Unhooked: AKA Attractive Boys in Neverland

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Book: Unhooked

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Published: February 2nd 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy-retelling

 

 

 

 

 


 

What’s It About?

Gwendolyn and her best friend Olivia are taken in the night after by shadowy monsters and carried to another world. Neverland. But Gwen soon finds that Neverland is nothing like the stories and becomes caught between 2 beautiful boys, Pan and the Captain in a desperate race to save her friend and get back home.

Filled with lots of action, adventure and dark twists in the beloved children’s classic, this is far from the Disney musical that we all hold so dear. Prepare to become entrapped by Neverland…


 

What I Liked:

  • dark twists on Neverland
  • description of the dangerous fey
  • extra mini story at the beginning of each chapter, beautifully added depth and emotion to the novel
  • THE CAPTAIN
  • Rowan (aka the captain)
  • Hook (aka Rowan)
  • when he calls Gewn ‘lass’
  • EVERY SCENE WITH THE CAPTAIN

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What I Didn’t Like:

  • Olivia was kind of useless until the very end
  • even though Pan and Rowan sound amazingly attractive there was insta-love
  • everything happened so fast, I wanted more details
  • felt incomplete because some storylines were not fully explored IMO
  • I WANTED MORE!!…or a sequel to wrap things up

 

Overall:

3.5/5 A really quick and entertaining read, but I needed more. It should have been longer with more details to fully capture the world and plot lines or there needs to be a sequel. This book is a MUST READ for fans of Once Upon A Time, especially if you like me, have a major crush on Killian Jones (Hook).

 

 

Allow me to leave you with these… *swoons*

 

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The Last Place On Earth and the Last Thing I Expected

imageBook: The Last Place On Earth

Author: Carol Snow

Published: February 23 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult


What’s It About?

When Daisy’s best friend Henry, who is basically a 16 year old genius, goes missing one day without a trace her life is turned upside down. Only after breaking into his house to find a note from him: “Save Me” are Daisy’s suspicions of alien abduction or a witness protection program less and less far fetched. In a desperate search for her friend, Daisy traverses into the Californian wilderness following a trail of clues seemingly left by her friend and stumbles upon a discovery that may change her friendship with Henry for ever.


 

What I Liked:

  • Likeable characters
  • appocalypse feel
  • surprising plot twists
  • NO INSTA-LOVE (for the most part)

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that there were no aliens, I was convinced this was going to end up as an alien sci-fi but I was wrong
  • Characters felt somewhat underdeveloped to me
  • pacing was a little off at times
  • all parental figures were complete idiots

Overview:

I truly enjoyed this book, I give it a solid 3.5/5. With a strong protagonist I sped right through this book. The best parts were the surprise twists, they really had me going. My favourite part is a little spoilery so stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled !!!

“Is this some kind of cult?” I Asked Henry. His father answered. “Of course not. People in cults are crazy.”

Big thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! You are the best!

 

Ten Most Recently Added to Our TBRs!

We’re playing catch up on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish!

The ten most recent adds to our TBRs, though it was so hard to choose just ten!

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02These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

The pitch for this book is Jane Austen meets X-Men, with a rise in paranormal and fantasy historical fiction recently I am so ready for this!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Not much to say, the sure to be heartbreaking, mind-blowing and epic beyond compare conclusion to the Raven Cycle. Can’t wait to read this but at the same time don’t want it to be over.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

This book is going to give me major feels, I can tell. When Cameron’s parents die unexpectedly and she is forced to move to a small town with her ultra conservative aunt. Things get complicated because Cameron likes girls and that is not a part of her master plan to blend in into her new home.

I’ve read a lot of really good reviews of this recently and have that NEED to get my hands on it feel.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda03

About a modern day descendant of Van Helsing (yes you heard that right).  Give me ALL that paranormal fiction!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

There was lots of buzz leading up to the release of this book and now that it’s out EVERYBODY WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT IT! But seriously, treasure hunt through time? Sounds pretty amazing to me.


 

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Front Lines by Michael Grant

The Book Thief meets Code Name Verity – I AM IN. Basically WWII with women, I love it already!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Olivia won’t shut up about this… It’s about time I read this!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I AM LOVING VICIOUS. So I need to, need to, NEED TO get on this one!

04The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz & Stieg Larsson

Need to catch up on my favourite hacker! And see how this ghostwriting worked out!

