Asking For It – Louise O’Neill

25255576

Synopsis 

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

Goodreads Rating –   4.09/5 stars

Review 

I reviewed Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours in August and put Asking For It straight on the top of my TBR. I knew it was going to be difficult, powerful and much-needed even before I started. It’s the perfect choice for my book club because we’re all sure to have a lot to say.

Asking For It is about what happens to eighteen-year-old student Emma O’Donovan after she is raped at a party by a group of boys on the school football team. She doesn’t understand what’s happened to her, until photos of that night are shared on Facebook. I thought Asking For It was going to be straightforward, but Louise O’Neill makes Emma an unlikeable character. She’s vain, self-centred, hurtful and judgemental. She’s not someone you would want to know, let alone be friends with. Most – sadly, not all – people would be outraged to discover that a boy had attacked an ‘innocent’ young girl on her way home, especially if she was in a private school uniform; if she was covered up. But what if she was wearing a short dress? What if she was drunk? What if she was over 18? What if she made a move first? Would we say she was asking for it? This is what Louise O’Neill wants to fight against.

I knew Asking For It was going to be a difficult read, but I also knew that it was extremely important that I read it. Asking For It addresses so many aspects of our lives that are often left unquestioned. It tackles how awful and judgemental people can be towards each other, even when we as readers can see who’s in the right and feel it should be evident. How people struggle to understand consent and what exactly constitutes rape, especially as Emma herself doesn’t realise she’s been raped until the teacher suggests it. I thought it was interesting to see the portrayal of social media and traditional media, both shown as a tool for abuse and as a tool to give people a voice. Support for rape victims on social media seems wonderful and essential. But if you’re the victim, it can be intrusive having people tell your story for you, and this isn’t something that had ever occurred to me. Would Iwant everyone talking about me, even if what they were saying was supportive?

Asking For It will make you angry, and rightly so. Louise O’Neill doesn’t shy away from reality and, as with Only Ever Yours, doesn’t tie up Asking For Itwith a happily ever after. Perhaps, instead of arguing about which classics should be taught in schools, we should be arguing that Asking For It should be taught alongside them. Even after so many years of education – from school to college to university – I have never within education participated in a conversation about rape. This must change. Let’s talk.

Rating –  5/5 Stars 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Instagram – Globalbookmania 

Popular books I am yet to read…

1. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Everyone has been going on about how amazing this book is but I’ve put off reading because I didn’t enjoy Fangirl. That being said I did enjoy Elenor and Park. I don’t think I like her writing style but perhaps I’ll give it a go sometime.

2. An Ember In The Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this yet because it sounds amazing and everyone has told me to read it! It’s just always been put to the back of my bookshelf and forgotten about as new books have come out.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

If any of you have read my reviews for the Throne of Glass series ( albeit I’ve only read the first 3), then you’ll know how much I loved the series! So I truly cannot answer or understand why I have not read this book yet… but hopefully I’ll get round to it soon enough!

Do any of you struggle with this? Do you buy books and then never get round to reading them even though they seem incredibly good!

Instagram – Globalbookmania

Goodreads – Katerina Turner

Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

15717943

Synopsis – 

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Goodreads Rating – 4,36/5 stars

My Review – * Contains Spoilers*

This is my third Colleen Hoover book and I must say that I am yet too be disappointed because each book seems to be better than the last. I known that many people believe that Colleen Hoover’s books are just cheesy, over dramatised romance novels and I must admit that that too was my initial reaction, however now I can honestly say that each novel has taken me by surprise. 

Yes, they are cheesy in terms of the romances and Hoover likes to go to extreme lengths to describe any sexual moments between the characters, in fact her writing reminds me a little of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s in that sense, however she builds incredible stories surrounding those characters and is able to make her audience see past the stereotypically attractive teens and their mundane lives. 

As some of you may know if you’ve read my previous reviews, I recently read ‘All the Rage’ by Courtney Summers and loved it because it was raw and real. I was not expecting this book to have a similar topic when I started it, I was simply expecting some romance between the broody mysterious guy and the ‘perfect’ girl. 

Sky and Holder were very real and perhaps some may think that they were over dramatised but unless someone has gone through something that traumatic how are we too know what is classed as being overdramatic snd what isn’t… This book was refreshing because it wasn’t simply about the teen romance but the long lost friendship, the harsh reality of ones past, the secrets, the lies and most importantly the fact that whether you are an adult or child, you are still responsible for your actions and it takes great courage to face the people you have wronged and yourself. 

I am excited to read more of Colleen Hoover’s work and see if there are any novels that of hers that I don’t like or whether she is guaranteed a spot on my list of top 10 Authors. 

