The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian // Review


Title: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th April 2016

An emotionally charged coming of age story that will leave you in tears, and clinging to the memories of your hometown long after you close the book.

When I picked this book up, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but whatever it was, this exceeded it. This beautiful book was written perfectly and from the start of the book I completely fell in love. The book follows the story of Keeley and the fact that her city, Aberdeen, is not only being sold from under everyone, but also it is slowly going underwater. This leaves Keeley with the emotional choices of leaving the only life she’s ever known, or staying and protesting the change with her dad, as the friends around her leave.

This book really hit me hard. It was one of the most realistic stories I’ve ever read, even though it was about a topic I’ve never experienced obviously! The character of Keeley felt so real, and I could really empathise with everything she had to go through. Her relationship with her friends were such an emotional rollercoaster, how the friendships and relationships changed throughout the events of the book felt so real, and I was constantly hoping for the best every time I picked it up.

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Cake Flavoured Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m back with ANOTHER tag (I love doing them, and I hope you love reading them!).

I originally saw Cait over at PaperFury post this on #bookstagram, and then she made an entire post about it, so I thought it’d be a shame not to do it since it combines two of my loves!

CHOCOLATE CAKE
A dark book you absolutely love

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – GODSGRAVE BY JAY KRISTOFF! This is one of the darkest books I’ve read, but is also one of the best ever books I’ve ever read! It’s so brilliantly written, and I am in love with it.

VANILLA CAKE 
A light read

I’m not really too much of a ‘light reader’, but I really loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! It was a lot of fun to read, made me laugh and warmed my heart in the best way!

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // Review


Title: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 17th January 2017

Silvera is back breaking hearts, and emotions with his new bestseller, History Is All You Left Me. A beautifully diverse story with a life changing story, this book is sure to be a tearjerker no matter your age.

HIAYLM follows the story of Griffin, a young teenage boy who recently lost Theo, the love of his life. Not only does he have to deal with the grief, but he also has to cope with sharing his grief with Jackson, Theo’s boyfriend at the time of his death. Together they have to cope with reminiscing about Theo, dealing with each other, and trying their best to stay afloat while the grief of losing the boy they both loved tries to drag them down.

The message behind this book is utterly perfect. As someone who has lost a family member, I’m no stranger to the feeling of grief, and for me the portrayal of grief in this story was brilliant. It felt so real, and I really felt like as Griffin’s feelings developed and his emotions became darker and harder to control, that I was along with him for the ride.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To)

Hi everyone!

So TTT is actually on a break at the moment over at The Broke and the Bookish, so I thought I’d go back and do some I haven’t blogged about before, because I miss this meme!! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the books that were released in 2016 that I STILL haven’t gotten round to! I feel like I have a LOT for this, so here we go!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I have had this on my shelf literally since it came out, so I have no idea why I’ve never gotten round to it! I’ve heard such amazing things about it, and LOVE the covers (there are 3 different ones) so I need to get to it! Also I’ve been dying to read a Kendare Blake book, so even more reason to get to it.

 

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

This book was one of the most anticipated for a lot of readers last year, and once again I ended up buying it the week it came out but forgot about it (SEE THE COMMON THEME???). I will get to this soon!

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The Greek Mythology Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m finally back with a new tag! I posted the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag on my Youtube channel (Find me at: BetweenthePagesofYA), and loved it, so thought I’d do a tag for my blog here too!

I saw this on my feed, I can’t remember who posted it, but if it was you then thank you for creating it and bringing it to my attention! I love Greek Mythology so thought this would be right up my alley! Here we go:

ZEUS: GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER

Favorite Book

Hands down this one is definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know a lot of people are probably tired of me answering with this book but I can’t help it, I LOVE IT SO MUCH CAN EVERYONE PLEASE READ IT!

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POSEIDON: GOD OF THE SEA

Book that drowned you in feels

I mean 90% of the books I read seem to do this, so I nominate EVERY BOOK. But the book that drowned me in feels the most has to be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That book chewed my emotions up, and spit them back out in my face. To say I was a wreck was an understatement, and to this day I still haven’t gotten round to reading it again!

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HADES: GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD

Favorite Book with a Dark and Ominous plot

Stephen King was the first author that ran through my mind for this question! I’d definitely say either Pet Sematary, or The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich! Both books are so ominous and creepy, and I loved them both so much!

