The Secret Fire Book Review

424 Pages

Published by Atom

Summary:

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Book Review: 

First of all, let me just say this book is absolutely incredible. A major well done to C.J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld for delivering such a stellar start to an obvious beautiful series.

Typically, I don’t like co-written series as I usually find that the authors styles of writing conflict and the story becomes jumbled. Well C.J and Carina have converted me guyss, I can not describe enough how amazing this book actually is.

Sacha Winters lives in Paris and comes from a family who is cursed: Every first-born son will die on his 18th birthday and not a day before. With only weeks until his birthday Sacha’s English teacher urges him to get in touch with a girl from England for some online tutoring. Taylor is a straight A student from England whose dream is to study at Oxford, so when the opportunity came to earn some extra credit by tutoring English to a French boy (which is sure to look great on her Oxford application), she jumps for it. The only problem is Sacha is the worst student eve. He’s rude and arrogant .But, Sacha and Taylor’s ‘meeting’ was no accident, they are connected and could be key to saving each other.

In terms of character development, Taylor wasn’t your usual stereotypical ‘geek’ that usually becomes annoying after the first few chapters… She was funny, smart and vulnerable, yet carried herself with such grace that she quickly became one of my favorite protagonists. Sacha was my kind of character… He was sarcastic yet sweet. Strong yet so loving. Words can’t describe how much I LOVE Sacha and Taylor’s relationship, it was such a lovely thing to watch develop and I literally spent half the time counting down until they met face to face.

This book was suspenseful, fun and adventurous. It was everything I love about a book all in one, I can not thank the authors enough for writing such an amazing story. I think it is pretty obvious that I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

Rating 5*

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A Summer Like No Other- Elodie Nowodazkij

A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij

Published July 30th 2015

Series: Yes 1/2

Summary:

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Click on the goodreads link below for a longer, and more detailed summary 🙂

Goodreads Link

Review:

I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review, all opinions stated are of my own.

When I first got the email from Netgalley to say I had been approved to read A summer like no other, I was pumped to say the least. The blurb sounded really interesting and definitely like the kind of book I could get into… and I was definitely not disappointed.

A summer like no other follows Emilia and Nick, the somewhat ‘star-crossed lovers’ who are longing to be together but find themselves prevented by the non stop obstacles thrown their way. This leads to them making an agreement… one that could make or break their friendship, they decide to get together for the summer and then go back to being friends after that. But can sacrifices always work out for the greater good?

I enjoyed reading A summer like no other so much, I found myself getting completely engrossed in the story and the characters and becoming frustrated when their relationship suffered a setback. I was definitely championing for Emilia and Nick throughout the story and often wished they were given better circumstances so that they could be together.

Emilia was a honest character that often documented her feelings towards Nick during her POV’S. However, I did find her to be quite fragile and insecure often second guessing why Nick would choose her when he has his fair share of girls… I’m not sure if this is down to her deeper issues surrounding her adoption and birth mum and the feeling like she isn’t good enough because her mum abandoned her as a baby.

Although, I do believe that Nick is a lot more fragile than Emilia as he lacks independence due to his father constantly controlling his decisions through blackmail. It often seemed to me that Nick relied on Em to give him a sense of independence and freedom, as it isn’t something he is accustomed to.

There was one thing that irritated me about Nick though, he continuously lies to Em about the extent to which his father’s controlling goes to ‘protect her’, however if she really loved him she would actually understand and be angry that someone would put him through this, which made me question whether he was actually just quite selfish and cared more about his needs than hers.

If you’re anything like me the ending of A summer like no other will probably frustrate you because it finishes with such a climax, and quite frankly you don’t even see the ending coming. I kept scrolling right because I thought my phone was frozen as I could not believe the story was really finished, it seemed to fly by.

All-together, I totally ship Em and Nick’s relationship because I do think it is obvious how much they love each other and want to be together and I can not wait to see more of their adventures in the second novel.

Rating: 4* (due to the ending that left me wanting more)

The Liebster Award

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I am really happy and excited because I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by  https://mudandstars.wordpress.com/… check out her blog, it is amazing. Thank you so much for nominating me girlie 🙂

The aim of this award is to bring more awareness to blogs that have less than 200 followers, which I love because it is so hard to get recognition for your blog if you haven’t got a lot of followers.

