Thursday, 30 October 2014

My favourite Halloween books 2014!!

Hey guys! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
So for those of you who don't know or have forgotten or simply CBA, tomorrow is..

I myself am not a big dresser-upper. However, that does not mean I don't like to freak my self out. Whether it's with books or movies, I sorta enjoy the thrill..then can't sleep at night.

My favourite books for Halloween

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. 

Why? Because this book is full of intense thrills and mysteries and a smidge of comedy and a few sprinkles of romance. It's perfect for getting majorly freaked out, then not, then getting freaked out again. It's a great, great feeling.
Read my review of Black Ice here: http://sunshinesunscreenandabook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/book-review-black-ice-by-becca.html?m=1

Goodreads summary: Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


Magic and Decay by Rachel Higginson
This was a really witty, exciting and light read and what's more, it's a mash up! It made me fangirl ×1000 and is perfect for Halloween!
Goodreads summary: Magic and Decay is a Rachel Higginson Halloween Special!

This fast and fun novel packs a punch when Rachel takes three of her favorite couples from three different series and throws them into the Zombie Apocalypse. 


Eden and Kiran from the Star-Crossed Series, Ivy and Ryder from the Siren Series and Reagan and Hendrix from Love and Decay join forces to survive a regular but deadly day at the end of the world. 


Ivy’s seductive Siren call doesn’t just apply to human men. Zombies of all shapes, sizes and states of decay flock to her, unable to resist her pull. Armed with limited resources and dwindling Magic, the three couples fight alongside each other to stay alive and unbitten. But even with all these supernatural powers combined, no one is safe when Zombies are involved.


Magic and Decay is a stand-alone novel. You do not need to have read any of these series to enjoy this book
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Think of this as the voice of that girl in Edgar Allan Poe’s  The Fall of the House of Usher. While it lays off on romance, it is full of some sinister events.

Goodreads summary:  Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down?The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

Beware the Wild by Natalie C Parker
Confession, I haven't actually read this YET, but I've bought it and it's ready for me to read tomorrow. From the looks of it-and the sample I read on Kindle, it seems pretty cool. 

Goodreads summary: It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

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BYE!! Happy Halloween! ;D

ARC BOOK REVIEW: Magic and Decay by Rachel Higginson

Goodreads summary:
Magic and Decay is a Rachel Higginson Halloween Special!

This fast and fun novel packs a punch when Rachel takes three of her favorite couples from three different series and throws them into the Zombie Apocalypse. 

Eden and Kiran from the Star-Crossed Series, Ivy and Ryder from the Siren Series and Reagan and Hendrix from Love and Decay join forces to survive a regular but deadly day at the end of the world. 

Ivy’s seductive Siren call doesn’t just apply to human men. Zombies of all shapes, sizes and states of decay flock to her, unable to resist her pull. Armed with limited resources and dwindling Magic, the three couples fight alongside each other to stay alive and unbitten. But even with all these supernatural powers combined, no one is safe when Zombies are involved.

Magic and Decay is a stand-alone novel. You do not need to have read any of these series to enjoy this book


Buy it here:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/1rvxEry
Nook - http://bit.ly/1zzPRhE
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1zzQ1Wo


GENRE: YA (Young Adult)
AUTHOR: Rachel Higginson
PUBLISHER: Reckless Siren Publishing
SOURCE: ARC, e-book: PDF file
PAGE NUMBER: 63 (on the PDF file)
RELEASE DATE: October 26th 2014


About the author:
I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.
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          I'm not gonna lie, I am not particularly fond of zombie books. However, this book, with its wittiness and humour, action and scares, made me find zombie so tolerable that I'm going to start reading Rachel Higginson's Love and Decay series this weekend.

This book was a mashup of three of Rachel Higginson's books' couples:
  1. Ryder and Ivy~ Siren series
  2. Hendrix and Reagan~ Love and Decay series
  3. Kiran and Eden~ Starcrossed/Reckless Magic series
  4. There's also a bonus thing at the end, but it wasn't mentioned on Goodreads so I guess it's a surprise
Magic and Decay is written in a whopping 3 POVs...give or take ;)
Yes, this novel contains combined characters of books I've never read (I've only read the Siren Series and the first Reckless Magic book) but no, I did not feel lost. If anything, this cleverly crafted, convinced me 100 times to read Higginsons' other books.

