It Felt Like A Kiss

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Transworld Publishers

Previously read by the same author:
Adorkable

Synopsis:

Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family, and really, really good hair. Well, there’s the famous rock-star father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of ‘challenging’ boyfriends, but nobody’s perfect.

But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she suddenly finds herself fighting to keep her job, her reputation and her sanity. Then David Gold – handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious – is sent in to manage the media crisis . . . and Ellie.

David thinks she’s a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he’s a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds . . .

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Sarra Manning’s Adorkable so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into her ‘grown up’ book.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading It Felt Like A Kiss, I thought it was well written, funny and incredibly easy to read.

The story is about Ellie Cohen. A very good girl, apart from occasionally drinking too much and attracting some awful boyfriends. The guys she picks are people who need her help to overcome their problems, then once they’ve overcome their problems they finish with her for someone better. Ellie hides a secret though. She is the secret lovechild of a famous UK rockstar. She hasn’t met him before, and has nothing to do with him. However, Ellie’s life is turned upside down after a scorned ex boyfriend steals proof of Ellie’s dad identity and sells it to the tabloids.

What I really love about Sarra Manning’s characters, are they are so real. You can easily relate to them. I think most people know an Ellie or are Ellie. The good girl who is called uptight, simply because they don’t let go as much as others. It’s easy to see how Ellie, being the ‘good girl’ she is, felt completely overwhelmed about being thrust into the limelight. I definitely couldn’t cope with that lifestyle. Sarra Manning portrays Ellie’s struggles with being in the public eye incredibly well.  I thought Ellie and David’s (her love interest) relationship was believable, but I didn’t find David all that likeable.

I wasn’t overly fussed with the story jumping from Ellie to her mother Ari’s life. It was interesting enough, but I wouldn’t have missed it if it wasn’t there. I think that’s because I just really enjoyed Ellie’s point of view. I loved following her story and seeing how she coped with such turmoil.

I would definitely recommend this book to chick-lit fans. It’s engaging and incredibly readable. Worth taking a look at.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Burn For Burn- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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WWW Wednesday #57

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

10662420I’m just about to start Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I enjoyed the first in the series, Burn For Burn, but haven’t been racing to read this book. I’m intrigued to read it still, to see what happens.

What did you recently finish reading?

17183419I finished this book last night. I really like Sarra Manning’s writing. It’s incredibly easy to read, with characters you care about.

What do you think you’ll read next?

83346My next read is a book I’m reading for my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever read Through The Looking Glass, so this’ll be interesting!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions in the comments below or leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

End of Year Book Survey 2013

Click on the image to get to Jamie's blog!

Click on the image to get to Jamie’s blog!

I am linking up with Jamie from the fantastic blog The Perpetual Page Turner to fill in this bookish survey for 2013.

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist -)

YA – Ooh this is a tough one. I’ll go for Undone by Cat Clarke!

Dystopian – This is so hard. I love dystopian reads. I think it has to be Divergent by Veronica Roth though. I read all of the Divergent series this year as I was so late to it. Divergent was by far the best!

Historical Fiction – It has to be Cross My Heart (And Hope to Live) by Carmen Reid.

ParanormalPivot Point by Kasie West.

Science FictionThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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

Gutted by this answer, but it is definitely Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I couldn’t finish it. I was just so disappointed!

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan. I loved The Butterfly Novels, (which I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did) but the second book in the series nearly made me cry, and completely changed my opinion of a character I had previously disliked.

Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I’ve got most people at my work to read it. It’s about autism from the point of view of a young boy with autism. It really opened my eyes.

Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’ve discovered so many new series this year, but I haven’t finished all of them yet. So I’ll go with one I have finished. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I loved Unearthly and Boundless, but I think Hallowed suffered from middle book syndrome. Other than that, I really enjoyed the series!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Katie McGarry.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t often re-read books any more, but I could possibly re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I hate to mention it again, as I want to try and mix things up, but this cover is absolutely stunning…

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Most memorable character in 2013?

There could be SO many answers to this question. I think I’m going to have to say Tris from Divergent. I LOVE her.

Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Another hard question. I’ve read so many beautifully written books this year. I think it might have to be Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

So many books have had an impact on me this year. But I guess, it’s one I’ve already mentioned, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Purely because I could relate to it so much and it had an impact on my working life.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From The Reason I Jump:

“True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect. That’s what I think, anyway.”

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(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.)

Shortest– Confession of A Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson (80 pages- novella)
Longest — Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages)

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’m just waiting for my sister to read it so we can discuss it! Hurry up, Beth 😉

Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Would it be completely pathetic to say Todd and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go? Yes, I’m totally going with a friendship between man and dog!

Favourite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier! (Review to follow!)

Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

A lot of my books are recommended by awesome people but I’d go for The Quietness by Alison Rattle. Recommended by the ever so lovely Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Young Adult!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

Best 2013 debut you read?

There could be so many answers for this, but I’ll go for The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns.

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Divergent or These Broken Stars.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Adorkable by Sarra Manning.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan and Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma.

Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I wish that OCD, The Dude and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn was wider read!

READING LIFE 2013

(optional)

New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I can’t really highlight a particular favourite as I love so many book blogs. The blogger that inspires me the most is Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish.

Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?

