Sadie

Sadie

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Thoughts:

I absolutely adore Courtney Summers! Her writing is wonderful and her books are often dark, real and raw. I had heard some rave reviews of Sadie so I was super excited to get around to it. I have to admit, it did take me a while to get into which surprised me, but as soon as I was into it, I was utterly gripped.

Sadie is the story of Sadie and her murdered sister. Sadie goes missing and we find out that she’s on the hunt for her sister’s killer. She wants revenge. The story is told through reading about a podcast by West McCray who is a local radio personality. We also follow Sadie as she searches for her sister’s killer. You read about the mystery unravelling through the podcast and then you read Sadie’s first hand experience. It’s a dark story and it’s clear that Sadie has had a horrific past.

It’s hard to review this book because this is a book that I feel you shouldn’t know too much about before you go into it. It’s such a raw mystery that unravels as you go through the pages.

This book really does have an ambiguous ending. It won’t be for everyone. It’s why I haven’t rated it any higher and I did struggle to think of a rating for this book. I definitely wanted more closure. That being said, I did think Sadie was a decent read that kept me quickly turning the pages. It includes some very heavy subject matter so be cautious when approaching this story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

I can see why this book has been so highly recommended. It’s a dark, raw tale!

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This Week In Books #129

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hidden Memory of Objects  Sadie Beloved

NOWThe Hidden Memory Of ObjectsDanielle Mages Amato– I’m currently a little way through this book. I’m hoping to get a big chunk of it read tonight!

THEN SadieCourtney Summers– I really enjoyed this book. Just like I expected. I hope to have a review out within the next two weeks.

NEXTBelovedToni Morrison-This is the Banned Book for this month! Look out for the discussion on Monday!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #128

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Surface Breaks I Believe in a Thing Called Love Sadie

NOWThe Surface BreaksLouise O’Neill– I have been waiting to get to this book for SO long and it’s really worth the wait. It’s a reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid. I mean Hans Christian Andersen’s version as well… it’s no Disney!

THENI Believe In A Thing Called LoveMaurene Goo– I did enjoy this contemporary. It didn’t take me long to whizz through.

NEXTSadieCourtney Summers- It’s time for a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I’m super excited to get to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #197

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought

Perfect Liars: Perfect for fans of HBO’s hit TV series Big Little Lies

I’ve heard good things about this book so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

The Dream Wife

I bought this on recommendation from other bloggers. Excited to see what it’s like!

Anatomy of a Scandal

I hear good things about this one too!

The Cactus

This book intrigues me. I’m reading it as part of a ‘Talking About’ feature that I do with my sister, Beth!

Sadie

I really like Courtney Summers. I have read so many wonderful reviews about this book so I’m excited to get to it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1)

This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

 

Synopsis:

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?  

Thoughts:

I had some misconceptions before I started this book. I thought it was going to be a zombie book but really it’s a book that has zombies within the story. It’s much more than a zombie book. It’s a story about survival.

This Is Not A Test centres around six characters who are hiding in a school. It’s the end of the world and there are zombies outside who are determined to kill. The zombies will only need one bite to kill a person. Sloane has been suffering for six months and begins to wonder if it’s time to give up. Sloane has to experience the apocalypse through eyes of others that want to survive. Days pass by and life becomes even more unpredictable for the teens inside the school.

I thought this book was so intense and quite tough to read. As I expect from Courtney Summers, this book really was quite dark. I could feel Sloane’s pain through the pages. I’m not usually a fan of books containing zombies, but it really worked with this book. It wasn’t gory, but the reader certainly felt the threat throughout. It was creepy to think of them lurking outside hammering on the door. *shudders*

I absolutely loved the character of Sloane. She is incredibly complex and her pain was so tough to read about. I really feel a character like Sloane adds depth to the story. There’s so much to be found in this story, there’s grief, loss, a lot of pain and a struggle for survival. It really is a wonderful read and I’m intrigued to see how the story continues in Please Remain Calm.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was a really different read than what I had expected from Courtney Summers. I love it when an author keeps their books fresh and exciting!

Fall For Anything

Fall for Anything

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Cracked Up To Be
Some Girls Are
All The Rage

Synopsis:

When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on…but are some questions better left unanswered?

Thoughts:

I have recently discovered Courtney Summers and I ADORE her writing. I love that she’s not afraid to write about tough subjects. She does so in such a raw way which I really appreciate. She doesn’t shy away from tough subjects which makes her writing so compelling to read.

Fall For Anything centres around Eddie Reeves, whose father has committed suicide. Immediately you know that the story isn’t going to be all sweetness and light. It’s tough. It’s hard to read about Eddie’s grief, as expected, Courtney doesn’t shy away from writing about struggles after a bereavement, especially one as painful as suicide. It was so tough to read, but so important at the same time. She really portrayed the family left behind, completely broken. Eddie tries to piece some of the information left about her father in order to understand why he killed himself. It really is a rollercoaster of emotion, that the reader gets to experience through Eddie.

I really enjoyed that romance wasn’t a huge element of this story. Eddie needs time to grieve. Whilst trying to piece everything together, Eddie pushes those close to her away as her main goal is to find out why her father felt he had to do what he did.

I don’t want to say too much because otherwise I’ll spoil the reading experience. Courtney Summers is an author that really stands out for me as an author that’s not afraid to write honestly. I can never put one of her books down, no matter how hard it is for me to read. I appreciate that and highly respect it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Whilst this isn’t my favourite book from Courtney Summers, I still raced through it eager to find out what was going to happen!

Top Ten New To Me Authors That I Read in 2016

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we’re listing our favourite new to us authors that we’ve read this year. I’ve discovered some gems this year but I have to admit, I have returned to old faithfuls more. I must get better!

Courtney Summers-

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I started with All The Rage and have since caught up on all things Courtney Summers. I think she’s such a powerful, edgy author.

Keith Stuart-

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I really enjoyed Keith’s debut novel Boy Made of Blocks which was about an autistic boy and his family. Heartwarming.

Carrie Hope Fletcher-

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I’ve known about Carrie for years, so was happy to read her debut novel On The Other Side.

John Corey Whaley-

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Highly Illogical Behaviour blew my mind.

Lauren James-

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I didn’t expect to like The Next Together as much as I did!

Francesca Zappia-

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Made You Up was one of my favourites of the year!

Katie Alender-

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I have thoroughly enjoyed Katie’s creepy series Bad Girls Don’t Die.

Holly Bourne-

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Am I Normal Yet? is one of my favourite YA books of the year!

Jenny Lawson-

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I really enjoyed Furiously Happy. It was different to read about anxiety and depression in this way.

C.J. Flood-

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Infinite Sky was a stunning read!

Which authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!