Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

*Wooo exams are over! I'm back!

The Fault in Our Stars
Pages: 313
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release: January 2012

Plot: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

The review

I'm not going to bother following my usual review style of good points, bad points for this books because I don't think I could ever bring myself to fault it. 

Firstly, God Damn it John Green what have you done to me!!! 

When I ordered this book a couple of days ago I knew that everyone had been giving it glowing reviews but for some reason I had kept putting off actually reading the thing. Why? You may ask, I'm not entirely sure...maybe its because I had read it was about cancer and couldn't bring myself to go through what I knew would inevitably happen within the story or maybe because I was worried that I would be investing time into characters I would inevitably grow to love only to be heartbroken when, you know, it happened.

Well anyway I finally decided to read it and I really am glad that I did. The book arrived yesterday afternoon and I think I read it in something like two sittings, it was that brilliant.

 On rare occasions do books have me bursting out into fits of laughter and on even rarer occasions do they eventually bring me to tears. But this book managed both. And although I wasn't flooded with tears, these characters that I had rightly believed I would grow fond of genuinely felt real in my eyes/mind (?)

This book isn't just about the cancer, its about finding yourself and learning to live. The characters find purpose and every one of their personalties shone through so amazingly well that you felt the people you were reading about were real. 

I don't think I can comment much more on how brilliant this book truly was, I can only recommend that if you haven't read it already- do, and if you have- read it again. 

BTW. Did anybody else rush on to Google to try and find An Imperial Affliction? I see now it is a made up book but I love that somebody has made a Goodreads page for it anyhow. See here :) 

Thanks for reading :D Please do comment!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  

This weeks pick is...

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
The sequel to the New York Times best-selling Cinder in the Lunar chronicles.

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
I'm really excited for this book and can't wait to step back into the world Meyer has created. Apparently the author wrote the first book in like two weeks! I don't have a clue how she did it but Meyer keep doing it!!

If you liked this week's WOW please comment and don't forget to leave a link to your own pick! :D

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Sister Assassin (A.K.A Mind Games) by Kiersten White

Sister Assassin (Sister Assassin, #1)
Ahh. The first post of 2013! Happy New Year everyone! Hope its a good one :)

Pages: 302
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: February 2013

Plot: She never chose her deadly gift but now she’s forced to use it. How far would you go to protect the only family you have left?
Annie is beset by fleeting strange visions and a guilty conscience. Blind and orphaned, she struggles to care for her feisty younger sister Fia, but things look up when both sisters are offered a place at Kessler School for Exceptional Girls.
Born with flawless intuition, Fia immediately knows that something’s wrong, but bites her tongue… until it’s too late. For Fia is the perfect weapon to carry out criminal plans and there are those at Kessler who will do anything to ensure her co-operation.
With Annie trapped in Kessler’s sinister clutches, instincts keep Fia from killing an innocent guy and everything unravels. Is manipulative James the key to the sisters’ freedom or an even darker prison? And how can Fia atone for the blood on her hands?

Good Points: I really loved how the book switched from one sisters perspective to the other throughout however I have to admit it was a little confusing as it wasn't at times clear who was speaking as the order didn't consistently switch (one chapter Fia, one chapter Annie.)
The relationship between the two sisters was written well and the flashbacks into their backgrounds helped to add a greater depth to each of the siblings, sort of forcing you to gain at least some form of emotion for them within the plot.

Bad Points: If I'm going to be honest they could have come up with a better summary than that one, it didn't exactly draw me in from the onset and I also don't understand why the US cover and title has not been used for the UK. Another bad point so-to-say was how predictable the book was, I would have liked a little more mystery for the reader.

To Sum Up... Although I wouldn't say this book was faultless I would say, however that it was an enjoyable read and I think this is mostly due to the dynamic duo that is Annie and Fia. I have only ever previously read Paranormalancy by Kiersten White, the first of her other trilogy and for some reason I can never seem to get past the first book in her series and I think this problem has passed onto this one.
Overall however I'd definitely encourage people to give it a may just be me who has this problem haha ;)
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