Friday, November 23, 2012

Some more books I'm excited to read!

I think this sounds like a really interesting book- though I'm not convinced that I'll like it it does really intrigue me, and that's enough to pick it up, right? I mean, it's a graphic novel... as in, a graphic book, and I don't mean lots of blood and gore. I mean it's pictures that tell the story, at least that's my understanding...

I generally am really interested in this for two obvious reasons-
1 being. The cover.
2 being. The synopsis.

This sounds like such a beautiful and interesting novel and I've read a decent amount of good reviews for it, so I'm definitely keeping it firmly on my to-read list.

This. This sounds stunning. I love the idea and the simplicity of the cover really captures my attention- I'm very interested in reading it.

It's a two sided love story- you can read it from the back, from one perspective, or from the front, from another perspective. It's an awesome idea and THAT COVER! HOLY MOLY.

Basically I saw Chris Colfer's BEA speech and now have him high on my list of awesome people- this sounds like an awesome book, too.

I've never read any David Levithan but I have it on good sources that this is a stunning book and I can't disagree from the cover and synopsis, so I'm in.

I love the storyline. I love the cover. I love what the cover does to my mind. Enough.

Have you heard of/read/wanttoread any of these books? Any in particular that you're dying to get your hands on?


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang...

Title- What's Left of Me.
Author- Kat Zhang.
Publish date- October 2012.
Publisher- Harper Collins.
Rating- Three stars.


Thank you to Harper Collins for this review copy!

What I thought:
Beforehand about...
I've been hyped for What's Left of Me for roughly a year- it was one of the books I found about about while it was still in the editing process, and I've been gradually getting more and more and more and more excited about it. The synopsis comes out = can I have it now? The cover comes out = extreme excitement!

Authority/the bad side.
The ruling power in this novel is very interesting and definitely one of the eviler I've read- the secrets that progressively come out through the novel are really wonderful and keep the pace going, though most come out in the second half of the book.

I never really fell in love with any of the characters- Eva was certainly my favourite and I found the relationship she had with Addie interesting, if a little tiring at times with they're fighting- and I never felt completely sold on the love interest. It's not that I didn't like either of the characters involved, I did, but I didn't ever think it felt... right. Maybe I would have preferred it to happen more in the second book than in the first, but it just didn't add anything to the novel for me.

The Cover.
The cover- I love the cover, though not in the flesh quite as much as I like it when pictured above, but I still really like it. Until I was a little over a third of the way through the novel I didn't really work out the double face on the cover, yet I really liked it because it's a really thought-provoking cover, I think, though my love for it certainly rose when I figured it out.

Surely because of how excited I was for What's Left of Me, and how high my expectations were, I didn't like it nearly as much as I expected. I love love love the premise- the entire idea of a world where everyone has two souls living in one body, switching from one to another, but eventually disappearing, is incredible. MIND BLOWING. It's a seriously fantastic, stunning, extrodinary idea, and I really enjoyed how it progressed and panned out- to begin with, as in before I started the book, I thought they were two seperate souls in seperate bodies, so it was a little confusing to begin with but then I got it. Yet I never actually loved the novel- a lot of the time I found it slow and other than the double souls there wasn't anything else, for me, that really captured my attention. I felt it had a lot of potential, but I just didn't feel it play out for me and I don't see myself reading the rest of the series.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Limoncello and Linen Water review...

Title-Limoncello and Linen Water.
Author- Tessa Kiros.
Publish date- October 2012.
Publisher- Murdoch Books.


Thank you to Murdoch Books for this review copy.

What I thought:
As soon as I opened Limoncello and Linen Water, as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had come into something truly beautiful- there is such an incredible attention to detail and everything just works together so well that it's very easy to get swept up in flicking through the pages and find yourself coming out of a kind of wonderland.

My favourite points of the book were as follows-

1. The layout.
I've read books and cookbooks that haven't been set out particularly well, they're messy and dont have enough pictures of the food and they just don't have as much of a draw as books that are layed out in a really stunning way, like this one. It was easy reading in small sections amid old photos and recpies, so you got a bit of everything but not one thing all at once, which I love.

2. The photography.
I have a tendency to fall in love with any book if it has stunning photograhy, even if I don't like anything else about the book- photographs are important to me and Limoncello and Linen Water did not disappoint; the vintage photographs alongside stories, the many pictures of drool worthy food, THE COVER, it's all just a beautiful mix.

3. The recipes.
If I were just to flick through this book I would probably easily come across about three different recipes I would be willing to brave the stormy seas of my kitchen to make- there is the Sweet Pizzas, The Pizza Fritta (FTL FRIED PIZZA), Focaccia with strawberries (see how I'm overall mentioning 2-1 sweet foods?) and so many more- I see a cookbook and I generally pick out the sweet foods, but there many foods I would cook that are for main meal, not just dessert. Did I mention- FRIED PIZZA. Fried. Pizza. And it is apparently 'surprisingly light'. WIN!

Another point- it smells great, this book; and books that smell great get extra awesomeness points.

Obviously there were things I didn't like- quite a sizable chapter was set aside for meat based foods and I'm a vegetarian, so that wasn't particularly my favourite part, but the fact that so much of the meat based recpies were in that part and only dotted about ocassionally throughout the rest of the book was great for me!

This is such a great book with so many incredibe recpies that I'm sure I'll be making soon and overall I would highly recommend it.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blogspiration (5) Achievement.

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author’s choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.

I'm a procrastionationist, which is a word as of now. When I say to myself I will get something done, or I have to get something done, I have the nasty habbit of getting caught up with something else, probably something I still need to do, but it gets on my nerves and that's why I love NaNoWriMo. I make myself write for hours at a time, I push myself to accomplish the goals I have set and I'm incredibly proud of myself for doing it.

This year for NaNo I decided that instead of writing something brand new I would work on some projects I really wanted to finish. One is the sequel to the book I wrote last NaNo and had been slowly working on and one is something newer, a standalone that I've thought about a lot and have fairly well plotted out in my mind but haven't really worked on. I'm currently in the process of writing the sequel and here are some things that happen in the book...

There is love that is being tested.

A character who has never seen the sea.

A big scene with rocks.

And words.

Happy blogspiration- please excuse my probable absence over the following weeks.