Geek Girl: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3)

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Geek Girl
Geek Girl: Model Misfit

Synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I lost myself in Harriet’s world. I have been meaning to read this book for AGES, but didn’t get around to it. The release of the next in the series (All That Glitters) is coming up this Thursday, so I thought I’d push this review forward in order to review All That Glitters before its release date. Oh, how I’ve missed reading about Harriet. She’s just so darn normal and easy to relate to. Holly Smale really is a terrific writer and she deserves every success with this series.

Picture Perfect follows Harriet’s adventures in New York, after Harriet and her family have to move there for her father’s job. Harriet ends up landing a modelling job, but modelling in New York is a completely different experience. Harriet feels alone, her friends are back at home and her boyfriend Nick seems to be distant from her despite being in the same country!

I’m trying not to say too much, as it is best left for each reader to enjoy. What I will say though, is I love how Harriet is growing as a character. She’s still recognisable as our lovable Geek Girl, but she’s changing, she’s maturing, she’s rebelling! Harriet Manners is one of the most real characters I’ve read about. Any girl could be Harriet and I think this is what makes this series such a success.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

If you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?! Fun, well written and immensely enjoyable!

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Stacking The Shelves #107: A small haul this week!

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 or title to get to the Goodreads page!

Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I recently finished Unhinged and automatically HAD to buy Ensnared. I hope I can squeeze it in to read soon! 🙂

All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4)

This book comes out in just under a week! 🙂 I’m hoping to get it read and reviewed by then! (Big thanks to NetGalley/Harper Collins UK) Geek Girl is such a fun and easy to read series.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul!

Stacking The Shelves #105

Click on the image to get to Tynga’s blog!

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 or title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

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I am so excited to be approved for A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I’ve really enjoyed the Throne of Glass series so far, so I’m looking forward to starting a new series by the wonderful Sarah J. Maas. Massive thanks to Bloomsbury!

Bought: 

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I can’t believe I haven’t read Picture Perfect which is the third book in the Geek Girl series yet. I’m hopefully getting to it this month! I love Holly Smale’s writing. I’m also looking forward to the recently released Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth. I have heard some amazing things about this book already!

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

The YALC Experience 12-13 July 2014

Photo credit: @Guardianbooks on twitter

Photo credit: @Guardianbooks on twitter

I was lucky enough to attend the first Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London this weekend.

This was my first experience at a convention/conference and it certainly WAS an experience. It was quite strange to be at an event within a massively popular event. YALC took place within the London Film and Comic Con which I’m sure a lot of you will be aware is massively popular. So amongst the bookish people, I found myself surrounded by some fabulous costumes including Spiderman, Poison Ivy, Elsa, Dobby and many, many more crazy costumes. I was impressed with how creative some people got.

Day 1

There were far too many people though and it was absolutely baking inside. Oh my goodness. 

Where the hell are the books?!

Despite being crowded there were a lot of things to see, and when I finally got in despite having an Early Bird ticket, my sister and I could NOT find the Book area. We got there at the end. Us bookish folk were shoved to the back, but that’s okay, because I was surrounded by books and my kind of people. I also got tickets for the panel that I wanted that day. Woohoo.

Ooh, I found the pretties!

Photo credit: @YALC_UK on twitter

Photo credit: @YALC_UK on twitter

The set up of YALC was lovely. Books everywhere and plenty of opportunities for those to pick up swag like badges, bookmarks, pens, wristbands etc. I loved that Hot Key Books arranged a book swap. Book lovers could swap one book for another. There were also plenty of places to purchase books from authors appearing at YALC and many more books.

The First Panel

The panel I went to on Day 1 was The End of the World as we Know it: The Ongoing Appeal of Dystopia. This panel included Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness and Sarah Crossan. Malorie introduced YALC in Klingon and in costume. Of course. There’s no other way when at LFCC.  I felt like this panel was incredibly interesting and brought up some fantastic comments about Dystopia. We learned that no author on the panel really wanted to write a Utopian novel…because where’s the fun in that? I think some very valid points were made about how readers look for escapism in their reading and how it’s interesting to believe that in a world that’s turned crappy, that there’s a glimmer of hope somewhere.

Signings

I have to admit, I didn’t have a good experience with the signings.  I don’t think it helped that the authors I really wanted to see were the hugely popular and wonderful Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness. I queued with my sister for an hour for Malorie Blackman, only for our line to be cut and be told that Malorie had to attend a talk 😦 Not her fault, but lots of fans were left disappointed. We gave up with Patrick Ness, just too many people and too little time for singings. We weren’t too disheartened though. We had had an amazing time.

I also loved catching up again with some lovely friends and spotting the bloggers I knew of, but I was too shy too approach.

Day 2- The day of 3 panels after another. Because…why not?

Trying to keep this day short and snappy, because I’ve wittered on a lot already and who knows if you’re even reading this far. Well done if you are! 😉

The queuing…

  • We got in much quicker. Yay, us!
  • It was less packed. I could breathe. Always a bonus.

I book swapped…

  • I managed to swap some books I’m not going to re-read and once I went back to the stand I had noticed they had gone. It gave me a really happy buzz to know that some book lover was going to enjoy my pristine condition books.

