That’s A Wrap | 2014

I can’t believe 2014 is over! It barely seems like yesterday I was preparing for New Years Eve last year. 2014 has been a great year, I finished my first year at uni and started this blog. It’s been up and running for four months now and I’m really happy and proud of it. 
I’ve done a lot of reading this year, I beat my first ever Goodreads reading challenge, which I’m pretty happy about. It’s definitely something I’ll be doing again in 2015, upping the ante and setting myself the challenge of 150 books this time. It would be an incredibly long post if I were to feature every book that I’ve read this year, so I’ll be featuring my 2014 favourites. 
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I made no secret of how much I loved this book in this post and this post, it very quickly became one of my favourite books of the summer, if not year. I’ve recommended it to so many people, I really can’t contain my love for The Winner’s Curse! I am so ridiculously excited for the sequel, I can’t wait for more Arin and Kestrel.

The One by Kiera Kass

In my opinion this was the perfect end to the trilogy, I got the ending I wanted, even if it took a while to get there.

Taking Names by Michelle Onuorah

I loved Type N, I thought it was really clever and interesting, and lucky for me Taking Names didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend this series.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness blew me away with More Than This, I sat in awe for a very long time after reading it. It takes YA dystopia to a whole new level. I read this book before I started blogging, so I never reviewed it, but I urge you to read it!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Do I really need to say anything for this one? The Maze Runner is incredible and I can’t wait to start reading the second soon.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

This book drained me emotionally. This was my first experience of Nicholas Sparks, but it won’t be my last.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

This book started off my summer holiday, it was fun and hilarious. Not only did I love the book I also discovered an author that I really like!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My sister and I actually fangirled over this book, and now we both can’t wait to read Rainbow Rowell because if she can create such incredible characters in this book, then surely the rest will be no exception.

They’re the books that I loved in 2014, there’s probably more that I can’t remember, but these are the books that stood out to me. What books made your 2014? Let me know what your 2014 favourites are! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

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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’!