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Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015.


1. Every Day by David Levithan
This was the first book I read this year and despite reading a lot more, it has still remained one of my favourites of this year and I can't wait for the sequel!
2. The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
I don't know why I held back on reading these for so long after reading The Raven Boys, because I loved it, but now I have finally read them and they were just as good.
3. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors and I had wanted to read a Holly Black book for so long, so I am glad that I enjoyed it as much as I did.
4. The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
I had no idea that this book even existed when my friend recommended it to me, but I am so glad she did, because this book means so much to me.

Mind Games by Teri Terry: Book review

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Book title/Author: Mind Games by Teri Terry Publisher/Year: March 5th 2015 Orchard Books Genre: YA Dystopian Series: No Pages: 448 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Orchard Books!) Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?
Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can't hide any longer.
The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing.
My review
I went into this book completely blind, not…

Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics In The Past 5 Years

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics In The Past 5 Years.


1. Top Ten Favourite TV Shows
This was the first TTT I participated in, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, I also like it because it's not about books, but still something that I love so much: TV shows.
2. Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read
I liked this one because it allowed me to list books that were hard for me to read, which sometimes happens, but not always because they were bad, and to explain why too.
3. Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit
This was a good one because it made me think back to books I've previously read and really choose the locations that I want to go to, from the books.
4. Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015
This was fun because it made me research all the books coming out in 2015 and find out a bit more about them, as opposed to just hearing ab…

Paper Towns by John Green: Book review

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Book title/Author: Paper Towns by John Green Publisher/Year: December 19th 2013 Bloomsbury Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 305 Source/Format: Paperback | Borrowed from sister Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Quentin has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.
But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance... and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.
My review
I had high hopes going into this, and I wasn't disappointed. After absolutely adoring The Fault in Our Stars last year I really wanted to read another one of John'…

Blog Tour: Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs

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Book title/Author: Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs  & Tracy Deebs Publisher/Year: June 2nd 2015 Sourcebooks Fire Genre: YA Paranormal Series: The Hero Agenda #1 Pages: 308
Synopsis
Kenna is tired of being "normal". The only thing special about her is that she isn't special at all. Which is frustrating when you're constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna's smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it's hard not to feel inferior.
So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She's not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.
But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she lo…

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015.


1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This has been a long time coming, but I am determined to finally read it this summer, and then watch the film after.
2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
This was talked about a lot last year when it came out, so I've decided to binge-read both this and its sequel all in one go.
3. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
I've had an e-arc of this book for ages, so it seems about time that I gave it a go.
4. Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I've really gotten into graphic novels recently, and this seems like a very popular one.
5. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
I have been reading this series for so many years that I would quite like to finish it, and after reading The Subtle Knife last month, it seems that the final one is next.
6. Playlist For the Dead by Michell…

Disappear Home by Laura Hurwitz: Book review

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Book title/Author: Disappear Home by Laura Hurwitz Publisher/Year: March 3rd 2015 Albert Whitman & Company Genre: YA Historical Fiction Series: No Pages: 262 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Albert Whitman & Company!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
In 1970, as the hippie movement is losing its innocence, Shoshanna and her six-year-old sister, Mara, escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune, run by their tyrannical and abusive father, Adam. Their mother, Ella, takes them to San Francisco, where they meet one of her old friends, Judy, and the four of them decide to head off and try to make a life together. Finding a safe haven at the farm of kind, elderly Avery Elliot, the four of them find some measure of peace and stability. Then their mother's crippling depression returns. Confused and paranoid, Ella is convince…

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015.


1. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
I have heard nothing but great things about this book, and to be honest, it just sounds like such great fun.
2. Soundless by Richelle Mead
I loved Richelle's Vampire Academy series, and this one sounds just as good. I am especially interested in the Chinese folklore element of it.
3. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
This is the new book from the author of Hugo Cabret, which although I haven't read, it sounds great and so does this.
4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
A lot of people have been talking about this book, and I am intrigued by the protagonist in this.
5. What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Even though I've yet to read Robin's last novel, I still have high hopes for this one as pretty much everyone loved Lies We Tell Ourselves.
6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay K…

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell: Book review

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Book title/Author: The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell Publisher/Year: January 29th 2015 RHCP Digital Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 352 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/RHCP Digital!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Japanese teenager Sora is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.
My review
I've spoken before on the blog about my interest in Asian culture, and so when I saw this on NetGalley and read about the story, I couldn't say no.
This book has an interesting twist as Sora is a young boy with an old man'…

Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/TV Shows.


1. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
I can really see these books as a great movie trilogy, with the wolves being a good action plot and the romance is really sweet in this too.
2. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine


As this is such a long series, I can see this being a good TV show, because they'll obviously have a lot of material to work with.
3. The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
I would love to see this made into a really cool British indie film.
4. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
This book has such an interesting premise that I would love to see it on the big screen and see if they change it in any way.
5. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
I absolutely love the film of one of Louise's other books, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, and I think this woul…