Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about the top ten authors that I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more. This seems like it will be quite a tricky one for me, as most of the authors I’ve read…I’ve read more than one book from. Perhaps I’ll surprise myself as I go through them.

Jandy Nelson- The Sky Is Everywhere

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I have a lot of love for this book. It is one of my favourite books that I read pre-blogging. I’m looking forward to reading Jandy Nelson’s latest book I’ll Give You The Sun. It’s been a long time coming!

Heather Demetrios- Something Real

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I’ve only recently read this book but I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. It’ll be interesting to see what she writes next!

Amy Talkington- Liv, Forever

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This is another debut this year, there have been so many promising authors that I’ve read so far this year. I can’t wait to see what Amy Talkington writes next.

Mindy McGinnis- Not A Drop To Drink

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I’m very excited to read the next book in the series after being thoroughly impressed with Not A Drop To Drink!

Sally Green- Half Bad

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This is another series that I can’t wait to continue. I’m wondering where this will go.

Marie Lu- Legend

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Oh look at that! Another series I need to continue. I seriously have a series problem.

Emery Lord- Open Road Summer

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I was really impressed with Emery Lord’s debut novel.  I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

Tess Sharpe- Far From You

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This was another really brave debut which excited me for the author’s future!

Rachel Ward- The Drowning

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I know that Rachel Ward has had some other books published, but this is the only book that I’ve read of hers thus far. I do fully intend to read more by her and SOON!

Alexia Casale- The Bone Dragon

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The Bone Dragon was such a unique read. I’m so excited to read more from Alexia!

I’ve realised a lot of this authors were debut authors, and I have a lot of potentially exciting second books to look out for! Who have you got on your list this week? Please feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week I’m listing the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far this year. Oh my goodness, this was hard work. I have read some good books so far this year, so I’ve had quite a few to choose from. With the help of Goodreads, I looked at what I’ve rated highly so far this year!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page! The title links to my review, if you’re interested in reading my thoughts!

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A Kiss In The DarkCat Clarke– I rated this book five stars, because I thought it was incredible. Cat Clarke is one of my auto-buy authors. I adore her stories, but at the same time, they usually destroy me! I can’t say too much about this one, as it would completely ruin the story. If you’re a fan of gritty writing, then I’d definitely recommend it!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- I rated this book five stars. Alison Rattle is an amazing writer. Her writing is beautiful and I could easily picture the scenes and I fell in love with the main character Marnie.

TroubleNon Pratt– This book pulled me in from the start and kept me gripped throughout!

BirdCrystal Chan– I rated this book five stars. Bird is a wonderful, middle-grade book that I think people of all ages would enjoy. It’s beautifully written. Jewel is an amazing character.

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Everneath Brodi Ashton– This year I’m trying to start and finish some more series. Everneath was on my radar to start this year. I’m glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book! I hope to continue with the series soon!

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I was pleased with the ending of this series. I rated it five stars, it was my favourite book in the trilogy. I found it gripping to the very end. Wonderful writing.

The One Plus One Jojo Moyes– I really love this author’s writing. I was pleased to be able to read her newest book early, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, rating it five stars. Jojo writes such real characters.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer– This book is incredibly emotional, but powerful too. It was a five star read for me.

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Liv, ForeverAmy Talkington– An accomplished debut novel. I was really impressed!

Dead SilentSharon Jones– Oh, I loved this book! It was a great mystery with wonderful writing.

Other notable mentions go to Shine by Candy Gourlay, A Room Full Of Chocolate by Jane Elson, Hollow Pike and Say Her Name by James Dawson and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

What are your top ten reads so far this year? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts so I can visit and inevitably add more books to my TBR list!

Blog Tour: Liv, Forever

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How did I get it?:

Sent to me from Soho Teen for the blog tour!

Synopsis:

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.

Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.

But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.

Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.

