Stacking The Shelves #185

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!

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Bought:

Far from the Tree

I enjoy Robin Benway’s writing and I’ve heard good things about this book!

NetGalley:

Super excited about this book! It sounds fabulous.

I love a thriller… as you can see. I’m intrigued by this one. I requested it on its description of disturbing…what does that say about me?

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post!

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Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Oliver’s absence split us wide open, dividing our neighborhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you’re shaking. 

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about. 

But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?

Thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, but its synopsis intrigued me. I haven’t read many contemporary YA books about kidnapping! I expected this book to be a little bit darker than it actually was. This didn’t spoil my opinion of it though, I thought it was an interesting, easy to read book.

Emmy & Oliver is about the relationship between our main characters after Oliver returns from being kidnapped by his father. Oliver has been living his life in New York for the past ten years. Oliver returns home and understandably a lot of things have changed. He initially struggles to fit in. Emmy is keen to pick up from where they left off. Emmy’s parents have been incredibly overprotective since Oliver’s disappearance. She often finds herself lying to her parents as they couldn’t cope with what she’s really doing…surfing and applying to a college where she’d live away from home. Oliver’s return is difficult, but Emmy is keen to build their relationship back up again.

I loved reading this book from Emmy’s point of view. She was an immediately likeable character. I loved her sense of humour and her determination to do what she wanted to do with her life, despite her overprotective parents. I absolutely adore her friendship with Drew and Caro, her best friends. They were both brilliant characters. Emmy and Oliver’s friendship that blossomed was totally believable. I loved reading about their interactions and how Oliver began to open up to Emmy.

With hindsight, I’m glad that this book wasn’t the darker read that I wanted it to be initially. I was happy to read lighter moments as it showed that Oliver was beginning to rebuild his life he once had and that made me happy. At the same time, I loved that Robin Benway didn’t shy away from the difficulties and emotions that Oliver experienced. It would have been unrealistic to think that life would immediately go back to normal.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An easy to read book! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the main characters!

This Week In Books #77

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Noggin Emmy & Oliver The Betrayals

NOWNogginJohn Corey Whalley– I am about 1o0 pages into this very unique story about a boy who was dying of cancer. He took part in a scientific experiment where he was decapitated, his head was frozen and then transplanted onto another body. I’m finding it very interesting so far.

THENEmmy & OliverRobin Benway– I recently finished this cute YA contemporary read about a boy who returns to his family ten years after being kidnapped by his father.

NEXTThe BetrayalsFiona Neill– I’m hoping to read this book over the weekend (I’m back teaching today. Goodbye summer!) I am reading this book the Talking About feature that I do with my sister, Beth.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your post or let me know in the comments below. Happy reading! 😀

This Week In Books #76

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW- Emmy & Oliver- Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard really great things about this book. I’m totally in the mood for a contemporary read!

THEN- Last Seen Alive- Claire Douglas

Last Seen Alive

I recently finished this book which was highly recommended to me by my sister, Beth. It’s such a great thriller. It kept me guessing!

NEXT- Noggin- John Corey Whaley

Noggin

I’ve heard mixed opinions about this book, but I’m excited to give it a try! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or let me know in the comments below. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #165

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!

Bought:

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard such good things about this book, it’s been on my TBR for a while now, I thought it was about time to get a copy!

The Trophy Child

I adore Paula Daly’s writing and some of my favourite bloggers have enjoyed this, so I’m eager to read it as soon as I can.

Girl in Pieces

This is another book that I’ve seen around everywhere and it’s been so positively reviewed! I want to read this soon too… the bookworm struggles.

This One Summer

This graphic novel has been on my radar for a while now. I just had to pick up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves recently? Let me know!

Top Ten 2015 Releases That I Meant To Get To But Didn’t!

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week the list is about ten 2015 releases that we meant to get around to but never did!

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Underneath Everything- Marcy Beller Paul

Underneath Everything

This book came out late October, but I hadn’t managed to get around to reading it yet. I’ve heard good things though, so hopefully I can get around to it soon! We’ll see! 🙂

The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart- Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

This was another late in the year release, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet as this book feels like it’s been on my radar for months on end!

First and Then- Emma Mills

First & Then

The simple but beautiful cover appealed to me in this book.

The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids- Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

I really enjoy Sarah Ockler’s writing! I’m surprised I didn’t get around to it in the summer!

Emmy & Oliver- Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I really want to read it ASAP!

The Lies About Truth- Courtney C.Stevens

The Lies About Truth

I adored Courtney’s debut Faking Normal. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet, as I LOVE Patrick Ness, but hopefully I’ll be able to read it as soon as I can in 2016!

The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

I am SO intrigued by this book. I really want to read it! I don’t know why I haven’t yet…

Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am so intrigued to read this book after reading so many terrific reviews. Hopefully soon!

99 Days- Katie Cotugno

99 Days

This looks like a cute contemporary. I have heard very mixed things about this book, so I’m immediately intrigued!

What 2015 books did you mean to get to? Feel free to leave a link to your posts below and I’ll stop by!