Comparing ‘Hurt’ by Tabitha Suzuma

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How did I get it?:
Received from Random House Children’s Publishers. Big thanks to them!

Synopsis:

At seventeen, Matheo Walsh is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is wealthy, popular – and there’s Lola, the girlfriend of his dreams.

But then there was that weekend. A weekend he cannot bring himself to remember. All he knows is that what happened has changed him.

Mathéo is faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola for ever . . .

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

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

Thoughts before you started reading Hurt?

CHRISSI: I haven’t read Forbidden yet, but I have it ready to read. I’d heard that Tabitha’s books are incredibly emotional reads.

LUNA: Having read Forbidden a couple of years ago I knew that Hurt would be a really emotional book. I thought about Forbidden for weeks after I’d finished and expected much the same from Tabitha Suzuma’s newest book.

What did you think of Mathéo and Lola as characters?

CHRISSI: I thought Lola was a lovely character, but not really instantly memorable. I thought Mathéo was going to be a horrible, cocky character, but I really grew to love him and really care about what happened to him.

LUNA: Admittedly I struggled with both, there was no instant connection. Lola is nice but didn’t stand out and it wasn’t until Mathéo started falling apart that I began to believe him. By the end of the book I wanted to crawl through the pages to help, something that doesn’t happen often.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: It took me a little while to get invested in the story, but when I was invested I was completely stuck in their world, feeling some of the emotions the characters were feeling. It’s certainly a sign of a talented writer.

LUNA: Believing the emotions. Mathéo turmoil is real, as are the reactions of Lola, Hugo and Isabel (even though they infuriated me). There is an understanding in Hurt. While I was reading I felt that Tabitha Suzuma got it.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: As I mentioned, it took me a while to get into the story. I’m not sure why. It could be because I found Mathéo so cocky, but once I got deeper into his story, I really felt for him.

LUNA: The beginning, I’d passed 100 pages before I was actively involved in Mathéo’s story and the repetitiveness of “he” was annoying. It’s a style choice, which makes sense, but as the reader it did grate me. Personally I also thought the descriptions were a bit longwinded on occasion.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: The ending was one of my favourite endings of a book this year. It really was incredible and actually made me cry. It’s not often I get that emotionally involved, but it happened with Hurt.

LUNA: When Mathéo’s little brother Loïc finds Mathéo crying. That scene was beautiful and so touching.

Was Hurt what you expected?

CHRISSI: It was emotional, like I expected. I really didn’t expect the subject matter though. I had many ideas throughout but I was wrong. So wrong!

LUNA: I felt like I’d been put through an emotional wringer at the end of it so yes, however the subject of the story wasn’t immediately obvious and when I figured it out I thought “wow” this book will be special.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: I’d definitely recommend it. It’s an incredibly hard subject to read about, but I’m pleased that Tabitha Suzuma has decided to handle the subject. She writes it very well.

LUNA: Absolutely but be prepared; this is not an easy book it’s an important one.

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WWW Wednesday #34

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 post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book images to find out more about the book!

What are you currently reading?

12946782I’m currently reading Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma. I’ve literally just started it, so I don’t have much of an opinion on yet it though. I hear it’s a very emotional read. I can’t wait to get stuck into it. My review will be published in about two weeks, it’s one of Luna’s Little Library and I’s ‘Comparing’ reviews.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I was intrigued by this book. It’s definitely an easy to read story but it does have some difficult issues within it. I liked Kelly Walker’s writing style. I’d definitely read more from her. My review for this will be published early next week!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have read so much hype surrounded this book so I’m hoping I’m not let down!

What about you? What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links to your posts or answer the questions in the comments below.

Stacking The Shelves #33- The Birthday Edition: part 1

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 Goodreads page!

On Monday 19th August it was my birthday! I’m getting my bookish presents from my parents this weekend so I have included what I received from other people and I guess I’ll have more to add to the birthday pile next week.

Borrowed from Bibliobeth:

Every now and then my sister unleashes a stash of books that she’s been storing for me.

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I don’t know anything about these books. Obviously I respect my sister’s opinion on books so if se thinks I’ll like them… then fair enough! I’m particularly intrigued by Reconstructing Amelia from this selection.

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I love Diane Chamberlain’s books so I’m looking forward to reading Necessary Lies. I’m also very excited about reading Kiss Me First. I’m also a huge fan of Jojo Moyes so I can’t wait to read Honeymoon In Paris.

Birthday Gifts (to be continued…):

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I’m pretty excited about all of these books. I can’t wait to read Insurgent and The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I loved the first book in those series, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next book. I’ve wanted to read The 5th Wave for a while. I’ve also heard great things about Cruel Summer and Forbidden. I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t got the other cover of Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. I liked the previous cover much better. However, I’m really looking forward to starting that series. I also have really enjoyed Emma Donoghue’s previous books, so Astray looks promising!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll come and check them out at some point this weekend!

