British Books Wrap Up 2015

The British Books Challenge is something that I’ve really enjoyed doing since I began blogging almost 3 years ago. Every year I try to ensure I’m reading British writers because they are awesome and deserve recognition! This year I read 73 British writers. I’m SO proud of that total.

Linked below are my reviews for the books I’ve read by British writers. Feel free to take a look!

I will be participating in the British Books Challenge 2016. Link can be found on the page I dedicate to it.

 

Chasing Stars (After Eden #2)

Chasing Stars (After Eden, #2)

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Luna’s Little Library

Previously reviewed by the same author:
After Eden

Synopsis:

The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile …which will leave Eden separated from him – the one person she can’t live without – and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

Thoughts:

I read After Eden quite some time now and for some reason never got around to Chasing Stars. It’s always a worry when it’s been a while since you’ve read the first book in the series. Some sequels jump straight into the action with no recap about what had happened prior to the book. I didn’t feel like Chasing Stars did that. I immediately knew what had gone on and was ready to follow Eden and Ryan once more. Chasing Stars is a decent sequel. It’s not a book that I found overly memorable, but I really did enjoy reading it.

In After Eden, Eden and Eyan first meet when Ryan is trying to stop Eden’s friend from discovering a planet. Ryan is from the future. Eden is killed by a cleaner (someone that ‘cleans’ up mistakes) as a result of Ryan failing the mission. Chasing Stars centres around Ryan wanting to make it up to Eden, so he uses time travel once more to go back in time and stop her death. Ryan is breaking all sorts of time travel rules, therefore Eden and Ryan find themselves in more trouble with cleaners and court cases. Eden and Ryan just want to be together, but it’s not as easy as they’d hope it to be. Eden finds herself leaving her friends and family in order to be with Ryan.

Chasing Stars was really intriguing, but for some reason I didn’t find it as compelling as After Eden. It took a while to build up the tension and then it didn’t captivate me. I still liked the characters and was intrigued enough to see how it ended, but I wasn’t as invested as I was in the first instalment.

This is a duology and I think it ended well. There are some unanswered questions, but not really in a frustrating way. I’m pleased with how it ended and I’m happy I read it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A solid ending to the After Eden duology!

Ten E-Books I Plan To Read This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books I plan to have in my beach bag this summer, or summery books. Now, this year I am actually having a proper summer holiday as a celebration of completing my postgraduate degree! I’ve decided (over much deliberation… I do so love my ‘real’ books) to catch up on some books on my Kindle. My kindle is lighter to take and I could do with some books being read on there! So not all of these books are particularly summery, but they’ll be what I read this summer!

Click on the book title underneath the books to get to Goodreads!

Ask Again LaterWe'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Ask Again Later Liz Czukas- I have heard good things about this book! I don’t know much about it, but I’m looking forward to reading it!

We’ll Always Have Summer Jenny Han- I am looking forward to finishing this trilogy, which has been much deeper than I expected!

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Almost Emily- Michaela MacColl– I’m intrigued by this historical fiction about Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

16 Things I Thought Were TrueJanet Gurtler– This book sounds like it’ll be an intereresting, possibly heart warming contemporary. A perfect beach read.

Boy In The TowerBeing Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1)

Boy In The TowerPolly Ho-Yen– This book has been on my radar for a long time now, and I’m hoping this summer is the time that I’ll get around to reading it!

Being Jamie BakerKelly Oram– I haven’t read this author before, but my friend Luna recommended this book! So of course, I hope to give it a go!

The Break-Up ArtistBoy Meets Boy

The Break-Up ArtistPhilip Siegel– I can’t believe that I haven’t got around to this book yet, so I’m hoping to change that ASAP!

Boy Meets BoyDavid Levithan– I’m working my way slowly through David Levithan’s books and Boy Meets Boy is the next on my list!

Cruel BeautyChasing Stars (After Eden, #2)

Cruel BeautyRosamund Hodge– It’s about time that I got around to reading this book! Hopefully this summer!

Chasing StarsHelen Douglas- I really enjoyed After Eden, and can’t believe I haven’t got around to reading the next book yet!

What will you be reading this summer? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

After Eden

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How did I get it?:
A Christmas present from my sister, Beth.

Synopsis:

When mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school Eden Anfield is intrigued. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So how come he doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

As Eden falls in love with Ryan, she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written fifty years in the future. Unravelling Ryan’s secret, she discovers he has one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

Thoughts:

I’ve had this book since Christmas, but have only just got around to reading it. It’s an intriguing story, which is only 288 pages long, so it doesn’t take long to tear through it. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got from After Eden was a sweet, short, well-written book with a sci-fi element.

After Eden follows Eden and her friends. Ryan is the gorgeous new boy at school that all the girls are swooning over. Eden notices that Ryan is not like the rest of her peers. He doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler. She begins to think Ryan is part of a cult, but when she starts questioning Ryan, she’s determined to get to the bottom of his secret. After visiting his house, she accidentally picks up one of his textbooks. It’s a biography of her best friend, Connor. The trouble is it was written fifty years in the future. How did Ryan get this book? Why is Ryan interested in Connor? What are Ryan’s intentions with Eden?

I enjoyed After Eden. I’m not always a fan of time travel books, but this one is done particularly well by British writer, Helen Douglas. It was intriguing to find out why Ryan was involved with Eden and her friends.
Eden and Ryan have a fantastic, lovable relationship. Hooray for the author not using insta-love. There’s an attraction from the start, but their romance is a slow build. I loved the parts of the book where Eden and Ryan were together.

I’m really pleased to read there is a sequel (Chasing Stars) to this book. Some rather interesting developments happened towards the end, and I worried we’d be left hanging. I think After Eden is well worth reading!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

WWW Wednesday #63

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 reading Far From You by Tess Sharpe. A very hyped book, but a book that deserves the hype in my humble opinion. It’s fantastic. I’m likely to finish it today. Every single time I pick it up, I find it very hard to put down again.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Jennifer Brown definitely writes about issues in her books. From gun crime, to domestic abuse to this one, which centres around a boy with severe OCD. I loved how this book explored OCD and also the impact it has on a family.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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After Eden is my next read! My sister got me this book for Christmas (alongside some others) and I’ve finally found time to slip it into my reading schedule. This book looks really intriguing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it, hopefully today!

Please feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below or leave your link to your WWW post and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #51

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 of 2013. This year has flown by. I’m celebrating my blogoversary tomorrow! Chrissi Reads has been around for a whole year! Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

Christmas presents:

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I’m loving this selection of books. My sister got me Dead Girls Don’t Lie, Belle Époque and After Eden! I received Wanderlove and Anna And The French Kiss from my Secret Santa. I’m so excited to own these books!

Have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite?

Feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul!