Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

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

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Girlhood

Girlhood

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette/Quercus

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

Thoughts:

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books, so I always try to read one as soon as I can. I enjoy books that are set in boarding schools, so this was another thing that pulled me towards it. Whislt Girlhood isn’t my favourite book from Cat Clarke, it was still a decent read that didn’t take me long to read at all.

It centres around Harper, who has moved to an expensive boarding school, Duncraggan Academy. Harper is running away from her twin sister’s death and her own part that she feels she has in the death. Harper will never escape the guilt and she doesn’t feel anyone understands. Harper has a solid group of friends, but when new girl Kirsty starts the school, she gets Harper, more than anyone else. Kirsty has lost a sister as well. However, Kirsty turns out to be a little odd. Her life seems to be echoing Harper’s. She’s obsessed with Harper’s sister which is strange. Harper’s friendships begin to suffer due to her closeness with Kirsty.

There are some fantastic strong female leads in this book. I particularly liked Rowan, Harper’s roommate. I liked how she wouldn’t take any of Harper’s rubbish and would call her out when she did something wrong. There is quite a bit of girl drama in this book, as you might guess from the title, so if you’re not into that sort of read, then I’d be wary going into this book. That said, I think the friendships are so well written and developed. They are incredibly believable.

I think the story is incredibly easy to read. I was attempting to guess what might happen during the story, but I never quite got there. I had high hopes for this book at the beginning as it was so intriguing. However, I felt a little bit let down by the ending. I wanted it to be something more, something darker. Maybe that’s a little disturbing!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This wasn’t my favourite Cat Clarke book, but it was still a fabulous, quick read!

This Week In Books #62

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!

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One Italian Summer Girlhood A Snicker of Magic

NOWOne Italian Summer Keris Stainton– I’m just about to start this book which looks like an ideal contemporary read. I’ve read other books by this author before, so I’m looking forward to it!

THEN Girlhood Cat Clarke– I enjoyed this book. Cat Clarke doesn’t always write about easy subjects. It’s about girls’ at boarding school. It’s not my favourite book by Cat, but it’s still a decent read.

NEXTA Snicker Of MagicNatalie Lloyd- This book is the next in the Kid-Lit series that I do with my sister, Beth. Our review will be out on Sunday! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #161

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!

Gifts

I received a lovely box from my Ninja, Bex, this week. As well as some lovely treats I got two books that I’ve had my eye on for a while…

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

I have seen so many positive reviews about this book! Hopefully I can get to it sometime soon.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)

I hadn’t seen this cover, but I love it! 🙂

NetGalley:

Girlhood

I’ve loved Cat Clarke’s work in the past, so I’m looking forward to this book. It looks like it’s going to be a tough read.

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

Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books set outside the U.S. This has been quite a tricky list, not that I don’t read books set outside the U.S…. I do read lots and that’s been the problem…narrowing it down to 10!

In no particular order, here they are (images go to Goodreads)

Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter is such an amazing series and it is a series that will forever stay with me! I love that it’s British!

Geek Girl- Holly Smale

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl is such a fun series. I’m slightly addicted. It does have some ridiculous moments but at the heart of it is a fun and heart-warming story. Harriet, the main character, is utterly relatable!

V Is For Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

This wonderful book is set in London in the 1960s. I thought it was utterly gripping!

Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

We don’t know for sure that this book isn’t set in the U.S. However, I see it as a book set in the U.K. It’s a wonderful, gripping read with diverse characters and dystopian settings.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I loved this book. It surpassed Alice’s debut novel for me. Such an interesting concept and really well written.

Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson

Hollow Pike

I thought this was an incredibly atmospheric read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book had me frantically turning the pages and had one hell of an ending!

Trouble- Non Pratt

Trouble

Non Pratt is a fantastic author. I love how raw her books are. This one centres around teenage pregnancy.

Dead Jealous- Sharon Jones

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Poppy Sinclair is one of my favourite YA characters. She’s brilliant in this, very British, YA thriller/mystery.

Fallen Grace- Mary Hooper

Fallen Grace

This book is set in Victorian London. I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as much as I did, but I thought it was a brilliant piece of historical fiction.

Which books have you enjoyed that aren’t set in the U.S? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books I have enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. The way you do this is go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads! (These books are from lowest-highest of my under 2000 ratings list)

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

This book came out last month and I wish I saw it around more in the blogosphere!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

I love Alison Rattle’s writing so much and this book is so wonderful. It’s a gripping mystery/thriller/period drama. I love it.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I love Alex’s books and this one really creeped me out!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

Another one from the very underrated Alison Rattle. Her books make you feel like you’re inside the story, feeling and experiencing the action. I highly recommend her books.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer for middle grade fiction. I love her books! I can easily see me using them in the classroom in the future!

Boy In The Tower- Polly H0-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book was a really interesting, unique read. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

This book has great ratings on Goodreads, but not nearly enough in my opinion. It’s such a gripping read, which I much preferred to Alice’s debut!

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I absolutely loved this memoir of Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder. It’s in the form of a graphic novel and I have to say, it completely blew me away.

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I do love this book and wish that more people had read it. I still think of it! It was different and gripping.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

I thought this was one of Cat Clarke’s best books. I found it to be utterly gripping and a real page turner.

Which books made it to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by later! 🙂

The Lost And The Found

The Lost and the Found

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Entangled
Torn
Undone
A Kiss In The Dark

Synopsis:

LOST.

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

Thoughts:

As you will see from my previously reviewed by the same author section of this review, I clearly like Cat Clarke’s writing! I was highly anticipating The Lost And The Found after adoring Undone and A Kiss In The Dark, of her more recent releases. Whilst I enjoyed The Lost And The Found, I didn’t feel like it was the best book I’ve read from Cat Clarke. It’s still enjoyable, but it felt a little too long in places and not as fast-paced as her previous books. I was really worried that it wasn’t going to be the gripping read I’m used to, especially as I got nearer to the ending, but finally I got the suspenseful, exciting writing that I’ve come to enjoy from Cat Clarke.

The Lost And The Found centres around Faith, who has been living in the shadow of her big sister Laurel for thirteen years. Laurel was kidnapped which completely changed their lives. Faith has grown up with parents that are dealing with the experience of a missing child, she’s grown up with press intrusion and her mum and dad divorcing. Faith is happy enough with a good set of friends. She spends time with her dad and his boyfriend. One day, Laurel is found alive and well. Faith has really mixed feelings about her sister. She’s happy that Laurel has returned, but she also begins to resent the amount of attention that Laurel receives.

I thought it was really interesting to follow how intrusive the media are in this situation. Faith grows up with the media’s constant intrusion. They analyse every detail and constantly seem to be judging the family. It didn’t really occur to me the effect it has on siblings of missing children. Most of the time, much compassion is given to the parents, but it affects the whole family.

The only reason I haven’t rated this book any higher, was because I had some trouble with how the ending was resolved. I can’t say anymore without spoling it, and this is a book that deserves to be read without spoilers!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Another good book from Cat Clarke. She sure knows how to do a plot twist!