Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year. These are books that are on my radar to buy at the end of December, if Santa doesn’t bring me them!

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

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The Murder ComplexLindsay Cummings– I have heard mixed things about this book, but I do really want to check it out!

The FalconerElizabeth May-Again, mixed opinions on this but I want to give it a go!

Torn AwayJennifer Brown– I love Jennifer Brown’s writing. I can’t wait to continue with it!

Love and Other Foreign WordsErin McCahan– This book has been on my radar for so long! I can’t wait to read it.

Checkmate and Double CrossMalorie Blackman– I know these two will be amazing.

Across The UniverseBeth Revis– Another book that I’ve heard mixed things about. I’m intrigued.

If He Had Been With MeLaura Nowlin-This sounds incredibly intriguing!

Born WickedJessica Spotswood– Love the cover and love the premise for this!

Kiss of DeceptionMary E.Pearson– This book isn’t my usual kind of read, but I’ve heard amazing things!

What have you asked Santa for this year? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

Given my TBR pile and wish list I could probably make a top 50 or beyond list! But I’ve limited it to ten that will definitely be in my possession ASAP!

Click the book image to go to the Goodreads page for the book!

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Night SchoolC.J Daugherty– I have heard so many wonderful things about this series. I really need to get my hands on it!

Truly Madly DeadlyHannah Jayne– This book has been on my wish list for a long time, but for some reason I haven’t got to it yet!

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Love and Other Foreign WordsErin McCahan– I’m hoping to get this book soon! I’ve seen it positively reviewed by a lot of bloggers/vloggers that I follow!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place- The Mysterious HowlingMaryrose Wood– This series just really appeals to me, for some reason. I think it would be fun!

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Across The UniverseBeth Revis– I’m very intrigued by this series, so I hope to eventually get around to reading it!

Evidence of Things Not SeenLindsey Lane– This is a 2014 debut that I’m very excited to get my hands on. I think it could be quite original!

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Trust Me, I’m LyingMary Elizabeth Summer- Another 2014 debut that I can’t wait to read. Love the title, love the cover, hopefully I’ll love the book!

Torn AwayJennifer Brown– I’ve read all of Jennifer Brown’s other books, so I’m looking forward to reading Torn Away!

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What I Thought Was TrueHuntley Fitzpatrick– I’ve seen mixed reviews for this book, so of course, I want to make up my own mind!

And We Stay- Jenny Hubbard– I’ve been recommended this book a few times now. It seems extremely dark, but like it’ll be an intense, interesting read as well.

So what books do you want to read that you don’t yet own? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts and I’ll stop by. I feel like this week my TBR is going to GROW!

Thousand Words

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How did I get it?:
I bought it

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hate List
Bitter End
Perfect Escape

Synopsis:

Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.”

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he’s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh’s photo — and didn’t look.

Thoughts:

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. She always writes about such relevant issues surrounding young people and Thousand Words is no exception. This is especially because social media and the use of mobile phones is so prevalent in today’s society. Thousand Words deal with the subject of sexting. A huge issue with young people today. I think it’s important that this subject is discussed because it is something that is hugely relevant. Thousand Words looks at the impact sexting has on a person and their family when the picture/message gets into the wrong hands.

Jennifer Brown has written a really realistic plot. I recently attended a child protection workshop about child protection. I work in education, and the child protection officers actually said how much sexting is becoming an issue in schools. They had heard of a certain case recently when someone had passed a photograph of their girlfriend on to their friends. The child protection officer told us how it is actually classed as child pornography when someone is distributing inappropriate pictures of a minor, even if the minor was the person that took the photograph. It’s very scary to me that this is now an issue in schools. I work with the 5-11 year olds. It’s terrifying that this is happening at such a young age, but many pre-teens do have the latest phone nowadays.

In Thousand Words, the main character Ashleigh is drunk at a party, she is encouraged to take a naked photograph of herself to send to her boyfriend to make him wish he was there with her. Totally plausible. Ashleigh and her boyfriend suffer a nasty break up. The photograph starts to circle and it escalates. People in schools that Ashleigh doesn’t go to see the picture. Everyone is calling her a slut, whore and life becomes incredibly difficult for her.

We know what Ashleigh has done from the offset, and the action takes place in the past and present tense. We see how Ashleigh is treated at school and what an impact it makes on her parents. I never even considered how something like this could affect the whole family, but it’s true. Ashleigh’s family do suffer because of her actions. Ashleigh’s relationship with her parents also becomes very strained.

Thousands Words is a good and relevant story, but I didn’t connect with Ashleigh as much as I wanted to. I actually felt quite disconnected from her. I felt sorry for her. I wouldn’t wish what happened to her on anyone. I just didn’t feel as emotionally involved as I would’ve liked to have been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good read. It’s just not my favourite book from Jennifer Brown.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This isn’t Jennifer Brown’s best book, in my opinion, but it’s still a good look at the dangers of social media and sexting if you’re interested in that subject.

