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Bookcase Showcase: Jodie from Books for Company

review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins
Challenge: DAC
Series: Divergent #1
Source: Review Copy (UK proof)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, …

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where she Went by Gayle Forman
Published by RHCB
Challenge: None
Series: If I Stay #2
Source: Review copy (UK paperback)

It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


Where she went picks up three years after if I stay. It is told from Adam's point of view he is a Rock star, Mia is a a rising star having gra…

Waiting on Wednesday: What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

I love a good Sarah Dessen novel to read in the summer months. Looking forward to this one!

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Published by Puffin 10th May 2011

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

Guest review: Doctor Who: The coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock

Today I have a guest review from Hadley

Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock

'There are dark tides runing through the universe...'Miggea - a star on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and the next. A point where space-time has worn thin, and is in danger of collapsing... And the venue for the grand finals of the competition to win the fabled Arrow of Law.
The Doctor and Amy have joined the Terraphiles - a group obsessed with all aspects of Earth's history, and dedicated to re-enacting ancient sporting events. They are determined to win the Arrow. But just getting to Miggea proves tricky. Reality is collapsing, ships are disappearing, and Captain Cornelius and his pirates are looking for easy pickings.
Even when they arrive, the Doctor and Amy's troubles won't be over. They have to find out who is so desperate to get the Arrow of Law that they will kill for it. And uncover the traitor on their own team. And w…

Review: Run rabbit run by Barbara Mitchelhill

Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill
Published by Andersen Press
Challenge: BBC
Source: Sent for review by Author

When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes difficult to stay together as a family.
*** Run Rabbit run is a wonderful little book about a conscientious objector during World War Two and his family who are on the run from the police. It is told from the point of view of Lizzie the young girl of the family.

With my teaching head on I thought this would be a fab book to give youngsters an insight into life during World War Two and the issue of conscientious objectors which is something I haven't seen done before in a YA novel.

I enjoyed the story itself. It went along quite nicely with several l…

In my Mailbox (44)

Thank you to Kristi for hosting IMM every week.

I had a relatively quiet week bookwise at the overflowing library which was nice in some ways as it meant I could get caught up on my reading pile! The ones I did get look awesome.

The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han (UK paperback)
I have literally just finished this and really enjoyed it! Perfect book for the summer months.

It's not summer without you by Jenny Han (UK paperback)
i'm just about to start this one - very excited aabout it too!

Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer (UK paperback)
I picked this up in a charity shop during the week. I loved the first book so looking forward to giving this a try.

The Official Twilight Guide by Stephenie Meyer (UK hardback)
I'm not sure if I'll be reviewing this one. I picked it up in Waterstones whilst out earlier in the week and I reckon it'll be one of those books I dip in and out of from time to time.

Bookcase Showcase: Clover from Fluttering Butterflies

Hello all! Thank you to Kirsty for having me here today!  I'm Clover from Fluttering Butterflies ( and I'm a little nervous showing you all my books, actually.  Kirsty's shelves are all so tidy and mine really, really aren't!  No judgement, right? :) Please excuse the terrible quality photos, I was using my camera phone in really poor lighting conditions! 

I'm going to start with the neatest bunch of books first and work my way down to the messiest.  This is what my bedside table currently looks like.  The stack of books there are always changing.  What I like to do is make a shortlist of books I'd like to read next (including books sent to my for review, books I've borrowed through friends or UK book tours or just other books I'd like to read in the near future) and this pile of books can change on a daily basis depending on my mood.  What you can also see there are my university textbooks and my (precio…

BLOG TOUR: Clash by Colin Mulhern - Alex Crow guest post

Today on The Overflowing Library I am pleased to have a guest post from Alex Crow one of the main characters from the awesome debut novel from Clash by Colin Mulhern

Review: You against Me by Jenny Downham

You against Me by Jenny Downham
Published by David Flickling
Challenge: BBC
Series: None
Source: Picked up at RHCB bloggers brunch

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 - for one's family and for another.

*** Ever since I heard Jenny Downham was wr…

BLOG TOUR: The Opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip

Review: The opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip

The opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip
Published by Bloomsbury
Challenge: BBC
Source: Review copy

'They found the fifth girl right after the snow melted ...the place where he left her was winter water, crazed with ice-feathers and dusted with snow. The traces from her body were gone, the ones that said his name, but she had an extra skin of ice that protected her and she looked perfect, like Snow White'. Ruby and her older sister Jinn live together on their own, just about making ends meet. Jinn is beautiful, with glittering blonde hair, and makes it her business to look after Ruby. They are horrified by, but try to ignore, the local newspaper stories of prostitutes who are murdered, their bodies eventually discovered underwater. Then the no-good Nathan Baird turns up on the scene - again - and Jinn starts to change. First Nathan moves in with Jinn and Ruby, making Ruby feel an outsider, and then Jinn and Nathan move out, leaving Ruby alone. Jinn no longer has ti…