Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

March 21, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 5th January 2016
Pages: 285
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
five-stars
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

I’m going to state the obvious in saying I’ve never read a book like This Is Where It Ends. I don’t pick up these kind of contemporaries normally, I stick to the more fluffy realms of the genre, aiming for feel-good romances instead of the read hard-hitting stuff. But This Is Where It Ends is a book that needs to be read. Saying I enjoyed it feels like the wrong thing to say – because a book with this kind of topic shouldn’t be enjoyed. It should be absorbed, thought about and make you face the facts about topics you don’t normally have at the forefront of your mind.

This Is Where It Ends was an intense read, and sucked me in right from the start. It’s literally the best definition of a page-turner that I’ve read recently, I was constantly flicking through the pages, desperate to find out what happened next. To say the course of the book takes place over less than an hour, the writing was full of description that transported me right to the auditorium, and that made it all the more terrifying to read. At times I felt like I couldn’t breathe with fear over what was going to happen to the students. This Is Where It Ends is scattered with various points of view, which add to its depth and gave us an insight into how so many different students were affected, and how they reacted to it.

This Is Where It Ends does not have a happy ending. It’s cruel, heart-breaking and so necessary. It wouldn’t have been right for it to all be neatly tied up with a bow at the end, because how many school shootings in reality end with a happy ending? They don’t. And a happy ending wouldn’t have done the story, and the message of This Is Where It Ends justice. I applaud Nijkamp for writing this book realistically, and how she refused to shy away from those extra details that were hard to read but ultimately made the book better.

Book Review: Mercer Street by John A. Heldt

February 3, 2016

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Mercer Street by John A. HeldtMercer Street by John A Heldt
Series: American Journey #2
Published by Self-Published on 21st October 2015
Pages: 431
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.

The one thing I love with books by John A. Heldt is that I’m guaranteed to enjoy them. Mercer Street was absolutely no exception, and a stellar addition to the American Journey series. I loved how three generations of a family were sent time-travelling by the mysterious Geoffrey Bell in Mercer Street, and how Elizabeth’s past was woven into their new present in 1938. Reading about Princeton was great, and Heldt never fails to disappoint with his rich descriptions of the past. I love travelling back in time with these books, as I honestly feel like I’m right there with the characters in the past.

I enjoyed the romance in Mercer Street, as it really tied in well with the plot and added to the story, and I found myself desperately rooting for Amanda and Kurt’s relationship to make it through to the end of the book, even though it seemed, at times, that their differences were just too difficult to work through. I enjoyed Susan’s relationship with Jack as well, although it didn’t have the outcome I wanted it to, I understand and appreciate why Heldt chose to follow that path.

It’s so hard to talk about these books without giving something away, as they are full of little twists and turns that have a huge impact on the outcome, but don’t let my vagueness stop you from picking up these books, because John Heldt is definitely a master of his craft, and I would absolutely LOVE to see his works getting more recognition in the future.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Mercer Street, and found it to be yet another fantastic addition to John A Heldt’s work,

Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog Tour

February 1, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog TourThe Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Published by Scholastic on 4th February 2016
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

I’m super excited to be kicking off The Sleeping Prince Blog Tour! I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I was so glad to be able to have the opportunity to grab a copy of The Sleeping Prince early. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more reviews of The Sleeping Prince.


We all know my relationship with series. I don’t tend to be very quick with reading the sequels, even if I super enjoyed the first book. So to read the first AND second book in a series within two weeks of one another is pretty much unheard of for me, and it shows just what kind of series The Sin Eater’s Daughter is to capture my attention the way it has.

I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, it wasn’t the most perfect fantasy I’ve ever read, but it was certainly enjoyable for me. Dare I say, I liked Errin more than Twylla in The Sleeping Prince? She just seemed to have more oomph about her, and was determined to save herself instead of waiting around for someone else to do it for her. I loved her grit and determination when it came to looking after her mother and keeping a roof over their heads without the villagers realising just how bad her situation really was. That said, I really enjoyed seeing Twylla’s development from the first book, she was so determined to be as independent as possible, because she didn’t want to follow whatever destiny someone told her she had to fulfil. I was kind of disappointed to not see more Merek and Lief in the book, but at the same time, Lief was such an arse I didn’t really have a problem with it! (I’m sure that makes me a bad person but I don’t really care. #TeamMerek.)

