#FridayReads 25/09/2015

Just in case you’re wondering, #FridayReads originated on Twitter and every Friday people tweet what they’ll be reading over the weekend. Bunny Cates brought this over to Youtube and I’m hoping to write a #FridayReads post each week to share with you what I’ll be reading.

This weekend I will be reading:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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HER PERFECT LIFE
IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

So far, so good with this book. I’m looking forward to finding out about the main character’s past.

What will you be reading this weekend?

Happy reading! 🙂

 – Liz

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Review

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It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Release Date: 18th July, 2013

Pages: 400

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Format: Kindle E-Book

Source: Purchase

If you’re looking to read a powerful YA book that is partly inspired by true events, then give Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas a try. I became interested in true crime about six months ago, so I was intrigued by Dangerous Girls, which has shades of the Natalee Holloway case and the trial of Amanda Knox weaved into the story. Dangerous Girls is definitely a good and gripping read.

I was hooked from start to finish with Dangerous Girls. The story is told in a non-chronological order by an unreliable narrator which created suspense and left me wanting to find out exactly what happened. The book is very fast-paced and I liked how Haas also told the story through the use of transcripts, interviews and standard prose, amongst other things.

The characters in Dangerous Girls felt very real and I liked seeing how they developed throughout the novel. The characters contributed to the twists and turns that the novel takes as the story progresses and this was another thing I loved about the book. I never knew what to expect next or if any of my hunches were right.

The only thing that I didn’t really like about the novel was the final chapter. I think that Dangerous Girls would have been better without it. Had the final chapter been edited out, I think that the ending of the previous chapter would have become more shocking, resulting in more of an impact on me as a reader and a better ending overall.

The ride that I experienced while reading Dangerous Girls was a great one. I’ll be reading more of this author’s works in the future.

Favourite Quotes

“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?” (Page 254)

“Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.” (Page 366)

4/5 stars

 – Liz

FrightFall Read-a-Thon Is Coming To Get You!

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the horror genre. You can imagine my delight when I discovered the FrightFall Read-a-Thon, which is being hosted by Seasons of Reading. Seasons of Reading host read-a-thons throughout the year that tie in with each season. FrightFall is taking place from 5th-11th October, 2015.

If you’re interested in taking part, then you can head on over to the relevant FrightFall post here in order to sign up. I don’t normally like creating TBRs for each month of the year as I don’t like to make myself feel as though I’m only allowed to read the books I’ve picked out. When it comes to October, however, I enjoy getting my hands on scary books and letting people know what I’ll be reading that month. I’ll be writing a post regarding my FrightFall TBR nearer the time.

I hope other readers sign up for this read-a-thon and join us in what is sure to be a spooktastic week! 🙂

 – Liz

#FridayReads 18/09/2015

In case you’re wondering, #FridayReads originated on Twitter and every Friday people tweet what they’ll be reading over the weekend. Bunny Cates brought this over to Youtube and I’m hoping to write a #FridayReads post each week to share with you what I’ll be reading.

This weekend I will be reading:

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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The following synopsis contains some spoilers.

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

This is the second book in The Darkest Minds trilogy and so far Never Fade has been a great sequel. I have about 200 pages left to read and I’m hoping that the rest of the book is just as good as what I have read so far.

What will you be reading this weekend?

Happy reading! 🙂

– Liz

“Waiting On” Wednesday #6: 09/09/2015

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.co.uk) which allows readers to showcase an up and coming book.

My pick for this week is:

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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Five gifted teenagers are selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace was sealed after the aristocrats fled there. No one has set foot in it for over two centuries.

Now, in the present day, the teenagers enter with cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art security, scientists and chaperones. And then a brutal accident occurs. No way out. Caught in the dark.

They will have to fight to survive. But are they really alone in the depths?

A Drop of Night is scheduled to be published on 15th March, 2016. I really wish I could get my hands on this book right now!

 – Liz

#FridayReads 04/09/2015

If you don’t know, #FridayReads originated on Twitter and every Friday people tweet what they’ll be reading over the weekend. Bunny Cates brought this over to Youtube and I’m hoping to write a #FridayReads post each week to share with you what I’ll be reading.

This weekend I will be reading:

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So far, so good! Burn for Burn is turning out to be quite an addicting read! What will you be reading this weekend?

Happy reading! 🙂

– Liz

“Waiting On” Wednesday #5: 02/09/2015

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.co.uk) which allows readers to showcase an up and coming book.

The book that I’ve chosen for this week is:

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Walk on Earth a Stranger is set to be released on 22nd September, 2015. I’m really looking forward to this one as it has been a while since I’ve read any historical fiction. The reviews that I’ve read have been positive so I hope that the book lives up to my expectations.

– Liz

Darkmere by Helen Maslin Review

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A castle. A curse. A dangerous summer.

Leo has invited Kate and a few friends to spend the summer at his inheritance, Darkmere Castle: as wild and remote as it is beautiful. Kate thinks it will be the perfect place for her and Leo to get together – but instead, she’s drawn into the dark story of a young nineteenth-century bride who haunts the tunnels and towers of the house. And whose curse now hangs over them all. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Release Date: 6th August, 2015

Pages: 368

Publisher: Chicken House

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchase

I tried hard to like Darkmere by Helen Maslin. I really did. I honestly feel quite apathetic towards Darkmere. Having said that, I do have some points to make about the book and, sadly, most of them are negative.

To be honest, I found the whole story to be unoriginal and predictable. There are two storylines that run concurrently throughout Darkmere and that is something that I like as a writing device. However, it was really easy to see which direction the storylines were heading in. When events occur in the book, I wasn’t reading anything new. Nothing about the plot made Darkmere stand out from the rest of YA fiction.

Darkmere presented me with a host of characters that I just didn’t care for. I couldn’t find anything about the characters that was likeable and I wasn’t able to gel with Kate, the main character in the story. This made it difficult for me to root for Kate and I found myself not really caring what happened to her as a character. As I have been writing this review, I have been trying to remember other details about Kate and her fellow characters but I can’t. Kate, her friends and the other characters we meet just aren’t memorable.

One thing I did appreciate about the book is that the characters are affected by issues that real teenagers have to deal with. The characters have problems at home, drink alcohol and smoke weed, amongst other things. References to these things, however, got old after a while and sometimes it felt like partying and going to the beach were the only things happening in the book.

By the end of the novel I was bored. This is mainly because Darkmere is too predictable and pretty uneventful. I do have to say, though, that the writing is the strongest part of the novel. It was the writing that encouraged me to continue with the book. I do believe that the author has the ability to write something special, so I will be keeping an eye out for any future novels that she publishes. Darkmere will hopefully be a stepping stone to greater things for Helen Maslin.

2/5 stars

– Liz