Friday, 31 January 2014

Kendal's Column: The New Books On The Shelf (January 2014)

This month I have read books and also bought more books...a lot more books...*cough*
and because it's the end of the first month of a new year it seems like an appropriate time to document the recently purchased and/or read in brief (this is more haul than review)

This Is What Happy Looks LikeThis Is What Happy Looks Like- Jennifer E Smith
Status: To Read 
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 
Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
After reading 'The statistical probability of love at first sight' last summer and finding it to be the PERFECT summer read I really wanted to read more of Jennifer E Smith's work but ,at the time, she didn't have any other books out ut then a few weeks ago, I saw this on the shelf and just had to have it- and what better way to start feeling like summer than a good contemporary romance?

Vampire academy- Richelle Mead 
Status: Finished Reading
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
With the film out in 2 weeks I just had to read the book before I saw the film- full review next week!

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)5th Wave- Rick Yancey
Status: Finished Reading
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I did a review on this book (click here to view) in mid january and if you haven't picked it up yet- what are you waiting for?! Go. Right now. Go. Get it- you won't regret it.

The Maze RunnerMaze Runner- James Dashner
Status: To Read
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
I am seriously looking forward to reading this. I purchased this book after my friend recommended it to me I'd also heard many, many great things about the quartet and, with the film out later this year
why not read the book before you see the film? 

Legend (Legend, #1)Legend- Marie Lu
Status: Reading
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. 
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. 
I also purchased this book because it was a strong recommendation from a friend (she borderline bullied me into buying it) but there is a hype around this book and I actually didn't know much about this book when i picked it up so i'm intrigued to if it stands up to it's 4.15 rating on goodreads.

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