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Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery

Finished on 4th August, 2013

Author: Dr. Kate Middleton

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5 Stars

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What is an eating disorder? What are the symptoms? What causes them? And is full recovery possible? Written primarily for young adults, this insightful handbook is designed to push those suffering from eating disorders towards recovery. Information is provided on every aspect of eating disorders, including what they are, how they operate, who is prone to have them, and how they can be treated. Worksheets and positive case studies designed to be motivational complete this informative guide that is perfect for those with a disorder, as well as their family and friends.

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As you can probably tell from the date read, this review is long overdue. I thought that I had posted it onto my blog with the original lot of reviews from Goodreads, but it seems not.

Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery is an extremely helpful and insightful guide to eating disorders. It covers what they are (focusing on anorexia and bulimia), understanding why someone might have them, some of the emotions and thinking patterns behind it and a step-by-step guide on what recovery is and how it is possible to obtain.

Every sentence is jam-packed with information and practicalities. This book is written not only for those suffering from an eating disorder (or think they are) but is also aimed at parents and even simply curious readers.

Kate Middleton (not the one who recently married into the English royal family) is actually the director of one of the main eating disorder corporations called Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC). So, you can rest in the knowledge that this book was not simply written from theory, but from real people’s experiences and practical handling.

All in all, Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery is a very informative, helpful, jam-packed book for not only sufferers, but for parents and curious readers.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

Read from 22-23rd September, 2014

Author: Alexandra Bracken

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5 Stars

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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Can I cry now? Please?

This book – I can’t even begin to say how absolutely amazing The Darkest Minds is. I have nothing but praise for this absolutely stunning, heart-wrenching piece of work.

The plot was thick, with hidden twists and turns all over the place. It was real, believable and I formed a real connection with the story in itself, as well as the characters – who, might I add, were absolutely fantastic. Chubs, with his medical skills, bad eye-sight and love of books; Zu, with her beautiful personality that made you fall in love with her time after time, so sweet and adorable, your heart breaks for her; Liam, the perfect guy – innovative, protective, a great leader, seeks the good in everyone and is just so pure; Ruby, with her kick-ass attitude, her wicked abilities that she wants to control, but will never abuse, her desire to protect her friends, her will to put others first, no matter what personal cost. I just fell in love with them all!! And, (please don’t kill me here) I also kind of fell in love with Clancy, so… yeah.

I was going to wait to read the rest of the series until I bought them, but… Well, let’s just say that despite the ginormous pile of books on my bedside table waiting to be read, that isn’t going to happen – this series is just too good.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a dystopian, slightly supernatural/adventure read that has characters that will warm your heart and break it in the same sentence. (Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but seriously, it’s amazing)

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Contains Spoilers and References to the Infernal Devices

Read on December 11, 2013

Author: Cassandra Clare

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4 Stars

 

 

***SPOILER ALERT***

Finally!! I thought that they’d NEVER get to the point of finding out that they weren’t brother and sister… But now they have, and Clary and Jace can be together!!! The depiction of Idris is beautiful and YES, LUKE AND JOCELYN ARE FINALLY TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are SO going to get married… Not to mention there was so many MALEC moments that I almost cried in happiness…

WARNING: References to the Infernal Devices

Am I the only one who noticed that not only is Jace William Herondale’s heir but that the star that he has as a birthmark originated from when Will was marked by Tessa’s Clockwork Angel (the same angel, mind you, that Valentine captured) after they had spent the night together in her cell at Mortmain’s headquarters? Yes? No? Maybe?

I also happened to notice that Jocelyn’s maiden name is Fairchild – and you know who else’s last name is Fairchild? Charlette! Or, more accurately, her SON. So Charlotte’s Clary’s ancestor! Isn’t that awesome?!

Hodge’s last name is Starkweather – as in, Tessa’s great-grandfather’s name. Since Tessa’s immortal (indeed, I have heard that we catch up with her in “City of Fallen Angels”) it is more than likely that at some point she took on the name of Starkweather – maybe, but I’m not sure – presuming that I’m right, Hodge and Jace are distantly related.

The Lightwoods. The Lightwoods are already an amazing family as it is (a part of me died with Max) but to make them even better she’s tied them to Gabriel and Gideon – who’s father, might I recall, turned into a giant worm because he had demon pox

Don’t you just love Shadowhunter surnames? I know I do! Cassandra’s references to the Infernal Devices (in my opinion) just make her writing even better! Though, she DID write the Mortal Instruments first (I think) but I still think that it’s brilliant how she’s tied them together – after all, the Infernal Devices ARE set a couple hundred years back.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Read from December 4 to 6, 2013

Author: Cassandra Clare

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3.5 Stars

At first I didn’t understand why my best friend is obsessed with it – I mean, it was alright, but nothing that good – but then I got about halfway into the novel and I was hooked. “City of Bones “may not be much of a read to start with, but after a while the plot changes and things begin to develop. Characters change, betrayals are afoot and twists are everywhere.

I must admit however, if it weren’t for the fact that my best friend would kill me if I didn’t finish it and that I have read and immensely enjoyed “Clockwork Angel” I may very well have stopped reading this partway through.

