Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

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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.

Riot

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How did I get it?:
Review copy from Hachette Children’s Books in exchange for a honest review!

Synopsis:

It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

But it is all so blatantly unfair – the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won’t.

It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT:

OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE.

Thoughts:

I have had a copy of Riot, for a while now and the Luna’s Picks feature, encouraged me to pick it up this month and get it read! I was expecting amazing things, as Luna had rated it five stars. (See her review HERE) I thought Riot was a good read, but I wasn’t blown away. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’m not sure. But for some reason I didn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to.

The premise certainly sounds interesting. It fits into the dystopian category even though it’s only 4 years in the future. Riot is set in 2018, England is overpopulated and the government have decided that they will sterilise the unemployed and the uneducated. I think this is a terrifying idea. I think my problem was that it’s only 4 years from now. I found it hard to believe that our society would spiral that low in such a short period of time. Perhaps I have too much faith in society? Perhaps I’m wrong.

What I did like about this book, was that it made me think. It raises some interesting questions and it made me consider if human rights would seriously be lost in the future. It made me consider what would happen if the government didn’t respond to society. So, with this in mind, Riot was a thought-provoking read. I also thought the writing was very strong. It’s a fast-paced, engaging read. It’s just not a book that I really connected with.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars. I thought it was engaging enough, but I wasn’t invested enough in the story to really enjoy it.

Stacking The Shelves #57

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:

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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.

NetGalley:

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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!