Stacking The Shelves #31

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 Goodreads page!

Bought:

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These books are the next 5 on my 10 books that I want to read this Summer. I don’t go back to work until 3rd September, so hopefully I have a good chance of reading them. Why We Broke Up is illustrated and oh so beautiful. As is Boundless. I just can’t wait to finish the series. Grow Up is supposed to be very funny so I’m looking forward to reading that one. I also can’t wait to read Attachments. I’ve only read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell so far, but I really enjoyed it!

Bought for my Kindle:

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I have been wanting to read Left Drowning and The Originals for a while. My friend recently read and recommended The Originals, so I decided to get my hands on a copy. God knows when I’ll actually read it. Perfect Chemistry and Not Pretty Enough were recommended on Read and Repeat’s Two Pound Tuesday feature. They sounded like my sort of read so I snapped them up.

NetGalley:

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I have to admit to being immediately drawn to the cover of These Broken Stars. It’s so pretty. The F List sounds like it’s going to be a tough read. I loved the synopsis of Gretel and The Dark. It looks like it’ll be an intriguing read.

Random House

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Thank you very much to Random House Children’s Publishers for the copy of Hurt. I can’t wait to read it!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Feel free to leave your links to your posts and I’ll come and check what you’re reading!

RHCP Summer Blogger Brunch

Yesterday I attended Random House Children’s Publishers summer blogger brunch at Random House’s lovely offices in Pimlico alongside many other wonderful bloggers. This is the first time I’ve met up with fellow bloggers and I have to say, they were all absolutely lovely. It’s nice to be around so many like-minded people that don’t judge you for your bookish habits/obsessions!

The first thing we did was to help film Lauren Kate’s UK book trailer. Her book Teardrop is coming out in November. We had to write down the last thing that made us cry on a card. Luckily (for me) we were able to hide our faces as we were photographed. I can’t wait to see the result of this video. I’m also looking forward to reading Teardrop. I haven’t read any Lauren Kate books before so I’m intrigued…

Unfortunately Beth Reekles was unwell, so couldn’t attend as guest speaker. We did have her lovely editor Lauren Buckland to answer some questions and discuss Wattpad and Movellas. It was incredibly interesting.

The RHCP team told us about a few upcoming releases. All of which sound fabulous! I’ve highlighted the top five that I’m particularly looking forward to. (Click on the book image to take you to the Goodreads page, an easy way to add it to your TBR pile 😉 )

Far Far Away Tom McNeal

Published 4th July 2013

Published 4th July 2013

In a small town where nothing ever happens, everything is about to change..

Jeremy can hear voices. But when he admits this, the townspeople of Never Better treat him like an outsider. Life has been tough after his mother left and his father became a reculuse, but one voice in particular proves his salvation: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.

But when a provocative local girl Ginger takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a heartbreaking chain of events is put into motion. As anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings..

Hurt- Tabitha Suzuma

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Published 5th September 2013

A new thrilling, emotional novel for teenagers from award-winning author, Tabitha Suzuma.

At seventeen, Matheo Walsh is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is wealthy, popular- and there’s Lola, the girlfriend of his dreams.

But then there was that weekend. A weekend he cannot bring himself to remember. All he knows is that what happened has changed him.

Matheo is faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever.

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave- John Boyne

Published 26th September 2013

Published 26th September 2013

From the bestselling author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS comes a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight- but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission.

Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name-on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by- a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place..

Blackberry Blue- Jamila Gavin

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Published 7th November 2013

Step into a magical world of enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches….A breathtaking collection of six brand-new fairytales by award-winning author Jamila Gavin.

Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to sava a lost king: join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

The Ransom of Dond- Siobhan Dowd

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Published 7th November 2013

A previously unseen story by acclaimed, multi-award winning author Siobhan Dowd, with exquisite artwork by Pam Smy.

She’d known from the day she learned to walk what destiny awaited her.

Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the haunting story of Darra-who, as the thirteenth child to be born to her mither, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns thirteen she’ll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle. She can’t think of a worse birthday present.

As ever, Siobhan Dowd’s compelling prose swells with emotion from the first page.

I’m so excited about these new releases and I can’t wait to get my hands upon a copy! Every blogger at the event was also given a goody bag with Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid, Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles and Teardrop by Lauren Kate amongst other goodies. I can’t wait to get stuck into these books.

The summer blogger’s brunch was a pleasure to attend. I loved meeting the RHCP team who are delightful and other lovely book bloggers.