Creating a #Bookstagram and Twitter Account|TeenBookLit101

A Little Update:

Hey guys I hope your all doing well. You may be wondering why my blog has been empty for the past several months. This is because I was in my final year at college which kept me very busy and on my toes most the time. However, I am glad to say that I am now on summer break will be giving a lot of time to my blog and to kick start it once again I decided to create a #Bookstagram and Twitter account. 

My New Social Media:

I will be regulary posting some snazzy booksish posts so stay tuned. I hope you guys check it out (Instagram: teenbooklit101) (Twitter: teenbooklit101

Please feel free to leave your social media links in the comments as I would love to follow you guys. 

See Ya All Soon…

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The Illuminae Files# 3 Title Reveal and Competition

I’m Back (just for a while):

Hey guys hope your all well. Long time no see I know. I’d like to say I have been busy reading or revising away for my upcoming A Level exams but I haven’t. To be honest I have just been lazy with life in general but I’m hoping to get back into a regular blogging routine once exams are done with.

Title Reveal:

ANYWAYS today I have great news for all Illuminae fans out there. The third book’s title has finally been revealed. *drum rolls*…..

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Now I hope we can agree the colour of the cover will not be black but I am personally hoping for a spacey purple. Some say green, I guess that will look good too, Let me know in the comments section what colour you want it to be.

However there is some bad news before I get onto the competition section. Many of you may know that the original release date was Fall 2017 however the release date has now been pushed back to March 2018. All I can say to this is I hope it’s worth the 1 and 1/2 year wait. It better be. JOKES. But my expectations are really high for this finale.

COMPETITION TIME:

So Jay Kristoff recently posted a block post on his blog announcing an epic competition. Just like he and Amie Kaufman did last time for Gemina, they are offering us fans the chance to have our names as part of the casualty list for Obsidio.Yayyy for being killed. Jokes…. This competition is open internationally and ends 1st May 2017 at Noon PST.

Rules and How to Enter:

1.Pre Order a copy of Obsidio Here’s all the pre order links that are currently open:

USA
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
Book Depository
Indibound
UK
Amazon

Australia
Booktopia
Dymocks

 

2. Send proof of purchase to: theilluminaefiles@gmail.com.

3. Along with proof of purchase you will need to provide you full name and a declaration that you give permission for your name to be used in the book. Just copy and paste the following passage and add your name into it.

My name is [insert your name here]. I confirm I am freely agreeing to the use of my name in the series The Illuminae Files. This permission is for all rights and uses, in perpetuity, and I agree I will receive no compensation for the use of my name. I agree the authors and publishers are not obligated to make any corrections or changes to my name in reprints.

A Summary:

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#OBSIDIO

Links:

Goodreads

Jay Kristoff’s Blog

That’s all for today. I’d love for a discussion in the comments section below about your thoughts on the third book and the competition or anything book related or anything in general really.

See ya soon

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #2) 5/5 Stars

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ILLUMINAE (THE ILLUMINAE FILES #1) (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED)

TITLE: Gemina

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: October 20th 2016 by Oneworld Publications

PAGES: 672 pages

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Goodreads):

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.


Writing Style:

The writing style for this series is totally unique. The story is told through a series of hack database files consisting of emails IM’s video transcript and journal entries it definitely makes the whole experience unique.


Character Development:

In the second book we are introduced to a new set of main characters: Hanna and Nik. At first I was a bit reluctant about having new characters but they were highly developed and fun to read about. Once again like Illuminae we have a badass heroine Hanna who added so much action to the story.


Themes:

Sci-Fi: this time it’s set upon Jump station Heimdall which we know Kady and The Hypatia are heading towards, but if have the same sci-fi feel to it

Survival: Once again the maid characters have to battle it out to survive. There was a lot more intense action which got me holding my breath all the way


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book maybe even more than Illuminae. It was so much more intense and the plot twist(OMG). I am definably excited for the next book in the series which I know is a long away yet.


Top Quote:

“You might only get one shot. So shoot.”


Comment below your own thoughts on the series and let me know what you think. Also be sure to share your fav quotes too and anything else book related really.

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–TeenBookLit101 xx

 

 

Bookish Time Travel Tag|TeenBookLit101

Hellllllo Everyone….

