Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel

Death Knocks

Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel

Published: September 26th 2014 by Quixotic Publishing

Who knew a knock at the door could rupture your entire world?

They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.

Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.

But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.

Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.

Death Knocks is a Young Adult paranormal thriller about the strange global phenomenon known as the Black-Eyed Kids. Take a creepy and exciting ride in a world where myth meets reality.

Note: I received a review copy of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I think the first thing that drew me toward requesting this book is the cover! It definitely sucked me in, and as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to request it. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t for me and I ended up DNFing it.

I think, whilst the synopsis is definitely unique, the execution definitely lacked. I liked the idea of taken this particular urban legend because it’s not particularly represented (as far as I have seen). I struggled to keep up with the idea of the kids being what they were and I felt like it didn’t really fit into the urban legend scene itself in the sense of what it is.

I also found it difficult to connect to the characters. I felt like it was extremely choppy and it didn’t leave much room to get to know the characters themselves. Without that connection, I didn’t feel compelled to actually pick the book up and read it and often found myself doing something else.

Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me and I don’t really have much else to say because I didn’t get that far into it. I felt like the writing was pretty choppy and didn’t allow connections to be made with main characters. I gave this book 1/5 star.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW and this weeks pick for me is a book that I think looks really interesting and has all the signs of a twisty book!

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Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Expected Publication: October 10th 2017 by HarperTeen

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

This sounds really interesting and I cannot wait for its release!

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s the end of March?? I’m going to be 23 next month :-O … Let’s just run away and pretend it’s not happening! Anyway! This weeks Goodreads Monday is a book that I actually went to 2 different bookstores to find over the weekend… AND THE DIDN’T HAVE IT! Looks like Amazon is going to have to be my trusty friend again!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

I have had this on my TBR for ages now and I am so looking forward to finally getting a copy!

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Published: August 30th 2016 by Harper Collins

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

I’ve been looking forward to reading this for ages because it was pegged as a futuristic Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to and I ended up DNFing it and googling the ending.

I think my biggest issue with this book was that the characters blended together. This book is told from multiple POVs and I struggled to differentiate between the characters themselves because I felt like the voices were all the same! If I put the book down to do something else, I would struggle to remember whose perspective I was reading.

I think another issue I had was that it wasn’t Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl in the future. There was a lot of drama going on, but it didn’t meet the same sort of level in what I read. I felt like Eris was the only person whose drama was actual drama and the rest was mostly petty stuff. I didn’t really care about the characters or their issues.

I actually ended up googling the end to see what happened because I wanted to know who fell. When I found out what happened and who fell and why, it was bit iffy… I think the book could’ve been interesting toward the end, but I wasn’t prepared to get that far!

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book, but I am glad that the cover is pretty! I gave this book 1/5 stars.

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

So, I decided to start reading at least one book a month that has been on my Goodreads TBR backlog for a few years now! I always get so distracted by new releases, that I feel like I have forgotten about the not so new books – they need some love! So, here is my first backlog book… and to be honest, it was a DNF! I was majorly disappointed with this book! It is not a good start to my backlog books plan!

My major issue with this was the fact that it was basically a Twilight copy cat. I actually had the feeling I was reading Twilight and I often confused myself because it was just so similar! I mean, I am grateful to Twilight and everything because it got me back into reading and I own all of the Twilight books, I even own multiple copies of certain books (including in another language) – so Twilight is a guilty pleasure. However, I don’t want to be reading a book that copies it.

Another major issue I had was the fact that insta love happened 3% of the way through the book. I mean… insta love, ok – not the best thing in the world – but 3% of the way into the book? It became really repetitive and really boring listening to the MC pine after Edward…I mean Adam… and wondering why he is so hostile toward her.

I was just bored! I didn’t feel connected to the characters; I wasn’t a fan of the fact that we weren’t even introduced to what was going on before insta love happened; and I was not a fan of the fact that the book was written in the sense that it was telling me what was going on rather than showing me. The writing itself was extremely choppy and it changed so suddenly from one scene to another – it made it difficult to actually get into the book and to connect with the characters.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. It’s a shame that the words did not live up to the pretty cover! I also found out that the third book was never actually published – so maybe it’s better that I didn’t like it! That way I won’t be disappointed with not being able to get the third book! I gave this book 1/5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is a book from an author who is still on my TBR! I have her other series on my TBR and have done for a while now! I am hoping to get to her books as part of my Backlog Books!

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Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Expected Publication: May 2nd 2017 by HarperTeen

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

This looks really interesting and genuinely something that would happen in your worst dream! I cannot wait to get to it and I absolutely love the cover!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish

Hey guys! It is time for another TTT and this week is it top ten books I read in one sitting! I’m going to show off the books that I read relatively quickly – because reading in one sitting is almost impossible with a 1 year old! 😛

10. this is where it ends This is Where is Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – This I actually did read in one sitting and it was AWESOME!!

