Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Book Review

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Edition: Speak Paperback
Released: September 28 2011
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Pages: 338 approx.

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

I recently just read Anna and the French Kiss and I LOVED it! Literally right after I finished Anna, I was racing over to my bookshelf to pick up Lola!

To be honest, I had quite a few problems with this book. These problems are really hard to explain and probably make no sense at all, but who cares! I'll just get onto the review :P

Here is a short list of the negatives I found while reading this book:

- I couldn't get hooked on this book, It took me a while to get into it.
- I did not feel the romance as much as I did with Anna, it didn't make me get that cute feeling inside when something adorable happened.
- I did not feel attached to some of the main characters.

That's enough of the negative things, Lets get onto the good stuff :P

One of the things I loved about this book is that everything is so real and honest! I feel as though I can relate to the story and I can feel a sense of similarity between Lola and I, even though we are nothing alike ( Does that make sense?) 

Another thing that I really LOVED about this book is that Lola's parents are gay. We don't see enough of gay couples in contemporary books and I think that there should be more! Lola wouldn't be the same amazing person if it weren't for her dads!

I love how the Stephanie Perkins intertwined characters from Anna and the French Kiss into this novel, I could not get enough of Anna and Etienne in the first book. It just brings the whole story together and its definitely a pure stroke of genius by Stephanie Perkins :P

I rated this book a 4/5 stars! 

If you have not yet read Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door, I definitely recommend it! These books are super adorable and are such a light fun read.
Thank you Stephanie Perkins for creating a master piece! :)

Happy Reading Everyone!
Chelsea :P

Monday, October 20, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss - Book Review

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Edition: Speak Paperback
Released: January 1st 2010
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Pages: 372 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?
Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

Hey book lovers,
Today I am going to be doing a quick review on this amazing book! :P

First off, To be honest I was putting this book off for a while.. Me and contemporary's do not get on very well. Just about every contemporary book I have read were not my favourites.

So anyway, I saw this book in the Warehouse for only $10!!! Which is pretty cheap for New Zealand books! So I picked it up along with the sequel Lola and the Boy Next Door, and I read it.

This book is so ADORABLE. All the characters are so amazing! ( Well except for some of them ) :P I loved Anna and I loved St. Clair. The romance in this book was on point and it's so beautiful!
I had many fangirly moments throughout this book. This whole story makes me want to go to Paris! Even more than I already did want to go!

If you are looking for a cute romance story, this is definitely the book for you!
Stephanie Perkins has done such an amazing job on this!

I rated this book a 5/5 stars!

Happy reading Everyone!
Chelsea :P

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Mortal Instruments is becoming a TV show?

If you have not yet heard... THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS IS BECOMING A TV SHOW!!!!

A few days ago it was announced via the Hollywood reporter that The Mortal Instruments series is returning as a TV show! 

Before I get into detail I just want to 
clarify that I am not a expert on this,
I am just another fan wanting to know more details! :P

So if you did not know already, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is the first in a 6 books series written by Cassandra Clare. These books are very popular among the Young Adult world, and in my opinion, I LOVED these books!

The Mortal Instruments was originally planned to be turned into feature film franchise, but after the first movie was made, they decided scrap the idea as it did not make enough money. Only $31 million dollars was made, which may seem like a lot to us, but throughout the film industry it's not much at all! 

Constantin Film, is the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, they originally were the ones who created the first film, but they have now relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series!

I have heard many different opinions on this idea. I personally am very excited but also nervous. This series as a TV show could be amazing but it has to be done right. In my opinion I think it could be either amazing or horrible. I am hoping that they will stick to the books and not change it up too much. It would be awful if they made a complete mess of Cassandra's amazing books! 

I am sure that they are scrapping the movie altogether, starting fresh. Hopefully they can make a huge improvement to the series on screen! :P

As for the actors in the movie, Lily Collins, Jamie Cambell Bower, Robert Sheehan ect. I love all these actors. I think they did an amazing job with their characters but honestly, I don't think that they will be part of the TV show. 
I think they will all be missed, and it will be strange without them but I think it's for the best! For this TV show starting fresh, having the same actors will just bring back old memories and might ruin it for us. Don't get me wrong, I love all these actors and I will definitely miss them, but I am pretty sure that they will not be part of the Mortal Instruments anymore.

This project is said to be currently in development and Constantin are planning to begin production next year.