Star Above by Marissa Meyer

AHHH! Olivia and I and our dear friend have made some EPIC plans becaaaaaause Marissa Meyer is making a stop on her Stars Above book tour at a bookstore near us! Need to prepare our hearts and our bodies for the amazing human that is Marissa Meyer as we continue to deny the end of the Lunar Chronicles.


A healthy mix of new releases and 2015 releases that just slipped past us – which do we read first?!?!

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

Back in full force for 2016 with another Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish .

I weep for those books that got left behind. Those books that I had the best of intentions to read, those books that got shafted somehow and now sit on my shelf taunting me…

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1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowel

Aside from a couple of short stories I have never read any of her books *hangs head in shame* its one of those things I keep meaning to do but it never happened. With the release of Carry On in 2015 I told myself I would first read Fangirl and then devour Carry On, but sadly it just never happened.

2. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Loved Snow Like Ashes and was so excited when I bought Ice Like Fire but unfortunately it just sat on my bookshelf most of the year as I read different books.

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Was so excited by the premise of this story as I love fairytale retellings. Bought it, was super stoked to read it but just never got around to it. However a friend of mine just read it recently and was singing it’s praises so I have a renewed desire to read this.

4. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Was such a fan of the brutality of Red Rising but somehow Golden Son slipped out of reach and I never read it. Am hoping to start over and read Red Rising, then Golden Son just prior to the release of Morning Star so it will all be fresh in my mind.

5. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Heard nothing but good things and was and still am wanting to read this badly but I CAN ONLY READ SO MUCH IN A YEAR WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME!!

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6. Another Day by David Levithan

The companion novel to Every Day which blew my mind, this book I vow will be read someday but the urgency has died down a bit for me.

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Upon realizing that I had not read any of Patrick Ness’ earlier works I decided to put this one aside and start with A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking Trilogy so I would get a better sense of his writing.

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I really wanted to read this one based off of friends reviews but them I went into a fantasy only period and kind of forgot about this one. I endeavour to read this one is 2016 though!

9. Dumplin’ by  Julie Murphy

A much hyped up contemporary novel supposedly with empowering themes that I wanted to give a shot but was reluctant to start it in case it was overhyped, will try and get around to reading if eventually.

10. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

A really cool premise about a girl who can sense gold in the earth that peaked my interest from the beginning. This is one that I simply ran out of time to read in 2015, but look out because I am coming for you in 2016!

 

Deadly Doppelgängers: The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

22595271 3/5 I received an ARC from Harper Collins in the fall of 2015. I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but once I got the breakdown of doppelgängers, alternate Earths and trained children assassins I was sold.

This book gave me some major Orphan Black vibes with the layers and layers of conspiracy and moral ambiguities.

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I felt very conflicted about this book; there were elements that I loved and parts that just didn’t do it for me. For example I both like and dislike the cover, it both makes perfect sense but at the same time doesn’t.


Things I Liked:

  • Amazingly unique premise
  • Dark undertones in the novel with war, murder and deception
  • Female led story (YAY)
  • Haunting look into main characters tormented and contradictory thoughts and feelings
  • Killer ending

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • inconsistent narrator
  • choppy timeline and sequence of events
  • all the confusion I felt while reading this book

 

Overall this was an enjoyable read and I think that the often confusing and choppy narration was a device to illustrate how damaged and messed up the main character was by her upbringing. While I can appreciate that, for me it was too much and I was left with many questions and frequently confused as to what was even going on in this story. So mixed feelings for this one but still worth a read if you get the chance.

 

Read ‘Em And Weep: books that made me cry

 

READ 'EMSometimes a book will take your heart and crush it into tiny little pieces leaving you a broken sobbing mess. Here are some of those often satisfying books that somehow made an ocean of tears flee from my eyes and may or may not have emotionally devastated me for days after.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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What can I say, it was the end of the series, the end of my childhood and the end of Harry’s adventures. I will leave you with these names that make me tear up just thinking of them: Dumbledore, Dobby, Lupin, and Fred.

 

 

 

 

 


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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I had low expectations when I started this book, figuring that everyone had hyped it for no reason. I WAS WRONG! I knew what was coming but it still destroyed me, I remember finishing this book at 1 am and sitting on the couch crying for a good 10 minutes before I could move. Well played John, you made me care for those lovely kids GOSH DARNIT! I think what hurt the most about reading a story about kids dying from cancer and what John captured so well is the injustice and the lack of control over situations like that hold.

