Title: Red.
Author: Alison Cherry.
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014.
Publisher: Quercus.
Format: Paperback, 320 pages.
Source: Provided By Publisher.
My Rating:

Top student. Beauty queen. Girlfriend of the hottest football jock. Felicity’s got everything. And it’s all down to her red, red hair.

Felicity lives in Scarletville, the world’s only redhead sanctuary, where red hair is celebrated, protected – and the key to success.

But Felicity has a secret. A red hot secret. And if anyone finds out, she’s finished.

Because Felicity’s a natural blonde.

And in Scarletville, blondes need not apply.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I first started reading Red, something quirky and funny maybe? The whole concept and idea around the book is pretty ridiculous, yet fantastic and really funny at the same time. Red was a really exciting read, with an interesting plot and bubbly writing style. I’ve never read anything like Red before; it’s completely unique and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I’ve read quite a few reviews that said this novel was absurd, and I agree with them in a way, it is absurd – but that’s part of the charm of the novel and I loved every minute that I was reading it!

Felicity is our main protagonist in Red, and I absolutely adored her character. She’s under a lot of pressure from her mother to be the best she can be, and to win the Beauty Pageant that Red focuses on and I couldn’t help but feel extremely sorry for her. Felicity has tried to contain who she really is; someone who hates the competitions and the lies. Someone who loves art and just wants to be herself, even though she feels she can’t be. I felt like I really had a connection with Felicity’s character and thought she was really relatable. All my siblings have red hair, and although I’ve never disliked my dark-brown hair, I can understand how Felicity just wants to fit in with her family.

I loved how all the secondary characters were really well developed and all had their own personalities and different quirks, even if I didn’t like their characters much at all. Jonathan is the boy that changes everything for Felicity and I loved him right from the beginning. Jonathan saw who Felicity for who she really was, and didn’t question it. He was a really adorable character; shy, kind, caring and all around loveable! Moving onwards - I really disliked Felicity’s mother, Ginger - she drove me round the bend and I visualised shoving her off a cliff on more than one occasion. I found it incredibly hard to comprehend how Ginger could go on shoving her own dreams onto her daughter. I understand that Ginger just wanted her daughter to fit in and have lots of opportunities, but she made her entire life a complete and utter lie – it was almost as if she couldn’t love her daughter properly unless she kept dying her hair. The whole situation was filled completely with drama and angst and was pretty messed up – but I suppose that’s what made the book what it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Red – it was a light, refreshing read with a really wonderful look into the stereotypes in the world. With its wonderfully written characters and overall drama – it’s definitely a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Alison Cherry’s writing was really brilliant and beautiful with the perfect amount of humour and seriousness mixed together to create a fabulous novel! I’d definitely recommend Red to anyone with a sense of humour (even if you’re not a redhead), although I wouldn’t recommend anyone to take it too seriously, as it’s obviously not meant for that – apart from maybe the morals of the story. The only reason Red is getting a 4.5/5 star rating instead of a 5/5 star rating is because I kind of wished the ending had been a little more resolved. I thought there were a lot of loose ends that I thought need tying up and it was all kind of abrupt. However, none of this deters from the fabulousness of this novel. I can’t wait to read more from Alison Cherry is the future; she’s definitely an author to keep an eye on!

The mayor’s undersized orange mustache twitched like an agitated chipmunk, and Felicity had to work hard not to snicker. - Page 05.

There had been so much sweetness and longing in his expression.
Nobody had ever looked at her that way.
She hadn’t even known she wanted that kind of attention until now, but suddenly she wondered how she had ever managed to live without it. - Page 65.

Felicity looked up and met his eyes. They were warm and gentle and full of unconditional acceptance. She knew he was seeing her – really seeing her – and that he liked what he saw, red hair or not.
She put the booklets down on the trunk of her car.
And then she kissed him. - Page 308.

Title: The 100.
Series: The Hundred, #1.
Author: Kass Morgan.
Publication Date: August 29th, 2013.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton.
Format: Paperback, 323 pages.
Source: Provided By Publisher.
My Rating:

No one has set foot on earth in centuries – until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life... or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

I’d not heard anything about The 100 until it arrived on my doorstep a little while back. I wanted to wait until everyone had finished reading it, and bypass all the reviews just for a little while, so I could make my own, unbiased opinion. I wasn’t expecting too much from The 100 as the ratings I’d seen looked a little disappointing, but I’m so glad to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The 100 was a really fantastic, fast-paced and action-packed book that I just couldn’t put down!

The 100 is told in the perspectives of our four main characters; Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. All of these characters are so unique and different and I loved them all. I loved how, throughout the book, there were plenty of flashbacks, letting the readers know what the characters had been done before being detained – and eventually, how they all got there. The 100 is a real page-turner and I loved pretty much everything about it, and actually found it quite difficult to find fault with.

