.

Note: a fourth stand-alone sequel has been released.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

After reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here and absolutely loving the book entirely, I had to purchase other books from Patrick Ness. From reading one book by him, I can say that his writing is enticing and captivating. The Rest of Us Just Live Here explored real issues and struggles, which I was able to relate to my own life.

Review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here: https://xxjustmywayofthinkingxx.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/the-rest-of-us-just-live-here-by-patrick-ness-review-author-event/

The Chaos Walking trilogy is set in a dystopian world where creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in images, words and sounds called Noise. The first story, The Knife of Never Letting Go, begins with Todd being forced to flee his own country due to discovering a patch of silence.

Bought for £6.99 from The Book People (link at the end of the page).

Legend series by Marie Lu

The Legend series in short words is set in the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbours. Born into an elite family is June and born into the slums is Day. Their paths are crossed when June’s brother, Metias is murdered and Day is the prime suspect. In a turn of events the two uncover what really brought them together and the lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Bought for £4.99 from The Book People.

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles is a series of novellas highlighting Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. The short stories are co-written by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Bought for £4.99 (hardback) from The Book People.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s first novel tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter who heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School, and Alaska Young who steals his heart.

After, nothing is the same.

Bought for £3.99 from The Book People.

 

 

The Works: http://www.theworks.co.uk/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=B%20%7C%20Brand&utm_term=%2B’the%20%2Bworks

The Book People: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_home_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100

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‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell REVIEW

Fangirl for blog

When I first bought Fangirl I was absolutely thrilled to read it since I had already read two other books by Rainbow Rowell: Attachments and Eleanor & Park. These two I adored. Therefore, you can understand how delighted I was when I got my hands on a copy or Fangirl. Also, there’s the fact that when I first heard of this bestseller I thought that I’d literally be reading a book about myself.

However, Fangirl is a book derived from real life (which I expected) and therefore it isn’t a book for escape merely enjoyment.
My preferred reading is generally fiction as it provides the escape needed from real life. Consequently, after the initial beginning stage where I thought the book was headed to a great start, I felt as though the book was becoming slightly tedious. But no, that didn’t stop me from reaching the end of the book.

Instead, I ploughed my way through it and constantly thought ‘maybe I should read Simon Snow (the story constantly mentioned in Fangirl)’. But once I searched the story up and found out that it was fictional I was devastated.

There wasn’t a main, massive ‘bang’ of an event revealed through the book, which I was greatly accustomed to. Instead there were general, small events which occur through everyday life. I guess that was the plot of the book.

To summarise, if you are a dystopian loving reader (like me) you might want to give the book a go. However, I can’t guarantee your interest. But if you love the whole ‘real case’ scenario this is a book worth your time.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19174917-fangirl

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I rated the story 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard REVIEW

It has been a while but here’s my review post (I will be posting more reviews):

Red Queen

I received this book for free from one book lane at the Insurgent premiere in March and I was ecstatic at receiving it – I mean who wouldn’t be at the chance of being given a free book?

However, now that my exams are over I plucked the book from my bookshelf to start reading. From the blurb and the first few chapters of the book, the feeling of ‘been there, done that’ adhered to me. Through Mare I was reminded of Katniss and throughout the book various scenes relayed the story of The Hunger Games. Both Mare and Katniss are seen as the “face of the revolution.” I understand the need to draw inspiration from other sources and overall, I enjoyed this book very much. Also, the ‘mutation’ side reminded me of Divergent. I guess right now these books are the hype.

Victoria Aveyard’s writing proved captivating and intrigued me to continue the story until the end. The plot twist (which I will not reveal, since I don’t like spoilers myself) really got to me. And I applaud Victoria Aveyard in writing an explicitly fascinating story.

Lastly, I am delighted to say that I am awaiting 2016 and 2017 for the next two books. Honestly, I NEED to know what happens next, although it may be slightly predictable. I have an obsession, it seems, with these types of books.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22369406-red-queen

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I rated the story 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

Comic Con Yesterday

Yesterday, on October 25 I attended London MCM Comic Con and have previously been there last year. This is a way for fans to interact with other fans and guests, dress up (cosplaying) and much much more! Last year I went and met some of the Teen Wolf cast and again this year I met other members of the cast as well as the new Morganville series cast and author. I travelled with three other friends and we had an amazing time!

At first, I met Stef Dawson who plays Annie in Catching Fire & Mockingjay (sequels to The Hunger Games) and I was so happy to get an autograph from her plus lots of pictures for free! She was so sweet and told me it was her first comic con signing. Later, on towards the end I went up and talked to her again since she was generally hanging around and we took multiple silly selfies (which I don’t usually do since I’m not photogenic at all).

The second person I met was Dylan Sprayberry, Liam from Teen Wolf and he also played the young Clark in Man of Steel. He was simply perfect and a tear actually streamed down my face. Dylan gave me a hug, and I should note that I got a free picture and an autograph from everyone I met! I also met Arden Cho (Kira on Teen Wolf) who was stunning and adorable! By good fortune, I was able to have a nice long conversation with Jeff Davis (producer/writer of Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds) even though there was a long line of fans happily waiting to meet him.

The new web series Morganville had its cast attending Comic Con consisting of Jordan Farris (by the way he is playing my favourite character Shane!), Amber Benson, Lindsay Seidel, Ben Easter, Robert Picardo and writer of the Morganville Vampires book Rachel Caine whom I all met. Honestly, it was my first book I have signed by the author and I was very excited considering I read many books. It still feels surreal. Plus Ben Easter called me beautiful OMG.

Make sure to check out the new web series Morganville starting on October 27.

(I’ll try to add in photos later since my friend has got them all.)