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June Review

A very busy month for me workwise so my reading this month has slowed way down. Had a strong start to the month because I was off on half term holiday and then on a work trip with 6hr round trip commute but then work so stupidly busy and I read nothing for two weeks that made me sad. Never mind summer holidays and lots of reading time are almost insight now! Books read 92) Serenity: Those left behind by Joss Whedon  93) Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon 94) Serenity: The Shephards Tale by Joss Whedon 95) On the Fence by Kasie West 96) Delete by Kim Curran (British Books Challenge) 97) No place to fall by Jaye Robin Brown 98) Only remembered by Michael Morpurgo (British Books Challenge) 99) Divergent Movie Companion 100) Inside Divergent 101) Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja (British Books Challenge) 102) Every second counts by Sophie McKenzie (British Books Challenge) 103) Summer's Shadow by Anna Wilson (British Books Challenge) 104) This Book is Gay by James D

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons? When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned... Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle fo

Review: Murder most unladylike

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't, really.) But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But wil

Books I can't wait to read

Famous in love by Rebecca Serle The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder… When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier. In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole wor

Review: To all the boys I've loved before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. Just a quick little shout out today for this book. I've stopped reviewing books I have bought myself of late because I've been so busy with work in order to take the pressure off. While I can see that continuing for the forseeable future I don't want to never talk about books I've bought myself especially when they are books I love. This book is a prime example. I adored every pa

Blue by Lisa Glass

Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion. Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of. But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit… My thoughts Put simply I adored this book. It crept up on me as it wasn't particularly on my radar and wasn't a book I needed to read as soon as I got my hands on it but once I got started I couldn't put it down as the story completely and utterly hooked me in. I'm not a surfer but there seems to be something about surfing books which I can't get enough of. I love reading about the lifestyle and always fall completely for the c

Review: Smart by Kim Slater

I found Jean’s friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live. There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all. Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade. But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof My thoughts I must admit I wanted this book because of the cover. It wasn't until I started the first few pages that my heart sank a little bit. Not another curious incident style book featuring an autistic protagonist solving

Review: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivson

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love. My thoughts I wanted this book the moment I first heard about it because I thought it'd be my sort of book. I wasn't at all disappointed by it and enjoyed it thoroughly from the very page through to the last. Lobsters is the story of Hannah and Sam and their pursuit to find their Lobster. The theory being that lobsters mate for life. It is told in alternating sections flitting back and forth between Hannah and Sam's point of view. Firstly for me this book is so so so funny. There were several sections whilst reading when I sat giggling like a loon to the events unfolding before me. Se

Review: Say her name by James Dawson

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before...  My thoughts T his is a really scary read and

Review: Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands. My thoughts This was such a fun read for me and I already can think of a load of teen girls I'll be happily recommending it to for the foreseeable future. Flirty dancing is the story of Bea who is super shy at school and ends up entering a national dance competition with the hottest boy at school who unfortunately is going over with Bea's ex best friend and now sworn rival. I liked several things about the book. Firstly the voice of Bea was really authentic. It was spot on when you saw the two sides of Bea. One being this bubbly confident girl