Friday, 22 May 2015

Poppy in the field by Mary Hooper

When Poppy learns that the love of her life, Freddie de Vere, is to marry someone else, she knows her heart will break. Devastated, she volunteers her nursing skills overseas to take her away from the painful reminders at home. But things are about to get much worse for Poppy. The journey to the hospital in Flanders is full of horrors, and when she arrives it is to find a spiteful ward Sister and unfriendly nurses. Despite her loneliness and homesickness, the dangers of frontline warfare soon make her forget her own troubles and Poppy finds that comfort for a broken heart can be found in the most unexpected places.

Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, big and small, Poppy in the Field is a story about the forgotten bravery of women on the front line, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to play her part.

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Poppy last year. I've always enjoyed Mary Hooper's book because I know that the history is going to be well researched and interesting and the story is going to be exciting and engaging. This book was no exception.

Poppy in the field picks up straight after where Poppy left off. Poppy has been left devastated. The man she has been seeing has married someone else and she has decided to cope by throwing herself into her work and requested to be sent abroad to work nearer to the frontline to help the soldiers wounded in the war.

I loved the detail given in this book about the work Poppy undertakes as a VAD. I love teaching this period in history and am fascinated by medical history and the role that women played in the war which is often forgotten. This book gives really good insight into all of those things and I really loved it for that.
As well as the historical detail I loved Poppy's story. I won't say too much but when she transfers to France she find things tough but I loved how things worked out. That's not to say things bounce along in a straight forward manner because they certainly don't and I must admit several things that happened left me chocked up in their realism making you really understand the horror of the first world war.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cover Reveal: This is one moment by Mila Gray

The steamy, romantic follow-up to Come Back to Me
A forbidden romance.

A wounded Marine who thinks he's beyond saving.

A girl who's determined to prove him wrong.

Didi Monroe's waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.

While Zac's away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker's a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help.

Yet Didi can't help but be drawn to him, and though he's strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.

As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn't believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be?

Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.

From Mila Gray, author of the bestselling romance Come Back To Me, comes a devastatingly beautiful, compelling and sexy story about the meaning of love and the heartbreak of loss.
“A captivating, heartfelt and sexy romance about the power of a love that won't let go” - Liz Bankes, author of Irresistible

“A perfect, heartwrenching love story” - Weaving Pages

“The sexiest, most romantic book I've ever read . . . I couldn't put it down” - Becky Wicks, author of Before He Was Famous

“This book was just PERFECTION and I cannot recommend it enough!” -
About The Author
Mila Gray is the pseudonym for author Sarah Alderson. Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. She now lives in Bali.
She is the author of YA novels Hunting Lila and Losing Lila, as well as a further four novels and several short stories.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton

Brother dead.
Best friend missing.
House ransacked.
Stalked by a stranger.
Attacked in the street...

...And Sarah has no idea why.

She never knew her brother was hiding a dark secret when he died. But now his reckless actions have led the wolves to her door. And the only way out is to run.

A tense, unnerving thriller that will set your heart racing, from the author of NOW YOU SEE ME

I read Now you see me last year and enjoyed it a lot. As a consequence I was really looking forward to this book.

Better left buried was a fast paced thriller which engaged me throughout. I did enjoy finding out more about the story as it unraveled but sometimes didn't always feel the connection with the main character in order to get completely invested in it.

All in all a book I did enjoy but not necessarily not one I was totally hooked on.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

A fast-moving and gripping thriller with a powerful emotional engagement; this is a young boy’s story of loss and unbearable hope as he survives on London’s streets.
Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this contemporary adventure story set on the streets of London follows a boy whose luck is about to change. Since his mother's death, Bully has lost his old life. Living rough with his dog, Jack, he can’t imagine his future. But one day, in the last birthday card she ever gave him, he finds a winning lottery ticket, a last gift from his mum that suddenly offers such hope. If only he can get to his prize on time. Life is not that simple. Bully’s struggle to survive has just got a whole lot harder. They’re after him on the streets, everyone wants a piece of him. And even if he does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs the most?

