Saturday, 29 November 2014

SAMPLE SATURDAY: Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

Celebrities. Whether they're actors, reality TV stars or YouTube stars, if they want to write a book, they'll (co)write a book. There's two types: The ones who attempt to be the next JK Rowling with some fiction or the ones that write about their lives. (Which one do you prefer? Comment below!)

So 'Sample Saturday' is a new segment on my blog where I sort of review book samples. Coz let's face it: book samples are everything. They are really handy to help us decided whether or not to purchase a book. 


As you can see from the title of this post, I am going to talk about Bella Thorne's debut novel, Autumn Falls and Zoella's new novel, Girl Online. 

Before I begin, I'm gonna mention three things:
1). I have been anticipating both books for a while
2). I am fond of both of these celebrities/authors (so zero bias)
3). This is not a review per se, just what I thought about the samples and whether or not I will carry on reading/purchase them. 


Autumn Reads by Bella Thorne

Goodreads summary: 
Teen icon Bella Thorne's debut novel!

Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.
 
With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake. 
 
When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way,  is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?

"You'll be obsessed with Autumn Falls. It has basically everything you could ever want: a lovable klutz for a main character, a total heartthrob, and just a touch of magic."--Seventeen


I immediately enjoyed the first few chapters of Autumn Falls. It was fun, light, relatable and genuinely well written. It followed fifteen year old Autumn and how she adapts to a new school after her father's death. It's a non-paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy book that I enjoyed. I am anxious to see how this novel is resolved, as well as the protagonist's adventures along the way. 
So I will definitely purchase this book soon.


Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (A.K.A. Zoella)

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
 


This sample left me with multiple emotions. But the main one was frustration as I couldn't really get in with the characters and content. As hard as I tried, I just couldn't. But Sugg's characters (from the sample) were totally relatable to me personally (anxiety and doing what you love online under another name). I really wanted to love this- I mean an American called Noah sounded epic! 
Maybe I'll try to delve into this another day, but for now, I can't. 

Right! That's it from me. I hope this post was helpful. Let me know below or on Twitter or Goodreads or email what you want me to do next. Shall I sample review Kendall and Kylie Jenner's book? Or do you want an author interview? Maybe talk about hot cover models?

Thanks for visiting!!!
Bye, see you soon!
XoXo, Nylah

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Routine

Hello everyone!
As always, thanks for visiting and hope you're well :)
So if you're a regular on this blog (or just scrolling through my posts) you would notice that I seem to post reviews only on Sundays. Now, although this was originally unintentional, I have decided to stick to this routine. 
Long story short:
Sundays= BOOK REVIEWS
Wednesdays= WANT IT WEDNESDAY
If I receive ARCs, they might not necessarily be posted on a Sunday. 
Also, if I have anything to say or have free time, I will post whenever possible. 

> Usually a very unorganized person, I'm happy with this routine that I have now transfixed but the real reason I wrote this post was because of school. -_-

So bye =D
And check back here on the days above or whenever you can be asked. 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Weight of Destiny by Nyrae Dawn + EXCLUSIVE TEASER!!!!

Goodreads summary: 
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.
 


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GENRE: YA (Young Adult)
AUTHOR: Nyrae Dawn
SOURCE: Bought, ebook, Kindle
RELEASE DATE: November 18th 2014

                                                                    About the author
I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction. 
I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me. 
I live in Southern California with my husband and two children

Check out her website • Twitter • Facebook 

'The Weight of Destiny' was a highly anticipated book on my 'TBR' list- I even mentioned it in a 'Want-It Wednesday & Q+A' post with Nyrae Dawn. So I am madly, deeply in love with this book- probably even more than how much Ryder and Virginia love each other (if that's even possible). I'm having Withdrawal Symptoms as I write this -_-
Also, how amazingly hot and awesome is the cover? That model ♡_♡ The cover represented everything, and I am happy to admit that it is in my top three of favourite book covers (POST COMING SOON)

Nyrae Dawn is a phenomenal author and I shamefully have not read any of her other works. I'm definitely going to read her other books. 
This amazing novel was written in dual POVs (Ryder's and Virginia's) and can I just say that the writing was on point. Something that was different but I enjoyed nonetheless was that Dawn included some poems that our protagonist, Virginia wrote. Here's one of my faves: 
'There once was a girl named Destiny. She was the fastest runner in the world. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't outrun who she was. Then she met a boy. He said his name was also Destiny, and for the first time in her life, she didn't feel like she was running alone.'

