My Favourite 12 Wintery Book Covers!

Winter is coming (sorry for the Game of Thrones reference) but with winter just around the corner I thought I would take a look at some of my favourite Wintery book covers which get me in the mood for the months to come and to be honest are just really pretty.

1.P.S I Love  You By Cecelia Ahern

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P.S  I Love You is the beautiful love story of Holly and Gerry when Gerry the love of her life dies of terminal cancer (not a spoiler) Holly must learn to live her life again. But as the days tick on and Holly starts to live her life alone Gerry she finds out before he died Gerry arranged to send her love letters for the year of his death. The man who was always there for her was still helping her even from beyond the grave.

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P.S I Love you is one of my favourite books of all time it is so sad but in the most beautiful way, I read it a really long time ago now and I remember  how I felt when I was reading it more than anything else. If you have seen the film – read the book, the film just doesn’t do this wonderful book justice.

2.Untold (Book 2) By Sarah Rees Brennan

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Untold is book two in the Lynnburn Legacy series the series follows a budding journalist named  Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this series sure does do erring well  it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next. To check out my review of book 1 click here.

3.Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi

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A complicated, passionate dystopian love story. Shatter Me is book one in a trilogy it’s great go check it out!

4.Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte

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A dark gothic, twisted  love story between young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff a classic novel by Emily Bronte set on the Yorkshire Moors. The novel and its characters are driven by hate, jealousy, and a dark, dark love Catherine and Heathcliff leave chaos in their wake and are never sorry for it.

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5.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

6.Where the Moon Isn’t By Nathan Filer (also published as The Shock of the Fall)

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While on vacation with their parents, Matthew Homes and his older brother snuck out in the middle of the night. Only Matthew came home safely. Ten years later, Matthew tells us, he has found a way to bring his brother back…

7.Stardust By Neil Gaiman

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Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

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8.The Name of the Wind By Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

9.The Bronze Horseman By Paullina Simons 

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During the summer of 1941 the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.

10.Alias Hook By Lisa Jensen

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“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
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Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

11.My True Love Gave to Me By Stephanie Perkins

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12 Adorable short stories written by well known and beloved Young Adult authors such as Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, Kelly Link the whole book is edited by Stephanie Perkins really cute and great for the run up to Christmas.

12.Frostfire By Amanda Hocking

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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Hope you in enjoyed my winter book covers to check out my summer book covers click here, happy reading everyone!

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T5W- Halloween Recommendations!

So it’s Top Five Wednesday a weekly meme hosted by Ginger Reads Lainey this weeks topic is Halloween Recommendations. Now horror is not really my genre but in the spirit of Halloween I’m going to give, at the very least coming up with some spooky reads my best shot.

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1.Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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I’m a huge Austen fan and I’m all ways hyper critical of any re-telling particularly of Pride and Prejudice but Pride Prejudice and Zombies is a fun Austen retelling ‘Liz’ Bennett at her head strong best. (Oh yeah and there are zombies!)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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A young adult novel (book 1 in a trilogy) written around creepy antique photographs, the books are stunning to look at but if you aren’t away of the plot already they are more fun if you go in blind so I’ll save you from spoilers.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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The book now has a stage play and a film based off the original story, now a classic The Woman in Black is a real ghost story it’s an atmospheric and chilling read of only 140 pages staring a vengeful spirit and a young man who gets in her way.

The Shining by Stephen King

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The only real horror story I have ever read, and coincidentally the only Stephen King book I have ever read, this book made be scared to turn the page and to be alone in the house a great read (if you’re brave enough!).

In The Woods By Tana French

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In The Woods is book 1 in an on going crime series The Dublin Murder Squad each book focuses is one detective in the squad, In The Woods is the story of Rob Ryan when he and his partner and best friend Cassie are called to investigate a murder in a small town all is too familiar for Rob. In 1984 he was once the focus of a murder investigation when he and his three friends where playing in the woods. Later – All of his friends turned up dead and he was found clinging and traumatized hanging to a tree, what happened that day remains a mystery as Rob has no recollection of the event. Now a child has turned up dead in the same woods and Rob has to return to the scene of the crime but this time as the police. To check out my original review of In The Woods click here.

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Hope you enjoyed my spooky reads, happy reading!

Autumn (Fall) Time Cosy Book Tag!

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Hi Guys,

it’s officially looking very Autumnal perfect time to discuss Autumn reads with the Autumn Time Cosy Book Tag I saw this Tag over on BookTube at PeruseProject and it was originally created by Novels and Nonsense it looks like a lot of fun so I thought I would get involved so let’s getting started!

1. Crunchy Leaves– Pick a book cover with red, orange and yellow

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling when I think of this book I think of it as the beginning of the end when it comes to the Harry Potter series it has a beautiful cover and with real Autumn, fire colours.

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2. Cosy Sweater– Pick a book that makes you warm and fuzzy on the inside

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer I love this Romance, Alien adventure story- where the main character Wanda is over coming adversity and dealing with a new world, human emotions and new life and loves for the first time all in the middle of a war between the Human Beings and her own species Souls. I have read this book twice now and it is one of my favourite books, to read my original review click here.

3. Autumn (Fall) Storm– Pick your favourite book genre that you like to read on a rainy day.

I think the perfect genre to read on a rainy day is Classics because on a rainy day when everything is still and quiet you can really concentrate on what you’re doing and get involved in a world which you might not necessary pick up in your everyday life. My favourite Classics (so far) are Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre but Pride and Prejudice is my all time favourite Lizzy Bennett is such a great literary heroine.

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4. Cool And Crisp Air– Pick a character that you would like to switch places with.

I have recently finished the book Brooklyn by Colm Toibin where the main character moves from Ireland to Brooklyn to live and work in the 1950’s. I wouldn’t necessarily want to switch lives with this character because she has a lot of drama going on but I would like to live and work abroad one day. My review of Brooklyn– Which is soon to be a movie coming out this November!

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5. Coats, Scarves and Mittens– What’s an embarrassing book cover that you just want to cover up and pretend that it doesn’t exist.

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I can not tell you how much I hate this cover- when I bought this book I ordered a different cover and THIS is what I got needless to say I read the book and this is a really popular series but just wasn’t for me and I haven’t continued.

6. Apple Cider- Name a book that you think is under hyped and you want people to read it because it’s amazing.

I do mention this all the time but Summer in February by Jonathan Smith this book is so under hyped and I’ve seen hardly any reviews of it. Summer in February is Literary Fiction and is the true story Gilbert Evans, A.J Munnings and Florence Carter-Wood, they were part of a well known artists colony in Cornwall before the first world war and the story revolves around their love triangle, Florence’s mental heath issues all the while art and the love of art runs through the centre of everything. This is one of my favourite books ever and is a well research novel based off Gilbert Evans personal diaries. There is also a film adaptation if you would like to check out my review of the film click here, it stars Emily Browning, Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.

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7. Pumpkin Spice– Name your Autumn (Fall) Comfort foods-

Hot Chocolate perfect for standing outside and watching the fire works on Bonfire Night (also just for keeping warm and toasty)

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Book Wishes (If only there really was a Book Genie!)

It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means?! No? Oh well let me fill you in – Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks list features 10 wishes I would ask the Book Genie to grant me, some example include a new book from a certain author, library goals and certain characters you wish would come to life.

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Lets do this!

  1. I posted a The Host Review today really enjoyed this read and had such a great time with this book and in this world but if I could wish for one thing it would be that Stephenie Meyer would write the sequels. I know what you’re thinking The Host was published in (2008) so this is probably never going to happen but we are wishing for things here right? And I wish for a sequel! PLEASE?

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2. My second wish would be more time- now I know this might seem like a strange one but bare with me. My TBR is huge, and that’s just the books I own, plus all the books I want to read and books are constantly being published. Life is short and my reading list is long. I wish I could live longer because what if I don’t read all the books I want to in my life time. Maybe that’s something I going to have to make peace with.

3. I don’t own a house, but if I did I would ask the Book Genie for something resembling Belle’s library from Beauty and The Beast, a dream library in my dream house. (Sigh)

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4. Now for my fourth wish Book Genie it would be just marvellous if you could bring Will Herondale to life. I love the Infernal Devices and all the Shadow Hunter Books and Will being a bookish boy is a bit of a romantic hero. If only we could swoon over him in real life.