It was a fun, action-packed light read that was brief but it one of my favorite mash ups. This mash-up novel was really, really fun and if you want a not too scary read for Halloween, then I suggest you buy this book now (links are above!)

Characters

Eden~ She was mature and so, so in love with Kiran that it made me jealous (same with Kiran). She had Magic and practically saved everyone's butts. HOWEVER, everyone else was significant in this novel.

Kiran~ He was funny and responsible and very much in love with Eden. I really enjoyed his sense of humour.

Ivy and Ryder~ Yay! My main book couple!! I enjoyed their cocky and fun and epic attitudes and they were in denial of their relationhsip!

{Psstt...Read my reviews for The Rush here and The Fall here}

Reagan and Hendrix~ Were so cute coz they're in denial of their...attraction. It was sweet and they were a laugh to read, as well,

And then we've got the zombies, that were oh, so gruesome. LOL

MY FAVOURITE QUOTES: 
  •   ''And the fact that I couldn't freaking catch a break.''
  • ''The last living Oracle isn't infallible. Sometimes she's tired and cranky and wants a cold Dr Pepper.''
  • ''That I want to be able to kiss you for the next thousand years instead of watching your face rot?''
  • ''I'm going to eviscerate the bastard when we get back''.
  • ''Wow. Was this her Angel? Not bad, Buffy, not bad.''
  • ''Maybe I didn't want the relationship Eden and Kiran had... I wasn't ready for anything like that. But I wanted that kind of people. I wanted to be completely comfortable in my own skin and know that I was in the exact place I was supposed to be in.''
  • ''But the odds did not seem to be in our favor. Oh, wait. Wrong series.
  • ''But then that light came and invaded every single piece of darkness''.
Lastly, I think I should make it clear as I was a tad confused with this, that Ryder and Ivy and Reagan and Hendrix were sent to Eden and Kiran's world..just an FYI.

If I haven't said this enough, I'll say it again: YOU NEED TO READ THIS EPIC BOOK. ;-)
★ ★ ★ ★ 4 stars

That's it from me. Hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful/useful.
Comment below letting me know your thoughts!
Byee!!

Friday, 24 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Goodreads summary:
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


GENRE: YA (Young Adult)
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster 
SOURCE: Bought, hardback
PAGE NUMBER: 392
RELEASE DATE: October 7th 2014

Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale all debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family. Twitter  Goodreads
I am sooo incredibly happy that I finally got my hands on this book. I have been waiting for this book for AGES! No joke- check out my 'Want-it Wednesday' post {BONUS: Becca Fitzpatrick favourited it on Twitter!! <3) 
I read Black Ice in 22 hours!!  (Yes, that includes reading it under my covers 'till 3am). This book was worth it.   It is really hard to review this book. Sorry! Ahh, it was a deliciously twisted set of words.  Like, there were twists everywhere with everyone. Sorry- maybe that was a spoiler.

The story follows Britt, a somewhat spoilt and somewhat stereotypical girl-who-falls-for-her-best-friends-brother-and-is-the-only-girl-in-the-fam. But I enjoyed the steretypes- I embraced them. She loves to camp...mainly because of her then boyfriend, Calvin's love for the woods. She slightly came off like the clingy type- it was even mentioned, but it was fine. I could live with that. Anyways, for spring break (I think-British, sorry, IDK this stuff) she goes with her best friend, Korbie camping...Korbie who also happens to be Calvin's sister. 

The friendship between Korbie and Britt was one of the two things that bugged me. Like at the beginning of the novel, they were friends. And then Britt reveals that Korbie and her are in competition with one another over practically everything. There's tension between them when they argue, but then Britt constantly asked about her when they were held captive or hostage (sorry, not sure about this particular terminology -_-)
But they'd know each other for ages, but they fought..IDK.

The other thing that bugged me was something that I will not reveal, as it is very spoiler-y. #sorrynotsorry ;)

One thing that I couldn't decide if I liked it or not was that Britt was constantly bringing up Calvin's name. HOWEVER, I've seen Once Upon A Time and The Vampire Diaries enough times to know that 'hope is the strongest magic of all' and 'hope is the only thing that keeps you going'. 

There were a few implications of sexism between male characters, but I totally understand this: It was thrown in to show that Britt has become her own independent person without leaning on the males in her life. 

