Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody. Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to 'find himself" and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby…Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one even knew existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery - Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future… Non Pratt's Trouble meets Thelma and Louise with a touch of Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, Clare Furniss' remarkable How Not To Disappear is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that will make you laugh and break your heart. BUY HERE!
~I was sent a copy from the publishers, this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - This is the first book I have read by Clare and it won't be the last. This was such a beautiful book that I shed a few tears whilst reading it, it was just wonderful!
In this story we follow Hattie. Hattie has just found out that she is pregnant by her best friend Reuben, who is currently in France living it up with partying, drinking and a lot of girls.
Hattie has no idea what to do in her situation, her best friend Kat is away with her girlfriend Zoe and her mum is busy working and trying to plan her wedding to her fiancé Carl, then one day she get's a phone call asking her to come visit her great auntie Gloria who has dementia and they think she won't have long left, so with everything going on Hattie decides to go visit her. She want's to know about Gloria and find out why she never knew about her grandmother's sister. They clash when they first meet but after a few more meetings they decided to go on a road trip of Gloria's favourite memories.
What I really loved about this story was that not only did we get chapters from Hattie but also from Gloria, her memories from when she was younger and too also face her past. What Hattie doesn't realise is how much she has in common with Gloria and the road trip will bring everything to light.
This was such a beautiful read. I really loved the character of Hattie. She has to deal with a lot of stuff for a teenager and adding pregnant into the mix doesn't really make things better, but she is a really strong character, I loved seeing her character develop throughout the story and becoming a strong woman. She has such a great relationship with most of the characters in this book and I really enjoyed reading about her.
Gloria was such an interesting character to read about. Yes she has dementia but she doesn't let that stop her, she is very independent and likes to drink throughout the day but as you get further into the book you see that she is hiding quite a few things and when reading about her past I couldn't help but tear up.
Then we have Hattie's two friends. Kat who is away with her girlfriend Zoe. I really liked Kat, even though we didn't read a lot about her in the book you could tell she really cared for Hattie and wanted to help her through this time. Reuben is a different character, he is a free spirit and seems to go through a lot of girls and only really cares for himself. There was a part of me, hoping, that he would change his ways, but I'm glad Clare wrote the ending like she did, it felt more real!
This book was just fantastic and defiantly one of my favourite books! Clare has a really great writing style that I was hooked from the very beginning and I didn't stop reading until the very end, if you're going to read one book this year then I recommend HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR as you won't be disappointed!
The sensational debut YA of 2016 that everyone will be talking about. Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.
~I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Is it too early to say this is one of my favourite books of 2016? No? Good.
I have been hearing about this book non-stop for the past few weeks and I've heard nothing but amazing things so my expectations where high when I started this book and I was not disappointed at all.
In this story we meet Parker and Parker is blind. She has had to deal with so much in her 16 years, with her mother being the reason why she is blind and her father dying only 3 months before the story begins.
She has set a bunch of rules and lives by those rules. One of those rules was broken by her ex-boyfriend/best friend, Scott and she has never really forgiven him for it and considers him an enemy.
This book is mainly showing Parker's life. How she just wants to be a normal girl and hates when people try to baby her just because she's blind. It shows her relationship with her auntie, who has came to live with her with her family. It also shows her relationship with old friends and new friends and of course, her relationship with Scott.
I loved Parker. At times I felt sorry for her (which I'm guessing she would hate) having to deal with being blind and parentless. But she was such a strong character! She was great at giving advice and very blunt about it, she said what was on her mind and that is one of the main things I adored about her. I thought Eric did a brilliant job of writing this book, at writing a not always likeable female protagonist.
This is a fantastic YA books that will make you laugh, sigh and probably shed a few tears here and there. It is a story about a girl who doesn't let her blindness define her and I really loved every second of this book.
Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever ...Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second instalment in Catherine Doyle's Blood for Blood series.
~I was sent a copy of this book from the publishers, this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Just when I thought nothing could beat the first book in the Blood For Blood saga, Inferno has really knocked it out of the park.
Catherine Doyle what have you done to me? This book has made my emotions go all over the place, but in a good way!
If you haven't started this saga yet then I really suggest you do! In the first book, VENDETTA, something happened to Sophie's family, her father was taken away and she is now the outcast at school. Then one day a family of 5 brothers move into the mansion next door, she starts to get to know the brothers but danger is lurking around the corner and Sophie found out a lot of things about her family and why people don't want her getting close to one of the brothers, Nic.
In the first book I thought Sophie's character really grew a lot but I wasn't prepared for her character development in INFERNO. It was amazing to read about Sophie, about how strong she was becoming. After the events in VENDETTA she has a lot to deal with and she becomes such a strong character because of it. She has such a strong head on her shoulders that she can deal with anything thrown at her and what what is happening in this saga has made her into such a goddess!
This book had me so intrigued from the very first page, I didn't put it down once until I actually finished it and even after that I was just sitting there, holding the book and wanting more from these wonderful characters.
Catherine is a extraordinary writer! She really knows to build up suspense and make this whole thing seem real. She has such an amazing writing style that it just has you gripped from when you start reading and you don't want to stop at all.
Luca should be real, please.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this saga, which I need now because I don't know how I'm meant to hold on for the next one. This book is filled with so much drama, suspense, twists, thrilling and romance that everyone needs to read this saga and love it as much as I did and then we can talk about the doughnut scene.
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs the trellis to sit by her and changes everything. My Life Next Door is the perfect guilty pleasures read with real emotional depth – and the first in three very collectable YA contemporary romances by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
~I was sent a proof of this book, this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I LOVED this story!
This was such a cute story with some romance, family drama and a cute boy next door. When Sam was younger, the Garrett family moved in next door. They where everything her family wasn't. With it just being her, her sister and her mother the new big family next door was a big change. They're loud, messy and plus there is loads of them and her mother said that they're going to be trouble.
Fast forward to when Sam is 17, it's summer and she is dealing with her mother who is very stiff and she just wants to have fun, instead of having to work and focus on what college she will be attending. Then one day one of the Garrett's, Jase, drops by her window and everything takes off from there.
Her shows her how to live her life by being wild and free, plus having Jase with her all the time isn't a bad thing in her books. But then something happens and she is torn on what to do, to do what is right that will affect her mother or to ignore and it will affect herself.
I really adored this story as it brought me out of my reading slump. As soon as I read the first page I knew I was going to like this book and I was just gripped from the very first page. This book is so much more than a summer romance, it is about a young girl who is growing up, dealing with her family problems and a family she has grown to love, plus falling for the boy next door. Sam has a lot to deal with in this book and I thought she dealt with it all very nicely.
This book had me smiling a lot whilst reading. The characters where falling in love and I was falling in love with the book.
If you're looking for a adorable romance summer book then this is the one for you.
When Sophie Ballester and her twin brothers Sam and Todd are uprooted from their home and sent to a remote boarding school run by their Great Aunt Ness, they stumble upon a hidden room that holds a secret, a secret that will change everything. The people of Phoenix Holt are not what they seem. In fact, nothing is.
~I was sent a free Ecopy of this book, this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Well, this book bought me out of my reading slump.
Anyone who knows me knows I love fantasy books and this was the perfect fantasy read, Gabriella has written a fantastic book that has left me wanting, no NEEDING more from her.
This book is about witches, I love a good book about witches.
This story follows Sophie and her twin brothers Sam and Todd, I adored their relationship! They have such a wonderful relationship and it was just how a sibling relationship should be, I loved them all. They where all fantastic characters. They all find out about their ablities together and get to all study at the same school, which is meant for people just like them.
Sophie was a great character, she was very outspoken and I really loved that about her! She faced every obstacle very calmly. Sure, there was some freak outs but who wouldn't freak out? But she was very brave and strong and just a wonderful female character.
So, if you are looking for a book on witches, romance, relationships, demons and fantastic main characters then I cannot recommend this book enough! I hope there will be more from these characters as I need more in my life.
It's the era of peace and love in the 1960s, but nothing is peaceful in Caroline's life. Since her beautiful older sister disappeared, fifteen-year-old Caroline might as well have disappeared too. She's invisible to her parents, who can't stop blaming each other. The police keep following up on leads even Caroline knows are foolish. The only one who seems to care about her is Tony, her sister's older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline's desperate heart every time he turns his magical blue eyes on her. Tony is convinced that the answer to Jess's disappearance is in California, the land of endless summer, among the street culture of runaways and flower children. Come with me, Tony says to Caroline, and we'll find her together. Tony is so loving, and all he cares about is bringing Jess home. And so Caroline follows, and closes a door behind her that may never open again, in a heartfelt thriller that never lets up. BUY HERE!
~I was sent a free copy, this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I really, really enjoyed this story!
I hadn't really heard much about this book so I was going into the book blind and I am really glad I gave this book a chance, it was very gripping!
It did take me a few pages to get into the story but once I was, I was captivated and didn't want to stop reading until I found out what happened to Jess, Caroline's older sister. This was such a fantastic YA Thriller that I think everyone should give this book a read!
This book deals with every family's nightmare, a child going missing. Caroline usually accopmines Jess and her boyfriend Tony on their dates and one night Jess tells Caroline not to come along to this one, which leads to their father ranting and telling her she can't go, Caroline then goes up to talk to Jess but Jess is getting ready and tells her she has to go as she say's she has something serious to do. The next morning Jess isn't back and Caroline can't cover for her much longer before coming out to her parents to tell them about Jess's disappearance. Caroline then befriends Tony and Jess's friends she starts to uncover some unsettling secrets about her older sister.
This is a really great thriller that will have you guessing until the very end! I was surprised about the ending but it really did bring the whole story together and made this book really enjoyable for me. Emily has written such a fantastic book that I cannot wait to read more from her in the future.