Review: Floored by Various Authors

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When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

I read a preview of this book at YALC last year, and I loved it. This is genius. A mixture between the darkness of One of Us is Lying and the great hopefulness of The Breakfast Club. I knew, after reading that preview, that I would want to read more. So when I saw this book was out, I eventually picked this up.

I’m glad I picked this one up, but I’m not sure if it lived up to the preview for me. I enjoyed it, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

“Maybe disappointment does lie in the gulf between what you would do for someone and what they will do for you,”

I just wish this was a mystery! If it wanted to be the lightness of The Breakfast Club, why did someone die? If you’re bringing so much darkness into the story, why not make it more interesting and bring a mystery element into it. Why not make us question why the guy died when they were all in the lift? Bringing that suspense would have worked so well with a book like this.

But I have to say, that was probably my only issue with this book. Other than that, I’m so impressed with how 6 different authors can come together and make such a compatible novel. It really worked, and the story flowed so well. I also loved that this book was set in the UK! It’s not often I read a contemporary set in my own country, and it was awesome. I’ve actually been to these places!

“but she knows then, in that moment, as she’s looking out of the rain-speckled window at the black, black sky, that she needs to stop focusing on what she’s willing to do for other people and start focusing on what she’s willing to do for herself.”

I also felt like having the 6 different characters worked well! Each of them had their own personalities (some more dominant than others) and I really liked them all. Overall, I have to say I did really enjoy reading this book. It’s quick and fun, and if that’s what you’re looking for then this book is definitely for you. But if you’re looking for something darker and more of a mystery, please go for One of Us is Lying instead!

★★★★
3.5 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #100 / They Both Die at the End

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

I read They Both Die at the End not too long ago and enjoyed it a lot! You can see my review here. I thought as I’m currently finishing my Adam Silvera collection with History is All You Left Me, I’d have a tiny throwback to this beautiful book.

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“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.” 
― Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #66

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

So…I still haven’t stopped buying books. Oops. But am I mad at myself? No, not really. Because I might be buying a lot of books, but I’m not spending a lot of money!

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When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

I bought my current read, Floored, in a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal! It’s a great deal in Waterstones and whenever I find two books I want, I get them.

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I also browsed the clearance section of another local bookshop and found a hardback edition of this for half the price! It’s because of a small crack in the inside of the front cover, but you would never know without opening the book up! On the outside, it’s in pristine condition, so it doesn’t bother me. I’ve wanted to read this for a while, so I picked it up for only £6.50.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Books I Wish Were TV Shows/Films

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finishes a book, puts it down and thinks ‘I wish I could see that on screen?’ Some books just give of that air of being perfect for a TV show or movie. Here are some that give me that feel!

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Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
 

The first book that comes to mind when I think of TV shows is One of Us is Lying. Just reading that synopsis, wouldn’t you watch it? I think the mystery would be brilliant.

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to see these books as movies! I would love to see the magic on screen.

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I feel so much the same about Six of Crows. The action in this would be incredible! I can just imagine the shots of Inej jumping from roof to roof…

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Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

I can totally see this series as a TV show too. I think TV series have to have an air of mystery about them to keep people watching, and I definitely think Caraval has that mystery.

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

After seeing the amazing success of contemporaries such as Love, Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I can see this one on screen! This is definitely one of my favourite contemporaries and one of my favourite books of the year.

Which books would you like to see on screen?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Birthday Haul

Hi all! Today I’m here to tell you all about my birthday haul. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people who know me so well, and I just had to tell you guys what my friends and family got for me.

My boyfriend went Harry Potter crazy, and bought me loads of things including this beautiful book, The Art of Harry Potter. It’s massive and it’s amazing, and I can’t stop flicking through it.

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He also bought me these adorable Lego Harry and Hedwig. I built them as soon as I unwrapped them and I love them so much! They fit perfectly on my Harry Potter shelf.

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I’ve been talking about how much I wanted to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so I was very happy to find this 🙂

You might think that’s the end of the Harry Potter gifts but in fact it’s not! He also bought me tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London next year, and tickets to visit the Harry Potter studios over Christmas! I’m so so excited!

I just had to finish off by telling you about the last present! You may not have known this about me, but I LOVE Friends. With a passion. And I’ve been looking at buying this for ages, so I was so happy to unwrap it.

My lovely friends and family also really spoilt me – giving me loads of things including many baking gifts (a really cute vintage style cake tin!), a photography book and pamper sets. My close friends spoilt me so much, including this gorgeous candle and little Harry Potter keychain.

Thank you for reading!

-Beth

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T5W: Mythical Creatures

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi everyone! This week we’re continuing the spooky run up to Halloween with top 5 monsters or mythical creatures. I had to go for mythical creatures, because there are too many cute ones that I really wanted to include.

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The first one that came to mind was the niffler! My boyfriend bought me Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for my birthday and we watched the movie on Monday night. I loved the movie and all the magical creatures.

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I also love Hobbits! I’ve watched all of these movies and read The Hobbit in the past year, I definitely need to read the rest of Lord of the Rings soon.

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Wraiths are definitely some of my favourite mythical creatures (or humans in this case)! I love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I can’t wait to read her Grisha trilogy.

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After becoming a massive Game of Thrones fan recently, I can’t stop thinking about this incredible series. How could I not include dragons in here?

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Because who doesn’t love Ewoks?

Which monsters or mythical creatures did you pick?

-Beth

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Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

I honestly don’t know what to think of this book at all. It was so weird that I couldn’t relate it to anything else, therefore I couldn’t work out whether I really liked it or not! It’s like reading a very confusing classic – you don’t understand it but there’s just something…magic about it.

““Do you have darkness inside you?”
“Yes,” Tony said.
“And do you want to be rid of it?””

I unfortunately didn’t find any kind of pull or drive with this book, and that’s what I hated. It took me like a week to get through the whole thing? I think it’s because there was so many characters and unfortunately I didn’t feel necessarily close to any of them. I do love how this book was written in a lot of other ways, though. It had that very Stiefvater feel about it, and I couldn’t help but feel the words were laced with magic.

“This is a harder question to answer than one might think at first blush. Almost no one would think it’s correct to answer this question with a no, but the truth is that we men and women often hate to be rid of the familiar, and sometimes our darkness is the thing we know the best.”

And I would have to say the same about the locations! Stiefvater has this way with writing about locations that I’ve never seen before in YA. I was very torn between being very confused and feeling detached, then I would reach a beautifully written and fall a little bit in love.

As you can tell, I’m completely all over the place with this one. it has a kind of lovable factor about it, but I can’t put my finger on why.

★★★
3 stars

-Beth

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