British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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Fifteen Bones

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How did I get it?:
Received from author in exchange for a honest review.

Synopsis:

Jake is not a bad person – he used to be the class joker, the comedian. He used to have ‘potential’. But now he’s been expelled from five schools and only Cattle Rise, a tough inner-city school, will take him. All he has to do is survive these first few weeks because otherwise he’s heading to the Detention Centre. But survival means keeping his head down, and that’s not something Jake’s very good at. What nobody knows is that Jake is drowning in grief – a grief that makes him angry and violent and unafraid. Then one night he hears screams in the night from the girl next door. Could it be that Robin’s trapped in a fate worse than his? Perhaps, in helping her, he can help himself. But, as he’s drawn into Robin’s world, Jake realizes that he’s about to discover what real danger is.

Thoughts:

I had heard about this book before it was recommended to me by Jim over at Yayayeah. I thought that the synopsis sounded incredibly intriguing. The author was kind enough to send me a copy of Fifteen Bones so I could read and review it. I’m pleased I finally got around to picking it up. It’s definitely an interesting debut and quite unique compared to any other debut I’ve read so far this year.

Fifteen Bones centres around Jake who we find out is having an incredibly tough time. He’s been expelled from many schools and only a tough school will take him in. If he doesn’t behave himself then he will be sent to a detention centre. Jake’s not good at keeping out of trouble. It just seems to find him. Jake has a secret though. He’s behaving in this way because he is struggling with grief. Jake’s life begins to be dangerous when he meets Robin, the girl next door.

I have to be honest, it took me a while to get into Fifteen Bones but after a while it started to click and I began to really appreciate it. It’s definitely a book that gets better as it goes on. Fifteen Bones is a raw look at life for teenagers in the world of gang culture. It’s fascinating, but scary at the same time. I think that the author has really captured the characters beautifully. I didn’t necessarily love the characters, but I could appreciate that they were well written and intriguing. I can imagine that this book would be incredibly relatable to male teenagers, but it is definitely a book that can be enjoyed by both sexes and from Young Adult upwards.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A very authentic story about modern day teenagers and gang culture! It was a slow burner for me, but I appreciated the story as it progressed!

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read. It was hard to keep it to ten!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

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Most of these books have been recommended by either my sister Beth, Luna, my non-blogger but avid reader friend Rachel, Jim and others are just intriguing as so many bloggers love them!

Fifteen BonesR.J Morgan– Jim brought this book to my attention. I’m reading it soon and I’m very excited to get to it!

Sweet EvilWendy Higgins– A while back I had a discussion post about religion in literature. This book was recommended to me in the comments by the wonderful blog Overflowing Bookshelves.

Throne of GlassSarah J. Maas– I need to read this book. There is so much hype surrounding it, and every time I mention that I haven’t read it… I get very shocked looks! Eek!

If You Find MeEmily Murdoch- I have heard that this book is brilliant. I hope to get to it as soon as I can!

Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– Everyone seems to love this book and the playlist that comes with it. Intrigued!

What’s Left Of MeKat Zhang– A lot of my favourite bloggers seem to adore this book. I need to read it!

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’ve recently been bought this book for my birthday (which is today actually, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!) I can’t wait to read it! I’m thinking of reading it ON my birthday as it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a long time now.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs– So many people love this book and I’m so intrigued. I’ve been told to read it so many times now. I’ll be getting to it this month as part of my Luna’s Picks feature!

The OriginalsCat Patrick– This book was recommended to me by my friend Rachel. It does sound fantastic!

The Green Mile- Stephen King– My sister Beth, is a massive Stephen King fan. I’ve read Carrie on her recommendation, but this is another one she really wants me to read!

Who are the book pushers in your life? What books have you been told you HAVE to read? Leave me your links to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #78

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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!

I’ve got a bigger haul than the past few weeks. Blame pay day and my lack of restraint!

Bought:

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Fixing DelilahSarah Ockler– I loved Twenty Boy Summer and I’m hoping to read #scandal very soon. I’ve enjoyed Sarah Ockler’s writing, so I decided to pick this book up. It sounds intriguing.

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlJesse Andrews– I’ve heard so much about this book. I can’t wait to get to it!

RumpLiesl Shurtliff– This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, it sounds amazing!

The Secret Hum of A DaisyTracy Holczer– I think that this is going to be a powerful, emotional read about family.

The Snow QueenAlana Albertson– This is a dance based novella which I can’t wait to read.

On The Fence- Kasie WestI adore Kasie West’s writing and this book looks like a perfect summer read.

NetGalley:

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I’ve seen this book titled as Big Little Lies and Little Lies. Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to reading it after enjoying Liane Moriarty’s book The Husband’s Secret.

Received from author:

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Thank you so much to Becky for sending me a copy of this book!

Ninja Book Swap:

I received a lovely parcel from Jen at Dark Readers with this book inside, a journal and a beautiful bookmark.

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If you want to learn more about the Ninja Book Swap check out this blog HERE

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your hauls!