Two by Two / Nicholas Sparks / 2016 / Grand Central Publishing / ISBN 9780751550030 / 482 Pages / Romance
Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down. Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows s that he must shelter his little girl from the consequence of these changes. As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will change him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined. Continue reading “Book Review – Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks”→
Our Chemical Hearts / Krystal Sutherland / 2016 / Penguin Books / ISBN 9780143573906 / 313 Pages / Young Adult
Henry Page has never been in love. The slo-mo, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been on the cards – at least not yet. Henry’s too busy trying to get into a semi-decent college and become editor of his school newspaper, a dream three years in the making. The rest of his spare time he spends with his best friends, Lola and Murray, playing video games and advising them on their own sordid love lives. Then he meets Grace Town, the elusive new girl in school, who wears oversized boys’ clothing, walks with a cane, rarely seems to shower, and is hiding crushing secrets. She’s hardly who Henry expected his dream girl to be, but when the two are chosen to edit the paper together, sparks fly. After all this time, Henry’s about to learn firsthand just how disastrous the road to first love can be – and that sometimes it’s the detours that end up mattering much more.Continue reading “Book Review – Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland”→
So it’s been a while since I did one of these post. I haven’t really been telling you guys what I have been reading, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or even Goodreads, you will definitely be up to date with which books I have been reading.
Last night after going out with my friends, I finished reading the last 20+ pages of Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland. A great young adult book, about a boy who finds himself falling in love with a girl who is still in love with her dead boyfriend. Raw, emotional and breathtakingly good, this is definitely a book to go out and read.
My book review for Our Chemical Hearts will be out shortly so stick around for it.
For my birthday my mother brought me Nicholas Spark’s new book Two by Two. I am going to be starting it today. I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I have read almost all of Nicholas Sparks’ book and I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. I will definitely be telling you all how I feel about it sooner rather than later.
2016 / Harlequin Mira / ISBN 9781489210418 / 400 Pages / Adult Fiction / Romance
As the awkward misfit, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing – keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning her mother’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her – and how she views herself – forever. When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes – in front of her mum, sister, for crying out loud – he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should this free spirit say ‘I do’ even is she’s not sure she does? Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As her mum’s wedding day dawns near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide is she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.
The Loneliness of Distant Beings / Kate Ling / 2016 / Hodder and Stoughton / ISBN 9781510200166 / 358 Pages / Young Adult
Even though she knows it’s impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re hurtling through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change. Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. He becomes the sun for her, and she can’t help but stay in his orbit. To lose him would be like losing herself…In the dark, can a heart still hope?
This book is about a girl who is struggling with her reality, her reality being stuck on a spaceship for the rest of her life. A reality she just can’t come to grasps with just like her mother. With a forced marriage and a job that means nothing to her forced upon her to carry out for the next two years Seren is in turmoil – mentally, not able to find a way out. But then she finds Dom, a guitar playing, smooth talking guy with all the right access cards. But to be with Dom, Seren is breaking the law, a law punishable by death. With time running out on her secret rendezvous with Dom, Seren doesn’t know what to do and people are growing increasingly worried about her mental health. With nothing else to lose, Seren and her friends not only take their lives into their own hands, but they also discover a whole new world.
I love this book. I wasn’t sure about it for the first few pages because I didn’t really know what was going on and had no idea what was mean to be happening. But then my gosh did it pick up. Before I knew it I was in a space ship on a journey with no end date of return in sight. I immediately needed to know what was going to happen to the ship and to Seren and how the two were going to get along. I knew it wasn’t going to be a great relationship, but I had no idea how extreme all of it was going to be in the end.
I love the writing, I love the concept, I love the story, I love Seren and her ambition to fight against the system when she knows it is not right and isn’t scared to speak for herself even if people are just going to call her crazy and lock her up. The best bit of the book was definitely at the end, the mission, the escape, the end of the journey for Seren and Dom and a few others. It wasn’t what I was expecting, it wasn’t how I thought it would end and I am glad about that.
If you like books about teenagers falling in love with the wrong person, about space, about Earth, about dreams wishes and wants and fighting a corrupt system, then this is the book for you to read. Go out and read it now and the nice book cover is a bonus.
Black / Fleur Ferris / 2016 / Random House Australia / ISBN 9781925324976 / 276 Pages / Young Adult
Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days…she can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says that Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her won. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?
I picked up this book because I was seeing all over my phone and even in bookshops. So I gave in and grabbed a copy not knowing what to except from this one syllable titled book. But oh what an amazing book I found. This book is different to any type of book I have read this year or ever I think. There aren’t many out there like it I don’t think. There is something special about this book that inspire you but also scares you almost half to death. I have never read anything by Fleur Ferris but now that I have read her second book I am on the hunt for her debut novel Risk.
So Black is about a girl who a whole town is convinced is cursed because all of her friends have died. A town that is obviously wacked out and have nothing else better to do with their days than ruin other people’s lives. Black is your ordinary teenage girl who can’t wait to leave the town she is stuck in for now as she is finishing high school. But there is something about Black, something that Black doesn’t even know about herself or her family for that matter and once she finds out not only is her life in mortal danger but has nowhere to turn for help.
You all need to go out and buy a copy of Black right now. Ferris’s writing is phenomenal and will make you think you are stuck in the middle of a darken forest when in fact you are sitting in your bedroom with the light on. Her writing is amazing, simple but oh so effective. It is an easy read, which is good because you need to read it and read it fast or you are going to scare yourself. This book is filled with hurt and emotions and the want to just be normal and fit in. It is also filled with supernatural superstition and corruption. Family is a strong theme too.
If you like mystery, suspense, a good love triangle and twist and turns that even the smartest of book nerds are never going to see from miles away than Black is the book for you. I promise you will not regret reading this book, in fact if you want to be a writer, you need to read this book because Ferris knows a thing or two about how to write and you should read her work.
At the moment I am reading Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery. I have had a slow reading month so far and have only read this book so far and I haven’t finished yet. Taken a break from YA at the moment and have gone for some romance.
ISBN 9780718181185 / 481 Pages / Romance / Fiction
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not lover her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
I have to be completely honest with you all about this book. I only brought it and even thought about buying this book simply because of peer pressure. My sister read this book on her IPad a few months ago, before it was even a thing like it is right now and has been on my tail trying to get me to read this darn book. So because I am a sucker for buying new books and needing to know what all the fuss is about, I got myself a copy.
I don’t know what to say about this book. Everyone I know and follow on any form of social media insist that is a great book, a book that made them cry. Having now read the book cover to cover, I can honestly tell you all, I did not shed one tear during the reading of this entire book. It’s not because I’m cold heart although some of you may think so, but because I have read better written, more romantic, and more heartbreaking story than this one.
I think it is a great story. It has a great plot, I can’t argue with that. There are great characters and growth in the book. I think for what it’s worth, it is a great book, a great collection of sentences that make a good story. But for me there was something lacking, something missing that I can’t put my finger on. It wasn’t a book that I had to finish before putting down, but rather a casual book with no fuss.
Epic love stories are my cup of tea, I just don’t think that the love story between Lou and Will was epic enough to bring the story into a full conclusion. I think also that the story need the tragic-ness at the end and it should have been shown rather than implied.
The Revolution of Ivy / Amy Engel / Entangled Publishing / 2015 / ISBN 9781473629349 / 288 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian
Beyond the fence. I am still alive. Barely. My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president’s son, Bishop Lattimer – as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission – to kill Bishop. Instead I fell in love with him. Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can’t outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates – especially Bishops’s. And this time, it is not enough to just survive…
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel is a must read for anyone who likes dystopian drama and romance. I read the first book in the duology about a year ago, I think, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one, but I couldn’t find it for a really long time, but the first time I saw it in the shops, I grabbed it and added it to my TBR.
This book isn’t a book to read lightly. Firstly you should read it only after the first one, or you aren’t going to understand what is happening in the book. Secondly, you should read it without any expectation and specific wants from the book. I love this book because of the strong female character – Ivy who leads the story. If you like the first one, you are going to love this one too.
The story carries on straight from where the first one ends and picks up with Ivy outside the city fence, now stuck out in a desolated world with no one or anything around her. The story follows Ivy’s journey to find somewhere safe to be herself and find herself. There are a few speed bumps like a rapist on the loose and a cold harsh winter coming that turn Ivy into an independent woman.
I like this story because of Ivy and because of the excellent world building that takes place not only in the first book, but also carries on into the second one. There is also a great balance of new found love and appreciation for new found family. There was nothing in the book that I didn’t like and that is a rarity in a world filled with Young Adult books filled with mistakes.
Go out and do yourself a favour and grab the first book The Book of Ivy and this book The Revolution of Ivy and fall in love with a brand new world.
The Crown / Keira Cass / 2016 / Harper Collins / ISBN 9780007580248 / 278 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. But as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight, Eadlyn realizes that she might not be content remaining alone. Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you.
Keira Cass is the master of dystopian young love. This is the fifth book in The Selection series written by Cass and she still has it. If you have read the first four books than you won’t be surprised about this book. In fact, I have read all five of these books so fast and almost one after another that I don’t know what happens in which book and where one starts and ends.
Not only is Cass a great world builder, but this fifth books show lots of heart and dedication to her characters. With new character introduced in the book beforehand, Cass does a great deal of work to make this book end with a happy ending even though it looks like at the beginning that that isn’t possible.
In this book Eadlyn, who I still think is a spoilt brat, finally brings down her wall and steps up to the person I know her parents America and Maxon created. In my last review for The Heir I said that Eadlyn needed to grow up and be more like her parents and that the book didn’t feel like it was part of the series. Well this book brings the whole thing together really nicely.
Eadlyn does grow up (even at 16) and puts on her big girl crown, she falls in love with someone I thought might be the obvious choice, but then again I think if she had gone with someone else as her Selection winner than Cass does not know her demographic well.
This book is great, the whole series is great. Everyone should go out and read them all. I hope that Cass continues to write, because she has a real knack for it.