“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s choice is Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads. I’ve decided to split my post between both, picking 5 books for each category.

I actually live by the seaside but honestly the lying on the sand watching the wave’s scenario isn’t really that realistic, at least not most of the time. Sitting on a bench by the promenade is more likely.

Books I Plan To Read

  • Boywatching by Chloe Bennet
  • My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood
  • Remix by Non Pratt
  • Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale
  • Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

 

Books I recommend You Read

 

Enjoy! :)

 

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Books reviewed this month…

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine *

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

The It-Girl by Katy Birchall *

Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Sleepless by Lou Morgan

Birdy by Jess Vallance

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

True Face by Siobhan Curham

My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten

The Petticoat Men by Barbara Ewing

Perfectly Ella (Strawberry Sisters #1) by Candy Harper *

Julius Zebra: Rumble With The Romans by Gary Northfield

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs by Sarah Forbes

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen & Daryle Connors *

*eBooks

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a chance to show what books you’ve added to your library in the past 7 days. These can be bought books, borrowed, review copies, any which way they come to you.

Instead of weekly I’ve decided to do these hauls on a monthly bases, it’s more manageable for me this way. Below are the lovely books that have found their way into my possession in May.

For review

The Memory Hit by Carla Spradbery
Boywatching by Chloe Bennet
Thank you Hodder/Orchard

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Thank you Bloomsbury

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood
Thank you Macmillan Children’s Books

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Thank you by Harper Voyager

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
Too Close to Home by Aoife Walsh
Julius Zebra: Rumble With The Romans by Gary Northfield
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Beswitched by Kate Saunders
The Case of the Exploding Brains by Rachel Hamilton
Ghosts and Gadgets (The Raven Mysteries #2) by Marcus Sedgwick

That’s it folks, see you next month. :)

What bookish treasures have you added?

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cover62156-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Egmont

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

  1. Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.
  2. Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.
  3. Do not set the school’s Deputy Queen Bee mean girl’s hair on fire (again).
  4. Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.
  5. Go to Africa and give out rice.
  6. To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.
  7. Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard…

200words (or less) review: Firstly be prepared to laugh – a lot.
Frequently and out loud.

The story begins with Anna setting fire to the hair of one of the most popular girls in school, accidently mind you. Anna and ‘mishaps’ tend to go hand in hand. This concerns her because she’s worried that her only two friends will be embarrassed by her and leave, it becomes even more of a problem after she meets her dad’s new girlfriend – a famous film star.

Anna is so endearing. She’s really sweet and her heart is definitely in the right place, it’s just her thinking that has a unique path. So things go a bit awry. I liked that the narration had emails and voicemails in-between, especially the first one when Anna decided to watch Psycho.

The It-Girl is definitely funny, actually at times Anna’s narration made me laugh so much I was glad I was reading this at home and not in public.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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chrissi&lunacompare1Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire

I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another.

Thoughts before you started reading Flesh and Blood?

CHRISSI: I have enjoyed the Red Eye series so far, so I hope I enjoy this one too!

LUNA: Actually I was really excited about this. I won Flesh and Blood in a giveaway Michelle (Tales of Yesterday) hosted and she was enthusiastic about the book, plus the blurb sounds so good. I was really looking forward to being creeped out and disturbed – in the best possible sense of course. ;)

What did you think of Sam?

CHRISSI: I thought he was an okay character, but I didn’t really connect with him as much as I hoped I would. I found him quite immature in ways. He did that typical cliche thing in horror stories of making some very bad decisions!

LUNA: I went a bit back and forth on Sam, initially I liked him and I’m normally all for characters being flawed because that makes them more realistic but he ran out! (Can’t elaborate more without spoilers.)

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I liked the way it was written. After the events that had happened. I really enjoyed that type of narrative for this story!

LUNA: Same as Chrissi I liked the narration style. I particularly liked the Greenhill Family history chapter/report.  

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: Unfortunately, I didn’t get on board with the story or connect with it as much as I hoped. It was readable, but I wasn’t intrigued to keep reading.

LUNA: The same way Sam got irritated about sweeping statements/opinions about the Elton Gardens Estate and “the poor” made by Emma and the other characters in the book I got fed up with the Rich are Entitled & Evil narration. People are more complex than that. Also it’s a bit hypocritical isn’t it? Painting an entire group of people based on their income and postcode – that’s what Sam was annoyed about in the first place.

Flesh and Blood was very clear in its good vs bad, it all came across as straight lines to me (and it might just be me). Once you realised what the story was I hoped for more conflict. If I wasn’t going to have nightmares about the house then let my moral compass be challenged by wondering if the Greenhill Family had a point – however minuscule. That’s a disturbing horror story on a different level… evil that has reasoning is truly terrifying.  

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: I found the Greenhill Family incredibly intriguing. It would have been interesting to follow their story even more.

LUNA: I liked Sam’s new friends, Liam and Jo. I wanted to know more about them.  

Was Flesh and Blood what you expected?

CHRISSI: I expected it to be creepier than it was. It was gory, but not as sinister as I had anticipated!

LUNA: Not really, I was hoping I’d creeped out but apart from the discovery Sam and his friends make Flesh and Blood wasn’t that unnerving. Or maybe I’m just not easily scared?

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: To some. I think some will really enjoy this story, it just didn’t work as well for me as I would have liked.

LUNA: Not sure, maybe? I enjoyed parts…

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23482824How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary

Previously Reviewed:
Can You Keep a Secret?

Synopsis: Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

200words (or less) review: Finding Audrey is engaging from the start. We get introduced to Audrey’s family in style – her mother is about to throw Audrey’s brothers computer out the window. The Daily Mail has much to answer for. ;)

Given my personal experience with panic attacks I was apprehensive about how Sophie Kinsella would be dealing with this, particularly as all the books by her I’ve previously read have been very upbeat and this is a tough subject. I think it’s handled well – a lot of the feelings Audrey has I recognised myself.

Another thing that really pleased me was Audrey’s doctor, Dr Sarah. Often medical professional are side-lined or bad caricatures but in Finding Audrey I felt like she was portrayed as knowledgeable, helpful and someone who cared about Audrey. While Dr Sarah maintains that Audrey shouldn’t expect her recovery to be a straight uphill climb (something Audrey wants) the story doesn’t have any big pitfalls. Audrey falters but it’s a stumble, this might be my personal feelings weighing in but I would have expected the journey to be harder.

Overall I enjoyed the book a lot. Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first YA book, I hope there will be more.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

Expected publication: June 4th 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week it’s a freebie so because I love Fantasy I’ve decided to highlight some of my favourites with diverse main characters, as well as those that I’ve recently added to my Diverse Bookcase and I’m looking forward to reading.

If you have any recommendation or have read any of these let me know in the comments. :)

Books I’ve read and loved:

Books I’m excited to read:

  • The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
  • The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
  • Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo

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