Monday, 28 December 2015

REVIEWMAS DAY 4 2015! NON-SPOILER REVIEW OF CARRY ON!

Hey Picknickers!

Merry Christmas and Happy Christmas Eve! Today is the final day of Reviewmas, and I am reviewing Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This book was kindly sent to me for a review from Pan Macmillan Australia (Disclaimer down below)! This is going to be ALL non-spoiler! Please note this review was meant to be posted on Christmas Eve but my laptop broke down so it has been scheduled for now! Also note: This review will include all usual sections but will be shorter due to my laptop! P.S I am writing this review on my home PC!



Carry On - Rainbow Rowell*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: YA Fantasy 
Australian Publishing Date: 13th of October 2015
Australian Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Page Count: 522
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: I received this from Pan Macmillan so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Rainbow's links are here! 
My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes

Blurb:
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. 

I rated this book a 4.5/5 on Goodreads! 

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

Wow! The plot in this book was amazing! I must say that it was never short of adventure and kept the reader well reading! AND ALSO PLOT TWISTS! Although one of the plot twists was predictable, I found the others really intriguing and left me gobsmacked! I really enjoyed the setting of this novel. Watford seems like such a regal and creepily eerie place. The way Watford is described in the book it feels to me like a place where bigger secrets are hidden that must be unfolded. The Plot worked really well with the writing and characters. The events that occurred were murky and deceiving and allowed the reader to try and solve the problem along side Baz and Simon!

As for characters, today I am going to mush them all into a couple of sentences!

Simon was an interesting mix of cliche and quirky! He's cliche in a good way though! He had all of the qualities of a textbook hero and more! Unlike other 'chosen ones' I liked how Simon accepted that he was the choosen one and didn't act like he was new to the suggestion! Often he would just say something along the lines of, I am the chosen one (Don't quote me)! Although many might say this would make Simon an arrogant character I think this made him even more enjoyable to read about!

Baz was by far my favorite character in the book! He is so detailed and sarcastic. I really am trying my hardest not to spoil you about Baz because I truly could blabber on for hours about him but I will just write a couple of sentences! I really enjoyed hearing from Baz's end throughout the book. His thoughts and opinions on Simon were just hilarious and gorgeous at the same time!

Rainbow Rowell's writing is incredible! I love the her cozy style! The book was written perfectly and you can have a look at it sitting on my favorites shelf on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/picnicreads

Thanks so much for reading that super short review! I hope you guys liked it! Again, I am sorry for how short that review was but I don't have my laptop to write on at the moment so it was hurried, but all my feelings in this review are genuine and those thoughts are true! So this Friday I will have a Christmas Book Haul for you so look out for that one!
Julia x





Wednesday, 23 December 2015

REVIEWMAS DAY 3 2015! NON-SPOILER MINI REVIEW OF FANGIRL!

Hey Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today is the 3rd Day of Reviewmas here on Picnic Reads! Today I am writing a Mini Review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! This means that this post will be divided up as usual, but then will not have as much blabbering and will get straight to the point! It won't be as long! Here is all of the information!



Fangirl: Fan Art Edition - Rainbow Rowell

The Below Information refers to the copy of this book  I have purchased: The Limited Edition Copy!

Title: Fangirl
Author:  Rainbow Rowell
Genres: YA Contemporary
Australian Publishing Date: 01/09/2015 (For limited edition copy image featured)
Australian Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Page Count: 460
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: Big W 
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Rainbow's links are here! 

My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes

Blurb:
Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.
Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

I rated this book a 4 out of 5 Stars! I love the Autumnal feel of this book. It's a classic contemporary and I enjoyed how Cath can be so relatable! She'd be an amazing best friend to just chill with!

So I'm going to reduce each section of this mini review into one to two sentences! Hopefully you guys enjoy this short review!

The Plot was perfect for a contemporary! I enjoyed how it highlighted Cath &Wren's growth as characters. The events that took place really showed how Cath grows! Same as her caring personality!

As for characters! 3 Sentences!

Cath- The most relatable character on earth! I loved how her hobby was fan fiction! She's so unique and her character was very dynamic and caring. She is a character who cared more for her family than herself! I liked how she loved staying home and writing over partying!

Wren-Your typical party girl! She enjoys partying out late at night and I enjoyed how Rainbow had  Wren be Cath's sister! It was also great to see that even though Wren might like partying, it doesn't make her a bad person!

Levi- He is literally the cutest thing! He was dorky and his compliments were so quirky and definitely not cliche! Someone you could depend on!

Overall, I thought that the characters were really well rounded + I loved the main character Cath!

