Friday, June 27, 2014


Time for another feature of CoverFlips.

As I wrote this I doubted myself, I think it is also time for another book review, but this week has been hectic. It was the last week of term and I am so tired and so excited because its no officially summer to me. Here are your coverflips which are hopefully going to all be of books I have read. So its kind of like a Review/Coverflips. 



276705212885649Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

May the odds be ever in your favour. 


I hope you all realise that this trilogy is possibly my favourite, I love the covers, so simple yet so effective however I prefer the cover on the right (which is the edition I have). 
I love the hunger games. It is my life. If you haven't read it or seen the movies are you blind? It has been everywhere for the last two years. 




The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history - 15-year old Day and 15-year-old June.


If you haven't read this book, I strongly recommend it. It is such a fast paced thriller, I was doubting whether to read it or not. But I read it and fell in love with it. However, do I like the covers? I don't know I think the one on the right fits the futuristic theme more, but other than that I don't know which one I prefer. 



When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 


One thing I have learnt about Cassandra Clare is that e sure knows how to write, her books are full of adventure and romance, there is a perfect balance in-between. I prefer the cover on the right, due to the fact that I am more familiar with this cover and I think it fits the theme more accordingly. 


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


I hope that all of you who went to see the movie had read the book beforehand, I cried a river, honestly. Mr Green, is a heart breaker and a terrific writer at the same time, it is quite extraordinary.  I prefer the original cover, as much as I love Shai and Ansel, I want to feel like I'm reading a book and not a movie. 

Well that is it for another week, be expecting more and more posts. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Waterstones Dash!

Guess who has been dashing to Waterstones recently... yes, me. After Speech Day on my very last Saturday school of the year, my family decided that I should have a gift for all of my very hard work over the year and I could have anything. Long story short, I went book shopping and it was great. 

Here's what I bought...



One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.


I have been meaning to read this for along time, in fact my John Green part of my mind and my book shelf is rather sparse. So this is to add to my collection. I have been meaning to read this for quite a while. When I saw it in Waterstones, I had to pick it due to the fact that I recently read 'Everyday' by David Levithan and loved it. There would be no logic in leaving the book behind. 




Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence


I bought this for four reasons; 
1. The font is the colour blue.
2. It's a hardback which looks beautiful.
3.The guy in the shop told me to buy it. 
4. How cool would it be to be a mermaid?

Basically I was standing by this book which was lonesome on this little lonely table and I picked it up and the guy who works in waterstones was like "Oh my God, I read that book a few months ago its amazing." How could you turn that down? It would have looked really awkward if I had just put it down and walked off and look at that cover... its gorgeous and enticing. 

10766418470187RAVENS GATE

He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.

When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian: with the whole village. 

Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help. 

There is no proof. There is no logic. There is just the Gate.


I grew up reading Anthony Horowitz, and these books just take up so much space in Waterstones and I just felt like "it is now time to read this series because you need to". Anthony Horowitz is one of my favourite writers and I am very excited to read one of his books/series again. 


The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)THE SCORCH TRIALS 

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive 


I have literally just started this, I have very high hopes for this book because The Maze Runner was amazing and I absolutely loved it. 

I hope you enjoyed this. 
I tried to buy more books that I wouldn't usually read, so I will report back to you what I thought of all of them. 



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Currently Reading - Maze Runner

After finishing Flip, I dug through my bookshelf and found a book which is going to be a movie in October. However I have vowed myself from watching the trailer until I read some more.


I think this cover looks dated
I have this edition.


When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside.

I was very doubtful of this book when I first picked it up and bought it, and I must have been asleep when I thought it was going to be rubbish. I think the fact that there wasn't any romance threw some people off a bit (that's what did it for me). 

I wont be doing a blog on it until I have read the other two. 



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Releases - JUNE 2014

Finally it is the delayed feature (only by seventeen days) feature of 'New Releases' for June 2014. 



Author: Leslie Connor
Release date: June 24th 2014
Format: Hard cover

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love. 


I haven't read a full on romance novel for what seems like ages and I feel that I should read it. But I am kind of torn between whether I should read it or not. I am very doubtful with this book but I will add it to my Goodreads 'to read' account and perhaps when I am doing a book buying spree I will buy it. 



