Stacking The Shelves #61

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!

Bought:

15790873 12578077 18079804 18138917 17332564

A bit of a range of books here, as usual! I bought This Is What Happy Looks Like, as I received The Geography of Me and You last week and remembered I’d missed out on a Jennifer E.Smith book. This isn’t a series, but if I like an author, I try to read all of their books. I bought Obsidian as I’ve heard SO much about Jennifer L. Armentrout that I thought it was time to read her work. Obsidian is the book that was suggested to me. I bought Half Bad by Sally Green as I’d heard so much about it, by bloggers and also those pesky adverts on Goodreads that always intrigue me. A lot of my blogging friends are talking about Trouble by Non Pratt and How To Love by Katie Cotugno, so of course… I had to get them.

Bought from The Works online. Naughty, but nice prices!:

8Mar DoMeNoHarm Rhb.indd 16280557 17268830 13574542

I took advantage of the offers on The Works website. Do Me No Harm looks like a great thriller from Julie Corbin. I’ve also heard amazing things about Have A Little Faith by Candy Harper. I loved Paige Harbison’s Here Lies Bridget, so I’m looking forward to New Girl. I liked the synopsis of Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, so I picked that up as well!

NetGalley:

18068693

I adore Cat Clarke’s writing, so I can’t wait to read this soon!

Hot Key Books:

18482292 19208187

A massive thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me these copies. I am so excited to read both of these books. I loved The Quietness by Alison Rattle. The End Of The World As We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer looks brilliant too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your posts and I’ll come by and check them out at some point this weekend. Happy Reading!

Anything To Have You

18168638

How did I get it?:NetGalley- Thanks to Harelquin Teen

Previously read by the same author:
Here Lies Bridget

Synopsis:

Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading this book, despite it not being the most original idea. I thought it was easy enough to read, however, I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve liked to, I actually found them both quite annoying!

The story involves Natalie and Brooke who have been best friends for years. When a new guy arrives at the school trouble starts to arise. Both girls aren’t really happy with their lives. I thought the characters of Natalie and Brooke were realistic. I certainly recognised features in them that I recognised in people that I went to secondary school with.

I thought it was interesting for the story to be told from both Brooke and Natalie’s point of view. I wonder if this is so we can sympathise with both characters and see where they’re coming from. I’m not so sure that worked for me. I didn’t really grow to like any of them.

I do applaud Paige Harbison for covering darker subjects, drugs, alcohol abuse, pregnancy and cheating. There’s a lot going on in a short space of time, and I wonder if it was slightly too much for me?

Overall, I would still read a Paige Harbison book, but this one didn’t blow me away. I found it slightly predictable but readable.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- It’s an easy to read book, predictable but a nice filler between books!

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:

12989100 17258743 18168638 18241299 18336825

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:

7956260 12578313 12805941 13597696 17290286

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:

17522283 untitled

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!

Here Lies Bridget

8685622

How did I get it?:
Given to me by the lovely Luna’s Little Library

Synopsis:

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don’t worship as attentively, teachers don’t fall for her wide-eyed “who me?” look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she’s always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she’s wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she’s inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget’s about to learn that, sometimes, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough….

Thoughts:

Here Lies Bridget is the debut novel from Paige Harbison. My friend Luna gave it to me, as she really enjoyed it and thought I would as well. I really liked the synopsis, so I dived in on my journey to London one weekend. It was so easy to read and I devoured it on my train journey.

The main character, Bridget, is not entirely likeable. She’s not supposed to be. The first part of the book focuses on how much she intimidates people at her school and manipulates and belittles her friends, peers and teachers. It made it very hard for me to sympathise with her. I think that means though that Paige Harbison has really written the character well.

I found the story really picked up towards the second half of the book. Bridget gets to walk in other people’s shoes and realise what her behaviour has been like and how it has affected others. It almost reminded me of A Christmas Carol, except Bridget could actually feel what others were feeling. Bridget began to realise what she had been doing was just plain wrong. I thought the issues with her stepmother were handled well.

There are a lot of issues in this book that teenagers do experience, so for its target audience it is easily relatable. I think Paige Harbison’s debut novel is incredibly accomplished. She writes well and I’d definitely read more from her in the future.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
The Ghost Bride- Yangsze Choo

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.

BQMJzIlCAAESkcT

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

17456967

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

16070143

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

17614644

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

NetGalley:

11940384

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

18213013

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

18186807

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

Bought in the Amazon Kindle Summer Sale:

16279773

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

9591398

13538708

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

Borrowed from Luna’s Library:

403673 6574102 7422080 8685622 9741685

Thanks to Luna for these beauties!

Foyles haul:

7893725 12317877 12962924 13406425 17210540 17741066

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

Gifts:

16925847

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

17164399

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!