Top Ten Freebie: Top Ten British Writers

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie, so we get the chance to make up our own topic. In celebration of all things British, I’m going to list my Top Ten British Writers. This list constantly changes but these authors always seem to crop up at one point or another!

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In no particular order:

James Dawson

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Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin are James Dawson’s fiction books, all of which are fabulous. For an LGBT non fiction read, I highly recommend This Book is Gay.

Emma Carroll

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Emma Carroll is a brilliant writer. I loved Frost Hollow Hall and The Girl Who Walked On Air.

Alison Rattle

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I have given The Quietness, The Madness and The Beloved 5 stars. I have loved every YA book Alison has come out with. I highly recommend her work if you’re into historical YA!

Cat Clarke

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Undone and A Kiss In The Dark are my two favourite Cat Clarke books. They both deal with serious issues in a sensitive and very readable manner.

Non Pratt

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Non Pratt’s debut novel Trouble was one of my favourite books last year! I am looking forward to reading her next book, Remix soon!

Jojo Moyes

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It’ll be no surprise for regular readers of my blog to see Jojo Moyes on my blog. I absolutely adore Me Before You and also enjoyed The Girl You Left Behind and The One Plus One too.

Alexia Casale

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I loved the unique The Bone Dragon by Alexia and I am very much looking forward to reading her next book, House of Windows. 

Siobhan Curham

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I absolutely loved Shipwrecked (note to self… need to continue with the next book!). True Face is an inspirational non fiction book!

Dorothy Koomson

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It’s hard to pick my favourite Dorothy Koomson book, but I adore My Best Friend’s Girl, The Ice Cream Girls, The Flavours of Love and The Rose Petal Beach.

Patrick Ness

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I know that Patrick Ness was born in the U.S but he’s an honoury Brit! I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go (…Manchee!) and A Monsters Calls.

What have you picked for your Top Ten Freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

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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 Authors I’d Love To Meet. I’m quite shy, so I don’t know if I’d have the guts to meet these authors if the opportunity was there… we’ll see! I realised that when I compiled this list that they were British and American authors. I do read more widely than that, but this is a Top Ten list after all. I can’t include ALL my favourites.

The British

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Malorie Blackman- author of so many amazing books- my favourite being Noughts and Crosses.

James Dawson- Queen of Teen. I love his books and have had the opportunity to meet him before but have always been too shy. His recent book, Under My Skin is great and for some fantastic non fiction- This Book Is Gay.

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Siobhan Curham- Siobhan is a very talented writer. I loved her recent non fiction book True Face, but Shipwrecked is pretty great too!

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer. I loved The Girl Who Walked On Air.

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Last but by no means least for my British picks is Alison Rattle who I find it hard to find a favourite book that she’s written. Her latest… The Beloved is incredible.

The Americans

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Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer. I may have only recently jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon but I’m glad that I did!

Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is intriguing me so far! One more book to go. I love her writing! The second book A Darkness Strange and Lovely is my favourite.

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Heather Demetrios is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. I loved Something Real.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy blew me away!

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Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy messed with my mind! But I loved it! My favourite instalment was the first which set up the trilogy so well.

Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is going to be a tricky one! I’m going to do my best to whittle down my all time favourite authors! I do love so many, many authors though but these are some of my RECENT top ten!

In no particular order:

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Jojo Moyes- This is a no brainer for me. She is a fantastic writer. I highly recommend Me Before You which is my favourite of her books.

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness– I adore Patrick Ness. I haven’t read everything he’s had published yet, but I’ve read A Monster Calls, More Than This and The Chaos Walking Trilogy. My favourite of his books so far is A Monster Calls. It’s such a powerful read.

The Madness

Alison Rattle– Alison Rattle is a gem of a writer. She writes historical YA so well. It’s hard to pick a favourite of mine, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Madness.

Under my Skin

James Dawson– Again, very tricky to find a favourite book out of James Dawson’s published works but I adored his most recent release Under My Skin.

The Ice Cream Girls

Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy Koomson is a terrific writer. She is one of my auto buy authors. One of my favourites of hers is The Ice Cream Girls. I highly recommend Dorothy Koomson if you’re looking for some adult fiction recommendations.

Something Real

Heather Demetrios– Heather is a great writer. I find her books to be raw and real. My favourite so far is Something Real which I recommend wherever and whenever I can!