I really enjoyed the cozy feeling of Rainbow's writing! It left me all fuzzy inside! Definite fall read!

Thanks guys! I hope you guys enjoyed that mini review of Fangirl! I am actually writing this to you from my PC! My Mac Book has shut down so I'm not 100% sure whether the final review will be posted tomorrow! If not I will see you on Monday! 

Merry Christmas Picnickers!

Julia x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

REVIEWMAS DAY 2 2015! NON-SPOILER REVIEW OF TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS!

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today is the second day of Picnic Read's Reviewmas! I hope you guys are enjoying this week of reviews! So today I am reviewing Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales. This book was sent to me from Pan Macmillan in a finished edition (Disclaimer Down below.) Once again this is Non-Spoiler so no give aways in this one folks!


Tonight the Streets are Ours - Leila Sales
*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*
Title: Tonight The Streeets are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Genres: YA Contemporary 
Australian Publishing Date: 1st of October 2015
Australian Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Page Count: 342
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: I received this from Pan Macmillan so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Cammie's links are here! 
My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes
Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose: it makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her - including her needy best friend and her absent mum. Arden stumbles upon a blog called 'Tonight the Streets Are Ours', the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, and it feels like she's finally found a kindred spirit. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him. During one crazy night in NYC filled with parties, dancing and music - the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does - Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was either.

I rated this book a 2.5 out of 5 Stars! 

As many of you know contemporary YA is one of my favourite genres. I had high expectations of this book but I couldn't bring myself to connect with it. I didn't enjoy the writing style and couldn't bring myself to connect with the characters.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

So, the plot was slow and laid-back. There was no action and I found that this book needed a couple of action scenes. Although the plot wasn't action packed I was happy with the advice given within the book. It's very valid information and can be treasured as words of advice for high school.  I did enjoy the posts from Peter's blog. There's not too much to say about the plot that's not too spoilery. I did like the plot twist at the end although I did think it could've been bigger. It definitely was a good life lesson and shows kids not always judge a book by its cover!

Now for characters!

Arden (Main Character): Arden is a character who works hard and is/ would be the the girl who does all of the work in the group project. She is uptight and works hard to keep her friendships. Although she was everything you would want in a character (kind, caring, loyal) I couldn't relate to the situations she was put in. She always had the solution to everything and the answers came easily for her.

Peter (Blog Author): All I can say is he isn't everything he piped up to be! Now, don't get me wrong I disliked Peter how he was ended (which is good for the reader, because this is what Leila wants), but I think that he was a good experience for Arden, through her growth as a teenager! Now this is the only thing I'm going to say about Peter. Why? (You'll have to read the book to find out why)

Lindsay (Arden's BFF): Ungrateful! She's so damn ungrateful for Arden! She was so lucky to have a beautiful best friend and then she just takes her friend saving her from serious issues for granted! 

As for the writing style! I couldn't really get into it and enjoy it. I think this might've been because of the plot, so I'm not going to say too much! I think that I will definitely have to read Leila's other books before judging her writing style!

Thanks and I hoped you enjoyed the second day of Reviewmas and I'll see you back here hopefully tomorrow for another review!

Merry Christmas!

Julia x

Monday, 21 December 2015

REVIEWMAS DAY 1 2015! NON-SPOILER REVIEW OF A STEP TOWARDS FALLING!

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today is the start of my Bookmas week otherwise known as I am posting a review of a book a day from today until Christmas Eve! Today I have a review of A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern. This book was kindly sent to me by Pan Macmillan Australia  so that in return I could write a HONEST review.  DISCLAIMER about this will be down below near where the review is! I literally just finished this book about 5 minutes ago and  I need to take down my thoughts for you guys! So hope you enjoy! Here's the information: (Also A+ for cover! Its absoloutley gorgeous!)


A Step Towards Falling*Please note this Information applies to an Australian Audience*
Title: A Step Towards Falling
Author: Cammie McGovern
Genres: YA Contemporary 
Australian Publishing Date: 10th November 2015
Australian Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Page Count: 361
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: I received this from Pan Macmillan so that I could write an honest review!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Cammie's links are here! 
My Age Recommendation: 12 & Up
Gift? Yes


Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing—until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?

