Book Review: Love Hurts by Various Authors

February 4, 2015

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: Love Hurts by Various AuthorsLove Hurts by Various Authors
Published by Corgi Children's on 29th January 2015
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 576
Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Love Hurts contains a fantastic mix of authors and genres, and it’s a book perfect for people wanting to try out an author without committing to a whole book that they may not enjoy. As a head’s up – it does contain quite a few excerpts from already published books that you may have already read, which was something that I didn’t expect, but on the whole, I’d say it’s well worth a read.

There is so much diversity in this book! It’s absolutely excellent to see so many different topics tackled with so many different characters. It really fits in with the theme of the entire book. Love it’s black and white, it’s extremely diverse, so it’s right that the book reflects that.

If you only read one story from Love Hurts, make it Gentlewoman by Laura Dockrill. Such an important story with such an important message, and it made my heart hurt with everything Dani was going through both mentally and physically.

Love Hurts has made me desperate to pick up some books, and cemented the fact that I won’t be picking certain ones up, and that was what I really enjoyed about it. I was able to revisit some old favourites (both stories and authors), and added new authors to my list who I can’t wait to read more from.


Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

December 22, 2014

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various AuthorsMy True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors
Published by Macmillan Children's Books on 9th October 2014
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Pages: 355
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

As soon as this book hit my radar I knew I’d have to get my grubby mitts on a copy. I mean, look at that author line-up! You couldn’t get any better if you tried. Well, I don’t think you could, anyway. There’s some old favourites mixed in with authors whose writing I’m yet to try for myself, and My True Love Gave to Me was the perfect way to be introduced to those authors.

For the most part, My True Love Gave to Me is full of excellent holiday-themed stories. And, much to my surprise, they aren’t all contemporary stories. There’s a few paranormal ones thrown into this anthology too, which I loved. My personal favourites had to be those by Stephanie Perkins, Myra McEntire and Kiersten White. Kiersten White’s story almost had me in tears, dammit. As I said on twitter, nice stepdads get me every time. Every. Single. Time. As with all anthologies, there were a few stories I didn’t enjoy as much. Not because they were bad, but a couple of them confused me so much, I didn’t really have a clue what was going on as I was reading, which was a shame.

On the whole, My True Love Gave to Me is a wonderfully festive read, perfect for that run-up to Christmas. If filling up your belly with warm fuzzy feelings as you read something you enjoy doing, then this is definitely a book for you.

Book Review: Fifty First Times by Various Authors

March 17, 2014

Book Review: Fifty First Times by Various AuthorsFifty First Times by Various Authors
Published by Avon Impulse on 25th February 2014
Source: Bought Kindle Copy
Pages: 350
You always remember your first time...

Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you'll have to buy us a pet monkey first.


Fifty First Times was a book that grabbed my interest as soon as I looked into it properly. I’ve recently started reading the new adult genre, and figured this would be a good way to scope out a few new authors, and gosh, was I correct.

With its title, you expect this book to be all about sex. And, to some extent, it is. But it’s also so much more than that. These stories aren’t just about people losing their virginities. There’s a couple faced with the reality of losing one another the day after their wedding. A former soldier learning to live again after experiencing a horrific attack whilst on duty. And that was what I loved so much about this novella collection. It would’ve been easy for the authors to simply write about nineteen couples going through their first time together.

So, don’t let the title and cover fool you. This isn’t just a bunch of novellas about sex. It’s a bunch of nineteen short stories written by some fantastic authors whose works I cannot wait to read more about.