Yes I’m still alive (thankfully college hasn’t killed me yet). but you may be wondering where on earth I have been for the past month. I have to apologise for not posting regularly. College has been so hectic that I haven’t been making time for blogging. Anyway today I decided to catch up on some tags I was tagged in. Today I will be doing the Bookish Time Travel tag as created by TheLibraryLizard. I was tagged by them and you should check out their blog here

Lets Go…


Rules:

  • Tag other people – as many as you like. Share the love!
  • Please leave a link to this post/blog.
  • Tag the post as “Bookish Time Travel”.
  • Feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments!
  • Explore! Try and visit other people’s Bookish Time Travel posts and leave a comment

Questions:

1.What is your favourite historical setting for a book?

I like books set in the Victorian era or even the Tudor period.

2. What writer/s would you like to travel back in time to meet?

Probably Roald Dahl because his books were basically my childhood. Full of so much adventure.

3. What book/s would you travel back in time and give to your younger self?

(AKA The Shame Question) In a nutshell I wish I had started reading regularly as a child so there are lots of books I could name but the most popular I would say is Harry Potter and Narnia. I have read the 1st 2 books of Harry Potter now, but I feel I would have loved them so much more if I read them as a child. I still gave them 5 starts though

4. What book/s would you travel forward in time and give to your older self? (as aa memory)

For this I will go with the series that holds a special place in my heart… The Hunger Games. This is the book that really sparked my love for reading. Also Zelah green, Queen of Clean. This was one of the 1st novels I read willingly (aka not for school) and I really enjoyed it as it explores mental health and OCD.

5. What is your favorite futuristic setting from a book? E.g. Panem from The Hunger Games

The Tower from The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I love this place it seems so cool to live in and very technically advanced.

6. What is your favorite book that is set in a different time period (can be historical or futuristic)?

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. This is set in like the Tudors/Richard IIII times I think I may be wrong but that is what it feels like.

7. Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book just to see what happens?

I used to do this a lot. I did it with The Hunger Games but I really hate spoilers as I think it lessens the experience and the suspense.

8. If you had a Time Turner, where would you go and what would you do?

Pursue a life in the unexpected…

9. Favorite book (if you have one) that includes time travel or takes place in multiple time periods?

I can’t think of one that includes time travel or multiple time periods but my fav book set in a different time period would have to be Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff.

10. What book/series do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I would love to experience it without knowing spoilers.


I Tag:

PageTurner212

The Girl Who Reads

Briana

And anyone else who wants to do this tag feel free to do so. Just leave a comment below letting me know if you do so.

Share some of your own opinions to the questions in the comments…

See ya all soon…

-TeenBookLit101

 

 

 

NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars

TITLE: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 30th Aug 2016

PAGES: 437 

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis

Set in the year 2118 New York is all within The Thousandth Floor Tower. The richest live near the top and the poor towards the bottom. The story follows 5 teen characters in a web of lies and secrets. The prologue begins with a girl falling off the tower and then flashbacks 2 months earlier to everything leading up to her fall whilst you’re left guessing who was the one who died.  

Writing Style:

The book is written following 5 different characters in third person narrative It was easy to follow and consisted on about 5 pages per chapter with a different perspective in every chapter. 

Character Development:

There was a lot of character development in this book. I found myself getting very attached to all 5 of the main characters. I does seem like a lot of characters but you get attached really quick. We get to see all the characters develop as they go through difficulties in their lives. Katharine McGee definitely adds a quirky and unique style to each character allowing their voices to stand out.

Themes:

Sci-Fi/ Dystopia: This book is set about 100 years into the future and we get to see so much new and cool tech explored. It has a slight dystopia feel to it although it doesn’t have the main tropes of a dystopia novel. It doesn’t have the evil dictatorship government but there is a huge difference between the poor and rich. 

Mystery: There’s a huge mystery element in this book and I think that’s what drives the story mainly. There’s just so much drama that keeps you hooked all the time.

Mental Health: Mental health is an underlying theme explored through the character of Leda. We get to see her after rehab and how the effects of her drug addiction really mess with her mind. 

Overall Thoughts:

This was a really different type of book genre for me but I loved it. Katharine McGee has done really well for her debut. Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy. 

Top Quote:

“Apologies mean nothing when the person you trust the most has been lying to you your whole life” 

Comment below your own thoughts on The Thousandth Floor and let me know what you think. Also be sure to share your fav quotes too and anything else book related really.

