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YA Book News: The Independent

June 26th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

The Independent has written a fabulous article about Patrick Ness here.

In My Mailbox (5)

June 26th, 2011 § 19 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

I’ve had some great books this week:

Bought

Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

I decided it was time I read some of her other books, given that I love the Perfect Chemistry series so much!

Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore

The third book is this great series! I’ve become a bit addicted to these – they are fun, quick reads and it’s about kid spies! Why wouldn’t you read them!?

I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison

If it’s anything to do with Jane Austen I will read it lol. This book looks like a lot of fun and a light summer read – I’ve been reading a lot of Dystopian’s/Fantasy lately and have been craving something a bit different.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean

OK – strictly not YA and some truly terrible titles, but sometimes a girl just fancies a bit of trashy romance to read.

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

I’ve read so many good reviews about this and have been dying to read it for a while now.

The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

The cover of this one has been catching my eye for a while now, and after reading such a glowing review over at The Book Smugglers, I knew I had to grab it. So I spent a lovely hour or two in Foyles and picked this one up.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Another one I’ve had my eye on for a while. This one was in the must read section of the bookstore and its a signed copy as well!

Hold me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride

This was on my wishlist the other week and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer lol

On My Wishlist (3)

June 25th, 2011 § 7 Comments

On my Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City where you get to chat about some of the books you desperately want but haven’t actually got round to buying yet!

Here’s what’s on my Wish List this week:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

‘Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.’

I’ve been craving some light summer reads lately and everyone seems to agree this is a great one! Although – not so keen on the protagonists name! (Belly? Seriously?)

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

‘Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….’

This one sounds like fun, I’m hoping for some dark humor. Plus the cover is simply fantastic!

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

‘After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.’

A modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice? Gimme.

YA Book News: Patrick Ness wins the Carnegie Medal!

June 24th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Patrick Ness has very deservedly won the Carnegie Medal, an award given annually to a ‘writer of an outstanding book for children’, for his book Monsters of Men! 

I am beyond excited because as you probably know, I consider the Chaos Walking trilogy to be amongst the very best books I have ever read (and I kind of go on about them way to much!) In accepting the award he also slammed the latest library cuts – so he is officially, like, a hero.

Book Review: You Against Me by Jenny Downham

June 24th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

‘If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s been accused of a terrible crime and you’re the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn’t that what families do? When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn’t do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.’

You Against Me is a powerful and moving story. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and I’m very glad I finally did.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Waiting on Wednesday (4) Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

June 22nd, 2011 § 14 Comments

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight any upcoming releases you are eagerly anticipating!

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and I’m in the mood for a cute, fun, summer read, which all the reviews have assured me this is. Plus – one of the main protagonists has my name (I’m less enthusiastic about the name Roger), it has the word ‘epic’ in the title, and its about a road trip (I don’t know why I find this concept so exciting but it’s very American and one day I should like to have a road trip myself, preferably with a cute boy in tow. You know – once I can, like, drive or whatever). And have you seen this cover!? Love it.

So there you go – that’s my WoW this week. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is out July 7th and a cool blog tour is coming up soon, kicking off over at the amazing Daisy Chain Books on July 4th!

‘Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.’

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

June 21st, 2011 § 4 Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why I love Book Blogging!

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by the fabulous Broke and the Bookish

Well, I fairly new at this book blogging business but I can tell you why I already love blogging about what I’m reading!

1. Discovering fantastic new books and authors that you won’t find just by browsing the bookstores! I may have only been doing this for just over 3 weeks but already my TBR pile is bordering on the ridiculous and I love it!

2. The Community. I love having somewhere I can come and gush about something I’m reading/have read or a favourite character and have people feel the same way, rather than receiving the ‘she’s unhinged’ side-eye.

3. Inspiration to try books I normally wouldn’t look twice at (and discovering that actually I really do enjoy good Sci-Fi or Contemporary Fiction)

4. Knowing about new and upcoming releases months in advance!

5. Discovering there are crazy book events where you can meet authors and get ARCs! One day – I shall be there with you all at BEA!

6. Given me a sense of purpose – not only in my day to day life as I’m job hunting but blogging about books has also reinforced my dreams of owning a bookstore some day.

7. I enjoy writing and getting my thoughts/feelings about a book out – it’s kind of therapeutic.

8. Increased my computer skills – figuring out how to use WordPress and Twitter (finally!)

9. Getting in contact with authors and publishers – it’s early days but I’ve already exchanged some lovely emails with people and that makes me happy and is kinda cool!

