Soulmates

Soulmates

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

The Spinster Club 

Synopsis:

Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.

Enter Poppy, the 17-year-old cynic with a serious addiction to banana milk, and Noah, the heart-throb guitarist; residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students, and…soulmates.

After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, (and a looming psychology coursework deadline), they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…

Thoughts:

I’ve read a few Holly Bourne books now, but had been shying away from her debut, as it was over 500 pages long. I don’t have a lot of time to read unless it’s the holidays, so I tend to stick to shorter books so my concentration doesn’t wane too much. I decided to put Soulmates on my holiday TBR and I’m so pleased I did, because I thought it was an excellent debut from Holly Bourne.

Soulmates may seem like a really overdone topic in YA, but Holly Bourne takes a new twist on it. In Soulmates she explores whether meeting your soulmate is a bad thing. The main characters Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance. However, their love is dangerous. A secret international agency is working on separating the couple, because their love is causing destruction. Poppy and Noah have to decide between the end of the world or a life without their love.

Even though this book is quite a beast, it’s so easy to read! The writing is delightful and I got easily captured within its pages. The characters are so easy to love. I always love the strong feminist tone in Holly’s books. It’s something I really appreciate. Poppy is a great character. I loved how she was so cynical about love but was totally open to it happening when she met Noah. It was a little bit insta-love, but for some reason it worked for me. I also appreciated how Poppy experienced panic attacks (although they seemed to disappear when she met Noah and I’m not sure that sat quite right with me!) It’s always great to read mental health representation in YA stories.

I loved how we occasionally got a different point of view from the secret international agency, it kept me interested as to why Poppy and Noah couldn’t be together. I was desperate to find out why. Soulmates is different because it has this almost sci-fi aspect to the story. It was a really interesting take on love! I would highly recommend this book, if you’re looking for something different in YA!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A wonderfully gripping read!

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about the books we want to get to this summer. I’m going on a summer holiday this year (woohoo- reading holiday with Beth!) and so I’m going to take my kindle and try to get some books read from there. I don’t want to be carrying loads of books in my suitcase! Here are ten books I’d like to get to this summer.

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Hating Game

I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m super excited to see if it’s as good as people say it is!

On My Life

I enjoyed Angela Clarke’s social media trilogy so I’m intrigued to read this one!

From Twinkle, with Love

Reading this book on the beach/by the pool? Sounds perfect to me!

Famous in a Small Town

I’ve heard good things about this author! Super intrigued to read this one. It screams summer to me!

Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #1)

I have enjoyed Suzanne Young’s books before, so I’m interested to see what this one is like!

Our Year of Maybe

This sounds like a fabulous book and I really enjoyed the author’s debut, so I have high hopes for this one.

Soulmates

I really like Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

This just looks like a fabulous summer read!

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for years. It’s time to finally get it read…

Call Me Star Girl

I’ve heard good things about this book too! Looking forward to it.

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

It Only Happens In The Movies

It Only Happens in the Movies

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Standalone

The Spinster Club 

Synopsis:

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

Thoughts:

I have been meaning to get around to this book for ages, so I made sure I had time for it recently. Holly Bourne is a terrific YA writer and I highly recommend reading her books if you haven’t done so already. I devoured It Only Happens In The Movies and I’m going to make it my mission to read the books I haven’t read of Holly’s by the end of the year.

It Only Happens in the Movies centres around the main character named Audrey. She has a summer job at the local, fancy cinema. Audrey has always been into drama, but when her own personal drama got too much with her ex boyfriend, she decided to not audition for the school musical and throw herself into her job. Her job was also an escape from her home life. She’s dealing with the aftermath of a messy divorce in her family. She’s concerned about her mum’s mental health after the divorce. Audrey has so much going on in her life, that her job helps her concentrate on something else. The trouble is, Audrey has become so jaded about love. She scoffs at romance movies and believes love like that only happens in the movies. Audrey meets Harry, a film maker, at her job and their relationship goes from strength to strength. Drama follows Audrey though and it’s not long before secrets begin to affect their relationship.

Romance does play a huge part in this story, but it was an interesting take because I felt it was more focused on how the relationships developed despite the struggles that both Audrey and Harry had in their own lives. They were both facing struggles but somehow managed to get together despite their own family drama. I thought I was going to predict where this book went, but I didn’t. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s not your typical romance ending and I bow down to Holly because of that. It’s real and raw and that’s what I want from my books.

Holly is also one of my favourites because she talks about issues that are often neglected in many YA reads. I loved how it addressed how movies have unrealistic expectations about romance. So many romance movies have either unhealthy or controlling relationships and they put this out as something ‘normal.’ That’s a big no.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. There are some laugh out loud moments alongside some very poignant and heart-breaking moments.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Holly Bourne isn’t your average YA writer. Her books are a lot deeper than you’d expect and she’s not afraid to show that life can be messy. Highly recommended!

This Week In Books #151

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.

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

It Only Happens in the Movies

I’m almost halfway through this book. I haven’t had much time to read but I am thoroughly enjoying this book!

THEN

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

I read this for my kid-lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

NEXT

Nine Perfect Strangers

I am looking forward to reading this one even though it has some very mixed reviews!

Let me know what you’re reading this week!

This Week In Books #150

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!

NOW

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

I’m reading this for the kid-lit challenge that I do with my sister, Beth! I’ve started it early as I’ve not got much time to read this week. Our reviews will be out on Sunday.

THEN   

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I absolutely adored this book! It was tough going but such an important book. I hope to have a review out next week!

NEXT

It Only Happens in the Movies

I am really looking forward to this book! It’s been a while since I’ve read Holly Bourne and I love her work.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about books we want to read in Spring 2019. I decided to go for my next 10 on my bookshelves.

I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Looking forward to this book! I may have read it by the time this list comes out!

It Only Happens In The Movies- Holly Bourne

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this.

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I’m still excited to read it!

Learning To Breathe- Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

I’ve heard good things about this!

A Very Large Expanse Of Sea- Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Can’t wait to read this!

A Spark Of Light- Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard good things… I like her writing!

Roar- Cecelia Ahern

Roar

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but I am a fan of Cecelia.

Fat Girl On A Plane- Kelly deVos

Fat Girl on a Plane

Again, good things heard!

The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

I’m very intrigued by this book.

Two Can Keep A Secret- Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret

I hope I like this one!

What are you hoping to read this Spring? Let me know!

 

Ten Books I’d Love To Find Under My Christmas Tree Today

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those that celebrate! 🙂

Here are the books that I’d love Santa to bring to me today. Click on the book image for the Goodreads page.

Fat Girl on a Plane

I’ve recently heard of this book and it sounds like a lot of fun!

Tyler Johnson Was Here

This sounds like an intense read!

The Kiss Quotient

This book has a character with Asperger’s at the centre of it which I’m intrigued by.

Learning to Breathe

I’ve recently heard about this book and I think it sounds like it could be an excellent read.

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m intrigued to see how the story continues but I’m yet to get a copy for myself.

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing and I’m trying to make my way through her books!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This sounds incredible and it has some great reviews.

Dear Evan Hansen

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this!

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’d love to read it ASAP! 🙂

Roar

I’m not a massive fan of short stories, but this collection does intrigue me!

What do you hope to get for Christmas book-wise? If you don’t celebrate, what do you wish for? 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by at some point!