After a stellar start to the series, I'm still feeling a little lukewarm about these books. I'm enjoying them enough to keep on reading as I really waAfter a stellar start to the series, I'm still feeling a little lukewarm about these books. I'm enjoying them enough to keep on reading as I really want to know what will happen between Rose and Dimitri, but I don't think the series is going to be a keeper.
I enjoyed the unexpected revelation at the end of this story which adds a nice twist to the tale! ...more
I had high hopes for this book but found the story very cliched and I didn't like the writing style at all. I don't think I'll be continuing with theI had high hopes for this book but found the story very cliched and I didn't like the writing style at all. I don't think I'll be continuing with the rest of the series. ...more
Emmy and Oliver’ is a wonderful contemporary YA novel from an author who is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. I thought from looking at the coveEmmy and Oliver’ is a wonderful contemporary YA novel from an author who is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. I thought from looking at the cover art and reading the blurb, that this book was going to be a romance. It was in part but it was largely a book about friendship and family. It is about learning to understand and accept each other for who you are, not what someone wants you to be. It is about learning when to let go and when to hold on. There are a lot of poignant messages and themes in the story which struck a chord with me.
The characters were brilliant, particularly Emmy who I loved from the start, as well as her two best friends Caro and Drew. Their friendship was epic! I would have loved a close-knit group like that when I was growing up. It took me a little longer to warm up to Oliver but that was okay because a bit like Emmy and co, I needed some time to learn more about who he was and to understand the different sides of his personality. He had definitely won me over by the end of the book.
I adored the small town setting, close to the beach and the sea. I would love to live in a seaside town like this. I think the setting helped to illustrate how hard it is for Emmy to follow her own dreams. She is more than ready to leave behind the protection of her parents but doesn’t want to hurt them in the process.
I enjoyed the story immensely. It’s quiet and moving and creeps up on you. It teaches the importance of having good friends and how a good friend can be in your life forever, even if you are not physically together. I would highly recommend this book. ...more
Kody Keplinger is the Queen of High School YA fiction. She always seems to be able to perfectly capture the authenticity of teenagers learning life leKody Keplinger is the Queen of High School YA fiction. She always seems to be able to perfectly capture the authenticity of teenagers learning life lessons about love, family and friendship, while surviving the rigours of the school environment. I will read anything that she writes!
‘Lying Out Loud’ is about Sonny Ardmore and Amy Rush (sister of Wesley from The Duff). Sonny is having problems at home and goes to live with Amy and her family but can’t bring herself to tell them the truth about what is going on. Fact: Sonny is an excellent liar but her lies are about to get her into a whole heap of trouble.
When Ryder Cross starts at Hamilton High, boy troubles are most definitely on the horizon. Will he be the reason that Amy and Sonny’s friendship falls apart?
Although the story is told from Sonny’s point of view, at times I actually identified more with Amy. I didn’t like the way that she let herself be pushed around by Sonny, so it was good to see her standing up for herself more by the end and developing a new sense of confidence. It just goes to show that you can have a privileged lifestyle with a bright future in front of you but you can still struggle with self-confidence issues.
As this is a kind of companion novel to 'The Duff', it was great seeing Wesley and Bianca in the story. They are still together and although they seem like complete opposites at times, they just work.
I loved this book. I sped through it so quickly because it was an amazing read. Kody Keplinger is on my auto-buy list. I’ve loved all of her books so far and I’m excited to see what she will write next. ...more
I couldn't get on with this one. Tried picking it up a couple of times but I didn't like any of the characters or the subject matter of the story. NotI couldn't get on with this one. Tried picking it up a couple of times but I didn't like any of the characters or the subject matter of the story. Not for me I'm afraid. ...more
I raced through this book in a couple of hours. The story is so gripping that I felt myself pulled along by my intrigue behinEdge of your seat stuff!
I raced through this book in a couple of hours. The story is so gripping that I felt myself pulled along by my intrigue behind the disappearance of Hannah's older sister Jenny. I have read all of Laura Jarratt's previous books and I think this one might be my favourite so far.
Hannah and her father arrive in England to help with the investigation into Jenny's disappearance. Hannah is determined to find out what really happened to her beloved sister and begins to try to piece together Jenny's movements with the help of her employers and friends. As she begins to get to know the people that saw her sister last, she finds herself falling for local boy Harry who she finds herself unwittingly drawn towards.
