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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach: Book review

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Book title/Author: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach Publisher/Year: March 26th 2015 Simon & Schuster Children's Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 384 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Simon & Schuster!) 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
Before, we let ourselves be defined by labels - the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.
My review
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015, so when the email came through with my acceptance from NetGalley, I was so excited! I only knew vaguely what the book was about before go…

Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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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 Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds.


1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
This is probably the most obvious choice for this topic, and for a good reason. Hermione is known throughout the whole of Hogwarts for being astoundingly clever, partly due to her constant reading.
2. Claire Danvers from The Morganville Vampires series
I remember reading this series and really connecting to Claire in particular, as she isn't popular, but sticks to her books.
3. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices
I love this series so much, and one of the reasons is because of Tessa's personality and her love of reading.
4. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie was refreshing to read about as I haven't encountered many avid male readers in YA literature especially.
5. Meggie from Inkheart
I read this book so many years ago and I remember loving the importance…

The Death Cure by James Dashner: Book review

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Book title/Author: The Death Cure by James Dashner Publisher/Year: April 5th 2012 Chicken House Genre: YA Dystopian Series: The Maze Runner #3 Pages: 329 Source/Format: Paperback | Borrowed from friend Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors' memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.
But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can't be trusted...
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
My review
To tell the truth, the main reason for me reading this book was so that I could finally be done with the series. That sounds quite harsh but I was determined not to give up on it.
I feel as though I have enjoyed this series a lot more than most other people, especially bloggers. It seems like most really enjoyed the first book but then gave up after the second, so I do feel a bit…

Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

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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 That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters.


1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book has really stuck with me since reading it a couple of years ago, and one of the reasons is because it deals with a lot of "issues", such as suicide and homosexuality.
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This book was such a lovely thing to read, showing that there should be no judgement in the way that people look.
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The main character in this book has Asperger's and I found it very interesting and enlightening to read a book from that perspective, and it made me think more about people who suffer from that particular condition.
4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This is one of the most popular books of this year so far and I am grateful for having read it, as I love…

Stacking The Shelves [6]

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The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: Book review

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Book title/Author: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Publisher/Year: March 24th 2015 Algonquin Young Readers Genre: YA Paranormal Series:No Pages: 336 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Algonquin Young Readers!) Rating: 4.5 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
On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention centre, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries...
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and…

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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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 Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession.


1. For Holly by Tanya Byrne
When I read about this book on bookbridgr, I knew I had to request it and it turned up on my doorstep a little while later.
2. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
I have been waiting for ages for this book to finally come out in paperback, and although the cover doesn't match with the rest of the series, I'm just so glad I now have it.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I am so excited to have this book, but part of me wants to read her previous series first (or at least what we have of it).
4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My best friend could not stop talking about this book after she read it, so I knew I had to pick it up.
5. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
I was so happy when I received this for my birthday.
6. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
This is the same as Playlist f…

Silverwood by Betsy Streeter: Book review

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Book title/Author: Silverwood by Betsy Streeter Publisher/Year: March 11th 2015 Light Messages Publishing Genre: YA Fantasy Series: Silverwood #1 Pages: 320 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Light Messages Publishing!) Rating: 3.5 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
The Silverwoods are a clan with a messy history and an uncertain future, responsible to protect humanity from the shape-shifting Tromindox. Helen Silverwood, fourteen, is beginning to realise that she will never lead a normal life. There have been clues: her mother's unusual work habits, her father's absence, her brother's strange abilities with a pencil and paper, and her own recurring dreams and hacker tendencies. And, the family's constant moves from place to place.

Things are about to get much more complicated, and it all leads to the remote town of Brokeneck, Califor…

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

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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 Hyped Books I've Never Read.


1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I have had this book on my shelf for SO long, and I honestly don't know why I haven't picked it up yet.
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This just seems right up my street but I don't own it. However, this is one of my top books to buy, so hopefully I'll have it soon.
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This is the same as with Daughter of Smoke and Bone; I don't know why I haven't read it yet when I have it on my shelf, and I've heard such great things about it.
4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I've heard amazing things about this book for such a long time, and seeing as the film has been made as well, I really need to crack on and read it.
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I am so ashamed that I haven't even bought this book yet, let alone read it.
6. S…

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake: Book review

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Book title/Author: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake Publisher/Year: March 7th 2013 Orchard Books Genre: YA Horror Series: Anna #2 Pages: 383 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought with my own money Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Cas Lowood is no ordinary ghost hunter - he's in love with a dead girl. Her name is Anna Korlov. Anna Dressed in Blood. The girl who sacrificed herself to save his life. Racked with guilt, Cas sets out to do what he does best - hunt a ghost. But this time his aim is not to kill. He must rescue Anna from the depths of Hell. But Hell is also home to a creature Cas has battled before... Just your average boy meets girl, girl gets sucked into hell story.
My review
I enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood so much when I read it ages ago, which I think is part of the reason why I was hesitant to read Girl of Nightmares, because I didn't want the series to finish. However, this sequel was just as good and I can see it being a duology that I r…