Reviews

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough // Review


Title: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 26th January 2017

Synopsis: Louise – Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David – Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele – Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

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Review:

A thriller that will leave you in shock, and will leave you reeling for weeks on end after you finish the final page.

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Harry Potter Spells Tag!

Hi everyone!

I’m SO excited to do this tag finally! Thank you to the amazing Daniele over at Introvered Book Nerd for tagging me in this! I can’t wait to get started, and start exploring some Harry Potter Spells!

This tag was originally created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. All graphic credit goes to her as well!

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An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman! I am SO desperate to read this book it’s unreal!

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The Outliers by Kimberley McCreight // Review


Title: The Outliers by Kimberley McCreight

Rating: ★★★

Release: 3rd May 2016

Synopsis: Imagine if you could see inside the minds of everyone around you – your best friend, your boyfriend, your enemies…? Imagine how valuable you’d be… Imagine how much danger you’d be in… Imagine being an Outlier.

It all starts with a text:
Please Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from her one time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, and it’s up to Wylie to do what she does best, save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different though – Cassie’s texts are increasingly cryptic and scary. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie asked him to help. Trusting the super-hot boy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice.

But as Wylie and Jasper follow Cassie’s bizarre trail, Wylie has a growing sense that something is REALLY wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? Who is she with and what do they want from her? And could finding her be just the beginning…?

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Review:

An interesting story with a lot of mystery, and action ready to keep you up at night.

The story overall was really well thought out, and although at parts I felt a little lost at what was happening, overall I really enjoyed it. I loved how every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, something happened and it kept me on edge.

There are so many twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and I really liked how the characters become intertwined with the story. It was very clever.

I’m curious as to where the next book will go, and I’m excited to get back into the world of The Outliers.

You can buy The Outliers on Amazon UK here!

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Getting to Know You Better Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged in this post by the lovely Kris over at Boston Book Reader so thank you so much for the tag my lovely!

RULES:

Answer the questions down below.
Credit the creator of the tag (Ink Girl and Words).
Nominate as many blogger as you want, it has to be 5+ though.

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THE QUESTIONS:

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now I think? I started off on my other blog at http://www.lifeisbutadream13.wordpress.com, and then I’ve had this blog for over a year now!

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Reviews

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // Review


Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 27th September 2011

Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…

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Review:

An intense book with a perfect balance of subtle horror and wonderfully created characters.

Right from the start I felt completely immersed in the book, as I was curious as to what had happened to Mara, and also loved how mysterious the entire situation was kept.

Mara’s portrayal of PTSD was written so well, and I loved how Michelle included this in the story as PTSD is barely ever mentioned in YA, so it was nice to see it being represented in a way that fit with the story too. It feels so real, and you can feel the panic as she does.

The story overall had me reminiscing on some moments of Twilight, but I loved how Noah was actually so kind, and didn’t fit in to the brooding stereotype of “YA male characters”. It was such a wonderful breath of fresh air.

The writing style was absolutely brilliant, I was completely invested into the story, and the development of both Mara and Noah was so great. I loved the depth to their chemistry, and also the depth of Mara’s character.

This book was so brilliantly written, and had such a great balance of horror and suspense. It had a great story, and I can’t wait until I can get the rest of the series!

You can buy The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer on Amazon UK here!

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Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka // Review


Title: Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 5th March 2016

Synopsis: OUT OF SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE, ONE MAN HAS DECLARED WAR ON MOTHER NATURE AND PLANS TO BRING IT TO ITS KNEES.

OUT OF ALL THE CRIMINALS IN LOS ANGELES, HE’S THE NUMBER ONE TARGET BEING HUNTED BY THE LAPD TONIGHT.

AND OUT OF THE ENTIRE LAPD, ONE OFFICER IS HELL-BENT ON HELPING HIM COMPLETE HIS MISSION.

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Review:

A short story that packs a hug punch, this is definitely one to read.

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S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett // Review


Title: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

Rating: ★★★.5

Release: 10th August 2017

Synopsis: It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S.