My advice is, if you don’t like the novel in the beginning, persevere and just give it a try, as it just might surprise you.

The writing was really good, and the plotline hooked me in the second half of reading this, but the beginning wasn’t that crash hot. I’ll read the next book though and see what my verdict will be. I have to admit, although I really liked Simon, there were times when I just wanted him to shove off and leave Clary alone with Jace…
I SHIP MALIC!!!!!!!! UPDATE Despite the common opinion that the movie was a failure, I (for once) really enjoyed the adaption.

Rise (Eve #3) – Contains Spoilers

Read from November 30 to December 01, 2013

Author: Anna Carey

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5 Stars

Brilliant use of past characters, new characters, plot line and realism. “Rise” is a book which I could read time and time again without getting tired of it – and now that I have my own copy, I can!! XD

I really am giving out too many five star ratings…. oh well…

 

 

 

 

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CALEB IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NOW THE HAPPIEST GIRL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A part of me died when he was shot but now it’s back again!!! XD And now Clara can have Charles!!!!!!!!

ARDEN is the rebel leader!!!!! I certainly did NOT see that coming….

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Read from November 29 to 30, 2013

Author: Cassandra Clare

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5 Stars

I’ve heard many people give some pretty good reviews about Cassandra Clare’s works (indeed, my friend is currently obsessed with the Mortal Instruments) but this is the first time I have actually read any of her books – and might I say, it really was amazing.

“Clockwork Angel” has a very intriguing, thought-out plot with brilliant character development. The characters were down-to-earth, real and each had their own backstory that made them who they are.

Altogether a brilliant read, I look forward to reading more of her novels and further into the world of the Shadowhunters. Five star quality.

Tidal (Watersong #3)

Read from September 26 to 27, 2013

Author: Amanda Hocking

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5 Stars

An absolutely amazing book. “Tidal” sucked you in and made you feel like you were actually there.

The characters were amazing. You got an in depth look at who they were and why they are the way they are without explaining everything.

The flashbacks were new to the series, relevant and completely unexpected. It also gave you a look into who Aggie was and how Thea’s mind works.

The plot line was relevant and realistic. Despite the abnormal situation, I found myself relating to the story and slipping in.

Without giving much away, “Tidal” is a fantastic read with absolutely brilliant writing (not to mention the huge cliffhanger at the end).

I can’t wait for the next one!!! ^_^

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Contains Spoilers

Read from August 5 to 6, 2013

Author: Sarah J. Maas

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5 Stars

THIS IS NOW MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! Recommended to all. There is is quite a bit of *cough* intimate goings on but they are never described ;).

All in all, “Crown of Midnight” is an absolute must-read for all. (I do believe the female population would enjoy it more than the male because of the romance in it.)

You might however, wish to read the first novel, “Throne of Glass” beforehand though… The novellas are also really good and there are numerous links to them in both books. *cough* Sam *cough* Teehee 🙂

 

 

 

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I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!! I KNEW SHE WAS THE HEIR OF TERRASEN!!!!!!!!!!!! I also knew that she had powerful – VERY powerful – magic hidden in her, but I never thought that she was Fae… It makes sense though.

Although I am a team Chaol fanatic, Dorian is epic. – He is MAGIC for pity’s sake!!!!!!

I suspected that Nehemia had planned her death and then my suspicions were confirmed… Her plan worked though – Celaena snapped. Not as bad as she did when Chaol was kidnapped though… Teehee 🙂 That was just pure brilliance – Celaena’s cold, deadly rage…

It’s now also clear why she was down-right petrified of the King… I HATE Arthur though!!! That lying, scheming, traitorous future tyrant!!! I would have murdered him if Celaena hadn’t done it for me… ^_^

Lullaby (Watersong #2)

Read from May 20 to 22, 2013

Author: Amanda Hocking

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5 Stars

 

Setting

The majority of the story is based in the small, tourist-attracted town of Maryland, on the island of Capri.

As the book follows the points of view of the two main characters, Gemma and her sister Harper (while still in third person), the first half of the story is also set in a secluded, pristine house that backs onto the sea where Gemma is forced to reside.

Although the island of Capri is a fictional place, the place that Gemma lives in for the first half of the book is located in Myrtle Beach – which is a very real place in South Carolina, America.

Despite Capri not being a real place, the way Hocking describes it, you could believe that it was.


Genre

‘Lullaby’ is of the supernatural genre. This is because the main issues the characters have to deal with are supernatural.

For example, Gemma being changed into a siren and all but being kidnapped by Penn, Lexi and Thea, who are the other sirens who changed her.


Key themes

There are many key themes throughout the novel and are listed below.

Darkness and light
There is a strong sense of darkness and light all through the series with Penn, Thea & Lexi vs Harper, Alex, Daniel & Gemma.

Desire to escape
Gemma had a strong desire to escape all through the time she was with the sirens. However, she felt she couldn’t as if she did they knew they would come after not only her, but those she loved too as a “punishment”.

Family
Harper and Gemma have a strong bond as sisters and would do anything to keep the other safe.

Immortality
The sirens are immortal unless a siren kills another siren or they are separated for to long.

