Sunday, 25 January 2015

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be LiesTitle: There Will Be Lies
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Buy this book: Amazon / Book Depository
In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

I feel it's my duty to warn you all that this book contains lies.


I know, really shocking for a book called There Will Be Lies. But, come on, I can't be the only person who hoped that this book would contain no lies, and that the title itself was the real lie. Yes... that was a thing that needed to happen and it didn't and now I'm sad because that's the kind of crazy person that I am.

I've been struggling for quite some time with what I wanted to say in this review and now I am still struggling with it. I still don't really know how I feel about this book, whether I really enjoyed it or if it was just too strange for me. This wasn't a book that I hated, but then I didn't love it either. It was one of those middle ground books and they cause me so much issues when it comes to reviewing. I need a read that enters the I-love-it!!! status or the I-loathe-it!!! status, anything else and it just gives me a headache trying to figure out how to sum up my feelings. 

There Will Be Lies has to be one of the strangest books that I have read in a long time. Shelby has led a very sheltered life, her mother takes being a protective parent to an extreme. It's rather obvious from the very beginning that there is more to Shelby's life and the way they live, more that her mother has obviously not told Shelby. This book leads to more questions even as lies are uncovered, it was that aspect of it that kept me reading. There were other aspects that had me getting rather frustrated. The writing style took a bit of getting used to, especially the fact that there were no quotation marks for dialogue. That is explained later in the book and once it was it completely made sense and I understood why it was like that, but it was still hard to get used to. 



I'd already been warned that this book would see Shelby enter the Dreaming, a dream world, for some of the book. That side to the story has a very fairytale like quality to it, but one of those dark fairytales and not one that's been Disneyfied. I have to admit that I am pleased I knew about that before starting the story, otherwise I'm sure it would have thrown me off so much that I probably would have put this book down. I have spoke before about how I struggle with weird in books, not that I can really explain what I mean by that. For someone who doesn't do well with weird, I think I did quite well handling the Dreaming aspect of this book because it bypassed weird and went to crazy town. I could have done without that part and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. It's what makes the story so unique, but I just didn't enjoy that part of the story and found myself wanted to skip those sections. 

This book was one roller coaster ride of a read, filled with a lot of twists and turns and unreliable characters. There's revelation after revelation, yet you never know whether any of what's being revealed is actually true. I admit that I guessed almost from page one why Shelby's mother was so crazy and wouldn't let her talk to anyone, go anywhere or really do anything. It didn't bother me while I was reading, I was just so intrigued by the whole thing and couldn't wait to see how it would all end.


3/5 Butterflies

I'd originally had this as a 4/5 on Goodreads, but I quickly realised this was a middle road read for me. I don't have much to say about the book, which is usually a sign that I just felt it was okay. If I disliked it then I usually have a lot to comment on and if I really enjoyed it then there'd be flailing and tons of exclamation marks. This is a read I'd recommend to someone who is looking for a book that's going to keep them guessing, that will keep them turning the pages because they need to find out what happens next. 


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Why Does Life Always Get In The Way?



This is definitely not going to be a discussion post at all, but I needed a pretty header to go at the top of this post and there was no way I was going to make one at midnight. I have to be up early tomorrow so my level of care right now is very small. I just wanted to do a very quick catch up post to discuss my week and everything. I've been rather absent blog wise, but that's because life has been doing it's usual thing and getting in the way. I've also not been able to find much time to read, which has really sucked this week , especially since I have so many awesome books I want to read right now. 

I've barely had any time for the blog or reading in the last week or so, which is why I've not really posted anything. I found out earlier in the week that I have an interview next Thursday for a Library supervisor post. I am super nervous, especially since I wasn't really expecting to get an interview. I really want the job, but am not really sure I have a good chance of getting it, it's a much higher position than the one I'm in now. Interviews are also scary things and just thinking about it makes me feel sick. I've honestly not been able to think about anything else since I found out. So I'll probably be posting very little from now until then. In that time I'll be prepping for the interview and hoping I don't make a total tit out of myself on the day. Wish me luck and keep your fingers and toes crossed.

I also wanted to share how excited I am for the blogger brunch that I'm going to today. I was invited by Scholastic to attend the brunch that they are hosting. It's going to be a lot of fun, I get to meet other bloggers, two authors (whose debuts I can't wait for!), and also get to find out all about the books that Scholastic have coming out. It's going to be awesome and I can't wait to go and discuss all things bookish. I'll definitely be doing a post about that very soon to let you all know how it went. 




I thought I'd also let you all know that I am hosting a giveaway over on Instagram, for any of you wonderful people who are on there. You can find it here. It's also a brilliant time for me to talk about how obsessed I have become with Instagram. It is bad for me. I really should be banned from it. I can't stop taking photos of books, even when James gives me strange looks for it. It's also got me buying new books I don't need just because they look so pretty on Instagram. Yes, I have a problem.





  Talon by Julie Kagawa: Review 
  My Weekly Book Haul: 17/01/2015 
  The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner: Review 


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Why Aren't These Books Movies Already?

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish.

This weeks topic is:

Books That Need To Be Made Into Movies

This week was freebie week, meaning I could pick my own topic. I wanted to talk about the books I want to see made into films already. Even though they would then probably change far too much, poorly cast some characters and make me regret ever saying I wanted them to make the film in the first place. But that's the joy of book to movie adaptations.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I want the movie. I need the movie. Hurry up and just be a movie already. Wait.... don't be a movie. What if they ruin it? What if I hate the casting for Celaena and Chaol? Ahhhhh... adaptation panic. But seriously, this book contains all kinds of awesome and would make an incredible movie series. I'm imagining some amazingly awesome Lord of the Rings style adaptation, with beyond incredible special effects that bring the fantasy world to life. It'll have action, romance and wyverns.

There can be only one word to describe a Throne of Glass movie...

Casting
I don't really know who I would cast, but I could definitely imagine these two. It would be a question of whether they have the acting skills to pull the roles off, which I am doubting. The Max Irons casting might just be based on the fact I could stare at him for hours, he's so pretty. I wanted to cast Dorian but he's like a blob to me, just a blurry, thanks-for-getting-out-of-the-way-of-my-ship blob. 


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I don't even know how they would begin to turn this mind fuck of a read into a movie, but they really should work on that. I am just imagining how much this would be able to mess with your head as a film. I'm imaging a Gone Girl style movie here, especially if they could do that good a job adapting it and get an amazing cast in. Plus a movie adaptation might bring more attention to this completely underrated book that deserves a lot more love. 

I'll admit that I mostly want this to be a movie so I can see people reacting in the cinema. I just want to watch people get all the way through the movie, get to that ending and flip out.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

It's probably pretty obvious why this book hasn't been turned into a movie. For anyone who doesn't know, it contains a love story that sees a brother and sister fall in love. Now that could make for some uncomfortable viewing. I don't care, I want and need this to be a movie. The book was amazing and left me a sobbing wreck. I want a movie that's going to be just as powerful, will punch me in the fulls and have me sobbing uncontrollably. Someone, anyone, make this movie for me.

Yes, I'm rooting for an incestuous love story movie to be made, and what?


I'm going to pick these two because I like them and think they are quite talented. But I also know that Lily Collins could pull off being British and Logan Lerman can play the quiet, shy type... Perks proved that. Yes, I approve. Now make it happen.


Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I'm sitting here and can't think of a single reason why this shouldn't already be a movie. Or at least a short TV drama. I need this to be adapted into something, so that I can go see it, get all the feels and sob so much it hurts. I don't know why I am hoping for all these movie to release that will hurt me so much to watch, but I do.


This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)These Broken Stars & This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I actually think this would be a series that would work better as a TV show. It would be hard to pull off as a film series because they switch to completely new characters in the second installment, with the original main characters having a small part. I think that would be something you could get away with more in a TV show. Whether TV show or movie, I just want to see this awesomeness brought to life.

