Thirty Sunsets

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- big thanks to Flux

Synopsis:

To Forrest Shepherd, getting away to the family’s beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian’s obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest’s relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia’s rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia’s finicky eating isn’t at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest’s world is turned upside down as her family’s darkest secrets begin to come to light.

Thoughts:

Wow, this is going to be a tough book to review, because whilst there was a lot that I liked about the book, there was also a lot of things that I didn’t like about it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like reading books that challenge my thinking and make me question what I’m reading and Thirty Sunsets did exactly that.

I liked Thirty Sunsets because it was a quick and easy read, and I actually think it would be a great book for reluctant readers.  I thought the plot was interesting. Forrest is our main protagonist and she can’t wait to escape to the beach house for the summer, until she finds out that her brother’s girlfriend is going too. They don’t get on. The summer is full of secrets that unfold throughout the days, it’s certainly a summer that she won’t forget in a long time.

I liked Forrest. I enjoy reading about a female protagonist that is both pretty and intelligent. You don’t get that very often. I also loved how protective her brother was over her. I think their parents left a lot to be desired, but that’s quite common in YA literature.

My problems with this book came towards the middle/end of the story. So many life changing events occurred and in such a short book I didn’t think that they were handled in the best way that they could be. They didn’t seem to have much depth to them even though some of the events are incredibly upsetting. I feel like if the book had been longer then the reader may have felt more sympathy in the situation or at least found it a bit more credible.

The cover of Thirty Sunsets is quite misleading. I thought I was getting a pretty contemporary read, but it’s definitely a drama-fest. Nothing wrong with that, the cover just gave me the wrong impression. Whilst I don’t think this book is for everyone, it’s definitely a book worth looking at if you’re looking for a quick read full of family angst.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I think it would be a great book for reluctant readers, or an enjoyable read between bigger reads. So my advice for this book would be to go with your instinct!

WWW Wednesday #75

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?

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I’m currently reading Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is the first time that I’ve picked up a book by Malorie. I’m absolutely loving this book. I will probably finish it today. It’s YA, but definitely not for younger YA readers as there are some very dark themes within it.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I’ve recently finished Thirty Sunsets. I had some issues with this book. My review will hopefully becoming in early July!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson. I’m so behind with my collaborations this month. June has really run away from me. My review for this book will be coming very soon.  I’m going to have to burn through it today if I can!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your post in the comments section below or answer the questions! Happy Reading!

 

Stacking The Shelves #57

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!

Bought:

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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.

NetGalley:

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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!