Isolation
Gemma felt isolated when she was forced to live with the sirens.

Losing hope
Harper and Alex were losing hope when after a week of constant searching and doing all they could no news came up about Gemma. (It was Daniel who found the clue that lead them to her).

Love and Sacrifice
There is a strong sense of love and sacrifice with all of the main characters (save Penn, Lexi & Thea) having a strong bond and willing to make sacrifices for the others. A brilliant example of this is when, at the end of the book, Gemma enchants Alex into believing he doesn’t love her anymore so as to keep him safe – even though it broke her heart to do it.


Main characters

Along with her sister Harper, Gemma is the protagonist in the story. She is strong, clever and always puts the needs of people she cares about before her own – even if it seemed they didn’t agree. She is about 16.

Harper is Gemma’s older sister. However, a number of years ago their mum was in an accident and has permanent brain damage – Harper then assumed the role of the mother in the house and is rather over protective because of it. She is pure of heart and always tries to protect the ones she cares about by any and all means necessary.

Once the summer is over she is going to college on a scholarship.

Daniel never went to college and is a few years older than Harper. He lives on a boat and that’s how Harper got to know him as her father works at the docks and often forgets his lunch (though Harper’s dad offers him cheep rent for an empty house that was left to him at the end of the book). He likes Harper a lot and helps to find Gemma because he knows how much she means to her.

Alex is Harper’s childhood friend and Gemma’s boyfriend. He is very much in love with her and is dedicated to finding her when she is forced to reside with the other three sirens as well as trying to find a way to break the curse.

Penn is a very vindictive character – indeed, one might even argue that she was a “monster”. She uses her siren powers of misconception and her radiant beauty (something that comes with the siren’s curse) to lure in those of the opposite sex and use them as a way of furthering her own needs.

Penn “feeds” more than she needs to (as part of their curse, they must feed on hearts of males at least twice a year) and is the leader of the sirens. She is also very possessive and like to usually tends to “play” with boys before she consumes their hearts.

Thea is the kindest of the three sirens who turned Gemma and is the only one that only feeds twice a year – and only murderers, rapists, etc. In ‘Lullaby’ it becomes clear that she is more humane than Penn and Lexi.

Lexi is the third siren. She has the most beautiful voice out of the four (including Gemma) and uses it to her advantage – she can even manipulate those of the female sex.


Plot

Now that Gemma has inherited the curse of the sirens, she has no choice but to go with Penn, Lexi and Thea – even though she wouldn’t trust them with her life.

However, the curse plages her with incredibly dark hungers and new powers – to those of which she is determined to resist. She can’t hold out forever though…

Back in Capri, Harper and Alex are determined to find Gemma and unwittingly enlist the help of Daniel, someone Harper is determined to avoid as he tests her walls like never before.

Can they find Gemma before it’s too late? And if they do, will she still have her humanity?


Purpose and audience

Lullaby is aimed at the audience of teenagers/young adult because of the age of the characters and the overall way the book is written.

The purpose of ‘Lullaby’ is to convey that no matter what happens, there will always be hope, that family can make you stronger and that, sometimes, sacrifices need to be made.


Likes

I loved the originality of the story and the depth of the characters. Sirens are not commonly focused on and when they are they are either absolutely hideous bird-monsters or beautiful mermaids that can transform into human girls with evil intentions – they both, however, have a beautiful song that lures those of the male sex in. Hocking puts all of that together into an amazing love story of right and wrong, family, hope and lifelong bonds.



Dislikes

There was not much that I disliked in ‘Lullaby’ – save for the fact that it had to end… But really, to me the novel was 5 star quality and I couldn’t have imagined it better.

The Elite (the Selection #2)

Read in May, 2013

Author: Kiera Cass

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5 Stars

Before Reading…


Pre-ordered! Can’t Wait!


I love this series! I hope this has more about the war – and Marlee! Do you remember the odd conversation between Marlee and America near the end of “The Selection”? I think she might have something (or someone?) at her home who she is in trouble with. Or she could be involved with the war? What if she’s in love with a rebel? Or the/a leader of the rebels? Just putting ideas out there…


Team Maxon!


But wait! What of this other girl (Delphine?) in Maxon’s life? Will she make an appearance? Can’t wait for “The Prince” to come out so that we can find out more! As well as the first two chapters of “The Elite”.


– Oh why do we have to wait???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


After Reading…


NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! It just can’t end like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I melted…

I loved it. “The Elite” had me hook, line and sinker right from the first line.

The plot was complex, the characters deep, and secrets revealed. Trust was broken and decisions made.

You could sympathise with the characters and clearly see them struggle and grow, making mistakes and asumptions just like anyone else – too often characters tend to lack this vital character development.

This book was everything I could have wished for and more, and yet…

…And yet Cass didn’t just conclude it, leave it at a point where it could be classed as “finished”. No. She took it to a whole new level, making it as though the real fight was only just beginning.

– Not only did she execute this perfectly, but every page, every detail, every experience that America and her fellow characters had were important, they played a big part in not only character development, but plot line execution.


This story is one-in-a-million and deserves more than just 5 stars.


Can’t wait for the next one! ^_^