Thursday, 17 December 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

18 days; that's how long I haven't written a blog post. I hadn't realised it had been that long! My reasoning is that...the Universe has been battering me left, right and center. I'd like to think it's to make me into a warrior (Imagine: me, Nylah the Warrior of the Universe).

I'm sorry- I've suddenly lapsed into the Marvel Universe. 
Right, hello there! Nylah here and I hope you're having a good one :)

Today it is my utmost honour (and birthright) to review Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick!
20909906A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

GENRE: Romance, Thriller, Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult (YA)
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
SOURCE: Bought,ebook
RELEASE DATE: November 10th 2015

I'm just gonna jump right in here: I loved this book. Hell, I love it even more than my pet goldfish. It's just...ahhhh...

Ok, I'm gonna try and piece together my loss of jumbled words. Rightyo, so we have Stella, the ultimate badass with demons that is part of the Witness Protection for being involved in witnessing a murder. She left a guy behind and (get this) met another. Ooohhh. Yep, you guessed the stereotypical city-girl-goes-to-the-country. But it's way more than that.

So the novel was written in past tense, first person: Stella's POV. Let me just say it now: Becca Fitzpatrick, it was a complete priveledge to be in E/Stella's cowboy boots. She was a hoot and a half. She came across a little bit..ungrateful but then came around.

What I loved about this novel was the general events. It was not too far-fetched in terms of relatability and the scenes were set with in-depth words, but not solidly done, allowing the reader to have their own space to visualize what they wanted.
Oh, and the Hush Hush and Black Ice references were gold.

I think I endured through most of the stereotypes of the novel; Idk but stereotypes really grind my gears. But these felt natural. One thing I wasn't too keen on was that Chet (my new book boyfriend) practically always saved our otherwise badass heroine. Ain't nobody got time for knights in shining armour. Also, @ Becca Fitzpatrick WHAT HAPPENED TO DUSTY & INNY AND REED?!?!?! I neeed to now, pls make spinoffs PLEASE 

Overall, this book was amazing. It was the escape I really needed (and totally worth the eye strain afterwards). I would definitely recommend this to anyone with a beating heart and a wild imagination. 
★ ★ ★ ★  4.5 stars!!
Long story short...
Would I read it again?
Would I recommend it?
Definitely :)
Would I be caught wandering (and being saved by the book guy) in this world in my dreams? 
Chet is making me annoyed because I don't have him in my life! Regardless, I'm smitten

(AKA, My favourite part of reviewing)
 In chronological order..
  •  'We were often ships passing in the night.'
  • 'I'd spend the next three months doing what I had to, and then I was out of here.'
  • ..'relieved when light immeditely chased away the darkness.'
  • 'I blew out some air. Time to be patient. A virtue I'd never loved, much less embraced.'
  • ''If I give you the keys, are you going to slit my throat with them and dump my body in the alley?'' ''Wouldn't be smart to tell you if I was''.
  • 'But if the bike got me out of the house, it was as good as a Porsche in my eyes.'
  • Chet clapped me on the shoulder. ''First step's the hardest, kid.''
  • ''She's built up quite a few fences, as you might have guessed/ Figures it's easier to hold the world at a distance than open herself up to ridicule''
  • 'A constellation of acne'
  • He shrugged. ''I appreciate that. It gets easier over time. Maybe not easier. Just more tolerable..''
  • 'I wasn't the kind of girl who let a guy slip easily under my skin. I was in control here, dammit.'
  • 'I felt shattered, adn I needed to collect the pieces and pull myself together'.
  • 'He sat there looking frustrated and vulnerable, cutting himself for a girl who didn't exist.'
  •  'The secrets I'd been running from had finally caught up with me'.
  • 'Feels wrong to encourage a relationship with no hope of catching wind in its sails.'
  • '..She turned me by the shoulders to face the door. ''Then go give 'em hell.'''
  • 'As we stepped out, I marveled at how dark it was behind us. And how brightly the stars shone overhead. They glittered like radiant, polished gems.' 
  • ..'because it's easier to slap on a band-aid than to open a wound and clean it out.'
  • 'Chet was right- it was impossible not to play what if.'
  •  ''Has she really dug a hole so deep that there's no hope of ever climbing out?''
  • ''..and then when you turned me away, well, I had a long way to fall.''
  • ''Have you talked to anyone about the nightmares? I've heard you cry out more than once''. ''No. I live with them.''
  • ''Getting it out hurts, but it's better than holding on to the poison.''
  • ''Get it all out. Tell me, then let it go.''
  • ''You're in a good mood.'' ''Agree to come with me, and make it even better.''
  • 'I thought of my secrets, trapped there, dashing themselves like wild birds to get out.'
  • Chin up, be brave.
  • 'A secret wish you kept inside, because it didn't belong in the real world.'
  • ''...but she's walking close to the fire as she can without getting burned-'' 
  • The drag of the tide released me
 I MUST STOP NOW, I'VE PRACTICALLY INCLUDED THE WHOLE BOOK (Joke, that was a joke. @ Simon & Schuster don't sue me lol)

Right! That's it from me. I shall see you next time!
Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address (why not? #GoBigOrGoHome)

Byeee!! Love you lots and stay beautiful and bookish! Xoxo

Sunday, 29 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Gray by Pete Wentz

Hello. In case you don't check my Twitter, you know that I'm a huuuugggeee band junkie (as in fan, not...anything else). Anyways, I love Fall Out Boy and I also love books, so when I found out that the bassist from FOB has a book (and not a biography, no an actual fiction book) I was over the moon.
Keep reading to check out my views on Gray by Pete Wentz 

Sometimes, late at night in the hotel room, after the lights have gone out and the mistakes have already been made, when it is heavy and silent and still, I lie awake and listen to my pulse on the pillow…

Imagine you are on a tour bus, the miles whistling away beneath you as you sleep. Tomorrow you will wake up in downtown Somewhere. It doesn’t matter. All the skylines look the same. Time is only marked by events. The world is on a first-name basis with you.

But you…you barely even know yourself. There are those who give in completely to the idea of what it means to be famous. And those who can’t ever seem to leave the past behind. Life is a deep and contemplative story stuck on repeat—love, loss, self-destruction, self-discovery.

If you could go back to the way things were before you made it…would everything still be gray?

GENRE: Romance, Coming of Age, Contemporary
AUTHOR: Pete Wentz
SOURCE: Bought, hardcover
RELEASE DATE: February 19th 2013

 Wow. I am speechless and heartbroken and numb (like Novacaine ;))

Okay, so if you've heard even only just one Fall Out Boy, you know how much of an AMAZING lyricist Wentz is. And boy, oh boy did he live up to that. The metaphors in this novel were brilliantly written and I understand every moment and the reason for each metaphors' use.
The novel was written in first person, and there was some mystery and intrigue (at least by me lol) about the fact that the protagonist and his lover have zero names. He is never referred to as his name and his lover is just Her.

Right, so the novel was about this dude from Chicago whose band is about take on the world but his on/off gf is kinda bound to Chicagoland because, studies #IKnowTheFeeling (she's studying Psychology, ironically).
In case you're wondering why it's ironic, our ol' protagonist is a little....psychologically not there. 
Allow me to elaborate.

Alrighty, so being on the road and in a not-so-relationship-relatioship has taking a toll on him and he takes anxiety meds and drinks and has one-night stands- the usual rockstar lifestyle.

He's mostly in LA or around the US-basically away from The Windy City, away from Her and so he doesn't know where the relationship lies, and who he even is anymore.  Buuut he finds himself writing her emails or blurting out 'I love you' or having meaningless reunion sex with her. 
The love affair between these two characters is the main factor in this novel and it runs in circles and circles. If it was another novel, I would've got fed up that they kept going in circles but the protagonists' reasoning and thoughts were intricately explained and so I totally got him. 

One thing I didn't like, however, was that he was not close with his band. I didn't like this because I felt it was a representation of FOB; I know it's not, it's just that one member is hurting and it was only one out of four (I'm assuming- we're not directly told) who showed a slight bit of care towards him. It was weird to me that the closest person on tour whom the protagonist  went partying with was the guitar tech.

He then finds a friend in this super crazy dude named John Miller, AKA The Disaster. I enjoyed the wildness and hypie vibes from the Disaster.

Overall, it was amazing and any person with a heart and 2008 crush on Pete Wentz (hey, even now, lol no hate) would love it. The author did not cloud my opinion- this was genuinely a good novel. And I loved it and will definietly read it again. 

Okay so I was delved waaay to deep in this novel to collect quotes but I gathered a few that just stood out. Let's just say if I could include the whole book under 'My Favourite Quotes', I would.
  • “Let’s just make it through tonight, worry about the rest later.” 
  • We are two explorers in the dark. Mapless and hopeless. Alone together.” 
  • “Just a tiny red sliver remains in the battery icon. I wish humans came with the same kind of indicator . . . it
    would make things much easier. You would know how to deal with every person on the planet, and I’d always be in the red.” 
  • “We are a dying star in its last cosmic throes. We are a ship with its hull pierced, the arctic water pouring through the gash. It’s over.”
  •  '' mind works the night shift.''
  • “Our brains may lie to us, but our hearts never do.”  
Right! That's it from me. I shall see you next time!
Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address (why not? #GoBigOrGoHome)

Byeee!! Love you lots and stay beautiful and bookish! Xoxo

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

LIFE: My Bucket List!

Hi!! Greetings from Middle Earth (reality: in my room, blasting Fall Out Boy)
Today is going to be my first ever post- wait, lemme say it as a metaphor.
Today is my first official step into another direction, in terms of the contents of this blog
Yes, you heard right; we are changing it up a bit here on Always Falling for Book Guys 
To read more, click here (it's not that long lol) 

Okey doke! Let's begin already! Here's my bucket list
*The list is ongoing, so is subject to {1D note}changes 

So I've most recently been somewhat of an explorer...from my bedroom. Because of my love of reading, and being transported to places in my head, I've opened the physicality mindset of exploring. Up until recently, I've been scared to actually get out there are travel. Hell, I still am- I haven't actually began my travels yet (hence the unchecked bucket list). Maybe I'll document my journey on this blog ;)

Travel Europe
Dance in the rain
Kiss in the rain
Go to a music festival
Camp out under the stars
See the Northern Lights || Go stargazing
Be happy
Follow a band on tour (in a non-stalkery way)
Read all the books in the world
Climb a mountain
Visit the Maldives (Sea of Stars)
Get interested in comic books
Go to Comic Con
Have a huge wardrobe, beautiful apartment, job I love and tonnes of money ;)

  And that's it! For now. Don't judge me for some of the cheesy stuff I put on there lol.

Please, please leave some of your bucket list tasks below for me to check out ;)

Right! That's it from me. I shall see you next time!
Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address (why not? #GoBigOrGoHome)

Byeee!! Love you lots and stay beautiful and bookish! Xoxo


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