Thankfully there was no love triangle in The Sleeping Prince!! I was so thrilled, and it made the kind-of romance between Errin and Silas incredible, although I spent a lot of my time torn between wanting Silas to help Errin and really not liking Silas for abandoning Errin. (The git. I know it all gets explained, but still. The git.) And then Silas’ BIG SECRET was revealed and I swear my heart broke a tiny little bit. Although he had some seriously swoonworthy moments towards the end of the book, and I really, really hope he gets a happy ending in the next book. I’ll be devastated if the end of The Sleeping Prince turns out to be his true ending.

The Sleeping Prince was excellent, and I really enjoyed reading it. Although I’m so traumatised at the fact that I have so many questions and NO BOOK THREE TO READ YET. Seriously. I loved the fact I got to read The Sleeping Prince early but I hate that I probably have to wait an entire year to read the next installment to this fantasy series.


About the Author

When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies. Website|Twitter|Goodreads

 

 

Top Five Bookish Resolutions for 2016

January 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Broke and Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ah, bookish resolutions. How I love to set you and then watch myself fail miserably at them. (You all think I’m kidding but I’ve just taken a look back at several of my bookish resolutions for the past few years, and guess how many I completed? NONE OF THEM.) Anyway, we all love a good list, and you never know, 2016 may be the year that I meet one of them. (Stop laughing. I can hear you all.

Read City of Heavenly Fire
I think it’s time I finally put this series to bed. I completed The Infernal Devices last year (yay!), so I am prepped and ready to read this beast of a book.

Catch up with my Netgalley Reviews
This should be fairly easy to do as I haven’t got many left to catch up on! But I do want to be more conscientious with my Netgalley reviews and try and read, review and post them in a timely manner.

Only review books that I want to review
Review books aside, I don’t want to review every book I read if I don’t want to. If I want to talk about the book here, then I will. And if I don’t feel like I have anything to say about it, then I don’t want to force myself into reviewing it for the sake of writing a review.

Finally start the Throne of Glass series
Everyone raves about it and I really need to get my arse into gear and just pick the books up.

Pick up a few non-fiction titles
I haven’t got a clue what these will be, but I want to read some non-fiction this year, so hopefully I can do so!

 

New Year, A Better Me | 2016 Resolutions

January 1, 2016

*insert typical comment over how quick the year has gone*

Yes, 2015 is over and 2016 has just begun, and with a new year comes a new set of resolutions I’m hoping to work on in the next twelve months. I’m not going too specific in these resolutions, I’m aiming for more generalised, but still attainable goals.

New Year, a Better Me 2016 resolutions

Unsurprisingly, my number one resolution for 2016 is to get healthy, and be a lot more active than I currently am. I do have some pretty good motivation in the form of a holiday to Cuba in April, and I’d love to feel healthier and happier with myself by the time we step on the plane. I feel like I’m finally in the right mindset to make these positive changes and actually get behind the idea of healthy living, instead of making yet another half-hearted attempt and giving up after a few days because, chocolate.

I’m going to be monitoring my progress on MyFitnessPal, purely because I’ve had success with it in the past, and I love the app and the website. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s what works best for you, right?

I’m also looking at self-improvement in 2016, in all areas of my life. I want to better myself as a person. I want to feel totally, 100% happy with the person I am, and finally feel at peace with myself as a person.

I’m also considering a career change soon. Possibly. I’m in two minds about it. I really do enjoy my job, but not as much as I did when I first joined. I think I need to look into how I can be happy in my current role, and if the answer is that I can’t, then it’ll definitely be time to move on.

So those are my personal resolutions for 2016, I’ll be sharing my bookish resolutions with you all on Tuesday.

What’s your number one resolution for 2016? Or do you not bother setting them? 