Lottery boy is the story of Bully and his dog Jack. Bully is one of those lost kids who society ignores. His mother is dead and his step father isn't bothered. He feels like no one left cares for him and decides to leave home, go to London and take his chances on the street. As luck would have it whilst on the street he comes across a lottery ticket given as a gift to him by his dead mother worth millions but can't claim it himself and needs to find someone he can trust to claim it for him without stealing from him and he isn't quite sure if anyone he knows actually fits the bill. I wanted to scoop up Bully and look after him.

For me this story is about the relationship between a boy and his dog. I loved the relationship and bond the two have between them. I'd happily read an entire series of the adventures Bully and Jack because the two of them together are utterly charming.

Once the story gets going the trouble Bully finds himself in is nail biting. Untrustworthy characters find out about the winning and are after him. The chase that follows is cinematic and showcase London and its landmarks gloriously.

Definitely a book I would recommend and well worth checking out.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles. There's just one thing bothering her . . .

Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

I have been looking forward to this book for a long while because it sounded like it would tackle ideas around teenage sexuality in a thoughtful and considered way .

This story is the coming out story of Ashleigh. Ashleigh has been having a tough time at home as she's living with her parents as their marriage falls apart. As a result she's struggling and feeling a bit lost.

I like that the coming out part of this story comes as a surprise to even the main character and out of nowhere. Ashleigh assumes she is straight and as a consequence starts a new relationship with a boy. She only questions it when things with him don't go well when he starts treating her poorly, things go wrong and find herself turning to her new English teacher for help when it all gets too much. The attraction she suddenly finds she has to Miss Murrary comes out of nowhere and suddenly opens Ashleigh's eyes to what she actually wants in life and from a relationship. I liked what this book had to say about how Ashleigh came to realise she was gay and how those around her reacted in a range of ways and that Asheligh just had to decide to focus on those who supported her and ignore the views of those who did not.

The only thing that niggled me slightly with this book was the whole "oh we knew you were gay" reaction Ashleigh got from several people. It just niggled me that they clearly 'knew' when Ashleigh had no idea herself. It says something about stereotypes which I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with.

Apart from that niggle I thought it was an important and thoughtful book and a welcome addition to the YA market.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

This is not a love story by Keren David

Kitty dreams of a beautiful life, but that's impossible in suburban London where her family is haunted by her father's unexpected death. So when her mum suggests moving to Amsterdam to try a new life, Kitty doesn't take much persuading. Will this be her opportunity to make her life picture perfect?

In Amsterdam she meets moody, unpredictable Ethan, and clever, troubled Theo. Two enigmatic boys, who each harbour their own secrets. In a beautiful city and far from home, Kitty finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But will love be everything she expected? And will anyone's heart survive?

I have been a fan of Keren David for a while. Her stories are always really engaging and I oten find myself reading them in one sitting because I can't put them down. This book was no exception.

I loved This is not a love story from the first page. for a variety of reasons.

Firstly it is one of those books that has made me to want to book a trip to the place where it is set for a holiday. This book is set in Amsterdam focusing particularly at the many British people that have made it their home. It describes Amsterdam as a really fascinating and beautiful city which I really want to go and explore now.

I loved the story of Kitty. Kitty is 16 and just moved to Amsterdam for a new start with her mother. From the first page you really feel for her. She has had it tough over the past few months and is in a really fragile state and going to Amsterdam really gives her a new lease of life and a chance to find out more about who she is without her past hanging over her.

This story has a bit of a love triangle thing going on without being the real focus of the book and I enjoyed that whilst it was part of the story it wasn't the be all and end all of the story. I also enjoyed that the love triangle wasn't a straight forward and featured a bisexual character. To my mind more diverse characters are so needed in YA fiction as role models for teens to tackle unhelpful stereotypes. The story itself had me hooked and I needed to know what was going to happen next.

All in all an awesome read which I would thoroughly recommend.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Suicide notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless.

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn't believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June's boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this and things would never be the same again.

And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.

I almost don't want to review this book because it was so awesome and I think the reason why I was so blown away with this book because I knew very little about this book going into it.

This book is awesome. It keeps you guessing from the first page until the last about what has actually happened and whether Delia actually committed suicide or not. I found myself absolutely hooked and the ending absolutely blew me away.

This books is compared to Gone girl and thirteen reasons why but having read both I actually think this book is far far superior.