Monthly Wrap Up | November 2014

This month has been a little quiet on the reading front. It’s safe to say that that I’ve been a very busy girl this November. My month’s been jam packed with placement and assignments, so reading really wasn’t a priority. Hopefully all that will change in December, I break up for a month on Friday, giving me much needed reading time!
I managed to read three books this month, and I use the term ‘read’ very loosely. Out of the three books I only finished one. As always click the picture to read my review!

What I’ve Read

Scratch by Rhonda Helms

Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah

Random by Lark O’Neal
Currently Reading
After a very busy month all I wanted was a book I’m guaranteed to enjoy. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a happily ever after and an American Cowboy. This book promised me some light fun before I jump into something with a bit more oomph!

Well, that’s what I’ve been reading during November! As always I’d love to know what you’ve been reading, make sure to let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’! I’m also now on Instagram (my user name is @alexandraflorence_), so I’d love you to follow me on there too!


Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah | Review

I received this book free from the author, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Release Date – 7th November 2014
Description from Goodreads:
They took her love … and gained her enmity.

Nicolette Talloway has finally ground happiness. As the only person in the world whose blood can cure any disease, she has managed to give her blood on her own terms without any interference from the government. Sure that she has found a permanent solution, she and the love of her life, Jason, settle into a new beginning together.

That is … until they are found.

There is a new President in charge and a new agenda written for Nicolette’s blood — whether she wants to play ball or not. The problem is: they’ve pushed her too far. And when she finally decides to take matters into her own hands, Nicolette will no longer be running from authorities and giving her blood but will stand her ground and start Taking Names.

Oh WOW. I absolutely LOVED Type N, it’s such an original idea, that one girl’s blood is the cure to all known disease, and I had no idea there was going to be a sequel. But I’m very happy that there is. Taking Names definitely did not disappoint.
Taking Names follows Nicolette’s journey as she runs from the special agents that are after her and her blood. The novel starts in Sri Lanka, one year after the end of Type N, as Nicolette and Jason are getting married. They are such a cute couple and I was so glad that they ended up getting together at the end of the first book. Of course the President decides that he has to ruin their idyllic lives, and sends two CIA agents after them. And then, BOOM. Nicolette’s life is turned upside down.
In Taking Names we get narrative from both Nicolette and special agent Noelle Jackson, this gives us insight into what is happening in team America. The addition of Noelle’s narrative was a brilliant idea, it added greater depth to the story, and also I began to really care for Noelle. I now want to know more about what happens to both Nicolette and Noelle.
Taking Names was a great sequel to Type N, the story developed beautifully and we were allowed a view into what’s happening in the American government. Throughout the novel the story flowed, sometimes dual narratives can feel jumpy, however this was not the case for Michelle Onuorah. The entire thing felt very natural and created very vivid imagery. 
Sure, Taking Names could be longer, but now I can’t wait for the next instalment in the trilogy so I get find out what finally happens to Nicolette.
I think that the feels in this book deserve a special mention. Seriously wow, the end had me in tears! And can I just say, the ending! I won’t say anymore because I really don’t want to spoil it! What I will say is that I highly recommend you read Taking Names, and if you haven’t already, Type N!
Have you read Type N? Do you want to read Taking names? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!
‘Taking Names’ by Michelle N. Onuorah
5 Stars

Monthly Wrap Up | October 2014

As if it’s already the end of September! It feels like barely any time has passed since I started back at uni at the beginning of the month. I’ve not read as many books this month as I did in September, purely because I’ve been SO busy at uni. Click on the picture to go to my review of each book!

What I’ve Read

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Currently Reading

Scratch by Rhonda Helms

Taking Names by Michelle N. Onuorah

I’ve been reading Scratch for quite a while now, and when I say reading, what I really mean is it’s been sitting unfinished on my Kindle. I decided it was time to take a break and move onto a book I’m actually excited to about! 
I was lucky enough to be sent Taking Names by Michelle N. Onuorah in exchange for an honest review. Taking Names is the sequel to Type N, a book I absolutely ADORED! I’ll be reviewing both books this month!

So that’s what I’ve been reading this October! I’d love to know what you’ve been reading this month, let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Books That Need To Be Films | Books and Films #3

This is the final part of my Books and Films Feature, which is actually quite sad. I’ve had so much fun creating these three posts, and I’d love to know what you thought of them! In this post I’ll be sharing the books that I think NEED to become films. There’s always a book that you finish reading, knowing that it would transfer perfectly onto the big screen. Here are my picks of books that would make great films!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I ADORE this book. I genuinely think it’s my favourite book of the year (I’ve read it three times already). The more I read it the more convinced I am that it would be an incredible film. Could you imagine the costumes? The dresses sound so spectacular and decadent, I can imagine them on film. And really, who wouldn’t want to see Arin and Kestrel falling in love on the big screen? The Winner’s Curse is one of those stories that I would LOVE to be in the film adaptation of! 

I really enjoyed this book (check out my review here) there’s definitely a similarity to Mean Girls, but who didn’t love that film? So wouldn’t The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting translate into film really well? I’d love to see the transformation Bree undertakes in her mission to become cool and interesting. I think that this book would make a really interesting and enjoyable film, a modern twist on Mean Girls.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, I was instantly hooked. It’s a dystopian twist on Cinderella, what more could a girl want? There seem to be more and more dystopian books making their way onto the silver screen, so why hasn’t The Selection! All three books are fantastic and take you through a world wind of emotions! I’d love to The Selection as a film, Warner Brothers I’m waiting.

Type N by Michelle N. Onuorah

I first saw this book listed on a Goodread’s Giveaway, and after reading the premise I was smitten. Nicolette discovers that her blood does not fit into any known blood group, and when given to her sickly brother it not only heals him, but also cures him of his cancer. Research begins and it’s soon discovered that Nic’s blood is the cure to all known diseases, putting her in the spotlight to become the most sought-after citizen. I adored this book, the idea is so unique and fascinating, plus the man hunt that begins really ups the suspense and tension. After loving this book so much it’s no surprise that I think it would be great as a film!

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor was the first dystopian book that I ever read, and I adored it. Oscar lives in a town created by his father, a town that transforms teenagers into respectful and compliant model citizens through subliminal messages. Oscar meets Nia and must decide between saving her, or keeping her in Candor. It’s Big Brother on steroids. This book was just SO GOOD! On top of the incredibleness that is this novel, there was a huge twist which made me love it even more! Candor needs to be a film purely because I love it so much!

The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
If Candor was my first dystopian book, then Wither, Fever and Sever were the next first three, so they hold a special place in my heart. These books are filled with tension and suspense and then some. With only fours left to live Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, vowing to escape. There’a deadly disease that kills all females at twenty, and all males at twenty-five. A father-in-law that’s hoarding corpses in the basement, and a blossoming romance. This trilogy has all you could ever want from the dystopian genre and more. I’d love to see this book on the big screen as I love the characters so much!

They’re all of my list of books that I want to see as films, but I’m sure that the more I read, the more this list will grow! What books would you love to see on the silver screen? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!