Top Ten Characters That You’d Like To Check In With

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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 characters that you’d like to check in with. You know those characters who you want to continue learning about, the ones you might want to know how they got on next! A tricky topic, but it’s been fun to think about.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Pointe This Girl (Slammed, #3)

Theo from Pointe– I’d like to see how Theo is getting on. I simply adored this book. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but I connected so much to Theo and would like to see how she progresses next.

Layken and Will from the Slammed series– Even though This Girl wasn’t my favourite of the series, I felt I really knew the characters by the end of the series. I’d love to see what happened next to them.

Of Scars and Stardust The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Claire from Of Scars and Stardust– This book was so creepy and mysterious. I would love to get some answers to unanswered questions!

Grace from The Secret Hum of A Daisy– I would love to read about how Grace and her Grandmother’s relationship continued to grow.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2) The Girl Who Walked On Air

Lola from Lola and The Boy Next Door- Lola is my favourite characters out of the books. I’d love to know what happened next for her!

Louie from The Girl Who Walked On Air– Louie was such an adorable character! I’d love to read more of her adventures.

Open Road Summer Me Since You

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer- This is one of my favourite summer contemporaries. I’d love to catch up with the characters!

Rowan from Me Since You- This book packed a real emotional punch with me. It was completely unexpected. I’d want to know more about how she moves on.

Golden Boy Saving June

Max from Golden Boy- I simply adored Golden Boy. There are some amazing characters in this book, I found Max particularly inspiring.

Harper from Saving June- Harper grows so much in this book. I’d love to know more about her!

Which characters would you like to check up on? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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Me Since You

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Synopsis:

Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?

Thoughts:

I was starting to really dread reading this book. Not because people have hated it, but because I had heard it was so intense. So many of my blogging friends have loved it, but they mentioned how incredibly intense it is. Was I ready for it? Yes. I can safely say though, it is an intense, emotional read, which I did have to put down at points before it got too much. I think a lot of readers are going to find this book to be a tough read. Not because it’s badly written, but it just packs such an emotional punch. It’s been a while since I felt so moved by a book.

Me Since You asks many ‘If Only’ questions. Don’t we all wonder at some point ‘If Only?’ From the get go, Me Since You feels very real. I know I’ve questioned what might have happened in a given situation at many points in my life. Rowan wonders what would’ve happened if she didn’t skip school that Friday. Maybe then her family wouldn’t be in the situation they’re in now. If Rowan’s police officer Father didn’t pick her up on that Friday, then he may not have been called to a bridge where a man holding his baby stood, ready to jump. Maybe if she hadn’t skipped school then her father wouldn’t have become depressed. So many questions and doubts run through Rowan’s mind. Her family has been destroyed. She has to learn to accept it and move on. But that’s not going to be easy.

I really liked how the romance in the story wasn’t the centre of attention. It’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t focus on the love interest. There is a bit of a romance, but it’s in the background and this is ultimately more about the damages a person can do to your life and the consequences of other people’s actions. The romance burns slowly and realistically.

This book isn’t perfect, but it’s very near. It’s full of grief and regret, but it’s also hopeful in places. It’s intense, so it took me longer than usual to read. That didn’t affect my thoughts on it though. It’s powerful and well-written. Definitely one to check out if your emotions can bare it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The One Plus One-Jojo Moyes

WWW Wednesday #56

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 over halfway through this emotional read. I’m enjoying it, the writing is easy enough to read, but the content is a bit intense. So sometimes I have to take a step back when I’m reading it!

What did you recently finish reading?

18682770I recently finished Little Celeste by Dawn McNiff. My review is coming up tomorrow. This is another book that packs an emotional punch. It’s aimed at middle grade readers. I think it’s still enjoyable enough for older readers. A very unique story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

18186807My next read (which I aim to start today) is Jojo Moyes’ The One Plus One. I can’t WAIT to read this book. I’ve had it for a while, but I’ve had other things to read. I can’t wait to get stuck into this book. I’m a huge fan of Jojo’s writing.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers in the comment section below, or leave me a link to your posts and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #48

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 Goodread’s page!

I’m really happy with my haul this week!

NetGalley:

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I had requested books ages ago and they all seemed to be approved at once! Most of these are January releases so I’ll try to get to them soon. Out of this little selection I’m most excited to read Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

Bought:

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I decided to buy these books because I’ve heard great things about them!  I can’t wait to read Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. I’m also excited to read Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her before.  I’ve also heard great things about Golden by Jessi Kirby and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m intrigued by Jenny Han’s series which kicks off with The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Oxford University Press:

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I am attending an Oxford University Press blogging event at the end of January. They kindly sent me these two books to read before the event!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your links!