10. Finally – fellow bloggers. I’m new here and just making friends but people have been very welcoming, helpful and friendly and I’m looking forward to (hopefully) creating some lasting friendships!

Book Review: Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

June 21st, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.’

I can’t remember now which blogger (or multiple bloggers), first convinced me to read these books, but I’m sending a big fat thank you out there to whoever you were! I would never have discovered these on my own, (for some reason I’ve never been drawn to contemporary YA – though thats changing quickly) and Simone Elkeles has quickly become one of my favourite authors. She certainly knows how to bring the swoon! « Read the rest of this entry »

Teaser Tuesday (2)

June 21st, 2011 § 3 Comments

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading, inviting you to share a teaser of the current book you’re reading.

‘I stared at the scene and felt a cold knot forming in my chest. People were dancing with air, with empty space, didn’t they see that? Here was a room full of married couples ignoring the person they loved and choosing to be sensual with a fabricated form of reality.’

~ page 85

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Book Review: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

June 20th, 2011 § Leave a Comment

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

‘Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she’s inherited her mother’s magical talents, and despite Stepmama’s stern objections, she’s determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa’s intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat’s magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat’s reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?’

First of – I’d just like to point out how much I love this cover! The colours are scrummy and it stands out as having had a proper designer/illustrator working on it compared to a lot of book covers I see. It really captures the fun, magical, impish feel to the book. I’d pick it up in a bookstore in a heartbeat.

Despite being a book aimed at a younger audience than I would normally read, I really enjoyed Kat, Incorrigible. I can definitely see hints of Jane Austen, or rather, Pride and Prejudice, throughout – and being a Jane Austen fan, I did love Burgis’ unique spin on some beloved characters.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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Book Review: India Dark by Kirsty Murray

Publisher: Templar

Published: 1st January 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Genre: Historical Fiction, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 14+

Rating: 7.5/10

Source: ARC

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Madras, 1910: Posey Swift and Tilly Sweetrick are caught up in a scandal that will change their lives forever. Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, they travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves, and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?

Is anyone else drooling over this cover? Because it is gorgeous. Even though I have an ARC, kindly provided by Templar, I’m very tempted to buy the published book simply so I can have that cover on my book shelf!  Read more

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 5th January 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale,  YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 7/10

Amazon/Goodreads

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

Cinder will most likely be a hit with young readers this year. A cool concept, a fairy tale re-imagining, and a 21st century cyborg cinderella,  with a Star War’s like feel to it, there’s a lot to like about Cinder. I raced through it, and found it an entertaining, if light, read.  Read more

In My Mailbox (27)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

I have a gigantic, fabulous Mailbox to share this week. Because – Christmas treats!!!! Also since I’ve only bought the odd book the last couple of months, I treated myself, hit the library and borrowed some books of my Aunt!

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January Releases

Here are some of the upcoming books I am particularly excited about!

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer.E Smith

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5th January 2012

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

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December Wrap-Up

Its time for my December Wrap-up!

Best of the Bunch in December

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I know, I keep picking books that I haven’t got round to reviewing yet, but rest assured, there will be one, because this book took me completely by surprise – I just haven’t had time over the holiday period to write anything up.

This is a beautifully written, unique and passionate story. Stiefavter’s writing just gets stronger and stronger. I was wary because I didn’t particularly enjoy Shiver, but I absolutely loved The Scorpio Races.

Best of the Bunch is a great end of the month meme hosted by Lyrical Reviews

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Top Ten 2012 Books I Cannot Wait to Read

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Top Ten 2012 Books I Cannot Wait to Read

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

My final Top Ten! I’ve really enjoyed putting these lists together, and hopefully posting them in a way that was interesting for you guys to read!

2011 has been such a fantastic year reading-wise for me. I discovered book blogs, found a whole load of new books and fantastic authors and had so much fun creating this blog and chatting about YA books with you guys.

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Top Ten Characters of 2011

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Top Ten Character Awards of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

I could have chosen so many characters this year that I loved, but I picked out the ten that really touched me, the ones I fell in love with, admired, made me laugh, or who I simply didn’t want to say goodbye to. Read more

Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2011

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Top Ten Book Boyfriends of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

Ah Book Boyfriends. What’s a good book without someone to swoon over?!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s my Top Ten Swoonworthy Guys of 2011. Enjoy. Read more

Top Ten Book Covers in 2011

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Top Ten Book Covers of 2011

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Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.ce

I think this might be my favourite category this week. As an illustrator, I love well designed covers, and as you can probably guess from my own personal choices, I’m not a fan of the overdone, ridiculous looking model in a designer dress that unfortunately seems to be the trend at the moment. No wonder boys don’t want to venture into the YA section!

If a book has a cover that is like a work of art, I, more often that not, will buy it regardless of the story inside.

But I have to admit, I have found that if a publisher has put that much work into the design of a book, it tends to be because it is worth reading.

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Top Ten Books Read in 2011

Top Ten of 2011, a fabulous week of looking back at the best of the best this past year, is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun & Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

This is almost cruel. Cruel I tell you! I can’t pick just 10!

Soooo I cheated. A little bit. I created a Top Ten… and an Honorable Mentions list, which… also has 10 books on *whistles*.

I’m pretty sure on any given day if you asked me my ten top reads this year it would keep alternating between these 20, depending on my mood. Because I loved them all. Loved loved loved. And those I put under the Honorable Mentions certainly deserve to be read just as much as those on the official top ten.

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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Don’t worry, I’ll still be popping in over the next week, and I have some Top Ten’s of 2011 posts all lined up for you starting on Boxing Day. They were a lot of fun to put together, although it was difficult to just choose ten after reading so many great books this year!

Have a good one!

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited

Published: 2nd May 2011

Format: Paperback

Pages: 435

Genre: Paranormal, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 6.5/10

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‘In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?’

Pretty good, but didn’t blow me away. I think that sums up how I ultimately felt about Unearthly.

Which is kind of what I expected, but then again, everyone insisted that this was the paranormal book to read if you don’t tend to get on well with books such as Hush, Hush, Fallen etc.

Unearthly is definitely in a league above these, but I still found my attention wandering at certain parts. Read more

Mid Winter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my blog followers and fellow book lovers!

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In My Mailbox (26)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

Probably my last mailbox before Christmas, I’m holding off on buying any books as I’m expecting some from family (as I’m sure you all are too!) The two books I ordered a month ago from FishPondWorld have finally showed up, and I can’t wait to read them.

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Published: 29th November 2011

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 305

Genre: Dystopian, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 12+

Rating: 6.5/10

Amazon/Goodreads

‘What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.’

Legend, I have to admit, let me down. I’ve been waiting to read it since I first heard about Marie Lu’s dystopian months ago and while it’s definitely a page turner, it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped it would be. I’ve heard there’s already a film in the works and I can see why. Legend feels, and reads, like an action movie. Lots of fight scenes, your basic dystopian plot, but lacking that certain something that makes it really great. Read more

Waiting on Wednesday (27)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight any upcoming releases you are eagerly anticipating! Read more

Book Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Books

Published: 4th August 2011

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Genre: Supernatural, Paranormal, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 16+

Rating: 8/10

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’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. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and 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 organisation 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. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises 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…’

I’ve been very lucky lately in that I’ve read several very good books in a row recently, which doesn’t happen often. I bought Hunting Lila purely because I hadn’t read a single negative review. Even the Goodreads ratings are overwhelming positive, which is pretty rare. After reading it for myself, I’m not at all surprised it’s so popular, Hunting Lila is a fun, flirty read and looks like it could become a great series.  Read more

In My Mailbox (25)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren and inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie

I wasn’t expecting to have much of a mailbox for this week (or the coming weeks) but a book I ordered a while back from FishPondWorld turned up and I also hit the library (which I don’t do often because ours is tiny and not well stocked).

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Mini Book Review: Variant by Robison Wells

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Published: 4th October 2011

Format: e-book

Genre: Science Fiction, YA

Recommended Reading Age: 14+

Rating: 7/10

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Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong. 

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive 

Where breaking the rules equals death. 

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape-his only real hope for survival; may be impossible.’

I saw this cover on NetGalley and my immediate thought was ‘Oooo‘ and ‘Want’. Luckily, Harper Collins was kind enough to grant me my request (even though I failed at getting this review out before the publication date).  Read more

December Releases

Here are some of the upcoming books I am particularly excited about!

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Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

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27th December 2011

‘Leah has the life most high school girls would kill for—popularity, glowing grades, a rich, athletic boyfriend. So why does she feel like she can’t breathe? And why can’t she stop thinking about the boy from the country club? The one who isn’t her boyfriend, the one that her mother would never, ever approve of, the one that her perfect older sisters would never, ever look at twice. The one who is always looking back at her. Irresistible attraction, smoldering glances, the bad boy and the good girl—Kiss Crush Collide has everything that a steamy forbidden romance should, and then some. 