My Rating – 5/5 Stars

Instagram – Globalbookmania

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

20578940

Goodreads Synopsis –

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

Goodreads Rating – 3,93/5 stars

My Review –

I must admit that I went into this book thinking that it would be childish and boring, however I was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion the cover isn’t great and makes the book seem very juvenile, however upon reading it I believe that it is a good YA novel. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black are yet to disappoint me.

Call, the main character was unique which made him interesting and likeable, which seems rare nowadays with YA as the male protagonist are always “perfect” and frankly quite annoying, but our protagonist is complex and weird which makes him intriguing.

The book was fast paced and contrary to what some may say I was surprised by the ending and the little twist in the plot. Some may say that the entire book was very predictable, however I didn’t see it that way and really enjoyed it.

In terms of friendships, I was pleased that there were no love triangles (yay!), and that romance wasn’t a key part of the book at all, but it looked more at friendship and how characters with very different personalities were able to put their differences and parents beliefs aside and become friends. It some small way the book did remind me of the Percy Jackson series, just because of the awesome friendships within that series and the well paced character development throughout the series.

My Rating – 4/5 Stars

Gooreads – Katerina Turner 

Instagram – Globalbookmania 

 

Paranomalcy – Kiersten White

7719245

Goodreads Synopsis – 

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Goodreads Rating – 3,92/5 Stars

My Review – 

When I first picked up this book I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Usually when I read books with teen protagonists they are always incredibly whiny and cocky, but Evie was actually a decent and realistic sixteen year old.

It was an incredibly fact paced and entertaining book that didn’t take much thought or concentration and is probably targeted at a middle grade audience. The plot line was interesting as was the world building as it was unique but not overly complex however I do think that some things could have been better explained ( for example the faeries), but overall It was well written. 

Of course there is a love triangle but that is too be expected of most YA books, however I must say that it was a weak triangle… in the sense that from the start you know exactly who the Evie will end up with, which makes the other guy a nuisance. 

My Rating – 3,5/5 Stars 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Instagram – Globalbookmania

 

 

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Synopsis – 

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Goodreads Rating – 3,59/5 Stars

My Review – 

Many look at this book and their minds will automatically go to “The Fault in our Stars”, which it shouldn’t because even though the books have a similar subject matter they are completely different. 

 Where TFIOS brings you to tears through the characters struggles and the authors beautiful writing, Jesse Andrews uses lots of sarcasm and humour which made me laugh and cry. This book made me cringe so many times because all of the characters are so awkward and weird, but that is what makes it realistic. I found it amsuing when the author made fun of cliche’s because it really makes you rethink the way we live and see people. 

There was a lot of swearing within the book, but once again that is what makes it so realistic and funny, because there is no ‘insta-love’ or ‘perfect teenagers’, it’s just 3 real human beings that got stuck with a bad situation and tried to make the best of it.  

My rating – 4,5/5  Stars

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Instagram – Globalbookmania

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle

Goodreads Synopsis –

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Goodreads rating – 3,65/5 stars

My review – 

Despite the low rating, I want to say that in my opinion this book was great! It was highly addictive and rather hard to put down at times, which is great because it is pretty short and the kind of book you read in a day but stays with you for a long time. Only thing that I found a little odd about it was the relationships between the characters.

The main thing that turned this into a successfully haunting read was the writing style. Doyle’s writing will make you fell both absolutely terrified and as if you are trapped in some parallel universe where everything is a little screwed up and things happen without logical reasoning behind it. Personally, I was so drawn into the story that at times I became scared to read because it felt like I was one of the characters in the book and there was no escaping it. 

Moving onto the characters… They were really unique and did not follow any of the conventional teenage stereotypes, however they were also rather weird in the sense that they all kept kissing each other and had weird relationships between them that I found a little difficult to understand. Each character was portrayed well and had strong character development. It was impossible to confuse the characters since they were all so different and each had a backstory. 

This book also had romance in it ( no love triangles… I think… everyone was kissing, it got confusing) I didn’t love any of the relationships but I didn’t mind them being there. They didn’t necessarily add anything to the story and rarely occurred (maybe 2x), but they didn’t take the spotlight off the mystery which was great. 

The thing I loved about the book was that it was really creepy and mysterious yet at the end, everything made sense and the novel ended with all of the questions answered… The mystery behind the book is actually quite sad and the book is quite dark, so be warned. The writing is magical and I would recommend this to everyone! 

My rating – 4,5/5 stars 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Instagram – Globalbookmania

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Auto – Buy Authors

Cassandra Clare’s writing is magical and the shadow hunter world that she created is going to be something that will be remembered and loved for years to come. I am eager to read anything and everything that she writes! 

2. 

