Book Review: Caged by Sophie Davis

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Previously read by the same author: Talented

Read between: 27th November- 6th December
Format: ebook
Published: April 26th, 2012
Publisher: Dabber & Baehr
Synopsis: Who can Talia trust when everyone is lying?
When Agency Director McDonough asks Natalia Lyons to go undercover at the School for the Talented to ferret out a spy, she jumps at the opportunity. Talia throws herself into the assignment, quickly learning how far the Agency will go in the name of war. With Crane’s influence spreading, Talia learns that there are few Operatives without ties to the Coalition.
In fact, those closest to her are hiding the biggest secrets…

CAGED is Book Two in the TALENTED SAGA, the #1 Bestselling Dystopian Romance series about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage…

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: The second book in the Talented saga was much better than the first one! It starts where the last book ended, Talia is recovering from her failed solo mission as a Hunter. Her body is fighting a chemical causing seizures- and Donovan, her ex, is confusing her by being there for her.

Even though he broke her heart when he cheated on her!

She’s also been separated from her current love interest, Erik, so her love live is pretty much non-existent. However, that’s probably a good thing considering what she’s been going through. Hopefully, assisting in lessons at her old school can provide a distraction.

Talia can still be a little annoying and childish, but at least this time I could understand why she was acting that way.

There’s a lot going on, sub plots withing the main plot that kept me interested in the story. I definitely preferred this one to the first one because I felt like I know Talia a little better.

The shock at the end was not what I expected! It’s crazy how you find out you actually don’t know a character like you thought you did! I had to pause to actually stop and go over what had just happened. Poor Talia.

However, I actually really liked this book- I was unsure if I would as I wasn’t overly keen on the first book in the series. I was definitely proved wrong on my original judgement. I was pleasantly surprised and I definitely want to know more now!

I may have to pick up the next one…

4/5 stars! I enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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November Wrap Up

November was a busy month for me! I started NanoWriMo and then I gave up, but I did manage to read four books in the month of November- two were for the Anti-Bullying Readathon, and the other two were picks from my TBR jar 🙂

 

The first book I managed to read was Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, a debut sci fi novel, and I really enjoyed it! I gave it 5/5 stars and you can read my full review here: Book Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 

The next book I read was Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, this book was a re-read so I don’t have a recent review for you to read but I gave it 5/5 stars for the second time round, as it’s a book I will continue to love each time I read it.

The third book I read was Truth or Dare by Non Pratt, a story about friendship and internet fame and I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars and my review can be found here: Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

Finally, the fourth book I read was 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and I was really surprised how much I liked this book! I rated it 4/5 stars and my review is here: Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

All of the books I read this year were highly rated, so I feel like November has been quite a successful reading month! I need to read a lot more books in order to complete my reading challenges, but I’ll give it a good go next month.

What books did you read on November?

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Read between: 19th-26th November

Format: ebook

Published: 14th June, 2011

Publisher: Razorbill

Synopsis:

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Clay Jensen comes home to find a parcel on his doorstep with 13 cassette tapes inside. The tapes contain the last words of Hannah Baker, a girl he knew, who took her own life.

He has no other option but to listen to them and uncover the secrets they’re hiding. 13 people’s lives are about to be ruined when Hannah spills her secrets.

Clay is curious as to why he has the tapes-as far as he is aware, he never did anything bad to Hannah. In fact, he loved her.

The story is told through Hannah’s narrative and Clay’s first person as he reacts to her stories.

It’s sweet- but also gripping. Some of the stories had me hooked and I flew through this book! There are definitely trigger warnings to depression, suicide and rape…so be aware.

I enjoyed it though, which surprised me!

The story is written well and the layout made it easy to read.

I felt like I knew Hannah better than Clay though, I don’t know if this is the point of the story, but I would have liked to know Clay before he got the tapes because his life seemed to end up revolving around everything he heard.

Despite this, it’s a fast paced read, and doesn’t feel too squashed together. Everything fits, intertwines, and doesn’t feel forced.

I liked this book- I know many have problems with it but I can see why, but I liked it 🙂

4/5 Stars. It had some flaws but it’s a great story.

Thanks for reading!

~Katie

Anti-Bullying Readathon Wrap Up.

So the Anti-Bullying Readathon took place over the week of the 13th-19th November and I managed to read two books over the space of the readathon!

The first book was a re-read- that was Eleanor and Park as both of the main characters experience some kind of bullying.