I have been excited for this for a while now. The synopsis reminds me a little of Perfect Chemistry and God knows I’m always on the look out for a new contemporary romance that can compete with Simone Elkeles! I wasn’t going to order any books this month with Christmas round the corner, but I will certainly be picking these up with the (inevitable) book vouchers I will get! Read more

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A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 1 -4) by Lemony Snicket

A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis

Amulet or Samarkand, The (Bartimaeus Series Book 1) by Johnathan Stroud

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

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Beginning of After, The by Jennifer Castle

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Blood Red Road (Dustlands Series Book 1) by Moira Young

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

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Candor by Pam Bachorz

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Crushed by K.C Blake

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

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Entangled by Cat Clarke

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

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Gift, The (The First Book of Pellinor) by Alison Croggon

Goddess Test, The by Aimee Carter

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Gone by Michael Grant

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Hate Listby Jennifer Brown

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Inside Out by Maria V. Synder

Iron Thorn, The (Iron Codex Series Book 1) Caitlin Kittredge

I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison

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Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible Series Book 1) by Stephanie Burgis

Knife of Never Letting Go, The (Chaos Walking Series Book 1) by Patrick Ness

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Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise Series Book 1) by Simone Elkeles

Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, The by Eva Rice

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Matched (Matches Series Book 1) by Ally Condie

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

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Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series Book 1) by Simone Elkeles

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Recruit, The (Cherub Series Book 1) by Robert Muchamore

Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise Series Book 2) by Simone Elkeles

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series Book 2) by Simone Elkeles

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Season, The by Sarah MacLean

Shadowland (Mediator Series Book 1) by Meg Cabot

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Tales of Beedle the Bard, The by J.K Rowling

The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

This Girl is Different by J.J Johnson

Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Truth About Forever, The by Sarah Dessen

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Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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You Against Me by Jenny Downham

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Knife of Never Letting Go, The (Chaos Walking Series Book 1) by Patrick Ness

The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, The by Eva Rice

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Amulet or Samarkand, The (Bartimaeus Series Book 1) by Johnathan Stroud

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 1 -4) by Lemony Snicket

Blood Red Road (Dustlands Series Book 1) by Moira Young

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series Book 1) by Simone Elkeles

Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

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A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Inside Out by Maria V. Synder

Recruit, The (Cherub Series Book 1) by Robert Muchamore

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series Book 2) by Simone Elkeles

Iron Thorn, The (Iron Codex Series Book 1) Caitlin Kittredge

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Shadowland (Mediator Series Book 1) by Meg Cabot

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

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A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Gift, The (The First Book of Pellinor) by Alison Croggon

Gone by Michael Grant

Hate Listby Jennifer Brown

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible Series Book 1) by Stephanie Burgis

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Crushed by K.C Blake

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

I was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison

Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise Series Book 1) by Simone Elkeles

Matched (Matches Series Book 1) by Ally Condie

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Tales of Beedle the Bard, The by J.K Rowling

This Girl is Different by J.J Johnson

Truth About Forever, The by Sarah Dessen

Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Beginning of After, The by Jennifer Castle

Entangled by Cat Clarke

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Goddess Test, The by Aimee Carter

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Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – Turn the Page

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The cover is prob­a­bly my favourite thing about this book.

Not that this a bad book — I think it deserves all the rave reviews. Its def­i­nitely one of the bet­ter can­cer books I’ve read about a child dying (though why I keep pick­ing these up I don’t know), as it avoids the hor­ri­ble, sac­cha­rine, cliches you nor­mally come across in these types of books *coughJohn­Green­cough*. It also has some very funny moments.

The truth is, I found being in Greg’s head a weird mix­ture of amus­ing, annoy­ing, dull and tedious… which I think was kind of the point.

Greg Gaines is the last mas­ter of high school espi­onage, able to dis­ap­pear at will into any social envi­ron­ment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time mak­ing movies, their own incom­pre­hen­si­ble ver­sions of Cop­pola and Her­zog cult clas­sics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekin­dle his child­hood friend­ship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diag­nosed with leukemia—-cue extreme ado­les­cent awkwardness—-but a parental man­date has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treat­ment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turn­ing point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must aban­don invis­i­bil­ity and stand in the spotlight.

