Book Review- What's Left of Me

Sunday, 7 April 2013
Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Published: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: The Hybrid Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 4/5

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything -Goodreads

I got an ebook copy of this novel from Net Galley.
I really liked the idea for this novel, the idea of two souls in one body, I thought that was a really unique and intriguing storyline. This novel is very different to any other YA novels I have read, and I really enjoyed it.The plot is thought provoking, when you stop to think about what it would be like to have two souls in one body. 
The plot moves quite slowly, it isn't a fast paced action packed read, but the second half picks up in speed and action content a bit.
I would describe this novel as a dystopian novel, as it has an interesting and well built world, with enough mystery surrounding the fate of other continents as a good dystopian should. There is also a lying government, which is keeping secrets from the population.
I loved that Zhang wrote from Eva's perspective. She is the recessive soul, and I thought this P.O.V was a unique method that worked really well. Eva's voice was strong and resonated well throughout the whole novel.
There are a nice range of side characters in this novel, all of which were interesting to read about. Devon/Ryan was my favourite character, I thought he semed really cool and I enjoyed the sort-of romance between him and Addie/Eva. I also liked that you could easily tell which of Devon or Ryan was the dominant soul at any time because they were so different.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I thought it was creative and original, and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Reading Break #2

Saturday, 6 April 2013
I haven't done a non-book related post for a long time, and I felt it was about time I did one. This post is going to be about me, I have answered some random questions about myself!

1. How old are you?
17 years old
2. When is your Birthday?
5th of April. So yesterday!!
3. What starsign does that make it?
I'm an Aries
4. Whats your favourite colour?
5. Whats your lucky number?
6. Do you have any pets?
No :(
7. Where are you from?
8. How tall are you?
5ft 7in
9. What shoe size are you?
10. Which form of public transport do you prefer?
11. What talents do you have?
I'm pretty good at basketball
12. Can you juggle?
Sadly no.
13. Can you solve a rubix cube?
Again sadly no
14. Do you have a cherished childhood teddybear?

Yeah I've got two, one called Rocky Racoon and one called Mr Blue Bear!
15. Are you a good dancer?

Hell no!!
16. Are you a good singer?

People tell me I am!
17. Are you a good cook?

I'm ok
18. Which types of holidays do you prefer?

City breaks!
19. Where is the furthest you've ever been on holiday?
New York and Washington D.C
20. Do you prefer baths or showers?
Showers all the way!
21. Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying or natural drying your hair?
Natural drying
22. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
23. Do you like scary movies?
No I'm a scaredy cat!
24. Whats your favourite Milkshake flavour?
25. Do you have a strong local accent?
Well I have a Scottish accent so I guess that counts :)

Ok guys I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, feel free to answer these questions yourself in the comments as I would love to hear your answers!
Bye :)

Book Review- Scent of Magic

Friday, 5 April 2013
Title: Scent of Magic
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Published: December 18th 2012   Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 414
Series: Healer #2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5
I won't post a blurb for this novel, because it may spoil the story for you, if you haven't read the first installment in the series.
I received an ebook copy of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.
I liked this book, I gave it 4.5/5 stars, and I much prefered it to the first book in the series. This novel has much more action in it, and the plot is fast paced and action packed. There is less camaraderie with the Monkeys, as they don't feature heavily in this novel, which I enjoyed a lot in thelast novel, but I got over this fact. There is a darker feeling to this novel though, more of a feeling of the danger and the threat of war that is looming. The storyline continues from the first book, hence the reason why I didn't post the blurb.
The point of view changes from Kerrick to Avery, and I quite enjoyed the split perspectives, as it allowed you to follow both storylines, and get to know the characters a little better. The only negative I found with the split P.O.V was that the author would often leave the end of the chapter as a cliffhanger, and then go to the other character's P.O.V in the following chapter. This got a little annoying because by the time I had read that chapter, I had forgotten what was going on, and it got tiring having to wait for the resolution every time.
There are a lot of twists and betrayals in this book, some I can honestly say that I didn't see coming, so beware!
There is a great diverse collection of characters in this book, and although some of the secondary characters seemed a little 1 dimensional, on the whole the characters are great.
Avry is our female protagonist, and she was just as awesome in this book as in the previous. She was still as brave, loyal, strong and kick-ass as before, and I loved this about her.
I liked the relationship between her and Kerrick, it's really cute to read about, but thankfully it doesn't take up too much of the novel.
I also enjoyed the comeback of some characters, not naming names! But really, it was great to get to read more about those characters.
The ending, oh my gosh the ending. It was so good, and so annoying! The novel ends on such a cliffhanger. I just want to read the next novel now so I can find out what happens!!!!
I would recommend this novel if you like YA fantasy novels, or are a fan of any of Snyder's other work. If you do decide to read the series though, be warned for the ending!!!!

March Book Haul

Thursday, 4 April 2013
I've been trying to reduce the amount of books as I buy, as I have a very extensive pile of books waiting to be read, so I only got 3 books last month. 2 of these books I purchased myself with a book token I got as a secret santa gift at Christmas. The third book I won in a giveaway on Goodreads!
The first book I bought was BZRK by Michael Grant. I am a huge fan of his Gone series, so I was really eager to pick up this other book. This is a sci-fi novel, involving nano technology, and it looks like it has a great mix of adventure and thriller too.
The other book I purchased was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I was intrigued by the cover on this book, its so lovely, and the blurb really convinced me to pick it up! This is a fantasy novel, which involves dragons,and it looks like a great read.
The book I won in a giveaway was The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi. I just entered this giveaway on a whim, so I was pretty excited to find out I had won a copy. From what I've read on Goodreads, this is mythical fiction, with fantasy elements. It looks like it will be a good read!

Easter TBR!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I have got two weeks off for my Easter holidays, so I thought I would do a little TBR of the books I hope to read while on holiday. I will post my April TBR later on in the month.

  • Havisham by Ronald Frame
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Teaser Tuesday #7

Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Havisham by Ronald Frame

"Above me, supported from the side of the stage, was one vast, cleverly painted, outstretched wing of golden feathers: the wing of the mighty eaglewhich Jupiter had taken as his disguise. It overarched me, threatening to overwhelm and devour me- a menace every bit as much as a guard."

March Wrap Up!

Monday, 1 April 2013
I didn't get very much reading (or blogging!) done this month,due to school being so busy and stressfull, but I did get 4 books read during March.

The first book I read was Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I bought this on my kindle a while ago, I had planned on reading it on holiday, but didn't get around to it. I gave this book 4/5, I thought it was an interesting YA read, and I hope to pick up the sequel some time in the future.
The next book I read was Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson. This is an adult historical fiction set in Spain just after the Civil War in 1940. I really enjoyed this novel, I gave it 5/5, and I will definitely be checking out some of Samson's other works.
The third book I read in March was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. This is a very popular YA read, which I've had sitting on my TBR shelf for a long time, but I finally decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did as I thought this was a really great read, I gave it 5/5. I will have a review of this posted soon.
The last book I read in March was The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. This was my school book club's book choice for March, which I must admit I wasn't ecstatic to be reading. I gave this novel 2.5/5 as it really wasn't my cup of tea at all.

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