Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer Book Haul

I think summer is a perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading. And especially if you're travelling, it's a great way to pass some time. These are books that I brought off Amazon or from WHSmiths. 

The one by Kiera Cass is the final 3rd book in the series of the Selection. It's basically the better version of the bachelorette, meeting dystopian time period.  I wouldn't say the selection was my favourite series, it's not the most extremely exciting book but yet I brought the final book. I was very curious of what was going to happen to these characters.

This is the synopsis/blurb from good reads on the first book: "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."

Now I'm not going to give the blurb of the 3rd book as it may spoil the series for you, if you're interested. I would recommend this book as it's quite entertaining, to read.

After hearing so much good reviews of Khaled Hosseini's , I had to give his book a chance. Also my best friend convinced me and it was half price :)

This is the blurb/ synopsis from goodreads: "An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honour, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page."

Also this book was awarded choice 2013 winner on good reads. I also really want to read his other books and yes I have watched the Kite runner, however I did hear that the book was better.

I just love John Greens writing style, it just amazes me and makes me fall in love with his books. I've read the fault in our stars and Looking for Alaska. And my favourite between those is Looking for Alaska which I very much recommend. I have watched the Fault in our stars and cried, I also know that Looking for Alaska is going to become a movie. And Paper Towns is going to be a movie too, with the actor who played Isaac (Natt Wolff) on the fault in our stars as the lead.

The blurb/ synopsis from goodreads: "Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew."

I am actually quite excited to read this book, and decided to read it when travelling to Turkey.

Yes guys I'm a mortal instruments fan, and no I'm not the biggest fan of the movie. City of Heavenly Fire is the 6th final book in the series. And I'm very very excited to read this book. When I first heard about the mortal instruments I thought the plot was not exciting and quite silly. I mean Angels, fairies and Vampires? However I was so very wrong. The book was amazing; and has such good world building and is so very very exciting.  And really blends a lot of mystical elements very well together. I really think it's one of the best fantasy books I've read.

This is the blurb/ synopsis of the 1st book as I didn't want to spoil the book for you, if you wanted to read it:" 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...
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end."

I really do recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has the best characters with such great personality. The book has a great range of relationships and amazing action scenes.

I picked this book up, after seeing the trailer for the movie. And the trailer was pretty amazing, even got me a little teary eyed.  And I also heard great reviews about the book.

The blurb/ synopsis for If I Stay by Gayle Forman from goodreads :
"Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make."


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