Friday, 3 July 2015

Lying out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

My thoughts
I always do love a book by Kody Keplinger. I love her characters and the world she creates around them and to a certain extent this book was no exception.

Sonny is a flawed character and she herself knows it. She is a compulsive liar and that lying gets her into a tricky scenario which threatened to ruin her relationship with her best friend and the boy she likes.

What I really liked about this book more than anything was it showed how it was to be someone living on the fringes of a rich society without the financial means to fully take part. Sonny goes to school with rich kids and is friends with them but can't live the life style they lead because her family aren't rich. She has to work, her crappy car breaks down and she can't even contemplate college because she can't afford the fees. I liked this more realistic lifestyle because at the end of the day every few people are incredibly rich.

As much as I liked this book I do have questions but the biggest ones being about Sonny's homelife. Why weren't some form of social services involved with Sonny? Why were the school asking questions when she was turning up late regularly? Why didn't anyone question why her mother didn't seem to ever be on scene? I know this makes me old but really why was she just left to fend for herself?

All in all a book I really enjoyed. If you've loved Kody's previous books you'll really enjoy this too.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Name's not Friday by Jon Walter

'This boy has bought me. This white boy who don't even look as old as I am. He owns me body and soul and my worth has been set at six hundred dollars.'

Samuel's an educated boy. Been taught by a priest. He was never supposed to be a slave.
He's a good boy too, thoughtful and kind. The type of boy who'd take the blame for something he didn't do if it meant he saved his brother. So now they don't call him Samuel. Not anymore. And the sound of guns is getting ever closer...

An extraordinary tale of endurance and hope, Jon Walter's second novel is a beautiful and moving story about the power of belief and the strength of the human spirit, set against the terrifying backdrop of the American Civil War.

My thoughts
Another book which I picked up not knowing much and found myself completely hooked by the end

Now this book is historical fiction and not my sort of history which means it took me a while to get into it. I teach history and sometimes I can be a bit odd with it either loving it entirely or being put off instantly because it isn't really the sort of history I'm into. I must admit I was very aware of that as I started this book and made myself stick with it to start with and by the time I had got a little way in I was hooked.

My Name's not Friday is a fascinating story about slavery in America. It made me feel for the main character and the injustices he faces as the story unfolds. The life he ends up being forced to live purely because of the colour of his skin makes you want to weep for him and you see the real unfairness of it all.

Well worth a read. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June review

June's reading has been awesome in some respects. I spent the first couple of weeks getting through loads but had to stop when my exam board marking started in the middle of the month. Hopefully I'll make up for it when the summer holidays get here.

Read in June
The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West (4 stars)
All the rage by Courtney Summers (3 stars)
The Devil you know by Trish Doller (4 stars)
The Next together by Lauren James (5 stars)
Oh Obviously by Laura Dockrill (5 stars)
The Lost and Found by Cat Clarke (5 stars)
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham (5 stars)
Lying out loud by Kody Keplinger (4 stars)
The Dark Light by Julia Bell (2 stars)
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford (3 stars)
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld (3 stars)
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (4 stars)
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (3 stars)

Book of the Month

It has to be Unbecoming by Jenny Downham. You are all in for a special treat when it is released.

Events attended.

I have been to two lovely events this month.

Firstly I went to the launch for Being a Girl by Hayley Long at Norwich Waterstones. It was a brilliant event. I spent too much because I had free reign of a bookshop for a few hours.

I also went to an event at Bloomsbury with authors Jenny McLachlan and Sarah Crossan which was just awesome. I loved meeting both the authors and hearing more about their work.

On the blog
I've reviewed a far few books this month on the blog.
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
Being a girl by Hayley Long
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
It's about Love by Steve Camden
The Crowham Martyrs by Jane McLoughlin
Remix by Non Pratt
My secret rockstar boyfriend by Eleanor Wood
Air by Lisa Glass
In another life by Laura Jarratt
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

On July's TBR pile
For Holly by Tanya Byrne
Killer Game by Kirsty McKay
Darkest Night by Will Hill
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Liquidator by Andy Mulligan
Things we have in common by Tashsa Kavanagh
All that I am by Anna Funder
The Moment by Douglas Kennedy
Black Roses by Jane Thynne
Song in the daylight by Paulina Simons
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Monday, 29 June 2015

DIMILY Blog Tour: Extract and giveaway

Today I am kicking off the DIMILY blog tour with a chapter extract and giveaway

Did I mention I love you by Estelle Maskame

When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?

Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.

Read the first chapter here


Giveaway time !!

If you would like to win a copy of the book and a DIMILY TShirt please leave a comment below or tweet me @overflowingklc letting me know why you want to win to be in with a chance to win the prize pictured below

Monday, 22 June 2015

Can't wait to read

These are some of the books I am really hoping drop through my letterbox sooner rather than later as they all look awesome.

All of the Above by James Dawson

This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who's the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the 'alternative' kids take Toria under their wing. And that's when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band - and it's instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there's and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

I love James Dawson's books. I cannot wait to get my hands on this.

Am I normal yet by Holly Bourne

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

I really enjoyed Holly's last book and this promised to be just as good.

What we left behind by Robin Talley

What We Left Behind follows a teen couple—Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer—as they struggle to stay together during their first year in college, despite the growing rift caused by distance and Toni's shifting gender identity.

Another author whose previous book I loved. This sounds ace too.  

When we collided by Emery Lord

 Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

I discovered Emery's books earlier this year and adored them. Therefore I am very much looking forward to more via this book.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family

My thoughts
I've not read any Sophie Kinsella before so I came to this novel blind except for knowing that other people quite rated for adult novels. I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it and now think maybe I ought to read more of her books.

The story itself is thoughtful and funny with real heart. I loved Audrey's family and their odd ways. Audrey's mother in particular made me laugh a lot in the way she dealt with her children especially Frank. Speaking of Frank. Frank had to be my favourite character. I loved how he typified that teenage computer gaming obsessive generation and the strain his obsession had on the relationship with his mother who just couldn't understand why he was so into it.

This book has a lot to say about OCD and how it is a really serious condition and not something to be made light of. The way it affects Audrey has a profound impact on the way she functions day to day it is really hard to see her struggling with it but equally satisfying to see her trying to work through it.

I am very much looking forward to more YA from Sophie Kinsella in the future.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

In another life by Laura Jarratt

American sisters Hannah and Jenny Tooley have spent their lives dreaming of flying to the UK and visiting all the places their English mother has told them about. But Jenny’s dream turns to a nightmare when she vanishes without a trace.

Hannah and her father arrive in England to a big police investigation. As Hannah gets to know some of Jenny’s friends and acquaintances, she realises that her sister is up to her neck in something – and the mysterious text messages she’s receiving bear this out. She is particularly drawn to Harry and, against her better judgement, begins to fall in love.

This book is awesome. I picked it up intending on reading a few pages before bed. Before I knew it I'd finished it completely and it was two in the morning but so so worth it.

This book keeps you guessing from the beginning through to the very end. I am deliberately not going to write much about what happened because I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I will say one bit was the most chilling scene I have ever read in a YA novel and I the way it worked out in the end is really shocking.

If you love Laura's previous work or YA thrillers this is definitely the book for you.