 


 

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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This is the moving story of a teenage girl dealing with the death of her sister. Following her and her family as they grieve and process the loss of a loved one proves to be an emotional ride. Jandy utilizes scraps of poetry that the main character writes about how she’s feeling at the beginning of every chapter to beautiful affect. This book was a pile of feelings trapped inside a teenage girls body.

 

 

 


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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This book broke me. I knew going in that it dealt with mental illness, and as a fantasy lover I was hesitant at first to give it a go. But Violet and Finch wormed their way into my heart and while I still feel conflicted about parts of this story it has a heartbreaking ending that left me sobbing even though in retrospect I should have seen it coming. Another contemporary book about young people suffering from some form of illness…see the pattern here?

 

 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls is an emotional story of a young boy who’s mother is dying from cancer. Through dark tales with monsters and nightmares, the young boy, Connor, deals with his denial, grief, guilt and acceptance of his situation. This book was visually stunning with illustrations by Jim Kay and a most enchantingly dark and raw story from Patrick Ness. What really tugged at my heart strings were Connor visits with his Dad, as his parents were divorced and how he took care of his mom while she was undergoing treatment. I have dealt with both these things first hand so it really got to me and resulted in a few tears to say the least by the end of this story.


The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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An alien invasion story that far surpasses Meyer’s previous work in my opinion. What made me cry in this book was I think the struggle between Melanie, the host, and Wanderer, the invading alien. The inner turmoil I felt as the two became closer and as one begins to take over. You feel conflicted because you want them both to survive and be happy but as we see throughout the novel, nothing is that simple or easy. A surprising amount of tears for this bad boy.

 

 


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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A whimsical tale of a young boy who is saved from a murderer by chance and finds sanctuary in a graveyard. He is adopted by the ghostly residences there and grows up in the Graveyard. Wildly witty, funny and poignant with classic Neil Gaiman writing, this book had me tearing up on public transit when I reached it’s end. Happy tears mostly. The end of this book leaves you with the bittersweet feeling of childhood reaching its end but the new hope of a bright future, even if people and memories must be left behind to achieve it.


Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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For much the same reasons as the Graveyard Book, Ocean At the End of the Lane took me on a emotional journey back to childhood. A short quick novel, it was of such substance and beautifully written it felt like I was reading poetry. In this case it was tears of wonderment and sadness that this book was over that leapt from my peepers.

 

 

 

 


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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For those of you who have already read the Hunger Games trilogy you know why this book in particular was so hard to handle. To avoid spoilers, the death of a certain character scarred me and left me misty eyed. A few years later when I went back to re-read the trilogy I found that I must have blocked much of Mockingjay from my memories because it was as if I were reading it for the first time and the wounds were new and raw. Needless to say I am still upset over this book.

 

 


Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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The ending of the Divergent trilogy shocked me to say the least. At first I remember being incredulous, thinking that I had somehow read it wrong. Then I was angry, finally my sorrow struck and I cried. I grieved over this book and I am still not ready for the re-read at this point as if time will change the ending I didn’t want to occur.

 

 

 


So there you have it, these are the 10 books to date that have made me cry, please share with me some of your favourite tear-jerking reads. Did any of the books I mentioned above make you cry too, or am I just overly sensitive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns and Gold

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman            4.5/5

The best of the west including murder, horse chases, shootouts, a treasure map, gold mines and epic quests for justice.23719270

Basically it’s a jacked up Little House on the Prairie with lots of guns and gold. 


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Kate is a 18 year old girl living with her father in a very pioneer feeling town in Arizona in the 1900’s. When her father is hung and murdered by a gang known as the Rose Riders, Kate swears revenge. Disguised as a boy she follows the Rose Riders across the hostile countryside intent to kill them all and get her vengeance.


WHAT I LOVED

  • a rough around the edges protagonist who feels little to no remorse
  • prospector vibe
  • AMAZING COVER ART
  • realistic storytelling (they mention how hot it is all the time, how sweaty they get, even sunburnt!)
  • interesting myths and legends are woven into the story
  • some romance that was not the whole point of the story
  • a great twist at the end (*spoilers)

Let me just leave you with the one and only Clint Eastwood to show my approval of this book

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READ ON!