Everything That Makes You

Everything That Makes You

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

Thoughts:

Everything That Makes You was a book that I was really intrigued by and was really looking forward to releasing in 2015. I thought it was a great idea for a story, almost like the movie Sliding Doors. However, it fell short for me, and whilst I very much enjoyed it to begin with, I started to get a little bored with it. It didn’t capture my attention throughout.

Everything That Makes You follows Fiona who was scarred at a young age after she had an accident at the zoo. The other perspective asks the ‘What If?’ question and we follow Fi who is living her life unscarred. I think it’s really interesting to follow the same character along different paths. I never really got confused with who I was following. I did prefer reading about Fiona’s life and how she dealt with reactions to her. I couldn’t really get on with Fi though. She was whiny and little too dramatic. I don’t know if this was intentional on the author’s part, to make them so very different so their voices were distinct. I liked how the stories came together, and how some characters had relevance in both version of Fiona’s life, but in different ways. That was very clever.

I did really like how this book dealt with a few heavy issues. It ranges from physical disfigurement, serious illness, self-esteem, grief, guilt and much more besides. It’s good to see these issues represented in Young Adult literature.

I guess I was expecting more of a journey for the character. I wanted to see how she was going to end up where she was supposed to be, where life meant her to be, but I didn’t really get a sense of that. It was more about Fiona dealing with what life threw at her, but she didn’t really learn as much as I wanted her to. I wanted it to be deeper than it was.  It’s still a decent debut though, and I look forward to reading more from Moriah McStay.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An intriguing look at the ‘What If?’ question!

This Week In Books #14

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to take you to Goodreads!

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NOWThe Bones of YouDebbie Howells– I am enjoying this thriller. I’m hoping to get a review out ASAP! 🙂

THENEverything That Makes YouMoriah McStay- I was highly anticipating this book, I thought it was okay, but it was a little predictable!

NEXTForgive Me Leonard PeacockMatthew Quick– I have heard such amazing things about this book. It sounds intense. I’m pleased that I’m finally getting around to it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to any of your similar posts! 🙂

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. The first Top Ten of 2015 are my Top Ten Most Anticipated Début Novels for 2015.

There are quite a few débuts that I have my eye on for 2015! So here are just some of them…(Click on the book title to get to Goodreads!)

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The Wrong Side of RightJenn Marie Thorne- The cover of this book doesn’t give too much away, but the synopsis suggests that there is much depth to the story. This book seems like it’s going to be more than your average contemporary read (which I thoroughly enjoy as this list probably suggests!) I’m looking forward to this book releasing in March.

My Heart and Other Black HolesJasmine Wanga– As soon as I read more about this book I wanted to read it. It’s due out in February, and just sounds amazing. Let’s hope it lives up to my expectations!

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We All Looked UpTommy Wallach- This sound like a very unusual book- a mix of sci-fi and contemporary. I’m intrigued… This book releases in March!

ValiantSarah McGuire– Ooh I really like the look of this book. The line ‘début fairy tale’ got me! It is being released in June.

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Damage DoneAmanda Panitch– I’m not sure what I expect from this book, but I do really like the sound of it. This book releases in July!

MagoniaMaria Dahvana Headley– I have heard some buzz around this book, so it is that that makes me want to read it!

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Everything That Makes You Moriah McStay– I’ve seen this book around a lot already. The cover immediately appealed to me. This book releases in March.

UnspeakableAbbie Rushton– Ooh, another pretty cover. I am very intrigued by this book. It is due to be released in February!

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Like It Never HappenedEmily Adrian– I love contemporary all year around and this looks like a book I’d enjoy! It releases in June. It looks to me like a great summer read!

The Night We Said Yes- Lauren Gibaldi– Another contemporary read which looks fantastic! It is due to be released in June!

What are you looking forward to in 2015? I’m pretty sure my TBR list is going to be expanding! Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

5th Annual End of Year Survey

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Again,  I’m linking up with one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner. I can’t believe it’s time for another end of year survey! This year has been packed full of good reads, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Of course, it’s not technically the end of the year, yet, but if I read a book this month which HAS to go into this list I shall edit!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Okay, this is hard. Starting with a very hard question! Hmm… I would have to say either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Something Real by Heather Demetrios.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I enjoyed it, but expected it to be much better than it was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will forever push that book on everyone that asks for a recommendation!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

(These are just from books I’ve read this year, they may not necessarily have released this year…)

Best series: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Best Sequel of 2014: Dead Silent by Sharon Jones, Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Sarah J.Maas! Looking forward to reading more from her!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 Say Her Name by James Dawson

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t put it down!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a big re-reader if I’m honest!

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Max Walker from Golden Boy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Bird by Crystal Chan.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”- Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest- The Snow Queen-a novella at 80 pages.

Longest- Take Me On– 544 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The twist at the end of Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Haley and West from Take Me On– Katie McGarry

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Dee- Open Road Summer

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sorry to say it again, but Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt from Open Road Summer

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Ravka- The Grisha Trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This Book is Gay– James Dawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves– Robin Talley

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Half Bad– Sally Green

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Kiss in The Dark- Cat Clarke

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dear Killer– Katherine Ewell

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I have so many favourite blogs, but to name one of my favourites… is Katie from Sherlockianbooklover!

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Religion in literature

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Young Adult Literature Convention in London!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Keeping up with my blog considering how busy I am with my postgraduate course!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

You’re The One That I Want– Giovanna Fletcher

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Drowning– Rachel Ward. Only so more people can see it and hopefully want to read it!

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Mr B’s Emporium in Bath!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed The British Books Challenge, The 2014 Debut Challenge and by the end of December, I will have completed Luna’s Picks, Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2014 and hopefully my goals for the 14 series I wanted to finish/start!

 Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many! I’ll go for… Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half Wild-Sally Green!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Everything That Makes You– Moriah McStay

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter– Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Put less pressure on myself!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Eek, unfortunately I haven’t read any yet. Using some of my holiday time in December to do that. I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

So there it is… my answers to Jamie’s End of Year Survey. Please make sure to visit Jamie’s blog to see her answers and link up your post if you have completed the survey. Feel free to link your surveys for me to visit too. I love to see all of the answers!