Ten Bookish Worlds That I’d Never Want To Live In

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s Top Ten list is all about bookish worlds that we’d really hate to live in! This is a fun one!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program Suzanne Young– Suicide being an epidemic is not a nice world at all.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection seriesKiera Cass- I just hate every single thing about this world!

Matched (Matched, #1)

Matched- Ally Condie– This one is just a no no for me. I hate the idea of being matched with someone else and having to live with them forever! What if you hate each other?! I couldn’t cope.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

The Chemical Gardens trilogyLauren DeStefano– This again is a very scary world. People not living past their twenties? People can’t live to see the children they have to pop out for Science!

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)

Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– This terrifies me. A world where there’s no water? Wah.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

PanemThe Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins– No. Just no. The amount of fighting? Worst nightmare.

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

UnwindNeal Shusterman– The idea of harvesting body organs and decisions about that being made my parents… I would NOT want to experience that, thank you very much!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

DeliriumLauren Oliver– The idea of being inoculated against love really makes me sad.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent Veronica Roth– I don’t like the idea of this world either. It scares me!

1984

1984George Orwell– I haven’t read this book (I know, I know. I’m reading it this year!) but I definitely don’t like the sound of it.

Which worlds would you really not like to live in? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Replica (Replica #1)

Replica (Replica, #1)

How did I get it?:
It was a gift from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Panic

Synopsis:

Lyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learnes terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

Thoughts:

I have read a few books by Lauren Oliver now although I’ve only reviewed one on the blog. I was so intrigued by the concept of Replica. Two separate stories that come together to make one. I was pretty much sold on that concept alone. I also loved the idea of it not being alternate chapters. It was one point of view and then the next. I was intrigued. It took me a while to get around to this book, but when I did, I was pleased I did. It took me a while to really invest in the story. When I had got engrossed, I really couldn’t put it down. It doesn’t matter whose story you start with, but I personally started with Lyra.

Lyra was born at Haven Institute. She interacted with doctors, nurses and replicas. Lyra was clever though. She learnt how to read and yearned for affection. When Lyra escapes after an attack of Haven, Lyra starts to realise what exactly Haven was doing to her. Gemma, meanwhile, has always been protected by her parents as she was a sickly child. Gemma rebelled against this protection and went away to search for answers about the secrets that her parents were keeping. There are some amazing supporting characters in Replica too. I loved Gemma’s friend Alice in particular.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story as it is one with quite a few twists and turns. Both sides of the story have some clues towards the other character’s journey. It’s such a lovely reading experience when both stories meld together to find out what has been happening. I personally preferred reading Gemma’s story, but that’s not to say Lyra’s isn’t interesting. It is! It’s just I connected more with Gemma.

When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d read the next one, but as I got into it, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story and I’m definitely intrigued to see what’ll come next!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderful read that captured my attention despite it being over 500 pages!

This Week In Books #99

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Twilight (Twilight, #1) Replica (Replica, #1) Matilda

NOWTwilightStephenie Meyer– I am currently re-reading Twilight as it is going to be this month’s Banned Book. The discussion I have with my sister, Beth, will be out on Monday!

THENReplicaLauren Oliver– It took me a while to get into this book, but I ended up really liking it!

NEXTMatildaRoald Dahl– I am revisiting an old favourite for the Beth and Chrissi do kid-lit challenge this month. I can’t wait to read this book again.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get Around To! (But TOTALLY intend to!)

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about those releases in 2016 that we didn’t get around to (but fully intend to at some point!) There could be so many on this list…

Empire of Storms- Sarah J Maas-

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I don’t know why I haven’t read this book yet. I have been enjoying this series! Hopefully this year!

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

Here’s another one that I’m not sure why it’s not been on my radar!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi. I have heard this book is so good!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’ve found Lauren Oliver to be a little bit hit and miss, so I’m certainly intrigued by this story.

Firsts- Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts

I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I must try and read it this year!

Wanderlost- Jen Malone

Wanderlost

Like the sound of this one too. The simple cover really appeals to me.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I still want to give it a go!

As I Descended- Robin Talley

As I Descended

I loved Robin’s debut and was a little let down by her follow up. I am intrigued to read this one though.

The Girls- Emma Cline

The Girls

Another one that seemed to be everywhere last year.

The Graces- Laure Eve

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

LOVE the concept of this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to it.

What did you not get around to in 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #155

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Christmas Gifts

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I’m currently reading this book! Well, I say currently reading but I’m just about to start it. Scared about the hype but so happy to have my hands on a copy.

Replica (Replica, #1)

I am so intrigued by this book. I just need to work out how I’m going to read it? Alternate chapters or read one story first? Argh! Decisions.

Furthermore

I want to read more from Tahereh Mafi and I’ve heard great things about this book!

Noggin

I loved Highly Illogical Behaviour from John Corey Whaley so I want to read more of his work!

Bought:

Wing Jones

I’m working on reading more debuts this year and I am excited to try out this one from Katherine Webber, a British author.

Behind Closed Doors

This book was on my Christmas list and I decided I wanted to read it soon! Ha, I say soon but it’ll probably be a few months!

The Girls

I have seen this book around everywhere and I saw it on offer, so I snapped up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under The Tree For Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about what we’re wishing to receive under our Christmas trees!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

28448287I am really intrigued by this book and would love to find it under my tree this year!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

When I read modern day fairy tale I knew this book had to be on my list…

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

I have been meaning to get this book for a while now. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

This is another one that’s been on my wishlist forever!

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

I’ve heard good things about this series. Keen to try it!

A Madness So Discreet- Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet

I want to read this one too! I have only read Not A Drop To Drink by the same author, but I loved it!

A Mad Wicked Folly- Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

I’m intrigued by the good reviews for this book.

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This book has been everywhere! I can’t believe I haven’t bought it!

Behind Closed Doors- B A Paris

Behind Closed Doors

Another one that appeals to my reading tastes!

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?- Holly Bourne

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3)

I adore Holly Bourne. I’m intrigued to read this book!

What are you going to ask for this Christmas? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Top Ten Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that we have recently added to our TBR. There’s a mix of thrillers, historical fiction and YA in the list below. Some of my favourite genres!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas

The Sisters

I love a psychological thriller and this one from Claire Douglas looks fantastic. I have seen some mixed reviews about this book, but as always, I’m willing to give it a go!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I read the blurb of this book in a shop a few months back and it’s been on my radar since! 🙂 I now have a copy and can’t wait to read it!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinsborough

13 Minutes

I love the sound of this book! It’s rated fairly highly on Goodreads too, so I’m intrigued…

I See You- Clare Mackintosh

I See You

Loved Clare’s debut novel, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’m excited to read Replica. It sounds really intriguing!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

This cover is beautiful and I’m so curious to read more from Tahereh Mafi- especially middle grade!

The next three books were recommended to me by book bloggers who gave me some WWII historical fiction recommendations:

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) Letters from Skye The Nightingale

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

This just looks like a cute contemporary YA read!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts. Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!