17-year-old Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners to her island's summer population. Gwen dreams of getting off the island, and a summer job working for one of the elderly residents might just be her ticket to the good life. But what will it mean for Gwen's now life? Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to come to terms with what she thought was trueabout the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herselfand figure out what really is.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - Another perfect, summer read from Huntley. When I first read My Life Next Door by Huntley I knew I needed more. So, I was very happy when a copy of WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE came to my house and I devoured it in one sitting. There is just something about her books that just grip me from the beginning and I don't put down until I've finished.
In this story we meet Gwen. She lives on a island and becomes a babysitter for one of the rich folks on the island. Her mother, cleans their houses and they are barely getting by since her cousin came to live with them and her parents got a divorce but, these aren't the only problems she has to deal with. She's done some things in her past, things she's not happy with herself about and since certain boys keep bringing them up she has to come to terms with them and then meeting Cassidy. He's rich and he's got a job on the island as a yard boy. Both are hiding things but they realises all they have to do is tell the truth and most things can be avoided. They're not good with their feelings or admitting the truth, but things are about to change on the island.
I loved Gwen. I loved how it shows that if a guy sleeps with loads of girls it's fine but she's slept with a few guys and she's ridiculed for it and that's how it is in the real world so I'm glad this was one of the topics in this book. She holds her own and she was a fantastic character. She sometimes made bad decisions but it all works out in the end.
I thought they're relationship was cute. Yes, they argued but they where able to actually deal with their problems and open up.
Another fantastic book from Huntley and I cannot wait to read more from her!
A contemporary teen romance by Irish author, Nicola Doherty, about facing your fears and falling in love. A story with humour and heart, this book is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Holly Smale and Stephanie Perkins. Juno is scared of a lot of things. Climate change, urban foxes, zombies - the usual. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum's adrenaline-mad new husband and his tearaway twins, she doesn't hold much hope of surviving. Then she meets Boy. Gruff, hairy and thrill-seeking, he's everything Juno doesn't like. Or is he? Juno's about to discover there's nothing more scary than falling in love.
~I was given an early copy of this book-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Well, this was such a cute book. I've never read anything by Nicola before but I can tell I will defiantly be reading more from her. I do love a good, cute, fluffy teenage romance story and this one ticked all the boxes.
Juno is going on a skiing trip with her mother and her new stepfather, plus her new twin stepbrothers. She has a list of things she's afraid will happen, including what to do in a zombie apocalypse. Juno doesn't mind her new step family, but she misses her dad and her new stepdad gets on her nerves and she doesn't like the way the twins treat her mum. Plus, her stepdad didn't really want her to come on this trip.
Juno isn't good at skiing. She tries her hardest but she is so ready to give up and go back to the cabin and read and study for her a-levels. But she makes some friends, helps out by covering some shifts and parties and also meets Boy. Boy lives above a garage and is an instructor. He's 19 and he's ready to travel the world, he's saving up every penny to go mountain climbing, Boy helps Juno with her skiing and sparks fly, but it's not always safe.
I really enjoyed this story. Juno was a really interesting character. She wants to do well on her exams, be there for her friends but she misses her dad and meeting Boy really lightens up her life. I really loved their interactions, Juno being a little bit awkward, Boy not opening up a lot, but they had really great conversations-especially about what they would do in an apocalypse- together it worked, even if they do have a few obstacles to get past.
I would love more from this book, to see what happens with Juno and Boy after she get's home and what their future looks like as I really enjoyed both of these characters.
The thrilling next story in the The Talon Saga, the incredible new YA fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa. When forced to choose between the sinister Talon organisation and being hunted by her own kind, dragon-human hybrid Ember fled. Even if it meant losing Garret, the dragon-slaying soldier she shares a deep bond with. Now Garret has uncovered secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragon-slayers alike. Can the danger reunite them?
~I received an ecopy of this book from netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - Do you ever get a book that just get's you emotionally? That's what this book has done to me. I kind of guessed what had to happen in this book but it doesn't mean I'm happy about it.
I'm always wary with book series, as sometimes books in the series never really live up to the other ones but I can say for certain that this lived up to my expectations and is probably my favourite book of this saga so far! We mainly follow Garret in this story as he is the Solider-Garret my love.
