All Fall Down

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books

Previously read by the same author:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You

Synopsis:

Grace is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She isn’t crazy.

2. Her mother was murdered.

3. Someday she’s going to find the man with the scar, and then she is going to make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her – so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her un-pretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace – no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt.

Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Thoughts:

I wanted to try out another book by Ally Carter after not raving about the Gallagher Girls first book (I know, I’m one of the few that wasn’t engrossed by them!) I thought All Fall Down was a good read, which I think fans of Ally Carter will absolutely lap up. It’s well written and engaging!

All Fall Down centres around Grace, who has sadly witnessed her mother’s death. Three years after the horrible event, Grace is sent to live with her ambassador Grandfather. Grace used to spend her summer as a child with her Grandfather so she’s used to the area. Grace discovers that the man she believes murdered her mother is also living nearby. Grace decides to bring him down whatever it takes.

Many readers will be able to relate to Grace when they read her struggles to be taken seriously by those older than her. This book is action packed and its plot is interesting and I imagine will grip many readers. It’s full of adventure, espionage and politics told in a very straight forward manner. I’m definitely not the target reader for this book, but I’m glad I read it so I can recommend it to others.

There are parts of this book that aren’t tied neatly together, but this is understandable given that it is the first book in the series. I think it’s definitely worth trying, especially if you’re a fan of this genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- definitely for fans of Ally Carter!

Fans of Ally Carter should enjoy this action packed story!

Comparing ‘My True Love Gave To Me’ An Anthology

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

 

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Thoughts before you started reading My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: It’s beautiful. Can I just stare it at for a while? Beautiful cover, just beautiful. I  was hoping it was just as beautiful inside!

LUNA: Those are some neon pink pages! 😀 Ok slightly more seriously I was thinking C’s = Cute, Cosy, Comfort reading.

What did you think of My True Love Gave To Me an anthology?

CHRISSI: I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be a little cheesy. Some stories were. But mostly, I just got the warm fuzzy feeling when you read a very cute, festive, romantic story. Lovely! I think there was something for everyone within this anthology.

LUNA:  My True Love Gave To Me surprised me. I originally thought it was going to be all contemporary Christmas stories but there were other genres in there as well. I was also really happy to see there variety of characters, backgrounds, believes, etc.

There will always be some stories that you prefer more than others but My True Love Gave To Me has a really good collection. I’d be surprised if there isn’t at least one you really love, with a good few more you enjoy a lot.

Favourite story/stories?

CHRISSI: I really liked ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena. An author I hadn’t heard much about, but I absolutely devoured the story. I also thought ‘Midnights’ by Rainbow Rowell was cute.

LUNA: ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena was my favourite I think. Also loved: ‘The Lady and the Fox’ by Kelly Link, ‘It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown’ by Stephanie Perkins, ‘Welcome to Christmas, CA’ by Kiersten White and the quirkiness of ‘Krampuslauf’ by Holly Black.

Have you discovered any new authors because of My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: I’ve read quite a few of these authors, hence my interest in the anthology. I have to add Matt De La Pena to my list, although Luna has discovered he doesn’t have a UK publisher. Boo!

LUNA: I have actually read a fair few and do have books by quite a few others on top of that. Kelly Link’s ‘Pretty Monsters: Stories’ has moved quite a bit higher on my TBR pile and I’ve added Matt De La Pena to my Christmas wish list. He doesn’t seem to have a UK publisher though, which really sucks…

Any you didn’t enjoy?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really dislike any of the stories, but my least favourite was probably Jenny Han’s ‘Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me.’

LUNA: There weren’t any that I disliked as such but I was expecting to be blown away by David Levithan’s ‘Your Temporary Santa’ (because you know it’s David Levithan!) and I was also really excited about Jenny Han’s story but neither really connected.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course! An anthology full of talented authors. What’s not to like?

LUNA: Absolutely, with a hot drink and a cuddly blanket.

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You

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How did I get it?:
Lovely Luna at Luna’s Little Library

Synopsis:

Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl.

Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

Thoughts:

I have heard so much about this series. I always intended to start it, but never got around to it. Luna sent me the first two books in this series, so I had a reason to get stuck in!

At first, I thought I was really missing something. It felt quite slow at times and it was taking me a lot longer than I anticipated to get into it. But then something clicked, and I realised why so many people do enjoy this series. I would definitely recommend it now.

The main protagonist Cammie is at an all-girls private school for people that want to be spies or something similar. Cammie’s mother is the head-teacher of the school. I loved Cammie’s best friends Liz and Bex. Their friendship was completely believable and I loved how loyal they were to Cammie. Everyone needs friends like these! I also really liked Macey, the new girl in school.

This book is primarily aimed at teenagers, but I think it stretches to young adult and beyond. It’s one of those go to kind of books when I need something easy and fun to read. I look forward to reading the next in the series!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Enter The Bluebird- Brendan Halpin

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

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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!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!

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This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.

Presents:

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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!

Won:

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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!

Stacking The Shelves #30

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 its Goodreads page!

I have a HUGE haul this week. This comes from Random House’s blogger brunch, NetGalley, the Amazon kindle sale, my friend Luna lending me books and spending too much time in Foyles. Oops.

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This is me simply sitting behind Luna and I’s book haul after spending time in Foyles book shop in London.

So first things first- Random House. To read my account of my time at Random House click HERE

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This book is out now! I’ve finished it and reviewed it already, it’s an incredible read.. review HERE.

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I haven’t read any Lauren Kate before, so I’m intrigued.

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I’m very intrigued about this book. I’ll try to read it soon!

NetGalley:

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I like a crime/thriller read every now and again and this seems like a great choice!

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I’m so excited about this one. I did a little happy dance when I was approved.

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I love Jojo Moyes, she’s one of my auto-buy authors.

Bought in the Amazon Kindle Summer Sale:

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I adore Lindsey Kelk. Her books are so easy to read!

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These books just look like FUN and they have awesome titles.

Borrowed from Luna’s Library:

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Thanks to Luna for these beauties!

Foyles haul:

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A lot of these were recommended by Luna. So if I don’t like them I’ll blame her 😉

Gifts:

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A book from the queen of chick-lit. Don’t mind if I do!

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I’m intrigued by this book!

Phew! So that’s it for this week! Please feel free to leave links to your hauls and I’ll come by and see what you’ve got!