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5.Unlimited cash supply to spend on books (of only)

6. For my sixth and most important wish – I want to be a professional writer, specifically a novelist. Someone said to me last year that wanting to write novels as a career is like wanting to be an Astronaut… Good Luck. Well, I know it’s a long shot but dreaming big is suppose to be a positive thing right?

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7. Now The Mortal Instruments City of Bones movie was a bit of a flop right? But the series is getting a second hope in the shape of Shadowhunters a new t.v show to be shown on ABC Family soon to be Freeform. Now I mentioned I was a Mortal Instruments fan right? Well my wish is that Shadowhunters isn’t rubbish. Please.

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8. Dear Book Genie please can I have The Chair- you know the one the  comfy reading chair of my dreams.

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9. Book Genie can you make it okay to read at work if you could that would be aces.

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10. Finally Book Genie if you could spread the love of reading through out the world that would be just great!

The Host by Stephenie Meyer- Review

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Overview

The Host is the story of Wanderer (or Wanda as she is later known) she is an Alien, a species known as Souls that have invaded and conquered earth. To survive Souls ‘bind’ with another species essentially taking over their mind and body, but when the Souls come to earth they get more than they bargin for when they encounter Human Beings. Human Beings  are more emotionally developed than some of the other bodies Souls have inhabited and less willing to let go of life and fade away, making the habitation of a human body an emotional and almost traumatising experience for an unsuspecting Soul.

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Wanda inhabits the body of Melenie Stryder a young woman who was on the run with her younger brother Jamie and boyfriend Jared when her body was discovered by the ‘Seekers’ a group of Souls tasked with hunting down the last of humanity. When Wanda inhabits Melanie’s body she realises that she is not alone and Melanie is still with her and is not going to make it easy for Wanda to take over.

When Wanda’s seeker comes to her and asks her to access Melanie’s memories Wanda finds that she is resistant, she is sympathetic to Melanie and starts to form attachments to Jamie and Jared. While Wanda is a sweet, shy and quiet Soul Melanie is full of fire and will do anything to protect the ones she loves. When Wanda’s Seeker starts to suspect she inhabits a resistant Host she decides to inhabit Melanie herself. Melanie, frightened that Jamie and Jared’s location will be discovered convinces Wanda to run from the Seeker and her fellow Souls and help her find her family.

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What did I think?

I really loved The Host it is slightly slow to start but once Wanda and Melanie join the other humans the story really blossoms. Watching the humans deal with having a Soul in their camp, the very thing that is ending their species is really interesting, also Melanie’s Uncle Jeb is such a cute character sometimes I think he is so lovely and then I realise in everything he does there is an agenda. Essentially though the Host is a love story between four people and only three bodies, the back and forth between Melanie, Jared, Wanda and Ian is really funny, heart breaking and beautiful.

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I wish that Stephanie Meyer would write the long awaited sequel but sadly I don’t think that is going to happen.

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Paint and butterflies rating 5/5 Stars.

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Shadowhunters (The Mortal Instruments) TV Show vs Movie

I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan and love The Mortal Instruments books so way back when (2013) The City of Bones movie burst onto our screens I was filled with hope, excitement, joy but as we all know (or you do if you’re a fan) it didn’t work out so well.

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My big problem with any book to movie adaptation is when they don’t follow they book – it doesn’t have to be to the letter, I know something’s don’t translate from page to screen BUT with something as complicated as The Shadow Hunter Chronicles and having to keep in mind a prequel series like The Infernal Devices keeping the original text in mind, and sticking to it as much as possible is a good idea (it is popular for a reason).

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Lily Collins and Katherine McNamara as Clary

I do really like Lily Collins as Clary and I know this is controversial but I do like Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace so I wanted to briefly have a look at the new cast and chat about the teasers that have been released so far and THAT pilot  preview that’s been released online.

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Jamie Cambell Bower and Dominic Sherwood as Jace

I saw a preview of the up and coming Shadowhunters which is going to be broadcast on ABC family soon to be rebranded as Freedform. Which is interesting in it’s self- hopefully the channel will be less ‘family’ and will have the freedom to make its shows appeal to all audiences not just the family audience. I hope so, mainly because I think some of the later content of the Shadowhunters books requires some leniency when it comes to what is considered ‘mature content.’

