The Oops Review- We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

A confession. I read and intended to review this book a while back.  It was only when I got to linking up my reviews for my previously reviewed by the same author section of a Jenny Han review, that I realised I forgot to review this book!

I can still remember it though, so I thought I’d do a mini review so my Jenny Han section is complete for The Summer I Turned Pretty series!

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Yes!

I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the other two books in the series, it’s still a fun, cute read!

My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Missing Arabella Mini Reviews

Today I’d like to chat about two recent releases from Oxford University Press. I was sent a copy of both books unexpectedly. They both looked like fun reads so I was happy to give them a go! Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral

Synopsis:

What’s a boy to do when his mum disappears, his dad moves him and his sister to the middle of nowhere, and his life takes a very swift downward turn . . . secretly launch his dad on the internet as the Next Big Thing, of course!

Hi guys!
I bet every one of you knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent – right? I bet they’ve done something so cringey that you wanted the ground to open up and swallow you whole. But let me tell you, my friend, NOBODY has a dad like mine. He takes embarrassing to a whole new level. If embarrassing was an Olympic sport, my dad would have, like, a gazillion gold medals.

This hilarious story will have instant appeal to a YouTube-watching generation and is told through a series of vlogs. Combining Ben Davis’s brilliantly-funny voice and Mike Lowery’s amazingly-amazing illustrations is sure to make this a hit with readers everywhere. After all, everyone knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent, don’t they?

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Synopsis:

A twin banished . . . an unbreakable bond . . . an unlikely fairytale. Sometimes a disaster is just a disaster, and nothing good can be said about it. But sometimes a disaster is an excuse for a fresh start.

Arabella and Henrietta are twins. If you saw them, you’d find it very hard to tell them apart. But once you get to know them, you’ll discover that although they look alike, that’s where the similarity ends . . .

Henrietta is a constant headache for her parents-always causing problems and upset. Why, oh why can’t she be more like Arabella?

Sent away to live with strange Aunt Renfrew, Henrietta wonders if she’ll ever see Arabella again. But the bond between sisters is strong, and even stronger when your sister is also your twin and your best friend. And so Arabella begins her journey through the forest to find Henrietta . . .

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Mind Your Head- Mini Review

Mind Your Head

How did I get it?:
I was sent a copy from Hot Key Books, many thanks to them!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name
This Book Is Gay
Under My Skin
All Of The Above

Synopsis:

We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them, with real-life stories from young people around the world.

With witty illustrations from Gemma Correll.

Thoughts:

Mind Your Head is an important book.  I think it’s imperative that mental health is openly discussed. Like Juno mentions, mental health is an illness that isn’t easily discussed within society. It should be. Especially as so many people suffer from mental health at some point in their lives. Mind Your Head is a piece of non fiction, but written in the frank and funny style that I have come to expect from Juno. It’s interesting to have the perspective of a psychologist as well. It’s written in a very balanced way-a good mix of factual information.

I thought that it was a great idea to have real life stories from young people. Mental illness is such a raw and real subject and it’s reassuring to read about others who have experienced it.

There are some moments in this book that didn’t quite sit right with me, but that did not affect my experience of reading this book. Mind Your Head is a book that I wish was around when I was younger, but I’m pleased is around for younger people now, to know that they are not alone.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A frank yet funny read from Juno Dawson. Mind Your Head is both informative and reassuring. 

Mini Reviews-Valiant and I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them

Today I’m squeezing in two mini reviews for 2015 debut authors I have read recently with 4 points about it, be it positive or negative! Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

Valiant- Sarah McGuire

Valiant

  • fairy tale reimagining-always a win win in my eyes!
  • unpredictable!
  • fantastic writing
  • promising debut author!

I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them- Jesse Goolsby

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them

  • powerful story
  • incredibly talented debut author
  • didn’t feel like the stories were overly resolved.
  • good characters!

Mini Reviews- When I Was Me and If You Wrong Us.

Today I’m squeezing in two mini reviews for books I have read recently with 4 points about it, be it positive or negative! Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book!

When I Was Me by Hilary Freeman

When I Was Me

  • Intriguing story line.
  • Good pacing.
  • Thought provoking.
  • The main character wasn’t overly likeable, but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment.

Book received from NetGalley- thanks to Bonnier Publishing/Hot Key Books.

If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr

If You Wrong Us

  • Gripping. I can see why it’s called a YA version of Gone Girl!
  • Dual narrative, but unfortunately the voices don’t feel distinct.
  • Characters you’ll love to hate.
  • Good pacing.

Book received from NetGalley, thanks to Flux!

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Mini Review)

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How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

Synopsis:

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Thoughts:

I am a fan of the Divergent series. I personally think that Four doesn’t overly add to much to the series, but it’s a nice add on if you’re a fan of Divergent. Four has several short novellas which document Four’s journey. The first story is a particular favourite of mine it explores Four’s transfer to Dauntless!

Like many other readers, I felt that Four’s point of view wasn’t particularly distinct in Allegiant. I couldn’t really distinguish between Tris and Four. I feel like in these novellas, Four’s voice is definitely better. Not all of the novellas are as good as each other, but it’s certainly interesting to see things from Four’s point of view.

I’d recommend this book to fans of the series, that are interested to see what life was like for Four before Tris. It doesn’t add much to the series, but it’s decent enough!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- for fans of the series!

This book may not add much to the series, but it’s a nice addition for Divergent fans!

July Mini Reviews

Here are some mini reviews for some early July releases! Please click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Quality of Silence

The Quality of SilenceSynopsis:

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.

Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness

Where nothing grows

Where no one lives

Where tears freeze

And night will last for another 54 days.

They are looking for Ruby’s father.

Travelling deeper into a silent land.

They still cannot find him.

And someone is watching them in the dark.

Three Thoughts

  • A thrilling read
  • Writing builds the atmosphere beautifully.
  • Not always believable

Are You Watching Me?

Are You Watching Me

Synopsis:

Dear Elizabeth,

I’ve been watching you

I hope to see you . . .

Soon.

Liz Cafferky is on the up. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity’s face – and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media.

Amidst her claustrophobic fame, Liz barely notices a letter from a new fan. But then one of the centre’s clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note.

Running from her own ghosts, Liz is too scared to go to the police. And with no leads, there is little Sergeant Claire Boyle can do to protect her.

Three Thoughts

  • Intriguing read
  • Didn’t grip me as much as the first book by this author
  • Creepy and chilling

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Synopsis:

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy.

Three Thoughts

  • Unreliable narrator- wasn’t sure who to trust!
  • Action packed plot.
  • Sometimes predictable