From Idea to Page|Nick Bryan Guest Post

December 2, 2015

I’m thrilled to be sharing a guest post Nick Bryan has kindly written for me. I hosted Nick Bryan on a Hobson & Choi book tour, and even though I haven’t gotten round to starting the series yet,but I love the premise for The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Goodreads Link) and I cannot wait to delve into the series, which seems like it will be witty and full of dark humour. (Hello me in book form…)from idea to page florian klauer

How To Write A Hobson & Choi Book In 50 Easy Steps

I’ve now written three separate books in the Hobson & Choi series, focusing on mismatched detectives John Hobson and Angelina Choi and their attempts to solve crimes for a living in a post-modern satirical-yet-grim London where some kind of corruption can be found literally everywhere.

After three full run-throughs and a decent start at a fourth, I’ve got some kind of a routine on writing these books, so if anyone wants to know how to write their very own H&C novel (or ‘fanfiction’ to give it the technically correct term), here is a easy-to-follow list, which could also double as some kind of Choose Your Own Adventure if you like that sort of thing…

  1. Leave house, go about your business. Try to go about your business in an area of London where you haven’t yet set a book, but don’t worry, you can always just lie and say it happened in a new place.
  2. Keep going until something annoys you. This could be a huge crowd at a shopping centre, an angry dog or, best of all, an annoying phone call/email from a recruitment agency, thus meaning you didn’t really even have to leave the house.
  3. Go and have a drink.
  4. Repeat #3.
  5. Imagine how the observation from #2 could be part of a massive conspiracy that somehow makes money or produces some other benefit. (If you struggle to get into this mindset, there are YouTube channels that might help.)
  6. Repeat #3.
  7. Write a plan or enormous diagram attempting to make your criminal enterprise seem at least vaguely plausible.
  8. Leave it for a few days, wait until sober.
  9. Rewrite your plan so it looks kinda-slightly-plausible.
  10. Try to imagine how someone involved in this plan might actually feel. Repeat #3 if necessary.
  11. If you can’t manage #10, your idea was too OTT. Start again from #1.
  12. Work out the angle at which the person from #10 might come in contact with Hobson and Choi and how investigating it might affect them.
  13. Go and check the last novel to remember where the ongoing character subplots were and what you intended to do next.
  14. Combine #12 and #13 until the two strands intersect coherently with each other. Use a hammer if you have to.
  15. Repeat #14 and #3 until you have the start of an outline.
  16. Find a way to end the book that resolves #12 and makes #13 much worse for everyone. (Or will make it much worse for them in a future book.)
  17. Sit down to start writing the book.
  18. Expect #16 to change several times during the course of the first draft. Repeat #3 when this happens.
  19. #12 and #13 will probably change at least a couple of times too. Repeat #15 if necessary.
  20. Finish first draft. Repeat #3 for a month or so and then return to it.
  21. Book cover designer.
  22. Read all the way through, noting where it stops making sense.
  23. Rewrite all scenes, adding jokes and consistency.
  24. Add Markus the dog back into all the scenes where you forgot he existed.
  25. Read the whole thing out-loud to make the phrasing less clunky. Repeat #3 whenever the boredom starts to physically hurt.
  26. Send to your editor.
  27. Spend a month repeating #1, #2 and #3 for next Hobson & Choi book or working on something else.
  28. Brief cover designer by answering many questions about the book and your preferences. Worry that you have to make up the answer to many of these on the spot.
  29. Get book back from editor. Read notes. Feel sad. Repeat #3.
  30. Re-read notes, write lists of necessary changes, up to and including rewriting the entire ending.
  31. Repeat #23 and #24.
  32. Repeat #22, #23, #24 and #25.
  33. Shake self awake.
  34. Send to proofreader.
  35. Repeat #27.
  36. Get book back. Make suggested changes, which hopefully won’t be too awful.
  37. Receive cover proofs from designer. Give feedback.
  38. Repeat #37 until cover perfect.
  39. Become excited, post pictures on internet, repeat #3.
  40. Convert book into HTML for ebook formats. This isn’t as bad as it sounds.
  41. Put book into print layout, including elimination of all possible widows and orphans. This is far worse than it sounds. Repeat #3 as needed.
  42. Order proof of print book.
  43. Read over ebook for annoying HTML formatting errors.
  44. Get print proof back.
  45. Repeat #39.
  46. Repeat #22, with added joy and attention because this is hopefully the last time. Focus on print formatting problems and final niggling typos.
  47. Repeat #36, with annoying extra stage of needing to make changes in several different files.
  48. Submit final text to various online stores.
  49. Promote on internet.
  50. Repeat #3.