See ya all soon…

–TeenBookLit101 xx

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 2009-2011

PAGES: Approximately 400 each book

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis:

Set in the future of America now known as Panem, an annual reality style game show is held to punish the 12 poor districts for uprising against the ruling government of the Capitol. 1 girl and 1 boy between the ages of 12-18 are reaped into the games from each district to fight to the death. 24 tributes, 1 winner. Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.

When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen takes place and volunteers for her younger sister she sparks hope within the districts leading to grave consequences for her and her loved ones.


Writing Style:

The trilogy is written in first person narrative from Katniss’ perspective. Suzanne Collins’ writing style is extremely easy to follow and fast paced as it kept me turning pages. It reads really quickly immersing you full on into all the action.


Character Development:

Suzanne Collins’ doesn’t forget to develop realistic characters in the midst of all the plot. The trilogy if full of the character development of Katniss as she struggles to find her inner self amongst all the violence and threat of the capitol. We see her struggle emotionally but battle it out to become a powerful and strong female lead.


Themes:

Dystopian society is the main theme in the novel. We see a future America split into 12 poor districts each responsible for providing the rich Capitol with supplies e.g. district 12 specialises in coal mining.

Survival is a key, as with the games and the anger of the Capitol nobody is safe especially Katniss and her loved ones.


Overall thoughts:

I just love this trilogy. It holds a special place in my heart because it’s what really sparked my love of reading. I would recommend this to anyone really but especially if you’re looking to get into the YA age bracket of books. Thank you Suzanne Collins for writing this awesome trilogy, (I wish you would write more.)


Top Quote:

“May the odds be ever in your favour”


Links:

Comment below your own thoughts on The Hunger Games Trilogy and let me know what you think. Also be sure to share your fav quotes too and anything else book related really.

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–TeenBookLit101 xx

NY by the Book Tag|TeenBookLit101

Hello everyone, I hope your all doing well. Today i will be doing the NY by the Book Tag. I was tagged by KingdomBookBlog so thank you ver much. Lets go…

The Questions:

  1. WHAT BOOK IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND NOW?

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.  I’m loving this so far.

  1. WHAT WAS THE LAST TRULY GREAT BOOK YOU READ?

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Can’t wait for the sequel this October. Btw you can check out my Non Spoiler review on Illuminae here.

  1. IF YOU COULD MEET ANY WRITER – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE? AND WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?

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Veronica Roth. I would love to just have a nice chat with her about her Divergent Series and get her to sign my books J

  1. WHAT BOOKS MIGHT WE BE SURPRISED TO FIND ON YOUR SHELF?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga– I don’t read adult fiction but I have these for my A Level English Literature class.

  1. HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY?

I change it up all the time. Currently it’s split into series and stand alones. Sometimes I will do it alphabetically by author’s last names or even a rainbow bookshelf.

  1. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU ALWAYS MEANT TO READ AND HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO YET?

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Paper Towns by John Green. This has been on my tbr for nearly a year now.

  1. DISAPPOINTING, OVERRATED, JUST NOT GOOD: WHAT BOOK DID YOU FEEL YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LIKE BUT DIDN’T?

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Don’t hate me it’s just I didn’t feel this was an amazing book. It was ok just not the best thing ever. I gave it 3 stars. I did enjoy it but when I read it, I didn’t give myself to the book, (If you know what I mean). Maybe I will re-read it.

  1. WHAT KIND OF STORIES ARE YOU DRAWN TO? ANY YOU STAY CLEAR OF?

Well I tend to read mostly books in the YA age bracket. My fav genre has to be Dystopian. It’s what sparked my love for reading. But recently I have gotten into the fantasy genre and a little bit of the sci-fi genre too. I love reading high school contemporary, especially those where the main themes are friendship and mental health. They are really important to me.

  1. IF YOU COULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO READ ONE BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– to warn them of the possible future: Don’t do it!!!

  1. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I would like to finish the Shadowhunter Chronicles before the next book in this massive series comes out.

I Tag:

Thank You so much for reading my post today. Be sure to leave a comment below if you do this tag. See you all soon…

-TeenBookLit101

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

illuminaeTITLE: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 22/10/2015 Rock the Boat

PAGES: 599

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads):

The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


Writing Style:

I think Illuminae is really known for its unique writing style. The story is told through a series of hacked databases making it so much fun and unique. There is a lot of really cool art work in here which makes it so much enjoyable to read. Despite being 600 pages the writing style means you can fly through this book quickly.


