The Elite by Kiera Cass

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THE ELITE DESCRIPTION 

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, she 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.

ce014-ilovethisbook As this book proceeded to grasps my attention and heart I fell deeper and deeper in love with Kiera Cass’s world she wonderfully created through impeccable writing. (Do not get me wrong, this book will not join the literary cannon and be respected by all but for a quick, enjoyable read it is really good) .

I could feel America’s feisty and stubborn personality oozing from the page, which intrigued me to the point where I could not move, eat, drink  or sleep  until the book was finished and I could start the next one.  I absolutely love reading series because they allow me to fully invest into the characters and become emotionally attached, which furthers my enjoyment.

This book once again follows the protagonist America Singer as she goes on a journey of self discovery while taking part in ‘the selection’. This time there are only six girls continuing to fight for Maxon’s heart, in order to become a One, lead the country and become a Queen.  Within this book the reader gets glimpses into Maxon’s relationships with the other girls through the perspective of America due to the fact the book is written from her perspective. This device once again allowed me, as a reader to get closer to the protagonist due to the dramatic irony which allowed me to know more about America than any of the other characters, especially Maxon with regards to Aspen. Although this perspective limited my opinion of the other girls because my judgement was clouded by America’s strong opinions, I really liked her internal monologue.

Although I do prefer dystopian novels such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Divergent Series’  I did enjoy reading these books they were; easy, fast pace and captivating.  The only thing I wish that was different was the tension and importance of the rebel attacks, I wanted more.

              WAYS THAT THIS BOOK IS SIMILAR TO THE HUNGER GAMES

  • The story contains a love triangle. One girl and two boys; one boy from original life and the other one someone new.
  • There is a competition where people are eliminated in order to win and become richer etc.
  • Both books include an uprising in which the people are inspired by the fearless and strong  female protagonists.
  • The selection has a caste while  The Hunger Games has different districts and the characters within the books are judged based on their district/caste.

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I am still infatuated with Maxon! TEAM MAXON.

THE SELECTION BY KIERA CASS REVIEW…

 

I am in love with America Singer! 

So, this morning in the car back from Bristol I casually started reading The Selection by Kiera Cass and now I have finished it. Straight up I will say that I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read the others in the series. If I am not too exhausted after I have finished this blog post I think I might start the second one!

It was just SOO good! Extraordinary! Amazing! Captivating! America is one of the most relatable characters, I instantly thought ‘wow I love you, we could totally be friends’ 


BOOK DESCRIPTION BELOW… 

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. Less


I am just on a THE SELECTION hype at the moment, sometimes I go a few weeks without reading and then I read a book like this, that completely and utterly captivates me and it reminds me of how much I actually love reading!

The story line to this series is so clever, the rating system reminded me of books such as THE HUNGER GAMES AND DIVERGENT which I also find so fascinating! I think they present the society divides in a really clever, entertaining and thought provoking way.

This dystopian novel really captured my attention, the glitz and glamour that surrounded the royal family enticed me and made me want to be part of the selection, I would love to wear beautiful gowns like the ones that were so elegantly crafted by exquisite description.

However the hard hitting brutality that surrounded the lower rankings also makes me think and in conclusion if I was in America’s situation I would work my hardest to win over the Prince in order to provide my family with a comfortable life. Her selflessness made her a honorable characters, while her sarcastic and suborn personality made the book easy to read and funny!

I am sorry to any Aspen fans out that but after reading the first book I am definitely team Maxon! He is sweet, awkward and caring.

I don’t want to give too much of the story line away because I want everyone to experience it on their own; if you enjoy other dystopian novels you will definitely enjoy this one! Please go and check it out, you won’t regret it! Go and fall in love with Maxon and American! 

I would rate this book 5/5 because I am now hooked and cannot think of anything else other than the perplexing questions that haunt the ending of the book. Who will she choose? Will she win? Ahhhhhh…I love it when books leave you begging for more information. Please comment below if you have read the book and enjoyed it.

Gone for You by Jayne Frost review…

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review (and to take part in the book tour)  and I honestly can say that I really enjoyed. It was not too long or super short, it was captivating and passionate.

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Blurb: 

As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications.Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

 Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

 You can read Gone for You at: 

Amazon: http://bit.ly/goneforyou

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/goneforyouGR

Bio (with social media links) for Jayne Frost: 

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I guess I should start with the basics. The back story. I was born and raised in California. At this point I’m usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don’t know. I grew up in the “other” part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away…and it belongs to your grandparents.

By the time I went to high school, I started writing romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero’s do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.
We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.

True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is.

Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me…but I always come back. Some of the stories don’t seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that’s life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.

You can find me at Twitter at @jaynefrostbooks, Facebook, Pinterest, and my website.

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This is a glimpse into what I looked like while reading this book…

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Review  

I really liked this book, it was captivating and easy to read. I absolutely loved how this book was written in Cameron’s point of view  because his witty and sarcastic tone really helped to draw into the narrative, while making it easy to connect with him.  This connection between protagonist and reader is further encouraged through Cameron’s internal dialogue, which gives the reader a glimpse  into the raw and emotional Cameron who hides behind the rock star facade.

I also really liked the fact that Lily is a complex character and not just another pretty face who becomes infatuated with a popular band member. She is feisty and represents a very modern working women who can stand her ground, which I absolutely loved and respected. Their relationship together was really intense, passionate and intriguing due to the two main characters personalities and chemistry.

I am so happy that this is the first book within the Sixth Street Series because I am definitely ready to read more! Frost’s writing is humorous, easy to read and engaging.  If you are looking for a quick, fast pace book to read you should definitely check this out because I hope that just like me, you will enjoy it.

5stars

Book Review

I was asked by Densie Webb to read and review her book ‘You’ll Be Thinking of Me’ and I loved it!!

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A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video of an innocent kiss and a shiny new espresso machine. It all added up to a juicy tale for 24-year old Rachael Allen to share. But when her best friend posts the video online, bizarre threats from an obsessed fan follow close behind. Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help and in the process, Rachael discovers that despite his reputation as a player of Olympian caliber, he’s down-to-earth—and emotionally damaged. Despite wildly divergent life paths, their shared southern upbringing and a passion for good music create a common thread that draws them to one another. As the threats escalate, and their relationship deepens, Rachael struggles to accept Mick’s past and ultimately decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage.


READABILITY- I become obsessed with this book while reading it, I could not put it down and when I did it played on my mind, I kept thinking ‘WHAT WILL BRENDA DO NEXT?’  It was easy to read but really intense.  If you want to be sat on the edge of your seat, mesmerised by the story and the engrossing writing, read this book. 

RELATABLE CHARACTERS-  

Mick the Hollywood act, had the heartthrob, broken artist thing going for him which made him a really easy character to visualize. The fact he was a soft and down to earth person at heart made him so easy to sympathize with, which instantly made me forgive all the negativity surrounding him.  

I could also connect with Rachael which made me invest more into the narrative because I could envision myself in her position, she was that everyday girl that anyone could relate to; she was awkward and clumsy for example. However she was just placed into a terrible situation, forcing the reader to root for her to achieve happiness.  

While Brenda is a very enigmatic character who really grabbed my attention, although she was really messed up, each therapy session revealed more and more about her life. I found this fantastically frustrating (in a good way) because I wanted to fully  hate her but with each therapy session, a new horrendous story from her past was revealed which made my emotions for her torn. While I felt hatred mostly, sympathy slipped into that and made me feel sorry for her.

These three characters work so well together, yet stood alone they have such powerful and emotive background stories which makes the reader feel so invested into the characters lives.

The other characters helped make the story more intense, funny, anxious and addictive.

NARRATIVE- The point of view switches from character to character but mainly switching between Brenda and Rachael. Their juxtaposing narrations create tension which both grips the reader and pushes the narrative forward.  I could feel how the characters extreme emotions overwhelmed them through the powerful description that was beautifully written on the page, I could feel; the fear, anxiety, passion and most of all love ooze with every declaration the characters made.  The swapping of narratives worked really well for this story because it created dramatic irony, giving the audience the upper hand because they know who the stalker is before either Rachael or Mick do. 

COVER-  I think this cover is amazing, the eyes pierce into the readers, forcing them to be captivated by her. This is a really good glimpse into the book because that is what I felt Brenda was doing, demanding attention.  

