Edition: Paperback, 480 pages
Published by: Simon & Shuster UK, 7th May 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Family, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
This is my third Morgan Matson read and this one gave me alotta emotions. I don’t deal with emotional books very well. I was literally bawling my eyes out.
Second Chance Summer is about seventeen year old Taylor Edwards, whose family isn’t particularly close because everyone is so busy but then one day she and her family received devastating news that her dad has cancer. So her parents decide to spend one last summer together at their lake house. Taylor hasn’t been back to the lake house in the last five years. She never wanted to come back because she has bad memories and last time she was there, things did not end well.
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Edition: e-Book, 92 pages
Published by: Hoover Ink
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 2 stars
Completed: 10th August 2016
New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything.
Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?
Part 3 picks up from where we left off on Part 2 and I see RED because I’m rather frustrated and annoyed with the final outcome of this novella series, as expected from the negative reviews so far.
This review will contain SPOILERS. It’s hard to review this without spoiling anything. So if you haven’t yet read Part 1 and 2 yet, then maybe you should but if you don’t care, then read on. Here we go: Continue reading “Book Review: Never Never, Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher”
Edition: Paperback, 333 pages
Published by: Faber & Faber
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 8th August 2016
George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.
When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.
Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…
Many thanks to Faber & Faber publishing for kindly sending me a copy of the book!
Following the success of The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson’s debut novel The Girl With A Clock For A Heart has been reissued with a new cover.
This story follows George Foss, who works at a literary magazine, lives with his cat called Nora and has a sort of girlfriend, Irene. He lives an ordinary life and nothing interesting happens, until his college one-time mysterious girlfriend appears out of the blue at a bar asking for help. Does he help her? Of course he does. He doesn’t even have to think about it.
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Non-bookish post. Similar to the Wreck This Journal entries, I was thinking of posting snippets from my moleskine journal – that too I brought about two years ago or so and its just been chilling on the side of my desk, not being filled in. To be honest, I just completely forgot my moleskine ever existed. I look at it the other day and thought to myself, wow I got to draw or doodle in it more often!
The reason why I brought it was the same reason for Wreck This Journal – I wanted to draw more. Due to its small size (A6) it just didn’t made me want to work in it as I prefer to work on an A4 size, but since I have it, I’ll make use it of more (hopefully anyway). This is the sketches I’ve done thus far:
This was the first page I drew. I was going to watch Into The Woods at the cinemas, which was the inspiration for this sketch. My friends hated it! I could see why. It was the music and the plot felt a bit off at times. Other than that I did like the scenery.
I really enjoy drawing hair. I never use to be good at it. I use to just draw lines at school and didn’t actually sketch it out properly, like you should. Drawing hair is quite difficult because there are too many too lines but it requires patience and I started to enjoy it the more I draw of it. On my art instagram, I’ve illustrated a lot of hair. It seems like the only thing I can do XD
I was feeling rather creative one day and wanted to illustrate a crappy book cover (lol). It’s more of a definition of ‘Skinny Love’ than a book cover.
I was inspired by compasses and the idea of finding your own way. There’s an illustrator called Rebecca Blair, who illustrated a lot of these in her moleskine journals and I was basically inspired by her work.
I found this illustration of a girl holding a camera and thought thats the picture I’ve been looking for all my life XD just fits perfectly for a story I had planned to write but can’t put it down onto paper. So this will be a reminder what I can’t finish lol.
Edition: Paperback, 528 pages
Published by: Simon & Schuster Children’s, 3rd May 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 30th July 2016
Andie had it all planned out.
When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.
Amazing friends? Check.
Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.
Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.
And where’s the fun in that?
The Unexpected Everything centres on our main character Andie, who is the daughter of an important Congressman. Andie has everything planned out for the summer and Andie always plans to stick to a plan. Andie is a very smart and logical character. She’s independent and a straight-A student who has a pre-med internship lined up for her but everything comes crashing down when her father is involved in a political scandal. This causes her summer plans to inevitably change and finds herself walking a lot of dogs and also meeting a boy named Clark.
This is only just my second Morgan Matson read and what I like about her books is that she does a great job of balancing serious issues with fun, summer themes. It also focuses on genuine friendship and family, giving the story a more emotional impact, than just it being about a boy.
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Edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Genre: Children’s, Disability, Family, Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 18th June 2016
Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone.
What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?
But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for…
This moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?
One tells a unique story about conjoined twins, Grace and Tippy. They have both have a pair of arms, hearts and lungs but they are joined at the waist, thus only having one body – so the coordination seems like a big mystery. The story begins with Grace and Tippy’s parents struggling to afford home schooling fees because their dad has been laid off. As a result, they are forced to attend an actual public school for the first time.
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Published by: Harlequin UK
Release date: 14th July 2016
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3.5 stars
Completed: 13th July 2016
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.
Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.
It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.
Many thanks to Harlequin UK, via Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Spoiler free review:
Just to warn you, this book also contains graphic content.
All Is Not Forgotten tells the story of sixteen-year-old Jenny Kramer who was brutally raped in the woods whilst at a party. She was given PTSD as a treatment to erase the memory, in order for her to be able to move on with her life. However it means that she cannot give any new information about her rapist but it doesn’t change the fact that it still happened and that she remains haunted by the constant memory of not knowing.
Jenny’s father Tom Kramer is obsessed with finding his daughter’s rapist. He will not stop until the man who raped his daughter is caught and behind bars. Whilst Jenny’s mother, Charlotte Kramer, on the other hand just wants to forget it ever happened, is having an affair with Tom’s boss and has demons of her own past. Continue reading “Book Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker”