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Review: Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton
Series: Companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss
Source: Purchased myself



Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
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I am going to apologise in advance. This review will probably feature fan girl gushing which I will not be able to help in any way shape or form because I loved this book as much as Stephanie Perkin's first book Anna.

Fro…

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I had an awesome book week this week (although I am now rapidly running out of space in my library)



Raid on Sarah's shelves
So this week I went to visit Sarah (www.feelingfictional.com) She made the mistake of letting me raid her shelves and I ended up taking this lovely lot home ...

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (UK Hardback)
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly (UK hardback)
This one is awesome. 
Fury by Elizabeth Miles (UK hardback)
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (UK hardback)
Looking forward to getting onto this ... but I still need to read book 2 in the series.
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Opel (UK hardback)
Velvet by Mary Hooper (signed UK paperback)
I loved this so very excited to get a signed copy.
Stealing Phoenix (signed UK proof)
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (UK paperback)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Anthology (UK paperback)
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel (UK paperback)
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (UK paperba…

Bookcase Showcase: Bloggger Zoe Crook

Hi everyone, my name is Zoe from the blog, Bookhi (http://bookhi.blogspot.com/) and I would like to thank the awesome Kirsty for having me here today. I don’t have as many books as most of the big blogs out there but I still have a fair amount! I have an old rickety bookcase of which my bright books have dazzled it up a bit and I also have various piles around my room. A lot of my books in the past I have swapped, given to charity shops and got out from the library – but now being such an avid reader I can’t bear to part with them! Before I started blogging I read lots but I didn’t read much of a wide range of genres – however now I will read absolutely anything.



I like to keep my bookshelves quite organised. They are not in alphabetical order or anything, but I keep them quite tidy. On the very top shelf is my TBR books (the Hunger Games are there, I must read them soon!) along with the bookmark pots too.

The next shelves down as you might be able to make out are the Harry Potters, ban…

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Published by OUP
Source: Purchased myself



A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anyt…

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Published by HarperCollins
Challenge: DAC
Source: Review copy



Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.
***I thoroughly enjoyed Carrier of the Mark and would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for something a little bit different in the YA paranormal romance genre.

I loved the first part of the book as you got to meet Megan and her friends. It was very easy to warm to her as a character and want to get know her even more. I loved the relationships she quickly bui…

Waiting on Wednesday: This is not forgiveness by Celia Rees

I have a bit of a Love / Hate thing going on with Celia's books. I'm not this one is one I get on with.

This is not forgiveness by Celia Rees
Published by Bloomsbury in February 2012



Everyone says that Caro is bad ...but Jamie can't help himself. He thinks of her night and day and can't believe that she wants to be his girlfriend. Gorgeous, impulsive and unconventional, she is totally different to all the other girls he knows. His sister, Martha, hates her. Jamie doesn't know why, but there's no way he's going to take any notice of her warnings to stay away from Caro. But as Jamie falls deeper and deeper under her spell, he realises there is more to Caro - much more. There are the times when she disappears and doesn't get in touch, the small scars on her wrists, her talk about revolutions and taking action, not to mention the rumours he hears about the other men in her life. And then always in the background there is Rob, Jamie's older b…

Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rules of attraction by Simone Elkeles
Published by Simon and Schuster
Series: Perfect Chemistry #2
Source: Bought from Waterstone Norwich


When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now

*** Rules of Attraction is the second book in the perfect chemistry series which focuses on the second brother Carlos. I loved the first book in the series but absolutely adored this instalment.

From the outset Carlos is very bit the bad boy with …

Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Published by Atheneum
Source: Bought myself


Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she mu…

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I received some really awesome books this week ...


Fracture by Megan Miranda (UK proof) This looks fab Slide by Jill Hathaway (UK proof) This one looks really awesome and I cannot wait to start it. Muse by Rebecca Lim (UK paperback) Not read the other two in this series. Is it a good series anyone? Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis (UK signed hardback) The description Robin gave of this at the event I went to yesterday was awesome and really has me wanting to read this even though the cover scares me.

Bookcase Showcase; Annabel Pitcher author of My sister lives on the mantelpiece

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday
Challenge: DAC
Source; Amazon Vine



The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates…

Review: The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove

The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove
Published by Catnip
Source: Review Copy

Juliet’s a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing “The Irritating Song” all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad’s clutter. Nana’s so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet’s friends Lindsay and Gemma are competing to see which of them is her best friend. Juliet can’t fit in any more worries! But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well: it’s the Worry Tree, and with the help of the Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life’s big problems.

*** I don't read a great deal of books aimed at younger readers and spend a lot more time on those aimed at A YA audience but in this case it was worth making the exception. I loved the worry tre…