The three panels…

  1. The first panel was I’m Too Sexy For This Book with Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Beth Reekles, chaired by the newly crowned Queen of Teen, James Dawson. This panel was incredibly funny. It’s the first time I’ve seen all of these authors and they just made me howl with laughter. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the phrase ‘sexy time’ used so much. The panel spoke about sex within YA. It was hilarious. The tone was er… pretty low and there were innuendos flying everywhere. Everyone seemed to be loving the panel. It certainly was a highlight of the panels I saw. Despite the hilarity, some important points were covered and covered sensitively by this panel of talented writers and the chair. Taboo seemed to come up a lot and how sex in YA can often stop school libraries stocking the book. It certainly made me reflect.
  2. Next up was Crossover-Not Just For Kids with Matt Haig, Meg Rosoff, Anthony McGowen and Nick Lake. It was chaired by David Maybury. He didn’t quite have control over the panel, but it wasn’t surprising with the rowdy bunch of authors he had! 😉 What I found fascinating about this panel was that no-one could really define what crossover was. I think Nick Lake made an interesting point when he said young adult readers are much more open-minded about genres. I completely agree and think that this is such a positive thing for the genre, if we can call Young Adult a genre. Sometimes adult readers can get stuck in one genre and never broaden their horizons. I know, I used to just read one genre…
  3. The last panel for me was Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves with Holly Smale, Julie Mayhew, Isobel Harrop and Tanya Byrne chaired by Sarra Manning. I absolutely loved this panel. I think they all come up with such interesting points. All of these writers are YA writers, but their books are very different. It was intriguing to see how they came to write their heroine. I think Holly Smale made a good point about wanting to create a character that does have flaws. It is SO important for readers to know their literary heroines make mistakes too. She also made such a good point about courage and courage not always being a physical thing, but for some, stepping out of their comfort zone is courageous. I totally agree. Last time I saw Holly talk, I found her quite inspirational and this hasn’t changed. I also loved that Julie Mayhew made the point that characters don’t always have to be likeable and that’s okay. For Julie as an author, as many authors I imagine, the most important thing is the character provokes a reaction. I completely agree with this. I often find myself not liking a character and I never see this as a negative thing.  

With that, my sister and I decided to head off. I had a long journey home and I have work tomorrow! I went home with some lovely new books, a fantastic experience, some good laughs and a wonderful weekend spent with my bookish sister and like-minded people.

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013. I’ve read a lot of new authors this year, as I’ve really expanded the genres that I read. I’ve discovered some brilliant blogs with many book recommendations. It’s been hard to pick ten.. but here goes..

In no particular order.. (click on images for my reviews of the books!)

Cat Clarke

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I started reading Cat Clarke on recommendation from Luna from Luna’s Little Library. I personally feel like Cat Clarke’s writing has got better and better as the books came out. Undone was one of my favourite reads of the whole year!

Denise Deegan

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Another recommendation from Luna, I’m sensing a bit of a theme here. I loved this series, particularly the second book And For Your Information.

 Colleen Hoover

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I didn’t expect to love Hopeless and Losing Hope as much as I did.  Losing Hope was my favourite out of the three books of Colleen Hoover’s that I’ve read so far!

 Katie McGarry

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I absolute adore Katie McGarry’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. She can’t write them fast enough for me!

James Dawson

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James Dawson is the only male writer to make this list! I have read some other awesome new-to-me authors this year, but James Dawson is the only one that immediately came to mind without going to Goodreads. I have his book Hollow Pike to read and also can’t wait for his next book.

Cynthia Hand

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I really loved this series. I think Hallowed, the second book, suffered a bit from middle book syndrome, but in my opinion Boundless really made up for it.

Michelle Hodkin

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I’m a bit obsessed with this series and can’t wait until next year to see how the series concludes!

Rainbow Rowell

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I loved discovering Rainbow Rowell this year. I think my favourite of the three books that have been published by Rainbow is Eleanor & Park.

Siobhan Curham

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Yes, these books were recommended by Luna. She really does give me the best recommendations. I like both of these books equally.

Holly Smale

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These books are just such fun. I’ve discovered a lot of brilliant UKYA authors this year and Holly Smale is definitely one of them. She’s a lovely person too.

What authors have you discovered this year? Do we share any of the same authors? Please feel free to leave your links in the comments below and I’ll come by your blog!

Model Misfit

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK

Synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

Thoughts:

Model Misfit is the sequel to Geek Girl, which I read earlier this year. As soon as I noticed Model Misfit up on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I completely disregarded my NetGalley ban (I have too many books!). Sequels can always be a bit risky, especially when you love the first book, but I’m glad I requested Model Misfit as I thoroughly enjoyed and devoured it!

Ah, it’s so nice to be reunited with Harriet again. I noted in my Geek Girl review how much I liked Harriet as a protagonist. This hasn’t changed in Model Misfit. Holly Smale has created a character that you feel you really know and want things to go right for. Holly has a knack for making me laugh out loud with Harriet’s escapades.

In Model Misfit Harriet is still dealing with her stalker Toby, (who I love by the way!) her stepmother’s pregnancy, missing Nick and beginning a modelling job in Japan. Harriet meets plenty of new people in Japan, but someone is trying to sabotage her career. You’ll have to read it to find out who, and find out what funny things Harriet gets up to!

My experience reading Model Misfit was like the feeling you get when you meet up with your oldest, closest friend. Good fun and plenty of laughs. It was the perfect read for a cold Autumnal afternoon.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas