Sunday, 17 February 2013

Book Club Update

Okay, so I said I was going to reread Perks of Being a Wallflower for this months book, but in truth, I decided that it was probably more worth while if I read a completely new book. So instead, I'm now reading Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter instead. This is book two in the Heist Society series, and I enjoyed the first one and thought it would be a quick read.

The trouble is, I have a lot of work to do for all my classes this semester, so I'm reading a lot of stuff and doing a lot of work each week. It kinda eats into my reading/reviewing time. However, I'm going to try to get some done, at least a few chapters a night.

So right now I'm onto Chapter 4 (page 17), and I'm going to do a little update on what I'm thinking about it.

So far it's very simple, Kat is finding herself with a reputation, there's a bit of sexual tension between her and Hale (come on you knew from reading book one it was there, that's not a spoiler) and she's up to her old tricks again. All I can think is 'if she tried her hardest to get out of this world, why has she gone back so quickly?' but you know. There's a saying about new tricks and an old dog or something like that.

It's a quick fun read. Plus, I'm really into the whole heist genre right now (I watched the Ocean's Trilogy the other day, so not good for my learning, but really good for certain muse).

If you have any good heist books that you think I'd enjoy, let me know, until then, I'm going to go back to reading. I will update at Chapter 8!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter
Publishing Company: Orchard
Blurb: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. But now her dad's life is on the line, and Kat must go back to the world she tried so hard to escape...

My Review: I read I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You last year and thought it was pretty good. So I went into this book with similar hopes, I wasn't expecting anything perfect, but I was hoping for a quick fun read. I have to say I wasn't disappointed.

Ally Carter has these quirky fun characters who can fit into her worlds so perfectly, and are contemporary but at the same time something that the normal people like me wouldn't expect. I would never ever think about what it's like to be a master thief at the age of fifteen/sixteen. It's so easy to get caught up in this world of crime and heists and seeing all of the terms used for what they do. If I didn't know any better I think that Ally Carter is both a spy and a thief and is hiding out somewhere and pretending she's just an innocent author.

I love how easily you can love the characters, how easy the plot is to get into, and yet how you can still see the complexity of the whole thing. So Kat is a thief, but doesn't want to be, but has to be to save her dad. That in itself is kinda crazy, throw in an art collecting villain who's basically made his mind up as to who stole his paintings and you have this insane plot that's intricate, yet you can actually follow along pretty easily.

The characters are really interesting too. Most of them you instantly fall for, Kat and Hale being the two main ones. Some you kinda grow to love, like Gabrielle. They were simple yet had enough complexity to keep them interesting.

My rating on goodreads for this book was only a 3/5. I did this because though I enjoyed the book, I can't remember half the characters' names, and it was a book that I can say I've read but it didn't blow me away with how amazing it was. If you're looking for a light fun read with humour and action, this is your book, for me there was something missing to give it a top rating though.

My rating:

Setting: 4 out of 5
Characters: 4 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Writing: 3 out of 5

If you read the book, I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll talk to you guys later! Bye x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Sooo....this is awkward...BUT HERE'S A BOOKCLUB!

Hello fellow readers, I have not done a blog post in a long time, but that is (hopefully going to change). I have been swamped with work over the past year or so, and really went into a reading rut over the past year or so.

But now I want to get out of that. The best way to do that? Do some form of reading challenges with friends.

My friend Becky and I were in Waterstones today (don't judge me), and we were talking about how many books we own that we haven't read. To be honest, the amount of books that I own but haven't read is well into the 100s. Which is ridiculous. So, while also doing a 'tbr challenge' of reading ten books this year that are from at least a year ago, we thought we'd do another thing.

So we have a bookclub, Once A Month Book Club is an idea that we came up with where it's a very informal, very simple, and fun way to get these books read. Every month we're planning to read a book on our tbr pile and be able to start a discussion up about it.

We're basically going to make it really simple, so each week we'll have a sort of theme or one particular book. If you'd like to join along, you might want to follow her blog, and expect posts regularly on here too. I want to do a progress of it every week.

I will be commenting on her posts so that it's interactive, and fun.

This month we are planning to read:

 Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Goodreads Blurb: Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

I have actually read this before, I read it last May and absolutely adored it. So much so that I'm willing to read it again. So my month isn't really going to be reading a book I haven't gotten around to yet, but getting back into the swing of reading.

So, if you would like to check out the book club blog, please do, and if you want to participate let me know. Also, expect quick updates every few chapters on here, it may not be anything crazy insightful, but I want to get back to reviewing.

Reviews to come: 
  • Beautiful Creatures (Film & Book comparison)
  • Sweet Evil
  • Heist Society