The rules:

1) Display the award, and acknowledge the blogger who nominated you

2) Answer eleven questions the previous blogger set for you

3) Give eleven facts about yourself

4) Nominate from 5-11 blogs (with less than 200 followers) that you think are deserving of the award

5) Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them

6) Come up with eleven questions for your nominees to answer!

Q&A’

  • What’s your favourite thing about book blogging?

My favourite thing about book blogging is connecting with other book addicts like myself and fangirling over books, which brings me on to my next point… one of my favourite things about book blogging is that I can excessively fangirl over a book and no one will bat an eyelid or call me crazy, because we’re all in the same boat when it comes to that.

  •                  Which five books would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island all on your lonesome?

The five books I would bring with me if I was stranded on a desert island would be We Were Liars by E.Lockhart because that is one of my favourite books of all time, City of Bones by Cassanda Clare because Cassandra is my favourite author and TMI is my all time favourite series, and quite frankly I don’t think I could live without a Clary and Jace fix for too long. I would also bring Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman, The fault in our Stars by John Green and any book by Sarah J Maas.

  • Who is your favourite author?

My all time favourite author is Cassandra Clare, I love her with all my heart and I was fortunate enough to meet her this year at YALC which will forever be burned into my memory kinda like a rune.

  • Who is your biggest book crush?

I have sooooo many but my all time biggest book crush is Jace from The Mortal Instrument series. I would literally marry him in an instant if I could.

  • If you could be any character for a day, who would it be and why?

If I could be any character for a day, it would have to be Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas because she is a badass that doesn’t ask for anyone’s approval. Also, as grim as it sounds I think it would be kind of cool to be an assassin for a day.

  • If you could slap any character upside the head, who would it be and why?

LOL at this question but oh what a frustrating one, as there have been so many characters that have annoyed me over the years. However, one that will always stick out is Bella from Twilight…I hate her in the books and I hate her in the films *sorry Twihards*

  • Which books have you struggled with/given up on?

I really struggled to get through Bleed, an arc by Vax Darley that I was approved for on NetGalley. I found it all too predictable and boring.

  • Which book series would you recommend?

I would recommend Mortal Instruments, it is an amazing fantasy series written by my fave Cassandra Clare. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT, BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What was your favourite book as a child?

My Favourite book as a child was anything by Jacqueline Wilson. I can’t even pick a favourite because I love all of her books.

  • What is the essential factor in whether or not you’ll enjoy a book?

I will hate a book if the characters are too cliched and unrelatable and I will love a book if it takes me on a journey… if a book can make me laugh, cry and get angry from the start to finish then I know it is a keeper.

  • Pick a favourite line or quote from a book.

“Be a little kinder than you have to”- We Were Liars *words that I think everyone could do with living by*


Eleven Facts About Me:

  1. My name is Savannah.
  2. I have an old soul and a young heart.
  3. My favourite genre of music is country music.
  4. I love eighties movies, more than anything.
  5. I am socially awkward.
  6. I have never had a boyfriend, or a first kiss.
  7. Selena Gomez is my inspiration.
  8. My aspiration is to become a broadcast journalist.
  9. Cassandra Clare is my favourite author
  10. I have a massive addiction for tv shows, it is all consuming to the point where I no longer even know what shows to catch up on.

12. I WILL MEET ONE DIRECTION ONE DAY… THAT IS A FACT.


Questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could live in one book series for a week, what one would you pick and why?
  2. Which three male characters would you kiss, kill and marry and why?
  3. Who is your favourite author?
  4. Is there a book that you have read that would like to see turned into a film?
  5. What is your favourite book quote?
  6. Is there a film adaption of a book you’ve read that you are sincerely disappointed with?
  7. What is your favourite children’s book?
  8. Would you rather be stuck in a horror book or a fantasy book?
  9. If you could write your own YA novel, which actor would you want to play the male lead?
  10. Why and when did you start a book blog?
  11. Do you want to write in the future?

My Nominations:

Dystopia Book Review

Dystopia By Anthony Ergo
22587941266 Pages

Published 2014

Summary:

It’s Friday the Thirteenth and it’s Sasha Hunter’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of Dystopia day; a catastrophic world-wide blackout, and the day Sasha’s mother disappeared. Three years on, the world has started to recover. But for Sasha, everything is falling apart…

Goodreads Link

Review:

So I picked up Dystopia after meeting Anthony Ergo at YALC, I knew it would become a favourite as soon as he gave me a brief summary… turns out I was absolutely right!!

