Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

not-if-i-see-you-firstNot If I See You First* is the story of Parker. Parker is blind, but she’s also very honest and feisty and smart and she’s even a runner. Parker has a strict set of rules that those around her must follow and while some of these come across as rude, some of them do also make sense.

When Scott, her ex, reappears in her life after the merging of their schools, Parker tries to ignore him, but she can’t ignore him forever. The truth eventually starts to unravel surrounding Scott and the circumstances that led to their break up and Parker even learns more about her dad who recently died. This book has a strong focus on friendship and family, whilst also letting a lovely bit of romance dance it’s way in.

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Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood.

wild-swansWhen I recently wrote my post I’m Still Here…, I mentioned that I hadn’t really fallen in love with many books in the past couple of months. However, one book that I did really enjoy was Wild Swans* by Jessica Spotswood.

It’s the summer before Ivy’s senior year and she cannot wait for it to start. This year she has no summer classes and expects to be free, free to spend her time hanging out with her friends and taking things easy, having a proper summer break. That’s how it was supposed to go, but instead Ivy’s mother suddenly shows up with a couple of new additions to the family, threatening to ruin Ivy’s care-free summer.

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Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

scarletMy progress with The Lunar Chronicles is evidently slow, but I’m getting there. After really enjoying Cinder, I couldn’t wait to move onto book two, but upon starting Scarlet and the realisation that Cinder was no longer the only main character, I did lose a little interest. I was still eager to read the book, but having to get to know another character when the only story I was actually interested in was Cinder’s was a bit off putting.

I did eventually grow to like Scarlet’s character, I was just more intrigued on the parts of the book that focused on Cinder. However, I did really enjoy this sequel. Naturally, I preferred the first book, but I still found this book enjoyable and I liked how it was laid out with the switching perspectives and how at the end they came together when the two main characters met.

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Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy.

you-were-hereFollowing my previous blog post, I have a little catching up to do in terms of book reviews. Please forgive me because a few of my upcoming reviews may be a little brief compared to the usual ones I post because they have not all been written immediately after finishing the book like I’ve done in the past.

Today’s book review is on You Were Here* by Cori McCarthy. Due to it being nearly two months ago that I actually read this book, I’ve decided that it would be more beneficial for you if I pasted the overview of this book from Goodreads, rather than writing my own:

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

caravalSometimes you read books and have to wait a while before you can start writing a review. Unfortunately, on this occasion I waited too long between reading and reviewing, so this particular review may be a little brief compared to those I usually write. Nonetheless, I would like to emphasise that I did really enjoy this book.

Caraval* is a fantasy young-adult novel following the story of Scarlett and her sister, Tella. Tella is eager to leave home and get far, far away from their father. Naturally, Scarlett is wary of doing this for fear of their father finding them, but when the girls receive tickets to Caraval, things finally start to go Tella’s way.

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Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.

stealing-snowIt always takes me a little while to get properly into the Christmas spirit, so since it is the beginning of December I’ve decided to review a book which is wintry rather than Christmassy. As you will have seen from the blog post title, this book is called Stealing Snow*.

When this book opened up, I was pretty wary of it because I discovered that it was set in a mental institution. I have no problem reading about mental health, however I do worry about how it is handled and written about. I found the book pretty easy to read so I persevered with it and actually got through it pretty fast – perhaps my book slump is finally coming to an end – so I reckon it’s safe to say I ended up enjoying it.

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Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti.

the-hundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovettI really have no idea how to begin this book review, I barely know how to begin my overview of the actual book, so please excuse me for my bluntness, but I’m diving right in.

When popular girl at school Lizzie Lovett disappears, Hawthorn, our protagonist a few years younger than Lizzie, becomes obsessed with the disappearance and even Lizzie herself. Throughout the book Hawthorn comes up with different theories to explain Lizzie’s disappearance before she becomes transfixed on one idea, a very unlikely idea, but the more she tries to justify it, the more it makes sense to her. But what really happened to Lizzie? Did she runaway? Was she killed? Kidnapped…?

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Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

“If you make a mistake, you learn from it. If you never make a mistake, you’re never the wiser.” – Cecelia Ahern.

flawedDespite the fact that Ahern is a fairly well know author in the young adult world, Flawed* is the first book of hers that I have ever actually read.

Flawed is the story of Celestine, a perfect girl. Perfect behaviour, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend. Celestine lives in a society that is so focused and obsessed with being perfect that those who are imperfect are quite literally branded Flawed and ostracised from society. Following this society’s rules of perfection has never been a problem for Celestine until someone she knows is branded and she is faced with a difficult situation where her morals force her to do something that society deems wrong.

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

perks“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky.

Anyone who knows me, whether this be in real life or through this blog, is very likely aware of how much I adore this book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As a result of my recent reading slump I had the urge to pick it up again for my fourth read now in the hope that it will pull me out of this book-less hole I’ve been feeling trapped in.

Additionally, because of it being one of my favourite books I’ve always hated the fact that I don’t have a review for it on my blog and I didn’t feel right writing one without having read the book recently, so I am glad to finally be writing this review.

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Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

Finding Audrey“The thing about brains, which you might not know, is they’re not just one ball of jelly. They’re all divided into bits, and some bits are great and some are just a waste of space. In my humble opinion.”

Finding Audrey is my first Sophie Kinsella book and it has definitely left me keen to read more of her work. In this book our main character, Audrey, suffers from anxiety. Following a traumatic experience, Audrey is left unable to leave the house and finds it difficult to remove her dark glasses even at home. When her brother invites Linus round, they start exchanging notes and with his help Audrey has a new found courage to leave the house, to talk to people and to heal.

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