Monday, 29 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW: P.S. I LIKE YOU BY KASIE WEST



Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…






Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW: FEAR UNIVERSITY BY MEG COLLET



Bestselling author Meg Collett retells the ancient Filipino legend of the aswang in this sexy, bone-chilling new series.

I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.

My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.


Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ’swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.

I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom.

For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.

But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.

Warning: This book is recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, violence, and language.
 




Tuesday, 16 August 2016

TOP 10 BOOKSTAGRAM PROS

book ● sta ● gram
/ˈbʊkstʊgram/
noun
a virtual dwelling of many an amateur photographer and professional bookish fanboy/girl

As both amateur photographers and professional bookish fangirls, the bookish section of Instagram is our home-away-from-home. Like most social media platforms these days, Instagram has spawned ridiculous communities and impromptu communities and glorious communities in turn.

The most glorious of the lot (in our not-at-all biased opinion) - bookstagram - is where a love of books meets a love of bizarre angles and a quest to overcome crappy lighting. We don't judge books by their cover at all - we just invest all our money into the prettiest ones, then spend hours on end composing them into perfect shots.

As for ourselves, we are quiet pumpkins on bookstagram - mostly because it's exhausting running a blog and all its social media platforms while juggling real life and Uni and jobs. There aren't enough hours in a day to interact with the lovely peoples in all the lovely places and let them know just how very much we appreciate them and look up to them and pray for a Freaky Friday moment with them for a little while. So this week, we are sharing our 10 favorite bookstagrammers - and reasons we stalk their profiles regularly.




Saturday, 13 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW: ON THE FENCE BY KASIE WEST



For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW: NERVE BY JEANNE RYAN

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13088498-nerve

For fans of The Hunger Games

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the gameknows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?




Tuesday, 9 August 2016

TOP 10 BLOGGING DELIGHTS

Today on a book blog: a bookish blog post about the delights of book blogging.

We're not meta, you're meta.

This is, of course, hardly the first time we're rhapsodizing about blogging, extolling its virtues, and attempting to justify why in the name of Athena one would choose to: 
(1) read amply *gasp*
(2) review and analyze such amply read books *gasp*
(3) spend 495349 hours in a day immersing oneself in the bookish community
(4) basically market the publishing industry for free, what's wrong with you, you could be doing something meaningful with your life like stress, anxiety, procrastination, and a general sort of disquiet about where your life is going.

Great news, naysayers - stress, anxiety and procrastination can be found in even greater quantities around these parts. (Nothing like reading about 16 year-olds saving the world to bring forth an existential crisis.) Just imagine the benefits, then, that outweigh that sort of cost.

Or, rather, don't imagine a thing. Stick around and find out firsthand.


Monday, 8 August 2016

THE CURSE OF THE CURSED CHILD: A BOOK REVIEW IN CONVERSATION


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.




No spoilers ahead.


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

TOP 10 THINGS BOOKS HAVE MADE US WANT TO RESEARCH

Late? Always. While the entire bookish blogosphere tackled this topic (or similar) last week, here at The Honest Bookclub, we come to the party at midnight.

Because we're cool (and terribly, terribly disorganized) like that.

But this is also in part due to our decision to share two sorts of bookish inspirations in the imminent future: one, which pertains to all the things that books have inspired us to do, and the other - shared below - of all the things that books have made us research on pain of death or ignorance.

After all, one of the factors that sets the good novels apart from the great novels is how immersed in their world we become - and how much said world inspires us to investigate further.