Aside from the things above, everything else I really enjoyed. The plot was intriguing enough, and the author (Hush, Hush, anyone?) was/is epic,the cover!! &
then when I read it, I was continuusly surprised and freaked out and felt lovey-dovey then felt relieved then I ACTUALLY STARTED FEELING COLD. 
It's worth mentioning that I also enjoyed that the novel kicks right in with the action and climax. 
To elaborate, the descriptiveness of Becca Fitzpatrick's novel was stunning. Honestly, she has an amazing way with words. It was written in first person- Britt's POV. 

The epilogue...I can't....I won't. Too many feels. And then there's the mention of stars! You had me there, Becca! (Pssttt..if you follow me on Twitter, you'd know I love stars-read my bio)

Overall, this book was cool, I liked it. You soon get used to Britt's character. Truth be told, she wasn't all that bad. It was full of countless twists, which I loved. It was a truly phenomenal ride and I thank Becca Fitzpatrick for writing this book. Kudos.
Also, Becca, if you're reading this, you absolutely nailed writing a stand-alone book. The flashbacks, making us feel like we've known the characters forever... *applaud emoji*

It could even be the ideal Halloween book, who knows?

If you're interested in buying it, click on the link that suits you:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Waterstone's

Characters:
Britt Pheiffer~ She was a good protagonist. I enjoyed being in her shoes. 
Korbie Veersteg~ To be honest, Korbie annoyed me more than she made me laugh. She's sort of life the stereotypical Regina George..in a sense

Unfortunately, these are the only characters I'll be discussing due to me not helping myself when it comes to revealing spoilers. PROMISE: There are plenty of bad boys in this book. Eye candy, bad attitudes, good kissers...the whole package

MY FAVOURITE QUOTES:
  • “When was the last time you were kissed?" he went on easily. 
    "And I'm not talking about the dry, noncommittal, meaningless kiss you forget about as soon as it's over." I scrambled out of my stupor long enough to quip, "Like last night's kiss?" 
    He cocked an eyebrow. 
    "That so? I wonder, then, why you moaned my name after you drifted to sleep."
    "I did not!" 
  • "More tongue exercises? Would have thought you'd had enough last night."
    "Go to hell."
    "Sorry, love, but we're already there.”
  • “They say that when you're about to die, your life flashes before your eyes. They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it's twice as painful, because you're reliving two lives that traveled one road together.”
There were many many more!

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 stars

That's it from me. Hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful/useful.
Comment below letting me know your thoughts!
Byee!!

Reference for image used:
Book cover: http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1393621595l/16059938.jpg

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WANT-IT WEDNESDAY: The Weight of Destiny by Nyrae Dawn & EXCLUSIVE Q+A!!!!

The book I have chosen for 'Want-it Wednesday' this week is The Weight of Destiny by Nyrae Dawn. For those of you who don't know Nyrae, click here to view her Goodreads profile. 
Okay, so I chose this book for many reasons, one being the whole concept seems brilliantly epic and intriguing. Here's the official Goodreads summary and the (beautiful) cover:

When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost. 

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.


How brilliantly epic does that sound? And how brilliantly epic is that cover? Wowww!!! I know that I will definitely be swooning for Ryder 
Release date: November 18th 2014

Now onto the Q+A with the author, Nyrae Dawn!!
                             
Hello Nyrae Dawn! Thank you ever so much for participating in this Q+A. 

Thanks so much for having me!

1). Now, our names are similar..ish (Nylah, Nyrae?). What does your name mean? Do you associate yourself with the meaning?

I don't know what it means. If I'm being honest, I think my parents made it up. LOL. I do love it though. 

2). Tell me about the whole concept of The Weight of Destiny: What/who inspired you to write this novel? What's the story about?

Both characters feel like their destiny is set for them. Virginia is named after Virginia Woolf and she comes from writers in her family who have suffered from mental illness. She has a fear of being like them so she focuses on being perfect at everything. She fears her imagination, and letting loose. Ryder grew up the complete opposite. His father is a career criminal and he groomed Ryder to be like he is. Ryder feels like that's all he is. When they're together, they find a way to pretend their destiny doesn't exist. 

3a). What's Ryder's personality like? Did you swoon for him whilst writing about him? 