Character Development:

I found myself instantly attached to Kady and Ezra praying for them to be ok. We get to see a lot more of Kady as it is her who hacks into the database but both characters are really realistic with their individual personalities. We see Kady as she becomes really brave when she is forced to risk everything due to the war. Even the Artificial Intelligence system AIDEN seemed so real and at times made me so emotional.


Themes:

The book is mainly a Sci-Fi book set hundreds of years into the future. This makes the book really technical which meant it can be a little hard to understand at first but once you get about 100 pages in it’s a real page turner. Survival is a huge theme. We see the extent the two protagonists go to save their loved ones in the midst of a huge interstellar war.


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. This was the first time I ventured into the sci-fi genre and at first, I have to admit, it was hard to understand all the technical stuff but once I was into it I was turning pages like mad. So excited for the sequel.


Top Quote:

“Am I not merciful?”

Amie Kaufman, Illuminae


Links:

Comment below your own thoughts on Illuminae and let me know what you think. Also be sure to share your fav quotes too and anything else book related really.

See ya all soon…

–TeenBookLit101 xx

 

Reader Confessions Tag|TeenBookLit101

I was tagged by the amazing NovelGossip If you’re not already following her then please check her out!

  1. Have you ever damaged a book? Absolutely never. I wouldn’t dare commit such a crime.
  2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book? Nope. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
  3. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends really if its term time at college. Usually I will read a book in about 2 weeks during term times. But when its holidays I can finish a book in bout 2 days if I binge.
  4. Books that you haven’t finished? I always like to finish books. If I am reading a book I don’t like I will put it down and come back to it later when I feel more the mood. I recently did this with The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. This isn’t a bad book, I just wasn’t feeling it at the time.
  5. Hyped popular books that you don’t like? Ummm I can’t really think of any
  6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading? Nope
  7. How many books do you own? At least a hundred and constantly growing!
  8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? Slow. Unfortunately
  9. Do you like to buddy read? I did try reading Harry Potter with my sister but she manged to get ahead of me, and she’s younger than me (she’s 9 years old) *Shame*
  10. Do you read better in your head or out loud? Definitely in my head.
  11. If you were only allowed to own one book what one and why? Noooo how do I choose.

I Tag:

Amberley’s Book Blog

Alex @Young At Heart Books

Travelling Inside Books

Thank you so much for reading my post today. Be sure to leave any of your own answers to this tag down below. Se ya all soon…

–TeenBookLit101

Bookish Pet Peeves|TeenBookLit101

Discussion: Bookish Pet Peeves

So I have seen this topic being discussed a lot around the book community so I decided to share my own bookish pet peeves with you all.

Although we can be real nerds when it comes to books it doesn’t always mean we don’t have any complaints…

  1. Cover Matching

We all know that the bookshelf needs to be pretty. But it doesn’t help when publishing companies decide to change the covers of books in between a series. Or when you have the movie edition for a first book in a series and you have the buy the rest of the series in the original covers because that movie hasn’t come out yet.

  1. Paperbacks, Hardbacks.

When I’m buying a series I like them all to be in the same format. The trouble is when you discover a series that is half complete and you buy paperback but then a new book in the series comes out and you can only get a hardcover it really bugs me as you have to wait until the paperback comes out…which can be months.

  1. CRACKED SPINES!! (Just Why)

My worst nightmare. As I live in the UK most books are paperbacks and I can never open the book fully without the fear of breaking the spine. Some books have really well done binding and can open fully to sit on its spine rather than bending back as you open the book. Why can’t all books be like this?

  1. Heights…

When paperbacks in a series don’t have matching heights. Why??

  1. Which Order Do I Read?

When I’m in a book store or at the library I constantly have to look up books on my phone to see if it’s in a series and if I just picked up a book from the middle of the series and read the synopsis I just got spoilt.

  1. Faces on Covers? Nope

I would like to imagine the characters myself thank you very much!

  1. Synopsis?

When books include a review instead of what the book is actually about. I mean hello I can judge the book myself if you give me the synopsis.

  1. Age Ratings

I feel like publishers should give a guideline age for the book. It would help a lot. Like really.

  1. Movies Before Books

When you read a book after the movie/TV show comes out then you are forced to imagine that actor’s face as the character.

  1. SPOILERS!

Need I explain? Just DON’T!!


 Let me know in the comments if you relate to any of these and be sure to share your own bookish pet peeves…

–TeenBookLit101