Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book: Ignite Me

Shatter Me #3

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 416 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from ChaptersIndigo

Purchase: Book DepositoryChapters IndigoAmazon

Goodreads Summary

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong.

I have been mulling over my thoughts for this book for about two weeks now, and I still don't know how to vocalize my love of this book. I was terrified to read this. Anyone is scared to see their favourite series end, because what if it's not everything you wanted? What if it's terrible? There were so many what if's that I just had to jump in hoping for the best. And that's exactly what I got.

Ignite Me was a perfect ending. What I loved about this series was that it was never about the intense politics of the world, or the nuances of the Reestablishment. It was about Juliette. As much as we'd like to think this book is about the romance, or the dystopian world, it was really about Juliette finding herself, and her learning to love every part of herself. And I feel like that's what we got in this book. Juliette became self aware, and became stronger than she ever has been. She become a newer, better version of herself.

One of the main themes throughout the series is hope. Hope that things will get better for everything and everyone. In this world, nothing is solid, and the only thing people have is hope. Juliette's ability to rely on her faith that things will get better if she just pushes forward a little more, and if she just tries a little harder is something that I deeply admire. Juliette understood what she needed to do and did just that, trusting that she would come out of it unharmed.

I'm also really glad about how the romance was dealt with. For the sake of spoilers, I've written a blog post on my Tumblr about the romance and the love triangle and my thoughts on it. If you want to go there and read it, it's right here.

Also, can we just talk about Kenji?! Kenji, in this book in particular, was incredible. The reason I love Kenji is not only because of his fantastic one liners, but because he brings a sense of reality to the story. He is so aware of everything that is happening and it makes the story seem so real. I love it.

The Shatter Me series is one of my favourite series and I absolutely adore the way that it ended. The characters, the plot lines, everything made perfect sense and it fit wonderfully. Thank you, Tahereh Mafi. For filling my life with such wondrous characters and beautiful prose. I am forever grateful.

6/5 stars. Incredible. I don't think the series could have ended any other way


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Book: Lost Lake

Author: Sarah Addison Allen

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Pages: 296 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased at Chapters

Goodreads Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spellscomes a novel about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia called Lost Lake.

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Best YA Literary Couples - Valentines Day 2014

Happy Valentines day everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with love and romance and chocolate and cake. I'm doing a girls night tonight with cake, tea, and going to see the Vampire Academy movie! So, I thought I would do a quick post, highlighting my favourite YA lit couples! Here we go! In no particular order....

Finn and Cate
Born Wicked and Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Ethan and Lena
The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Tris and Four
Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Eleanor and Park
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
 art: andiree

Anna and √Čtienne
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Art: Tumblr user maseashford

Cath and Levi
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Elisa and Hector
The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson

Hazel Grace and Augustus
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Juliette and Warner
The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

What are you favourite literary couples? Let me know in the comments! Happy Valentines Day everyone! Have a great day, and a great weekend!!

-Indigo <3

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Cover Reveal: FERAL by Holly Schneider

Hey Guys! Here is the Cover Reveal for FERAL by Holly Schindler! You can find out about Holly and all of her stuff down below, as well as read the synopsis down below, but what I got out of it was KILLER CATS. And If you are anything like me, you didn't know you needed killer cats until now. And if you still don't feel like you need it, please reevaluate your priorities.

Book: Feral

Author: Holly Schnindler

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: August 26th, 2014

Pre Order on Amazon!

Add FERAL to your Goodreads!

Keep up to date with Holly on her website and her Twitter!

Check out Holly's Other Books:
A Blue So Dark (Review)
Playing Hurt
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

Book Summary 

It’s too late for you. You’re dead.

Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.

Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .

With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.

Are you guys planning on picking up FERAL when it releases? What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Book: Under the Never Sky

Series: Under the Never Sky #1

Author: Veronica Rossi

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 374 Pages

Format: eBook

Source: Bought for my Nook

Goodreads Summary

Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I love a good love story. And as much as I like the angst, the heartbreak, and the realistic elements of a romance, I'm a huge sucker for the moments that make me swoon and fan myself. What can I say? I'm a romantic. So, in time for Valentines day, here are ten books that will make you swoon

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is one of my favourite romances of all times, and for good reason too.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath and Levi make my heart go weeeee!

