ARC Review: Floored

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Floored 

by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

YA Contemporary, Mystery

Buy HERE on Book Depository!


The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.


*Thanks so much to the publisher and Beatrice May for sending me an ARC in exchange for a review, as well as giving me the opportunity to be on the blog tour!*

If you haven’t heard about Floored yet, you seriously must be living under a rock. It is, without a doubt, one of the most highly-anticipated books of the decade and a collaborative novel between seven of the UK’s leading, bestselling YA authors. And after reading this book, the hype is damn well worth it.

I’ve only read Barnard, Bourne, Pratt and Williamson’s works but that didn’t matter. I was thoroughly able to enjoy this fantastic book without reading any of Salisbury, Wood or Byrne’s. And better yet, Floored has definitely made me want to check them out.

All of the characters in this novel are so well-polished and though they’re all bizarrely different, they complement each other so well! The mystery of the book too is built up so well from the very first page. It was such a hard book to put down! Every time I stopped reading I was just dying to know what was going to happen next. Also, I think it was such a clever idea to set it over a couple of years and give each character a chapter per year. Being an avid Holly Bourne fan going in, I thought I’d immediately be able to suss what character was hers but I just couldn’t! My guesses are on my Twitter if anyone wants to look but I cannot wait to find out.

I would 100% recommend this book to you all if you haven’t already got it on your wishlist! It comes out on the 12th of July, in just five days’ time!

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You can also check out my next Floored post on the 14th of July, which is part of a really special blog tour or this! There are some amazing bloggers involved so I would really keep an eye out for it!

I hope you enjoyed this review and can’t wait to see what you all thought of this fantastic book in the comments below!

 

Until next time, Ross!


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ARC Review: Goodbye, Perfect

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Goodbye, Perfect

by Sara Barnard

YA Contemporary


When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I? 

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.

Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself. 


*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a digital copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!*

I am, and forever will be I’d say, a sucker for anything Barnard writes.

So I’m sure it’s obvious that I was absolutely over the moon that I got approved for her newest upcoming book. And to no surprise whatsoever, I flew through it because it was amazing!

My favourite thing about Sara’s writing is how well she captures teenagers! She’s up there alongside Holly Bourne with my favourite authors who write teenagers so well, who really get and understand us. The craziness and stress we have to deal with, as well as dealing with every day relationships with parents and friends and boy/girlfriends. It’s something I particularly admire about Barnard’s writing and she didn’t shy away from it in this book. Bonnie and Eden are both complex, contrasting characters and I feel Barnard really used this well to highlight their differences but also the strong bond they share and the feelings going through their heads.

The book was hard for me to put down, because there was a shocking twist after twist after twist. It was enjoyable from start to finish and I really liked to see a main character who was adopted – and such a positive outtake on it as well! I would recommend this for fans of Alice Oseman’s amazing Radio Silence because I got a similar vibe from it, because it shows how stressful and awful exams and school can be, and the consequences of them and how people react!

I can’t wait until this is published in February, 2018 so I can get my hands on a physical finished copy to put beside my other two beautiful copies of Barnard’s books!


Rating:

★★★★★

Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder, by Sara Barnard

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Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: 12th January 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
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Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
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As soon as I heard about this book, and as soon as I saw just the cover tbh, I knew I really wanted to read this. Mainly because it features a deaf character and this could teach me a few things for my own current WIP, as my main character is also deaf.

I read Beautiful Broken Things for the first time only last week and I moved swiftly on to this –– and it was even better than I expected!
Like – oh wow!!

A Quiet Kind of Thunder follows the beautiful, amazing Steffi, who has selective mutism and anxiety and mental health issues that she doesn’t deserve to have!! Anyways, when new boy Rhys – who happens to be deaf – joins her school, they instantly connect and fall in love. The book tells the story of their relationship and through its ups and downs, it’s just so magnificent.


“And then it happens. The panic. It’s slow at first, creeping through the cracks in my thoughts until everything starts to feel heavy. It builds; it becomes something physical that clutches at my insides and squeezes out the air and the blood.”


It is so obvious from reading that Barnard has spent a lot of time researching panic attacks, and deafness and selective mutism, and it has definitely paid off because these characters are represented sooo well. It makes me happy that they are because I can imagine people in real life who struggle with these issues, and Barnard having captured them perfectly and without mistake must be a great satisfaction for those people.

Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Barnard is just amazing at capturing the real essence of teenagers – who they are, what they’re like, the fights they have over nothing and the trouble they find themselves in while in a relationship. Not to mention the pressure of parents and education and friendship. She’s amazing.

I won’t praise this for long enough. I’m so excited for Barnard’s third book – if that’s even a thing?
(It better be.)
5 OUT OF 5 STARS!

Review: Beautiful Broken Things, by Sara Barnard

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Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 25th February 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 322

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

If I’m to put it simply, this is amazing.
I finished it a couple of days ago and I’m still kind of in a book hangover from it. The story follows a pair of best friends, Caddy and Rosie, whose friendship is “interrupted” by the sudden arrival of a new girl at Rosie’s school – Suzanne. Throughout the book, the reader discovers the baggage that Suzanne has brought with her and, oh my is it dealt with marvellously.

I had zero problems with this book. I think I maybe loved it so much because it just dealt with the complexities of female friendships, which tbh isn’t seen that much in YA. I’ve read a lot, possibly too many books that always feature a romance but I’m really glad that this book didn’t have one really.


“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”


This is fantastically well-written. The characters are so loveable and I’m literally 30 pages away from finishing A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Barnard’s second novel) and it’s made me realise that Barnard just gets teenagers. Like she just understands us.
Also the fact that it was set in Brighton made it even better. Plus the ending is so tense, like I did not expect it at all and I was sprinting through the last 60 pages to find out what was gonna happen.
Nerve-wracking af.

Anyways, this is amazing and everyone should go read this fantastic book because it’s so so so good.

5 out of 5 stars ofc!!