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Mini Reviews #8

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The Look by Sophia Bennett Publisher/Year: March 1st 2012 Chicken House Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I have owned this book for a good couple of years, and for some reason I just kept putting off reading it. However, at the very end of 2015 I finally picked it up and I was pleasantly surprised. A big interest of mine is the world of fashion and modelling, which is why I initially bought this book. I enjoyed the fact that Bennett tried to make this book less fluffy by putting the whole cancer storyline in, and I think it worked quite well. Of all the characters, I think I liked Ava the most and the scenes with her and Ted together were my favourite of Ted's. I love a good strong family element in books and this certainly had one. I own another of Sophia's books and I will be sure to pick it up soon.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan Publisher/Year: May 31st 2012 Penguin Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Penguin!) R…

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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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 Bookworm Delights.


1. The smell of books
Old books, new books, it doesn't matter! I just love the smell of the pages.
2. Talking about books with other people
I love being able to talk about books, because it is something I love so so much.
3. Audiobooks
I find it so soothing sometimes to listen to an audiobook and have someone reading to me.
4. Connecting the title of the book to the story
Whenever I make that connection, whether the actual words are written in the book or I finally understand why the book is named what it is, it makes me so happy.
5. When a book is ready for me at the library
I love using the library, and being able to pick up a book I've been wanting to read for ages is so much fun.
6. Reading on a rainy day
I love the rain so so much, and I also love reading, so combining the two together is the best.
7. Reading a book in one sitting
I love findin…

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce: Book review

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Publisher/Year: August 31st 2010 HarperTeen Genre: YA Fantasy Series: Genies #1 Pages: 304 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—for someone to love her again and, most important, to belong again—until her wishes inadvertently summon a genie named Jinn out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
My review
This book was exactly what I needed when I read it: cute and fluffy, but with some substance. I love Jackson's writing, and I have for years. It had been ages since I read a book of hers, so picking this up was very enjoyable.
Genies are a thing I don't think I'd read about in a book before, so it was a…

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

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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 Will Make You Laugh.


1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rose's sarcasm in this series had me laughing the whole way, and it really eases up the tension of some situations she finds herself in.
2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Will's humour is similar to Rose's: very dry and witty.
3. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
You can't help but laugh at Tallulah's awkwardness, partly because it's so relatable.
4. An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
I love Karl's outlook on life, and how he's not impressed by anything.
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I didn't expect this book to be as funny as it was, but Levi did make me chuckle.
6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This whole book is really funny, but not necessarily in a laugh-out-loud way all the time.
7. The Martian by Andy Weir
I had heard how funny this book was be…

Mini Reviews #7

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The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg Publisher/Year: September 1st 2014 47North Series: The Paper Magician Trilogy #1 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/47North!) 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.
When I read the words The Paper Magician, I just knew I had to give this book a go. This book, for me, was quite slow to start, but when I got into it I did actually enjoy it. Ceony as a protagonist was fine; there wasn't anything special about her, but I could see parts of myself in her. At times Magister Thane got on my nerves, like we get it, you're dark, mysterious and brooding! However, I did enjoy the two of them together.
The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg Publisher/Year: November 4th 2014 47North Series: The Paper Magician Trilogy #2 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/47North!) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 I received this book from the publisher in…

Top Ten Books Every History Lover Should 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 Books Every History Lover Should Read.


1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Obviously every fan of History should read this heartbreaking book.
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is such a great WWII story.
3. Debutantes by Cora Harrison
This book was so much fun to read!
4. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Again, I feel like this is such a classic piece of Historical fiction.
5. Disappear Home by Laura Hurwitz
This is such an underrated book! I loved reading about the Hippie era.
6. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
This was one of my favourite books of last year, which I wasn't expecting at all.
7. India Dark by Kirsty Murray
This book holds such a dear place in my heart, and I don't talk about it enough!
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This book is loved by so many people, including me.
9. Front Lines by Michael Grant
THIS BOOK WAS S…

Ash by Malinda Lo: Book review

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Publisher/Year: March 4th 2010 Hodder Children's Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling Series: No Pages: 291 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
My review
I have owned this book for…

Top Ten Bookish People You Should Subscribe to on YouTube

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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 Bookish People You Should Subscribe to on YouTube.


1. Epic Reads
This is HarperCollins' YouTube channel, and I love it! Especially the Book Nerd Problems.
2. padfootandprongs07
I just love Raeleen's choice of books, and when she enjoys a book I know I will too.
3. jessethereader
If I ever need graphic novel recommendations, I come to Jesse's channel!
4. abookutopia
I really enjoy watching Sasha's videos, and her bookshelves are IMPRESSIVE.
5. PeruseProject
I just adore everything about Regan.
6. TimeWillTell
I love that this channel is about more than just books.
7. LittleBookOwl
I really enjoy watching Caz trying to take part in tons of book read-a-thons.
8. Ariel Bissett
Ariel is just so fun to watch!
9. thebookvagrant
I have so much fun watching Yesy's videos.
10. readbyzoe
It feels like I have been watching Zoe's videos for so long.
So there we go! I hope…

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: Book review

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Publisher/Year: September 30th 2014 MIRA Ink Genre: YA Historical Fiction Series: No Pages: 377 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/MIRA Ink!) 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
Lie #1: I'm not afraid Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing Lie #3: I don't care what they think of me It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High. No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governor. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they've never felt before. Something they’re determine…

Top Ten of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

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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 of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

1. The Wicked + The Divine vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
I absolutely LOVED this trade! I can't wait to dive into the 2nd volume ASAP.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I read this for school, and I was not expecting to love it as much as I did.
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
There have only been a few books like this that have affected me so much.
4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Obviously I gave this book 5 stars.
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I sped through this book despite its length, because I could just not put it down.
6. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
I will always love anything ever written by J.K.
7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book stayed with me for so long after I read it.
8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I loved this book so much that I'm surprised I haven't bought the seque…