I rated this book a 4.5 out of 5 Stars! As many of you know contemporary YA is one of my favourite genres. I loved this book. The writing, plot and characters worked together seamlessly to create a book that I think should be read to teens around the world.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

Ok so starting with the plot. Since this is non-spoiler + I am reviewing a book every day this week I'm not going to be going into too much detail!  So, I really enjoyed the way this book flowed. I enjoyed the events that happened in the novel and I especially enjoyed when the characters were in the community service centre! I felt like it was a great setting for Emily and Lucas to start develop as characters and it really started to show how much regret they held for not helping Belinda at the football match. The plot also helps the reader to open their eyes to what's happening in the world. For example, in the novel, the drama teacher won't let Belinda receive a role in the school play as they don't have anyone that can stay behind with her (which is against the law). It really shows teachers and students around the world that this happens, and it's about time we treat these people as equals, because that's what they are! They're just as deserving as us! 

Now for the characters. I am going to talk about the characters in two chunks, Emily & Belinda and  Lucas & The People at the Community Centre. I'm only going to write a few sentences for each chunk!


So the book is written in two perspectives, Belinda & Emily. Which is excellent! It is quite easy to differentiate who's who. It was great to read from Belinda's perspective especially. It was so interesting to read through her thought process, how she obsessed over certain things and how she reacted and spoke to others. As for Emily, I liked how involved she was in trying to help Belinda, and confess how guilty she felt. She was a realistic character, and nothing unrealistic was involved in her thought processes. I enjoyed watching her grow from a character who was ridden with guilt yet did nothing to someone who  wanted to take action to demonstrate that she was sorry for what she did but has now changed and wants to help!


The People in the Community Centre were the most gorgeous things! They loved interacting and just wanted to be treated as equals. I love how Cammie includes each one with a little quirk, like one girl is obsessed with Justin Bieber! As for Lucas, he is such an unexpected character. You'd think that Lucas is such a cliche character but he's definitely the opposite!


I really enjoyed Cammie's contemporary writing style! It suited the story style!


Thanks and I hoped you enjoyed the first day of Reviewmas and I'll see you back here hopefully tomorrow for another review!


Merry Christmas!

Julia x


Friday, 18 December 2015

CHRISTMAS 2015 ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hey Picnickers!

Welcome to the Picnic! Today I have a Christmas Announcement for you!

Next week I am going to be reviewing a book from Monday (Australian Time) until Christmas Eve (Thursday)! 

Look out for all of the posts labeled *REVIEWMAS 2015*! This means that I will have a review up on Monday although I will not be posting my usual post this Friday since it's Christmas!

So here is the schedule for the posts! Make sure to check back here for the reviews you want to check out next week!  

21/12/15- NON-SPOILER REVIEW of A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern

22/12/15- NON-SPOILER REVIEW of Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

23/12/15- MINI + NON SPOILER REVIEW of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

24/12/15- NON-SPOILER + SPOILER REVIEW Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Night Before Christmas Edition)

So I hope you guys enjoy next week! I am currently working super hard on the reviews so I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Julia x

Monday, 14 December 2015

SPOILERY REVIEW of Snow Like Ashes!!!

Hi Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! If you haven't been here before my name is Julia and today I am going to review Snow Like Ashes with Spoilers! This is my first spoilery review so if you haven't read this book I recommend that you go and read the book and come back and read this review and comment your thoughts! Please feel free though to read the information & blurb to get an idea about the characters and plot! I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars!

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author:  Sara Raasch
Genres: YA Fantasy
Australian Publishing Date: 1st of Feburary 2015
Australian Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 416
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: Dymocks Australia
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Sara's links are here! 

My Age Recommendation: 13 & Up
Gift? Yes



Blurb:
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians" only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter"s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter"s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior-and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter"s future king-she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself-only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Oh my gosh! Picnickers! I finished this book a little while ago and couldn't contain my thoughts! I am jumping straight into my usual discussions (characters, plot and writing style) except they will contain SPOILERS! This is my first gushing review to let you all know of my thoughts and opinions!

WARNING AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE STICKY BEAKS: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

This book is so unique and I just absoloutley loved this book! Although it starts off slow and the way of life may be confusing, this book is such a gutsy and detailed read that fantasy lovers will relish over!

Ok so the plot was really intriguing! I found the first part of the book a bit long and confusing! I needed to get my head around the 8 Kingdoms, what the conduits were and why they were fighting so hard against Spring! It also took time to learn all of the characters names! Oh my goodness though that ending! I thought that it was one of the best I've ever read. I seriously loved the description of Jannuari and  I would love to visit there! I also loved learning about the history, for example that they Christen the Winterian babies in bowls of ice, it's so important that an author takes the time to include tiny details like these because they really add to how understandable the story is!  So many plot twists in this book though! I never would've considered Meira being Winter's conduit and healing people, let alone being Hannah's daughter instead of Mather! I thought the way these twists unraveled was just incredible!


After all that fangirling....here's some more! About the characters!


