Dead Romantic

Dead Romantic

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Monster

Synopsis:

Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she knows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her?

Thoughts:

I bought this book a few years back and had never got around to reading it. Oh, I hang my head in shame. I thought Dead Romantic was an amazing book. It’s a book that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did. I was totally drawn into the world, loved the pacing of the story and adored the characters!

Dead Romantic centres around a girl called Camille. One night after an awful experience at a freshers event, Camille runs into Zoe at a graveyard. Zoe appeas to be digging up a grave. Camille is immediately intrigued by Zoe and they strike up an unusual friendship. Zoe and Camille decide to make the perfect boy for Camille to take to a party. Zoe is fascinated with biology and bringing things to life. She shows Camille (and the rest of her science class whilst the teacher is locked in a cupboard) how she can bring a hamster to life. Zoe decides that the perfect boy will be made of different dead body parts. So the hunt for dead bodies is on.

You’d think that this sounds utterly disgusting, but C.J. Skuse writes in such a way that it isn’t so disgusting. Yes, there are severed limbs aplenty, but there’s also incredibly funny elements to this story. There’s romance and friendship. It’s not just about the Frankenstein-stylee boy.

I really enjoyed reading about the main characters Camille and Zoe. I loved how they both were different to the rest. Camille was more about fitting in, but as soon as she met Zoe she began to drift away from her old friends. I loved Zoe’s uniqueness although I did find her a little unreliable and I wasn’t sure what she might do next! I do like that about a character though and I think C.J. Skuse created a wonderful character in Zoe.

This story is a little ridiculous in parts, but it’s so wonderful at the same time. There are some real laugh out loud moments which I really appreciated. It may have some gory parts and some reincarnated animals but it’s also a story with a great friendship and sweet romance at the heart of it.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book surprised me. Funny, heart-warming and a little gruesome in parts! 

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Monster

Monster

How did I get it?:
Received from publisher for review consideration!

Synopsis:

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.

Thoughts:

I was really intrigued by the synopsis of Monster. I was certainly interested to see if it was ‘Malory Towers meets I Know What You Did Summer.’  Monster is a quick, unique read. I was entertained throughout and very much enjoyed reading the story. It definitely does have a Malory Towers/Enid Blyton feel to it which I very much enjoyed. I liked how Monster did have horror in it, it set it apart from other boarding school reads.

Monster centres around Nash and her classmates who go to Bathory School which is a boarding school. Nash’s brother has gone missing, so her parents try to find out where he is over Christmas. This means Nash has to stay at her boarding school over Christmas with some other boarders and one adult. Strange goings on have been happening with the rumours of a sighting of a beast that could be linked to the story of The Beast of Bathory. The students are stuck in the school when bad snowstorms strike.

I’m not the biggest fan of the horror genre, mainly because I’m a scaredy cat and the other reason is because I find some young adult horror reads incredibly cliche. You know those moments where you’re rolling your eyes because the characters do something really stupid?! That has happened in a lot of the YA horror books that I’ve read and the same with some horror films too. It seems like Monster seemed to be making fun of these cliches! I enjoyed Monster. It was witty, engaging and kept me turning the pages!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A witty YA horror which is worth taking a look at!

Monster is out on 24th September 2015!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015. I can already tell that other lists will have me adding many books to my TBR!

As ever, the book image goes to Goodreads!

For Holly- Tanya Byrne- *Just released*

For Holly

Tanya’s previous books Heart Shaped Bruise and Follow Me Down are incredible, so I’m very much looking forward to her next release!

Remix- Non Pratt- *Just released*

Remix

I very much enjoyed Non’s debut Trouble, so I’m looking forward to getting to this book!

Finding Audrey- Sophie Kinsella- *9th June release*

Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella has had many books published, but this book is her first step into YA! It centres around a character with anxiety.

Damage Done- Amanda Panitch- *July release*

Damage Done

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I can’t wait to get to it!

I Knew You Were Trouble- Paige Toon- *July release*

I Knew You Were Trouble (Jessie Jefferson, #2)

This is the second book in Paige Toon’s YA series. I really enjoyed Paige’s first book in the YA genre, so I’m excited to read this one!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness *August release*

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness is one of my favourite writers. This book sounds incredibly intriguing!

Monster- C J Skuse-*September release*

Monster

I am excited to have an ARC of this book. It sounds fascinating!

Queen of Shadows- Sarah J Maas- *September release*

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Oh yes. I think this book will be on many lists this week! If you’re into the series, how can you NOT be anticipating it?

Winter- Marissa Meyer- *November release*

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I am SO excited about this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

November 9- Colleen Hoover- *November release*

November 9

This book looks incredibly intriguing. I have enjoyed a lot of Colleen Hoover’s books, so I shall definitely be checking this book out!

What are you eagerly anticipating? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #50

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 Goodread’s page!

This is the last Stacking The Shelves post before Christmas! How exciting. This week I got…

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I’ve bought these books for a new feature I’m starting next year. My good friend Luna from Luna’s Little Library is going to pick 1-2 books a month for me to read. We’ve decided to do this because she recommends me such good books. I’ve decided that she can dictate 2 of my monthly reads.. 😉 Then I’m guaranteed some awesome. She’s given me a whole list of January recommendations. Very soon I shall put up a tab, to list them all just in case anyone that reads my blog fancies joining in with me, or wants some good recommendations themselves! I can’t decide which two to read out of these. I know that I definitely want to read The Look by Sophia Bennett. I just need to pick my next one! Oooh. Decisions, decisions!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Please feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll stop by your blog sometime this weekend!