If you're not familiar with this saga then it is about twins. Ember and Dante are secretly living in their human forms as they are actually dragons. Dragons live amongst humans but they have to do so secretly as there are some people out there who want them dead. Ember wants to basically spread her wings and do what she wants, whilst Dante is ready to take his place at Talon. Ember meets Garret, Garret who is trained to kill her but doesn't as he falls for her. But things get difficult. She wants to take down the organisation with rebel rogue Cobalt and a lot of more trouble is about to head their way, can they handle it?
I love this series a lot. It is defiantly one of my favourite series out there. If you are a big fan of dragons then I really suggest that you pick this series up if you haven't already. You will be drawn into the world of dragons, fights and love and you won't want to leave...even if the last books ripped my heart out...
ANYWAY - this was a fantastic 3rd book in this saga and I cannot wait for the next one. It's too long away and I kind of need it in my life.
What do you do when you run into the man who broke your heart? Lily's been back in Cedar Ridge for less than ten minutes when she bumps into Aidan, the former love of her life. So much for sneaking back into town unnoticed. And thanks to frizzy hair and armfuls of junk food, she's turning his head for all the wrong reasons. No one knows why Lily is home after ten years, and she's determined to stay no longer than the summer. But Cedar Ridge and Aidan have other ideas. As they set about persuading Lily to give them a second chance, she finds herself falling under the spell of the Colorado mountains ...and the one man she could never forget. Want more warm, funny romance? Visit spellbinding Lucky Harbor or experience some Animal Magnetism in Sunshine, Idaho in Jill's other unforgettable series.
My review - I really believe that Jill can do no wrong when it comes to her wonderful books. Anyone who knows me knows that I ADORE Jill and her books. For some reason they always get me out of book slumps and then I can never stop until I've read all her books. What I also love about her books is that they can be read as standalone's, but I like to read them in order as characters from other books will pop up.
In this wonderful book we meet Lily and Aidan. Lily has came back to Cedar Ridge and in the few minutes she's back she runs into Aidan, Aidan the guy she use to love, but something happened in their past and she had to leave and she hasn't spoken to him since and seeing him when her hair is all frizzy, carrying all junk food doesn't help. Aidan tries to break down her walls, he's missed her and he wants her but Lily is holding back. Can Lily forgive herself for her past and let herself be loved by Aidan?
This story was a lot more than a romance story. Lily has a lot to deal with it. She's waiting to hear about a job and coming back to Cedar Ridge brings up old memories about her family but she get's back into climbing mountains, what she loved to do when she was younger and get's a job at her friends salon and falls back into a routine at Cedar Ridge, a routine that she starts to love. Plus, seeing the really cute Aidan again helps.
I really loved this story and thought it was a great introduction to Jill's Cedar Ridge series and I cannot wait to see what happens with other characters in this place.
Andie has a plan and she always sticks to the plan. Future? A top tier medical school. Dad? Avoid as much as possible (which isn't that hard considering he's a Congressman and never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby - pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one's worth more than three weeks. So it's no surprise she's got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal cancels her summer pre-med internship, and lands both her and Dad back in the same house for the first time in years. Suddenly she's doing things that aren't Andie at all - working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark in closer than expected. Palmer, Bri and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but here's the thing ...can she?
~I was sent a proof copy from the publishers, all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - You know what I love? Dogs. You know what else I love? Summer romance books. So combining the two would make a really fantastic book and that is exactly what Morgan has written with THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING.
I love Morgan's books so I was really happy when I got a copy of this in the post and I was not disappointed at all. In this story we follow Andie. She was meant to be working at John Hopkins for the Summer but then because of reasons, her plan falls through and she desperately needs to get a part time job for the Summer to have on her resume. So she decides to take a job as dog walker. She's never owned a dog or taken care of one but with a little training she get's the hang of it and she also gets a client, a cute guy named Clark who wants her to walk his dog each day. There's sparks between the two of these but they are both dealing with a lot of things. Andie doesn't really have a relationship with her father and Clark is having trouble with finishing his book and other things.
This story is a lot more than find love. It's about friendship and family. Coming to terms with things that have happened in the past or are going to happen and having to deal with the consequences but Andie knows she's got Clark.
That's what I love about Morgans books. They're not just about love but about family and friends relationships and it really adds to the story.
I also have to add that I grinned like a fool when I read that there is a dog in this book called Jasper as I have a dog called Jasper.
I think this is my favourite book by Morgan so far. It is so fun, and I loved that some pages will be from Clark's book, it really added something to the story which just made it more addicting. As with all her books, I read this in one sitting, as once the dogs and Clark came into it I couldn't put it down. I really liked Andie, she tried her hardest but sometimes you just need to let people know how you feel and not have it bottled up, and sometimes protecting your friends is not always the best thing to do.
