Sunday, 29 April 2012

My Wild Shelf #1

Hey there!

Every week I'm going to be posting what books I've gotten in the week through my new post 'My Wild Shelf'.
I would love to find out what you got this week so simply just leave your link in the comments section and I would happily go and check it out!

For review

Thank you NetGalley!


Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway | Pre-Order: Amazon | Kindle 
Deception by Lee Nichols | Amazon | Kindle
Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill | Amazon | Kindle
Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David | Amazon | Kindle
Betrayal by Amy Meredith | Amazon | Kindle
The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong | Amazon | Kindle

Leave the link to your mailbox/post/meme below!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Feature and Follow (2)

Hey there!
The blogs featured this week are Little Read Riding Hood and Bookthatthing!

This week's question:
Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

I don't have many falling outs with characters, but one character that I felt this happened with was Gale (Hunger Games), my feelings for him changed in Mockingjay because there was this change in his personality, to me he came across as being spiteful and always had thoughts of revenge running through his mind. However I wouldn't say that I fell out of love with him entirely because I felt that I understood that he was going through the effects of war which had caused him to change. There aren't many characters which I fell out of love with, most of the time I just dislike the character straightaway from the start.

If this is your first time on my blog, I hope you liked the post and if you would like to follow me you can do it via GFC or linky followers and leave the link to your post below so I can do the same!

Tasnin <3

TGIF (4) - Reading Blues

TGIF is a weekly feature
created and hosted by the awesome Ginger at GReads
that re-caps the week’s posts and
has a different question each week.

This Friday's Question:

Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?
I totally suffer from reading blues all the time, everytime I read an amazing book I know straightaway the next book I pick a book up won't feel as awesome or appeal as much. I actually don't have any specific way of getting over the blues, it varies most the time. One way which helps me overcome the reading slumps is something I don't like doing which is taking a break from reading until the feeling goes away, sometimes it can take longer to get rid of than expected. Another way which I find helpful is by reading one of my really really really short favourite reads which only takes a matter of hours to read.
I would love to know if you have any other ways of getting rid of reading blues, leave your TGIF link in the comment box so I can check it out!
Tasnin. <3

Thursday, 26 April 2012

What Is The Best Book Beginnings?

This post is inspired by Alison from Alison Can Read who wrote a post called 'What Is The Ideal Book Beginning?'
I felt the post was a really good idea and that I absolutely agree that the most important part of a book for me is the beginning. If the start doesn't leave an impression it sometimes makes me feel the rest of the book won't live up to my expectations. However I've read books which have now become my favourite where the beginning didn't appeal very much to me but turned out AMAZING. But I believe that starting with a good beginning decides how I view the book and the mood of it as a whole.

Different Beginnings:

1. Slow start - This is something that really sets the pace of the whole book for me and whether or not I can finish it, this is when I feel the author is dragging on too much and I'm just sitting around waiting for the main point to come through and thinking 'so what does this all mean?'. But I believe slow starts can also be a good thing because it creates the sense of intrigue where you have a need to keep reading and find out more, it can take on a twist which completely pulls you in.
One book I felt that had a slow start but I ended up literally falling in love with was Delirium and it's actually one of my all time favourites.

2. Neutral - This is the sort of beginning for me where I can't say whether I love it or hate it, it's sort of in the terrority where the book is going at a steady pace with nothing too exciting or boring happening. I don't mind these beginnings because they some how still hold my attention just so I can find out where the story is heading, and sometimes these books end up being really awesome because the pace picks up and gets you going, so I think it's  very reader friendly.
For me the beginning of Iron King started in this way, it wasn't anything spectacular or bad, I felt it was just very imformative and nothing more but I have to say after a bit the goodness kicked in.

3. Fast - These beginnings appeal to me most of the time, the book starts straight off with action and energy, everything happenis quickly and it's causing you to turn the pages one after another. However these can sometimes be hard to get hooked to because it might turn out to be too fast that everything becomes muddled and hard to understand. This sort of beginning is good if it's done well by the author.
Chicagoland Vampires series and the Gallagher Girls series are very good at pulling the reader in straightaway.