9. follow-me-back Follow me Back by A. V. Geiger – I actually read an ARC of this because it doesn’t release until June and it was just so addictive! I just HAD to find out what happened… and the very last page was worth everything!!

8. abovam A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson – This book… Just… THIS BOOK!!!

7. One_final The One by Kiera Cass – I actually read this in one sitting on the day that it released! I waited a really long time for this book and it was just everything I wanted!

6. Dangerous Girls Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – I was actually in hospital when I read this and I basically didn’t move until I had finished… It was AMAZING!

5. spelled Spelled by Betsy Schow – This was a major laugh out loud for me and one that I am constantly recommending!

4. only ever yours Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – I think for anyone who has read this book, it’s an obvious choice. If you haven’t … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING!!

3. forbidden Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – I was so worried going into this because of the taboo subject matter… but I read it extremely quickly and it was done so well!

2. rites of passage Rites of Passage by Joy. N. Hensley – I normally would never have picked this up based on the cover! I absolutely hate most things to do with the army/war when it comes to books and film… however,I am so thankful to the blog (I can’t remember who it was anymore it was so long ago) who wrote a glowing review of this because I ADORED IT!!

1. Asking for it Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – This author again! This book was also absolutely amazing and thought provoking and I just want more from this author!

That’s it! These are the books that I read in one sitting or relatively quickly! Have you read any of these?

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! It is time for another Goodreads Monday! This weeks pick is a book that is actually based on true events and I have had it on my TBR for years! It’s a backlog book.

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Conversion by Katherine Howe

Published: July 1st 2014 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

This definitely looks interesting and the fact that it is based on true events makes it all the more a must read!

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

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The Revenge by Hannah Jayne

Expected Publication: July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Tony just wanted a little revenge when he posted his ex’s location online. He never meant to lead a predator to her doorstep… 

After Hope breaks up with Tony and embarrasses him at school, he’s devastated. In a moment of revenge, Tony makes the location on her phone public. But a week later, when Hope calls Tony and begs him to stop the prank, he hears a shriek and a car door slamming. Then the call is dropped.

When Hope isn’t back at school the next day, Tony realizes that he may have put Hope’s life in danger. Can he trace Hope’s movements and save her before it’s too late?

Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

When I first saw this on Netgalley, it was the first I’d heard about the book. The premise and cover drew me in immediately and I just had to read it. However, I was extremely disappointed with this book and I actually feel like it copied Gone Girl in quite a few places and things, but it lacked that oomph that Gone Girl had.

From the very first page, we are thrown in the middle of a break up between a popular girl (Hope) and not so popular boy (Tony). We are immediately given this background as to what happened to lead Tony to put Hope’s information online – and then he does it within the first couple of pages. I feel like I needed more than this to actually get into the story, the mindset of the characters and their relationship before it ended. I think it took me a little longer to actually understand the characters purely because we were just thrown into the middle of this high school drama.

The first sort of half of the book I actually felt plagiarised Gone Girl. It was extremely similar and it was basically Gone Girl in YA form. It was pretty much exactly the same, but I felt like Hope lacked that conviction and villainous side that Amy had in Gone Girl – which means it was done poorly in my mind. Hope needed something more to her character for her to be understood and portrayed as the kind of person who would frame someone for kidnapping her for revenge.

What I did like about it was the fact that it then changed from Gone Girl when things happen. I don’t really want to go into it because spoilers, but it was a good twist. It was needed because it was pretty sort of slow going up until that point because of the similarities between Gone Girl and this book.

Unfortunately, I was actually left with more questions that I was answers and I feel like the book ended so suddenly. I was actually confused when it said acknowledgements… and I was left thinking “Is that it?!?” I have so many questions left over and I feel like the book needs to be finished off properly, in a sense.

Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with this book. Despite the fact that is was an extremely quick read, I was left with more answers than questions by the time the book suddenly ended and I feel like there were way too many similarities (to the actual point of plagiarism) to Gone Girl. I gave this book 2/5 stars.

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

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I want to thank Liza @ Dusk Ange Reads for nominating me 🙂

The Rules:

Answer the three questions posed to you by the person who nominated you

Ask three questions

Nominate up to 8 others

1. If you could live in a fictional world for only 1 year, which would you choose?  Definitely Hogwarts!! I would love to experience a year in Hogwarts!

2. What book genre have you never read that you would like to give a try? Well, I can’t actually think of a genre that I haven’t read before. If I had to pick a genre that I should probably read more, it would be historical fiction or sci-fi

3. Do you prefer physical books, e books or audio books? I actually detest audiobooks! I prefer physical books, but I do also have a kindle 😉

My Question:

What is your favourite genre and why? If it is YA, which sub genre?

What was your best read of 2016?

Which book is your most anticipated release for 2017?

Nominations:

Beth at Reading Every Night

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