I really enjoyed this book. Anyways, the story follows our two very different protagonists, Virginia and Ryder. You know the drill: Virginia is the girl with the good grades and big house whilst Ryder is the misfit who drinks and doesn't think he fits in'. Ahh, it's so much more than that
They meet on the beach which is by far the best way to meet. Only, there's complications. And then there's trouble in paradise and they fight (all the best people do) and then Ryder does two heroic things to save Virginia. 
THIS BOOK WAS SO EPIC!

I cannot stress how much I loved this book. What I can do, however, is thank Nyrae Dawn for creating this beautiful world and I feel privileged to be able to be in the shoes of Ryder and Virginia. There were ups and downs, highs and lows, and tons of romance ;)

Right! Before I get emotional, let's resume with this review :-)

Characters
Virginia Lulu Nichols~ The amazing, cool, fearless, brave, conflicted, best female protagonist ever. I love/d her. She's totally relatable. And her boyfriend is Ryder
Ryder Blackstock~ My new book boyfriend! Man, I love this guy to the moon and back. He's funny and epic and cool. He's not broken, just bent. And Virginia doesn't put him back to normal; she helps him.
Cody and Tanner~ Argh they were soo cute! I look forward to read this story (anyone know when it comes out?) And it's good of Nyrae to create such diverse characters- with flaws, different sexual orientations, different skin colours and different problems.
Shane~ Shane was cool. He was Ryder's BFF and always there for him when he needed him.
Drea~ Drea's the only girl of the Misfit crew and she keeps to herself a bit. Also, her and Ryder used to hook up 'just for fun' before Virginia and this obviously causes problems. So there's a slight love triangle. Slight. 
Luke~ Luke, I love you! I wanted to punch Ryder's arm for being cold but kinda totally got why he acted the way he did. However, I immensely enjoyed the patched up brother relationship between Luke and Ryder. 
Virginia's parents~ Virginia's mother suffers from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and it really opened my eyes that something like this is actually real. Nyrae explains at the end in a letter that her family friend had it and it's a barrier between Virginia's relationship with her mother. But, like always, everything is not what it seems. 
Her dad is sweet and humble and always there for her. 

MY FAVOURITE QUOTES: 
I'm just gonna come out with it- I was highlighting the living daylights out of this book on my Kindle and so it was hard to pick my faves. But here are some:
  • 'In other words, things I can actually use. Not algebra.'
  • 'It's so big out here, it's easy to get lost. To pretend things aren't going to fall apart again'
  • 'Tonight, I think she might be the loneliest girl in the world
  • 'Fear grips my throat like an old, scarred, gnarled hand'.
  • 'I don't know, sticks in my head like peanut butter to the roof of my mouth...Guilt washes the peanut butter away and takes its place'
  • 'It was one thing to see my house at night, but another in the daytime'
  • ''Fine. Whatever. Have a good life, future business leader of America''.
  • 'Just stop, I tell myself. I am in control of what I feel. I always will be.'
  • 'A door slams in my brain, closing those thoughts down before they can grow wings and take flight'.
  • 'The need to be alone became a magnet'.
  • 'Yes, there's a bat under the blanket next to me. There's nothing wrong with being a smart girl, even when I am moping on a beach at night. 
  • '...while at the same time as though he's slipping on a mask'.
  • ''I won't lose myself so deeply in fiction that I can't handle the real world'
  • 'There's a quiet whisper, deep in the darkest parts of me''.
  • 'So many things dance in her eyes, some out in the open, others hiding.'
  • ''Virginia''. He kisses the corner of my mouth. ''You''. His lips find my neck next. ''Stopped''. They slide down and land on the hollow spot behind my ear. ''Kissing''.
  • 'I'm not the girl who gets lost in her head'.
  • 'I see something in her that's lost'
  • 'Life is full of uncertainty. All you have to do is keep going'.
So that's it from me. Comment below, letting me know your views. 
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★ ★ ★  ★ 5.5/5 stars :P
Questions
☻ Who's story are you looking forward to reading next?
☻Isn't Nyrae epic?
☻Do you love Ryder to the moon and back as well?
☻Do you believe in destiny?