If you would like to see the original article, click here

I am super excited for this TV show to start and I can't wait to watch it!
If you have not yet read The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, I definitely recommend it!
Happy Reading Everyone 
Chelsea xoxo 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top 3 New Releases


Today I am going to choosing the top 3 new release books that I would LOVE to read. All these books are already out in store, but I have not yet managed to pick up! I will not be writing the summary, just information about each book, author ect. and also why I want to read the book.
Enjoy :p

3- The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Released: October 7 2014
Series: The Young Elites #1
Pages: 368 approx.

This book is written by the Author of the Legend trilogy! How cool is that? Okay to be honest, I have only read Legend, I have not finished the rest of that trilogy. But I really LOVED  legend so I am super excited to read The Young Elites! :P

So I am pretty sure that The Young Elites is a dark fantasy novel, which sounds pretty exciting! 
I reckon that you guys should pick this book up, it sounds like such an awesome read! 

2- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Author: Rick Riordan 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Released: October 7 2014
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #5
Pages: 502 approx.
Links: Goodreads | Author's website | Buy the book!

Again I will say that I have no yet read any of the books from the Heroes of Olympus series. But.. I have been wanting to read them for so long but they are sooo expensive online so it's really difficult for me to get them! 
Although.. I have read all the books from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I LOVED them!

This books/series is one of the top on my TBR list because I NEED TO READ THEM!
Anyway, I have heard many positive things about this book already so I definitely recommend this to you! :P

1- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey 

Author: Rick Yancey 
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Released: September 16 2014
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Pages: 300 approx.

Links: Goodreads | Author's website | Buy the book!

Ever since I read the 5th Wave, The Infinite sea has been a very high anticipated book of mine.
The 5th wave was such an AMAZING book for me, so I am super excited to read this!

As you already might know, I love Aliens. So of course this book is on the top of my TBR list, well, Once I buy the book... :P
Anyway, You guys should READ THIS BOOK, and if you have not read the 5th wave, you should READ THAT BOOK. It's amazing!

That was my Top 3 most anticipated new release books that I would Love to read... Woah that was a mouth full :P
Anyway thanks for reading and I hope you have an amazing day/night!

Happy Reading Everyone!
Chelsea xo

Friday, October 10, 2014

The 5th Wave - Book Review

Author: Rick Yancey
Edition: Putnam Juvenile Hardback
Released: January 1st 2013
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Pages: 480 approx.
Links: Goodreads  | Author's Website | Buy the book!

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.
Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I heard a lot of this book throughout booktube many months ago, I had been putting of buying it because I really wanted the hardback version and it was a bit pricey. Last month I heard that actually heard that it was about aliens, and that was the final straw. I love aliens so much, I think I could say that Sci-Fi is my favorite genre. :p

This book has major hype throughout the Young Adult world and I have heard nothing but good things about it. Apparently they are making the book into a movie too? Starring Chloe Grace Mortez, which is SUPER exciting!

I was super pumped to start reading this book and  I had very high expectations.
This book is set out in parts, so the parts are using the different characters perspectives, each person's perspective is seperated with two black starry pages with a title. This gives us the chance to feel what are other people are feeling, and not just be stuck with the same person thoughts throughout the book. I love the way Rick Yancey has set this book out, it's easy to understand and it also keeps everything interesting and fun!

I love all the main characters! Cassie is so awesome and badass, she always speaks with a bit of sarcasm which I find so funny and amusing. Evan Walker is the coolest ever... He's so adorable and romantic and ahhhh, he also very mysterious which I find so interesting and it keeps me reading to find out more. 
Then theres Ben Parish, Cassie's highschool crush. Ben's perspective is shown a little later in the books and he is so kind and caring! He helps look after Sammy (Cassies little brother) and he is so protective over Sammy and he is just makes the book a whole lot better!

Ok I think I am talking to much now... I just love this book so much. The story is so unique and so AWESOME! I read this book in 2 days, that's how amazing it was. I definitaly recommend this book to EVERYONE! Its super amazing and you will not regret reading it.
I am super excited to read The Infinite sea, which is the sequel to this book! :p

I rate this book a 5/5 stars 

Happy Reading! 
Chelsea xo

Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Series Recommendations

So today I thought I would post something a little different...
My Top 3 Series Recommendations!

I will be putting down the summary of the first book in each series, and will be writing a quick reason why you should read them!
All these books will be Young Adult.