Ladies first! Clarke was a really strong-willed and determined character, and I just adored her right from the beginning. Arrested for treason, Clarke is still haunted by her past – and was a medic in training before her detainment. I loved a lot of Clarke’s different traits, but the one I loved most was her ability to look past peoples faults, and things they may have done in the past – and see the person they really are. I just thought she was an amazing character. Glass escapes the ship right at the beginning of the novel, and at first I just thought she was a coward, but you learn overtime the things she’s had to deal with, and I instantly changed my opinion. I thought that Glass was weak, but as it turns out she was an incredibly strong and interesting character, and I loved being able to read about the life up on the ship, as well as on earth.

Onto the boys! Wells got himself contained to be with the girl he loves, and to protect her from anything dangerous on earth – no matter what would happen to him in the process. If that isn’t true love, then I don’t know what is. He made some pretty terrible mistakes, but you can tell that he only did them to try and protect his girl, and I really loved his character as well. Not only was he a mentally strong person, but he was also extremely forgiving and loving – he was just fantastic. Bellamy was a strange character, and he seemed a little too full of himself in my opinion. He has his own reasons for jumping aboard the ship to earth, his little sister, as he’d do anything to protect her. This whole thing made up for his arrogance and inability to connect with anyone other than his sister. I liked his character though, but I won’t be jumping on the Bellamy loving band wagon any time soon.

Overall, I really loved reading The 100 and I could only find a few, very small flaws, hence the 4.5/5 star rating, instead of a 5/5. Even though I loved the characters, I thought that they could have been developed a little more – and also I thought that the world-building could have been developed a little more, with more details and specifics. These little flaws though didn’t detract from the beautiful writing and fantastic storyline that I just couldn’t get enough of. Kass Morgan has her own unique and wonderful writing style that’s engaging and had me hooked right from the very beginning. And BOY, that cliff-hanger ending had me cursing the book and whacking it against my head at the same time. I can’t wait to read the next instalment in this series, and anything else Kass Morgan may write in the future – she’s definitely an author to keep an eye on!

She heard voices everywhere. They called to her from the corners of her dark cell. They filled the silence between her heart-beats. They screamed from the deepest recesses of her mind. It wasn't death she craved, but if that was the only way to silence the voices, then she was prepared to die. - Page 01.

Humans had abandoned Earth during its darkest hour. It wouldn't care how many died trying to return. - Page 55.

“Of course I know.” Thalia looked at Clarke with a mixture of frustration and pity. “But I also know what he risked to come here.” She smiled. “He loves you, Clarke. The kind of love most people spend their whole lives looking for.”
Clarke sighed. “Well, I hope, for your sake, that you never find it.” - Page 106.

Hey book nerds! ^.^ It's finally time for my February book haul! :D I have loads of amazing books to show you this month, and if you can believe it, I already have LOADS more books that I haven't shown today - so they'll be in my March book haul. :) I've just been trying to keep things quiet this month, and focus a bit more on reading, which is going quite well, but I'm still not feeling great at all. So, I'm really not sure when I'll be back to regular blogging, so I apologise again in advance of me being absent. On the plus side, I've chosen the colours we're going to be painting my room - so we're just waiting for the convenient day to get it painted. :P It's green and turquoise at the moment (as you can see in my video) because that's how my brother wanted it! Unfortunately for the boys, they're now sharing a room and the walls are purple, so I can't really complain. xD I hope you all have a great remainder of your month, and I'll try and post again soon. :)


Photos And Book Information
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

A BIG thanks to Macmillan who sent me a copy of Fangirl for review - I'm so excited to finally have my hands on this book, I've heard amazing things!

A HUGE thanks to Mira Ink who sent me these copies of; Anything to Have You, Alice Through The Zombie Glass, an ARC of Heartbeat and an ARC of The Secret Diamond Sisters for review. I've already reviewed Anything to Have You and I can't wait to read the others! ^.^

A BIG thanks to Quirk Books who sent me a copy of Hollow City for review - I really need to get on and read the first book in this series so I can review this one!

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher.
Linked (Linked, #1) by Imogen Howson.

Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1) by Ruth Warburton.
Hysteria by Megan Miranda.

Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky, #1) by C.J. Flood.
Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso.

Jane by April Lindner.
Smashed by Lisa Luedeke.

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.
Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire, #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton.

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer.

The Luxe (Luxe, #1) by Anna Godbersen.
Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen.

Angel Burn (Angel, #1) by L.A. Weatherly.
Angel Fire (Angel, #2) by L.A. Weatherly.

I was so pleased to buy this book online and then I realised when it arrived that it was SIGNED by the author, L.A. Weatherly!!! :D I tweeted this picture to the author, just to check it was authentic, turns out it is! ^.^

E-books Bought

Pentimento by Cameron Jace.
Bet in the Dark by Rachel Higginson.
Starfire Angels (Dark Angel Chronicles, #1) by Melanie Nilles.
Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, #1) by Marion Croslydon.

