The Treatment by C.L Taylor

The Treatment

How did I get it?
NetGalley- many thanks to HQ/Harper Collins

Synopsis:

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.

Thoughts:

I have been intending to read C.L Taylor’s books for the longest time. I don’t know why I haven’t yet, but I will soon be rectifying that after reading her fantastic YA debut! I was utterly gripped by The Treatment and finished it within a day.

The Treatment centres around sixteen year old Drew Finch. Her younger brother, Mason, is expelled from school and sent to a residential reform academy in Northumberland. It is from then that the problems really occur. Drew is followed by Doctor Cobey with a message from Mason. Mason tells Drew that he’s worried about the ‘treatment’ that’s going on at the reform academy. He needs her help. After some googling and finding a former resident, Drew needs to get into the school to discover exactly what’s going on for herself before it’s too late.

I thought this book was utterly gripping. Right from the start it had me intrigued and didn’t let go of me until the last page. The story is really easy to read. It has some interesting characters, ones you hate and ones you root for. I loved to hate some of the characters in this story. There really is a great range of well written characters. The pace was fast and short chapters really helped this.

I really enjoy psychology reads and I loved how C.L Taylor used psychology in the story without it becoming too bogged down. It was incredibly clever and engaging.

I’m not the desired age for this book, but I absolutely lapped it up and I’m pretty confident that this book would appeal to adults as well.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I will definitely be reading C.L Taylor’s adult thrillers after thoroughly enjoying this book!

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This Week In Books #83

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

13 Minutes Letters from the Lighthouse The Invention of Hugo Cabret

NOW13 MinutesSarah Pinborough– I have just started this book. It’s very early days so I can’t pass a comment on it yet, although it does sound fabulous.

THENLetters From The LighthouseEmma Carroll– I think Emma Carroll is incapable of writing a bad book. This book was stunning. It centred around the second World War.

NEXTThe Invention of Hugo CabretBrian Selznick– I am so excited to read this book. The artwork itself is stunning!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy Reading! 😀

Top Ten Book Covers That Make Me Hungry!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a food related prompt. I was stuck with what to do with this one, but I’ve come up with covers that make me particularly hungry! So here we are…

I haven’t necessarily read all of these books, but I have read most of them. Either way, the covers made me hungry.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for that book!

Tell Me Three Things

I want to read this book and eat the yumminess on the cover!

The Ice Cream Girls

This may just have food in the title, but its cover reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream which is a favourite. Mmm.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I love lemon cake!

Skinny

I’m sensing a ‘sweet’ theme to my list this week. I do love a sweet treat. This book isn’t an easy read though. It’s about a battle with anorexia.

Peeled

I haven’t read this book, but I adore the cover!

Bittersweet

The cover looks good enough to eat! I loved the story too.

The Shadow of the Pomegranate (Tudor Saga, #3)

I adore Tudor stories and this one was no exception. The fruit on the cover makes me crave a pomegranate!

Love & Gelato

I wanted gelato and wanted to go to Italy after this!

Boy Meets Boy

This makes me want to eat Lovehearts!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I’ve heard great things about this book which I really want to read. I love this cover.

What did you put on your foody list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

No Shame

No Shame

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . .

Thoughts:

This book follows No Virgin. I think you can read this book without reading No Virgin but it enhances your reading experience if you do read the previous book. Ultimately, this book has the same message as No Virgin. It encourages victims of rape to speak out and seek justice for the terrible thing that has happened to them.

In No Shame, Stacey has reported the disgusting man to the police and the trial is looming. Stacey is trying to carry on with her life. She’s thinking about her future and works a part time job. As well as this, she has to be prepared for standing against the man who raped her. I found the man in question incredibly creepy and arrogant. Every single time he smirked in court, it made me mad. I was desperate for him to be charged. I won’t ruin what happens but things aren’t easy, that’s for sure!

This isn’t an easy read, but it’s an important one. Anne Cassidy is wonderful at creating characters that you feel empathy for. The book is short and fast paced. It really packs a punch. I think both books have such an important place in YA literature. I’m so pleased I read it because it does make you think about keeping yourself safe and speaking out when you’re uncomfortable!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I thought this was a fantastic companion novel that shows that there can be many bumps in the road in your life!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Wonderful story writing from my little munchkins!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Year 2 (6-7 year olds). My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week has been jam packed full! I have had parent interview meetings, a harvest festival at the church and a week of story writing. It’s been so rewarding though.

A few weeks back, I mentioned how my school had decided to use books to drive a topic (my idea of heaven!). I was very excited about our wordless picture book Journey. This week the children wrote their stories based on the book. I knew they were enjoying the lessons, but my goodness did we get results! I really liked how we got them excited about the book, then taught them about noun phrases using the text. They then actually applied them in their stories. We’ve taught them grammar before but then they didn’t use it in context. So for them to actually apply what they had learnt was pretty impressive. My heart was singing!

I was so proud of every child’s effort. That wasn’t a bad story amongst the 29 stories in the class. I am so excited to use books again going forward. It makes this bookworm/teacher’s heart very happy.

We have one more week before a week’s break. I’m looking forward to resting and recharging ready for some more fun next half term!

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

The Girls

Synopsis:

THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her.  And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. 

NOW 
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. 

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. 

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

Thoughts:

I’m a massive fan of this genre, which you’ll know if you’ve been around my blog for a while. My sister Beth and I recently read Lisa Jewell’s The Girls and really enjoyed it so I was intrigued to read this one. Especially after Beth raved about it. I found Then She Was Gone to be such a compelling read. I couldn’t put it down and easily could have read it in one sitting if I had the time!

It follows the story of Laurel whose fifteen-year-old daughter disappeared one day. Laurel and the rest of her children were so close to Ellie and her loss affects the whole family. Ten long years later, Laurel finds out that there’s updates on the case. Unfortunately for the family, Ellie’s remains have been found. With some closure, Laurel begins to move forward. She meets a man called Floyd who brings back some joy into her life. Laurel is introduced to his girls and is struck by the similarities between his daughter Poppy and her Ellie. The truth about what happened around the time Ellie was missing comes to light. Laurel isn’t sure whether she should be trusting Floyd but she’s desperate to find out what happened.

As I mentioned, I have read so many thrillers. So many are a bit samey, but I was impressed with Then She Was Gone. It kept me turning the pages. Although I had guessed what had happened to Ellie, I was still compelled to keep reading. Desperate to see if I was right. I also didn’t know exactly how the thing I thought (sorry, no spoilers!) had happened. Therefore guessing the twist didn’t affect my enjoyment. 

I loved the narrative! It’s broken up into different parts, thinking about then and present day times. As a reader, you get to read from the main character’s point of view and I love that. I felt like it gave a really well rounded look at the story.

Lisa Jewell’s writing is exceptional. I am seriously considering checking out the other books that she’s read as I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve read so far. I love getting into the minds of her ‘bad’ characters. It’s fascinating!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book comes highly recommended if you’re a fan of the thriller/mystery genre!

Fairy Tale Friday- Something

This little tale is about five brothers who really want to be something! They want to do something with their lives. The eldest brother becomes a brick-maker, the second becomes a mason, the third an architect, the fourth becomes an inventor and the fifth a critic. Quite some jobs! When the youngest brother (the critic) is waiting to be let into heaven, he speaks to an old lady who had sacrificed herself to save others. The angel wants to let the old lady into heaven, understandably! The lady pleads with the angel to let him into heaven, because his brother gave her some bricks. The angel doesn’t think this is good enough and tells him he needs to do a good deed before she lets him into heaven. The critic doesn’t argue back even though it’s something he’s used to doing!

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