I am pretty sure this was my face most of the time…

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Then the really cute Nick and Rachael moments would come along and it would change to this (I am secretly a hopeless romantic),

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“As he pressed his lips harder against mine, he took in a sudden sharp breath and I was plunging down that first breathtaking drop on a roller coaster.” 

If you are looking for a new book to read, then you need to go and buy this because it is incredible, definitely one of my favourite books of 2015 so far. I was so happy with the conclusion of this book and although I was heartbroken by certain loses, the happiness the characters felt outweighed them.  You can purchase it by clicking  here.   It is £1.99! 

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4 out of 5 stars for this one because it was amazing and captivating but I probably would not read it again.

‘More than Love’…review…

tumblr_m4a3wdtcrP1rw1gfio1_500_zpsxnmc2hup I was lucky enough to be sent the story ‘More than Love‘ by Jennifer Siis and although I did not know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique and inspirational message that was portrayed through the beautiful words she placed delicately on the page. This book is about Jennifer’s  journey on self discovery, so I found myself questioning and reflecting back on my life. Each chapter brought with it  a new sense of achievement and I found the pulsing narative very motivating.  I felt like I was also on the journey with her  and saw each chapter as a self improvement guide and even found myself underlining certain phrases that I could use as quotes  to inspire myself. I felt that the narrative represents  the awakening of self, encouraging everyone to delve inside themselves in order to find out the real purpose of their life.   When I asked the author what she would like the reader to take from the books, she stated that she wanted people to reflect deeply on their own lives. While reading this book, I did this through forcing myself into Jennifer’s situation and asked myself the questions she was. I think when reading her book, the reader should keep an open mind and interact with the words in order to fully appreciate them and take happiness, warmth, inspiration and motivation from them. I also asked Jennifer to summarise the book in 3-5 words, to which she stated,  “It takes more than love, because in order to find my calling, and my deeper journey in my life, I had to stretch and go beyond what I thought was love, and what I thought was living. ” I think that people should go and check out this book, it is full of passion and oozes inspiration. If you are interested, go to www.likeaflower.ca  to find out more about the book and you  can even purchase it there as well. I am so thankful to Jennifer for trusting me to review her beautiful words, thank you, and know I am forever inspired…

I WISH I COULD LIVE IN WATERSTONES…

images (3)  I got lose myself within Waterstones, I went in there today and just wanted to run around like a crazy lady and grab all the books I wanted to buy. If I won the lottery, one of the first things I would do would be go to Waterstones and buy all the books me heart desires.

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Reason why I love books so much…

  • I love escaping into the different worlds.
  • I gain so much knowledge and love from a book.
  • There is a book to match every mood for example; when I am sad I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. (EXCELLENT BOOK…GO READ)
  • I discover more about myself in books. 
  • Gain friends through fangirling through books.
  • I fall in love with fictional characters.
  • I become best friends with relatable protagonists.
  • I get to obsess about books, books and books.
  • I can force my friends to read a book I love with my tantalizing passion for the book.
  • I get to explore so many genres.
  • I get hit with the brutal book hangover after reading a mesmerizing book.
  • I can relate to Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
  • …and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” — Franz Kafka

Today my best friend and I were walking around waterstones for ages like…

  • ‘OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING’
  • ‘AHH THIS BOOK THOUGH’
  • ‘HAVE YOU READ THIS?’
  • ‘THIS IS MY FAVOURITE!’
  • ‘I LOVE THIS BOOK!’
  • ‘YOU SHOULD READ THIS, IT IS INCREDIBLE’
  • THE CLASSICS SECTION, AHHHH!
  • READ THIS…NOW!

Could you live in waterstones? You would just have to take food and a blanket but come on, you have alllll the books there.

Priscilla West review

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I was given these books for free, in order to cast my honest opinion, they also kept popping up as an advert on facebook and it intrigued my attention (ah the power of marketing). I like to be open minded, so I thought I would give this genre a try…(again) so with no further delay, my thoughts…..

The first book follows the lives of Kristen and Vincent as they meet and intrigue each other, while Vincent is persistent in gaining her attention, Kristen tries to deny her desires in order to remain professional due to the fact her company have just taken on CEO Vincent as a client. Book two and three continue to follow their lives together as they face some difficult challenges. Although one and two are written from Kristen’s point of view, book three contains some insightful glimpses into Vincent’s mind as the narrative shifts to his point of view.