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Thoughts:

I have wanted to read Liv, Forever since I first heard about it. I was completely gripped by the synopsis. I’m always a bit worried when I anticipate new books from authors that I haven’t read before or heard much about. Amy Talkington is a debut author, so there definitely wasn’t a previous book I could read or find out more from my blogger friends in preparation for reading Liv, Forever. I’m glad that Liv, Forever’s synopsis pulled me in and that I joined the blog tour, as this book is an incredibly accomplished debut novel. It’s well written, emotional and intriguing. It’s one that I’m sure I’m going to be recommending for a long time now.

Liv, Forever centres around Wickham Hall, Liv Bloom’s new school. As soon as Liv starts Wickham Hall, strange things begin to happen. Despite the strange goings on, Liv falls in love with Malcolm. A guy that she never thought would be her first love. Liv decides to sneak out and see him one night, unfortunately she never makes it back to her dorm room. Now Liv joins the ghosts at Wickham Hall. She wants to find out what happened to her. Gabe, the friend that she made before her murder, is the only person that can see her and the other ghosts at the school. Everyone thinks that he’s insane, but he can see the many victims who have been murdered at the school. Gabe is the only one that’s able to find out what’s been going on and help to bring her back to Malcolm.

This book is brilliant. It’s hard to put in words how good it was. I described the writing as ‘delicious’ whilst reading it. I just savoured every single word. Amy Talkington is clearly a talented writer. The book is emotional, intriguing and incredibly mysterious. The whole situation is frustrating. Things aren’t right at the school, and Liv and Gabe want to find out why. It’s completely crazy, but at the same time utterly readable. I was surprised at how much action went on in such a short book (280 pages), yet it never felt rushed. The pacing was perfect.

I really felt for Liv. She can’t seem to catch a break. Liv has been in foster care and gets a scholarship to Wickham Hall. She sees it as a fresh start and a way to get out of the foster care system. As if the girl hasn’t been through enough, she is then murdered at her new school. She has no idea why she’s died or who killed her. She sees the ghosts that Gabe told her about. Liv is lucky to have Gabe as a friend. He sees her and helps her to get Malcolm to believe Liv is still around. Liv and Malcolm’s relationship, whilst short, is incredibly believable. It was heart-breaking to see two people that have fallen in love ripped apart by tragedy.

I think teens and adults would enjoy this well-paced, fast and engaging read. I will definitely be looking out for more work from Amy Talkington.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!- 4.5 stars

WWW Wednesday #58

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

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?

18077961I am currently reading the brilliant Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington. This is one of my most anticipated debuts for 2014. I’m halfway through this book (it’s 280 pages long) and I found it hard to put down last night before bed! The story is intriguing and the writing…I almost want to describe it as delicious! I am on the blog tour for this book, my review will be coming out later this week!

What did you recently finish reading?

17325147I really, really wanted to enjoy this book as I loved reading Flat-Out Love by the same author. I enjoyed it, but unfortunately not as much as Flat- Out Love.

What do you think you’ll read next?

16101128I’m finally getting around to reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I’ve heard such good things about this book. I can’t wait to check it out for myself.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Please feel free to answer the questions in the comments section below or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post!

Stacking The Shelves #59

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!

NetGalley:

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I’d heard a lot of good things about The Worst Girlfriend In The World by Sarra Manning, so I’m looking forward to checking out the book. I really liked the sound of Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I like to read adult fiction as well, so I can’t wait to dip into that as well. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan sounds very fun. It’s been compared to Geek Girl, it will be interesting to see if it lives up to that! After enjoying Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel Billy and Me last year, I’m looking forward to reading You’re The One That I Want. Such a pretty cover too.

Soho Teen:

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I am part of the blog tour for Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington. I was kindly sent a copy of the book to read from Soho Teen. I can’t wait to read it!

Presents:

My sister visited the new Foyles at Waterloo and bought me two books! She’s awesome.

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Grimm Tales For Young And OldPhilip Pullman– I am going to use these fairy-tale stories I!n my Short Story Sunday feature… Fairy-Tale Sunday!

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The First Book of Calamity LeekPaula Lichtarowicz–  I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to getting to it… eventually! 😉

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Please feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit you!