A Monster Calls Book Review

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Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness (with the idea of Siobhan Dowd)
Pages: 215
Published: 2011
Rating: 4/5

Blurb (Goodreads):
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.

My Review:

I really do love Patrick Ness’ writing so I’m slowly but surely working my way through all his books. I’ve read his Chaos Walking series and his More Than This books, and each time I think I need to read all his books! So this is what I’m doing. A Monster Calls was originally Siobhan Dowd’s idea and Patrick Ness was asked to write the book for her as she sadly passed away before she could. I believe that Patrick Ness truly did Siobhan Dowd proud as this book was beautiful.

Things I liked:

My favourite character has to be the monster. I know, I’m as surprised as you are. But the monster was funny like actually made me laugh funny and Conor’s sarcasm to the monster. I liked that each time he meets with the main character Conor, he tells a tale and each tale I found to be fascinating. There were always an unexpected moral behind each tale the monster told and that I really enjoyed and was looking forward to the monster coming back. They made an odd pair and it was fun to watch opposite personalities clash. I think the whole book is such a sensitive subject that a lot of people have to deal with – I don’t mean a monster calling you in the middle of the night, but the whole concept of what is happening to Conor which I cannot say because it is a spoiler. This book was so raw and pure with emotions that it was like you were feeling them yourself. Patrick Ness’ writing style always draws the reader in and his writing style stands out from every other author I’ve read, he’s definitely one of my favourite authors.

Things I disliked:

This book was heart wrenching and I think I needed a happy book so this might have been the wrong one for me. But I would have loved it even more any other time when I was feeling a bit happier. But that’s my personal opinion, I would reread this book maybe later on in the year.

Overall:

As I’ve said a couple times already, I think Patrick Ness is a very talented author and his writing style is unique and makes him stand out. I think more people should read his books because I know they would love them if they did. I rated it a 4/5 as I really liked this book and would recommend this book to anyone that feels like crying (joke) and is interested in a meaningful book.

Slammed Book Review

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Title: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 317
Published: 2012
Rating: 3/5

Blurb (Goodreads):
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

My Review:
This book had a really good beginning, I loved the relationship blooming within the first couple of chapters. Normally I would complain that they liked each other so soon. But the whole idea was so it could show how much they were meant to be together. But something happens which makes them being a couple impossible.

Things I liked:
The slam poetry was the main theme of this book as the character Will Cooper loved it. I liked this because I used to go to an open night like Will did where people would say slam poetry. It’s an amazing thing to watch and to read. Colleen Hoover’s slam poems were all amazing and heart breaking. I would love to have seen them live. I also liked the whole plot which stops Will and Layken from being able to date. I can’t talk about it much, but I wasn’t expecting it. I’ve made this point a couple times about Colleen Hoover as I’ve read a few of her books, but she sure can write hot male characters. But I also liked all the other characters like Layken’s little brother and her mum that were a massive part of the book.

Things I disliked:
I’m not sure if this is just me but sometimes I think books can try too hard to be sad, *cough* Veronica Roth, Allegiant *cough* and sometimes you just wish it could be happy for one chapter. This book was sad, but sometimes when things are that sad, it’s unbelievable so I didn’t really feel anything towards it. I don’t know if I’m just typing a lot of rubbish and that you have no idea what I’m talking about. But that’s just my opinion. Maybe I’m not in the mood for a sad book lately.

Overall:
I did like this book and would recommend it for a good romance book, especially if you love slam poetry because Colleen Hoover seriously has that talent. I wish she would preform some, I would watch it! I rated it 3/5 because I did like it, but it wasn’t my favourite book that Hoover has wrote.

Landline Book Review

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Title: Landline
Author:Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 320
Published: 2014
Rating: 4/5

Blurb (Goodreads):

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Review:

Have you ever bought someone a gift knowing that you’ll use it more than them? I can’t be the only one that is guilty of this. I may have bought my mum Landline so I could read it after her. It was a win-win though. She enjoyed it and so did I.

Things I liked:

  • Neal was adorable. I liked how Neal was the complete opposite of Levi from Fangirl. Neal rarely smiled or even laughed but was married to a Comedy writer that lives for the laughs. Georgie and Neal were an odd couple and pretty much opposites, and sometimes they clashed.
  • Rowell has a precious gift of writing dialogue which can be so hilarious or so realistic that you can imagine every single character in this book. I’ve read other books of Rowell and she always has a variation of different characters that are unlike any others. I think this is why I love her books so much.
  • It’s amazing that Rowell manages to deal with so many issues other than a failing marriage like homosexuality, friendship, family and careers. Rowell’s always has an idea that seems simple, but is so complex that your head might spin off.
  • Have I mentioned that Fangirl is one of my favourite books and that Cath and Levi appeared in this book? I screamed. That may have been my favourite part.

