Shadowlands – Kate Brian

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Title: Shadowlands
Author: Kate Brian
Year Published: This edition 2013, original edition 2012.
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Paperback, 328 pages.
ISBN: 9781423165255

Does anyone have one of those authors that write books that are your guilty pleasures? The books are not the best you have ever read in terms of plot, characters, world building, or writing in general. You feel no true connection to the book. At times you feel as if the book is the most over-the-top thing you have ever read and yet you just can’t stop reading? Kate Brian is my guilty pleasures author, and Shadowlands is no exception.

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Starry Night – Isabel Gillies

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Title: Starry Night
Author: Isabel Gillies
Year: 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardback, 336 pages.
ISBN: 9780374306755

I decided to wait a few weeks between finishing this book and writing this review to see if my rage would die down at all, but no, it hasn’t, so I’m apologising in advance for this brutal review.

If you’ve read this blog long enough, you would know that I’m not one for giving books one star ratings. I like to try and find the best qualities in a book, even if I didn’t enjoy them as much as other books. Unfortunately, this is going to be a very negative review, because with the exception of the gorgeous cover, there really wasn’t a whole lot that I liked about Starry Night by Isabel Gillies.

This was an impulse buy for me – as in, I was in the bookstore, saw the pretty cover, picked it up, read the blurb, thought it sounded great and so I bought it. It wasn’t until I got home that I thought to look up the Goodreads ratings, and lets just say they’re fairly low. I’m not one to let Goodreads ratings decide which books I should and shouldn’t read, because at the end of the day everyone is different and I’m not going to let an average rating rule which books I should and shouldn’t read, but I probably would have borrowed this from a library had I known how low they were before I bought the book. Since it was the blurb that confirmed my interest in this book, here’s the blurb;

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Emerald Green – Kerstin Gier

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Title: Emerald Green
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy (book 3)
Author: Kerstin Gier (translated to English by Anthea Bell)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt
Format: Hardback, 451 Pages
ISBN: 9780805092677

 

Emerald Green is the third and final book in the Ruby Red trilogy. As such, this review will contain spoilers for the first books in this series, and more than likely spoilers for this book also. If you have not read the series but feel like this could be something that interests you, I’d suggest reading my reviews on the other books in the series (Ruby Red & Sapphire Blue).

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book to Movie/TV Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or that I still need to watch

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. Today’s topic is top ten book to movie/TV adaptations I’m looking forward to or that I still need to watch. There is a chance that some of the books on this list, I have now watched, as I wrote this post before I left for my trip to America. If I had the chance to see some of those whilst I’ve been away, this list will no longer apply to those movies.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve been nominated by Prim @MessingwithImagination for the siblinghood of the world bloggers award. Thanks lovely 🙂

So lets get to the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate ten blogs
  1. Why did you start blogging?

Blogging is something that I had always considered doing in the past, but something I had never pursued. A few months before I started my blog, I got really into the booktube and bookstagram community, and one day I just decided I wanted to be a part of that. So I created a blog and a bookstagram account, because I didn’t think I’d be confident enough for booktube. That was the primary motivator for starting a blog. The second reason was due to me wanting a job in a publishing house, and I thought what better way to show my passion for books than discussing them on the internet. And so prettypagesblog was born!

 

  1. Your favorite book series ( Other than any dystopian fiction)

If I could only pick one, it would definitely be the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (this should be no surprise to anyone because I mention it so often). Other series I consider favourites include the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. To be honest, this list could go for awhile, so I’ll stop now!

  1. What you do when you are sad?

I don’t tend to get all that sad anymore, but when I do, I normally will just pick up a book and read. If I’m sad enough to not be in a reading mood, I’ll listen to my iPod on shuffle that is filled with music that makes me feel nostalgic, and that normally cheers me up. I also will go and find my cat, and give her cuddles. Basically I’ll just try and cheer myself up.

