WWW Wednesday #70

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing. I love how she uses characters (even in a very minor way) from her other books in each book. It feels like it’s a whole community and makes each book feel so familiar. I’m just over a quarter of the way through Thirteen Weddings. It won’t take me long to finish. It’s got a good pace and characters that I care about.

What did I recently finish reading?

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I finished Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young last night. This is a short read. Caroline has to make a decision about whether to stay or go at the hospital, following her grandmother’s stroke. The story takes the reader on what would have happened if she stayed, or went. I found this book interesting, but it didn’t quite match up to what I had expected from it. It kind of reminded me of Pivot Point by Kasie West at times.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is the very brightly covered Tape by Steven Camden. I’m very intrigued to read this book because I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts or answer the questions in the comments below! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

Bought in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!

Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is the Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With.

It’s taken me a while to think of these, but here are my 10!

Rhine from The Chemical Gardens trilogy

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Rhine lives in such a crazy world. I don’t think I’d cope! I love The Chemical Garden trilogy. I know it wasn’t for everyone, but I thought the writing was beautiful and the series so unique.

Katniss from The Hunger Games

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I love Katniss as a character, but there’s no way that I could handle The Hunger Games. I’m so weak!

America from The Selection series

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I would LOVE the dresses America wears, and to some extent the lifestyle 😉 but urgh, the fawning over the guys.. and living/competing with a bunch of girls… no thank you!

Veruca Salt from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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The name alone is awful. She’s just a spoilt madam!

Phoebe from The Flavours of Love

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The whole family has a lot to deal with in this book! I couldn’t deal with what Phoebe goes through though at her age! This is such a good book. I absolutely devoured it!

Bella from Twilight

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Bella is just such a miserable character! I wouldn’t want to be her!

Mara Dyer from The Mara Dyer series

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I love this series with a passion, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be Mara Dyer.. or whoever she is. I’m confused. Argh. I need the final instalment in this trilogy!

Sloane from The Program

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I loved this book, but again, I wouldn’t want to live in this world. I hate the thought of my memories being wiped just because I was depressed.

Annaliese/Anna from Another Little Piece

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I’m sensing a bit of a theme here. I don’t want to trade places with anyone involved in such a messed up story! I loved this book though, despite it being completely mental.

Jem Halliday from Undone

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Undone is a such a heart-breaking book. Jem experiences so much! I definitely wouldn’t want to be in her position.

What characters do you never want to trade places with? Or what worlds would you not want to live in? Let me know. Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll visit your blog!

Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read. I could have put so many books on here. Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page. I’ve picked my ten… so here we go!

In no particular order:

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Ignite Me- Tahereh Mafi– I have enjoyed this series much more than I expected to, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it concludes!

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Split SecondKasie West– I adored Pivot Point. I’m far too excited about Split Second…

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Cress–  Marissa Meyer– I thought Cinder was ok and was disappointed that I didn’t love it. I read Scarlet and loved it, so my faith in this series was restored. I can’t wait to read Cress!

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The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin- This is one of my favourite series. It’s so messed up. I really, really need to know what’s going on!

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UnhingedA.G Howard– I liked Splintered, so I’m intrigued to see what Unhinged is like!

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The Lovely And The Lost- Page Morgan- I was surprised that I enjoyed The Beautiful and The Cursed as much as I did.

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The Treatment- Suzanne Young– I can’t wait to read this book. I was intrigued by The Program, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues.

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The Impossible Knife of MemoryLaurie Halse Anderson– I am slowly working my way through Laurie Halse Anderson’s books. The Impossible Knife of Memory  sounds brilliant!

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The OneKiera Cass– Guilty pleasure time.. I know that this series isn’t the best, but there’s something about it that I find intriguing. I am interested to see how the story concludes.. so Kiera must be doing something right!

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Take Me OnKatie McGarry- Crash Into You has only just come out (which I loved by the way!) but I’m still so excited for this book!

What releases are you looking forward to in 2014? Please feel free to leave your link in the comments below. I think it’s going to be another week where my TBR pile goes nuts!

Comparing ‘The Program’- Suzanne Young

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Click on the image to get to Luna’s blog!

Thoughts before you started reading The Program?

CHRISSI: I was worried. Last time I read a book that was so hyped I didn’t buy into the hype. But then I became very intrigued and was happy to find that Luna wanted to read it too. Perfect for our ‘Compare’ reviews.

LUNA: I’d saw The Program on Goodreads last year and have been keeping an eye out since. I was pretty sure I’d like this.

What did you think of Sloane?

CHRISSI: I really liked that she didn’t change who she was throughout. I liked that rebel nature within her.

LUNA: Despite losing herself in The Program Sloane’s personality doesn’t really change, she becomes stronger towards the end of the book but she’s still the same girl throughout. As a reader you know more of Sloane then she herself does, I think Suzanne Young pulled that off very well.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I liked the relationship between Sloane and James. I was equally intrigued and frustrated by the relationship between Sloane and Realm.

LUNA: The story of how Sloane and James got together. Didn’t know I was such a romantic…

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: I know dystopian books can pretty much build whatever world they want, but I like to believe it’s something that could potentially happen in the future. I didn’t find The Program believable at all, especially the attitude of the adults and how quickly people seemed to get over those that had committed suicide. I know it’s because they didn’t want to be taken into The Program, by appearing to suffer from depression but to me it just made them come across cold and uncaring and not very likeable at all.

LUNA: I guess the entire adult population, particularly Sloane’s mother. Books in this genre have pretty free reign in their world building but The Program is set so close to the present that I feel I should believe this can happen and I don’t.

The supposed normal behaviour is not to show negative emotion when bad things happen, if you do that you are flagged. Nobody challenges this – if you lose someone you love you are not ok within two weeks!

The fact that Sloane pretends to be fine because if she was acting upset that would be wrong makes no sense. How could any parent think a child that never has any emotions but positive ones is normal? You could have the best childhood in the world and I guarantee you there’d be days you we’re down and upset.

Maybe this is something that’s touched on in book 2 but that there isn’t so much of a hint of it in this one, so it makes it less convincing.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I really like Sloane as a character, putting aside how she dealt with her losses.

LUNA: Given the premise of this book I can’t really think of any highlights as such. I guess the times Sloane told Dr Warren to stick it.

Was The Program what you expected?

CHRISSI: I expected it to be an enthralling read. It was. If I wasn’t as busy as I was then I would’ve read it all in one go. It made me think about the issue of teenage suicide and suicide in general. I’m not sure it dealt with the issue of suicide well though. Perhaps this will begin to happen in the next book? Or perhaps it’s not the aim of the book at all.

LUNA: I don’t know. I really don’t. As expected the writing had me reading The Program in one sitting. Part 1 in particular was an emotional rollercoaster but I did feel that the time passed very slowly. I was expecting suicide to be more important (I think that’s the right word) but it’s more of a means to an end. There had to be a reason for The Program and suicide was a reason.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: I would recommend it. I think it’s a good read.

LUNA: Yes if you’re looking for a dystopian story, but as a book dealing with emotions surrounding suicide I don’t think this fits.