The second book was Truth or Dare by Non Pratt, there are mild hints of bullying so I chose it to read because the bullying is different to that of Eleanor and Park as it’s mainly cyber bullying.

But that’s not all! The readathon also aimed to raise money for an anti-bullying charity!

It is so good that a sum of money, even though it’s not too large, can make a difference 🙂

Thanks to Sarah for hosting this readathon and I hope to take part again next year!

Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

Read between: 16th- 19th November
Number of pages: 383
Published: June 1st, 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Synopsis: How far is too far when it comes to the people you love?

Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: Kam Malik has an accident that brings two very unlikely people together, so they can help him. The two people? His younger brother Yousef, known as Sef, and Claire Casey, a girl who reads to him every week, and offers him her company. Even though he can’t thank her.

Kam and Claire become Truth Girl and Dare Boy- masked heroes of a Youtube channel, undertaking challenges to raise money for Kam’s treatment. They take part -and film, a series of truths and dares. Some they think up themselves, some they are given by their viewers.

Complete strangers.

It’s a hit!

I really liked this book, I’ve never read a book about a Youtube personality before, not a fictional one anyway, and it was such a good idea for a book considering how popular Youtube fandom is now. As for the characters, Claire is your average girl, pale, curvy- and when the author compared her to Sef’s girlfriend, I personally thought Claire was the prettier one.

Being a YA novel, I was expecting romance and it was super cute! I was extremely upset when a dare ended up breaking Sef and Claire apart. The dare itself was extremely shocking, but added a great climax to the story!

The worst thing? It wasn’t even either or their idea, but another bigger Youtubers, which goes to show that Youtube celebrities aren’t always all they’re made out to be either!

I really enjoyed this book, and I really enjoyed the layout! It was both fun, and different, flipping the book upside down and reading it from the back for Sef’s side of the story. I preferred it so much more to a dual perspective.

This is the first Non Pratt book I’ve read and I definitely want to read more by her now (any recommendations?). I’d recommend this book to anyone, but if you’re an avid Youtube watcher, or love a good challenge,, pick it up!

4/5 stars, a great read!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Read between: 5th-14th November
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 384
Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books
Synopsis: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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Review: Ten people, all with one goal, to get to Eden and have their families made richer than beyond belief. It’s a bit like The Hunger Games in space, but with less death, and a far bigger prize.

The main character, Emmett, wants to get to Edene so that his mother can afford treatment for her cancer. So his father doesn’t have to do dead beat jobs. To him, that’s more important than anything and I felt this really built his character. He’s a down to Earth kind of guy, but he also has a temper, which gives him the fighting spirit needed to keep going.

Having an ARC of this book, I went into the story blind, all I knew is that it was sci-fi. It ended up being so much more than that and I loved it. I loved following the characters on Genesis 11- even though they were competing against each other- they were all individual characters and I wanted them all to get to Eden.

There were moments of grief, as well as romantic moments that demonstrated the harsh reality that they wouldn’t see their families for a long time. Not until their mission on Eden is complete.

I’m glad I knew nothing about the story before I read it, because I would have made assumptions about the plot before I’d even read the book.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I’m very interested in the next one when it comes out because the change of setting and character group will differ from those of this book.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced sci-fi read, pick this book up. I’d definitely recommend it!

5/5 stars! A great read!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie

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My Life in Books Tag.

I’ve seen this tag floating around and thought I’d give it a go because it’s very short! So, without further ado, let’s get to the tag!

  1. Find a book with each of your initials

K- (The) Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

L-  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

B- Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

2. Count along your age on your bookshelf: What book is it?

My shelves are actually double stacked, so I only counted along the ones on the front, but the book I got for this isn’t actually a full sized novel, but a chapter sampler for Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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This is the book I chose, it’s the book set closest to where I actually live as it’s set in Bristol.

                            4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I’d quite like to visit Prague. I’ve heard its a very beautiful city and I’d make a sightseeing holiday out of it (usually I’m by the pool with a good book :P)

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

My favourite colour is purple, so I chose Insurgent in the new UK covers because it’s very purple!

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I’m pretty sure everyone says this, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Out of the books on my shelf, I’m not overly sure, but it was probably the Cursed Child. Not because I found it hard, but the way the story went just had me gritting my teeth because it didn’t sound like Harry Potter in some places.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

So many! I can’t pick one! I have so many books I need to read so if I get them read I’ll be happy.

And that’s the tag!
If you decide to do this tag, or have done it, leave it down below so I can go check it out!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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