Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I'd Love To Read With My Book Club, If I Had One

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

This weeks topic is books you would like to read with your book club. I don't belong to a book club but if I did these would be the books I would love to read with them and would be fun to discuss afterwards.


Review - All The Rage By Courtney Summers

Expected Publication: April 14th 2015

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

I receive this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am huge fan of Courtney Summers  so when I was accepted to review All The Rage I was super excited! In true Courtney Summers fashion, All The Rage tackles emotional and difficult subjects full steam ahead in a brave and realistic way. 

All The Rage introduces us to Romy Grey, she has been ostracised from her friends, bullied on a  daily basis and called a liar after accusing the sheriffs son of rape. I found Romy a difficult character to relate to at first, she has experienced a horrific event, is still traumatized by what has happened to her and is experiencing the fall out of her telling the truth. As the story progresses I found myself understanding what goes on in Romy's head and the way she thinks, I felt myself feeling what she feels and the difficulty she experiences.  I liked her relationship with Liam and how that progresses through the story, it's interesting to see how Romy reacts and deals with the affection that she doesn't believe she deserves or is worth. 

Along with the emotional journey Romy goes on, we also have the added story on a missing girl, Romy's ex friend. I really liked the addition of this to All The Rage, I really didn't expect it and thought it added a new layer to the book. 

This isn't just a story about a girl living through a sexual assault and trying to overcome that, it's a story about how people react to it, they treat Romy with hate and brand her a liar and slut. It really brought anger out in me the way they treat her and I know that in some situations it mirrors real life and that made me sad and left me questioning how people can react that way and feel they have the right to treat someone in such a horrid way. 

All The Rage left me wanting to know what happens next, it kept me guessing and brought out a vast variety of emotions in me which a book should do. Courtney Summers has done it again and written us another fantastic book that leaves you thinking and questioning the world we live in.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 23 January 2015

Feature & Follow Friday


Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison can read where we make new friends and find new followers!

Question of the Week:
 Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews?
As well as posting my reviews on my blog I post them on Goodreads and Netgalley.

Or add me on Google+, I always follow back :)

Review - All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

Published 6th January 2015

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This book took me on an emotional roller-coaster, I laughed, I cried and went through every emotion a person could whilst reading this book. All The Bright Places is an exceptional book that no review could do justice too.

All The Bright Places is a book about two young, broken people that through all the pain that they are experiencing  find each other. We witness Finch and Violet on their journey as they try to heal each other and find reasons to live, which love seems to be the best medicine. However love is not always enough to keep breathing. 

It was a breath of fresh air to read a book with such unique characters, Finch is a beautifully written character, he is different to the normal leading guy in a book, he sees the world in a  completely different perspective to others and I was completely and utterly fascinated and in awe of him. I loved the dynamic between him and Violet, they fit so perfectly together and their relationship made me smile throughout, even through the hard times.

All The Bright Places tackles difficult subjects such as mental illness and suicide and it does it in such an incredible and brave way.

This book is destined to be remembered and talked about in years to come, it has left such an impression on me that I can't think of anything but this book. The plot, the characters and the incredible writing are perfect, I cannot fault this book. I recommend this book to everyone, just have tissues standing by as it might just break your heart.

Rating: 5/5          

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - What You Left Behind By Jessica Verdi

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: August 4th 2015

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

This sounds like a tearjerker and really different from anything I have read before, so I am really excited to read this one!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten 2015 Releases I Can't Wait To Read!

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

This week is a freebie so we get to choose our own topic. I have decided to go for top ten 2015 releases I can't wait to read :)

So excited for all of these!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - Like It Never Happened By Emily Adrian

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: June 2nd 2015

Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

I like the idea of forbidden love and mystery and this one sounds like it has both plus I really like the cover!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

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

This weeks topic is 2014 releases I really wanted to read but didn't get round to! There are so many books I could add to this list, there were so many fantastic books released in 2014 so there was no way I was going to get to read them all!

I really can't wait to finally read all of these books, better get reading!