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HERA: GODDESS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Cutest fictional couple

SO MANY CHOICES! My heart is crying out to so many fictional couples here, but I’m going to mix it up a bit and not say one I always say! Instead I’m going for Gansey and Blue (yes I have just finished reading The Raven Cycle, how did you guess??). THEY HURT MY HURT THEY ARE SO CUTE! I wanted to read about their slow burning love forever, and cry over their perfection until I have no tears left. (NOT A HEALTHY THING TO DO FYI).

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Horns by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Horns by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Release: 2nd June 2011

A story about the morals of telling the truth and how just one night can ruin peoples lives, the son of the King of horror is back with a tale of murder, revenge and the Devil himself of course.

I absolutely adore Joe Hill’s writing style and was desperate to read this as soon as I first read NOS4R2 (my review for that can be found here!). I’d heard really great things about it, and knew I had to read it. The writing style throughout the book was so good that I couldn’t help but carry on reading it, and when I wasn’t reading it I was desperate to know what was happening next.

The introduction of Ig is one of my favourite things in the book, as straight away we deal with Ig whilst he is growing his horns and getting used to their power of making people tell him their inner truths. The truths that get revealed right at the start of the book instantly make you relate to Ig and feel sympathy with him, meaning you automatically become immersed in the story.

The plot throughout this book is such a hard hitting story but the way it is developed and with Ig’s new ‘power’ it has been so carefully thought out and I love it. The backstory of Ig’s friendship with Lee is such a brilliant insight into the overarching plot between them, that leaves you with both sympathy to Lee but also growing hatred. The announcement of the plot twist within the book is one of the most shocking parts of any book that I was left devastated.

The introduction of the backstory of Merrin and Ig was also so cleverly written into the main story that it gave you the perfect insight into their romance, before cruelly bringing the story back to present day and realising the story you have just fallen in love with has already been taken away. The writing style is so clever, and the development of Ig’s character and relationship with his horns as the book continues and he finds out more and more about the death of Merrin is brilliant.

I love how you can see the humanity within him leave bit by bit as the story continues and the ending fits the rest of the story so well.

This book has such a brilliant balance of the hard hitting emotions, brilliant writing style, and a brilliantly unexpected conclusion. Joe Hill is still the Prince of Horror/Thriller, and seems like this will be his title for a while.

Have you read Horns? What did you think? What is your favourite book by Joe Hill? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but I thought now was the time to start! This weekly meme was started over at The Broke and the Bookish, so make sure to check out their page!

This weeks TTT post is about the best books that you’ve read this year so far! I have read SO many good books this year, that it might be hard for me to keep it to 10! In no order though, here are my Top 10 Books:

  1. Illuminae (& Gemina) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 

    Okay so yes I MAY be cheating here by including both the first and second books in the Illuminae Files series as one point…but they’re both so good! I read these at the start of the year and was hooked from the start, they definitely hold the title of favourite books of this year so far! Find my review for Illuminae here, and my Gemina review here!

  2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    THIS SERIES. This series has become my entire life recently, and yes I know when it says ‘Top 10 books’, there shouldn’t be one point including FOUR books, but hey, sometimes you just got to, okay? This series was amazing from the first book and did nothing but make me fall further and further in love wit it as the series went on. PLEASE can everyone read this series, okay? Cool. Read my review of the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, here!

  3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

    I have been desperate to read this book, and this year was finally the time to read it, and it didn’t even slightly disappoint! The action, the characters, the world it’s set in. My heart just couldn’t take it all, and still can’t. It was amazing, and I want to relive it all over again. If I wasn’t still crying over it…oh my life.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // Review


Title: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th February 2015

A book that focuses on the amazing work that women did in the Second World War will leave you an emotional wreck and feeling so much pride you will need a day to get over it.

This book is absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect when my friend bought this for me for Christmas, just that it was similar in some ways to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my favourite book) so I was extremely excited. Little did I know that this book would be absolutely perfect and one of the most emotional novels I’ve read so far this year.

From the start of the book I had such conflicting feelings in relation to the main character, I both understood what she had to do due to torture, but also was shocked at how she seemed to be giving up information to the enemy with such ease. However as the book continued the reasons behind what she was doing were so perfectly explained that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her and her writing. I loved how it wasn’t until at least a third of the way into the book that we got to know who our protagonist was. The mystery fit in so well with the story being set in WWII, the notorious time for enemy spies and hidden agendas.