4. Backstory and Voice - This is really important for me because this is what attracts me as a reader, if there is an interesting story behind the characters it creates this sense of suspense because you want to find out more about the character and dig deeper into their story. The voice is also something I look out for, if it interests me it'll keep me hooked, if it irritates me there may be points where I may have the need to give up but that actually doesn't happen too often.
I think If I Stay is a great example of this, the main character slowly unfolds her life through each chapter and I felt I could really connect with her.

There are many other beginnings that are also great or that I dislike but I just noted these 4 which either make it or break it for books that I read.

What are some of your ideal beginnings or which books did you feel accomplished a good start or were an epic fail!?

Sunday, 22 April 2012

In My Mailbox (2)

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The story siren where you post the books you may have gotten this week!

Well this week I got:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Bought on kindle:

Pyxis by K.C.Neal

What books did you get in your mailbox this week? Leave your link in the comments section so I can check them out!


Friday, 20 April 2012

TGIF (3) - Blogger Influence!

Hey there!

TGIF is a weekly feature
created and hosted by the awesome Ginger at GReads
that re-caps the week’s posts and
has a different question each week.

This Friday's Question:
Book Blogger Influences: Has there been a particular
book blogger who's influenced what you read? Share with us a review/book blog
that convinced you to pick up a certain book.

There are definitely bloggers and reviews which make me pick up a certain book!
Here are a few:

1. One of my all time favourite book series is 'The Hunger Games' and I have to say I would never have picked up the book if I hadn't read all the awesome reviews written by bloggers that I follow and reviewers on Shelfari!

2. A book blog which I really appreciate reviews by is Booksoulmates I have definitely read quite a few books that they reviewed.

3. I also just got the book 'Wintergirls' because of Ginger from GReads review, I'm really excited read it!

Leave your TGIF post in the comments section so I can check it out and see how bloggers have influenced the books you've pick up!

Tasnin x

Feature and Follow (1)

Hey there!

The blogs featured this week are Wordspelunking and Amysbookworld !

This week's question:

Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

If I had to choose two female characters, I would choose Katniss (Hunger Games) and Rose (The Vampire Academy), I have to stay both characters are tough and I think both would put up a good fight but Rose would probably win because of the Vampire blood, I would have loved to think Katniss could win but Human against Dhamphir wouldn't work out so well.

For the men I would choose Patch (Hush Hush) and Vincent (Die For Me) in a fight but I don't know who has the advantage, the dead man or the fallen angel, but because Patch is an angel (and hotness) I'm going to choose him as winner!

If this is your first time on my blog, I hope you like the post and if you would like to follow you can do it via GFC and leave the link to your post below so I can do the same!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Review of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Publication Date: February 28, 2012
        Page Count: 448            

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.

Favourite Quote:
“Grief is like sinking, like being buried. I am in water the tawny color of kicked-up dirt. Every breath is full of choking. There is nothing to hold on to, no sides, no way to claw myself up. There is nothing to do but let go.
Let go. Feel the weight all around you, feel the squeezing of your lungs, the slow, low pressure. Let yourself go deeper. There is nothing but bottom. There is nothing but the taste of metal, and the echoes of old things, and days that look like darkness.” 

Words to Describe Book:
Mind Blowing
My Thoughts:
In this review I will try my best to do 2 thing:
1. I will try my best to keep this review spoiler free.
2. I will also do my best to not have a breakdown and let myself get carried away with crying which will prevent me from writing a decent review.
Lauren Oliver has sincerely pulled off another extroadinary book, this one was far more adventurous, wild, heartbreaking then Delirium. There is still the constant beauty of writing throughout and it continues to haul me into Lena's world as a reader.