 Dystopia is Anthony’s Ergo debut novel and the first in what I imagine to be an outstanding series that explores the supernatural (ghosts, empaths and all sorts),  history as well the geography of London. I would definitely suggest making yourself comfortable before you start Dystopia as I can guarantee, you will not be able to put it down.

The story follows Sasha who after uncovering her father’s secret is exposed to the world of the supernatural. After a powerful entity named the hangman ghost puts Sasha’s father in hospital, she is forced to join forces with two fellow agents to destroy one of the biggest poltergeists in history.

The characters in Dystopia are very relatable- the main protagonist Sasha is an insecure, superstitious teenage girl whose thoughts I could definitely relate to at some point or another… I mean which teenage girl hasn’t felt insecure or crushed hard on a guy before. I thought it was really cool that Sasha suffered from asthma (she suffers frequent asthma attacks throughout the story) and had these really obsessive supernatural beliefs, it made her different to most YA female protagonists. Sasha doubts herself often and I sometimes wondered whether it was because she was so used to being alone, as up until she uncovers her dad’s secret, they have quite a fractured relationship… Sasha is somewhat of an anti-heroine in the sense that she doesn’t necessarily adapt to her newly found responsibilities, it takes her a while to get used to the idea that she could be useful.

Aaron… Aaron…Aaron, I finally have a new fictional crush and I am so happy. As you all know, I have been crushing hard on Gat from We Were Liars for a while now but I am officially over it, Aaron is just everything I look for in a male protagonist. He was sarcastic, beautiful *I mean, in my head he is Alex Pettyfer x100* and caring… he was great and I love him and I’m rambling, so I am going to stop now before I lose it.

 The concept of the hangman ghost was really creepy, there were some embarrassing occasions that involved me, my duvet and a torch because I got too freaked out but we will leave that story for another time. I loved that the hangman ghost was based on a real life executioner that operated in Britain many years ago and is actually regarded as one of the most infamous executioners in history. The clues to what he wanted from the characters and who he was were unraveled slowly which was good because it meant that you were constantly at the edge of your seat trying to work out his intentions.

The ending of Dystopia was amazing, it answered all your questions and created more for the next book which I do not have because I foolishly did not buy it at YALC so now I am depressed and upset because I really want Hysteria in my hands like NOW!!!!!!!!

Rating:5*

1 Book, 1 Song

I am currently in the middle of reading Dystopia by Anthony Ergo and A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij, which means I probably wont have a review posted until mid-afternoon tomorrow However, I did not want to leave you guys hanging for another day so I decided to create a filler post called 1 book, 1 Song. The idea is that I present essentially my ‘book of the moment’and with that a song that I think describes the book perfectly… This may already be a meme or whatever, I honestly don’t know as I am still pretty new to the blogging world and learning new memes as I go along, so please don’t berate me if it is.

ANYWAY, on to my ‘book of the moment’, the book that I am loving right now is We Were Liars. I read this book about a month ago but the remnants of it seem to be following me everywhere because no matter how hard I try, I keep on getting drawn back to the crazy, seductive world of the Sinclairs. WeWereLiars__140612011956-575x883

Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

When it came to picking a song, I instantly knew… listening to this song whilst reading We Were Liars is like melted chocolate and marshmallows, it is a match made in heaven IMO. Youth by Daughter perfectly describes the five liars who are just starting to explore the world around them and gain a better understanding of who they are.

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Are there any other songs you think can go with We Were Liars? Comment below…

Hate List Book Review

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

405 Pages

Published September 1st, 2009

Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary:
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life

Goodreads Link

Review:

Hate List is an extremely powerful and compelling story, one which I would recommend to all ages.

The novel follows the character of Valerie as she returns to school, five months after her boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria, killing and injuring many of their fellow students.

Although Valerie herself was injured defending another student, she is still somewhat implicated because of the list. The list she and Nick made of people they hated. The list Nick used to pick his targets.

I honestly felt for Valerie throughout the whole book. She was always prone to second guessing herself, never certain if she somehow indirectly coerced Nick into doing what he did, but at the same time battling with her feelings for him.

It almost seems expected by those around her that she should hate Nick, but no one takes a second to realise that they were in love, and that is something that doesn’t die within a few months. It’s almost as if no one realises that she is grieving for not only Nick but also the people he murdered, Valerie will always be one of those characters that I feel sorry for because it is like she can’t win… all she ever wanted was for her and Nick to be accepted but sadly Nick wasn’t as strong as her.

