Top Ten Tuesday- Books With Red, White and Blue On The Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about celebrating the 4th of July! I’m not American but the UK has the same colours in its flag. I’m not going to comment on the books individually. I’m just going to appreciate the pretty covers! So here we go…

I’m not as creative as some who I’m sure are going to make it look like the US flag! I’ll just appreciate the pretties.

The only book out of this selection that I haven’t read is The Life Lucy Knew. All of the others I can recommend! Especially One and Me Before You. 

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Never Always Sometimes

Never Always Sometimes

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Let’s Get Lost

Synopsis:

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Thoughts:

I’m happy to say that my experience reading Never Always Sometimes was much better than my last experience reading a book by Adi Alsaid. In fact, this book got me out of a terrible reading slump! It was a solid contemporary which I very much enjoyed. Whilst I wouldn’t say it was my favourite read of the year, it was still incredibly enjoyable, and a book that I think many readers are going to enjoy.

Never Always Sometimes centres around two teenagers who have always wanted to be different to the norm. They don’t want to be the typical, cliche teenager at high school, but they realise that they’ve been missing out on a lot through avoiding what their peers are doing.

I thought I was going to start eye rolling when I read that there was a longing after a best friend element in this story, but it seemed to work well with this story. This book does seem a little far fetched at times and some of the things the main characters do are a little risky considering their age. I can’t complain too much though. It’s a fun, fluffy read which I flew through. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, and it proves to me that you should always give an author a second chance!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An enjoyable, contemporary read!

This Week In Books #4

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!

Click on the book tile below to take you to Goodreads!

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NOWNever Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid- Urgh. I have been in such a reading slump. I was trying to read A Court Of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas, but I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it’s just me being so busy, or whether I’m just not in a fantasy mood. However, I have managed to get halfway through Never Always Sometimes and I’m pretty confident that I’ll finish it today. It’s an easy to read contemporary book!

THEN- Flour Babies by Anne Fine- I read this book for Beth and I’s kid lit feature, the review will be published tomorrow!

NEXTWe Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman- I am looking forward to reading this book after very much enjoying The Memory Book by the same author.

What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below or leave a link to your post or WWW Wednesday posts!

Stacking The Shelves #115

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 title to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from Faber

In Darkling Wood

This week I received an ARC of In Darkling Wood. I absolutely love Emma Carroll’s writing, so I’m looking forward to devouring this book. Can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover is too?

NetGalley:

Never Always SometimesWe Are All Made of Stars

I am looking forward to reading Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid as I wasn’t as keen on Let’s Get Lost. I really enjoyed Rowan Coleman’s The Memory Book, so I snapped up a copy of We Are All Made Of Stars.

What have you picked up this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Let’s Get Lost

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin UK

Synopsis:

One girl could change four lives forever…Mysterious Leila, who is on the road trip of a lifetime, has a habit of crashing into people’s worlds at the moment they need someone the most. There’s Hudson, who is willing to throw away his dreams for love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday-and a few stolen goods along the way. Elliot who believes in happy endings…until his own goes off-script. And Sonia who worries that she’s lost her ability to love. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. But Leila’s trip could help her discover something bigger – that sometimes, the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way…

Thoughts:

I was a bit nervous about starting Let’s Get Lost because I had heard so many mixed things about the book. Some of my blogger friends loved it, others couldn’t finish it and I wasn’t sure where I was going to stand. So now that I’ve finished it, where do I stand? Right slap bang in the middle. I could see why people didn’t enjoy it, but I could also see why people did like it! For me, it felt like Let’s Get Lost was a collection of short stories with one character that linked. My main problem with Let’s Get Lost was how contrived it was.

Let’s Get Lost is a road trip story. It includes several characters who are all running from something. As I mentioned there are short stories within the story. All of them have Leila in, but it’s not until Leila’s chapter that we find out what Leila’s problems are.

I felt like Let’s Get Lost was very mismatched. I couldn’t really connect with the characters. I felt sorry for them, sure, but I didn’t really invest in their tales. Each of their stories were too short to really find care about them.

The story felt too unrealistic. It definitely made me roll my eyes! The characters also make some really bad decisions quickly without really thinking it through. Especially Hudson. It may have been the right decision for him, but it didn’t feel like a well thought out decision. I also couldn’t believe that a young girl would let random people into her car. Really?

I didn’t give up on it though, so there was something about Let’s Get Lost that kept me reading. I liked Leila and wanted to know what the mystery was surrounding her. I also thought the writing was incredibly readable. It didn’t take me long to read at all.

I feel like most people are going to love or hate this book. Let me know what you think, if you’ve read it!

Would I recommend it?:
This is a book that I can’t actually rate. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. It’s somewhere between a two and three star read for me. A lot of the story feels contrived and I imagine that could be very frustrating to read for some!

This book is perfect for those that love quick, eccentric, road trip stories. Be warned though, it does feel contrived!

WWW Wednesday #81

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just over halfway through Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse. I’m enjoying it but it’s ever so dramatic! I shall be reviewing this book shortly with Beth as part of our ‘Talking About’ feature.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I thought it was okay, but I had some problems with it being so contrived.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is my first Jodi Lynn Anderson book The Moment Collector. I’m very intrigued to read this!

So what are you reading this week? Leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below or feel free to answer the questions! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #77

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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!

Bought:

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I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I can’t wait to read this book! (I can’t help but sing the Kelly Clarkson song when I read this title…)

NetGalley:

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I haven’t read Louisa Reid’s first book, but it comes highly recommended, so I’m going to get my hands on a copy soon. Lies Like Love sounds fantastic though, so I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve been intrigued by Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid after seeing it around a few blogs.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!