The Ones That Got Away #7

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

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Good At Games- Jill Mansell

Good At Games

Synopsis:

Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband’s sperm sample. It didn’t really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn’t married. It wasn’t a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. But when you’re trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvise, don’t you? And it wasn’t actually love at first sight. Still, it was undeniably a healthy attack of lust. And it might just be the beginning of something special…

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The Marble Collector- Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector

Synopsis:

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

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Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Synopsis:

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

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Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

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The Doubt Factory- Paolo Bacigalupi

Synopsis:

Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses–and his radical band of teen activists–is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

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Passenger- Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Synopsis:

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts! It’s fun to discuss.

Three Amazing Things About You

Three Amazing Things About You

How did I get it?:
Received from Headline via Bookbridgr!

Synopsis:

Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her; he’s even single. But he’s out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie hasn’t got long to live.

Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more…

Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.

THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. She’s about to get a new heart. But whose heart is it?

Thoughts:

I haven’t had the best of luck with women’s fiction/chick-lit recently, but I really liked the sound of Jill Mansell’s new book, so I was very happy to receive a copy of it. Three Amazing Things About You follows many characters as they go through massive changes in their lives. It’s funny at times and heart breaking at other points, but overall what I got was an engaging, quick read.

Hallie was my favourite character to read about. She has Cystic Fibrosis and is very much in love with her doctor, who is totally out of reach. Hallie’s condition is worsening and she’s waiting for a lung transplant. Hallie stores her feelings inside and instead gives advice to others on her website ‘Three Things About You.’  Tasha unexpectedly finds the man she’s been waiting for, but unlike her, he’s very adventurous and lives for extreme activities. My least favourite character was Flo, who falls for Zander despite his sister being quite horrible!

I really liked that Jill Mansell included a character with a chronic illness. I think it’s so important to represent individuals that do have conditions and to explore them in a sensitive manner just like Jill has done so. I wondered whether all of the characters would connect together, but they do eventually and in a way that I didn’t expect. This book is more than your average ‘chick-lit’.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A thought-provoking read which is deeper than your average chick-lit!

Stacking The Shelves #30

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 Goodreads page!

I have a HUGE haul this week. This comes from Random House’s blogger brunch, NetGalley, the Amazon kindle sale, my friend Luna lending me books and spending too much time in Foyles. Oops.

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This is me simply sitting behind Luna and I’s book haul after spending time in Foyles book shop in London.

So first things first- Random House. To read my account of my time at Random House click HERE

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This book is out now! I’ve finished it and reviewed it already, it’s an incredible read.. review HERE.

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I haven’t read any Lauren Kate before, so I’m intrigued.

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I’m very intrigued about this book. I’ll try to read it soon!

NetGalley:

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I like a crime/thriller read every now and again and this seems like a great choice!

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I’m so excited about this one. I did a little happy dance when I was approved.

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I love Jojo Moyes, she’s one of my auto-buy authors.

Bought in the Amazon Kindle Summer Sale:

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I adore Lindsey Kelk. Her books are so easy to read!

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These books just look like FUN and they have awesome titles.

Borrowed from Luna’s Library:

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Thanks to Luna for these beauties!

Foyles haul:

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A lot of these were recommended by Luna. So if I don’t like them I’ll blame her 😉

Gifts:

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A book from the queen of chick-lit. Don’t mind if I do!

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I’m intrigued by this book!

Phew! So that’s it for this week! Please feel free to leave links to your hauls and I’ll come by and see what you’ve got!

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. They love making lists and so do I! This week’s list is Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun.

I’ve realised that most of my ‘light and fun’ do deal with serious issues so I’ve tried to pick books that made me feel good/laugh out loud. Click on the book images to learn more about the book!

In no particular order..

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Watermelon by Marian Keyes- Marian Keyes always writes books which I find so easy to read. They’re nice to pick up because I know I’m going to enjoy them.

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella- Sophie Kinsella is another author that I know I’ll enjoy when I read her. Her books quite often make me laugh out loud.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- I’ve read this book recently and enjoyed the more light-hearted John Green!

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The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E.Smith- It’s such a sweet story. It made me smile.

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Adorkable by Sarra Manning- The title is awesome. The book is good fun.

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Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern- I loved that this story was made up of text messages, emails, instant messages etc. It was such a sweet read. I love Cecelia Ahern, she’s my favourite ‘chick-lit’ author.

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The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy Koomson is a great author. I had read some of her other books before I read this one. I found The Cupid Effect so easy to read.

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I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk– I can almost hear my sister sighing from London.. (she hates chick- lit with a passion!) I am a sucker for it though and the ‘I Heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk is perfect chick-lit.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon- I often laugh out loud with Paige Toon’s books. Johnny Be Good combines music/rock stars with perfect chick-lit. A winner for me.

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell- Jill Mansell is a fabulous chick-lit writer. I particularly liked the themes in this book!

What are your top ten books when you need something light and fun? Feel free to share your link and I’ll come and visit your blog 😀