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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The Ones That Got Away #2

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS)

Hole In My Heart- Rie Charles

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Synopsis:

Are there wounds too deep to heal, pains too sharp to share? And if a family survives by cutting the ties that bind them, can they ever be whole again?

After losing her mother to illness and her father to his work, Nora Mackenzie must leave her home in the interior of B.C. for a North Vancouver school. Estranged from her classmates, her family, and the life she’s lost, Nora walls herself off from the people around her. At the same time, her young cousin, Lizzie, is facing an uncertain future as one of the first children to undergo open-heart surgery. As the operation approaches, Nora discovers that she is not the only person in her family isolated by fear and grief.

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Hunting Lila- Sarah Alderson

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Synopsis:

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.

After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organization called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.

In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realizes that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…

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A Song For Ella Grey- David Almond

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Synopsis:

“I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both…knew how they lived and how they died.”

Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world. This is her story – as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

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Firewallers- Simon Packham

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Synopsis:

Can her life get any worse? Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s suspended from work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish Island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company. Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy- Rachel Joyce

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

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Trust Games

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How did I get it?:
Received from publisher, many thanks to Piccadilly Press

Synopsis:

When kind, charismatic new drama teacher, Mr Moore, arrives at school, Beth’s life starts to look up. She’s cast as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and as she grows close to super-popular
Hannah (Juliet), Beth finally has the female friend she’s been yearning for.

Meanwhile it seems that all the girls – including Beth – are in love with Mr Moore. And when a scandal breaks, Beth must make a decision that can only have dire consequences for everyone involved.

Thoughts:

I’ve had Trust Games for a while now and I’ve only just got around to reading it! I thought it was an intriguing, quick read. It didn’t have as much depth as I would’ve liked, but this could be down to the size of the story. It still captured my interest and kept me turning the pages!

Trust Games is about a teenage scandal involving a student and a teacher. You’ve probably guessed right as to what the scandal is. The story is told by Beth, she’s not involved in the scandal, but watching from the sidelines as it all unfolds. It made me wonder if it would have made a more in-depth story to see it from the student’s point of view that was involved in the scandal.

I was conflicted though, as I said I kept turning the pages. The story felt believable and I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Beth as a character. I thought she was incredibly moody and came across as a lot younger than she was. I wish we had learnt more about the characters involved in the scandal. Beth grew on me though as the story progressed.

I thought the book has great content. It was interesting to see read about the controversial relationship and how it was explored. I really liked how Trust Games dealt with the contentious issues. It was an intriguing, short read that’s worth taking a look at!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A quick read, it may not have much depth as I would’ve liked but it’s enjoyable and easy to read. 

WWW Wednesday #95

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 Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m halfway through No Going Back by Alex Gutteridge. This book is a moving story about family, love and loss. I’m very much enjoying it, but haven’t had much time to sit and finish it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Trust Games by Simon Packham. This book was enjoyable, but predictable. I shall hopefully have a review of this book up soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. I’ve heard some good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

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

Stacking The Shelves #73

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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! Another smaller haul for me this week. I’m not complaining, I’m in need of these smaller hauls!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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I finally got my hands on a copy of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. This book has been recommended to me by so many people. I can’t wait to find time for it. I also got Take Me On by the wonderful Katie McGarry. I’ve already read this book. My review will be coming up later today.

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From NetGalley, I received Maria Semple’s This One Is Mine. I’m reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? soon which I’m looking forward to. I liked the synopsis of This One Is Mine so requested it quickly! Thank you to Orion!

I also received Trust Games by Simon Packham from Piccadilly Press. Many thanks to them!

What did you buy, borrow or request this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by at some point this weekend!

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

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 in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!