Ryder totally made me swoon. He's got a big heart but he's rough around the edges. He doesn't see how great he is. In reality, Ryder has a lot stacked against him. He has a lot to deal with. And he has piercings, which I love! 

b). Describe Virginia's personality.

Virginia is very focused on school and doing the "right" thing. She already has college plans and does her homework when she needs to clear her head. This is a story of opposites attract. 


5). Is this novel written in dual POVs? If not, what writing style is used?

It is. It alternates between Virginia and Ryder and it's told in first person. 

6). Lastly, the cover is absolutely breath-taking! Seriously..and that cover model...
Did you have any input? And do you feel like it represents the story?

Oh yeah. I had all the say in this cover since it's self published. My cover artist (X-Potion Designs) and I worked REALLY hard on it. We had multiple different designs some with people and some without. My friends probably got tired of looking at covers but this one is perfect! 

**That would've been the last question, but I asked Nyrae an additional one:

7). Can you tell me about the other 'Misfit' characters? What's in store for them in this novel and will they get their own novel?

My "Misfits" are Ryder (book one), Shane, Drea, Cody and Tanner. They're a group of five friends who are kind of the "wrong side of the tracks" characters. They're a very close group of friends who would do anything for each other. They will each have their story told :)

Thank you so much, Nyrae Dawn! :) 

So that's it for this post- I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. I sure did! Thank you again to Nyrae Dawn for participating :)

Don't forget The Weight of Destiny is out on November 18th- To preorder it on Kindle, click here

Also, to keep you going 'til then, go on Nyrae Dawn's blog to read excerpts/teasers 

Comment below telling me what you are looking most forward to! Also, follow me on Twitter ;)

Bye!!

Monday, 20 October 2014

About & Policies/Requests

I'm not sure whether this post is supposed to be about me or my blog. So I'll discuss both.

Me I am a sixteen year old girl from England, UK named Nylah and I am obsessed with books- reading them, smelling them and now reviewing them
A few facts about me are:
1). I got an A in English (A* in Reading) ;-)
2). I cracked/broke my elbow when I was five..ish, I can't really remember- but have the scars
3). I fall for the male characters in books 99.9999% of the time
4). I survived high school and am now majoring in Bio and Chem and Physics and Psychology #ScienceGeek
5). I have a pretty cool sense of humour and try to project that in my posts without coming off as a try-hard
6). Contrary to my kick-a*s sense of humour, I'm actually pretty closed off at school. But when I open up, I never shut up (overall, I'm a quite little wallflower)
7). Speaking of little, I'm 5'4
8).  My family and friends know I have a blog but they've never visited it/know what the URL or even name is. This isn't due to embarrassment or anything, but because this is a part of me that I want to keep private and share with you :)
9). I like to Google really weird things before I go to bed (e.g. signs of paranormal activity in pictures, sightings of UFOs and theories. Love me some odd theories) just to freak myself out. Also, I cannot and will never see a scary movie
10). I'm open to read fanfiction, but I'm not open about reading fanfic. It's not even because of the sauciness or anything, I guess it's just because of that stereotype ._.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me. Now, I tag YOU to reveal 10 or less facts about yourself in the comments!

To see how I started reviewing, visit the FAQ page 


Blog This blog involves posts about books (covers, reveals, release-day-blitz), reviews and just general book talk. LOL. Sorry so awkward -_-
I enjoy reviewing and hope you enjoy reading my reviews ;)
In my reviews,  I include a little weird intro, the Goodreads summary of the book including the cover, my views, the characters and my thoughts on them, my favourite quotes and questions for you guys to answer in the comments or think about in all of my reviews! 

Policies:


PLEASE NOTE: I am not a professional reviewer of books, nor do I pose to be. It's simply a passion. I enjoy giving readers my view on books, and hope they find my reviews useful and helpful with a bit of attempted humour in them :-/