Author: Rachael Allen 
Release Date: 17th June 2014
Book format: ebook

No how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn't rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn't recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.

With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.


No, the theme is not romance. 
This is just purely coincidental. 

I think I am more likely to read this book than to read "The things you kiss goodbye."I don't know why but to me this seems like a real love story. Because just from reading the blurb there seems to be no love triangles. Do you realise how badly I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. Oh my gosh. 



Author: Stephanie Kuehn
Release Date: 24th June 2014
Format: Hardcover

Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell. 


Guess what. 
This book sounds like it has no romance in it whatsoever...
Anyway this sounds absolutely thrilling. I love it in books where girls are the absolute badass, its so awesome and when I'm reading it I imagine that I have already broken all of these rules and am just reading about myself (when really I do nothing as badass as the badass girls in these super cool, badass books). 
**takes award for saying badass the most in a sentence**


Author: Kat Rosenfield 
Release Date: June 12th 2014
Format: Hard cover

Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.
But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings. 


1. I hope you appreciate and realise how many people are raving and swooning over the cover of this book, it is amazing. 
2. The story line sounds gripping (just from the blurb) it makes me want to scream. **adding it to 'need to read list' on Goodreads. 

A/N: Next post will probably be; 'currently reading'. Stay seated. 
Tfios comes out in England in two days **cries** 



Currently Reading - Flip

To keep you updated on what I am currently reading.


Fourteen-year-old Alex Gray wakes up one morning to discover he's not in his own bedroom. More surprising is that he doesn't recognize his hands, or his legs... When he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life. How is it possible that Alex has become another boy - a boy who everyone calls Philip?

Picking this book up I thought that this would be like Every day by David Levithan, but it couldn't be more different. So far, I am only 100 pages in and I am loving it. I am so excited to see where it leads to!



Monday, June 16, 2014

The Selection - Kiera Cass


Title: The Selection. 
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: Paperback 
Release date: 24th April 2012
Genre: YA Romance, Dystopian, Future. 
Stars out of ten: 


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


When America Singer is thrown into a selection of 39 (it's in the thirties?) girls all competing for Prince Maxon's heart, all she wants to do is escape. She meets Prince Maxon on the first night of the castle, America was feeling claustrophobic and willing to obliterate anything in her way of keeping her from the gardens of the Castl, however the guards would not let her pass until Maxon sees her struggling and 'saves' her, only to be called shallow by America. However Maxon keeps her in the competition and meets her the next day after breakfast for the second time where he teases her about getting uptight after he called her "my dear" claiming it works on other girls. 
Over time America became Maxon's supposed favourite, but America promised to only be his friend in order to help him through he selection and only to keep her in the competition for the food. But her feelings change towards the end of the book when she realises she has feelings for Maxon. 


'When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all of our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me." 


I loved this book so much, I'm not really a big fan of the whole Princess thing (well I wasn't before I read this book). However this has reached one of the near to top marks in my favourite series list. The characters are so amazing and they are so easy to relate to. I mean we all have that girl that is super annoying and rips your dress off and you constantly want to tell someone but nobody would believe you... yeah well that's Celeste. 


Title: The Elite 
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: Paperback 
Release Date: April 23th 2013
Genre: YA Romance, Dystopian, Future. 
Stars out of ten:


Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending


Aspen, America's old boyfriend now conveniently has a job as a palace guard assigned to America's door. Meaning every single time America sees Aspen she is torn as to whether she should get back with Aspen again. Meanwhile her liking to Maxon just keeps increasing. However after one of the girls who was close to America in the selection gets whipped due to her having a 'fling' with a guard, America tries to save her friend only to be pushed back. 
After this event happens Maxon and Kriss start spending more time together and Kriss becomes the favourite of many people.
America only then realises that she never wants to loose Maxon. 


"The Angeles air was quiet, and for a while I lay still, listening to the sound of Maxons breathing. It was getting harder and harder to catch him in a truly calm happy moment, and I soaked up the time, grateful that he seemed to be at his best whilst he and I were alone."


I only gave this nine stars because it was the most annoying book I have ever read and then we had to wait at least a year for The One to come out, expected to carry on with daily life. And also ASPEN CAME BACK, KRISS AND MAXON GOT REALLY CLOSE AND AMERICA ALMOST LEFT THE SELECTION BUT DIDN'T. Such a good book but, I don't think I have ever shouted at a book so much. 


Title: The one
Author: Kiera Cass 
Format: Paperback 
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Genre: YA Romance, Dystopian, Future.
Stars out of ten:


The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants. 


America starts to worm her way back into the selection, with there only being 5 girls left in the competition America Singer is prepared to win the crown and the title as Princess of Illea, and Maxon is prepared to help her. In the very beginning of the book she takes the Kings words very seriously and in order to prove that she could also satisfy Maxon just as well as the other girls she wears a very seductive red dress with a slit up the thigh to dinner that night, and when Maxon tugs his ear she is ecstatic. However it di not turn oyut the way she thought it was. 
Many huge things happen that shock the reader just as much as they do America, with America witnessing Kriss' and Maxon's first kiss to Maxon brushing off America the morning of the main announcement. I will just warn you that the shootings can either break or make America's life in this book. 


"This time we were in the Great Room enduring another etiquette lesson when bricks came flying through the window."


I suffered with post book depression after reading this book, I was so upset that the series had ended, I mean it made/makes me want to be a princess with a Prince Maxon, and all I did for about three days was just read the books over and over again. But I loved this book, it was my favourite out of all of the three and that's all I am say because I am bound to splurt out spoilers and I don't want to ruin it for all of you upcoming princesses. 
Please, please, please, please read it.

I will probably/hopefully post tomorrow:)



Thursday, June 12, 2014


It's a Thursday.
One more day closer to Friday. 
Which means it's the end of the week for you guys, but not for me seeing as my week ends on Saturday at 4. Urgh.

Anyhow Cover flips is back and better than ever. 


Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul—the gentrifies, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbour, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter’s dreams. Together with Walter—environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man—she was doing her small part to build a better world.

But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz—outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival—still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become “a very different kind of neighbour,” an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes?


I like the difference between the two covers, one seems to make you think about the relevence to freedom (the bird one, on the left) but then there is a very basic and easy to grasp cover with a girl running with her arms outstretched. I really love both but perhaps the cover on the right would appeal to more teenagers. 

I love the idea of this book, making me want to read it. Perhaps this could be a summer read to add to my very long list. 


St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable night time rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


I love the colour on the left, its more hypnotising and darker, making me relate this to vampires more? I am not completely sure. The cover on the right is too bright, I mean blood is a deep red, not a bright red. 

I am not completely sure that I would read this myself, I would recommend this to all vampire lovers though.  


10194157The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?


I found the cover on the left on Goodreads and the cover on the right on Tumblr. I'm not entirely sure as to whether the one from Tumblr is an official cover but I absolutely love it, however I am not entirely sure if it reflects what the book is about, which is a huge issue. 

I might read this book, I have just read a snippet of it on Tumblr and it sounds so dramatic and romance-y and gripping, that it has pulled me in and I may have to add it to my 'to read' list on Goodreads. 


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined


Can we just all speculate at the cover on the right, I'm not even overreacting to say its beautiful. Because it is beautiful. As you all probably know by now, I hate it when there are cover models on the front because that isn't how I imagine them, unless its a photo where is doesn't show the face of the model I am fine, other than that all you can see me doing is flicking from the page I am on to the front cover making absurd faces at it whilst the cover model stares back at me, looking all flawless with no blemishes, whilst I feel like screaming "I DO NOT IMAGINE YOU LIKE THIS". 

Rant over. 

People have been raving over this book for a long time and quite a few people I know have read it, but I have never really looked into it until now and this is another to add to my 'summer reading list.' But that's ok, because I don't plan on socialising for 9 weeks.

Well that is the end to cover flips for this very long week, but it will be back next Thursday. 

Be prepared for a brief 'What am I reading' and a review on the selection series, because I have finished The One, boo.