Wednesday, 31 October 2012

November Book Pile {2012}

I've got quite a few books in mind to read in November. I've recently been a pretty lazy reader so I thought the best thing to do was make a list so I would have a target to achieve. Challenges sure help keep me on my feet, so as the days get colder and darker what better way to entertain myself than cuddling up with a book.

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
2. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
4. Paper Towns by John Green
5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
6. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
I'm not sure how many of these I'll be able to read because I might pick up other books to read or I'll lose interest which I do very often. Fingers crossed I read at least 2 of the above titles!
What books are you planning to read in November?
If you've read any of the titles I've chosen, were they good or bad?
Which book is totally worth reading first?

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: July 24th 2012
Page Count: 416
Buy The Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4.5/5


No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that
horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smokinghot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Favourite Quotes

“I love you enough to never make you choose.” 

“Luke used to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.” 

“I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.” 


Emotionally Attaching

My Thoughts

PUSHING THE LIMITS struck a few chords, it's relatable and tugged at all the right emotions. It brings together unique, quirky characters with a storyline that keeps you on edge.

Noah and Echo are both complicated characters with background and depth that allows the characters to tell and unravel their history with the reader. They both share strong feelings that are raw and painful. The author does an amazing job of communicating these emotions to the reader. Both characters are original in their own way and hold a strong voice and narrative of their own so you didn't have to worry about the alternating points of view because they're clearly made out.

PUSHING THE LIMITS explores problems and issues faced by teenagers and gives you a sense of hope in undertaking a challenge and coming out on top. The message is clear and really emotionally touched me because each issue holds a great importance in its own way.

I loved Noah and Echo's relationship, it had its ups and its downs, those really sweet moments together and moments where they had to face hardship together, each moment and event seemed to make each of them stronger as an individual but also the bond betweem them.

PUSHING THE LIMITS is definitely worth reading, it has its fair share of twists and turns with a distinct message to readers.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

My Book Boyfriend #8 {Archer Cross}

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader and Lesley @ My Keeper Shelf. This meme is one of my favourites because it gives me the chance to show off some of the many awesome book boyfriends there are out there.

Recently I read the last book in the Hex Hall series and I definitely think overall as a series it was pretty good, I can gurantee it will make you laugh. Hex Hall sure does have it's fair share of charming characters, so this week's book boyfriend is...


  • Archer is the sarcastic, charming, even caring, bad boy type.
  • Totally swoon worthy
  • 17 years old
  • Curly dark brown hair and dark brown eyes
  • Sarcastic
  • Attends Hecate
  • If you haven't read the book Archer is definitely a complex character of sorts.


“Archer Cross, resident bad boy and total heartthrob. Warlock. Every girl here is at least, like, half in love with him. Crushing on Archer Cross
might as well be a class.” 

“Archer?” I asked, raising my eyebrows. Hey, you might be able to take away my magical powers, but the power of sarcasm was still at my disposal. “Is your last name Newport or Vanderbilt? Maybe followed by some numbers? Ooh!” I said, widening my eyes, “or maybe even Esquire!”
I’d hoped to hurt his feelings or, at the very least, make him angry, but he just kept smiling at me. “Actually, it’s Archer Cross, and I’m the first one. Now what about you?” He squinted. “Let’s see . . . brown hair, freckles, whole girl-next-door vibe going on . . . Allie? Lacie? Definitely something cutesy ending in ie.”
You know those times when your mouth moves but no sound actually comes out? Yeah, that’s pretty much what happened. And then, of course, my mom took that opportunity to end her conversation with Justin’s parents and call out, “Sophie! Wait up.”
“I knew it.” Archer laughed. “See you, Sophie,” he called over his shoulder as he disappeared into the house.” 

“I am not snotty!" I nearly yelped.
He leaned back on his elbows, a wicked smile on his face. "Please.The first day I met you,you practically had a layer of permafrost covering you.” 

“There was a sensible part of me somewhere that clutched its pearls and hissed that I better not give up my V-card in a CELLAR, but when Archer's hands slid under my shirt and onto the skin of my back, I started thinking that a cellar was as good a place as any.” 

Have you read Hex Hall? What do you think of Archer?

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Review: Rape Girl by Alina Klein

Title: Rape Girl
Author: Alina Klein
Publisher: Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC
Publication Date: August 15th 2012
Page Count: 129
Buy Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4/5


Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl..

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it..

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers..

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same..

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.

My Thoughts

RAPE GIRL was a short but powerful read which gets to the point and touches upon the topic of rape in a manner which creates awareness as well as highlighting the affects of rape.
I wasn't sure what to expect of the book when I started it. You are thrown into flashback scenes which then switches back to the present, this occurs throughout the book. This helps illustrate the story as a whole and gives you the whole picture. It definitely speaks about the topic of rape in a sensitive way that expresses how fragile or damaged a person can be after becoming a victim. However it also presents ways to overcome the challenges that it may bring and how to come out on top even when everything seems to be weighing you down.
I would have loved to read more and that would have given me the chance to really get to know the main character Valerie but I think the way it was written really focussed on the right parts and exposed the emotions of a victim. The ending was rather empowering in some sense as it shows how Valerie stays strong even though it doesn't give much away about the future. RAPE GIRL gives you a realistic idea of what actually happens in real life and gives you an insight into a young person's mind and their feelings.
I definitely reccommend reading RAPE GIRL, it a short and engaging read that will have you hooked.