Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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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 the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Stolen

Stolen

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
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Synopsis:

IT HAPPENED LIKE THIS.
I was stolen from an airport. Kidnapped. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Imprisoned by sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story. A letter to my captor.

Thoughts:

Stolen tells the story of Gemma, who is taken from an airport far away to Australia. A controversial story, that’s for sure. I have really mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it (despite the tough subject matter) but at the same time, I was expecting to be blown away…and I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally recommend this book, I just think I had too high expectations going into it. This book is unique and interesting to read with a very intriguing view of Stockholm Syndrome.

I really enjoyed reading Gemma’s story. The story was told through Gemma addressing her kidnapper in a letter. I think this was a really effective way to portray how Gemma was feeling and how her feelings changed with time.The use of this narrative works because it feels much more intimate. The reader feels like they get to know her and live through her terrible experience with her.

Ty, the kidnapper, is an interesting character. He’s one that utterly confused me. I wasn’t sure what to make of him. Obviously, it’s completely wrong what he did and the fact he didn’t seem to realise what he did was wrong really frustrated me. My mixed feelings come from feeling somewhat sorry for him. He clearly needed help. It may have been interesting to learn about the kidnapping from Ty’s point of view. It’s not often that I long for alternate points of view (I don’t think it always works) but I’m certainly intrigued to Ty’s reasons behind the kidnapping.

This book made me think. It may not have been as amazing as I wanted it to be, but it was still a decent reading experience!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A unique take on Stockholm Syndrome. Worth reading!

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR. I managed to read 4 books from my Winter TBR and DNF two others on my list. So 6/10 is much better than I had previously done with a TBR list… I’m hoping to read the four books that I missed off my list. I have to prioritise these books as they’ve been on my TBR for AGES and I read such wonderful things about them!

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These books!!! I NEED to read them. Maybe Someday is a book that everyone says I should get to, but for some reason I never get around to it!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend My Heart and Other Black Holes Stolen: A Letter to My Captor No Place to FallI'll Meet You There The Art of Being Normal

I know that I’m reading many of these books soon! I am so excited to read I’ll Meet You There as I adored Something Real by Heather Demetrios. I’ve also heard fantastic things about The Art of Being Normal.

Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritise? What’s on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Want To Read From The Young Adult Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre or books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue.

My list is in no particular order and the book image goes to Goodreads!

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Stolen Lucy Christopher– I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I have a copy, but haven’t got around to reading it yet! Hopefully soon.

No Place To FallJaye Robin Brown– Again, good things heard! I just need to purchase a copy!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendIn Honor

The DuffKody Keplinger- I’ve had this book for AGES now, but I don’t seem to be reading it! I really need to make time for it.

In HonorJessi Kirby- I’ve only read Golden from this author which I thoroughly enjoyed. I want to read more of her books!

Some Girls Are My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some Girls AreCourtney Summers- I’m yet to read something by Courtney Summers, but I have heard great things about her writing!

My Heart & Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga– This book has been highly raved about!

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I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios– I don’t have many authors that I pre order for, but after reading Something Real, I had to pre order I’ll Meet You There.

The Art of Being NormalLisa Willamson– This book has been highly recommended by so many bloggers! I’m looking forward to getting to it as soon as I can.

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The Start Of Me and YouEmery Lord– I’m eagerly anticipating Emery Lord’s next book after devouring Open Road Summer. It comes out in March!

Nick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistRachel Cohn and David Levithan– I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now!

Have you read any of these? Let me know! Also, feel free to leave a link to your list this week. This week could be another where my TBR pile expands…

 

 

British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

5th Annual End of Year Survey

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Again,  I’m linking up with one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner. I can’t believe it’s time for another end of year survey! This year has been packed full of good reads, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Of course, it’s not technically the end of the year, yet, but if I read a book this month which HAS to go into this list I shall edit!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Okay, this is hard. Starting with a very hard question! Hmm… I would have to say either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Something Real by Heather Demetrios.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I enjoyed it, but expected it to be much better than it was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will forever push that book on everyone that asks for a recommendation!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

(These are just from books I’ve read this year, they may not necessarily have released this year…)

Best series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Best Sequel of 2014: Dead Silent by Sharon Jones, Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Sarah J.Maas! Looking forward to reading more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 Say Her Name by James Dawson

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t put it down!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a big re-reader if I’m honest!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Max Walker from Golden Boy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Bird by Crystal Chan.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”- Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest- The Snow Queen-a novella at 80 pages.

