This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends

How did I get it?:
I received it for the This Is Where It Ends UK Yearbook Tour

Synopsis:

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Thoughts:

This Is Where It Ends has been getting a LOT of buzz around the blogosphere. I feel like I’ve been seeing this book around so many blogs on anticipated lists, which makes me very happy- but scared at the same time. All too often, books don’t live up to the hype. I believe that This Is Where It Ends does live up to the hype and I can’t wait to read people’s reviews of it!

Considering that this story is told over such a short period of time, the author packs in so much information. I felt like I knew the four narrators well through clever use of flashbacks and well written character development throughout. I have to be honest and admit that I don’t always get on with this sort of narration, but for this book, I believe it was done well.

The only thing that prevented me from giving it the full five star treatment was that I felt the tweets/messages didn’t add much to the story, however, they didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, I’m just ultra picky with my five stars! 😉

The story is powerful. It’s heart-breaking and terrifying at the same time. If I hadn’t have been so busy, I could’ve easily read this book in one sitting. It’s addictive, fast paced and easy to devour.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

This Is Where It Ends is an incredibly established debut. I look forward to following Marieke Nijkamp’s career! 

This Is Where It Ends comes out tomorrow!

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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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 most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

January Releases

This Is Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I have read this book already, but I can’t wait for it to be out officially!

The Year We Fell Apart- Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

This book sounds incredibly sad, but moving at the same time. It is about a teenager who is struggling with the loss of her mother.

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I am so intrigued by this YA thriller. It sounds like a promising debut!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

I don’t know a lot about this book, but the cover immediately intrigued me!

February Releases

Symptoms of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I have already heard some good buzz around this book! I can’t wait to read it.

March Releases

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I do adore Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m looking forward to her next release!

Into The Dim- Janet B.Taylor

Into the Dim

This sounds like another intriguing time travel read!

April Releases

Tell The Wind and Fire- Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire

I absolutely love Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing, so I can’t wait to read more from her!

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Emery Lord is another favourite. I can’t wait to read this! (Hopefully by the time this list comes out I’ve read her second book! 😉 )

May Release

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

I’m very much looking forward to Morgan Matson’s newest release. She has become an auto buy author for me.

Feel free to enter my 3 year blogoversary giveaway! Chrissi Reads turns 3 today!

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be adding lots of books to my TBR this week!

End of Year Survey 2015

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This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

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Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

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

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

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

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

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

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

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

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

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

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

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

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

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

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

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

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

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

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

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

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

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

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

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

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

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

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

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels that we are looking forward to. I always have a love/hate relationship with these lists as my TBR always expands without fail. However, I am ALWAYS excited about debut novels. Who knows, there could be a new favourite auto buy author lurking within this list!

This Is Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

This book is a bit of a cheat because I’m reading it very soon, but I want people to have it on their radar!

Fear The Drowning Deep- Sarah Glenn Marsh

Fear the Drowning Deep

This sounds fascinating! Historical fiction, paranormal and fantasy. I’m intrigued!

Into The Dim- Janet.B Taylor

Into the Dim

I really like this sound of this science-fiction/time travel story!

These Vicious Masks- Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

These Vicious Masks

I have to say Jane Austen meets X-Men intrigues me.

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

This book sounds like a great YA psychological read!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

This cover immediately intrigued me. It looks like a fabulous fantasy read!

Symptoms Of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book already! So intrigued!

Bookishly Ever After- Isabel Banderia

Bookishly Ever After

Yes, this title totally got me straight away. It’s a paranormal read. I’m intrigued!

The Way I Used To Be- Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be

This book has been compared to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. I’m intrigued!

Save Me, Kurt Cobain- Jenny Manzer

Save Me, Kurt Cobain

LOVE the title of this book and again… intrigued by the synopsis! Can’t wait to check this out.

What debuts are you looking forward to? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.