In this book Lena is faced with more challenges, she is torn between her past and the future, many new characters are introduced all of whom I really came to love but would have loved to found out more about their backgrounds, out of the whole book two characters which really build themselves in this book are Julian and Raven, you truly get a feel of their backstory and personalities which the author does a great job of doing.
One big change is the main character Lena. She has changed slowly over a process and has been reborn, stronger and harder. Lena has changed for the better and is not the same person she is not the girl who you came to love and know in Delirium. Her character evolved throughout Pandemonuim and the stages are swift which flows well within the book.

Another different but interesting aspect of Pandemonium is the layout, the book is written in two different time lapses switching back and forth, the events that are happening in the 'now' and the events that took place 'then'. I really liked the new style because it offered an insight into a different parts of Lena's life and created a sense of anticipation which was gripping me throughout. Pandemonium is truly more action based then Delirium which is both thrilling and exciting, the starting immediately grabs your attention unlike Delirium which I felt had a slow start.

I did expect a cruel cliffhanger and I was left with exactly that, I can say I thouroughly enjoyed it, well MORE then enjoyed it! Lauren Oliver did another amazing job with this book and I am definitely planning on reading Requiem!

If you have an e-reader you might also want to check out the book Hana: A Delirium short story!
(Link here)

You can buy Pandemonium on Amazon here!

Rating: 5 STARS!

Would love to know what you thought of either the review or how you found the book if you've read it!

Tasnin x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Last Echo by Kimberly Derting Book Trailer

YAY! There is a book trailer for The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting and it's SCARY!
I've been waiting for this book for ages and I'm really excited to get my hands on it soon.

If you haven't read or heard of this series before, this is the 3rd book in The Body Finder series:

1. The Body Finder (Book #1)
2. Desires of the Dead (Book #2)
3. The Last Echo (Book #3)

Let me know what your reactions to the book trailer is?
I recommend you watch it late at night!


Friday, 13 April 2012

2012 Sensational Seconds Challenge

I am taking part in the 2012 Sensational Seconds Challenge hosted by Jessi at The Reading Corner. This challenge is for sequels (second book) or companion novels to YA/MG series or book. There is quite a few books I really want to read and I'm extremely excited to take part in the challenge!

My goal: Level 2 (Intermediate): 5-8 books
Click HERE for the rules and to sign up

Here are some of the books I might be reading, I'll cross them out as I go along:
  1. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  2. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
  3. Underworld by Meg Cabot
  4. Angel Fire by L.A Weatherly
  5. The Last Echo by Kimberly Dering
  6. The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
  7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  8. Until I die by Amy Plum
  9. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

TGIF (2) - Musically Inspired

Yo there,

TGIF is a weekly feature
created and hosted by the awesome Ginger at GReads
that re-caps the week’s posts and
has a different question each week.
This Friday's Question:

Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song,
which song would you love to see written down in story form?

1. Caroline County - Kiss me or not

This is actually a cover of a song which is originally performed by Thompson Square but I actually prefer this version. From the moment I heard this song it immediately played out scenarios in the head, I could literally imagine this romantic story unfolding verse by verse.

We were sittin' up there on your momma's roof
Talkin' 'bout everything under the moon
With the smell of honeysuckle and your perfume
All I could think about was my next move

Oh, but you were so shy, so was I
Maybe that's why it was so hard to believe
When you smiled and said to me
"Are you gonna kiss me or not?

Are we gonna do this or what?
I think you know I like you a lot
But you're 'bout to miss your shot
Are you gonna kiss me or not?"

2. Birdy - Just A Game

The song is from The Hunger Games soundtrack and really beautiful. Birdy has a hauntingly amazing voice, the lyrics carry such a dark meaning that would be great in book form.

I don't know where I am
I don't know this place
Don’t recognize anybody
Just the same old empty face
See these people they lie, and I don’t know
Who to believe anymore
But there comes you to keep me safe from harm
There comes you to take me in your arms
Is it just a game? I don’t know
Is it just a game? I don’t know

3. Demi Lovato - Catch me

This would be another fantastic love story, I can imagine a relationship where the girl may find it hard to trust people or get close to them because she knows everyone leaves, but then she could meet a guy who changes all that. It would be wonderful book which you could read during a summer's day.