Can we all just take a moment to imagine how cool a Starbound TV series would be.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This would be very challenging to turn into a movie but it needs to happen. I'm pretty sure it's something that is in the works, but very early stages. It is one epic book and I can't begin to imagine how amazing the battles would look on the big screen. I also need to see Sevro come alive on the big screen. They need to cast that perfectly or I will have to cry into my copy of Red Rising.


My Life Next DoorTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)The Distance Between Us
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick / To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han / The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Any or all of these will do. I don't just want epic fantasy or soul crushingly, heartbreakingly sad films. It would be good to have some cute, fluffy, adorable romances thrown in. They'd have hilarious characters and shippable romance. If I could only have one then I'd go for My Life Next Door. Just please provide me with some much needed relief from all the tears.

I need a movie that has a cuteness level equivalent to this cute puppy gif:

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Yes, I know it's being made into a film. But not quickly enough. The book was heartbreakingly beautiful, amazing and epic in so many ways. It's going to be a movie that breaks me but makes me so happy. At least I imagine it will. If they messed up the adaptation to this book then I would never get over it. They better do a good job! When this comes out I will be going to see it, with like twelve boxes of tissues. 

Hurry up already!


I would do more but I am trying to finish this while on a lunch break and I am running out of time. The list of books I want to see made into movies is absolutely endless, but these are the ones that I would most urgently want made.

So, to all the people brave enough to try and adapt these into films, I have only one thing to say.

 


Golden Son by Pierce Brown: Review
Talon by Julie Kagawa: Review
My Weekly Book Haul: 17/01/2015
The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner: Review



Monday, 19 January 2015

Reader Problems Tag



I saw the Reader Problems Tag on Olivia's blog, and couldn't stop myself from doing it! This tag was created by Tiffany on her About To Read YouTube channel. I can never resist a good tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if this is something you feel like doing.



1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?


It feels like this isn't some hypothetical situation that I need to imagine. It feels like my TBR is pretty close to 20,000 books. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But I know I own at least 200-300 books that I haven't read yet. Then all the eARCs and ebooks. So, yeah... Story of my life.

I don't have a method for choosing what to read next. Sometimes I am good and go by what review books need reading that month. Other times I just go for whatever I fancy reading at the time, no matter what that is. I've considered a TBR jar or writing a TBR list and sticking to it, but I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work out.


2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am terrible at making decisions, and this is one I really struggle over. Before I started blogging I had never put a book down and marked it as DNF. I always pushed myself to finish it no matter what, even if I absolutely hated the book or was so bored with it that it was painful to read. I stuck with it. I've gotten better at quitting books now, but I still struggle. It depends on how bad the book is, sometimes the truly awful ones make me want to finish them just so I can write a review about why they were so awful.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner

Title: The Door That Led To Where
Author: Sally Gardner
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Buy this book: Amazon / Book Depository 
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change - but he could never have imagined by how much.Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth - and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past - 1830, to be precise - where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain's means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They've gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose - and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them?
I didn't know what to expect from The Door That Led To Where, I actually hadn't head anything about it before I received an email from the publisher. I have heard a lot about Sally Gardner though, especially her book Maggot Moon which I know has gotten a lot of high praise and amazing reviews. I had decided to look up The Door That Led To Where on Goodreads and see what it was about. I was instantly intrigued by this book, it not only contained time travel, it was also set in London, two things I love reading about. I decided then and there that this was a book I needed to read.

My dilemma with this book.
I find this book quite difficult to review, mostly because of the fact it's aimed at younger audience than the one I am used to. It's not aimed at young children, given the fact it contains a fair bit of violence, murder and a lot of swearing. But it doesn't read like a young adult book either, it definitely falls between the two. It's meant that when I've been reviewing it I've been looking at it differently, reviewing it as a book that's aimed more at younger teens. It's not the sort of book that I usually read, but it's one I ended up thoroughly enjoying and it has made me very excited to try more books by this author.