The writing style of this book is beautiful. It feels so raw and so real, you can imagine yourself in the characters shoes as she tells her story to the Germans. I also particularly love that the story she tells was angled so well to explain just how important the character of Queenie was to the female war effort, and the importance of the character of Maggie was to the war effort and to Queenie’s life. The friendship between Queenie and Maggie is one of the most beautiful friendships I have ever read about, and soon as I began their story I fell completely in love with them.

The underlying message within this book I also felt was so important. As shown when the German Officer becomes a softer and happier person when talking about his daughter, the message that the reality of war affects every single person on both sides, both the friendly and enemy sides, was so important to express and I think Wein explained this perfectly.

The depth and research that must have gone into this book is admirable as there was so much depth into the weapons, planes etc used during the American war effort, that I admire Wein for providing such detail to really make the audience feel immersed in the story and give it a reality check. The ending is so heartbreaking but also so realistic to the effects that war has on people and what it drives people to do, that I was just in awe of the writing.

This book not only provides a wonderfully historic fictional insight into a war that still affects many to this day, but also provides such a beautiful story between two best friends and the lengths they will go to protect each other. I was left in tears but also with such a fierce amount of respect for the women of WWII and how well all the loose ends were tied up.

A moving story, but with perfect writing, and heart-breaking actions, this book will truly stay with me forever.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading,

Meggan x

Starr Gone Blog Tour // Interview with Kim Briggs & Excerpt!

Hi everyone!

Here’s my second post for the amazing Book Unleashed Blog Tour for Starr Gone! Kim was lovely enough to talk to us about her latest novel and the best things about being an author! She’s one of the kindest people, and I’m lucky enough to get the chance to share this interview with you! Here we go!

Q: What’s your inspiration for the character of Starr?

A: Starr’s a little bit of me from high school or at least the seventeen-year old girl I wanted to be. She’s together. She’s opinionated. She’s loving and she cares passionately. She kicks ass in school, but when the Organization decides they want her as assassin, she needs to figure out who she is and what she wants. In Starr Lost, Starr forms her own team, and they make a number of startling discoveries including who or what is behind the Organization. Starr thinks she’s beginning to make sense out of chaos. She’s wrong. In Starr Gone, she smashes into brick wall after brick wall. Her character, her friendships, and her relationship with Christian are put to the ultimate test. Will she snap and become the assassin General Treadwell wants her to be? I’ll never tell.

Q: Did you always know that this was the way the story would go (relating to including the grandparents and Jody and Sami)?

A: So I have a confession to make…Every aspect of the Starr Fall story arc came to me fully formed. I knew the trials that Starr would need to go through to test her grit and determination. I knew that Jody and Sami would return in Starr Gone. I also knew that her grandparents and the Organization would be tied to one another. There are more tests Starr will need to go through, but Di will be tested too. She’ll need to rise to be a leader or lose herself entirely.

If it’s any consolation to other writers, my current WIP series is not as easy—payback is a bitch.

Q: What is your favourite part of writing this series?

A: When I open the file for Book Four, it’s like falling back into a world I adore. Each character is my best friend. Coda makes me laugh. Ben is the steadfast, solid friend who will be there no matter what. Christian and Frank care about Starr and will do anything to protect her. Starr and Di are opposite sides of the same coin. Many reviewers have asked me how I can switch between them so fluently and keep their voices unique, and I think it’s because I know them both so well. Sometimes Starr might say something that sounds like Di and vice versa, but that’s normal when a friendship is as tight as theirs. So in short, every part of writing Starr Fall is my favourite.

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Starr Gone Blog Tour // Blog Tour Post!

Hi everyone!
I’m lucky enough to be a part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful Starr Gone by Kim Briggs! This tour is being run by Book Unleashed, so be sure to check their page out and the other blogs on this tour! Also make sure to look out below for an amazing giveaway – you won’t want to miss out!
NEW BOOK RELEASE!
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.
Starr Gone
STARR GONE
Kim Briggs
Series: Starr Fall Book 3
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, YA Romance, YA Thriller
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: June 3, 2017
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.
You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.
The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.
Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No… More.
“I love this book so much and this series just won’t stop getting better and better!”
– Meggan Turner, Goodreads Reviewer