Friday, 29 April 2016

V for Violet by Alison Rattle

Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing - but not for sixteen-year-old Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe - an auspicious start, but now she's just stuck in her family's fish and chip shop dreaming of greatness. And it doesn't look like fame and fortune are going to come calling anytime soon. Then she meets Beau. Beau's a rocker - a motorcycle boy who arrives in an explosion of passion and rebellion. He blows up Violet's grey little life, and she can't believe her luck. But things don't go her way for long. Joseph, her long-lost brother, comes home. Then young girls start going missing, and turning up murdered. And then Violet's best friend disappears too. Suddenly life is horrifyingly much more interesting. Violet can't believe its coincidence that Joseph turns up just as girls start getting murdered. He's weird, and she feels sure he's hiding something. He's got a secret, and Violet's got a dreadful feeling it might be the worst kind of secret of all...

My thoughts
I am a huge fan of Alison Rattle's work and will read anything she writes. I was therefore incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.

As always with an Alison Rattle book the historical detail was rich and superbly done. I was absolutely fascinated with it. The story itself was fast paced and exciting too. Much of it was centred around a murder mystery whuch kept me guessing throughout.

I adored the main character Violet. I loved her awkwardness and her frustrations which the life she is being made to follow because of the society she lives in. I adored it when she decided to go teen rebel turning her back on bad friends and going against her family's expectations.

Just awesome and highly recommended.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig - sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they're at their most vulnerable?

It's all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy's stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.

My thoughts
This book is so good. I actively hunted it own after loving Raw Blue and yay for Book Depository for now having Aussie titles that they ship for free directly to the UK. It was absolutely worth the effort of tracking it down.

I really loved so many things about this book and can't recommend it enough. It is older YA or could be seen as New Adult as the book is set at university. I've not been a huge fan of new adult in the past but if New Adult books were like this I'd read so much more of it.

I loved the main character Jess because she is a really awesome and strong female lead. I love the fact that she is both tough but also with a softer edge. I really rooted her from the first page and wanted to know more about what was going to happen to her. I would gladly read more books about her further experiences at university.

For me one of the best things about this book is its take on feminism. I love that these girls are independent and tough, they enjoy sex but also girly and feminine too. So many times in fiction feminism is seen as being tough and man hating and anything else is seen is unfeminist. I love how the feminism in this is flexible in much the way I think it should be to suit the different characters you meet. Linked to that Another thing that stands out about this book is that the sexy scenes are damn sexy. They aren't cliche and show girls enjoying the experiences without guilt which is refreshing.

I loved the main storyline which is centred around a revenge plot. It's exciting and interesting throughout. I found myself not wanting to put down the book as I needed to know how things were going to plan out.

All in all a book I adored. Definitely worth a look.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Second Love of my life by Victoria Walters

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

Get lost in Victoria Walters' immensely touching debut novel, and discover a world that will capture your imagination and heart.

My thoughts
I picked up this book on a whim and I've very glad that I did I definitely think Victoria Walters could be a new auto buy author for me. Read in one sitting and very much enjoyed. Felt similar to a Lucy Dillon novel whose books I also really enjoyed.

For me this book was a real emotional rollercoaster. It made me smile and brought me close to tears on several ocassions. I won't go into too much detail as I wouldn't want to spoil any of the details for anyone but I will say that it really captured both the raw grief felt by the main character as well as the those feelings associated with falling in love with someone new.

I very much enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking out for what the author writes next.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Can't wait to read

Another month, more books I can't wait to read

Post-breakup Avery interviewing exes, classmates, and family to learn why none of her relationships have worked thus far.

I don't know much about this book but one of my twitter friends who has excellent book taste was raving about it so naturally it had to go on my wishlist.

Wish you weren't here…

When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…. wasn't just an accident.

With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn't the one to blame?

This book looks awesome. I can't wait to get a copy. 

The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon.

Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? Jessie is about to get in a whole lot more trouble

I love Paige's books and I love this series. I can't wait for this.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Cover reveal: The Graces by Laure Eve

Today I am delighted to be able to reveal the cover for Laure Eve's forthcoming book The Graces. The Graces sounds awesome and I literally cannot wait to read it.

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Kook by Chris Vick

A heart-pounding love story that grips like a riptide, and doesn’t let go…

Fifteen-year old Sam has moved from the big city to the coast – stuck there with his mum and sister on the edge of nowhere.

Then he meets beautiful but damaged surfer-girl Jade. Soon he’s in love with her, and with surfing itself. But Jade is driven by an obsession: finding and riding a legendary huge wave no one has ever ridden.

As the weeks wear on, their relationship barrels forward with the force of a deep-water wave – into a storm, to danger … and to heartbreak.

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book. Exactly what I've been wanting to read for a good while now.

I loved that they main characters were easy to were really easy to relate to. I instantly warmed to them and found myself really invested in them from the outset. I loved the fact that it's YA contemp and a love story but from a male perspective. It was interesting to see the different perspective when most of the the YA contemps I read are from a female perspective.  The love story is really intense and captured that way in which those first loves can be all encompassing.

For me this book was a bit of a love letter to the surfing and cornwall. I'm not a surfer by any means but have been a few times where I mostly flailed around in the water ungraceful but even that experience gave me a real insight as to why those who do it are so addicted because that feeling of being in the sea and the rush when you catch a wave is like nothing else. This book really showed that as you see the main character Sam as he learns to surf after moving to Cornwall. Cornwall itself is one of those places I personally can't get enough of and again this book really gets across why the place is so addictive.

All in all a book I really enjoyed and definitely worth a read. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Chasing Charlie by Linda McLaughlin

When unlucky-in-love Sam bumps into her first boyfriend, the charming but roguish Charlie, she falls head first for him all over again. Even though he broke her heart, she's determined to win him back - even if she has to chase him all over London…

Sam’s friends have their doubts about whether cheating Charlie is really the man for her, but they have their own problems to deal with. Uptight Mara is struggling to trust anyone after a bad break-up; sexy corporate go-getter Claudia has her self-confidence rocked after a health scare; and sensitive, intelligent Ed, has been secretly, hopelessly in love with Sam for years…

As Sam chases her lost love like a woman possessed, getting into ever more outlandish situations and making a fool of herself in the process, she finds herself wondering just how far she’ll go to win Charlie back. Or will she finally see what’s right under her nose?

My thoughts
I did enjoy this book quite a bit. I'm not a huge adult books reader but do like adult authors such as Paige Toon and Lucy Dillon so if you like those sort of reads I'm sure you'll like this too

Chasing Charlie is the story of a group of friends and the narrative is split between several of the them. The main story that of Sam and Charlie, he ex she thought was long gone. They meet after a long time apart and the story follows Sam as she tries to get back with him. I must admit her story left me quite frustrated. You can clearly see that Charlie is one of those complete bastards who all women should avoid and I spent a lot of the book wanting to shake some sense into her.

The story also has several interesting subplots which I think I enjoyed more than the main story revolving around Sam's friends. They did mean the book was quite a long one for what it is bout I did find them really interesting. I particularly enjoyed Claudia's story and would have happily read a book just about her.

All in all an interesting read.