Ok so into characters. I'm only going to discuss Meira, Mather & Theron and Sir & Angra as there are heaps of characters but those are just the main ones. 

Now oh my goodness, Meira be my best friend! Seriously though I absoloutley love Meira! She is such an excellent main character! She is so strong and I swear she'd be a feminist if she was real. I loved her dedication to Winter and when she found out the she was the Queen I loved how she took it. She wasn't all gushy and she took it really well, which is quite refreshing as it begins to get really annoying when characters are always like 'Oh I'll never be good enough' and Meira was just like 'Sure I didn't expect this to happen but it has and I'm going to make the most out of it! Also, I love how she figured out that she was the Queen. Although Sir probably should've told her before it was great how she found it out. She is such an inspirational character! Also, how about her healing Sir & the child! That was such a game changer! I love how she was the conduit of the magic and how she found out that Hannah had purposefully given up her life and made Angra break the conduit so the magic would go to her!

Now, Mather & Theron. Who's side are you guys on? I seriously can't pick! Theron is so kind and protective and I think he's just the sweetest person and I liked how he approached Meira as a capable women and supported her that way! On the other hand Mather is just a moody character and is a true warrior. Even though he betrayed Meira by supporting he getting married to Theron I still think that he cares for her although I don't know if she will ever be able to forgive him. I am seriously loving the showdowns between Theron and Mather because Mather all of a sudden wants Meira to himself and Theron is just saying 'You were the one who set this thing up so back off'! I can't wait to read Ice Like Fire though!

Finally for characters Sir and Angra. I hate Angra so much and this is why I feel like Sara has done such a good job on him! He was such a cruel person. So arrogant and I think he'll be back with his black magic and The Decay in the next book, WHY SARA, CLIFF HANGER! I hated how he used his conduit to break bones and then restore them so that his minion Herod could then toy around with them afterwards! Ahhhhh! As for Sir, why didn't you tell Meira she was your child!!!!! Sure, I enjoyed Meira connecting the dots, but seriously, how can you not just blurt it out. Did Mather know that whole time? Oh my gosh he seemed so relieved at the end. Sir I feel like is a real warrior on the outside but on the inside he's just a really caring Dad. What do you guys think? I think that he really does love Meira!

Finally the writing style! I really enjoyed the smooth and frosty (as in because of the snow) writing style Sara has! It really helped the story flow easily and never felt boring or now enjoyable!

Overall rating 4.5/5 Stars! It's going onto my favourites shelf on Goodreads!

Thanks & See You on Friday! I am going to be doing a special Christmas Announcement!

Julia x




Friday, 11 December 2015

NON-SPOILER REVIEW of The Snow Sister + GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hi Bookish People!

Happy Friday & Welcome to the Picnic! Today I have a book review for you as well as the winner of my giveaway! Today is going to be a pretty short review of The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll! The reason I say that this review will be short is that the book was only 100 pages, so there's not too much to tell without spoilers! Also, towards the end of this post I will announce the winner of the free book!

 
Title: The Snow Sister
Author: Emma Carroll 
Genres: Contemporary Childrens
Published: October 1st 2015
Australian Publisher: Faber or A & U
Page Count: 100
Format: Review Copy from Allen & Unwin Australia 
Purchased from: Sent to me via Allen & Unwin!
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Emma's links are here!

My Age Recommendation: 7 & Up
Gift? Yes

Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely.

On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative's will. Is their luck about to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at Mr Noble's grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can't take her home. She'll have to stay at Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room... Will Pearl make it home for Christmas?

Before I get into this review here is a Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Allen & Unwin Australia so that in return I could write a HONEST review. This in no way effects my opinion of the book!

I rated this a 4 out of 5 Stars. This rating is my personal rating for my age! This is why I will be talking about this book thinking from a younger persons perspective.

This book is such a cute and inspirational read and it has a clear and important message! Wouldn't hurt anyone of any age to read this!

Into discussing the plot. The plot is paced well for a 100 paged book. It has its fair share of action and leisure. I loved the way it was planned out and how the message in this novel was conveyed. It was amazing to read about the sequence of events that happen and how the message is enforced differently in each chapter. The message of how things shouldn't make you happy and appreciate family whilst you have them. I loved Pearl's outlook on her life and how she handled the loss of her sister (not a spoiler it's in the blurb). The family was so cute.

As for characters, Pearl our main protagonist was an absoloutley adorable character. She appreciated her family and she had a great outlook on life. She went through some tough emotions that didn't go too deep, so she is a great three dimensional character to read to younger children.

Her family is also a very humble family of which supports their child which is excellent to read of a supportive up-brining with two parents!

