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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

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 :)

Random Book Questions

Hey guys, so basically I was tagged to do some questions, and I love doing questions, so why not! Here we go…

questions

1. What is your favourite book read in 2015 so far?

I can’t just choose one, sooo Wanted, Seven Minutes in Heaven and Hide & Seek by Sara Shepard, also Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

2. Which book-to-movie/TV adaptations you are looking forward to??

Shadowhunters, even though I’m a little skeptical of how it’ll turn out (not because I’m comparing them to the books, which I haven’t read all of yet, but because the sneak peeks look a little meh.) I’m also excited about the possible future Throne of Glass and Shatter Me shows!

3. Which fictional character would you want as your best friend?

Alison Dilaurentis! .. Hah, no… Hermione Granger.

4. What are your most anticipated book releases in 2016?

Never Never part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, The Amateurs by Sara Shepard, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

5. What’s your favourite book genre?

Young Adult! 😉

6. What are your favourite tv shows?

Well, this is a dangerous question… Charmed, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, The Lying Game, The Secret Circle, Arrow, Orphan Black, Reign, Once Upon a Time, Kardashians (no shame)

7. What books do you hope to read before 2016?

Twilight, The Rose Society, The Vampire Diaries 3 & 4, and alot more!

8. When you’re not reading, what else do you do in your spare time?

Youtube, Tv-Shows, Spending time with family, Photography, Playstation, Gym

9. Who are your auto-buy authors?

Sara Shepard, Colleen Hoover, Becca Fitzpatrick.


I hope you all enjoyed this little Q&A, I loved answering them!

Let me know your answers to some of these questions!! 🙂

Until next time booklovers,

XOXO, Kate

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: REVIEW

THE DETAILS:

Book: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 461

Read: October 29th, 2015

Rating: 4/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love


REVIEW:

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 5/5

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

First of all, let me say how well-developed and interesting these characters were. Much like the setting and atmosphere of this book, in which I found so easy to keep up with and visualise. It’s always great when visualising a book is both simple and intricate at the same time.

The story was so unique and fun to absorb, I often found myself getting lost in the novel and being able to block out everything around me. Which is what I want the absolute most when reading a book.

I personally didn’t read the Simon Snow parts in the book don’t kill me, but I kind-of got the gist of what was going on there. I just didn’t really want to waste time reading them when I already feel like this book took me forever to read.

Although I didn’t read her fan-fiction, I loved that aspect of Cath, and being a fangirl myself, I really enjoyed the fact that even though she was slightly socially awkward, she never felt as if she had to hide her fangirl side. I loved that.

 Be who you want to be my loves.

I loved the relationship between Levi and Cath, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a relationship that was written so realistically and naturally. Think the complete and utter opposite of insta-love, and that’s what this was. I commend Rowell on her ability to write such a relationship.

Overall, this book was fun and quirky, but I feel lacked a little in plot development, thus the 4 stars. I also feel a little like things weren’t entirely wrapped up, and there were so many directions and opportunities that weren’t taken, but that’s just me. Still, I’d definitely recommend it to all the fangirls/boys out there!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Sweet Reckoning, book three in the Sweet Trilogy

Author: Wendy Higgins

Published: HarperTeen

Pages: 383

Read: September 27th, 2015

Rating: 3/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced instalment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


REVIEW:

For a conclusion to a paranormal trilogy, this was a bit of a disappointment to me, sadly.

This book is paranormal, yet it felt more contemporary, which for some may be appealing, but for those who are expecting a riveting action packed ending to a angels/demons trilogy, it is kind-of disappointing.

Most of the book focused on the love aspect extremely heavily, and left very little room for the whole ‘world’ aspect of the novel to be dealt with. Although I did enjoy many of the love type parts, I found myself thinking ‘when is this going to stop and actually get into the book’, it just got old after a while when nothing was really happening.

The ending was super quick and felt like the whole three book issue was solved in literally 2 pages, making it rather anticlimactic. Honestly, I was looking forward to this huge battle and all I got was 10 pages tops, of talking and BOOM everything was solved…

The epilogue was super super sweet though, and I really did enjoy that! Oh Kaidan.

All in all, I did enjoy this series however I feel it got progressively worse with each book, and was a let down in the end. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the series though, because I definitely did! Just less dragging was needed in my opinion, too many pages, too little action.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂

The ‘Goodreads’ Tag

Hey book lovers, I haven’t finished a book since I posted my last review, soooo, I guess when in doubt, post a tag! Here it is…


1. What was the last book you marked as ‘Read’?
 Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins, I rated it 3.75 stars
2. What are you ‘Currently Reading’?
 Oh gosh, not this question when I’m in a reading slump…
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
(and more if I’m being honest, but these are what I’ve been somewhat actively reading)
 
3. What was the last book you marked as ‘To-Read’?
 The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, because I received it for my birthday!
 
4. What book do you plan to read next?
 hmm, I’m a mood reader so who knows! Probably whatever book I have on the go at the time.
 
5. Do you use the star rating system?
 Yes! Although I do think they should bring in half/quarter stars!
 
6. Are you doing a 2015 reading challenge?
 Yes, it was at 25 i think at the start of the year, but I’ve moved it up to 50 🙂
 
7. Do you have a wishlist?
 I didn’t until some people needed it for my birthday, so now I do.
 
8. What book do you want to buy next?
 November 9 by Colleen Hoover, and Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (neither of which have come out yet) *sigh*
 
9. Do you have any favourite quotes? Would you like to share a few?
 So so many!! Maybe I’ll do a blog post about that, theres too many to write here! I love quotes!
10. Who are your favourite authors?

Hmm, well my ultimate favourite thus far in my life is Sara Shepard, and what I’ve read from them I also enjoy Becca Fitzpatrick, Tahereh Mafi and Colleen Hoover 🙂

11. Have you joined any groups?

Heaps! But I’m so bad with them, I never check or contribute to them, oops

12. Are there any questions you’d like to add to this tag?

Yes! How many books have you read this year?

Well Kate, I have read 59. But it would be so much more if I wasn’t in this reading slump which has been going on for 3 months now… *cries*


Thankyou for reading! I hope you enjoyed my answers, until next time bookworms!

XOXO, Kate