To her surprise Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ – an invitation to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S.

Greer joins the other chosen students at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, and soon realises that they are at the mercy of their capricious host. Over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying reality that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

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Review:

A thriller full of twists and turns, and deadly enough to make you never want to go on a school trip ever again.

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One Lovely Blog Award!

Hi everyone!

Thank you to lovely Vrinda over at A Bookish Human for tagging me into this, I can’t wait to do this! I’m still so honoured to be tagged in posts like this!

RULES

  • Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  • Nominate up to 15 people for the award!

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MY FACTS:

  1. I’m engaged! I’ve known my fiance since I was 5 years old, and we’ve been engaged for 3 years, and hope to get married in 2019! I can’t wait!
  2. I have 6 tattoos:
    1. The anti-possession symbol from Supernatural on my forearm
    2. A Mockingjay and the quote “If we burn you burn with us” (Both from THG) around it on my other forearm
    3. A TARDIS and quotes from my favourite Doctors on my thigh (From Doctor Who)
    4. A Beauty and the Beast tattoo on my other thigh
    5. Writing on my ankle in my Grandad’s handwriting
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Reviews

Hate List by Jennifer Brown // Review


Title: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 4th November 2010

Synopsis: 5 months ago Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend opened fire on their school cafeteria, killing five students and one teacher before turning the gun on himself. Valerie, who was shot trying to stop him, is initially implicated in the shootings because of the hate list she helped create. The hate list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.

As Valerie integrates back into school, more of an outsider than she ever thought she was before, she is forced to confront her feelings of guilt and loneliness. Exploring the gray area between hero and villain, she navigates the rocky relationships with her family, her former friends, with the memory of the boyfriend she still loves, and with the girl whose life she saved five months ago. As she moves toward graduation and the year anniversary of the shooting, Valerie must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it all in order to make amends and move on with her life.

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Review:

A heart wrenching and emotionally underrated book that will leave you reaching for the tissues, this is one of the most uniquely brilliant books I’ve read.

This book completely blew me away. I picked it up on a whim from the bookshop, and I am amazed even now about how brilliant it was. It was thought provoking, emotional and had such realistic characters that I could feel all the emotions.

Dealing with such a tough topic, and one that unfortunately is more common in the world than we’d like, this book opened every wound that can be caused by such a mass horror. I loved though, how it wasn’t focused on the shooting, but instead focused on how Val coped with what happened, and not only the loss of her classmates, but the coming to terms with what her boyfriend did, and how she became involved.

It was so brilliant how we got to see how she coped with all these emotions, from people calling her a murderer, to her dealing without Nick and her mixed feelings over him, and also the relationship with her old friends. Her relationship with her parents was also a particularly stand out moment for me, as it hurt me in the best way. It was so beautifully written that every moment between them felt as if it was a moment between me and my parents, so hit me hard. The situations she goes through, and of feeling so alone really brought me to tears.

The use of split timelines was also well used, as it allowed us to see what Nick and Val were like before the shootings, so let us get a backstory as to why Val felt like she did, and explained the meaning behind the list. Getting such a complete perspective of a story can sometimes be missing in YA novels, so I loved how it was so inclusive in this book.

The use of newspapers and obituaries also helped to gain some insight into the victims and helped sympathise with them, almost as if the loss was real and you were inside the book.

This book was a beautifully written story of hatred, loss and shows how one small situation or joke can turn into something much bigger. It was incredibly;y thought provoking and was so powerful. I am in awe of this book, and I can’t recommend it enough.

You can buy Hate List on Amazon UK here!

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The Guilty Reader Book Tag!

Hi everyone!

I was tagged by the lovely Vrinda over at A Bookish Human! Thank you so much for tagging me! I’ve seen this going around a lot, so I’m so excited to finally get my chance to answer the questions…let’s see how guilty I am!

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1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted ?

No, I actually haven’t! I hate re-gifting gifts, unless it’s for sentimental reasons or I have too many of something! But I’ve never actually done this!

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