Overall, I enjoyed Emma's Writing I thought that her writing was laid-back and classy. It will help children to learn new descriptive words and I also enjoyed the vivd descriptions!


AND NOW ONTO THE GIVEAWAY...... AND THE WINNER IS...... BELLA.W! CLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING AND I WILL BE EMAILING YOU ON MONDAY SO THAT YOU CAN CLAIM YOUR PRIZE! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/01da83251/?

Thank you for watching! Stay tuned for another post on Monday!

Julia x

Monday, 7 December 2015

NON-SPOILER REVIEW of Finding Audrey

Hey Bookish People!

Welcome to the Picnic! So today I am finally doing another review! Yes, I know I haven't reviewed a book for ages. I am finally on holidays so I should be able to get up a heap more reviews as I have been struggling to write the reviews with homework etc! Anyway here I am today and I have a review of Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella for you all!

Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genres: Contemporary YA
Published: June 9th 2015
Australian Publisher: Penguin Teen
Page Count: 288
Format: Finished Copy
Purchased from: Target
Buy it: Here! or Here! or Compare Prices and Formats: Here!
Goodreads: here!
Sophie's links are here!

My Age Recommendation: 12 & Up
Gift? Yes.

I rated this book a 2 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/picnicreads

Finding Audrey
Synopsis:
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Now into my thoughts!
*Please not these are my opinions! If you loved this book please don't be offended by what I say! There are millions of people who loved this book, so you should try it*

I disliked this book for many reasons!  Not only did I find the characters irritating, I found the plot in this book un-realistic  and not relatable!

So I am going to talk about the plot first. I found that it was a very fast-paced book. The plot was fairly simple and often boring as not much happened during the start and middle of the book. I am struggling to find things to say about the plot as it was simple and if I continue to blabber on about I will eventually tell you guys some spoilers which I don't want to do! Basically, I found that the plot moved way to quickly and you guys know that I love a simple plot that is action packed, but I disliked this plot because it was the kind of simple that bores you. This being said, I didn't completely hate the plot, some parts were enjoyable, I am just saying that for the main part I didn't enjoy it!

As for the characters, I found Audrey super irritating! She was always saying 'OMG' and just little things like that the absolutely ticked me off. She didn't take her anxiety seriously, and I felt like Audrey's depiction of anxiety is not that accurate. Although, I did enjoy being in Audrey's head and I liked reading her thoughts. The characters didn't develop gradually which was super annoying. For example, Audrey's Mum hates something that Audrey's Brother does one chapter and then the next she loves it and supports it. This was really confusing for me as a reader to get my head around!

Sophie's writing style was laid-back and smooth! It was enjoyable.

I read this book in a couple of days. If you are looking for a short read then I would pick this one up and give it a try. I may not have liked it, but you might!

Thanks guys, I hope you enjoyed that! I am reviewing The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll this Friday AS WELL AS announcing the winner for this giveaway:  http://www.picnicreads.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/giveaway.html make sure to enter!

Julia x



Friday, 4 December 2015

November Wrap-Up & December TBR 2015

Hey Bookish People!

Welcome to the picnic! Today I am talking about the books I've read in November and what I plan on reading this December! I am going to go into to detail about these books, but if a title interests you search it up on the internet!

So in the month of November I have read six books, which is good considering hectic school etc! Here they are:

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg- Review here!

Finding Audrey Sophie Kinsella- Review up this Monday!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid- Review here!

Illuminae and Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman- Review Soon!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- Double Review with Carry On!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- Double Review coming with Fangirl! (Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me this book)

Now onto my December TBR + Books I've read so far! Considering that I no longer have school, I should be able to get through a lot of books! So in saying that, here is the list of books I hope to read this month!

The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll- I have read this book Review should be up soon! Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me this book for review!

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales (Currently Reading)- Reading this now, Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me this book!

101 Pieces of Me by Veronica Bennett- (Thanks to Walker Books for Sending me this book)

The Next Together by Lauren James- (Thanks to Walker Books for this book)

Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Thats all that I am planning about reading I should be adding a few books later as I am sent more from publishers or purchase more!

I hope you guys enjoyed that if you feel like winning a book enter my giveaway here: http://picnicreads.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/giveaway.html all details & links are there the giveaway ends on the 11th of December (week from today), thanks to the thirty entries I have received so far!

Also if you want to keep up to date with what I'm reading follow me on Goodreads! You can see what I have rated a book before the review goes up. DOUBLE thanks to Allen & Unwin, Pan Macmillan and Walker Books for supporting me by sending me books!

Review of Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is up THIS MONDAY! Stay tuned for that!

Julia x