Midnight Bibliophile

Midnight Bibliophile

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"Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman."



"Edward Cullen is staring at you."

-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

5 Stars
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.




This book was hauntingly good. I loved every minute of it. Some moments were so hard to pull through because of the amount of emotions flowing through me. Sometimes it was slight angry, a lot of times sadness.


I really felt for Hannah Baker, so many times bad things had happened to her and yet no one was there to help. She could do nothing to stop it.


I really enjoyed reading this, even if some moments were hard. It was like reading mini stories all in one story. Some of her memories she was retelling, I had to stop and take a breather. After those moments I wasn't sure whether to continue or not.


I was highly anticipating the moment where it would get to Clay's tale. He had no idea why he was on the tape, and so far all of the reasons people were on the tapes is because of something bad. Lots was revealed.


I felt slightly annoyed at the ending, but only for the fact that Clay had so little to do with Hannah, but yet he could have prevented so much. I felt bad for him at that moment too. That was an 'if only...' moment. If only he had known.


Save to say, I really loved this book, it was so heartfelt, but it was hard to get through because it was such an emotional rollercoaster.


4 Stars
The Blue Horse by Marita Conlon McKenna
The Blue Horse - Marita Conlon-McKenna, Donald Teskey

When I was eleven years old, I was going away during school. My teacher gave me this book and told me it was my homework. I was so annoyed, I didn't want any homework. One day, while away, I was bored and decided to read this book that I had been given. I loved it. I couldn't be pulled away.

I felt so horrible for the main character and her family. They were called so many names by their new neighbours. They were also treated badly. They had to deal with so many problems such as the name calling but they were strong and tried to not let it affect them.

All of the problems they faced were real life problems. Many people around Ireland are travellers or settled travellers. This was like realising the situation within the real world.
There were many emotions soaring through this book. I think the only reason why I still remember most things about this book is because I liked it so much.

When I came back home, I told my teacher I read the book. She smiles and asked me to tell her about it. I told her about the whole book and how much I enjoyed it. She said to the that that was the whole reason why she gave it to me, because she knew I would be able to appreciate the idea behind it and the real-life problem, that in my world, I had no idea about.

3 Stars
Legend by Marie Lu
Legend - Marie Lu

 So, this is going to be short.


I don't know how to feel about this book. There's so many things that are too difficult to understand. And they're not actually hard, I just can't wrap my head around the ideas and concepts.


I liked both main characters, June and Day. I preferred Day's point of view better than June's though. There were moments when I didn't like her. I loved how all the things Day was doing was for money for his family.

Even though her brother was barely in it, and it said on the blurb he was going to die, I was kind of sad.


The ending is the bit I am unsure about. For now, everything is okay for June and Day, but I don't know, I don't really feel satisfied buy the ending. Yes, I know there is another too books, but still.


All the government stuff was a bit much for me, and one of the reasons I'm not sure whether I am going to continue with this series. I felt kind of lost and bored during these parts.


Anyway, three out of five.

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4 Stars
The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass
The One - Kiera Cass The Selection - Kiera Cass The Elite - Kiera Cass The Selection Stories: The Prince & the Guard - Kiera Cass

I haven't read the mini selection stories, The Guard and The Prince, but I included them in the series.


Plot of The Selection:


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.




-review of three books from now-


I started reading this series about a year ago. I never really had any expectations because I didn't know anyone who had read it. What I didn't know, was that I was reading the second book, The Elite. I only realised it was the second book when I felt there were pieces of the story missing. That was maybe, six chapters in. So, anyway, I stopped reading.


About two weeks ago, I read the first book. This time I heard my friend saying it was good. And yes, I think so too.


At first America was with Aspen, until, of course, she joined the selection. I did like Aspen as a character, although he was a little cheesy. He said some really cheesy thing about loving her. I found that a little funny rather than cute.


America, having no choice but having been picked, moves to the castle with no intention of getting to know the prince, Maxon. The only thing she wanted to do was get away from Aspen.


I think the first book was the best in the series. It held the most events. It also started the romance between Prince Maxon and herself. I would rate it five stars. I think it was a good first book for the series. There wasn't many events, apart from her with the other girls, on the report and with Maxon, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read.


I felt the second book was a little bit of a let down. The romance between Maxon and America was growing, but to me, it was they love each other or not. America was very back and forth with her feelings for Maxon. There were some more events in the second book, this time, such as the Italian royalty and German royalty coming to the castle.


During this book, what came as I shock to me, was the reason Marlee wanted to stay at the castle. Not because of Maxon but for some other reason. I was having a bit of an angry-fangirl moment. I felt like crying for Marlee.


After Marlee disappeared from the castle, everything, I felt, was a little rushed. Marlee, had been her best friend during their time in the castle, but yet she wasn't that sad she was gone.


Then Maxon brought Marlee to America. They said they would see each other again, but they barely spoke. I think this moment was a little underdeveloped and could have been a little more thought out. Especially for the fact that they were supposed to see each other again. Marlee didn't come back in until the near-end of the third book.


Again, during the third book, Maxon and America's love was a little back and forth. Yes, the book was about their future together, or lack of future, but it was a little annoying. America was annoying. She was stringing both Maxon and Aspen along.


The ending of the third book, I was unsatisfied. I felt it was not developed well. It was like, after Maxon picked America, that was it. The book had to be finished, whatever way. Even before that it was rushed.


When her father died, yes, she was brave, but she didn't seem to be very sad. If it was my mother who died, I would cry forever.


While the castle was attacked near the end of the third book, I was screaming at the book. It pretty much goes like this; everyone is ready. The castle is attacked. She gets away. Its a few hours later and loads of people are dead. Including, the King, Queen, Celeste and Anne. One minute they're alive. The next, they're dead.


Throughout the book, I didn't really like Celeste. She was mean and full of herself. But through the third book, she just proved how desperate she was. She was fighting against everyone because that was the only thing she had. She didn't hold his heart like America, or make a very good queen like Kriss. I felt kind of bad for her. Then she got, and safe to say, I was upset.


Maxon; wow, I don't know how I feel about him. I like him, and I don't like him. I know he was pretty much dating each girl but he had a special connection from the start with America and it was kind of, I guess, douche-y in a way? (If that's a word.) Especially when he had Celeste pinned up against the hallway. But then I liked him for his little cute moments with America. And moments he stood up for her.


America; I liked her for the fact that she was brave and stood up for the things she felt right. If she had to do something that she didn't like, such as sending a man to jail for life because he was desperate enough to steal clothes for his children, she would make her own rules. She would fix the problem her own way. It was a little annoying in these moments, though, that she was impulsive. She didn't think things through properly. The only moments I didn't like her was when she was going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen.


All in all, as a series, I give it four out of five stars. It was cute, enjoyable and an easy read. There were some moments that I loved, some that I hated, but as I whole, I liked the plot line. It was also very original.


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4 Stars
Falling by Design by Valia Lind
Falling by Design - Valia Lind



Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.


Enter Grayson Banks.


There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realises that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.




So, I got this story on my kindle for either really cheap or free. I was expecting a cute, cliché romance where the girl falls in love with the boy who used to bully her. For the most part, this was the plot.


What pulled me into reading this story was the fact that Brooklyn was a aspiring fashion designer and that her parents didn't accept this future career. One of the things I would hope to be when I'm a little older is a fashion designer. I love designing clothes. And also, my parents (well more one parent), doesn't accept this, and doesn't think it is a job that I would be able to handle.


I hated the way her parents didn't like this career or the fact that her sister was very cold and distant towards her. She acted like she hated her.

Throughout the book, Brook battles with her feelings for Grayson. She won't let any feeling for Grayson blooms because she still thinks he is the bully he once was. No matter how many times he tries to convince her, tries to change her opinion of him, she just won't budge.


I did like both main characters. Grayson more than Brook. Brook, at times, I found annoying because of the fact that she kept pushing Grayson away, although you could see he was sincere. I love Grayson's determination. He kept pushing and pushing to get Brook to accept her feelings.


I also like her best friends too.


At the beginning of each chapter, there are little quotes, I enjoyed them. Some were funny too.


All in all, this book was enjoyable. The thing that most annoyed me though was the ending. It felt too rushed. I think the problem should have been resolved either a couple chapters earlier or there should have been a couple extra chapters.