Things I disliked:

  • Of course at the age of eighteen, I have never been married and I don’t know the hardships of it, I found it hard to relate to older Georgie. But the flashbacks of her and Neal as their younger selves were more like the books I read and I liked those bits the best, they were adorable!
  • I’m sort of stupid and hate open endings because it hurts my head trying to work out what happened, I would rather someone just told me what was going on. This book sort of ended like that.

Sum Up:

I may be biased, but isn’t everyone biased when they read a book by their favourite author? Well, personally, I love Rainbow Rowell and I love her books and Landline added to the books I love of hers. I rated it 4/5 because it of the things I loved didn’t match the things I disliked. And the things I disliked were more personal than anything.

One for the Money Book Review

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Title: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Pages: 320
Published: 1994
Rating: 4/5

Blurb (Goodreads):

Pestered by her close New Jersey family, Stephanie Plum offers to catch high-school crush Joe Morelli, cop turned bail jumper, for her cousin Vinnie’s company. She questions “working girls” to find the missing girlfriend of vicious prizefighter Benito Ramirez while Joe secretly watches her back. Ranger mentors her and supplies vehicles when hers explode.

My Review:

About two years ago my cousin forced me to read this book, I finally did and adored it. I ended up reading the full Stephanie Plum series which is like 20 books. I fell in love with Stephanie Plum and her whacky bounty hunter job. 2 years is a long time, especially considering how many books I’ve read since them and I missed my Stephanie Plum! So I just had to reread it and buy all the series on my kindle… Oops, I feel sorry for my bank account.

Things I liked:

I love Stephanie Plum so much. Stephanie Plum is probably one of my favourite characters ever, she’s hilarious. The things she says actually make me laugh out loud. I make sure I don’t drink juice reading these books because I would end up spitting it out laughing. I like that the plot in these books seem really simple, but then you never know who the murderer or criminal is. Janet Evanovich is a really good crime writer, but makes it funny at the same time. I like that this book has the perfect balance of seriousness but is still hilarious. The book always keeps you guessing until the end, it’s a game of Who did it? and for a long of these books, you don’t know until she tells you.

Things I disliked:

In this book I don’t like the character Ranger that mentors Stephanie, I don’t know why, but I just don’t. This is strange because for the rest of the series, he becomes my favourite character. I feel like he gives a bad first impression in this one, but I think I’m biased because I’ve already read the full series.

Sum Up:

I beg everyone to read this series and tweet me at @DARKESTMLNDS so we can talk all night about them. I rate this book 4/5 because it’s simple and amazing. I hope the next time we talk, you will have read the full Stephanie Plum series!

Ugly Love Book Review

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Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 320
Published: 2014
Rating: 4/5

Blurb (Goodreads):

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly

My Review:

Wow, Colleen Hoover writes really hot books that make me fan myself more times than I can count. This book sparked with amazing dialogue, beautiful writing styles and haunted characters. This book was just released and is her New Adult book. I always feel like I have to remind people that New Adult is different from Young Adult.

Things I liked:

Is it bad that every book I read I end up falling for the really hot male character? I hope not. Because Miles was my favourite character in this novel. Yes, I know I’m predictable! Leave me alone! I loved the idea of him being so mysterious, and his back story, ouchhhh. Talk about painful! I liked how funny the dialogue was, it was filled with sassy characters that just fix. Tate being a nurse and Miles being a pilot, I loved how passionate they both were about their jobs. And okay, the kissing scenes were wow. I think it should be in the law that every book should have hot kissing scenes, it’s a rule that every author should follow. Okay, maybe not Mein Kampf, no kissing in that books, thank you.

Things I disliked:

Uhhhh, I don’t know. Sometimes books try to be too sad and it’s annoying. Like I loved this book, but sometimes there were scenes that were suppose to be reallllly sad, I mean it was depressing me. But that’s just me, maybe I wasn’t in the mood for a sad book, you know.

Sum up:

I gave it a 4 or maybe a 3.5 out of 5, I haven’t decided yet, but I really did like this book and read it within a couple hours with my new kindle! It’s the first book I’ve read on my kindle so it’s going to hold a special place in my heart. I’m lame, I know. But yeahhh, I would recommend this book to anyone that loves new adult category and a lot of sex scenes. It’s a friends with benefits book, what do you expect???

