December Wrap Up!

Hello friends.

I had an okay month of reading. I am really enjoying getting back into the swing of things with blogging, and booktube so far has been a real adventure, but I’m liking it!

I still haven’t really decided what kind of content or how regularly I want to post. I’ve decided that I don’t like most of the features I used to do, except for the music and quote related ones. But I’m excited for next year and what it will bring.

In the meantime, watch the video below to see what I read and my thoughts in the month of December.

Happy reading ❤

 

Infinite Sky; a romance among the corn crop

 

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Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Hardback

Published February 2013 by Simon & Schuster

When Iris’ mum leaves home, her brother, Sam, goes off the rails and her dad is left trying to hold it all together. So when a family of travellers sets up camp illegally in front of their farm, its the catalyst for a stand-off that can only end in disaster. But to Iris it’s an adventure. She secretly strikes up a friendship with the gypsy boy, Trick, and discovers home can be something as simple as a carved out circle in a field of corn…

Cute. Cute. Cute. Super cute. SAD. These were my emotions whilst reading Infinite Sky.

A first romance set amidst cornfields and bright skies in Britain (bright skies-Britain, is that right?) this first hit me with good feelings cause it was so damn cute. And then something bad happens. AND THEN IT ENDS.

Yup.

So this book essentially follows the series of events that lead to a tragedy. It tells the story in a very straight forward manner. You are expecting something bad to happen because of this line in the synopsis.

Is it possible to keep loving somebody when they kill someone you love?

Once I started the book I picked out two possible contenders for the grave which I was unable to guess until it actually happened. Claps for that, Flood!

However I think this book ends quite abruptly with not a lot of closure. I personally prefer deep exploration of themes in books and this is very much straight story telling.

I think the characters were quite simple, the only exception being Iris, the female MC. I think the author used a very young and naive voice for her brother who was an older teenager. I don’t understand the gypsies, they remain mysteries to me throughout the book and they do weird things I don’t get.

In saying this I can see how this book would appeal to people, especially to those where the events in this book could relate to their own personal experiences. I would recommend this to people who like straight forward contemporary’s, cute first love and feel like being sad. And don’t mind open endings.

I give it a 3 stars.

 

Drowned is drowning in uniqueness

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Drowned by Nicola Reily

I read a paperback copy

Published: June 2014 by Harlequin Teen

I bought this book myself

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

What an amazing surprise this book was! I bought it on a whim whilst browsing at BIG W. Took me a year to pick it up but I’m so glad I did.

Drowned is set in a futuristic setting after the oceans has risen and humans have been living on a small island for a very, very, very long time. The sea level is so high that it covers the entire island at high tide every day.  Our MC, Coe, is a young girl on the island who is disliked by most and is doing her best to survive when she suddenly gets noticed and becomes the princess’s hand maiden.

In general I enjoyed the variety of characters is this book. Coe is a fantastic character and I grew to like her personally a lot. Despite her situation, she is very relatable and still retains normal, teenage feelings and emotions and it doesn’t feel weird.  She begins quite closed off and a bit numb, but then she just grows into herself and gains confidence and experience and it’s a fantastic, slow transition that I appreciate so much.

Love is an interesting point in Drowned. We see it from so many perspectives and what it means for different people. By no means is it the focus of the book but it is definitely an important aspect that I enjoyed.

Also, there is this fantastic twist at the end that people have been describing as fantasy, but I think it has more to do with evolution. Maybe not realistic evolution, but whatever. I still like it and I would like it more if that as the author’s intent. So that’s what I’m going to believe. 😛

All in all a fantastic book that I believe is immensely underrated. Great characters, plot arc, twists that I didn’t predict and has such an interesting setting that I haven’t seen before in YA. Highly recommend.

 

 

The BookTube Newbie Tag!

Hi Guys!

Now I know I’ve been very absent this last year but I’ve recently decided to join Booktube! I will continue blogging, but my content will be a little different from what I used to do. I will be posting full length reviews and uploading my videos here as well. From now on most of the features I do will be filmed.

Otherwise I’m very excited to be back! I missed out on so much!