It is obvious what is going to happen within these books from the first chapter, with regards to the relationship between Vincent and Kristen, yet for some reason I continued to read. I easily flew through these books, they were not complex or difficult to read so it only took me two days to read all three. I am not saying the lack of those qualities gives the books a negativity, I just think they were really easy to digest. A nod to busy houswifes, who may be the intended purchaser..

I have explored books such as  Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You  and I just felt like those books were not original; it was the classic, he is a rich man, she is a working girl who is aiming to prove herself.  They both have things to hide blah blah blah. I just felt like something was seriously missing from this series and I was hoping that it would happen as the series concluded, which is why I decided to continue to read, however I was sadly disappointed.

I know this genre can be spectacular and I personally do not read them for the sex aspect, as an aspiring writing I am intrigued by how the writer deals with this topic.  I first read Fifty Shades because it was  a Twilight fanfic and if you know me, you know I adored Twilight, making me fascinated with the twist within the story and how the writer morphed the original characters to fit within her story.  To be honest I do not really digest the sexual elements from these stories because when I read them I am just like ‘lalalala…why am I reading this? So, maybe it is my fault for feeling like something is missing from this series but I didn’t feel that way about Fifty Shades or Bared to You. Perhaps it is because I read those first? I just really like to find something postive within books.

I thought the writing style of these books was really great, it was enticing and extremely descriptive so please do not think of Priscilla West negatively.  Give her a go and see what you think… I would recommend reading them back to back because the following book picks up exactly where the last one left off.  (I honestly think that it was not necessary for the story to be split into three book, one would have worked perfectly fine.)

Paranoia by Ryan Fortier

An author Ryan Fortier contacted me and asked me if I would be able to read and review his debut novel Paranoia and of course I leapt at the chance, so without further ado here is my review.

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The story follows seventeen year old Jacob Tyler on an emotionally heartbreaking journey as he deals with the aftermath of pure devastation and the effects of how one moment can change everything. One moment he is a normal teenage boy who has to worry about hormones, school and curfews and the next his whole life is turned upside down  and he has to cling to the last bit of happiness he has left in a world that suffocates him in darkness.  After four months, he becomes desperate for answers and refuses to believe the death of his parents was a mistake. Paranoia pushes him over the edge in the enigmatic thriller.

“Jacob, we’ll love you always.”  These five words haunted me so much throughout the book, ever since they were helplessly uttered by his mother in chapter one they sent shivers through me every time they were mentioned again. They acted as a constant reminder of how dark this story was and made me completely hooked.

I absolutely loved the character Jacob because I could feel his pain and devastation ooze from the page, making him so relatable and me sympathise with him so much.  His character really made me want to jump into the story and help him, the writing within the book was absolutely divine.  The description brought the story to life in an captivating and vibrant way.  Jacob’s relationship with Sarah (a childhood friend and soul mate) gave the book an element of hope, all I wanted from the very first page was for them to get together. It was another one of those relationships where they seem to be afraid to break the friendship boundaries although I can understand that Jacob definitively had other things on his mind.  Their relationship also acted as a reminder to me as to what his life could have been like, making it even more heartbreaking and intense.

I also really liked the flashbacks in between some of the chapters, they were insightful and heartbreaking.  It was fascinating to get a glimpse into Jacob’s reasoning as he tried to uncover who would purposely want to hurt him.  These reinforced that he was driven through paranoia because the reader could instantly tell his reasoning’s were doubtful and held no concrete evidence.

The honest representation of loss and traumatize made the story line extremely powerful.

Do you like books that are incredible intense that you cannot stop reading? If you answered yes then you should definitely go check out this book because not only did it bombard my mind with paranoia and doubt but it also captured my heart and soul, making me sit on the edge of my seat while reading.

Here is the link to the book on amazon  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paranoia-Ryan-Fortier-ebook/dp/B00RDYVTD8 …You can purchase it for only £1.99. It will be an amazing £1.99 spent if you go and check it out.  It is an absolute page turner so go check it out.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5. 

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