Claire Weller

Hi I'm Claire!, I'm currently 17 years old. If you didn't know already I'm a BookTuber and my link will be below :).

Saving June (Harlequin Teen)

Saving June - Hannah Harrington Saving June follows a girl named Harper who’s sister committed suicide, and how she goes on a road trip to California with a mysterious boy and her best friend so that she can scatter the ashes of her sister. I loved Harper, at first I didn’t think I was going to connect with her at all but then something just clicked. She was just very realistic to me and with the sarcasm thrown in she was bound to be a winner, but the best thing about her was that on the outside she was a rock but then as the story went on those layers were peeled back. Laney is Haper’s best friend and just like all the characters in this book they seemed so real, I could totally sympathise with Laney and the situations she was put in. One of the other big characters was Jake, he was completely mysterious in the fact that he never revealed anything about his life, and also that Harper didn’t know his affiliation with her sister. I must say Jake also had a great music taste and combined with the story it just screamed summer, Jake and Harper also made a great combination they were both as stubborn and sarcastic as each other and I constantly found myself smiling at their witty remarks and constant quibbles. So when I first heard of this book I was like “Count me in!.”, but then I became sceptical of reading, it as I’d just read Black Heart Blue which was a pretty intense read. I’d also read other books were death was a prominent part of the story, adding this to the beautiful heat wave the UK were having all I wanted to do was read something light. I was far from disappointed though and I found that although this story did revolve around the death of June, it was also a tale of friendship and love. It’s hard to put this kindly but I felt that the death in this books was taken lightly, and that’s not a bad thing I mean at points the characters especially Harper, would break down or share their thoughts about June, but just like in reality life moves on. I didn’t ever expect to be hooked to a book like this and I didn’t really understand why everyone was going crazy for this book during its release, that is until I found myself staying up until the earliest hours of the morning trying to see if I could finish it. I think the fact that Harper wasn’t all “I feel so sorry from myself.” “I’m not pretty.” was another reason I kept reading, she was different but in a good way. The setting gave major brownie points to this book for me, you can’t really say it had one setting as it was a road trip but just reading about it made me want to jump on a plane and go on a road trip all around the USA.Overall Saving June is definitely a summer read, it’s not as depressing and tear jerking as it sounds and it will most certainly be worthy of a second read. I can also guarantee that this book will make you laugh, maybe shed a tiny tear and have you smiling until the very last page.

Black Heart Blue

Black Heart Blue - Louisa Reid Black Heart Blue follows the lives of two sisters and there are two parts to this book, the first half is split into before and after chapters. Before is told by Hepzibah and the after is told by Rebecca, I really like reading about Hepzibah as it meant you could learn things that her sister didn't know. She was slightly strange in the sense that she wouldn't want Rebecca near her in public and that she would occasionally get annoyed with her, her feelings were very mixed but she did care about Rebecca but just because she could practically live a normal life unlike her sister she wasn't in my opinion the strongest out of the two. Rebecca has Treacher Collins which meant the bones in her faced weren't properly formed whilst she was in the womb, this meant constant stairs and no friends for her at college. At the beginning Rebecca does live in her sisters shadow but as the story progresses she becomes stronger even if she doesn't realise it herself. As the sister with a syndrome she was constantly picked out by her father because she was some sort of sign of the devil, or that's what I can remember anyway. One thing I noticed about the two sisters was that they both referred to their parents differently, Rebecca's way of referring to them definitely sent chills down my spine. Instead of my Dad or Mum , it was The Father and The Mother making them almost seem alien.Throughout reading this book I couldn't help but think that Louisa sometimes had a very poetic way of writing things, this book just seemed to flow and the descriptions were so very fantastic and vivid I found myself living a life I could never even imagine. I wouldn't say this is something you could read if your looking for something light for the summer, but I would totally recommend it to anyone who wants to read something a little different from what they're used to. This story also keeps you hooked from beginning to end and there is never a dull moment, Louisa added just the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep me going and although there were tiny hints throughout, they weren't shoved in my face and saying "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED!". Another thing I thought that was great about this book was the fact that you got to see parts of the twins lives before and after they were set free from their childhood prison, I especially liked the after as what we do in everyday was like learning a whole different language for the twins. If I could explain this book into 1 word it would have to be unforgettable, as even as I'm reading another book right now, I just can't seem to get Black Heart Blue out of my mind.Overall I thought this was a very powerful book and a great debut from Louisa, it's spine chilling and how Louisa managed to fit such a wonderful uplifting story into 266 pages I will never know.

Insurgent The Collector's Edition

Insurgent  - Veronica Roth Oh boy were to begin, I feel like there was a lot of change in the characters, but that's understandable things become more intense. There is definitely some intense moments between Tris and Four in Insurgent, and although I could see both sides I could understand Tris's actions, even if they got a little out of hand and completely crazy. There were quite a few new characters we get introduced to, but sometimes even some of the old characters felt new as there true nature was coming out. One person I was really excited to read about was Marcus who is Fours Dad, he was around a lot more and the reason it was so interesting was because you got to see each characters reaction.I really don't know how she does it but Veronica has definitely done it again, there was action, romance and a lot of emotion all contained within this 525 page book. The feel of Insurgent was a little different which was what I was expecting, but it made it all a new and exciting experience, instead of same old same old like you get with some books. I don't really know how to explain this but throughout this book I felt really heavy and I mean emotionally, but I have a feeling it was because I felt so connected to Tris. Of course there were also a lot of twists and turns, and I was constantly awaiting my questions to be answered. It's so hard to do this review without repeating anything I've said but I believe everyone should make time for this series if they haven't already. I can't believe I'm going to say this but at times I got really frustrated at Four, it's just at times he did seem to be a little bit of a hypocrite when it came to Tris.I just love Veronica and her writing it's just so compelling and very hard to put down, so hard that you'll find yourself losing sleep. She keeps you holding on till the very end and I mean it, you will be staring at the book for an hour asking yourself, if what you just read really happened. Also if like me you are impatient when it comes to amazingly good books like this, it will be a VERY long wait.* Quietly walks off, and sobs*