Book Review: Can We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson

November 30, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Can We Live Here? by Sarah AldersonCan We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson
Published by Blink on 6th August 2015
Pages: 256
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Last week, I was sitting in seven layers (two of them thermal) next to a fire, with a blanket wrapped around me. Now, I am sleeping in kickers and a vest under a fan. Let the mosquitos bite me. They can have me ... Can we live here? ... If I don't become roadkill in the next few days, I'll let you know my thoughts.

In 2009, Sarah and John Alderson quit their full-time jobs in London and headed off, with Alula, their three-year-old daughter, on a global adventure to find a new home. For eight months, they travelled through Australia, the US and Asia navigating India with a toddler in a tutu, battling black magic curses in Indonesia and encountering bears in North America asking themselves one defining question: Can We Live Here?

Inspirational, hilarious and fascinating this is an unforgettable travel memoir and a unique guide to quitting your job, following your dreams and finding your home in a far-flung paradise

I generally don’t read non-fiction, but I couldn’t resist picking up Can We Live Here? by Sarah Alderson. I already follow her on Twitter, and have been meaning to read more of her books since Conspiracy Girl, so this was the perfect place for me to start.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s more like you’re having a chat with Sarah about her travels to Goa, Singapore and Bali (amongst other places) instead of reading her blog-turned-book. I loved the underlying theme of the book, the “fuck it, yes” mentality, as it’s something that we all secretly wish we could say to most things. It’s easy to daydream about quitting our jobs and travelling the world, but instead of daydreaming about it, Sarah Alderson actually did it, and that’s what made reading Can We Live Here? all the more entertaining.

And this book is hilarious. There were parts that had me giggling out loud, chuckling away to myself during my lunchbreak, parts that had me cringing at the sheer awkwardness of the situation, and parts that just made me feel obscenely jealous that Sarah had the balls to say “fuck it” and just go for what she wanted to do.

I would urge everyone to pick up this book, not just fans of Sarah Alderson, but those who feel they’re stuck in a rut, and want help in pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and dipping their toes into unknown waters.

Unexplained Absences

November 18, 2015

unexplained absences

I feel like I’m writing these posts far too often. So, once again, I do apologise.

I’m currently in the middle of decorating and moving house with my parents. My radio silence was rather unexpected, thanks to our internet supplier unceremoniously cutting off our broadband supply in the middle of October, and we can only afford to have one lot of broadband running, the connection went into the new house. Thanks to working long hours, I’m rarely down here for longer than ten minutes a day, meaning I haven’t had time to blog. On the plus, I’ve had plenty of time to read. I’m not going to start throwing around guesses of when I’ll be back. It’ll happen when we’re moved in and settled, I would imagine. But you never know. I’m currently sitting in an empty house waiting for my new desk to arrive, so I’ll probably bash out a few posts as I’ve got the time to this morning. I’ve never owned a desk before. I’m excited. Is that sad? Probably.

To the authors and publishers I owe posts to: they will be posted on here, I do promise you. I cannot thank you for your patience. (Maybe some will be on here sooner rather than later, depending on what words I can type out!)

Guest Post: A Day in the Life of Chele Cook | Out of Orbit Blog Tour

October 23, 2015

I am thrilled to be taking part in the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! I hosted Chele Cook on the blog many, many moons ago for a previous blog tour, so it was a no brainer to host her again today! I have an excellent guest post to share with you, all about a day in Chele Cook’s life, plus there’s a tour-wide giveaway for you to enter as well!

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 “When asked to write about a general day in my life, my first thought was ‘well, that’s going to be boring’. In fact, my life probably quiet compared to a lot of people. I’m an introvert, and I enjoy spending a lot of my time alone. Of course, that’s a rather helpful situation when it comes to writing and spending vast quantities of time in front of a computer.

 I am still at the point in my career where I need a day job to bring in most of my income. I work day to day as a Residence Assistant for a London University, so eight hours a day is spent in an office. It’s a decent job and, when the office is quiet, it gives me the chance to jot down ideas.