I would also love some books from her friends. Especially Toby and Bri! It would be great to read about their lives and what happens to them after certain events. Plus, keeping up with Andie and Clark would be nice.
All in all, this is the perfect summer read and if you haven't read a book by Morgan before then I suggest starting with this as it was just so fun, gripping and filled with a lot of magic and love...and dogs, cannot forget the dogs.
Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation - only to realize she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her own fell apart. 'It's fine,' her grandmother says. 'I remember what being your age was like - of course, I had four children under eight then, but modern life is different, you've got an awful lot on.' Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.
My review - Don't you love it when a book makes you laugh out loud, a lot? Well, this book made me do that.
I also think this story is based on my life as I am currently going through a 'what am I doing with my life?' phase.
In this story we meet Clare. Clare has recently left her job as she wants to do something different with her life. The only problem is, she doesn't actually know what she wants to do with her life. She currently lives in London with her boyfriend, drinks wine, hangs out with her friends, 'applies' for jobs and has a fight with a plant.
What I really loved about this story was how it was written. The story was chopped up into different paragraphs, talking about different things that she was doing and it just really flowed perfectly together. As she couldn't keep her mind on one thing and it was really relatable. Some parts will be quite long whilst other parts would only be a sentence, like her dreams and it just worked so well.
I thought this was such a fantastic book and Lisa, for her debut book, has written something so witty and relatable that I think everyone will fall in love with it's quirkness. It will have you laughing out loud and even when there is arguments with her boyfriend they just seem to be silly and funny.
This was a fantastic read. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It was so gripping and Clare was a really great character to read about and I would defiantly love to read more about her in the future.
Fear haunts the streets of Manchester: a schoolgirl has disappeared. Preston is drawn to investigate, exploring the city in the hunt for his missing friend. Deep in the bowels of a secret scientific institute, he discovers a sinister machine. Captured and condemned to a cavernous space filled with problematic teens, Preston is determined to escape - but this is no ordinary jail. Friendships are forged and lives lost in a reckless battle for freedom, revenge - and revolution.
~I was sent a free copy from the publishers-this in no way affects my opinion~
I give it - 4/5
My review - I really enjoyed this book. It did take me a few chapters to get into it as I am in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, but once I got past that I really liked the story.
This story is set in Manchester but, not the Manchester how we know it. A school girl has gone missing and Preston sets out to find her, his friend. But he ends up somewhere very dark, very sinister and this is defiantly not the Manchester we know. It involves a scientific institute, a politician who banishes troublesome children into a prison.
This book is filled with wonderful characters and a brilliant plot line that looks at young people and prisons and it was really interesting to read.
This book is very urban Sci-Fi. It is fast-paced, thrilling and a book you won't want to put down until you finish it. I haven't read anything by Griffin before but I can tell I will be reading a lot more from him. He is a fantastic writer and really knows how to pull the reader in and take them on a journey and not let them go until the story is over, even then you won't be able to stop thinking about the book.
If you're looking for a story about young people dealing with prison and being an amazing thrilling read then I defiantly suggest this book to you. I read it in one sitting as it was that gripping and just fantastic!
The Square Root Of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel ...Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then ...During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood. PAPERBACK HARDBACK
~I was sent a proof copy, all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fascinating read! I was gripped from the very beginning and enjoyed every second of this book. I really loved the drawings as well throughout the book. It really added to the story.
In this story we follow Gottie. Her grandfather has died, the boy she gave her heart too broke it and her best friend from when she was little is moving in with her and her family for the summer and she also starts to have blips in time and she doesn't know what's going on with her. This book is filled with love, lost, equations, wormholes and a lot more and it is just a fantastic read.
I really loved the Science side of this book. It was really interesting to read about wormholes and how Gottie was dealing with the blips and seeing what she should have seen back then it made for a brilliant read.
Gottie is hiding secrets, secrets from her brother, Thomas, Sof and they all seem to pile up and the blips seem to get stronger and she needs to figure out how to stop them.
I feel this would be the perfect summer read. Especially if you love a good story about friendship, relationships, lost, love, family and science! Then this is defiantly the book for you. You'll feel like you're experiencing these blips with Gottie, or even just the whole summer and it was wonderful to read. Harriet is a brilliant writer, especially when it comes to this science-y romance story and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!