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.