Hmmm… I quite like my Losing Hope review, but I often have issues of thinking my reviews are crap as I don’t have confidence in my writing! I just love to read and share my thoughts!

Best discussion you had on your blog?

By far… Is Reading An Admission of Defeat?

Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I loved Jamie’s post about her experience of working with a life coach.

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

I loved going to Hay Festival with my sister Bibliobeth!

Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Meeting some brilliant book bloggers in person!

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

Boys In Books Are Better– Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review: Billy and Me– Giovanna Fletcher

(Side note- a bit weird that these girls are related! Sister-in-laws!)

Watch the brilliant video of Boys In Books Are Better:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Sometimes (quite rarely 😉 ) I’m quite proud of reviews I write and they don’t seem to get as much love as I want them too.

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

I really love Ashley’s new book blogging community website. Check it out HERE!

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

I completed the British Book Challenge. I was supposed to read 12 British Books and I smashed that challenge. See how many I’ve read so far HERE. I didn’t quite complete my Classics Challenge. I’ve read some classics this year, but not all that I’d hoped I would.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

There are so many books that I need to get to, it’s insane! I really want to read Trish Doller though. So I’m going to start with Something Like Normal.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I’ve seen it on so many Top Ten lists that I’m very intrigued…

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Either Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi or again.. I’m sorry.. I’m a big fan.. The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to keep book blogging, continue to read awesome books and blogs and hopefully connect and meet with many more bloggers.

If you have filled out this survey, please feel free to link me to your posts. I love this sort of thing! I’ll be sure to stop by and check out your posts.

Stacking The Shelves #43

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!

NetGalley:

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I’ve been very good this week and I’ve managed not to buy any books! I couldn’t resist requesting these books though. I enjoyed The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle, so I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Devil’s Reprise. The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St.James and Nancy Rue looks interesting. I also can’t wait to read It Felt Like A Kiss. I really like Sarra Manning’s writing.

Please feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves post, and I’ll come and check out what you’ve got this week!

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. They love making lists and so do I! This week’s list is Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun.

I’ve realised that most of my ‘light and fun’ do deal with serious issues so I’ve tried to pick books that made me feel good/laugh out loud. Click on the book images to learn more about the book!

In no particular order..

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Watermelon by Marian Keyes- Marian Keyes always writes books which I find so easy to read. They’re nice to pick up because I know I’m going to enjoy them.

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella- Sophie Kinsella is another author that I know I’ll enjoy when I read her. Her books quite often make me laugh out loud.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- I’ve read this book recently and enjoyed the more light-hearted John Green!

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The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E.Smith- It’s such a sweet story. It made me smile.

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Adorkable by Sarra Manning- The title is awesome. The book is good fun.

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Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern- I loved that this story was made up of text messages, emails, instant messages etc. It was such a sweet read. I love Cecelia Ahern, she’s my favourite ‘chick-lit’ author.

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The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy Koomson is a great author. I had read some of her other books before I read this one. I found The Cupid Effect so easy to read.

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I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk– I can almost hear my sister sighing from London.. (she hates chick- lit with a passion!) I am a sucker for it though and the ‘I Heart’ series by Lindsey Kelk is perfect chick-lit.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon- I often laugh out loud with Paige Toon’s books. Johnny Be Good combines music/rock stars with perfect chick-lit. A winner for me.

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell- Jill Mansell is a fabulous chick-lit writer. I particularly liked the themes in this book!

What are your top ten books when you need something light and fun? Feel free to share your link and I’ll come and visit your blog 😀

Adorkable

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:
Welcome to the dorkside. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Jeane Smith’s a blogger, a dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand, and has half a million followers on Twitter. Michael Lee’s a star of school, stage, and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can’t they stop making out? This novel is about an unlikely relationship, but it’s also about roller derby, dogs on skateboards, dogs on surfboards, dogs doing any form of extreme sport, old skool hip hop, riding your bike downhill really fast, riot grrrl, those boys you want to kiss but punch in the face at the same time, dyeing your hair ridiculous colors just because you can, stitch ‘n’ bitch, the songs that make you dance, the songs that make you cry, being a bad ass, cake, love, death, and everything in between.

Thoughts:

Since I’ve started book blogging, I’ve picked up loads of recommendations and now my bulging to be read pile is a hell of a lot bigger than it was. I’m not complaining though, especially when little gems like Adorkable are recommended. (Thanks once again Luna)

Adorkable is a very cute, easy to read book. It follows Jeane Sminth, a blogger who owns a brand called Adorkable, despite still being at school studying. She’s completely different to others her own age but she embraces her dorkiness. Jeane is surprised when she finds herself attracted to Michael Lee, the typical popular boy at school. They keep their relationship secret, because they both don’t want to be found out by their peers.

At first, I wasn’t too keen on the characters Jeane and Michael. They’re both so judgmental, but once you get used to the characters you really are pulled into the story. I did like how unique Jeane was, and the way she embraced being different and standing up for what she believed in.

Adorkable is incredibly easy to read. It doesn’t have a complex plot, it’s a story that you can easily enjoy without feeling like it’s a chore to read. I think it has some important messages for teenagers and I like the message it portrays about being okay to be different. I also loved how modern the content was. Adorkable used facebook, twitter and blogs to describe Jeane’s social media interaction. It’s very relevant.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Dear Lucy- Julie Sarkissian