Rather than have his char­ac­ters expe­ri­ence life-altering epipha­nies or fall in love or become wiser than their years, Andrew’s gives us Greg. Your aver­age seventeen-year-old who is socially awk­ward, a bit of an idiot, lazy and very often self­ish. In other words, he reacts to his sort-of-friend/classmate dying in a way that is refresh­ingly honest.

He doesn’t want to spend time with Rachel — but his mum makes him. He has no idea what to say to a girl who’s dying and so ends up say­ing the wrong thing entirely which leads to uncom­fort­able silences. He resents the impact this girl’s dying has on his hereto easy, if mun­dane, life. He’s sad, but mostly because for the first time, he’s faced with the shock­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing real­iza­tion of his own mor­tal­ity. He grieves… and finds it remark­ably easy to fall back into every­day life. These are not, well… heroic reac­tions. But I think they are human ones, even if we might not want to admit it.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a can­cer book that’s not really a can­cer book. I liked that there was no ide­al­ism, that Rachel isn’t a saint full of pro­found wis­dom, that no one falls in love and that Greg isn’t a bet­ter per­son at the end of it. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t have some life affirm­ing mes­sage and doesn’t manip­u­late you into feel­ing all the things. It’s the most hon­est and real­is­tic can­cer book I’ve come across, as well as being the first one that didn’t make me feel utterly depressed for days after read­ing it. While not a per­sonal favourite, (the jokes were occa­sion­ally over­done, I didn’t like Earl much and there’s only so long I can take being stuck inside a seventeen-year-old boy’s head), I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend pick­ing it up, par­tic­u­larly if you’re a fan of the old Adrian Mole diaries. 

One thought on “Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

  1. Alejandra

    Mmm…interesting review! I loved “The Fault in our Stars”, although I didn’t end bawl­ing like most peo­ple seem to claim they did. I did find that old man (Peter what­ever his last name was…the writer) annoy­ing and at times I felt that his char­ac­ter was unnec­es­sary, But your review makes me think this might me a refresh­ing read. I like stuff like that. Espe­cially when they por­tray human self­ish­ness real­is­ti­cally. It is what it is. Thanks for the review!

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DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE

DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE:

To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.*

*The 2013 extension is so that December Debuts can be read and count toward the challenge.

RULES & GUIDELINES:

You must have a Blog to post your reviews or be a member of Goodreads.

Your blog must be written in English.

Deadline to join is May 31, 2012.

BOOK GUIDELINES:

Must be a young adult or middle grade title.

Must be the author’s YA or MG debut, released in 2012.

If an author has a previous novel published for adults or children, they can still qualify for the challenge.

If an author has a previous YA or MG title, they do not qualify for the challenge

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Debut List (titles I hope to read)

Megan Miranda Fracture

Kristen Simmons Article 5

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January

Jill Hathaway Slide

Brodi Ashton Everneath

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February

Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky

Jessica Spotswood Born Wicked

A. C. Gaughen Scarlet

Ruth Warburton A Witch in Winter

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March

PRINTZ CHALLENGE

PRINTZ CHALLENGE

I’ve read a few Printz Award books now and at least 3 have become some of my very favourite books so I have decided to work my way through the ones that have captured my interest. There’s 34 on the list here but no set goal as to how many I have to read.

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The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

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Printz List

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2011 Winner

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi*

2011 Honor Books

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King*

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick*

Nothing by Janne Teller*

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2010 Winner

Going Bovine by Libba Bray*

2010 Honor Books

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey*

Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes*

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2009 Winner

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta**

2009 Honor Books

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart**

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2008 Honor Books

Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins*

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2007 Winner

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang*

2007 Honor Books

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson*

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green*

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett*

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak**

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2006 Winner

Looking for Alaska by John Green*

2006 Honor Books

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak*

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson*

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2005 Winner

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff*

2005 Honor Books

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel*

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2004 Winner

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson*

2004 Honor Books

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly*

Keesha’s House by Helen Frost*

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going*

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler*

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2003 Honor Books

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer*

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr*

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2002 Winner

A Step from Heaven by An Na*

2002 Honor Books

The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson*

Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art by Jan Greenberg*

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff*

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2001 Honor Books

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci*

Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison**

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman*

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2000 Winner

Monster by Walter Dean Myers*

2000 Honor Books

Skellig by David Almond*

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson*

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*Books I aim to read

**Books read that I aim to review