WWW Wednesday

Hey everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day…hope you all have a great day 🙂

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?


1. What I’m Currently Reading

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Clean by Juno Dawson

thoughts: I’m only about 20% into this and its taking its time to settle in, but I’m already obsessed with Lexi, the main character, and from the synopsis I really can’t wait to meet the other supporting characters.


2. What I Recently Finished

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Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

thoughts: I watched the movie of this first, which I do regret, but to be fair I didn’t know there was a book. Aciman’s prose is so gorgeous and beautiful that it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in…


3. What I’m Going to Read Next

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

 

What about you guys? What has been some of your recent reads? And did you like them or not? Let me know!

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ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell

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More Than We Can Tell

by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Contemporary, Romance


Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.


More Than We Can Tell is another one of the ARCs I received at Deptcon3 which I’m reall grateful for. I hadn’t heard of it before nor of its author so it wasn’t entirely a priority to start. I picked it up on the off chance that it’d be a quick read (but mainly because the beautiful cover) and I found myself pleasantly surprised!

I thought the characters were extremely well-weaved in this book. They were really realistic and had distinct personalities that I enjoyed. I liked how careful the author was about their storylines and it was pretty obvious she took her time and did the right research. It was gripping from the first page to the very last. When you think you finally have one mystery solved, there’s a sudden plot twist and everything changes.

The language of the story was really easy to follow to. There are very important lessons for everyone to take from this book, especially as well as Emma’s storyline is so timely with the #MeToo movement and the abuse women have to suffer. This was a deeply touching story and I was shocked at how much relevance it had. I have yet to read Letters to the Lost (which is a book book about one of the characters, Declan, and his girlfriend Juliet in MTWCT), but this one and Kemmerer’s style of writing has made me really interested! Out on March 6th, I’d recommend this book for anyone who’s a fan of Eleanor & Park and romances that will keep you reading until the end!


Rating:

★★★★★

February TBR!

Hello!

I’m so happy and excited it’s February! It’s my favourite month and in honour I made my TBR specifically for books I think I’ll enjoy. I know you are probably sick of me talking about my exams, but I’ve cut my TBR short once again in order to make some time towards study!

My February TBR!

So let me know what you think of my TBR in the comments! And what are all your TBRs for the month? I’d love to know!

January Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hey everyone!

I’m sure you all know by now, but January wasn’t the best month for reading due to pressure from my exams. But I did manage to read a total of five books so I’m pretty chuffed.

January Wrap-Up

  • How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
  • 1984 by George Orwell (finally finished this awful book that was on my English course for school this month and I didn’t bother reviewing it because I really disliked it!)
  • The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (review to come!)

 

As well as that, I got a few books this month too. They were mostly late Christmas presents, but I got one specific one that I adored: a beautiful hardback edition of my favourite book, Great Expectations, from my uncle. That makes it copy number five, and it’s really calling out to me for a re-read!

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So yeah, overall I’m pretty delighted with the books I received this month! Apart from Great Expectations, they’re all books that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on for ages and so glad I finally have.

 

What did you read this month? And what books did you get? Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

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The Upside of Falling Down

by Rebekah Crane

YA Contemporary, Romance


For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?


Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!!

To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from this book when I first started it because I hadn’t ever heard of it. I saw it on Netgalley when I was browsing and thought, why not? And I’m glad I did, because it exceeded my expectations and turned out to be a cute, full of twist and turns, right-kind-of-moment book.

Firstly, I barely ever read anything set in my home country so I’m happy that this was set in Ireland. The setting made it soooo relatable, especially the use of language and I even knew the tourist sites and Irish references that were knitted throughout.

The character of Clementine was an easy narrator to keep up with and she seemed like any normal teenager, so I think it was well written on Crane’s behalf. There was a sense of realness to her even though she’s a fictional character. As well as that, I was a big fan of the mystery sub-plot that followed Clementine throughout the story, and I loved the big revelations and plot twists towards the end. The book ended up coming full circle and clearly the plot was well thought-out.

My only problem with this book was that it was hard to get into first. It was a slow opening, even when a massive thing like a plane crash and Clementine waking up in an unrecognisable place without her memories happened. However, once the plot took off it really took off and it was hard to stop reading from there on in!


Rating:

★★★★

Review: Forever by Judy Blume

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Forever 

by Judy Blume

YA Contemporary, Romance


Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love.

It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart…

Forever is written for an older age group than Judy Blume’s other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content.


Forever is a short enough story, but that doesn’t lessen the pack it punches…

I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I attended Patrick Ness’s Release event, where he wouldn’t stop raving about it as an inspiration for him (along with Mrs. Dalloway, which is on my TBR!)

I’ve been in kind of a slump this month, probably since I have mock exams starting tomorrow for the next two weeks, but I picked this up because I was excited to read it and I’m glad I did because I flew through it. I’d recommend this as a starter for anyone who wants to get into YA, especially the romance genre, because the language and plot is easy to follow, though I’d make sure they’re of appropriate age due to the graphic scenes.

Now that I’ve said that, I’ll admit that though I did really like it, I was a bit disappointed and that’s perhaps because I had my expectations raised high for it. However, Katherine and Michael’s love story is going to be one I’ll cherish fondly. I liked how simple Blume made everything out to be and how she talks honestly and with no filter – not hiding what girls, and boys, have to go through and face daily. She didn’t shy away from sex and the topics that weren’t meant to be discussed and for that I can only admire her.

The humour was clever and fun, and even all the characters from Katherine to Erica to Artie all make the book what it is. Their hilarious personalities and character quirks made it more interesting – especially little Jamie. I wasn’t expecting it to end quite how it did. Obviously, the book’s blurb foreshadows heartbreak to come but I was surprised at how the heartbreak turned out.

Overall, I did enjoy this book but there wasn’t anything magnificent about it that blew me away. Just a harmless, fun, good book!


Rating:

★★★★

WWW Wednesday

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?


1. What I’m Currently Reading

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How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

thoughts: I’m about 75 percent finished this book and I’m really liking it. It’s an ARC but it’s out tomorrow, so I’m hoping to have my review written by then.


2. What I Recently Finished

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Everless by Sara Holland

thoughts: I really, really liked this one. It surprised me a lot because I was expecting it to be really similar to the likes of Red Queen. My full review can be found in yesterday’s post.


3. What I’m Going to Read Next

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Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

 

What about you guys? What have been some of your latest reads?