Witch Song (Witch Song, #1) by Amber Argyle.
Spiritus (Spiritus, #1) by Dana Michelle Burnett.
Summer of my Secret Angel by Anna Katmore & Piper Shelly.
Blood and Snow Volumes 1-4 (Blood and Snow, #1-4) by RaShelle Workman.

I LIKE LOTS OF BOOKS AND I CANNOT LIE! :D I'm so excited about all of these books, you have no idea. :P I'm pretty sure a few of these books I'm going to bump up on my TBR list, so I can read them sooner - but I may try and restrain myself. I can't seem to decide which one I'm most excited for though, maybe Cinder or Shadowlands. :) I had a UK Paperback copy of Angel Burn (know as just Angel in the UK) that I brought months back, but when I saw the gorgeous hardback covers, I just HAD to re-buy it, and the second one to match. You should see the spines on those books, they're beautiful! As for the e-books, you know the drill! All of them were freebies on Amazon at the time of purchase. :3 I think my favourite e-book cover is definitely What Kills Me, it's simple, yet really awesome! :D Have you read any of these books? Let me know! ^.^

What books have you brought or received lately? Leave me a comment or a link to your blog post and I'll be sure to check it out. ^.^ Happy reading! (:

Title: Briar Rose.
Author: Jana Oliver.
Publication Date: September 12th, 2013.
Publisher: Macmillan.
Format: Paperback, 470 pages.
Source: Provided By Publisher.
My Rating:

Briar Rose believes in Fairy Tales. And now, because of a family curse, she’s living one. Doomed to fall asleep for one hundred years on her sixteenth birthday, Briar has woken up in the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of – miles away from the safe, boring small-town life that she has left behind.

Briar must fight her way out of the story, but she can’t do it alone. She always believed in handsome princes, and now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up...

Briar Rose is an incredibly dark, twisted, sexy and unique re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with plenty of different plot twists to keep anyone on their toes! I went into reading Briar Rose with reasonably high expectations and was completely blown away by the whole thing. Briar Rose is a fantastic and wonderfully written novel, with just the right amount of action and romance! The entire way through Briar Rose I was completely captivated and had no idea what would happen next. There are so many unique and fascinating details in Briar Rose and everything is incredibly well thought out – I just couldn’t get enough of the story.

Briar Rose is our main protagonist, and I absolutely adored her character. Not only was she really relatable and fun to read about, but she was also funny, kind and generally a really thoughtful person. Briar is obsessed with fairy tales, and loves everything about them – which is why the whole situation was so ironic in a way and kind of funny in a way. Briar has always yearned for adventure and to be swept off her feet by a prince and carried into the sunset, and suddenly all of her dreams seem possible when she’s catapulted in to this dark and twisted fairy tale.

Joshua is the guy who’s totally off-limits to Briar, not because he’s involved with someone else – but because their parents forbid it. Joshua is complete and utter sweetheart, and I loved his character right off the bat. I thought it was amazing how much he’d risk just to be near Briar, even just to talk to her. It’s completely obvious how smitten he is with her right from the beginning, and I thought his affection was really adorable. Not only was Joshua funny, kind, caring and sweet, he was also a really firm, and well developed character that you just can’t help but love.

Overall, I thought Briar Rose was an extra-ordinary novel that I just couldn’t put down. I sped through the book so quickly, even though it was over 400 pages! Jana Oliver is a brilliant writer, with a unique and wonderful writing style that really captures your attention and draws you into her world. I can’t seem to find a single fault with her writing at all. The only thing that stopped this book being a 5 star read, instead of a 4.5 was mainly because of the reactions the characters had to magic and fairy tales in general. I thought that the characters parents, and the characters themselves, bought into the whole situation way too easily – and really didn’t doubt it at all. I mean, if someone came up to me and told me something was happening like in Briar Rose, I’d probably laugh. However, this didn’t change how great I thought this book was. I can’t wait to read more from Jana Oliver in the future, and I think it’d be amazing if she created another book like Briar Rose, but with different characters and a different situation.

Over the years this curse will remain vigilant, growing in strength, changing course as needed. Then, when the time is right, it will fulfil its calling. Sate its near-human desire for revenge.
No mercy. No second chances. Only more tears to feed the bitterness. Page 01.

‘Helloooo? You still there? Let me guess, you were redecorating the castle, right?’
It was Reena’s way of poking fun at Briar’s ‘obsession’, as she called it. It was her father’s fault: when Briar was four, he’d read her ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at bedtime. She’d come away from that experience with a true love of fairy tales and a morbid fear of wolves. From there she’d gone through the Disney phase where all the fairy tales ended happily ever after. Now she was solidly in the Brothers Grimm camp, where happy endings usually required a few corpses just to even things out. - Pages 16 & 17.

They crushed the creatures as fast as possible, but it was no use. The tide of centipedes scrambling over each other to get a taste of human was overwhelming. It was ironic. All her mother’s protectiveness had been a waste of time: her daughter was about to become supper for a ravenous family of magical arthropods. - Page 254.