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Robert Sheehan and Alberto Rosende as Simon

I think the casting choices are interesting, most people are going to be happy with Jace and Clary visually they look closer to how they did in the books which is a positive step forward. For me personally though Lily Collins is a talented actress and although the film wasn’t great she really did pull off a great Clary. When it comes to Jace, the most important thing for me is that his attitude is displayed correctly, he has such great one liners in the books and his back and forth with Simon is brilliant if they get that right that’s a real positive step forward to success.

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Matthew Daddario and Kevin Zeggers as Alec

The pilot snippet and two teasers have been released so far if you haven’t seen them they are all available on Youtube, I don’t want to make judgements because as a fan I would love Shadowhunters to be a long running success but from what I have seen it looks a bit Vampire Academy to me which makes me think they might be going for the funny, cringe, slap stick angle rather than dark with underlying humour. Just going to have to wait and see!

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Godfrey Gao and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus

So to round up casting, so far looks good, I have only mentioned and pictured my favourite characters in this post but may go on to do a full casting post. Harry Shum Jr. is my favourite casting so far I think he is going to make a brilliant Magnus and can’t wait to see him bring the wonderful Warlock to life! Basically I can’t wait and I’m going to have to re-read City of Bones before January 2016 to get Shadowhunters ready. What to you think of the Shadowhunters casting, love the movie? Hate the movie? Do you think a successful adaptation can be done? Fangirl in the comments!

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Happy Reading! x

TTT- Top Ten Tuesday Books I’ve had to DNF

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I am going to be discussing books that I just could not finish and had to DNR. I like to finish most books I read but sometimes if I’m not just enjoying a book I’d rather put it down and pick up something I will enjoy than struggle on. As with everything this is just my opinion and everyone enjoys different things. So… lets get cracking!

1.The Innocents by Francesca Segal

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This is a difficult one because this book was something that I wanted to read for a while, it’s the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2012 and runs with the tag line – What if everything you ever wanted was no longer enough? That line, the beautiful cover and I was hooked the book is a re-telling of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and having not read that book any references to the original source material were utterly lost on me. Having said that, if you need to have read The Age of Innocence to enjoy The Innocents this book doesn’t really stand up that well on its own not for me at least.

2.The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Before reading this I had wanted to reading something by Neil Gaiman for ages and this is still the only novel of his I have read. While this is a beautifully written book, I just didn’t really get sucked into to the world and kept putting it down and picking up other books. It’s been quite some time now since I began reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I just don’t see myself finishing it but I am eager to read more of Neil Gaiman’s work.

3.Dark Lover J.R Ward

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Just another Vampire novel… Look I know this series is beloved but I found it pretty Meh. There are many books in this series and to get me invested in another series with Vampires it’s going to take something pretty special.

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4.How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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I really wanted to like this book, the premise was interesting, the cover was cute and Saoirse Ronan was in the film adaption, check, check and check. It was the writing style that did it for me, I know that every author has a different voice and How I Live Now inpartcular was in the voice of the main character but it was really off putting and resulted in me putting it down (the book that is).

5.The Virgin Suicides by Jefferfy Eugenides

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Interesting and creative but I found it a bit slow.

6.Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohe

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This is one of those books and we all know the ones that really felt like they were jumping on the Twilight band wagon. I don’t really like it when it feels as if an author as written a book for the audience and genre and mood and fashion of the publishing industry of the time rather than just letting their creativity flow no matter of the fashion of the industry at the time.

7.Broken by A.E Rought

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Broken is a re-telling of Frankenstein which sounds great… in theory. I have a bit of a bug bear when classics are retold in a high school setting. It’s not about YA because I read YA I love the genre but when books are re-told in high schools it automatically lessons the original story some how and fills it with teen angst.

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8.Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

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This book has a massive twist and it would have been great if I hadn’t guessed it about one hundred pages in.

9 .Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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JUST.NOT.A.FAN.

10.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is not good or bad I just didn’t connect to the plot. so, NEXT!

So that was a miserable Top Ten Tuesday if you have any DNF or series you won’t finish let me know in the down bar.

Happy reading everyone and see you next time 🙂