This was a fantastic thriller. I am usually really good at guessing all the twists and turns and I will often pick out the guilty party after the first few chapters, but I was totally wrong-footed this time. I did have my suspicions and I thought I'd worked out what Laura Jarratt was up to with the plot but I was headed down a blind alley. She brilliantly surprised me with a shocking and frankly quite chilling plot twist that turned everything on it's head.
The story combined drama, deception and romance and will keep readers on their toes as they try to discover not only the truth about Jenny but also the threat that hangs over Hannah's head. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to fans of this genre. ...more
This title was originally published back in 2012, but it has been reissued with a brand new cover. I previously really enjoyed both 'Amy and Roger's EThis title was originally published back in 2012, but it has been reissued with a brand new cover. I previously really enjoyed both 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour' and 'Since You've Been Done' by the same author, so I was excited about starting this one. For some reason, I never got around to reading it when it first came out - a situation that I was happy to rectify now.
I love summery reads which are perfect for when the weather gets nice and you can think of nothing better than sitting on a warm beach with a good book, breathing in the smell of the sea and feeling the sand between your toes. This is definitely the right read to slip into your beach bag, although be warned - you'll be so absorbed by the story that you might forget all about getting that obligatory ice-cream!
After receiving some terrible news, Taylor and her family decide to spend one last summer together at their lake house. The house is idyllic but Taylor has to face her first boyfriend Henry and her former best friend Lucy - the people she left behind. I loved getting to see Taylor spend more time with her Dad, as she finds out new things about him and strengthens the father-daughter bond. I also really liked Henry and her relationship with him. He is sweet, good and kind and the perfect shoulder to lean on. He's the type of boy that I think we all hope to meet at some point in our lives.
This is a story about love and loss and about the relationships we have with family and friends. Although sad (and yes, you will need some tissues), it is also ultimately about hope and new beginnings and about learning to face the future, even when that future is uncertain.
The ending made me cry a lot and was incredibly moving but I found it uplifting too. We all have tough and difficult things to face in life but Taylor does it with real courage and by the end of the book learns how strong she really is.
A great read which I would definitely recommend. ...more
I'd heard a lot of pre-publication buzz about 'An Ember in the Ashes' which piqued my interest enough to make me bump this title up to the top of my 'I'd heard a lot of pre-publication buzz about 'An Ember in the Ashes' which piqued my interest enough to make me bump this title up to the top of my 'must read' list. It sounded like everything I look for in a book and I'd already read a lot of glowing reviews. This was a book, therefore, that I was expecting to grab me by the scruff of my neck and not let go. It didn't quite do that however and turned out to be more of a slow burner. A book which started dramatically in the first few chapters, and then simmered away until it exploded into technicolour. To be honest, I'm not really sure why I wasn't instantly hooked but I think perhaps the amount of world-building at the start, slowed down the overall pace of the story and meant that I was concentrating so hard on understanding all the details of the characters' world that I failed to sit back and enjoy the bigger picture. That is until suddenly everything clicked into place and I was forcibly sucked into the story.
Readers are going to love the two main characters, Elias and Laia. They have had two very different upbringings and live in opposing worlds but they are unwittingly brought together by a dangerous chain of events. Laia is desperate to help her brother and Elias longs to scape his life at Blackcliff - a life of brutality, punishment and death. The narrative perspective alternates between the two of them. I particularly enjoyed reading Elias's side of the story because I was fascinated by Blackcliff and couldn't wait to find out more about it.
I absolutely adored Elias's friendship with Helene and I won't lie - I was secretly hoping that there might be more than just friendship between them. There are a lot of ups and downs for the two best friends to face and believe me, you will never guess the direction in which Sabaa Tahir takes their relationship. I think it adds an incredibly interesting dynamic to the story.
Sabaa Tahir really takes you deep into the world that these characters inhabit. Her writing is wonderfully rich and captivating and she certainly knows how to leave readers wanting more!
As I was reading this book, I could easily see it adapting well to the big screen. I'm already casting actors in my head for all the main parts.
After a slightly shaky start, this turned out to be a brilliant read which left me hanging on a thread at the end. I'm dying for the sequel and I can't wait to discover what trials lie in wait for Elias and Laia next. ...more