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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica: Book Review

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Pretty  Baby

Authors: Mary Kubica

Pages: 370

Read: 4th July 2016

Rating: 3.98/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3.89/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

“Momma used to say, ‘We don’t have much, but at least we have each other.’ And then one day, we didn’t even have that much.”

I have never been more confused about a book, or what to even write in a review.

This novel has me completely dumbstruck on what to think upon finishing it, I mean, I finished it at 2am, it’s now 4pm and I still don’t know what to make of it.

What I do know is that I really enjoyed this book, what I’m not so sure of is the point of it? I don’t know if it was the fact that this book had no real climax, or perhaps in all my crazy theories I managed to guess most of the plot points and so it wasn’t surprising for me.

But was there really a point to it? I mean, was what happened with Heidi meant to be the crazy twist? Because I saw that coming from page 1, oh the confusion. I even searched online and read other reviews to try and see what other people made of the ending.

Anyway, despite all this, I still really enjoyed this book. It held my attention the entire time I was reading it, even if not much actually happened throughout the novel. In terms of plot development, was there even any? I’m not sure, oh no, not going back to the confusion…

Characters:
We really didn’t get closure on any of the characters at all, it simply felt like there was a depressing and abrupt end to every character arc. I kind of like that it didn’t turn out all sunshine and rainbows but I’m left guessing on so many levels.

Zoe: Why, whyyy, why did we not get a deeper look into this girls mind. She is the character that intrigued me perhaps the most, and I felt like there was so much more that could’ve been explored through Zoe, and about her struggles that were so evidently there.

Chris: I really liked this guy, I liked his POV, and just him in general. I loved his character development too, and the way that he kind of found a lot of meaning to his life towards the end.

Heidi: Ummm, yeah, not sure about where to go with this one without spoilers. I always thought she was weird, and definitely predicted her ending, I’ll just say that.

Willow: She and her story interested me, and learning all about her back-story and life was both intriguing and depressing. I don’t particularly like her though, and she kind of falls in the same bucket as Heidi for me. I can appreciate the horrible life she’s had though, oh how that would be just uh no.

Overall Thoughts:
I loved having the different POV chapters throughout the novel, I thought that was a great touch. To be honest, if I was in one of those characters heads for the entire book I would’ve gone crazy.

I saw everything and every character so vividly, and honestly it felt like the book was so short even with the 370 pages, and even though it took me a little while to read.

Although I’m still unsure of the point of this novel, as you may be aware of by now… I really really liked it. It was a great (and slightly strange) psychological thriller that I would recommend if you’re okay with enticing yet *looks up synonyms for confusing* perplexing stories.

I just know this one’s going to stay with me for a very long time, what a ride.

That’s all,

Kate :)

Where have I been? UPDATE

Date: 28th June, 2016

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: BOOK REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Authors: J.K. Rowling

Pages: 542

Read: 19th June, 2016

Rating: 5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny …


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

The Half Blood Prince is yet another incredible installment in the Harry Potter series, but you all knew that already. It may be my favourite so far, in fact yes I believe it is, even though the emotions are so real right now. (I know I said Order was my favourite so far, but this one has overtaken it)

I once again, loved every minute of reading this. It was perfect, and also had me lol’ing throughout the whole thing..eh, mostly. not the end.
The school and classes scenes were also amazing, that’s weirdly one of the things I love most about these books. Hogwarts just being Hogwarts.

If I’m being honest, weirdly again, the Quidditch scenes sometimes become a little tedious to me sometimes, but I even loved those in this book, they were just so funny. Thankyou Liquid Luck. (that was amazing, hahaha) The Apparition lessons were also a great laugh!

J.K. Rowling is brilliant in everything she does; the humour, suspense, mystery… I mean, she even had me guessing and confused even though I’ve seen the movies a billion times.

I loved getting to delve deeper into the motives and life of Voldemort, it was just so interesting to learn about his past, and what makes him such a complex character. As well as seeing the relationships, or lack of, with him and other people.

The love aspect of this book, oh the loveeee, was so cute to read about. I mean, between Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny, how could it not be good? You could really see them growing up throughout this novel, which I also enjoyed.

The relationship between Harry and Dumbledore grew even more in this book (which made the ending that much harder) I’ve always loved reading about the dynamic between those two. Such a bond.

“Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you Potter?”
“Yeah I am,” said Harry. “Glad we straightened that out.”

Malfoy, well he was such an interesting character in this one, right from the moment when he stepped on Harry’s nose *wince*, that was intense. It was so cool to be able to read about the mystery behind this guy, and try to figure him out a bit more. Draco has always fascinated me, which is probably half to do with Tom Felton, let’s be real.

Snape, uhm, I’m still kinda confused where I stand in regards to if I like or don’t like him, at the moment it’s a bit of both. I guess the Deathly Hallows will help me out, but I do really enjoy reading about Snape, even if he makes some…questionable decisions.

Can’t forget to mention Slughorn! He was a great addition to the story, I really enjoyed his character, and all that he brought to the novel.

Once again, the friendship between Ron/Harry/Hermione warmed my little heart, and also tore at it a bit over the course of the novel *cough* thanks Lavender *cough*. But they never fail to make me smile. I feel like even though there was still a bit of it, the angst levels were much lower in this one, haha.

Also, how can you not love Fred and George? I adore those two, they’re like me in twin boy form.

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

All-in-All, this was yet another solid addition to this amazing series, and it’s just incredible how much more I’m getting out of the books than the movies, I really didn’t expect to learn this much. Admittedly, I didn’t even truly know what a Horcrux was until this book…oops.

Can’t believe it’s time for the final journey…

Until next time, Harry.

That’s all,

Kate :)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Authors: Jenny Han

Pages: 420

Read: 19th April, 2016

Rating: 5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control…


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.5/5

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand, all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”

 

I started this book a few weeks ago, and because of school I didn’t really get much of a chance to read it, but once I did I went from page 120 to 420 in a matter of hours. I loved this book!

Well, I have now found my most relatable book character/protagonist of all time. Lara Jean literally is me (minus a few details but you get the picture). I absolutely loved her as a protagonist, and I just kept finding myself thinking wow, she is so real and our thinking patterns are so similar. It was so great to be able to read from her perspective, this is only one of the reasons I’m hoping to re-read this book in the future.

In terms of other characters:
Kitty: was so cute, and although at times I thought she acted a little old for the age she was supposed to be, I got used to that and realised that’s just her. She ended up being one of my favourite parts of the novel.
Margot: she is the only character that annoyed me a little bit throughout the book, even when she wasn’t really in it. Although she also had various aspects of me in her…I basically just said I annoy myself, which is true, but anyway… In the end, everything comes together and it is understandable why I may have had the tiniest of problems with her.
Josh: I couldn’t quite figure out what I thought about this guy, but I did not ship him with Lara Jean. At times he was cute, then he was cold, but he was a great addition to the story.
Peter: Oh peter, kill me now, this guy was beautiful, I loved him so much! He wasn’t quite that annoying ‘bad boy’ trend, even though he was kind of painted to be by everyone else. But whenever we read about him, he was nothing like that, which I loved. I could read about him all day.
The dad: was super cute, and I loved him being an addition to the story, I also loved that cooking scene with the salty food, hilarious!One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.

Being so close to my family, I really appreciated this, and it was refreshing to see how important family is in a YA novel.

Another thing I adored was all the Harry Potter references, that literally added SO much to the story, and made for one of the cutest scenes ever, if you’ve read it, you probably know what I’m talking about. Along with this, the Peter Parker costume, I’ll say no more.

I also loved the multi-racial aspect of the story. I’ve never really read too many novels with cultural features woven into the story, but I really enjoyed it in this case!

It was also just really nice to read a love story that was so progressive throughout the novel, and didn’t hit you right in the face at the beginning of the story.

The ending was fantastic, I feel like the brick wall that was built between Lara Jean and Margot was not only broken down for them, but for me too. All my tension towards Margot was instantly released, so obviously I may have been just a little connected to the book…?
The only thing that I was upset about was that there was no real resolution in terms of Peter/Lara Jean! How could it end like that? Now I have to buy the second book just to find out what happens with my baby, Peter.

I urge everyone to read this book! It was so sweet, and perfect, and just so heart warming. Please do yourself a favour and read it. It’s definitely going straight to my favourites list.

That’s all,

Kate:)

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Maybe Not

Authors: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 120

Read: 31st March, 2016

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


REVIEW:

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 4.5/5

“I think it takes being loved in order to know how to love,”

This novella takes the character of Warren from Colleen’s novel ‘Maybe Someday’, and we get to see an insight into what his world is like through his own eyes.

