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. 

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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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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:

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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:

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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…

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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

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) by Shannon A Thompson (Non Spoiler Review) |TeenBookLit101

28965353.jpgTITLE: November Snow

AUTHOR: Shannon A Thompson

PUBLISHING: Published July 25th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

PAGES: 262 (eBook)

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You so much


SYNOPSIS:

Bad Bloods is a two part dystopian novel that follows main characters Serena and Daniel. Both are bad bloods who possess special powers but they are seen as a threat the city of Vendona and upon exposure are executed. With the election coming up the fate of all the bad bloods is at risk…


WRITING STYLE:

The novel is written in dual narrative perspective of both Serena and Daniel in alternative chapters. This provides a deep insight into both of the main characters and I really enjoyed the style. The writing is quick paced and easy to understand.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

I found myself really attached to each and every member of the flock. We see all the characters of the 2 flocks as realistic individuals. I love how Shannon has given each member of the flocks realistic personalities and has given real thought into each character giving them all individual powers.

By the end of the novel we see Serena and Daniel have both grown into stronger characters


THEMES:

Within the flocks we see a lot of responsibility and love/compassion between the members. We see them act as a family as they assure survival.

Survival is a key part as the bad bloods must keep their identity hidden from the rest of the city

The novel also includes some fantasy with the powers of the bad bloods and each bad blood has individual powers making it rally unique.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

I loved part 2 much more than part one. It had so much action in making you anticipate what’s going to happen whilst on the edge of your seat. Oh the feels, I absolutely loved it!!


TOP QUOTE:

“He told her about her soul, and she told him about her dreams and stories. And everything began to unravel from there.”

Thank you so much for reading my review. Let me know in the comments of you have also read this book or if you have a review of this book yourself, send me the link in the comments and I will be sure to check it out Thanks and see you all soon…

–TeenBookLit101

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) by Shannon A Thompson (Non Spoiler Review) |TeenBookLit101

November Rain.jpgTITLE: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

AUTHOR: Shannon A Thompson

PUBLISHING: Published July 18th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

PAGES: 165 (eBook)

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You so much


SYNOPSIS:

Bad Bloods is a two-part dystopian novel that follows main characters Serena and Daniel. Both are bad bloods who possess special powers but they are seen as a threat the city of Vendona and upon exposure are executed. With the election coming up the fate of all the bad bloods is at risk…


WRITING STYLE:

The novel is written in dual narrative perspective of both Serena and Daniel in alternative chapters. This provides a deep insight into both of the main characters and I really enjoyed the style. The writing is quick paced and easy to understand.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

The dual narrative gives a chance for the 2 main characters Serena and Daniel to really develop. A lot of detail has been put into emotions and character development. We also see all the characters of the 2 flocks as realistic individuals. I love how Shannon has given each member of the flocks realistic personalities and has given real thought into each character giving them all individual powers.


THEMES:

Within the flocks we see a lot of responsibility and love/compassion between the members. We see them act as a family as they assure survival. Survival is a key part as the bad bloods must keep their identity hidden from the rest of the city. The novel also includes some fantasy with the powers of the bad bloods and each bad blood has individual powers making it rally unique.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

I was in love with this novel right from the first page. It’s such a page turner and definitely a unique concept. I haven’t read anything like it so far. I love how fast paced and intense it is.


TOP QUOTE:

  • “Bad bloods aren’t born evil or dangerous. We are taught to be, but only because we have to if we want to survive.”

Thank you so much for reading my review. Let me know in the comments of you have also read this book or if you have a review of this book yourself, send me the link in the comments and I will be sure to check it out Thanks and see you all soon…

–TeenBookLit101

Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

tonightNON SPOILER: Tonight The Streets Are Ours By Leila Sales 5/5 Stars

TITLE: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS

AUTHOR: LEILA SALES

PUBLISHING DETAILS: September 24th 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 344     STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: Leila Sales is an American Author. She is has written many adult novels as well as her other YA novel This Song Will Save Your Life.


SYNOPSIS:

‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ follows Arden who is always been labelled as recklessly loyal. She is always there to support her loved ones in times of need but doesn’t seem to be getting any appreciation or love back. One night when Arden’s limits are crossed she and her best friend Lindsey go on a wild road trip to New York in search of a blogger Peter who’s blog Tonight The Streets Are Ours really captures Arden and her feelings, but when she meets Peter things aren’t quite as they seemed online.


WRITING STYLE:

Leila Sales writes this novel in third person perspective. It switched from present to past tense between chapters allowing you to get and a deeper understanding of the characters and the plot. This style was definitely different but really fun and enjoyable. The epilogue is written in first person perspective from Arden herself, as she talks about her future a while after the events in the book. The writing was really fun quirky and easy to follow yet deep and meaningful.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Character development plays a huge role in this novel. We really get to see Arden realise that the world isn’t perfect and not everybody is as loving as herself. She not only recognises this but allows herself to let loose a little on taking responsibility of people lives she is able to learn the true meaning of happiness.


THEMES:

I think this novel is mainly a coming of age novel as Arden explores the real world and also realises where her priorities really lie in life.

Also I think friendship in embedded nicely with the novel. I really did love Lindsey and Arden’s unbreakable friendship.

Romance doesn’t essentially play a huge part within the novel although the book starts with: “Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story. If it wasn’t, what would be the point?” I think love is explored but not necessarily romantic love but love for the people around you and the world in general.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Tonight The Streets Are Ours is a lovely heart-warming read. I absolutely didn’t expect the ending to end how it did but looking back I think it was perfect. It really shows how people you may consider as insignificant can have a huge impact on your life. I would really recommend this book to anyone looking a nice sweet story about general teenage life.


TOP QUOTES:

  • “But that’s the thing: when you swear to take someone’s side no matter what, sometimes you have to go to war for them.”
  • “Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them – so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves.”
  • “Hurting people, really, deeply hurting them – that isn’t something you do on purpose. It’s just a by-product of living.”

Comment below your own thoughts on this book or any other similar books you would like to recommend.

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