30 Apr 2013

Standalones of May 2013

There are an absolute crazy number of standalone novels being published in May 2013, so let's get started.

Unknown Date:
After the Woods by Courtney Worth Young

May 1st:
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
The Originals by Cat Patrick
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

May 7th:
Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
Beauty by Nancy Ohlin
Coda by Emma Trevayne
The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin
Perfection by J.L Spelbring

May 8th:
Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

May 14th:
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Parallel by Lauren Miller
The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni
The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy

May 16th:
Firecracker by David Iserson
Five Summers by Una LaMarche

May 18th:
Purgatory Reign by L.M Preston

May 21st:
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
All I Need by Susane Colasanti
September Girls by Bennett Madison
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

24 Apr 2013


23 Apr 2013


1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (GoodReads)

If your thinking, "Really? This is your first pick out of all those other popular Dystopians?" Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Because this one deserves just as much hype and earns the title of my favourite book. Yes. The Honour goes to the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. The best characters, an amazing plot line, beautiful writing and a potential for so much MORE! If your looking for a fast paced, poetically written story about a girl that can destroy someone with her touch, and a boy so menacing but intriguing that it becomes despicable to fall in love with him. Then this is your man!

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (GoodReads)

I don't know where you have been if you haven't heard anything about this book. With an upcoming movie and all, it has gained a lot of hype. Oh Divergent. How I truly do love you. And though Divergent has fallen second in that reserved place in my heart, it is something you have to read to be up to date with Dystopian Genre. Though the second book in the series is quite heavy, it is a read as well. It has such a strong amazing main character and will do well. So get on it!

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

3.  Legend by Mari Lu (GoodReads)

Though i haven't read this one, it's gone shooting into everyones book radar for awhile. I have the book gingerly sitting on my self, waiting to be called upon for its unravelling. Though i haven't read it, i feel like it's going to be a must have!

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills

21 Apr 2013

BOOK DISCUSSION: Books that you can re-read

Welcome to the second installment of a little thing we like to call 'Book Discussion' here on A Book So Fathomless. The deal with this is every month Chami and I will create post discussing a certain topic that has to do with books in some way, we'll tell you what we think and then you have a chance to tell us your opinions either in the comment section or in a post on your own blog (please send us a link if you do this!). This month's topic is 'books you can re-read'.

The following list aren't all books that I have re-read at this point in time, but ones I feel I could re-read if I got the chance or ones that I do plan to re-read in the upcoming months.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling:
This is definitely the series I have re-read the most amount of times. I started reading them when I was about seven (the first movie came out when I was five, but my mum didn't think I was old enough to read the books or see the movie at that time. Little did she know that my older brother used to trick my grandparents into letting me see the movie whenever we were at theirs). Anyway, I've read this series about fifteen or so times since.
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead:
I haven't read this one as many times as Harry Potter, in fact I've only read it about once or twice again (certain chapters and scenes have been read more than others) but I am actually planning to read through the entire series in the upcoming months in preparation for when the movie actually comes out.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare:
This is another book that I've only sort of skim re-read, though like VA I am planning to re-read at least the first book before the movie is released this year and then possibly go onto read the rest of the series before the last book is released.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
I've read this book twice since I read it about this time last year and both times I've ended up as a wreck for days afterwards, but there's something about this book that makes me just want to constantly re-read it for the intense beauty of it and of course, for Augustus Waters.
Atonement by Ian McEwan:
This is a bit of a strange book I suppose, especially considering it's the book I'm currently studying in my Literature class but I read this book in January this year in its entirety on a three hour plane flight and I just adored it more than anything. I'm currently in the process of re-reading it again for class and then I plan to re-read again just before exams. If I'm totally honest with myself I'll probably read it again even after we've finished studying it, it's honestly that good.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley:
This is another slightly strange book and another one I studied in Literature (last year). Going into this book, I wasn't sure whether I'd actually enjoy it, after all I'd heard nothing about it and we'd just come off the back of a little George Orwell reading spree (I wasn't a fan of 1984), but two chapters in I knew this book would be amazing. I haven't had the chance to re-read it yet, and sadly I don't own a hard copy of it (yet) but once that is fixed I definitely plan to read this!

So those were my favourite books to re-read, now it's Chami's turn to tell you about hers!

Alright ALRIGHTY! Let us get straight into this business.

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
This has been a book that I have endlessly talked about on this blog and read multiple times and Ely sure hell knows it. I haven't counted how many times i've read it, but I read it as a weekly occurrence. It is a habit of life. It is just...unbeliably everything I've ever wanted in a book and it hooks me in and takes me down under.

19 Apr 2013

Cover Reveal: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Trinity Brown is used to her grandfather's crazy stories, so she never believed the latest treasure he brought home was a real dragon's egg. Not until their home is invaded by soldiers trying to steal it and a strange boy who tells her the world as she knows it will be wiped out in a fiery dragon war—unless they work together to stop it. Meantime, there's a different voice whispering to Trinity, calling to her, telling her what to do...the dragon inside her egg is not ready to give up without a fight

Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

18 Apr 2013


Now now, my fellow blog mates. This is the era of Young Adult movies. Going once, and going forever. The next new and most awaited book to movie adaptation is Divergent by Veronica Roth! It seems to be well way into casting (past just casting our main: Shaileene Woodly as TRIS!) and will start production on 4.8.13. I have personally loved and adored this book since the day it came out, and It will always have a place in my heart, and now on the big screen! A Book So Fathomless has gone out of their way to summarise the cast for this soon to be movie, so scroll down below to check it out. When your done, leave us a comment on why you liked or disliked casting for a character, and what your alternative would be.

17 Apr 2013

What She/He Said Wednesday 1#

Hello Everyone

So, what is, "What she/he said Wednesday,"? It's a new improved day of the week series which people post their most inspiring or interesting Quote from an Author or an extract of a book that you adore. Basically any quote that stuck to you and  would not let you go. It's a fun way to see what people think.

And I have the perfect quote to start it all.

16 Apr 2013

Upcoming Young Adult Lit Movies

We all know the long holding reign of City of Bones, Harry Potter, Beautiful Creatures, The Host and other Young adult book to movie adaptions have taken upon the bring screen. But what about the others? You're thinking, "What? There are others? What is wrong with you woman?! Speak!"

So here are list of movies or TV series that are in casting stage or pre-production. Take a look at hit us up on what you think!

Title: Divergent
Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Status: Latter end of Casting and pre production.

Title: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
Book: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Status: Casting and Training

Title: The fault in Our Stars
Book: The fault in Our stars by John Green
Status: Casting

Title: Delirium
Book: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Status: Casting and Preproduction
Type: Tv Series (Channel: Fox)

Title: The Selection
Book: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Status: Filming/ Recasting/ a tumble of things.
Type: Tv Series (Channel: CW)

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13 Apr 2013

REVIEW: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Title: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Author: Lucy Christopher
Publication Date: May 4th 2009
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 301
Rating: 4/5
Blurb: It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost
Review: This is one of those books that I’ve seen pretty much everywhere in the book blogging/booktubing/Goodreads community for so long, but I was never really interested in picking it up. Don’t get me wrong, I’d only heard good things about this book but it never sounded like something I’d be into. Then a few weeks ago I read ‘The Mockingbirds’ by Daisy Whitney (you can see my review, here) which, in short, I adored- upon returning the book, one of my school librarians suggested this book, but I didn’t borrow that day. Then on Goodreads I saw a list called ‘Seriously Messed Up YA Books’ (or something like that, I can’t find the actual list anymore) which contained both Stolen and The Mockingbirds. It was about two weeks later, despite my original hesitation, that I finally picked up this book.

And, Oh My God. The premise of this book is absolutely frightening, I’ve lived in Australia my entire life and so the fear of being kidnapped and taken into the middle of the outback is even more frightening. Trust me when I say, stuck in the middle of nowhere in a country with the some of the most deadly animals- just a tad scary! What made it even more frightening was how well everything was described, as the blurb says the landscape is so vividly described that it does almost a become a character in the book. Therefore, it probably doesn’t need to be said that I loved the description of the landscape. But honestly, I don’t know whether Lucy Christopher actually visited or lived out in the outback for some time, but it comes across in the book that she really understands and knows not just the landscape itself but the cultural and historical aspects of it as well.

The characters themselves were also wonderfully created. There are only really two characters in the book- Gemma, the ‘stolen’ girl, and Ty, the gorgeous kidnapper. Other characters are mentioned in passing, but these two dominate most of the book. Lucy Christopher has done a seriously amazing job at both characters. I found that I was seeing everything through Gemma’s eyes, exactly as we as a reader are supposed to, I hated Ty at the start of the book but as the book progressed I began to see him in a different light. I know how messed up that would sound to anyone who hasn’t read this book (and I know that’s what I thought before I did), but there’s something about the way he is written and how to story develops that changes your mind. I’ve seen things where people list Ty as one of the fictional boyfriends that want, but personally I wouldn’t go that far.

Stolen definitely deals with some huge issues that are usually kept sort of ‘hush hush’ in our society, mainly Stockholm Syndrome, so I think the fact that Lucy Christopher was able to write a book on this issue was a really powerful thing to do. The issue isn’t brushed off or romanticised in the novel, the writing makes it feel so real and with the reactions of the other characters in the book, it makes you feel like you’re on Gemma’s side, like you understand what she’s gone through. Or at least, it had me feeling this way. That being said, there were definitely moments in this book that made me feel uncomfortable, even a little bit paranoid, but that was just another aspect that made it so wonderful in the end.

The only thing that kept this book from getting a five star was the ending. I’m not going to say why as that would obviously ruin it, but I’m going to leave it at that I found it slightly disappointing. Otherwise, it was a really brilliant book. If you’ve never read this book or like me, are hesitant about starting it, I suggest that you really do read it, even if only to understand what Stockholm Syndrome is all about.

You can buy Stolen from the Book Depository with free shipping worldwide,

12 Apr 2013

REVIEW: Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy Series (Paranormalcy 1#, Supernaturally 2#, Endlessly 3#)
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: First Book - 2010
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback 1#, Ebook 2# 3#.
Pages: 335
Rating: 4/5 Book 1, 3/5 Book 2, 3/5 Book 3.

Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours.

But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal


Hello Readers of Paranormal Romance.

So with my amazing present gift card stash from my birthday party, I had a chance to buy Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, which I had wanted for a long time because I had heard so much good things about it.

First of all, it is such a relief to read a relaxing and hilarious fast pace book after the heavy dystopian book “Insurgent,” by Veronica Roth.  Kiersten White has the humour going for her, and it is the probably the only book that seemed closer to teenage language. Pretty Much: I would say the things that Evelyn said. And it was HILARIOUS.

I’m glad Evie wasn’t the strong, trained in everything, Archery winning, sword fighting Heroine that Young Adult books are encouraging these days. I’m not saying I don’t like them, I love them, but it was refreshing to see someone different that teenagers could relate to with choices. I could truly see her as one of my friends. She was just so realistic. I’ve read some of the reviews about this book that said that Evie was too girly girl for them to finish the book. If you think just loving pink makes you girly girl, then I don’t know what is wrong with you. She’s got a pink Taser people. I WANT A PINK TASER.  White added little quirks that reminded me what I do in real life. For example, their continuous watching and obsession of Easton Heights through all of the three books was one of my favourite quirks because it reminds me with my obsessions with tv shows. Her connection to her best friend Lish and their little friendship gestures was quite endearing, even after a unfortunate event. Though I do wish we got to see more of her.

Lend: Lend lost his interest in me after the first book. He was such an intriguing character in the first book, and then it just became a cheesy paranormal romance after that. The way White created his ability was quite amazing in the first book. But there were times in the other books that I completely forgot that the power existed. Mostly in the second book.

Jack: Jack joins us in the second book. And I remember thinking, “How can anyone like him!? He is so annoying.” But I guess you learn to love him in the third book. Though what he did in the second book was quite shocking. I assumed him to be a love interest, but it didn’t really work out that way.

Reth: Reth. Reth. Reth. Oh how I shipped him from the start and till the very end. He was just so interesting! His motivations. His…His… EVERYTHING. How I really wished everything worked out with Reth like he wanted. I prefer him over Lend anyday. (Spoiler: I do wish that White actually gave him a chance with Evie)

Nevertheless, at points, I was totally fan girling. And if you see me fan girling then you know it’s quite atrocious because it kind of looks like a dying seal.

And saying that, I really disliked the last book compared to the first book. The series has so much potential at the start. Most of the lines left me disconnected like, “What-where-are we? Bleep is going on?” It just could’ve been so much better. Could’ve achieved a better plot as well. It wasn’t epic like I thought it would be. I just didn’t feel the plot as much as I felt the characters.

I really don’t see how each title is supposed to adapt to each book. It just seems like she found three rhyming words and slashed them together as book titles that relate to it being in the paranormal genre.

Beautiful covers, though I did not imagine Evie to look like that.

So overall. It's a good relaxing series to read.