In all honesty, I don’t really remember Maybe Someday all that much, but I do remember loving Warren when I read it about a year ago.

I loved being able to see the story of Warren and Bridgette through this new take on the characters, and although at times their romance annoyed me, it was so cute and I love how everything ended up.

My favourite scene has to be when Warren and Bridgette went to his sisters house, and just all the interactions their with the kids was so sweet!

Another favourite was seeing Sydney, Ridge and Brennan in this novella! It was so fantastic to be able to see them, especially Sydney, through Warrens eyes and really see how they interacted with eachother.

The problem I had with this though, surprisngly, is Warren. I didn’t seem to like him as much in this book as I did in Maybe Someday, I found him to be a little overbearing and pushy at times, and even a little creepy. The being said, this was only really a problem for me when he was around Bridgette, not anyone else. He also kind-of redemed himself a bit in the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novella, although I had my very small problems with it, it was still such a cute and quick read.

 

That’s all,

Kate:)

Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Never Never, Part 3

Authors: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Pages: 114

Read: 30th March, 2016

Rating: 4.80/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY of book 1:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.


REVIEW:

Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic.”

 

Not sure how this review is gonna go down because of how short it is, but… let’s give it a go!

I can see how a lot of people were disappointed with the ending of the book, but I wasn’t because I didn’t let myself think too deep into the story’s logistics. So I loved the book.

This was such a cute, romancey conclusion to the 3-novella long trilogy. The scenes between Silas and Charlie were just so heart warming, and had me smiling and swooning like a moron. But hey, I’m not complaining.

I love how this novella had the ‘simon said’ aspect, that was so fun to read about. I also enjoyed how Silas and Charlie seemed to not care about what anyone else thought, when they knew what was going to happen to them, and took every moment as important and precious to them.

I adore the way both characters decided to/were forced to change themselves, and how they wrapped everything up with both families. I love the people they both turned out to be, maybe everything that happened to them was for the better? I think yes.

The ending wasn’t exactly the reveal I’m sure everyone was hoping for, but it still hit me right in the feels. I don’t really know what I was expecting, and I didn’t have high expectations so maybe that’s why I wasn’t as disappointed as other people.

All-in-all my order of fav to least fav would go: part 3, 2, 1.

*spoilers ahead*
The epilogue, omgggg, as soon as I saw they had a child, I knew what was going to happen! That was such a great way to end the story, with that one line from Silas. Hahahaha, maybe it’s genetic now? I love how their child and her boyfriend were like a reincarnation of them!

That’s all,

Kate 🙂

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 435

Read: 29th March, 2016

Rating: 4.90/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4.89/5

“Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

Let’s start off by saying YES, this is the Mortal Instruments book I have been waiting for! The hype is lived up to in this instalment, even though this isn’t the most popular book with majority of people in the series. But oh well, each to their own I guess.

Let’s talk characters…

So, a lot of this novel was very Simon-based, especially during the beginning and I absolutely loved that! Simon is such a funny and interesting character to follow, and the incorporation of Kyle/Jordan into the story was so fantastic, especially to see the dynamic between those two.
I found Jordan to be a great addition to the story, and also his past with Maia really just made him all the more loveable (in a way…)
Jace was 50 thousand times more interesting in this fourth instalment, he was so complex and I just loved to read about him. I previously hadn’t loved him as much as I perhaps wanted to, but I sure do now!
Even Clary didn’t annoy me quite as much as she usually does in this book, but maybe that’s simply because she wasn’t really in it much…
Izzy was a delight to read about once again, and I’m so glad she was featured in this book a lot more than the previous one. I am hoping for even more of her and Alec in the next instalment.

From the start, I knew this book was going to be my favourite in the series so far, and I was not wrong! I loved every moment of the book, and surprisingly didn’t find myself bored at any point throughout it, which was one of my problems with the previous 3 books. It was so action packed, and even when it wasn’t enough was happening to hold my interest the entire time.

The whole Lilith plot was so intriguing and fast-paced, and I absolutely loved it! I also loved seeing the Magnus/Alec dynamic, and the kick-ass partnership of Alec and Isabelle towards the end.

The humour and sarcasm in this book was just the best. It had me constantly laughing out loud and feeling all the feels along with the characters.

This is definitely my favourite book in The Mortal Instruments so far, and I can’t wait to continue on with the last 2 and finally feel the satisfaction of completing this series!

That’s all,

Kate 🙂