Hate List reminded me a lot of my own high school experience. No, we didn’t have a killer at my school, but isn’t every school the same? The kids who walk around thinking they are better than everyone else even though others have done nothing to deserve the way they are treated. I was bullied in high school, and looking back I realise that it was always ‘acceptable’ for those who were popular to belittle someone that wasn’t in the same social group… almost as if it was the norm.

Through the use of flashbacks Brown creates a story that is emotionally driven and very relatable. The flashbacks really allow you to see the incident through Nick’s perspective who after years of taunting and abuse pretty much just cracks, I do not think his actions can ever be justified but they can definitely be understood… you might think I am crazy for even slightly defending him but being a victim of bullying, I know that not everyone is strong enough to get through it.

I loved watching Valerie’s journey to redemption from the beginning of the story to the end. She is such a strong girl and watching her get even stronger was really beautiful :

Overall, Hate List is a well written story and an obvious 5*, as it touches upon real issues that at some point I think everyone can relate to.

Rating: 5*

My Top Ten Favourite YA Book Quotes

I don’t know about you but I love quotes… Even more so book quotes. They make it so much easier to connect to the character and really understand their voice, and at times you just might just find that one quote that speaks to you on such a personal level that the story becomes more than a book… It becomes a friend. I know I have had this happen to me so many times, that I now have a notebook dedicated to book quotes so that I can go back to my favourites when ever I am feeling a certain type of way.  I won’t lie to you my quotes can be long, they can also be depressing but I love them because they speak to me in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

Enough with the talking, let’s get on with it… Shall we?

  1. “It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.
    She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.”
    E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  2. “We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
    Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
  3. “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
  4. “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  5. “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  6. “Do not accept an evil you can change.”
    E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
  7. “Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. As long as you have a soul and free will, you can be anything, do anything, choose anything”
    Cassandra Clare,City Of Heavenly Fire
  8. “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”
    Gayle Forman, If I Stay
  9. “I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”
    Gayle Forman, If I Stay
  10. “Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”
    Abigail Haas, Dangerous Girls

Top Ten Most Anticipated YA Books For This Year

Everyone always does a most anticipated list at the beginning of the year and then just gives the latter part of the year no recognition at all, but there are so many amazing YA books coming out later on this year that I am looking forward to purchasing and reading. So I just thought I would compile a shortlist of some of the ones I am most excited about and share it with you guys.

NEW BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Book Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Publication date: 1st September

Published by: Delacorte

2.The Lost Girl by R.L.Stine

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Book Summary:

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago.

Publication date: September 29th

Published by: St Martin’s Press

3. Another Day by David Levithan

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Book Summary:

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all. *Sidenote~this is actually the second book in the series, the first is titled every day.

Publication Date: August 25th

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

4. Lair of Dreams by Libra Bray

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Book Summary:

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to ‘read’ objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, ‘America’s Sweetheart Seer’. But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities . . .

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

5. Monsters by Emerald Fennel

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Book Summary:

A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet.

Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not – a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand… *Sidenote- I first heard of this book at YALC when I saw it on HotKeyBooks stand. Unfortunately, I couldn’t buy it because I had run out of money LOOOL, the life of being a broke book addict.

Publication date: 3rd September 2015

Published By: HotKeyBooks

6. The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

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Book Summary:

A startling coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary Nazi England.

Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without?

Publication Date: August 27th

Published By: HotKeyBooks

7. The Next Together by Lauren James

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Book Summary:

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Publication date: September 3rd

Published by: Walker Books

8. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Book Summary:

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Publication Date: August 6th

Published by: Orion Children’s Books

9. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Book Summary:

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul

Publication date: September 29th

Published by: Harlequin Teen

10. Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

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Book Summary:

Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.

When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.

Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy-a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?

Publication date: October 20th

Published by: Balzer and Bray

We Were Liars Book Review

We Were Liars by E.LockhartWeWereLiars__140612011956-575x883

Publication: May 13th, 2014 by Delacorte Press

225 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Suspense Thriller

Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

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Review:

I initially read this book because my friend kept pestering me to and I wanted her to shut up but I love love love this book, it is so emotionally driven and remarkably written and I am so grateful to my little buttercup for telling me about this book. Also word to the wise, do not read this book and then attempt to sneak peek at other pages or read spoilers because it will spoil your experience. The twists in this book are enough to turn anyone grey, don’t add anymore pressure to yourself. Please, I am begging you.