  • I will accept ARCs, preferably only Young Adult books, though                     
  • Email me if you want me to review an ARC, with the subject 'ARC'
  • I use NetGalley to recieve ARCs but you can still provide me with them.
  • Unless I'm really busy, I will usually have the review for the ARC up within a week
  • Unless I'm really busy, I will usually have the review of the requested book within a week
  • Although I haven't read all genres of YA (like crime or horror), I am and will be open to reading them. Therefore, if you want to request a book for me to read and review, CLICK HERE to fill in a form
  • I do not read New Adult books, as I am only sixteen years of age (they tend to be 17+)
  • HOWEVER, I do participate in New Adult cover reveals.
  • Also, I'm subscribed to InkSlingerPR and Entangled Publishing and a few others, so will probably most likely participate in their tours and reveals and events, etc.
  • I pretty much enjoy any book
  • I prefer reading actual physical books (hardbacks and paperbacks), but I will not not read an ebook. A book's a book...
  • I would be more than happy to have a guest blogger join me for a post or two! Email me if you're interested, with the subject 'Guest Blogger' (Please include your name, blog URL, Twitter/Facebook links and ideas about your post)
  • As of now, I will not be conducting any giveaways and have no immediate plans, either. *As of now, this is only true to an extend..I've conducted two giveaways. 
I host giveaways for authors, so feel free to email me with the subject 'Giveaway' if you want me to host it. 
  • I am more than willing to participate in a Q+A with authors! (I've already done a few- check them out). If you're interested, email me with the subject 'Q+A' and please mention your name
  • I'd be happy to participate in a book tour but as of now, I am not hosting any.
  • I will accept swag- Email me with the subject 'Swag'

Want-It Wednesdays

'Want-It Wednesdays' are a weekly post that involves me giving readers information about a book that I am hyped up to get, that has not yet been released.

I try to do them every Wednesday, but I cannot guarantee that I will post one every Wednesday. This could be because of school work or there being no book that I can find.

Here is my first 'Want-It Wednesday' post: Black Ice

Specials

Q+As

I try to do as many Q+A blog posts as possible. Currently, I've done three
To see my Q+A with Katie McGarry, click here 
To see my Q+A with Bethany Griffin, click here
To see my Q+A with Nyrae Dawn, click here

Question+Answer posts take time, but when I conduct them, I will ask you guys if there's any questions you want answered with the author.

They're basically where I ask an author questions book related and when they have a new book coming out.

'Want-it Wednesdays'

'Want-It Wednesdays' are a weekly post that involves me giving readers information about a book that I am hyped up to get, that has not yet been released.

I try to do them every Wednesday, but I cannot guarantee that I will post one every Wednesday. This could be because of school work or there being no book that I can find.

Here is my first 'Want-It Wednesday' post: Black Ice

Cover Reveals

I am part of the private Facebook group, entitled 'Reckless Rebels' run by Catarina ReadingandThings and author, Rachel Higginson.

Rachel Higginson is a phenomenal author, and she wrote series like, the Starbright Series, Love and Decay, the Siren series and the Star-Crossed series.

I will definitely reveal her covers and the blurbs and will try to reveal the covers of other authors' books.

My first ever cover reveal post was a few days ago- to read it, click here

Good news! I joined Nyrae Dawn's Book Friends group on Facebook. And there's tons of fun things there, like teasers and reveals.

Nyrae Dawn is one of my new favourite authors (new to me, not the writing world). On my blog, she's known for writing The Weight of Destiny but  I'm going to be buying and reviewing some of her other books soon!

Also, I'm signed up to InkSlingerPR and Entangled Publishing and Virtual Book Tours and Lady Amber's Book Tours, so I'll definitely participate in as many events for them as I can.

FAQ

So here are a bunch of questions that are frequently asked. I'm only joking/being modest- they've not been yet but I know when I read FAQs I enjoy these type of questions.
 If what you're looking for is not here, feel free to contact me in a method that suits you (links are up under the 'Contact Me' tab above)

Who are you?
I am a sixteen year old girl from England, UK named Nylah and I am obsessed with books- reading them, smelling them and now reviewing them ;)

Name three facts about yourself
1). I got an A in English (A* in Reading) ;-)
2). I cracked/broke my elbow when I was five..ish, I can't really remember- but have the scars
3). I fall for the male characters in books 99.9999% of the time

What do you do on this blog?
Well, I read books (typically one at a time, but I've read multiple simultaneously before) and then review them. I include the Goodreads summary of the book, my views, the characters and my thoughts on them, my favorite quotes and questions for you guys to answer or think about in all of my reviews! I also host tours, cover reveals, release day blitz and all that stuff.