 I’ve always been a bit of a night owl, so most of my writing gets done in the evenings once I get home from work. I’ve also always been a big fan of afternoon naps, so it isn’t strange, if I’ve been on an early shift at work, for me to nap for an hour upon getting home before I start on my second job as a writer.

 Anyone who tells you writing a book is easy is lying, and anyone who tries to imply that self-publishing is the easy way out has never tried to self-publish to a professional standard. You’re regularly trying to keep up with two jobs, author and publisher, all in your free time.

 I’m spending about 30 hours a week keeping up with publishing. Sometimes that will be writing, other times it’s the various stages in the publishing process including marketing and social media.

 I’m currently writing 1,000 words a day of first draft and then I’m in editing, formatting, doing website design and upkeep, and marketing. I occasionally have a social life, like the writing group I go to at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green each Wednesday, but in general, I’m a homebody. I watch episodes of my favourite TV shows between writing sprints, and when my brain is too fried, I cross stitch or knit. (I have as many cross stitching projects as I do writing ones. I suffer from Startitus!)

 Sometimes, I think I’m crazy. Other times, I know I am, but I love it just the same.

 One question I’ve been asked a few times by non-writing friends has been: “How do you keep up with everything that needs doing?” Well, I’m a big fan of check lists. I currently have four stuck to the wall in front of my computer: Daily word count, project progress, publishing check list, and monthly To-Do list. The monthly list is always the most crammed, and I know I won’t get everything done, but it’s a good baseline for the things I want to accomplish.

 Again, some people think I’m a bit nuts for having it all written out, or perhaps they think it takes the creativity out of it, but for me, it’s the only way to keep on top of everything. When trying to fit in a full-time job around evenings and weekends, it’s great to have a list of jobs ready and to know the work that needs to be done first.

 Maybe, at some point, I’ll be able to leave my day job and focus completely on the career I have wanted since I was a teenager. Perhaps, but not yet. For now, I’ll just stick to writing in every spare minute, and always trying to catch up on sleep.”

About the Out of Orbit Series

(There are currently 3 books in this series, but I’ll only share the synopsis of book number one, to avoid any possible spoilers!!)

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“You are an inmate, not a medic. You should get used to that.”

On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.

When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.

As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?”

Author: Chele Cooke
Title: Dead and Buryd (Out of Orbit #1)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Pages: 410
Published: 10th April 2014
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Also released: Book two: Fight or Flight and book three: Rack and Ruin (links to Goodreads Pages)

About Chele Cook:

Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.

While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.

With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway during the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! The prizes include;

A full set of Out of Orbit series in paperback and a £25 Amazon giftcard

Ten ebook sets of the Out of Orbit series

If you fancy your chances, head on over to Chele Cook’s website to enter!

 

The 6 Best Books I Read This Summer

October 17, 2015

I went on a massive reading binge throughout the summer, and I managed to get a ridiculous amount of reading done. And they were all good books! I didn’t read a single mediocre or worse book throughout the summer months, which I’m taking as a personal achievement. And because I’ve been so lax with getting my reviews written and posted, I thought I’d share with you my 6 favourites.

6 best books i read this summer

I’m only including the books I read after I went to Mexico, so from mid-June onwards, up until the end of August, because that was when my reading kind of pattered off again and I kind of stopped reading…again.

6 best books I read in summer collage

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson – this book just confirmed that if Jandy Nelson writes it, I will read it. Wow. ALL THE FEELS. This left me broken, deflated, uplifted, all in the turn of a page. Easily one of the best reads of the year for me.

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher – totally took me by surprise! Do not let the cover fool you, this is an intense mystery/thriller that will leave you guessing til the very end.

One by Sarah Crossan – I’ve already written about my thoughts on One, so I won’t go into too much detail. But this is a book for you if you want an emotional rollercoaster.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alertalli – Whatever hype you’ve heard surrounding this book, you need to believe it. Seriously. It’s that good.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas – YES. Just a blissful YES. It’s not a sweet, fluffy read, but my goodness, it’s worth reading.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I’m so cross with myself for waiting so long to read this book, but I’m also so happy that I waited until summer to read it. Seriously, the most perfect time to pick this one up.

What were your favourite reads of the summer?