Sarah J Maas is yet another author who was able to create an amazing world and characters that jump of the page and seem scarily realistic. I am yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses but I can say that with the Throne of Glass Series the books get better and better ( and bigger…) with each one. 

3. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a legend when it comes to creating loveable male characters! She is great at world building and just an overall literary goddess in my opinion and I am happy to say that I still have a lot to read of her books and I shall savour every moment.

4. 

Marissa Meyer has not disappointed me yet! I haven’t read Winter yet but the rest of this series is incredible and certainly some of the best books that I have read this year. I look forward to Stars Above coming out soon and any future books that Marissa Meyer releases.

5. 

Libba Bray wrote an incredible book, The Diviners, which I read and fell in love with. The plot, Characters, writing, setting and simply everything was perfect. I know that she has Written many books and that I shouldn’t judge her based on one book, but hey… I loved it. I will starting Lair of Dreams a the start of 2016 and I have already ordered the Gemma Doyle trilogy which is at the top of my TBR. 

Instagram – Globalbookmania

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Goodreads Rating – 4,59/5 stars

Review – * Contains Spoilers*

I don’t know where to start with this review because we are talking about a book with almost 600 pages of pure awesomeness and perfection!

After the first two books you may think that you know Celaena, the kickass assassin who became the kings champion through death and destruction with the help of her friends. The truth however is that you don’t know how she came to be this badass assassin. Within this book she starts attacking herself because she blames herself for so many deaths and we finally find out her history and how she came to be an assassin. Eventually, with the help of Rowan, a Fae prince, Celaena lets her walls down and accepts her past allowing her to embrace the pain, regret and self-loathing she kept hidden for many years.


Rowan, the new addition to this series is a kickass Fae Prince that is told to train Celaena and get her to master her magic and ability to shift.  He is protective and caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan doesn’t take snark or sarcasm from anyone which was awesome because he was able to show Celaena that she isn’t all that mighty and he really helped her character grow from a hot headed teen girl to a mature woman, ready to accept her mistakes and protect her people. They do eventually develop a friendship which was important as Celaena needed a friend to support her through her memories and acceptance. 

Another addition to the series is Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin. Aedion comes across as daring, clever, manipulative and self – centered … At least until he hears about Celaena. He is set on killing the King of Adarlan, and seeing his true queen on the throne and magic restored. He partners up with Dorian and Chaol which are both ” minor characters in this book as Chaol simply aids `Aedion and Dorian seems to be going through some sort of Identity crisis and is enjoying himself with his new love interest. 


Lastly we were introduced to more witches! Remeber Baba Yellowlegs? Well, say hello to Manon Blackbeak, heir of her coven ( the Blackbeaks… shocking right?) of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. ( Actually don’t say anything to her because she will probably rip your throat out with her Iron teeth)…  The witches are part of the Kings plan and they fight to see who will become Wing Leader and lead all of the covens. Manon is cruel and bloodthirsty but she wasn’t exactly a villain because even though she was aggressive, I didn’t hate her. The way she treated her Wyvern showed me that there’s a chance she has a heart and soul, contrary to her grandmothers words and that she may not want the life she has been given.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

Instagram – Globalbookmania 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Synopsis –

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Goodreads Rating  – 4,26/5 stars

Review –

I liked this book. It had a great plot line and I would give 5 stars to that alone, however the book did have a couple of faults in my opinion, for example the characters and the way they acted reminded me of Twilight. I don’t have anything strongly against Twilight, it’s just the fact that that ship has sailed so I was expecting something quirky and original. I loved J.L. Armentrout’s Dark Elements trilogy , due to her unique humour and witty sarcasm, but didn’t see much of it in this book.

I finally picked up this book because everyone was talking about it… correction, they were talking about Daemon Black. The brooding sexy next door neighbour of our protagonist. He was a good character if not extremely frustrating at times. His sister Dee was portrayed really well, and was such a likeable character that I was able to connect with her within the first couple of chapters.

J.L.Armentrout seems to be very good at portraying her Main characters as people who have experienced the loss of a parent(s). It comes across fairly often and seems to balance out the novel with it’s mixture of humour, teenage mischief and the supernatural.

The Main Character, Kat, seemed to annoy me at times because as we see oh so very often… the main character is a confused little girl who doesn’t know what she wants and seems to be thrust into a situation that she is not ready to handle and ends up with everyone bending over backwards to protect her, whilst she is still trying to figure out whether she wants to kiss Daemon or kill him.

Not the best book, but it is good and I would recommend it to everyone! unless you really hate Twilight…

My Rating – 3,5/ 5 stars

Instagram – Globalbookmania

Goodreads – Katerina Turner