Before I fall too fast
Kiss me quick
But make it last
So i can see how badly this will hurt me
When you say good bye

Keep it sweet
Keep it slow
Let the future pass
And don't let go
But tonight i could fall to soon under this beautiful moonlight

But you're so hypnotizing
You got me laughing while i sing
You got me smiling in my sleep
And I can see this unraveling
And your love is where im falling
But please don't catch me


  • I can gurantee any Taylor Swift song would be an amazing story.
  • Paramore - Monster
  • You Me At Six - Fireworks
  • Within Temptation - All I need
This list could go on forever, I could write down every song I've ever heard (but I won't do that) they would all make fabulous books!

If you could choose a song to be in written in book form what would it be?
I would love to know about your choices, maybe even leave a link with your TGIF!

Tia x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Review of Heist Society by Ally Carter

Yo there!

Publication Date: February 9, 2010
Page Count: 287


When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Favourite Quote:

“It is an occupational hazard that anyone who has spent her life learning how to lie eventually becomes bad at telling the truth.”

Words To Describe The Book:
Fast Paced

My Thoughts:
This book was fast paced and just as well written as Ally Carter's other series Gallagher Girls. The storyline was new and different to me as I haven't read a Heist storyline before and I have to say it left me with a good impression. There was the whole element of mystery running through a great expanse of the book which keeps you on your feet throughout the book.

I felt sympathy for the main character Kat because I felt she was being frowned upon by others for trying to get away from the family business and trying to set up a normal life. But even though she had tried to come away from that life she still ends up being dragged into it. She shows sacrifice and determination as she does her best to protect the ones she loves even if it means taking on a big challenge.

Then there's the mystery of W.W.Hale's first name, I have no idea why I am so intrigued to know what his name is but his background carries a mystery of it's own too. Then there's the friendship between Kat and Hale which seems to be developing into something more which is never fully established in the book but has the reader needing to read the other books to find out more about it and how it progresses.

Did I like the book? Absolutely, Ally Carter always has an adventure to take the reader on and this series seems promising. The only point I wanted to make was that I felt there was something missing  in the writing to bring the book to life in the way Ally Carter does for the Gallagher Girls series. I definitely recommend this book to others and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!


Let me know if you've read the book aswell and your thoughts on it, you can also leave a link with your review I would love to read it!


Friday, 6 April 2012

TGIF at GReads!

Yo there,

TGIF is a weekly feature
created and hosted by Ginger at GReads
that re-caps the week’s posts and
has a different question each week.

This Friday's Question:
Book Series Finales: Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favourite ending?

Definitely a hard question!

My favourite endings to a series:

I loved the ending for both these series because both characters went through a long struggle throughout the book series.

In Last Sacrifice the main character Rose gets through all the obstacles in her way and her ending is happy. However with Phoenix the ending is painful but also refreshing because it really heightens all the emotions the main character feels throughout the series and you end up finishing the book and knowing that not everything has a happy ending.

Another ending I loved was Runaway by Meg Cabot, it left me overjoyed and I really felt the choices made by the characters at the end were perfect.

I have read many books which I felt didn't end well, one of them is dividing souls by Gillian Philip, I felt there wasn't enough closure at the end.

Let me know what your favourite and least favourite endings were?

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Book Cover UK vs. US - Out of Sight, Out of Time

Yo there!

Out of Sight, Out of Time
By Ally Carter

I've been a big fan of the gallagher academy book series for a long time. I'm really excited that the 5th book has been released which definitely came as a pleasant surprise to me.

Since reading this book series the book cover for the UK and US has always been different, as I live in the UK I like comparing them and choosing which I prefer.

I have to say both covers are gorgeous but the UK cover is the one for me. I can assure you it's not a biased decision. The UK cover seems more fresh and light with neutral colours and has bold title lettering which really catches your eye, while the US cover has dark colours which doesn't really stand out but  definitely has some high points like the style of lettering.

Winner: UK Cover

I would love to know which cover you prefer, just leave a comment!