Saturday, 25 March 2017

IS IT TIME TO LEAVE YA BEHIND? | BOOK TALK



Young adult books are what brought me back to reading after numerous years of absence from the world of written stories. Yet lately, I've started to drift from the young adult novels. No longer do I find myself gravitating to the young adult section in Waterstones, and if I do it's a simple glance at a blurb or the new releases. 

Being twenty-one I find it difficult to relate to a character that is around the age of sixteen—despite being able to emphasize with their teenage struggles—I have to mentally vision them older to be able to relate to them or even read on. This doesn't happen with every book, but at least 75 percent of them it does.

I read far fewer books than I used to, feeling incredibly proud of myself if I read at least three books a month opposed to my fifteen a month in previous years, and when I do read I want something easy. I do feel that second year of university has definitely dampened my reading ability, I use reading as a form of escapism and jumping into a book full of world building and almost new languages involves a bit too much for my brain to process. However, that's more to do with me, studies and limited free time rather than the stories themselves.

Then I began to question is it just fantasy and dystopian novels I'm drifting from? Because I can easily consume a contemporary young adult novel, but it can take me weeks or even months to finish a story not set in this world. Though despite this some of my favourite ever stories are ones of fantasy, from The Infernal Devices to The Winner's Curse.

Young Adult holds some of the greatest stories I have ever read, there is such a vast amount of imagination and intricacy of detail. It's not necessarily I want to move on from Young Adult, I'm fearful that my interest is dwindling. Perhaps all I simply need to do is push through, find a new range of YA books and start there. Because truthfully, I don't think I'll ever be able to leave behind the young adult universe, I'll be twenty-five and be anticipating the release of Chain of Iron excited for Will Herondale to make an appearance.

I never want to give up on this genre, as I said it brought me back to reading. I owe this genre, as ridiculous as it sounds, so much. The majority of books that I have read have shaped me into who I am, especially YA ones, so I'm grateful for that. Maybe when I finish my exams and have a month off before whatever happens in July happens, then I'll be able to reconnect with YA. 



Thursday, 26 January 2017

JUST A FEW | PHYSICAL TBR



I have quite the habit of purchasing books, leaving them on my shelf and then purchasing more, it's a never-ending pattern that has been occurring for such a long time, I've owned books for years yet never opened them. This is something I hope to lay to rest this year, these are just a few of the piles of unread books I intend to read.

Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
After the characters of Six of Crows stole my heart I cannot wait to revisit them in the sequel Crooked Kingdom, I've already started but university is deeply interfering with my reading at the minute, though every spare moment I have I spend with this book. Nina and Inej have fast become two of my all time favourite female characters, I love their friendship and their fierce protection of each other, I'm so excited to read more of them.

Lady Midnight | Cassandra Clare
It took me so long to actually purchase Lady Midnight despite wanting to read it since it was released I've always felt that the size is quite intimidating due to my slump over 2016 but I've been looking forward to meeting Julian and Emma for such a long time, I'm so intrigued with the idea of parabatai's with romantic feelings and I'm eager to see how it plays out.

The Young Elites | Marie Lu
I'm about forty percent through this book, I was reading it whilst working at festivals throughout the summer and since then I've barely had time to read due to second year struggles, however, I love Marie Lu, I think she's an incredible author and I can't wait to carry on with this story and these characters.

Never Fade | Alexandra Bracken
I've lost count of how many times I have read this book's first couple of pages, I need to motivate myself to read past the first chapter because I adored the first book and it left such a gaping hole in my heart that needs to be refilled. 

Deathless | Catherynne M. Valente
I have owned Deathless for years, despite hearing about how beautifully written this book is and the five-star reviews I've seen, I have never attempted to read it and there's no reasoning for that. After searching it back up on Goodreads and reminding myself why I bought it in the first place I intend to read this book as soon as I can.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

THE HATING GAME | BOOK REVIEW



The Hating Game is a book that so suddenly crept up on the book community and spiraled from there. I hadn't previously heard about Sally Thorne nor had I seen any publicity or promotion for The Hating Game, one day it was just unexpectedly there making such a big impact and made its way onto so many people's favourites shelf. 

Sally Thorne's first novel captured my undivided attention within the first few minutes of reading, having spent the past year in a severe slump with a pitiful attempt at reading, I could have only wished the have found this book sooner. The Hating Game reminded me why I love and choose to spend my time reading; I'd be at work or my time would be occupied and I would be like I just want to go home and read, and it has been so long since I felt that way, so thank you, Sally Thorne, for that.

When it comes to contemporary romance books I've read so many that I often forget the details and what they entail, but never will I forget The Hating Game, with an 'enemies to lovers' trope, two fantastic leads, and writing that made me turn page after page without hesitation; I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every reader.

This is the greatest enemies to lovers story that I have ever read, the writing is hugely entertaining; it's enriched with humour and wittiness that had me laughing aloud at a book for the first time in so long, yet it is equally measured with tenderness and sweet moments that had me gushing and grinning for hours.

Sally Thorne crafted these two characters and their relationship brilliantly, there is such a strong chemistry between the leads and the slow burn romance is more than worth the wait.  Lucy is a sheer delight, absolutely charismatic and comical, and reading from her point of view was wonderful. She's an incredible character, whose kindness is admirable and I loved being apart of her world. Joshua Templeman, well, what a fantastic and entertaining male character, his words had me laughing, rolling my eyes and of course swooning, but above all, I found him relatable in relation to how people view him and his underlying shyness. I found him completely enjoyable, amusing and quite charming, and I loved getting to know him more and more as the story went on.

It's so rare that when I read a new adult romance book that I genuinely care about the characters but Lucy and Josh are the exception. I want to know everything about these characters, I want to see their journey in a years time, in five years time, in twenty years time. I need Sally Thorne to one day take a trip back to these characters and immerse us in their lives once more. 

The Hating Game was a surprising and tremendous read that I will recommend to everyone for as long as I can, Sally Thorne is an incredible writer who has the ability to make you laugh and your heart squeeze in the same page, I still can't quite believe this is her novel debut. I'm so eager to see what her next novel involves, yet really hope that one day we'll see more Josh and Lucy.