Longest- Take Me On– 544 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twist at the end of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Haley and West from Take Me On– Katie McGarry

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Dee- Open Road Summer

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sorry to say it again, but Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt from Open Road Summer

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Ravka- The Grisha Trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This Book is Gay– James Dawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves– Robin Talley

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Bad– Sally Green

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Kiss in The Dark- Cat Clarke

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dear Killer– Katherine Ewell

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I have so many favourite blogs, but to name one of my favourites… is Katie from Sherlockianbooklover!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Religion in literature

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Young Adult Literature Convention in London!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Keeping up with my blog considering how busy I am with my postgraduate course!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

You’re The One That I Want– Giovanna Fletcher

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Drowning– Rachel Ward. Only so more people can see it and hopefully want to read it!

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Mr B’s Emporium in Bath!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed The British Books Challenge, The 2014 Debut Challenge and by the end of December, I will have completed Luna’s Picks, Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2014 and hopefully my goals for the 14 series I wanted to finish/start!

 Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many! I’ll go for… Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half Wild-Sally Green!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Everything That Makes You– Moriah McStay

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter– Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Put less pressure on myself!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Eek, unfortunately I haven’t read any yet. Using some of my holiday time in December to do that. I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

So there it is… my answers to Jamie’s End of Year Survey. Please make sure to visit Jamie’s blog to see her answers and link up your post if you have completed the survey. Feel free to link your surveys for me to visit too. I love to see all of the answers!

Stacking The Shelves #84: The Birthday Edition!

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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!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

This week I celebrated my birthday, so you’ll see quite a few books this week! 😉 First up though.. review copies.

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 Ooh the covers of these two books go together quite nicely! I really liked the sound of these two books, so I decided to request them. I haven’t read a book by Nova Ren Suma yet so I’m very intrigued…

Hot Key Books: 

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The second book in the Vivian Apple series has just been released, but I somehow missed reading Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, so Hot Key Books kindly sent me the first book. I’m also so excited about This Book Is Gay by the wonderful Queen of Teen James Dawson. I’m actually thinking of reading this book very, very soon as I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it.

And now for the birthday gifts I received this week!

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Stolen- Lucy Christopher– I’ve heard so much about this book that I just HAVE to read it!

Infinite SkyC.J Flood– Another book that I’ve heard amazing things about, so what better time to pick up a copy!

AwakenKatie Kacvinsky– This book sounds so intriguing. It’s about living in a world where everything is done by computers. Is it just my thinking or could this totally become possible?!

Anna Dressed In BloodKendare Blake– I’ve been avoiding this book as I thought it might be a bit too scary for me, but I’m assured it’s creepy not too scary?

Throne of GlassSarah J Maas– I do have a copy of this book on my Kindle, but I figured if I’m ever going to get around to it and ignore the hype I needed a physical copy. Then it’ll stare at me until I read it!

The GiverLois Lowry– Is it some sort of blogger crime to admit that I haven’t read this book? I’m very much looking forward to it though. I like to read a book before I watch the movie.

Isla and The Happily Ever AfterStephanie Perkins– Yep, I’m admitting another crime, I haven’t read Lola yet. It’s on my radar to read soon though, so obviously I need Isla in my life!

EnchantedAlethea Kontis– I’m actually surprised that my friend Luna hasn’t pushed this book on me before, but now she knows I have it, perhaps it’ll be a Luna’s Picks choice soon! Whenever I get to read it, I’m excited. It sounds fantastic. I love me a fairy tale!

What I Didn’t SayKeary Taylor–  I saw this book recently on a Hannah’s Top Ten list about books including mental illnesses/disabilities etc and immediately added it to my wishlist!

The Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood- This was another recommendation from Hannah’s list!

Ugly LoveColleen Hoover– I still need to read Maybe Someday, but I was happy to have this for my birthday!

Evertrue- Brodi Ashton– My sister was a sneaky one and heard me saying how much I wanted this final book in the Everneath trilogy after I finished Everbound during her recent visit. She ordered it to arrive on my birthday to add to her lovely gift of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and some beautiful pamper stuff!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your hauls. Also, if there’s anything in my haul that you think I should read ASAP let me know!