March TBR

Evening Bookworms,

Today I’m going to be talking about the books that are on my March TBR list. I’m setting a mini list this month as currently I’m not getting through books as quickly as I would like to. Juggling an 18 month old, running a home and heading out to the day job is pretty full on atm. Reading is a great passion of mine though and it is something I love to do whenever I get a free half hour to myself.

If any of you have read the books that I’ve listed down below then please do leave a comment letting me know what you thought of it.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. caraval
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

This is a new debut novel from Stephanie Garber. Its been a book that has been on my must buy list long before it was published. The book itself is stunning. In the UK the hard cover has four different designs. My copy had the dress on it. Simply beautiful.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from passenger a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

I’ve always been a fan of time travel and have recently come across this book from other bloggers talking about the second book in the series.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.gemina

I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and am hoping that this one is going to be even better. I’ve heard good things about Gemina.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Everyday the same.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cosy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
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I know that this book has been out for a while now but it is one I have never got round to reading. I still need to see the film but want to make sure I’ve read the novel first.

I’m over half way through Caraval now and can say that I’m thoroughly enjoying this debut novel. Keep checking back for a review on this book in the coming weeks.

Night Bookworms

Sources used: Goodreads

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Illuminae Book Review

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Published by: Knopf

Genre: YA/Science Fiction

Pages: 608

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more, Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Review

What can I say. This book is nothing like I have ever read before. Its far from ordinary. For me this was certainly a new reading experience. To start with the genre is sci-fi, which is a theme I don’t normally go for. The hype that was built up about this book though, drew my attention in and I had to go grab a copy. The main thing about this book that’s like no other is the style and format. Its not your typical narration at all. Its written in a series of case files from a variety of characters in the book. The book is on the large side but as soon as you open up the book you are immediately immersed in the world of Kady and Ezra (the books two main characters). This is not a book you just sit down to read. It is a book that draws you in and allows you to use all your senses, giving the illusion that you are actually standing right there witnessing everything happen around you.

The plot follows out two main characters Kady and Ezra. Their planet is attacked which leads to the both of them fleeing aboard three rescue ships, Alexander, Hypatia ad Corpernicus. These ships are controlled by an onboard computer system known as Aiden or AI. These ships end up being persued by the corporation that destroyed Kadys home planet of Kerenza. Aiden ends up going a little bit crazy (I dont want to say too much to avoid any spoilers). Kady and Ezra don’t make it onto the same ship and so have to communicate via the online system. Kady is very strong willed and is an amazing hacker. She doesn’t just sit back and enjoy the ride, she is determined to find out what happened to her planet….even if it means risking life or death. Ezra her ex boyfriend is perhaps not as fiery as Kady but still has his own charm and determination in helping Kady. Without these two I don’t think the plot would have worked as well. As a reader you really become involved with them both and fully support them throughout the novel.

The structure of the novel works really well in allowing us to get to know a whole host of other characters. This works well as you get a really sense of the ships being full of evacuees along with all the normal staff that are working hard to try and save themselves from the fast approaching destroyer ship.

To conclude this is a book you will not want to put down. I managed to completed it in a few days. The style takes some getting used to but once you become accustomed to it you’ll really enjoy it. As a reader of this, I became fully engrossed in the story of Kady and Ezra. I was constantly willing for them to succeed. This book has definitely converted me to the genre of sci-fi and I will certainly be reading the next book. I’m also looking forward to the fact that there is a third book on the way too later this year. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. I think a wide range of people would enjoy Illuminae.

I’m giving it 5 bookworms out of 5.

Checking In

Hello bookworms,

Just wanted to check in with you all, as its been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Wanting to let you all know that I’ve not abandoned this blog and that I will be back to regular posting in the coming weeks. Life has got in the way abit these past few months but I’m now back on track and ready to start blogging again.

Please keep checking back to my blog as I’ve got some reviews coming up of fantastic beasts and where t find them and Illuminae. I will also be posting a February TBR.

Thank you as always to all of you out there that keep reading my blog.

See you all soon

Sarah

Fangirl Book Review

Hello Bookworms and happy Saturday. This last week I’ve been finishing off reading Fangirl. Please see my review down below. Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear about what you think of Fangirl.

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: N/A

Published by: Macmillan Childrens Press (UK edition)

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 438

Format: Paperback

Sources: Amazon and Goodreads

Started: 9th May 2016

Finished: 16th May 2016

Summary

Cath is eighteen. She’s embarking on her first year of college and she is a huge Simon Snow fan.

She along with twin sister Wren submerged themselves within the world of Simon Snow when they were little to escape the reality of their mum leaving them. They would read and reread the novels, hang out in the Simon Snow forums and write fan fiction.

Now that they have started college, Wren seems to have drifted away from the Simon Snow hype and wants to be more independent away from Cath. Alone, Cath must navigate the world of college. She’s got a no messing around room-mate with a smily happy boyfriend, a handsome classmate who loves to talk about the written word and a professor who doesn’t class writing fan fiction as real writing. To top it all off, she cant help worrying about her dad who is adjusting to life on his own without his two girls.

Cath questions whether she can do this? Can she do it without Wren by her side? Is she ready to start living her own life and leave Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts

I’ve recently been hearing a lot about Fangirl on YouTube and on book blogs. The reviews gripped my interest and so I went ahead and purchased a copy off Amazon. Its a fairly short breezy read compared to bigger books like Outlander and so I finished it within a week….especially good going when I have a little 8 month old to look after!!! The book itself made want to keep going back to it and find out what was going to happen next. I’d always try and snatch moments in the day when my little man was having his naps and catch up on a chapter or two. However once I got to the end I was a teeny bit disappointed and was left wondering “is this it?” I felt like it needed something more.

Even at the grand age of 28, I could still relate to the characters in the book. It did have me laughing out loud at certain points thinking “yeah that was me back when I was 18”. Its a great book for both young adults who are just starting out on their own journeys to college and also older adults who like to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of their college days.

Cath for me was the main character I could relate to. She is a book lover, a person who prefers her own company, she finds social events hard and she would much prefer to be sat comfy in her room writing on her laptop. She spends a lot of her time writing Simon Snow fan fiction stories which is read by thousands of online fans. Simon Snow is the fictional equivalent to Harry Potter. Cath just loves the books. As the story progresses Cath begins to realise that she needs to let go a bit and include other things and people in her life bar Simon. As a reader you are willing her to try out different things and enjoy college life.

Wren, Caths twin sister is much more outgoing then Cath. She wants to be independent and go off partying and drinking. She wants to led the typical college life. At times Wren annoyed me, as clearly Cath needed some support off her but she seemed very unwilling to help her.

Nick, who Cath has Fiction Writing class with comes across in the first few chapters as a really nice guy. He’s handsome, intelligent and loves writing like Cath. Unfortunately he’s not all he seems.

I immediately warmed to Levi. With his smily open attitude what’s not to like about him. Throughout the story he is slowly trying to win Cath over. As a reader you, like Cath begin to trust him but I was a little hurt by something he does in the book without giving Cath a real explanation as to why he did it. Even though there is this little blip, I still have a soft spot for Levi.

Reagan was a character I could picture really well as she reminded me of one of my school friends. Reagan is a no messing sort of girl. She outspoken and says what’s on her mind. I think she works perfectly as Caths room-mate as she is the one who in a way starts to bring her out of her shell. We all need a Regan in our lives.

Overall I really enjoyed the story, I felt for Cath and the struggle she was going through. I think a lot of people could relate to the story and would also enjoy it.

I’m going to rate Fangirl 4 out of 5 bookworms.