WWW Wednesday #73

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 have just started The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan, so I don’t have much to say about it yet. I’m looking forward to continuing the series after enjoying The Beautiful And The Cursed. I’m kind of hoping that this is a duology though, I’m not sure if it’s got enough scope for a trilogy, but perhaps I’ll change my mind!

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I recently finished Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown. This book explores the implications of sexting when the message/photo goes viral. I thought it was another great read. I’m always impressed by this author’s work!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. I have heard incredibly mixed opinions about this book, so I’m excited to read it and form my own opinion. It certainly looks good?

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments or the link to your WWW Wednesday post! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #69- The one with fairy-tales and series

 

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 the Goodread’s page!

It’s been quite a busy book week! I’m very excited about the books I’ve got though. Again, I’m never sure when I’ll get to them, but hopefully sometime soon! 🙂

NetGalley:

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Stronger Than YouJolene Perry– I thought this book had an intriguing synopsis. I enjoyed Jolene’s previous book, The Summer I Found You, so I thought I’d give this book a try!

Thirteen WeddingsPaige Toon– I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing, so I was delighted to be approved for this book! I always find her writing a bit different to your average chick-lit. The characters connect to previous books and there’s usually a lot more depth too.

LandlineRainbow Rowell– I’m SO happy that I got approved for this book. I fully intend to read it soon.

The Opposite of LoveSarah Lynn Scheergar– Again, I was intrigued by the synopsis.

A Different MeDeborah Blumenthal– I’m not sure what I’ll make of this book, but I’m very willing to try it out!

Big thanks to publishers Orion, Simon and Schuster UK and Albert Whitman & Company for review copies of these books!

Bought for my kindle:

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NumbersRachel Ward– After reading The Drowning and thoroughly enjoying it, I thought it was time to check out this trilogy. I can’t wait to read it, but you know what it’s like… so many books on my kindle to get through!

Throne Of GlassSarah J.Maas– I really shouldn’t be starting more series but I just can’t help it. This author has been on my ‘get-to’ list as soon as I can. Hopefully I can read it soon.

Bought:

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Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman– I have heard so many good things about this series. I can’t believe that I haven’t read it before!

The Ask and The AnswerPatrick Ness– I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

WildwoodColin Melot– I’ve seen this book in the shops and around booktube. It looks gorgeous and totally my sort of thing.

BreadcrumbsAnne Ursu– This is based on The Snow Queen. I have a bit of a fairy-tale feel this week!

EverboundBrodi Ashton– I can’t wait to carry on with this series too!

Thousand WordsJennifer Brown– I’ve loved everything that Jennifer’s written so far, so I’m looking forward to seeing if this book gives me the same feels!

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy-TalesJamila Gavin– I have had this book on my radar for so long now, I’ve finally got my hands on a copy!

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

 

Perfect Escape

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hate List
Bitter End

Synopsis:

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.

With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.

Thoughts:

I’ve come to realise that Jennifer Brown writes books about issues. So far, I’ve read Hate List and Bitter End and both were about controversial issues. Perfect Escape is about a boy who is suffering with OCD and the impact it has on his family. It also explores the sibling relationship really well. I thought Perfect Escape was a touching and poignant story. It’s character driven and thought-provoking. It really made me appreciate how straight forward life is without OCD.

As I mentioned, the characters drive this book. They’re easy to relate to. Kendra feels like she has to be perfect to make up for her brother’s troubles. This of course, causes her much stress and pressure. Kendra makes mistakes, and instead of facing up to them, she runs away, taking her brother with her, hoping that by putting him in tough situations it’ll help with his OCD. I felt a connection with Kendra, even though nothing has ever happened to me, like it happened to her, but she just felt so real.

Grayson. Oh. 😦 I pitied Kendra for feeling like she had to be perfect to make her parents happy, but I also felt for Grayson. It made me appreciate how hard life is for someone with such extreme OCD. There’s a particular moment in the book where Grayson and Kendra open up to each other, explaining how hard their lives are because of the OCD. It was heart-breaking.

Perfect Escape shows how Kendra and Grayson deal with their issues, both mental and physical through the road trip they go on. I wasn’t sure at any point how it was going to end up. Would they get to California and meet up with their friend? Would Grayson get better? Would Kendra be less hard on herself? I didn’t know, and I won’t tell you, so it doesn’t ruin your journey with the book.

I’m so in love with Jennifer Brown’s writing. I can’t wait to read her latest book A Thousand Words which should be winging its way to me soon.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

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! 🙂