Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For Second Half of 2017

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that we are excited for that are coming out in the second half of this year.

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen- I have had mixed experiences with Sarah’s books but this one really appeals to me. This book follows the daughter of a famous wedding planning and her cynical view on romance. I love anything to do with weddings and wedding planning so this book sounds perfect and I am really hoping that it won’t disappoint me. 6th June

A Line in the Dark

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo- This is a mystery which has GLBT characters in. Jess’ best friend befriends a wealthy girl called Margot who has a lot of secrets that Jess knows her friend won’t be able to handle. This sounds really interesting and I love the creepy cover. 17th October

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love To Hate Me- I am sure most people have heard about this book. It is a collection of short stories written by some fantastic YA authors in collaboration with some BookTubers. Each story follows a different villain from a fairy tale which I am excited for. 11th July

Dividing Eden

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau- The next ruler of Eden has always been known and twins Carys and Andreus knew they would never rule. However, when the King and the Prince are killed the twins have to take part in the Trial of Succession which will test their relationship. This sounds like it is going to be an excellent start to a new fantasy series and I am in love with the cover. 6th June

 

Follow Me

Follow Me by Sara Shepard- This is the sequel to The Amateurs which I read last year and really enjoyed. Sara Shepard is good at writing mysteries that are full of suspense and keep you guessing. I can’t wait to see how the story is continued in this book. 7th November

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng- This is set in an American suburb and sounds like it is going to be full of drama. I love these type of things where there is a small community with lots of secrets. I’ve heard good things about Celeste’s writing and I am really looking forward to checking this out. 12th September

Mirror Mirror

Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne- Cara is a well-known model and actress and this will be her first novel. This is a coming of age story about a group of teenagers as they try to discover who they are. I am really interested in checking this out and I am hoping that it will be good. 5th October

Renegades

Renegades by Marissa Meyer- I love Marissa Meyer’s writing and the Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series so I am really looking forward to her latest novel. This is about a group of humans that have special abilities who restored a society but not everyone is happy with this. 7th November

 

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins- Stephanie Perkins is known for her contemporary novels and this is going to be a horror novel. It is being marketed as YA version of Scream. I really enjoyed the films so I am really interested to read this book. 26th September

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas- This was originally just going to be a novella from Chaol’s POV but Sarah has turned it into a whole novel. This will be the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. I am not caught up with the series yet but I am still really looking forward to this book. 5th September

Which books were on your list?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Review

One of Us Is Lying

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Plot Outline

Five teenagers go into detention but only four make it out alive. It looks as if one of the four teens killed the other. They all had reasons to want Simon dead and they all have secrets that they want to keep hidden.

My Opinion 

I really enjoyed this book. Right from the start, I was hooked. The book is being marketed towards fans of Pretty Little Liars and I definitely got these vibes with the anonymous Tumblr posts. I did guess quite early on the culprit but the author kept revealing new information that made me doubt all of the characters. You couldn’t really trust any of the characters as they all had something to hide. We get to hear from each character’s POV which made you feel connected to all of the characters and I got a better understanding of them compared to if it had been told from one POV. Overall I found the mystery to be really engaging and well written and I would like to see more from the author in the future. I think that this has the potential to make a good film and I would love to see it adapted.

 

 

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

I received a copy from Net Galley. 

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Summery Covers

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a Summer Reads Freebie. I decided to share with you, my 10 favourite covers that remind me of summer.

The Moon and More

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen– This cover just screams summer to me. The blue sky and the grass really remind me of summer.

Pandemonium

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver– This is another cover with a blue sky and grass. This cover has a sun flare which makes it look even more like summer.

The Boy Most Likely To

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick- The blue sky and sun flare on this cover feels very summery.

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A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth– This cover has the beach on which makes me think of summer.

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson– I picked this cover for its bright yellow cover. Yellow is a colour that I associate with summer and this cover also has an outline of the sun.

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Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is another cover with a sun outline on. The pale blue cover contrasts well with the yellow sun.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart– This cover features characters swimming in the ocean which makes me think of summer of holidays.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares- The group of girls in the sun makes me think of spending time with friends in the sun.

The Good Girls

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard- The bright pink cover and the ice cream immediately make me think of summer.

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- This makes me think of people going to cabins at the lake for their summer holidays.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard Review

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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard 

Plot Outline 

Caddy and Rosie have been friends for years but when Suzanne arrives she threatens their friendship. Caddy is scared that she will lose Rosie as Rosie becomes close with Suzanne. As Caddy learns more about Suzanne’s past she becomes closer to her.

My Opinion 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked that this book focused on friendships rather than romance. It makes a refreshing change to read a YA contemporary that focuses on friendships rather than romantic relationships. Through the novel, we learn that Suzanne has struggled with some mental health issues and we also see Caddy struggling to understand this. I think the author did a very good job of dealing with this situation. Not only did she portray mental health in a realistic way but she also showed how people do not always understand these issues. The characters felt very realistic and I could easily relate to some of their situations. I felt that the characters experienced many feelings that the majority of teenagers experience. I have now read both of Sara’s books and I think that she is really good at writing realistic characters and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

After You by Jojo Moyes Review

Me Before You

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After You by Jojo Moyes 

Plot Outline 

Lou is struggling with the aftermath of Will’s death and she has to move back home after having an accident. Lou learns about something from Will’s past that shocks her and changes her life.

My Opinion

I enjoyed this book as if it was a standalone rather than a sequel. Whilst it was interesting to revisit Lou and see how she was coping with Will’s death it did seem a bit unnecessary. I was happy with the way that Me Before You wrapped up and didn’t think that it need another story. Although this story was enjoyable it did seem a bit far fetched. Lou discovers that Will had a daughter that he didn’t know about. This seemed a bit too dramatic and very unrealistic. I do enjoy Jojo’s writing and the characters that she creates but I wish that she would have written about new characters rather than revisiting old ones. I was disappointed to learn that she is writing another book in this series. I thought that Me Before You worked well as a standalone and it seems as if she is just cashing in on the success of it by adding to a story that was already complete. I probably will still pick it up as I am slightly curious to see what she will do in this book. I do want to read more from her and I have a number of her books on my TBR.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

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This week’s topic is all about summer. These are 5 books that I would suggest reading over the summer and they remind me of summer. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

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Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins- This is a collection of short stories all set during the summer. There were some stories in here that I did not like but overall it is a good collection and definitely a must read for the summer.

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– This trilogy, in my opinion, is the best to read during the summer. Each book follows a different character and is set in a different city. This book allows you to travel without actually leaving your house.

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I selected this book because the cover reminds of summer and I also read this during the summer time so when I think of this book I instantly think of summer.

A Thousand Salt Kisses

A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth– If a book set near the sea and about mermaids doesn’t scream summer to you I don’t know what will. This is a really fun read and it is full of romance.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I think that this is an excellent book to read during the summer especially towards the end of the summer as it follows Cath as she is starting college. Again I read this whilst I was on holiday in Cornwall in 2015 so I always associate this book with summer.

Leave me the links to your list so I can check it out.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord Review

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord 

Plot Outline

When Luce’s mum’s cancer returns Luce begins to question her faith. To add to her pain her boyfriend decides to ‘pause’ their relationship. Her mum wants her to work at a different summer camp this year but Luce is reluctant to go as it is not her usual bible camp.

My Opinion 

I read When We Collided last year and I was a little disappointed but I thought I would give her new novel a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy this book either. When I started this book I thought it was going to be a really good read. I thought that it was going to be emotional as it dealt with cancer and I also thought it was going to be interesting as we saw the main character question her religious beliefs. However, the romance element in this book took over. I personally was not a fan of the romance as I didn’t really like Henry. I also felt that the author added a lot of drama to the story that took away from the main plot. I thought that the pacing of this book was very slow and for the majority of the book, nothing really happened. The book is set at a summer camp so we get to read about a lot of the camp activities but this didn’t really interest me that much. The ending was a huge disappointment. The ending is left very open which I did not like. I really wanted to know what happened to Luce’s mum but we don’t know whether she got better or not.

 

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo