Everything That Makes You:Review

Everything That Makes You:Review

As a teenager about to enter University, I’m (as per right of passage) destined to ask the “what if’s”  questions. One does not go through life without asking themselves “What if that didn’t happen?” or “What if I had handled that differently?” There are so many ‘what if’s’ we can ask ourselves, it’s a wonder we can still find the strength to live with the ‘What is’ and not continuously worry about the ‘What if’s’ every second of everyday. As someone whose in the position of questioning every decision and the possible implications of each one, I found myself not being able to put down Moriah McStay’s beautiful debut. With University applications, deadlines and graduation approaching i’m constantly plagued with the fear of making a wrong choice and looking back down the road and wondering ‘What if…’ Because of this I found it incredibly easy to connect with the central themes of this one. Everything That Makes You tells the story of young Fiona Doyle, who at age five had an accident at a zoo that resulted in her having scars on one side of her face. She […]

Posted 30 March, 2015/16 Comments

Insurgent: Movie Review *SPOILER FREE*

Insurgent: Movie Review *SPOILER FREE*

  On Sunday night i attended an early screening of Insurgent at a local movie theatre. Being the young and reckless teenager than I am, I decided to sit in the back row with my heavy winter jacket (hood up, brightness low) and live tweet my reaction to the movie. If you guys remember, I reviewed the Divergent movie on the blog last year, and was not a fan. Of course, since i’m glutton for punishment, I decided to put myself through the Insurgent movie experience, and I wanted to include you guys too. I live tweeted my reactions to the movie using the hastag @LilyLivetweetsInsurgent (which you can still read now) and tried to be as spoiler free with my tweets as possible. While I usually do full out movie reviews for book adaptions, I decided to write a few tweets that pretty much summoned up my thoughts on the movie this time around.   Final Thoughts: Filled with an allstar cast including some of the best female actress’ in Hollywood, Insurgent failed to impress me and move the plot forward. Stuck in limbo, […]

Posted 26 March, 2015/32 Comments

Discussion:Sometimes I’m Okay Not Knowing What Comes Next

Discussion:Sometimes I’m Okay Not Knowing What Comes Next

There comes a time when our favourite characters stories end, when the writing has finished and the last battle has been won. Sometimes we go on a journey with characters praying that everything ends all right for them, but than hoping the end never comes. Letting go is always the hardest part. I’ve always declared myself against open endings. If the author leaves certain things up for ‘interpretation’ chances are I’ll be hurtling my book across my front lawn a la Bradley Cooper style. I DO NOT WANT TO GUESS IF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ARE ALRIGHT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, I WANT TO KNOW. Does Lena end up choosing Alex or Julian? Will love always be declared a ‘disease’? Why is no one around to answer my questions? Back before I started blogging, I used to check the back of my favourite series enders to make sure there was an epilogue. I figured I could emotionally handle everything they were about to go through if there was an epilogue that hinted to a better future for the characters, in the end. Corny? yes. Did it […]

Posted 22 March, 2015/44 Comments

The Last Time We Say Goodbye: Review

The Last Time We Say Goodbye: Review

I long ago promised to read anything Cynthia Hand ever published after finishing her beautiful Unearthly series. The series is an absolute favourite of mine. It deals with a multitude of separate themes, from family to first loves. From growing up, to entering your first few stages of adulthood. Amongst the different themes the Unearthly series managed to explore, there was one that always stuck out to me: Cynthia Hand’s honest exploration into grief. So it comes to no surprise that Cynthia Hand’s first departure from the Unearthly trilogy is a standalone which looks into, you guessed it, grief. Like the Unearthly series, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is both brutally honest and raw. There was not a moment where the characters sadness ever felt false or contrived. There was only truthfulness to the sadness of living after death. I’m not one to shy away from books dealing with such tender subjects. If anything, I tend to seek them out. That being said, I usually find myself with these types of reads struggling to connect. It’s almost as if I build an emotional barrier between […]

Posted 17 March, 2015/42 Comments

The Start of Me and You: Review

The Start of Me and You: Review

Because of my growing TBR pile and busy schedule, I never got around to reading last years Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. It seemed like a crime, absolutely every blogger loved everything about Open Road Summer. I’ve heard countless people say the friendship was unbelievably heartfelt, that the romance was beyond swoony worthy and that the book itself was beautiful. So, when I heard about The Start of Me and You, I knew I couldn’t miss another Emery Lord book. It seemed sacrilegious. I had my own reservations going into The Start of Me and You. My expectations upon hearing all the praise for Open Road Summer were high.  I was intrigued by everyone’s new found obsession with Emery Lord and I desperately wanted to jump on the Emery Lord fanclub train. So rather blindly, I ignored the synopsis and dove right into The Start of Me and You crossing my fingers and hoping for a good read. After being struck by tragedy, Paige is still finding her place two years after the death of her first boyfriend. While the idea that bad things […]