 

  1. One thing that you cannot live without?

There are many answers that I could put down for this, but I think I’m going to go with books. I honestly can’t imagine life – or a world – without books, and everything they stand for. Obviously I also couldn’t live without the people that mean the most to me, but people aren’t a thing 😉

 

  1. Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger or Harry Potter/Hermione Granger?

If I had to choose, I think I’d go with Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. But I really am happy with Ron and Hermione. I’m not sure if I shipped them when I was young and first reading Harry Potter, but looking back now I’ve accepted whom everyone ended up with, and I have adopted all those official ships.

 

  1. What you do when you get bored?

    It depends on the level of boredness. Normally I’ll pick up a book (does that surprise anyone?). If I’m really bored to the point that even reading can’t cure my boredom, I’ll either pick up a puzzle book (e.g. crosswords, sudoku, etc.) or just lie on my bed and play some soft music in the background and just think.

 

  1. Your dream job?

I studied a Bachelor of Marketing and Media whilst at uni, and it became very obvious 2 years into my 3.5 year degree that my passions lie with books. And so my dream job would be to work on the publicity and/or marketing team of a book publisher. I’ve been interning at a book publishers for about 11 months now, and it’s definitely helped me decide that this is a job that I would really like an opportunity to have, so fingers crossed I’ll be successful in my searching for a job in publishing.

  1. Favorite book-boyfriend?

This is a realllly tough question, and one that I can never actually choose someone to, so I normally just go with my default answer of Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss.

 

  1. Favourite Color?

As a child, my favourite colour for years was blue. As I got older, this changed slightly to yellow. And now I see blue, yellow, and mint/teal/aqua as being my favourite colours. Basically the cover for Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is my favourite cover colour wise because it features my favourites!

 

  1. When do you read books?

Literally alllllllll the time. I am one of those people who takes a book every single place I go, and if I don’t have room for a book in my bag, I download ebooks on my phone/iPad so that I can never be left without some good quality reading material. My reading habits in the past year and a half have gotten to a point that basically in all my free time, the only thing I do is read. I gave up on watching a lot of my TV shows, and now I’m so far behind that I’ve only sparingly watched TV in the past 12 months. I also am a read-the-book-in-one-sitting kind of girl, so in most cases I’ll stay up relatively late to finish the book I’m currently reading.

As I’m overseas currently, I don’t have the time to go through accounts to tag some people who haven’t done this before. So instead, feel free to answer my 10 questions in the comments below;

  1. If you could pick any one book to read again for the first time, which would that be?
  2. If you could be any character, which character would you be?
  3. What is the last five star book you read?
  4. Which country would you most like to travel to?
  5. If you could pick any book to movie/TV adaption to be remade, which would you pick and why?
  6. What are three under hyped books that you absolutely adore?
  7. What are three over hyped books that you didn’t enjoy?
  8. What is your favourite quote?
  9. If you could change the ending to any book, which book would you choose?
  10. What is your most anticipated book release for the rest of 2015, and for 2016?

Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor

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Title: Maybe One Day
Author: Melissa Kantor
Year: 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardback, 386 Pages
ISBN: 9780062279200

 

If you’re planning on reading this book, here is some advice. Have some tissues on standby. This book made me ball my eyes out – and I don’t mean just tears streaming from my eyes. I mean actual sobs, the kind of messy crying where you make that weird noise and you just can’t swallow your grief. It probably didn’t help that I finished reading this book in the middle of the night after a long and exhausting day, but wow, this book made me feel sad.

Maybe One Day is the story of the friendship of Zoe and Olivia, two girls who have been friends for years due to their mutual love of ballet. When the girls are cut from their ballet company, they are forced to complete their junior year without the thing they love. Thinking that the worst was over, no one thinks twice of Olivia’s constant tiredness, or how she hasn’t been feeling well. Not until they discover she has aggressive Leukemia. Maybe One Day is the story of two girls who have always had each other, forced to question that maybe one day they won’t have each other.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. Today’s topic is top ten debut authors who have you looking forward to their sophomore novels. I kind of struggled with this topic because I really couldn’t think of many authors who I haven’t already read their sophomore novels. I did manage to get to 10 though – yay!

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