Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - The Loose Ends List By Carrie Firestone

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 7th June 2016

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret "death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way - and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.

I love this cover!!! Such beautiful colours, really caught my eye! Sounds like an emotional read, I'm sure I will be crying with laughter and sadness.


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Waiting On Wednesday - When We Collided By Emery Lord

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

I can't wait to read:

Expected Publication: 5th April 2016

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

I love stories where the characters have to overcome things and we follow them on the journey they go on and this book sounds perfect.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Review - This Is How It Ends By Marieke Nijkamp

Published: 5th January 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.

The auditorium doors won't open.

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.

Has a book ever blown you away and your mind keeps drifting to it weeks later?…well that the reaction I had to This Is How It Ends. A powerful and heart breaking story, that doesn't go easy on the audience.

This Is How It Ends is told through four different POVs, which at first did confuse me at times and I did find it hard to figure out which characters story we were following. All the characters are linked in some way and it takes a while to work it all out and get the characters straight in your mind as you are introduced to all of them at once.

The story is fast paced and I couldn’t stop turning the pages, my heart beating fast as the shooting unfolded. I felt the story was realistic and true to the subject matter. It wasn’t glamorized or far-fetched and that’s why I think this book has hit home to so many people. The shooting was unsuspecting and tackles a difficult subject straight on.

I wanted more background on the characters and to get to know the characters more but I think that was the idea of the book, to randomly cut in on ordinary young people’s lives and see how one individual’s actions can change everything.

This book broke my heart and I will be thinking about if for a long time, I'm looking forward to reading more from Marieke Nijkamp, I think there’s a lot of good things to come from her in the future.

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday - Songs That Would Make Amazing Books

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

This weeks topic is all about music and I have such a passion for music, I could have added so many songs to this list. I've chosen songs that I think would make amazing books.

1. Sia - Breathe Me

This song is heartbreakingly beautiful and anything Sia writes deserves to be written in to a book, she is so talented. 

2. James Bay - Let It Go

This song just has a story to it and I think it would be an amazing romance story to read.

3. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home

Another beautiful song that I think a beautiful story could be made from it.

4. London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years

Think it would make a great story about wasted youth and finding yourself.

5. Adele- Hello

Think this is an obvious one, there's a story to be told!

6. Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love

I'm picturing a soppy romance.

7.The Script - Breakeven

Would make a great story about heartbreak and moving on.

8. Kodaline - All I Want
This song gives me goosebumps and I would love to see it as a book.

9. Shawn Mendes - Stitches

Another broken hearted guy getting his happy ending maybe?

10. Florence + The Machine - Never Let Me Go

Haunting song, think it would make a beautiful book.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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: 22nd March 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.

What first drew me to this book was the cover, I love the colours and think it makes a great first impact. This book sounds heartbreaking, I love books that bring out emotion in me and I can't wait to see what The Way I Used To Be offers.


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Valentines Freebie!

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

It's been a while since I've posted a Top Ten Tuesday unfortunately, still trying to juggle work with everything else, but I couldn't miss out on a Valentines day freebie! I have decided to go with book covers that I find super cute and romantic.

Some aren't the obvious choices but I love them all the same :)