Holly Bourne's work first hit our shelves in 2013 when she released her debut novel Soulmates, and it didn't take long for people to fall for her gritty and beautiful stories, first with Soulmatesand then with The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting. Now, this summer sees the release of the first book in her new trilogy Am I Normal Yet? and I promise that it is as, if not more, incredible that her previous work!
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
This is one of the best books I have ever read.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
For fans of Sarah Dessen's books the wait for Saint Anything has been a lengthly one. It has been three years since Dessns last release The Moon and More but the wait is finally over as this month saw the publication of Saint Anything, the story of sixteen-year-old Sydney Stanford who is living with the guilt og her brothers mistakes after he has been sent to prison following a drink-driving accident. Even with him away Peyton's golden boy demeanour continues to linger as Sydney remains invisible under his shadow. That is until she connects with a new group of friends that simply make her feel seen.
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and - lately - concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac: gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
Lara Jean didn't expect to fall for Peter.
They had just been pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
Then another boy from her past returns to her life, and Lara Jean's feelings for him return too.
Can a girl be in love with two boys at the same time?
Now, I know what you are thinking. Another YouTuber has jumped on the book bandwagon. But I have to say that of all the YouTubers releasing books over the past year or so, I am super proud and intrigued by the one that Louise (aka Sprinkle of Glitter) is releasing.
He's Luke. She's Leia.
Just like in Star Wars. Just like they’re made for each other. Same film studies course, different backgrounds, different ends of town.
Only this isn't a film. This is real life. This is where monsters from the past come back to take revenge. This is where you are sometimes the monster.
But real life? Sometimes, only sometimes, it turns out just like in the movies…
As a special book birthday to The Invasion of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen, here's my initial thoughts on it, and my review of the first book in the Tearling series, The Queen of the Tearling!
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
The Queen of the Tearling is one of the most unique stories I have ever read, and I loved every single page. It takes place some time in our future, where years after a select group embarks on a journey to start a new, better world, conditions have instead dramatically regressed, back to almost medieval times. Young princess Kelsea is suddenly taken from her secluded home back to the keep her family has ruled Tear from, and she is thrust into her new role as queen. Having lived her life ignorant of many of her kingdom’s problems, she begins to make decisions she deems morally right in a very corrupt world, but then must face the consequences of those decisions, including a threat of war from neighboring kingdom Mortmense and it’s mysterious Red Queen.
There is something about Elisa Dane writing that just makes me melt and Defenseless had me weak at the knees once again. I have fallen in love with the characters, cheer and the Diamond Girls all over again.
Back when we started Bookinity in April ’14 Elisa and I started talking and I was thrilled to get given the opportunity to review the first book in the series, Ex Factor. Although I was unsure if the series was going to be for me because of their cheerleading theme, I went in with an open mind and was blown away by the realistic content in the stories as well as the completely loveable characters.
I’m a witch, and witches burn.
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.