How did you get started?
I love this question. Book reviewing for me started out in the summer holidays (hence the name 'SunshineSunscreenandaBook'). I wasn't bored per se, I just had a huge pile of books that I had read (for pleasure- not school) and thought that I wanted people to hear my views on these books. Not that my view matters at all, I've just grown to love blogging in the few months that I've done it. And I'd read tonnes of books before and gradually add them when I can.
Anyways, as soon as school started again, I thought I'd stop and did so for about a week, Then, regardless of how demanding school was/is, I decided to keep reviewing books to stay content and the rest is history.

Do you review a certain genre only?
Not really- I read/review anything from contemporary to fantasy to sci-fi. However, as of now, since I am only 16, I only read and review Young Adult books. (They are typically 17 years of age onwards).

Are you interested in allowing other bloggers or aspiring bloggers to join you on this blog?
Yes! I definitely would take on bloggers for this blog. If you're interested, please email me at autumnreadsbookblog@gmail.com with 'Additional blogger' in the subject line. Thanks! I'm looking forward to having some recruits ;)

What does your blog name and URL name mean?
As previously mentioned above, I made this blog in the summer holidays and so the URL name 'sunshinesunscreenandabook' is basically all the essentials I need to go to the beach- sunshine, sunscreen and a book. Until Autumn started, it was named 'Summer Reads' and now it's called 'Autumn Reads' and hopefully the name-and design/colour scheme- will change in regards to the season. Very unoriginal, I know but I couldn't think of anything.
So, yeah that's it.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Heir of Skies (previously entitled 'Starbright') by Rachel Higginson

Goodreads summary: 
Stella is a Star, sent by a Council of Elders to live on Earth and protect the planet from the Darkness, a terrifying evil that would suck the good from every living thing and leave the planet empty and desolate. She has until her twenty-fifth birthday before the Protectorship becomes hers and Earth is left solely her responsibility. Stella’s fate goes on fast forward as she struggles to balance the rest of high school with the duties of protecting humanity from the deadliest kind of evil. With her parents and Seth, the boy intended to be her Counterpart, by her side she faces down demons and fallen angels in an effort to protect the last inhabited planet in the universe. But evil is not her only enemy. She also fights her future as she tries to decide if she’s willing to give up her human relationships, especially that of her best friend Tristan, in order to save humanity.

This book was previously named 'Starbright'
GENRE: YA (Young Adult)
AUTHOR: Rachel Higginson
PUBLISHER: Createspace
SOURCE: Gift from author (!!!), e-book (Kindle)
PAGE NUMBER: 244
RELEASE DATE: September 16th 2012
  
Firstly, thank you sooo much to Rachel Higginson, the author, was gifting this book to me! I truly enjoyed it and am proud to be a Reckless Rebel :)

It took me a teeny while to get into this book, as the events started straight away. But that was a good thing.

As those of your who follow me on Twitter (<-- follow, follow, follow) are aware: I am obsessed with the stars and everything that comes with them. That's actually one of the reasons I chose this book when Ms Rachel Higginson asked me what book I wanted. (She's like Santa Claus- gifting me books. Love you, Rachel). Anyways, I was particularly pleased with the whole concept of stars and angels and light and darkness. One of my fave, standout-ish and philosophical (to me, at least) quotes is: ''Where the Light could not and did not tough there was Darkness''.  
(Side note/boring part revolving me: THIS QUOTE NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO ME ALREADY! ''Comfortable silence fell between us and the rest of our time was spent watching the Stars overhead'' 

So this book follows Stella who is a Star sent to Earth to one day save it and avenge it, etc. One thing I enjoyed from this book was that our female protagonist- still with a great deal of power- actually had parents. Like every book I read involves parent-less characters. Not that there's anything wrong with that- it's just that I, as a reader, feel content when I read the parents' input and guidance to the character. It warms my heart, what can I say? 
*I hope I didn't offend anyone

Yeah, so Stella is a (not so) regular teenage high schooler, who's gorgeous, popular-in-the-not-so-vain-and-it-girl-way and athletically blessed. She's is also BFFs with the oh, so hot, Tristan. He is her bestie since forever and is the only human who knows her secret. In rides the other oh, so hot male protagonist: Seth. He is Stella's Warrior and destined partner in crime/saviour/husband. (I'm gonna discuss the characters individually below).

