Thursday, 29 October 2015

To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han | Review


Genre: Contemporary , Young Adult
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Rating: 5/5

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

This book was adorable. You know that warm and fuzzy contemporary feeling? This book had that from start to finish and I never wanted it to end. I've been in a reading slump since September and even though I've read a few books since then , I just wasn't enjoying them. I felt the joy of reading again with this book and I want to read all day every day again.

Our main character , Lara Jean has written love letters to all 5 boys who she has loved and keeps them in her room but when the secret letters are sent out she has to face her feelings! She felt like a very real character to me and I liked how she had these unrealistic expectations of love among other little things.

Lara Jean has an older and a younger sister and the relationship between them was beautiful and relatable. All of the characters in this book were interesting and overall they made a great story.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good heartwarming story! I can't wait to read the sequel!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Next Together by Lauren James | Review


Genre: Contemporary , Historical Fiction , Time travel
Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: September 3rd
Rating: 4/5

How many times can you lose the person you love?
Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different...

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, "original" historical documents, news reports and internet articles.  

The concept of this book instantly dragged me in and as a history lover, this book was ideal for me. I read most of this book on a bus and it was really easy to jump right into this story. I could read so many books about Katy and Matthew and with this book we actually get to do this. I loved how the different time periods made slight differences in their personalities and how they were so perfect for each other despite their circumstances.

There are multiple plot lines/time lines in this book and it was confusing at times. We're reading about the same characters with similar plot but in a different time period so it gets a bit mashed together but I was interested in every part so it almost didn't matter. My least favourite plot line was probably present day because the historical aspect to this book was amazing and I couldn't get enough of it.

The ending felt a bit rushed to me and there were a lot of moments where I was like "wait what?" but overall I really enjoyed this book. It was funny , interesting frustrating and sad all at the same time and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the idea of jumping into the past and the future!

HELLO , I'M BACK!

Hi everyone! So I've been MIA from my blog for the last month or so for a couple of reasons but I really want to get back into the swing of things. I started this blog during the summer and I could stick to my schedule of posts but when I went back to school I started to schedule my posts and tweets and it started to feel like I was forcing myself to write enough posts. I was also in a show and my schedule flew out the window. After that I struggled to get back into it and I've been in a reading slump so I had no reviews to post. I may make some changes to my blog , most likely more personal posts but I will be posting my usual bookish ramblings as usual. I have some reviews and guest posts in my drafts that I can post now but I look forward to getting back into this!