Great story for the author's debut YA.


I only realised that there was a second book in the series and I got so excited. I clicked onto it, hoping that it was a continuation of Brook and Grayson's story, but it wasn't. It's about their best friends, Chance and Dakota. Loved these characters so I'll probably like their story too. There'll also probably be a bit of Grayson and Brook, although it's not centred around them.


Hoping to pick up Chance and Dakota's story soon.


"Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman."

 -Lux Beginnings (Obsidian) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"El tono de tu voz hace que quiera estrangularme."

"That sounds sexy. What's it mean?"

"The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself."


The Duff by Kody Keplinger

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1 Stars
He's After Me- Chris Higgins
He's After Me - Chris Higgins

This is going to be short for the fact that I hated this book.


This story is about a girl who meets a guy. She keeps seeing him around and then they finally speak. She falls in love.


Her friends don't seem to like him, but her mother and sister love him. She goes around town vandalising things with him and being a rebel, and not finding anything wrong with it.


This story goes through this, things happening, it's his fault, she doesn't notice. Pretty much sums it up.


The first thing about this book that annoyed me was the chapters. They were just way too short. I don't really like long chapters anyway because I like to finish on a new chapter but these were beyond short.


The second; the main character. I didn't like her. She was just too annoying. And I hated the way that she was warned about the guy, Jem, but yet she ignored the warnings.


I for one, would be totally creeped out if I kept seeing the same guy around. But now, she didn't see anything wrong with it.


She was going around vandalising the city with him, and didn't see any problem with it.


Stuff from her father's place was stolen. 'Nope, couldn't be Jem. He wouldn't do that.' They were the only two in the apartment! This book bloody infuriated me!


Her friends didn't like Jem. He also dissed her friends. Again, she didn't see anything wrong. She was just so stupid!


After finally realising how messed up Jem was, her sister didn't believe anything was wrong with him. Then she left with him and ended up dead. What a great ending. (Note the sarcasm.)


For this horrendous story, I give it one star.


Even though I hated it, I read the whole story. It was suspenseful. I only kept reading to see if she got her head out of her ass and realised the psychopath that was her boyfriend.


4 Stars
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Also written ages ago.



Anna Dressed in Blood is the first instalment in the Anna series written by Kendare Blake. This book is one that will make you want to sleep with the lights on because it has teeth and is a scary as hell. It will catch all of your emotions - happiness, fear, hatred, love and it will even break your heart. Prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster.

This book is set mainly in Ontario, Canada and follows Cas Lowood- Just your average ghost hunter. He and his mom set off to Ontario after an anonymous tip about Anna.
Anna dressed in blood.
Anna is a beautiful, murderous ghost caught up with rage and a curse.
Cas is the only one who can destroy her but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why she's killed everyone who's ever set foot in her creepy house.
Everyone except Cas.
Why would she spare his life?
What makes him so special?
I really liked the characters in this book. Anna is insecure towards Cas but bravely ferocious towards anyone else. She's herself when she's around Cas and through all that time she almost feels normal.
Cas never lets himself get close to anyone because once he's killed the ghost in their town he's gone, but yet he let's himself get closer, and begins falling head over heels, for Anna.
I think the relationship between Cas and Anna is quite believable, because to Cas, Anna seems almost normal. She feels that she can be herself around him.
I think this book has good suspense - you are always wondering what's going to happen, always second guessing your ideas.
I was surprised, even a little annoyed, by the ending but it was still a great read. All in all, I'd give it a 4/5. This is for the fact that the book wasn't too long, there wasn't a dull moment, it freaked me out so much and also, the romance was cute. Who doesn't love a bit of romance?
I would recommend this book to teenagers but definitely not younger readers. Maybe, aged 13+. Anyone who likes a good scare will love this book as well as any readers who love a bit of romance.
If you liked this book make sure to check out the second instalment, Girl of Nightmares.
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

Okay, I wrote this review ages ago (as in like June, or whenever it came out), but I'm going to post it anyway.




This book follows a girl named Cadence Sinclair Eastman. She comes from a wealthy and perfect family. Every summer her family goes to her Grandfather's Island. They each have a house there.

