Stacking The Shelves #118

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 title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

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NetGalley were good to me and I received The Beach Hut, If You Wrong Us and Nowhere But Here. I am excited to read these books, especially Katie McGarry’s new release!

Present:

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I am just starting Us! It sounds great, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it!

Received from Harper Collins

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Tiny Pretty Things sounds like it’ll be my sort of read! Fingers crossed!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post!

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Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

The Summer We All Ran Away

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Legend Press

Synopsis:

When nineteen year old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly-assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions.

More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder.

As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house’s inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

Thoughts:

I really liked the sound of this book, so I was thrilled when I was approved to read it. It didn’t take me long to get stuck into the story. Cassandra Parkin has a very appealing writing style.

The story is told through ‘then’ and ‘now’ which really works for me. It was a risk to take. I think you have to be very engaged in the story to keep track of what it is going on. Luckily for me, I found it incredibly easy to be completely gripped by the story. I think Cassandra has done a fantastic job throughout the story combining the past and the present.

The characters are interesting and complex. I particularly liked Davey and Priss. I liked how the reader was told the back story of the characters. I found Davey’s particularly heart-breaking and well developed. I felt like he was the most complete character. I cared for him a lot.

If I had to pick something that I didn’t like about the story, it would be the slang of the MSN conversations when learning about Priss’ back story. This is only a slight niggle, because I think the conversations were very true to the character of Priss. It worked, but for me, they made it very hard to read. I had to really concentrate on the slang to understand what they were saying.

Overall, I found The Summer We All Ran Away to be a promising, intriguing read. I’ll certainly be looking out for more from Cassandra Parkin.

Would I recommend it?

Of course!

Reading next:

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Stacking The Shelves #28

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!

NetGalley/Edelweiss

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This book had me by ‘a modern re-imagining of The Wizard Of Oz’. I’m very intrigued by this book!

18006749I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It sounds fabulous. It sounds mysterious and gripping.

18070547The cover of this book drew me to it! It sounds like another good mystery to get stuck into!

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This is another book with a fabulous synopsis that made me want to read it! I want to read this soon!

13250832Oh look.. another Witch based book! This one is the first in The Tudor Witch series. The use of the word Tudor excited me. I love reading about that period.

Bought:

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17567107I was recommended this book. I’m intrigued!

True-17332551Far too many bloggers I enjoy have enjoyed this book! So I thought it was time to make the most of its cheap price!

13035989My good friend Luna, from Luna’s Library, recommended this book to me while it was 99p. She doesn’t usually recommend kindle books, but she said this one was worth it for a quick read!

Please feel free to share your links with me and I’ll stop by your blog sometime this weekend to check out what you’re stacking your shelves with!