BONUS --> There's a particular scene/chapter where the song, 'Out of the Woods' by Taylor Swift was in my head. Tell me (via the comments or Twitter or Facebook) if you felt that song, or if another song played in your head in any particular scene from The Weight of Destiny 

Teaser!!!  
Here's the Amazon link again! 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Goodreads summary:

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.
Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him. 





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GENRE: YA (Young Adult), upper YA- maybe 16+
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Special Releases
SOURCE: Free, ebook, Kindle
PAGE NUMBER: 84
RELEASE DATE: April 1st 2014

Phew. What to say about this book. What. To. Say.
In a word, I ♡ this teeny novella to Pluto and back. Why? Read on!
So the story follows Stella and Jonah- two sides of the lurrrvvveee magnet ;) Stella enjoys hanging out at cemetries and Jonah only hangs out their due to guilt (but later, Stella is his reason to hang there). Guilt about an accident that he was involved in.

Curios about the title? Here's the meaning:...
''Sure sign of rain. Plus the sky was red this morning''.
''So?''
''Red at night, sailor's delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning''.

Stella is a cool, spunky, purple-haired eighteen year old who lives with Joss, her dad's (almost ex) girlfriend. Side note: It's actually unclear as to what Joss does for a living. However, I've guessed and concluded in my mind, which is something I enjoyed.
Anyways, Stella is sort of out of place in school and also life. See, she's bullied at school by Mr Popular|| Cooper(guess who's bestie he is) and is broken. How? Heartbreaking quote-> 'It has a bed' she says about Jonah's room. *cue the tears*. Brb, I'll be in bed, being thankful for it. Her dad always leaves, she feels content at cemeteries and is a loner.

Speaking of thankful, the reason this novel was written is to celebrate inspirational women. The inspirational women celebrated in Red at Night is a lady called Nikki Berti. She's a founder of an organisation entitled Goodie Two Shoes and it gives unfortunate children proper shoes that fit, are comfortable, pretty, etc. What was inspiring apart from Ms Berti's organisation was the way Katie McGarry wrote it in to the storyline of this novel. We got the whole lowdown and it made me feel humble at the visual description Katie gave of kids being happy over shoes.
~ To check out Nikki and her work, click here and here
Moreover, the novel is written in dual POVS (Stella's and Jonah's) and I love, love, loved it soo much. The concepts and issues that Katie brings ashore are imperfectly described because they imperfectly happen in real life! I love Katie, as her books are the real deal. They aren't fantasies, but the love stories are.

Characters
Stella~ Stella is a really cool and fun female protagonist. I loved being in her world and her struggles are horrible and yet she maintains her awesome personality. She's kinda secluded, and thinks she's best that way. Until Jonah...

Jonah~Jonah's in the popular crew- who also bully Stella. He is the typical rich guy, with the rich parents, fancy house and little sister that's truly madly and deeply in love with his best friend. He has his demons, aside from the above. He was involved in a car accident wherein a man died and he blames himself for it. However, his mother portrays his publicly as a hero, and that'a what he's seen as to everyone else.

Joss~ Joss was sweet and broken and used. I felt sorry for her. She was a nice mother figure for Stella.

Cooper~ Cooper is horrible and two-faced! He isn't the friend Jonah thinks he is

MY FAVOURITE QUOTES
  • ''Come here'' ''Why?'' I shrug, ''Because if you don't you're going to go home and be ticked because you should have''.
  • ''Do you make everything complicated or is it just with strangers in cemeteries?''
  • ''It's a tiny place that's five code violations beyond being condemned.''
  • ''Hope is a deadly snake with fangs of poison.''
  • ''...but the moment we try to break out of the water they'll shove us down into the mud.''
  • ''No, not pessimistic. Realistic.''
  • ''Crap- two exes skulk along the periphery.''
  • ''More belongs in the realm of fantasy.''
  • ''There's hurt in his blue eyes, but there's also this sweet hope.''
  • ''Anything that's good, anything that's right, it either explodes or it fades and either way I'm left with nothing.''
  • ''Love is dangerous. It's just as bad as hope.''
  • ''What if there's another way to reach my dreams while still being realistic?'
Aaannnddd I'll stop there with the quotes. Did I go overboard? (Pretty sure that was a pun) :D

Overall, I love/d this book. A lot. I suggest you buy it and keep it forever on your Kindle or e-reader or whatever. BONUS: It's FREE on Amazon. So, yeahh. 

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 stars

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Byee!!!

Monday, 3 November 2014

A Pointless Blogpost (#1)

Books I Need To Read But Haven't Had The Time To

Whether it's buying them or just simply not having enough time in my hectic life (LOL).
I actually feel kinda sorta bad for writing this post, but this blog is kinda sorta my diary for book-related things (unless you want me to discuss other things. i.e. the complexities of the opposite sex, films, TV shows, fictional characters and why the should/will rule the world. Comment below!)

So yeah this is kinda sorta supposed to open my eyes and tell me to get my act together and read these books. I mean, I feel the need to emphasis this (so I will with font, colour and size) ;)

These books have been unread for personal reasons NOT because they are rubbish or not interesting.

Without further ado, we shall begin =D (Side question, that face <-- does it remind anyone else of Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants??)

  1. Take Me On by Katie Mcgarry If you are a regular on this blog (I heart you to Pluto and back!), you will know that I am- forever and always- obsessed with all things Katie McGarry. Want proof?
    And here
    Then here
    Lastly, here
    But because I attend this weird thing called 'School' and my courses/classes are these weird things called 'A Levels' (#BritishBookBlogger =)) I have not had the time to buy nor read this baby. And I want to! Like mad!!!
    One day, I will, I swear.
  2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #2 by Michelle Hodkin Apologies for not writing the actual name- I have forgotten it. Whoops. Hmm, I actually have no highly valid reason as to why I haven't read this, other than the fact that Mara Dyer #1 was a teeny tiny bit difficult for me to grasp, but I did enjoy it  And I hear #3 is coming out soon? Damn, I better be quick!
  3. Everneath #2 by Brodi Ashton Clearly I am going sloppy but, prepare for a plot twist (!), I haven't really researched this book either. HOWEVER, I intensely enjoyed it. And therefore a review will be up shortly.But I seriously need to make a commitment to this series.             *Cue the part wherein I play freaky music, everything turns B&W and I tell an irrelevant but slightly relevant anecdote*                                                                                                                                    Sooo, confession: There are some book series that I can't commit to. And yes, I used the term 'commit' to describe books, as if it's a relationship because yes, I think of them as that...kinda, So, to name and shame, the Beautiful Creatures series and this one, and the Mara Dyer series are some of the series I've...abandoned, Don't hate me. I plan to resolve this minorly major glitch ASAP. 
  4. Teardrop by Lauren Kate I loved, loved, loved the Fallen series by this chick, In fact, anecdote again, this series-the second book, to be exact- was the reason I read books for pleasure. *Suddenly getting teary-eyed* Also, although I have read the series numerous times, the only review up SO FAR is of the first one, #SOMANYBOOKSSOLITTLETIME
I am going to stop there, before I hate myself even more- not only have I realised that I am a sloppy reader, but it turns out I am a sloppy reviewer. Soo...yeah. 
This post did have purpose, after all! 

Overall, with regards to the fact that I only came up with this blog on the spot and this conclusion as I am typing it, I blame school for all of my unread books. But I plan on gaining some free time to delve into my worlds. BOOKS KEEP ME SANE, Y'ALL! 

I hope you enjoyed this, if you didn't- please check back next time for something bookly useful. It'll be worthwhile, I swear.
If you did enjoy this, THANK YOU I LOVE YOU

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