The Catastrophic History of You and Me. Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History of You and Me - Jess Rothenberg This story revolves around a girl named Brie or Aubrie is her full name, before she even gets to live as a sixteen year old she dies of heartbreak. Once you've finished this book you can see a huge change in Brie, she starts of this totally psycho girlfriend and ends up this being this old soul in a way. Then there is Patrick a dead guy who starts talking to Brie even though she would rather be left alone, he was charming and sometimes it was easy to see why Brie would want to be left alone, I mean come one the girl was getting called cheese nicknames every time he said something. He was also mysterious as you didn't know much about him, like how he died, where he came from or how old he was. Then you have some living characters like Brie's Dad, Brie's Mum, Bries brother Jack her families dog Hamloaf. There was also Brie's three friends Sadie, Emma and Tess, and last bu not least Jacob Brie's boyfriend or used to be boyfriend anyway. All the characters in this book had a role to play okay maybe some did more than others however it all worked in the end, there are also other characters who I haven't mentioned because I think it's best if you just read about them yourselves.I thought this was a very well thought out idea, and it takes a new and unique prospective on what happens after death. It was a very eye opening book and be warned you will need a tissue I was left in tears at the end, but not necessarily because it was sad but because it was happy. At one point I was left sitting there thinking "Wait, I don't get it..." but after reading it again I got it, if I could explain this book in one sentence it would be, a more modern version of Ghost with a twist. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is because although it was really good it wasn't one of those books I could jump around and say, hey! this is amazing! although if I was you I would definitely add this a box of Kleenex to your wishlist. I loved that you also didn't know what was going to happen next, I mean it felt like I knew what was going on but really in the end it works out that I really had no clue.Overall a delightful story about love, life, death, family and friendship, it will make cry, laugh and maybe even look at life in another way it's definitely a memorable story.

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles

Cinder - Marissa Meyer This was my first ever fairytale retelling so I didn’t really know what to expect, I mean so people love them some people hate them. Cinder was what you probably would expect Cinderella to be if she wasn’t so sugar coated, she was sassy and funny and unlike all the other girls in New Beijing she is not falling for the handsome prince type neither is she one to take life for granted. Of course you have the evil stepmother named Adri and her two stepsisters Pearl and Peony, Adri was absolutely horrible A+ to Marissa for achieving that and Pearl was also just as horrid, however I think secretly both characters could be nice and Pearl defiantly seemed like the type just to follow her mothers orders. Peony however was lovely and I’m guessing if Garan was alive which as you can guess is Cinder’s stepfather, Peony would probably be so much more like him. She always so understood and it’s such a shame you didn’t get to see much of her. Now on to another big character Prince Kai, the person every girl has a crush on I loved him he was always himself when it came to Cinder but any other girl and he would probably run a mile, he was sweet and throughout the whole of it you just wanted him to at least come clean about what he felt. One thing I loved about him was that he wasn’t okay with the whole royal thing, and sometimes it seemed as though he just wanted to escape and be a normal teenage boy.So there was a lot more to this story than I thought there would be, bearing in mind I had never read a retelling so I thought there would only be a few changes but there was a lot so I would suggest not reading this if you prefer to stick to the old rather than trying the new. But I liked this about Cinder it added a new twist to things and there was always some reference to Cinderella. I know it’s probably early to mention the one thing I really didn’t like but I might as well get it out of the way, so I had a problem with the ending or at the time I did anyway in my head I was thinking (OMG! It can’t end like that nooo!!!) It’s also the sense of not understanding how the series is going to come together. Now that I think of it however this is going to be a series made up of four books, featuring Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and of course Cinderella. I’ve come to the conclusion that we will experience maybe the same plot but at different places (does that even make sense?). Oh that’s another thing that bothered me, at one point the answer of one of the huge twists was just screaming at me. Unfortunately people in books don’t actually exist and even if you did scream at a book you would look like a weirdo, now I don’t know if this was intentional but after a while I became bored and the twist was only revealed right at the end. I loved the setting however as even though it was set in Beijing, Marissa got to start all over again as there was a Fourth World War that left Beijing in rubble that then was turned into New Beijing. It was also what everyone expects the stereotypical future to be like with robots, cyborgs, hover cars and nearly every piece of nonexistent technology you can think of.Overall once I got into this book there was no stopping myself, it was a heart racing page turner and now I can’t help but wait anxiously for Marissa’s next book. Even if the thought of a fairytale retelling repulses you I would definitely give it a go, because this series is going to be like nothing you have ever read it is totally unique and definitely one for the 2012 TBR Pile!.

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)

The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)

The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)

The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

Crescendo (Hush, Hush Saga)

Crescendo  - Becca Fitzpatrick

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

Catching Fire - Suzanne  Collins

The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition

The Hunger Games  - Suzanne  Collins

Far From The War

Far From The War - Jeffrey David Payne

Life Eternal (A Dead Beautiful Novel)

Life Eternal - Yvonne Woon


Divergent - Veronica Roth

Delirium (Delirium (Quality))

Delirium - Lauren Oliver


Forgotten - Cat Patrick

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