We Were Liars focuses on the affairs of a very rich and privileged New England family… The Sinclair’s. The main protagonist Cadence describes the family as “Old-money Democrats, with square chins and wide smiles.” At the head of this family lies Harris Sinclair- Cadence’s grandfather and a man “drunk on power.”

The story follows the lives of Mirren Sinclair, Johnny Sinclair, Cadence Sinclair and Gatil Patel (a boy whose connection to Cadence threatens to blow the family apart)… Together the four make the Liars, a close-knit group who are considered “trouble” by the adults around them, yet their sympathetic outlook to the rest of the world suggests that the only threat they pose is empathy. (” Be a little kinder than you have to”)

Through Lockhart’s use of vivid imagery and metaphoric language, she presents an insight into a family that is so fuelled by capitalism and luxury that they fail to see the world around them, it is almost as if society begins and ends on their Beechwood Island, just off Martha’s vineyard. The adults in the story only mirror this, with the liars often retelling tales of their parents alcoholism issues , fights over fortune and prejudiced views.

Words cannot describe how much I connected to Cadence because her situation is just so sad.  She is the girl who pretty much has everything, yet is in such pain. I can not tell you the amount of times I cried for Cadence, I’m sure my poor book still has tear stains from my endless hours of sobbing. It just really makes you realize that money doesn’t buy happiness and that it would be foolish of us to assume so.

Me reading every chapter

I crushed hard on Gat because he just came across as this delicate, pure soul who sees the world as a whole, rather than a fragment of an aristocracy. That probably has something to do with the fact that he wasn’t brought up in that lifestyle so he is meant to reflect us mere mundanes who understand that not every one has the same opportunities in life. He is the only one out of the liars who isn’t afraid to speak out against Harris or call the others out on their judge-mental BS, I love him A LOT… I may be in love with a fictional character but its okay because we will be together in spirit and in my dreams , and for now I give Cadence permission to have him.

The other characters; Mirren and Johnny were a bit meh. I liked them, don’t get me wrong but I found it hard to connect to them both on the same level that I did Cadence and Gat. I am not sure if this is because I mentally and emotionally got so attached to the others, but I just couldn’t connect, which was frustrating but that happens I guess.

There was also this really cool thing I loved where Cadence took fairy-tales and adapted them to the story so that it fitted in with a situation she was going through. But they were not your average boy meets girl in need-saves her-falls in love-the end… they were more like fables as they actually had meaning and a valid lesson at the end of it. Needless to say, I loved them. I actually just finished writing them in my diary because I want to read them every day: in the car,  in class, on the toilet *TMI much* hehe  P.s if you want to look for them they are usually towards the end of the chapter, except they aren’t in every chapter. I think they start from chapter 16.

Overall, I would recommend We Were Liars to anyone who enjoys suspense and poetic writing. It is also a really quick read so perfect for the holidays. Comment below if you have read it 🙂

Rating: 5*

Xoxo

Savi

Best Of Me~Nicholas Sparks

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You have the Best Of Me….

They were teenage sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks-with a passion that would change their lives for ever. But life would force them apart.

Years later, the lines between past and present are about to slip…called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who gave them shelter when they needed it most, they are faced with each other once again.

Can true love ever rewrite the past?


The Best Of Me written by Nicholas Sparks is a beautifully written romance novel that will pull at all the appropriate heartstrings and leave you speechless.

The novel follows Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, teenage sweethearts who were once bound by a love so powerful, until such love drove them apart. However, fast forward twenty-five years later when the two meet again after the death of their beloved mentor and find themselves embroiled in a much familiar love affair.

The story of Dawson and Amanda is so touching to watch as Spark’s written ability makes it hard not to fall in love with each of them as each chapter passes. Dawson is a complex character who has cheated death so many times, he could be considered immortal. His love for Amanda never subsided, therefore seeing her after years of absence brings back all the feelings he once had. Whereas, Amanda has built a career and a family since leaving Dawson all those years ago and isn’t sure if she should risk her marriage for a long-awaited encounter with Dawson.

The Best of Me is Sparks’ seventeenth novel following the theme of both love and heartbreak. It is a moving story, but one cannot expect any less from the mastermind behind The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Furthermore, one of the pleasures of reading a Sparks novel is that it does not matter whether you are a first time reader or an avid one, as no two books are the same so you are given the chance to fall in love with him all over again.

I would recommend The Best Of Me to anyone who is a fan of romance novels, or simply looking to branch out and would rate it 5/5 as it took me on an emotional rollercoaster throughout.