As you can guess, yes there is a love triangle. And, granted, Twilight and maybe The Vampire Diaries have taken all the fun out of love triangles, but I promise you this will revive your broken views on love triangles. 
Another plus: I never at all thought the love triangle was forced. Why? Because Tristan and Stella have know each other for ages, and, as Stella's mother says, Tristan had never felt any competition until Seth. That's why and how the love triangle forms. It's because Tristan never felt the need to mark his territory. But LOL the not-so-friendly banter between Seth and Tristan is EPIC. *heart eyes*

The writing styles was in Stella's POV. And OMG let me just take this moment to say: Stella Day is *the best* female protagonist ever!! Like, seriously. She's sassy, feminine, tom-boyie (?) and just downright epic. She's an absolute laugh. I love her. It was a wonderful feeling to read the novel in her POV (Side note: Ms Higginson, a novel or two in Tristan's and Seth's POV would be a good idea. Just sayin')
I really, really, really enjoyed Stella's character. She rules. 

One thing that bothered me a little bit too much to the point where it freaked me out a tad, was the overly close friendship between Stella and Tristan. IDK, they seemed to be crossing the thin line between friendship and a relationship a few times. But they're like bro and sis, but IDK...

To conclude on the 'My views' section: Stella, Seth and Tristan are epic protagonists and you should definitely, definitely, definitely buy the book. 
HOWEVER, I feel the need to say that the fight scene at the end was dragging on a little bit, but I knew it was of great significance. 

Characters:

Stella~ As previously mentioned, I love love LOVE this character. She's sassy, she's funny, she's cool, and more importantly, she's a strong independent warrior of a female protagonist. 

Seth~ Seth is one of the three points of the triangle of love. In this, he is essentially the 'good boy'. However, probs to Higginson, he isn't too goody-goody. He has a cheeky, dark side (SPOILER ALERT? He almosts beats Stella up during training for an..indiscretion) 
But he was loveable and cute and reminded me of those surfer boys..minus the blue eyes

Tristan~ Although it took me a while to work this out, Tristan is the 'bad boy' in this love triangle. But he also has/shows/feels compassion and emotion..and projects it in a dark, sexy, aggressive way :P I really enjoyed his friendship with Stella.

Jupiter~ Ha, Jupiter made me giggle a lot. He is the grumpy, old mentor that is so stoic and serious he's funny! I loved him and especially loved him bossing Stella-and everyone for that matter- about.

Stella's parents~ They were cute and stern yet caring and showed quite a few displays of affection. Which was cute..and Stella asked herself if  her and Seth would have a relationship like that. <3

Piper~ Piper is Stella's female, human BFF that is unaware of her secret. Usually, I feel like there is no point of these..tertiary high school friend characters, as they just seem there and have no significance. But Piper was bubbly and fun. However, I feel like parts with her in were quite long, and there were less appearances of her.

Stella's other human friends~ They were funny, and, including Piper, added humanity and less stress to Stella's life, Rigley annoyed me a bit, though. 

Aliah~ Aliah is our villian who is the typical downright evil yet good looking. He's that type. He is with (or in, IDK how to word this) the Darkness. And is mean -_-

Seven~ Seth's sister with a rather unusual name. I won't reveal anything about her other than that because it may ruin things.

My favourite STELLA DAY quotes:
I feel the need to mention that I went a little bit OTT when highlighting my fave quotes on my Kindle. LOL. 

  • ''Mead High School wasn't going to know what hit it when that boy walked through the doors'
  • ''I was so not going to be responsible for the fall of mankind because I couldn't keep my adolescent hormones under control, aka keep from ogling the man candy that invaded my house and my life''
  • ''I could probably handle it. Just as long as I stayed far away from those abs''
  • ''''Staying here is only going to continue to put Stella and Seth in danger, They are...they are...what is that phrase...they are standing turkeys until we do something''   ''Ducks'', my mother offered sweetly. ''Sitting sucks.'''' Oh, Jupiter!!
  • ''I noticed Seth reaching down to pull sweatpants over his bare calves and thighs and oh, dear lord... boxer briefs.''
★ ★ ★ ★ 4.5 stars
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Questions:
☻ Did you enjoy the love triangle?
☻ Are you Team Seth or Team Tristan?






BONUS: Check out how gorgeous the cover is for the next book, Heir of Darkness


Wowee!! How gorgeous is this?! 
*Note: This is NOT a cover reveal, just me admiring the cover.









Okay, I'm done now. Bye! :-)