If You Could See Me Now

Cecelia Ahern– I have to admit, I haven’t loved ALL of Cecelia’s books, but she till remains one of my favourite authors of all time. I still buy her books without reading up about them first. My favourite Cecelia Ahern book is If You Could See Me Now.

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

Malorie Blackman– I am late to the Malorie Blackman worshipping party, but she is pretty awesome. My favourite book of hers is Noughts and Crosses.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Sarah J. Maas– Another late discovery for me… but I’m glad that I discovered her. My favourite at this moment in time is Throne of Glass.

The Distance Between Us

Kasie West– I adore Kasie West’s writing. I loved the Pivot Point duology and I love her contemporary books as well. My favourite book of hers so far is The Distance Between Us.

Who did you pick as your favourite authors of all time? I definitely need to read some more male authors! The females are dominating! Hopefully I’ll pick up some recommendations today. Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! 🙂

Under My Skin

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How did I get it?:
I received it from Hot Key Books, in exchange for a honest review!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hollow Pike
Cruel Summer
Say Her Name
This Book Is Gay

Synopsis:

Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her…

Seventeen-year-old Sally Feather is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour – and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. Almost before she knows what she is doing, Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back – hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams.

But things quickly take a nightmareish turn. Almost immediately, Sally begins to hear voices in her head – or rather, one voice in particular: Molly Sue’s. And she has no interest in staying quiet and being a good girl – in fact, she’s mighty delighted to have a body to take charge of again. Sally slowly realises that she is unable to control Molly Sue… and before long she’s going to find out the hard way what it truly means to have somebody ‘under your skin’.

Thoughts:

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I adore James Dawson’s writing. I ADORE IT. He’s seriously become an author that I immediately want to read as soon as I hear about a new book of his. I often don’t even need to read the synopsis. I know I’ll want to read it, so when I had the opportunity to read Under My Skin, I had to jump at the chance. If you’re not into scary reads, then don’t worry, Under My Skin isn’t as scary as Say Her Name (that book still terrifies me, months on from reading it. Thanks James!) Under My Skin is an intriguing, utterly addictive read. I devoured it!

Sally Feather is a shy character who I believe many readers will identify with in one way or another. She’s incredibly relatable. One day, Sally is drawn into the House of Skin tattoo parlor. She’s particularly enamoured by the tattoo of a pin up Molly Sue. Molly Sue is dangerous though. She’s beautiful but dark and dangerous as the same time. Molly Sue was such an interesting character. She takes over Sally’s mind (and body) with her dark thoughts which leads Sally into all sorts of trouble- which I won’t explore…I’ll let the reader discover the sticky situations themselves.

James writes so well, it’s easy to devour his writing even though horror is a genre I generally stay away from. I just can’t stop myself when it comes to this author, even if I am freaked out months after reading his books! His stories are exciting, engrossing and hard to put down. I can’t wait to read whatever he writes next. I just know it’ll be awesome.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

Addictive, dark read. The Queen of Teen does it again!

Stacking The Shelves #109

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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!

Hot Key Books

Under My Skin The Beloved

I am so excited to read Under My Skin by James Dawson, who is one of my favourite male writers! I’m also looking forward to reading The Beloved after devouring everything else that Alison Rattle has had published! Massive thank you to Hot Key Books! 🙂

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True Face

I’m really looking forward to reading True Face by Siobhan Curham. This book comes out next month and is a non fiction book about being the real you!

Ninja Book Swap

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I was lucky enough to receive these two books from my Ninja, Aneesa. I take part in the Ninja Book Swap where book lovers buy two books and a present for their chosen person! I love being a part of it. I also received a beautiful notebook, a bookish necklace and some chocolate from Aneesa! Massive thanks to Aneesa for my beautiful gifts!

What have you received this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

 

Love Hurts

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK

Synopsis:

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Thoughts:

I was SO excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed when I got to it. I thought that this book was going to be original stories from some authors that I loved. There are some great original stories in there, but they’re few and far between. What I actually found was that I skipped a lot of these stories- either because I had read them already and didn’t feel like reading them again…or I have the full book waiting to be read and I didn’t want it to spoil it.

I don’t want to put people off this book though as the extracts from the authors I love like Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are such high quality writing- it’s just not what I wanted from this collection of short stories. James Dawson’s original story is good and well worth reading.

This book would be perfect for those wanting to dip into some of these author’s writing or to read the original content that there is. I love the range of diversity there is within this collection.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Some good original content, but don’t expect to go into the book with fresh, new material from all of the authors! 

Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!