Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Tragedy Girl By Christine Hurley Deriso


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: April 8th 2016

Of course Anne would be drawn to Blake. He’s good looking, he’s friendly, and they both bring sob stories to the table: her parents died in a car wreck, his girlfriend, Cara, drowned. Of course Blake would understand what she’s gone through. And of course they can help each other work through the pain. It’s like it was meant to be.

But just as Anne starts to feel she’s finally found something good in all the tragedy, she can’t ignore signs that something’s off. Her friends rarely let her be alone with Blake. Even those closest to Blake seem uneasy around him. And then there are the rumors about the death of Cara, whose body was never recovered. Rumors that suggest Blake’s pain is hiding something darker than Anne can even begin to comprehend . . .

2016 is looking like a fantastic year for young adult! Another book I can't wait to get my hands on, you know I just can't resist a contemporary read especially one with a little mystery!

       




Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - The Year We Fell Apart By Emily Martin


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: January 26th 2016


Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.


Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.



Look at this beautiful cover! I love the colours, I would read this book based on the cover alone! Another tear jerker I can't wait to read! I love a book that gives you an emotional reaction and this sounds perfect!

       

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Review - Dead Ringer By Jessie Rosen

Published 11th November 2015

From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren't the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.

It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn't just anyone—it's Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.

Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.

But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.

What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unravelling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?

After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
 


I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested Dead Ringer based on the blurb alone, it sounded exciting and full of mystery and I wanted the answers to all the unanswered questions! I was not disappointed!

Laura is our leading lady and I instantly connected to her character, she's feisty and funny and just a really likeable character. Laura is new to town, it's a fresh start for her a chance to be more confident and outgoing, on her first day the whispers start, people are staring at her. Unbeknownst to Laura she looks like Sarah Castro -Tanner and Sarah's dead! 

We follow Laura as she makes friends, falls in love and turns investigator to find out what really happened to Sarah.

Dead Ringer is full of surprises, it kept me on my toes! There were so many questions I wanted answering, "Why does she look like Sarah?, what happened to Sarah? " I never guessed right and when my questions were finally answered I was shocked. 

Dead Ringer leaves you on a cliffhanger and I can honestly say I'm dying to find out what happens next! Jessie Rosen is an exciting writer that kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages excitedly! 

Rating: 4/5

     



Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review - The Lies About Truth By Courtney C. Stevens

Published: 3rd November 2015

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.


I really enjoyed Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens so I knew going by that I would not be disappointed by The Truth About Lies and I really wasn't!

The Truth About Lies centres around a group of friends in the aftermath of a tragic accident leaving someone close to them dead. The story focuses on the relationships and how they have changed now one of the inner circle has gone. 

We are introduced to our main character Sadie, horribly scarred from the accident that killed her friend and struggling to find out who she is now and where she fits into the world. Everything is different now, the accident has changed the person she was, the group has been torn apart by secrets but can they reconnect over their shared grief of their loss. 

We follow the group as they try to reconnect and move past the tragedy. Courtney C. Stevens gives us such unique characters, they each have their own personalities and I felt like when the memories of the group was shared that I was with them experiencing them too. 

The Truth About Lies brought a tear to my eye and made my heart ache, it was realistic and not far fetched. Grief effects everyone differently and the book showed how each person coped with this and the guilt they each felt.

Beautifully written as usual, Courtney C. Stevens is an exciting author I look forward to reading other works off.

Rating: 4/5

      

Waiting On Wednesday - The Way I Used To Be By Amber Smith


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:


Expected Publication: March 22nd 2016

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.




I really enjoy reading books that take on real issues and are not afraid to be honest. The Way I Used To Be, I'm sure is going to be one of those books that breaks my heart but leaves me thinking about it days after and that's what I want from a book! Plus I adore the cover and the bright Yellow really drew me in.

    

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Your Voice Is All I Hear By Leah Scheier


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:


Expected Publication: 1st Septemner 2015

Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.

April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.

But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.

Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.

Until schizophrenia changes everything.

Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.

You must all know by now how much I love reading books that tackle difficult subjects and leave your heart in pieces. Your Voice Is All I Hear sounds like another perfect addition to my need to read list, is sounds like an incredibly emotional read and I just know I am going to love it!


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.


      This weeks topic is the last ten books to come into my possession. So here it goes...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - This Is Where It Ends By Marieke Nijkamp



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read: 
Expected Publication: 5th Janurary 2016

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The cover instantly caught my eye and made me want to read this one and once I had read what the book was actually about I was blown away. This one sounds powerful, hard hitting and emotionally draining and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

     


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Book I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

This weeks theme is books that I plan to have in my beach bag, I honestly don't think there a bag big enough for all the books I want to read so narrowing down is going to be super hard!





















        













Review - Nowhere But Here By Katie McGarry

Publication Date: 26th May 2015


Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighbourhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 


Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Everything Katie McGarry writes I absolutely love so I knew Nowhere But Here would be no different and once again I was not disappointed!

Emily has been sheltered from her biological fathers life, he is part of  motorcycle gang, The Reign Of Terror a world completely unfamiliar to her. When a quick visit to Kentucky ends up being extended, she suddenly becomes the centre of the world she's been sheltered from and is fighting to save her life and her growing feelings for Oz, the guy who's trying to protect her.

Emily is a normal everyday teenage girl, she sticks to the rules and stays in her comfort zone. She's been led to believe her father didn't want her and chose the gang lifestyle over the family they could have been but this is a lie and the more time Emily spends with her father and the family she never knew the truth unravels. I love the relationship Emily and her father have and how it develops throughout the book, they are learning about each other and it is really interesting to see how the father/daughter relationship blossoms even though it is strained.

Olivia is also a favourite character of mine, so unique and interesting, she made me laugh and cry and I felt like she is someone I've always known. I think the moments Emily and Olivia share and touching and heartfelt and real.
I love a good slow building romance, so Oz and Emily's budding relationship was perfect for me. The banter they shared, the looks across the room, all so swoon worthy! Katie McGarry gives us another incredible couple that I will not forget easily.

Nowhere But Here is a fantastic start to what I know will be another incredible series. Katie McGarry is on my auto-buy list, I don't even need to know what the story will be about to know it will be another favourite of mine. Nowhere But Here has the romance, the rivalry and the mystery, reeling you in and keeping you hooked until the very last page. I can't wait for next instalment!

Rating: 5/5

      


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review - Everything, Everything By Nicola Yoon

Expected Publication: 1st September 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A unique storyline with loveable characters and a beautiful cover, Everything, Everything sure has everything!

I requested the book purely on the blurb and cover and I am so happy I had the chance to read this one!

Madeline suffers from SCID. Basically she is allergic to everything and has been housebound pretty much her whole life with her only contact from her mum and nurse Carla, that is until new neighbours arrive and Olly walks into Madeline's life. Madeline doesn't want to just survive any more she wants to live and experience life to the fullest even if it means risking her life.

I had an instant connection to Madeline, how can I not, she is a fellow book addict! She is sheltered from the real world, not getting the chance to experience a normal life like an eighteen year old girl should and I really felt for her. I loved the relationship Madeline and mum shared, if felt really authentic and was a nice change to see the dynamic as a lot of books I have read lately haven't tended to develop the child/parent relationship.

Olly is such a loveable character, he's not fazed by Madeline's illness and treats her like a normal person. I like the fact he wasn't a 2 dimensional character, we find out about his home life and his difficulties as well. The relationship between Madeline and Olly is really sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it blossom.

Everything, Everything is about a girl trying to overcome the difficult situation life has handed her and live her life to the fullest and experience love for  the first time. There is also a plot twist that I didn't expect which was really refreshing and added so much more to the whole book.

I adored Everything, Everything, I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to see what Nicola Yoon has in store for us next. An exciting new author who is going to take the Young Adult genre by storm!

Rating: 5/5

      

Monday, 9 March 2015

Review - Vanishing Girls By Lauren Oliver

Expected Publication: 10th March 2015

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


I received this book via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

As a huge fan Of Lauren Oliver I was so excited to get the chance to read Vanishing Girls and boy I was not disappointed! Beautiful writing, a mystery that draws you in and a big plot twist... I expected nothing less than from Lauren Oliver.

Vanishing Girls gives us Nick and Dara, sisters who have been torn apart by a devastating  car accident. Once best friends, they are now strangers living under the same roof.

Nick and Dara are complete opposites, in behaviour and their opinions but I found myself relating to both of them at different points within the book.  Nick is the reliable, sensible sister and Dara is the more reckless, outgoing of the two. The book focuses on the dynamic between the sisters and how they cope in the aftermath of the accident and their tattered relationship.  They are both going through the same thing but facing it in different ways, and I wanted to just shout at them you could handle it better together! That's when I know I'm hooked on a book, when I'm telling fictional characters off!

The characters are well developed and I felt like I was experiencing everything they were going through which brought out a mixture of emotions in me, which every good book should do!

There is also a missing girl leaving the reader wondering how is this relevant to the story, but when Dara disappears too, it all comes together and the suspense takes over. Throw in some romance, a strained relationship between two sisters and huge plot twist that left me speechless and you have another wonderfully written story from Lauren Oliver.

I wish the romance aspect of the story was developed a little bit more but it isn't the main focus of the book and doesn't affect the book, I'm just a sucker for the romance!

Another hit from Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls has lived up to my expectations and has become a new favourite!

Rating: 4/5
     

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Everything, Everything By Nicola Yoon


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I can't wait to read:
Expected Publication: 1st September 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.


Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.



This book sounds extremely unique and that is what draws me to it. I am really excited for this one and look at the beautiful cover!