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book, and series for that matter, is so filled with fluff it may as well be cotton candy

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


5. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

6. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Lena and Ethan's story is so wonderful throughout the whole series.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Even though I didn't like the rest of the series, Delirium is still swoon worthy :D

9. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I want Hector for Valentines Day.

10. Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Finn and Kate are my OTP

 These are some of my favourite swoon love stories, and I want to know yours! Link me to your TTT in the comments so I can see what you recommend! Until next time, happy reading, and I'll talk to you soon!


Monday, 10 February 2014

January Wrap Up and February TBR - 2014

Hello! Here is my first months wrap up/ TBR video! I really like watching these and thought I would do these instead of the weekly ones I was going to start doing. All the Links will be here and on the video. Let me know what you think of these videos!

Books Read in January

Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
Dining with the Doctor by Chris Rachael Oseland
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Goodreads - Review
Wonder by R.J. Polacio
Goodreads - Review
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Goodreads - Review
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Goodreads - Review
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Goodreads - Released March 18th (review to come)

Books on my February TBR

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

What did you guys read in January? What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and I'll see you soon!


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review: Wonder by R.J. Polacio

Book: Wonder

Author: R. J. Polacio

Publisher: Knopf

Pages: 315 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library Book

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Where to Buy: AmazonBook DepositoryChaptersIndigo

Goodreads Summary

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

I had heard so many great things about Wonder, and more specifically about the main character, Auggie. The way that people had spoken about him and what supposedly happens to him was different than what the book actually is.

The story follows Auggie and his first year in regular school. Because he has a facial deformity, he is no stranger to bullys. I was really hoping that this book would be about bullying for younger kids. God knows how many books there are about bullying in high school, but I wasn't sure about lower schools. But it didn't seem like it was all about bullying. It really seemed like the story was about the importantance of friendship, which was great, don't get me wrong, but It seemed like the lines between 'good' and 'bad' were so thickly drawn.

The book is told from multiple points of view, from characters like Auggie, his sister, Via, her boyfriend, and some of Auggie's friends. Because of this, the characters that I thought were supposed to be bad, or did things that I thought were bad were justified much too easily and far too quickly for my taste. It got annoying that the characters who were good were 100% good, and same with those that were bad. None of the characters really had to redeem themselves.

I did like Wonder. It was a light read, but I didn't create a bond with any of the characters. I didn't really care about any of them to any significant extent. The story threw me off, but It was still enjoyable. 3/5 stars.

Let me know what you thought about this book in the comments below, and I'll talk to you all soon! Until then, happy reading!


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I am a cryer. I cry at books, tv shows, movies, and that one Budweiser commercial with the puppy and the horse. I get very emotional, very easily. I love when books make me cry, because it shows how incredibly written it is, so much so that it provokes such an intense emotion from the readers. So, without further ado, here are the top ten books that make me cry.

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I bawl at this book. I start tearing up just thinking about it

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This lures you in with it's wit and adorable characters, and then rips your heart out

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park, and their beautifully tragic love story kills me every time.

4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Finales always hurt me, but I cried REALLY hard at the ending, and more specifically, the final scene.

5. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
This book is so funny, and yet there are these small moments that just break my heart. The simplicity makes me cry.

6. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
This needs no explanation if you've read the book.

7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
You wouldn't expect this to be a sad book. But it is.

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I just couldn't contain myself when I was reading this.

9. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I think I cried my way through the last 100 pages or so.

This book was possibly the saddest, most heartbreaking, most perfect book I could have ever read. 

 These books are the saddest of the saddest for me. I love a good tear jerker, so link me to your TTT in the comments so I can see what you recommend! Until next time, happy reading, and I'll talk to you soon!


Monday, 3 February 2014

Book Haul - January 2014

Hello, fellow readers! Welcome to my January book haul! January was a month of many books, due to having Christmas money and going to OLA. I filmed a video, and you can watch it below, or on Youtube!

Requested for Review from HCC Frenzy
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Requested for Review from Simon and Shuester 
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Bought from Chapters
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Picked up at OLA Super Conference Expo 2014
ARC of Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin
Tag Along by Tom Ryan
ARC of Face Off by Michael Betcherman
ARC of Only Everything by Kieran Scott
ARC of Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
ARC of Steering Towards Normal by Rebecca Petruck
ARC of Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera
ARC of A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
ARC of Push by Eve Silver
Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Under the Wide Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

I got a lot of books this month, and I regret nothing.

What did you guys get this month? Let me know in the comments!