Hogworts Express Metal Earth!

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Ok, so I should have picked a simpler one for my first ever metal earth (for those that don’t know, Metal Earth is like a little modelling kit made solely of sheets of metal that you have to manipulate together.) This one is known for being tricky… but I was desperate to make my first one, something I liked! Theres a fair few mistakes… the barrel of the train is even on back to front, but by the time I noticed I could do nothing about it! These are known for taking a couple of hours to make… it took me ALL DAY, probably from lack of experience, but I loved it nonetheless. Now to figure out which one to try next….

The infinity of You and Me

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What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.

Wooooow, another weird read, but another great read too! I spent a lot of this book confused as to what was happening and where Alicia was, there were multiple versions of her, her world, and it was often hard to follow. Did this bother me? Noooo. It was brilliant.

Untraceable

Untraceable – S.R. Johannes

16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
cover66266-mediumWhen her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a

compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

Readthisreadthisreadthisreadthis!

Massive ‘I can’t be bothered to read’ stint over. Hello extremely hot British summer. Hello, lets sit in the garden and get lost in a book weather. Hello Untraceable!

So, first hour of this book I was a little bored. I was half tempted to put it down and not pick it back up again, but the more I read… the more I wanted to read on. It probably took me like, a good month to get through this but once it FINALLY had me hooked, it was a great read. I can’t wait to read the next one now.

Grace was badass. The ability to navigate through the wilderness, the determination to find her father, her heartwarming love for nature and bears. The cliche love triangle was a bit of a pain, but I can get over that for the captivating read. It kept me guessing all throughout with a ‘is he alive’ or ‘is he dead?’ there was very almost even a leaky eye towards the very end of this book!

 

Extinction Of All Children

30369257Extinction Of All Children – L.J. Epps

A young adult, fantasy novel about a teenager who is the last eighteen-year-old in her territory. There will never be another child; every baby born after her has been taken away. Everyone wonders why she survived.

Every now and then, I fall out of love with reading. You can probably tell that from the breaks I take from blogging about books! But then, a book comes along and it just reignites that desire to get lost in a different world again; for me, that was this book.

This book wasn’t ridiculously exciting, it wasn’t something unlike I’d ever read before and it wasn’t one I couldn’t put down. But what it was, was a nice, easy read… which I think we can all admit, sometimes we just need? It was very hunger games-esque (which I’m a fan of btw) which probably helped capture my interest early on. I instantly felt relatable to the main character, Emma, as she worked hard to protect her family and always wanted more for herself. That passion and ambition is something I love reading about as I believe we should all be more ambitious in life.

I think the relationships were a little cliche… it’s like every YA novel needs to have a love interest or be torn between two boys, in this case, I don’t think that it added anything more to the story.

The way this book ended made me think there will be a sequel… would I read it? Yes. I want to know what happens next, I want to know what happens to Taylor and Emmas family. Will they find Abigail…. will she be alive? So many unanswered questions.

★★★1/2

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a free digital ARC in return for an honest review.

We Are Still Tornadoes

We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

28220739I wanted so desperately to like this one, and on the whole, I kind of did. The book was finished within a day so it was by no means terrible, it was just a little slow at times and awfully predictable.

It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.

Right from the onset, I knew what the ending of this book would be. That’s a little disappointing. I like suspense, twists and turns, unpredictability, but I didn’t have any of that with this book which made it a little dull to read. It wasn’t all bad though!

Scott and Cath are best mates, their bond is undeniable and is portrayed well throughout the series of letters that they send each other. Yep, this book is entirely letter format! Which I love by the way. It just feels so personal and intimate and ultimately highlights the fact this book was set in the 1980’s as who writes letters anymore these days? We live in a  world of technology and the art of hand written letters is long forgotten by most. Scotts character is literally like the ideal boy, he isn’t afraid to show passion or emotion and I instantly felt drawn to him. I spent the entire book hoping/waiting for the moment that he would realise that he was madly in love with Cath so I was not disappointed. Cath on the other hand, was not as likeable. She seemed whiney and I don’t feel like she was overly nice to any of her female companions.

As a former University student myself, I feel it captures University (or American college) life well. The pressures of studies thrown in with the drunken antics, sports teams, financial issues and the pressures of living away from home. It really is a pretty accurate representation of what life is often like!

The book touches on some pretty heavy subject, affairs and loss being just two. Scott loses his dad, the letters after this are almost unbearably raw. As someone who also lost their father at a young age – I totally got this. I understood and recognised every. single. feeling. that Scott had said in his letters. It was hard to read at times but also a little encouraging to know that those feelings that I once had were justified and that I’m not the only person that will have ever have felt them.

I enjoyed the ease of reading this book but at times had to convince myself to keep going, it was just a little slow. A worthy three and a half stars.

★★★1/2

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a free digital ARC in return for an honest review.

Life in a Fishbowl

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Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

Every now and then I fall out of love with reading. I just can’t get into a book, I can’t face picking up my Kindle, I can’t face struggling through a book I have no interest in finishing (and I HATE DNF’ing a book!). Recently though, my mental health has been pretty shoddy. I’ve had a rough time at work which when coupled with a pretty ridiculous home life, things get very tough. The idea of escaping into a fictional world where I can think of anything but my own problems has become the crutch that I needed to help me keep myself sane. Life in a Fishbowl was this crutch. It was an easy read, I didn’t need to think too much but I was totally engrossed in what was happening.

The book had a number of narrators, this was difficult to follow at times. I felt it over-complicated things and I found it difficult to really establish that mental/emotional connection with the characters as you were literally jumping from one to another. The brain tumour even got his own POV – this was just weird.

For a YA novel, it featured a lot of heavy topics. Illness, death, manipulative media, money hunger and fame, corrupt nature of the world, and much more. This was refreshing, sometimes we tip-toe around heavy topics but reality is that in todays society all of these are present and should be acknowledged. YA’s need to know the realities of the world rather than being wrapped up in cotton wool I guess.

Overall, a fairly interesting read. It was my rescuer at a very dark/needy time. My love for reading has been reinvigorated and I’m ready to delve into my next fictional world now.

A worthy, 3 stars.

Thank you NetGalley for a free digital ARC in return for an honest review.

★★★1/2