Posted 13 March, 2015/45 Comments

Confess: Review

Confess: Review

  Colleen Hoover has not lost her magic with me and I doubt she ever will. There’s a certain formula that comes with NA books. Romance, secrets, illness’ and sexy times. Those are all things we can more or less expect from new adult reads. Formula’s are boring and in most cases don’t work for me. So why is it that i’m always searching for Colleen Hoover’s books days in advance of their release date? Why do I always gets sucked into the characters she creates, lives? I’ve been  a complete sucker for Colleen Hoover’s books, ever since Slammed. Auburn Reed meets Owen Gentry at his art studio when she helps him out at an art show for a few hours. Auburn is new to Texas and having a rough time with the emotional turmoil of her move. Owen is an artist who befriends Auburn and teaches her all about his ‘confession’ inspired art. The synopsis for Confess is a little vague and doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of just what this book is about. That being said, a pretty vague synopsis leaves plenty […]

Posted 8 March, 2015/36 Comments

Red Queen (Red Queen#1):Review

Red Queen (Red Queen#1):Review

Lily needs book two. Lily needs book two, now.  Victoria Aveyard has created a gem of giant proportions. Red Queen is in one simple word: electrifying (that’s a joke for all you people who’ve already read this gem of a book. Feel free to laugh away at my humour!). As i’ve mentioned a thousand times on this blog, Dystopia is one of my all time favourite genres and at a time when it feels like the candle was slowly burning out on YA dystopians, Red Queen came along and ignited it once again. Red Queen is a story of the oppressed and the oppressors. Their’s a specific story in Red Queen, the story of seventeen year old Mare Barrow whose doomed for conscription at the age of eighteen, because she isn’t good enough at anything that’s worthy of her becoming an apprentice. Mare’s story is one of strength and great power but I found that Red Queen’s strongest standing point was in it’s raw theme and depiction of power. The people who have it and the people who don’t. Victoria Aveyard doesn’t hesitate to show […]

Posted 5 March, 2015/49 Comments

Bone Gap: Review

Bone Gap: Review

Bone Gap is unlike anything I’ve read before.  I’m not one to read magical-realism but it’s impossible to not fall in love with Laura Ruby’s lyrical writing and poignant coming of age story. Bone Gap is the story of Finn and Sean O’Sulliven and Roza. The O’Sulliven boys are the talk of the town. Everyone knows them and has their own opinion about them. They see Sean as someone who can do no harm after he lets go of his own dreams of attending medical school to look after his younger brother when their mom leaves them. Finn is known as the pretty book in town who is always distracted. He’s “spacey” and considered weird. Roza is the mysterious girl who everyone loves in Bone Gap. She always hangs out with the O’Sulliven brothers. She’s a dear friend of Finn’s and completely in love with Sean. After she disappears, Finn swears he saw a man take her, only he can’t describe what this man looks like. Thus the people of Bone Gap don’t believe him–especially Sean. We get a few different POV’s in Bone Gap here and there but […]

Posted 2 March, 2015/38 Comments

Book Talk: Station Eleven

Book Talk: Station Eleven

For the past few weeks I’ve been gathering more and more adult type reads to add to my collection. While I’ve always read different genres and a mix between YA, NA and purely adult reads, since I started blogging I’ve leaned more towards YA books in an attempt to make this a purely YA (although I sneak in the occasional NA read, every once in a while) blog. A few weeks ago I came up with the idea to start a feature on the blog to share some of my thoughts on some of my favourite adult ‘type’ reads. I’ve decided not to write formal reviews for the books I’ll talk about on this feature but just give a general idea on why these books should be on your radar, and how they’ll make perfect book club reads. I’ve decided to name this feature, “Book Talk” (pretty original isn’t it?—HA!) For my first “Book Talk” I decided to talk about Station Eleven, a book I finished just a few weeks ago and just loved. Release Date: September 9th 2014 Genres: Adult, Dystopia Publisher: Knopf Summary: An audacious, darkly glittering […]

Posted 26 February, 2015/42 Comments

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2):Review

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2):Review

One of my greatest loves in life is beautiful, thought provoking writing. I have a soft spot for writing that can vividly paint a picture in my head. Whether it’s the feel of the carpet underneath a characters feet or the many layers a dress the character is wearing may have. If an author’s writing manages to transport me to a novel, I’m a goner. After reading Marie Rutkoski’s, The Winner’s Crime last year I immediately labelled her as one of my favourite authors. There’s nothing quite like beautiful, soul breaking writing to land you on “Lily’s Favourites” list. The Winner’s Crime is the stunning (i’m not kidding when I say that–it was truly beautiful) sequel to last years The Winner’s Curse. The story picks up right where the punch in the gut cliffhanger of Curse ended off. Kestrel engaged to the prince and Arin in charge of protecting his Herrani people. There was never a dull moment in Crime and in terms of plot, it completely surpassed The Winner’s Curse. This one was an emotional reading experience, from the beginning to the heartbreaking end, […]

Posted 19 February, 2015/62 Comments