Her, her cousins, Mirren and Johnny, and Johnny's future step father's nephew, Gat, are called the Liars.
When they are fifteen, Cadence has an accident. She doesn't remember anything from that summer. She doesn't come back the next year. But she does again when she's seventeen. And she's looking for answers. She hopes her cousins and Gat have the answers.
Yes, usually my reviews are on books written a couple of years ago, and as well, I'm a bit late reading this but anyhow. Also, I borrowed the books from the library.
Anyway, on with the review. Just a tip, this has spoilers. Sorry!
So, when I started reading this book I wasn't really into it. Within the first chapter, I felt it was really weird. It said something about her father packing the car, then the next minute he'd pulled out a gun and shot her? And then all her Mom did was tell her to get up and not make a scene? I mean, that's crazy. Imagine your Dad pulling out a gun and shooting you. Would your Mom just tell you to get up? Mine wouldn't. She'd probably attack him.
I wanted to read this book because of the amount of amazing reviews it got. They said go in blind and that's what I did. With school and extracurricular activities, I read the book quite slowly. I think that's one of the reasons that I felt the book wasn't very good.
I was also talking to a couple other people and they felt they couldn't finish the story either. I hate not finishing stories, so I pushed through. It wasn't a very thick book either. Surely, it wouldn't take that long to finish? Once I'd reached half way I was engrossed. I couldn't stop reading.
This book tore me to pieces. People say the same thing about The Fault In Our Stars; I never shed a tear. This book broke me.
It also frustrated me to no end. I really annoyed me. Well, Cadence did.
Another reason why I felt it wasn't very good, at first, was because of how everything that happened never seemed to mean anything. For one, she had said she got very bad headaches. And she said it again, and again, and again. I felt it was unneeded. But once I had finished the book, it all added up.
Another thing; Mirren never got Cadence's emails, Johnny never got the present. When Mirren told Cadence that she didn't like emails, so didn't respond to them, it was a bit strange. But I thought nothing else of it. It didn't sound that insane.
As we go through the book, Cadence remembers more and more from her summer two years ago. She remembers something about a fire. She remembers her aunties and mother fighting. She remembers their master plan.
She constantly thinks of her granddad's two dogs, but she doesn't think of what happened to them.
They were going to burn all documents and everything else in the house so their parents would stop fighting. Mirren was to take the second floor, Johnny the first, Cadence the ground and Gat the basement. It all seem okay. That was until the plan got into action.
She remembered them burning the house with the two dogs inside.
I actually hate Cadence. I was screaming at her, even though she couldn't hear me. I told her how she was the stupidest person in the world.
Here's what I thought: She set fire to the ground floor without waiting for the others to get down the stairs. She should have waited for Mirren to light her floor, then Johnny his, maybe at the same time as Gat and then her last. Definitely not first!!!! How stupid can she be?!? Then she ran out of the house thinking they had gotten out? Really, she was by the exit. She would have seen them pass. How else were they going to get out? The window? Unlikely.
I felt so upset. She left the house, with her cousins burning to death inside. She set the house on fire with her cousins there! She killed her cousins!
Everything made sense. Mirren didn't reply to the emails because she wasn't alive to. Johnny didn't get her gift because he was dead. Each time she talked to them, they were ghosts. She spent hours, talking to them, staying in one of her cousin's house that was abandoned, but she was all alone. They weren't really there.
It really surprised me. It also devastated me.
I would definitely recommend it, but really you have to be prepared for some major crying issues as well as anger.
E. Lockhart is so smart. The plot was unimaginable.
I think Cadence is probably my most hated character even. She was annoying, high maintenance and all around stupid. She was very annoying because she complained way too much. I know she had an accidence, but she only seemed to realise what was happening to her. She complained about her head, her headaches. I can see why Mirren got annoyed. She was dead and Cadence was complaining about headaches.
I also really liked Gat and then found out he was dead. It made me sad. That's an understatement. I also hated the way her granddad was very racist and didn't like Gat. It was quite cruel. He looked down on Gat because of his colour. He didn't think Gat and his uncle Ed belonged in their perfect family.
All in all, it was an emotional rollercoaster and, although I do recommend it, I never want to read it every again. Ever.


"If Xavier was an illness, then I didn't want to recover."

-Halo, Alexandra Adornetto