Hexed Book Review

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Title: Hexed
Author: Michelle Krys
Pages: 384
Published: 2014
Rating: 2.5/5

Blurb (Goodreads):

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

My Review:

Isn’t it just horrible when you read a good book but hate the narrator? It’s the worst. The narrator is the most important person in the book so if you don’t like them, it’s a slim chance you’re going to like the book. So this is what happened with me with Hexed. Indigo Blackwood actually annoyed me so much from page one until the very end that I’m surprised I finished the book.

Things I liked:

I liked Indigo’s neighbour, Paige, she’s cute and funny! And reminded me of myself, maybe that’s why I hated Indigo when she thought Paige was annoying. Bishop made me laugh at nearly every line and it struck a chord when he was serious, I like Indigo’s love interest even though I don’t think she deserved him. The plot of the witches vs sorcerers was clever! I liked the sorcerers as well, they were good baddies and made me scared whenever they were there. Okay, I liked mostly everything except Indigo.

Things I disliked:

Indigo. I just really hated her. Like she always said Paige was annoying because she wanted to be her friend, but seriously Indigo was the annoying one and I had no idea why Paige would even want to be her friend. Indigo’s personality was stuck up stereotypical cheerleader and all she cared about was herself. Like when I read it, her priorities were just stupid, she cared more about what people thought about her than anything. Ugh! Sometimes she would overreact to things that weren’t important, but when something really bad happened, she didn’t care! And I just thought Indigo and Bishop’s relationship was so forced, it went straight from hate to love within pages, I don’t know if the middle of my book was missing, but that’s how it seemed.

I gave it 2.5 stars because it was still a good book, I just didn’t like aspects of it, but another people would so I recommend this book to anyone that likes witches and doesn’t mind a self-obsessed narrator. Sorry, that was mean.

Isla and the Happily Ever After Book Review

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 339
Published: 2014
Rating: 4.5/5

Blurb (Goodreads):

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

My Review:

This is the third book in Stephanie Perkins trilogy, I highly suggest that you read the first and second book before reading the third, but it’s not essential, but it would make it so much more amazing than it already is! My review for Anna and the French Kiss is here and my review for Lola and the Boy Next Door is here!

BOO-HOO. That’s the sound of me crying because it’s all over! No. It can’t be over! I need more of Stephanie Perkins writing and perfect love stories, it can’t be finished, noooo. But god this book is a beautiful ending! Background characters from the first book become the main characters in this one, and God, I loved them as much as Anna and Etienne. Okay that’s not true because Anna and Etienne are my favourite couple in the whole universe of fictional couples, but they were close.

Things I liked:

Isla was my favourite character, oh my god, I could relate to her so much that I got a little paranoid that Stephanie Perkins might have wrote a character about me, like seriously, I was even the same height as her. Yes, I am very small! And her personality was so real and true, I got chills reading it because I can compare myself to her so easily! This book felt different from the last two, but a great different! I liked Josh in Anna and the French Kiss and absolutely loved him in this one. I liked how different Josh and Isla were to one another, but somehow were amazing together. Stephanie Perkins writes the way I wish I could, her stories seem simple but have so many twists and turns that make it so beautiful.  And of course my favourite scene was the one that included Anna and Etienne. I don’t think I have ever cried with happiness at the ending of a book, but wow. This series makes me remember that books can actually be happy and don’t have to rip my heart out all the time. I hated finishing this series knowing that I wasn’t going to be apart of it anymore, I felt like I was losing all my friends when I closed the book, the characters are too real for me to think they are only fictional.

Things I disliked:

Sometimes Isla annoyed me and yes I know that I said I relate to Isla a lot but I annoy myself all the time as well so it wasn’t that annoying way that I had to stop reading. But most books are the same, a character needs to annoy you now and again. I also dislike that I have to say goodbye to all my favourite characters, I just wish they were in more than one chapter.

I rated it out of 4.5 out of 5 because I really really loved it but I’ve seen a lot of people being disappointed with this book, but I’m not really sure why! And I rate the full trilogy 10/5 because it was that good, it doesn’t even fit in a barrier. These books just made me so damn happy and sometimes that’s all I need in a book.

Thank you, Stephanie Perkins! You are now one of my favourite authors, congratulations on having the cutest trilogy ever.