British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

Click on the bingo board to get to Great Imaginations blog!

The Anti-Prom

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss has the perfect boyfriend, the perfect prom dress – and now the perfect case for revenge after finding her best friend and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet (due to her mother’s ultimatum) here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, wondering whether boot camp might have been the better choice. And shy, studious, uber-planner Meg, ready to stop being a wallflower and start experiencing life firsthand, never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the car park outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls on one crazy night.

Thoughts:

Right from the offset, I knew The Anti-Prom was going to be a cheesy read. A very cheesy read. The story is quite familiar, teenage girls at prom out for revenge after being scorned.

I think Abby McDonald has created some very distinct characters. Bliss, Meg and Jolene are all completely different, but they make sense together and their stories wove into one another nicely. The narration comes from the three girls on alternating chapters. It can be a bit confusing at times, but when you get used to the different voices, it’s easy to follow.

Bliss is the typical popular girl at high school. There’s more to her than meets the eye though. At first she seemed incredibly self-centred and annoying. She was more concerned with her reputation than anything else. Bliss is looking for revenge and looks for the school’s bad girl to help her. Jolene, the bad girl, had issues of her own and used the prom night in order to sort through them. She didn’t seem as real as the other two girls, and she seemed much older than her age. Meg is the character that I found the most relatable and easy to like. She has had a hard life so far and isolated herself from the rest of her peers. She was pressurised into being Bliss and Jolene’s designated driver for their activities. She didn’t want to get into trouble, but felt pressure from the others to join in. I really liked when Meg came out of her shell though. It was much needed as I hate seeing characters that people take advantage of!

The Anti-Prom is predictable and cheesy, but sometimes that’s exactly the book that I’m looking for. I would recommend this book to fans of high school drama reads or films.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- for fans of cheesy teenage films/reads

Stacking The Shelves #71

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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Sweet Evil- Wendy Higgins– I have heard SO much about this trilogy, that I think I need to try and get to it as soon as possible. I’m actually thinking of reading a lot of series throughout my six week summer break.

The Anti-PromAbby McDonald– I’m so intrigued to read something by Abby McDonald. I read, and loved, Dangerous Girls when Abby wrote as Abigail Haas, so I’m interested to see what The Anti-Prom is like. I’m expecting something very different.

To All The Boys I Loved Before- Jenny Han– I can’t wait to bump this book. I’ve heard some amazing things.

GlazeKim Curran– I have seen this book around the blogosphere and I’m certainly intrigued by it!

UnspokenSarah Rees Brennan– This is another book that’s been on my radar for quite some time. I adore this cover, so just had to pay a little extra to get the cover I wanted. Oops! 😉

Rebel BelleRachel Hawkins– Oops. Another one I’ve been meaning to read for a while, just accidentally slipped into my basket.

Unhinged- A.G Howard- I actually haven’t heard much about the Splintered sequel, but definitely wanted to continue the series.

NetGalley:

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I’ve read books by Heather Gudenkauf before and this particular book sounds interesting, so I snapped up a copy. It’s about a small mistake that results in a life-changing consequence. Thank you to Harlequin UK.

What have you bought/borrowed/received this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by! 🙂