1 The Mortal Intruments series by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads summary:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 

This series is one of the best I have read ever. This series consists of 6 books and all of them are amazing! Throughout each book I got attached to the characters, and that to me is an important quality in a novel.
This series is very popular throughout the Young Adult genre and should find that most people love this series.
I Definitaly recommend this series, it's set in a great world, you won't regret it!

2  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads summary:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

This series has massive hype, you probably have heard about this series before, if not read them. This series consists of 3 books, Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant.
This book is based in a dystopian world, which is one of my favorite things to read about.
If you are a beginner to Young Adult books I would definitley recommend this one to you, it will be a great start to your new love of books.
This series was the one that brought me back to reading! :p
Please read these books!!! They are amazing!

3  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

 Goodreads summary:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

This series is AMAZING! I cannot get enough of these books. Honestly you all should definitely read them! This series consists of 6 books and they are all such great reads! 
Oh and by the way, don't let the title fool you, I know it's quite cheesy but the book makes up for it.
Also IGNORE the cover! I honestly dislike the covers but please don't judge them for that, the story is good and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!
Please read these books they are so good and they will not disappoint.

I hope these book recommendations helped and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did! :p

Happy reading everyone!
Chelsea xo

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review Policy / Contact

My Email:  chelseakatrina(at)hotmail(dot)com

If you are an author/publisher ect. and would like me to review your book, feel free to send me an email after reading the following information. Thanks.

Note that I am from New Zealand. Please make sure that shipping to New Zealand is possible.

- I wish to recieve only young adult books and the occasional middle grade.

- I accept physical copys and proofs - At the moment I will not allow ebooks as i have no sutible device to read from.

- Please take note that your book may not be reviewed immediately, as school is starting to become very busy.

- I have the right to decline book/s.

- I accept every genre as I love to try new things.

- My review will be 100% honest.

If you are fine with my policy then go ahead and send me an email.
Please include some information about the book, the format you will be sending it in, and anything else you would like me to know. :P

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles #1

Goodreads summary:
 Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Honestly I actually loved this book so much.
Marissa Meyer has done an amazing job of creating such a unique novel about cinderella with twist.
I would catorgorise this book in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy genres, and thats perfect as those are both one of my favorite genres! 

First lets talk about the main characters. 
Cinder is such a cool character, also she is a cyborg which is totally AWESOME! Cinder is so funny! Her character's sarcasm is on point and half the things she says crack me up, she is definitaly the perfect type of character for this novel.
Lets talk about Kai now, Kai is the prince of new beijing and he seeks Cinder to fix his android for him. When he goes to meet Cinder at her mechanic's booth theres a hint of flirtation there from Prince Kai which is so ADORABLE!!! Ok cmon when you read this book you will see that Kai is totally swoon worthy. ahhhh I love Kai.
Ok guys last thing about the characters in this book. Iko. Iko is Cinders android thingy and oh my gosh she is so cute! She follows Cinder around and helps her with everything and and Iko also has a celebrity crush on Kai!!!! She is such a chatter box and is so adorable. Who knew a mechanical machine could be so loveable?? 

The book has been written so well and Marissa has Done such an amazing job on this book.
This book is Cinderella with a twist and its been created so perfectly. The evil step mom and step sister are just like the ones in cinderella!, although the other sister Peony is friends with Cinder which works well because having Peony there shows how kind Cinder is!

Sorry for the long review I write way to much!
I definitaly recommend this book to all Young Adult lovers, It's worth the read and you won't regret it!
I rated this book a 5/5 stars and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles! 

If you would like to comment down below your favorite character from Cinder and Why!

Happy reading everone! 
Chelsea xx

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review - Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

Goodreads summary: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

In my opinion, I did not find this book as good as I expected it to be. This novel has a lot of hype but I am not sure why, thats just in my opinion though. 
I think the story line is a little too repetitive and gets boring after a while.

Lets talk about the main characters,
Quentin also known as Q, is a little more on the sensitive side, I think he is a down to earth boy and I think his character has grown to be stronger throughout the book.
Now theres Margo, I actually very much dislike her as a character. In my opinion Margo acts stuck-up and bitchy, she doesn't really care how people feel around her and she makes everything about herself. Margo is definitaly not one of my favorite characters.

Overall I think this book is okay but could be better.
Just remember that this review is all in my opinion, and by all means have a go reading this book yourself! Who knows, you may enjoy it! :)