Archive for October, 2014

Buddy Review: The Girl Who Never Was

Skylar Dorset

the girl who never was coverTHE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?
When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.
Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is

Posted by Caroline and Faye

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye & Caroline
Source: BEA14
Challenge: Debut author
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Little Lies

Liane Moriarty
little liesShe could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her . . . then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream . . .
When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can’t seem to stop their secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night.

What were your initial thoughts of the book?
Having never read anything by Liane Moriarty before, I had little to no expectations of this book except that I knew many people had enjoyed her first book, My Husband’s Secret. So it was mostly just the blurb of this book that attracted me. Thus, I was very glad when this book truly hooked me. It was intense, full of mystery, and had such a moving and compelling storyline to boot! The writing style was easy to read and just really pulled the reader in. It is a book that I truly enjoyed.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?
Without a doubt, my favourite aspect of this book was the style of it and the way that it created tension. At the beginning of the book you find out that a death has occurred. You’re then transported to a few months previously and shown all the small events that led to the final night. Add to that little snippets at the end of most chapters of interviews after the event and you’ll find the tension very high and your curiosity through the roof. After all, you don’t even know who it is, let alone how it happened. I absolutely loved this aspect of the book as it just added something extra.

Who was your favourite character and why?
It is very hard to choose just one as I loved two characters in this book. However, I think my favourite is actually Jane. I think she went through a great journey and transition in this book and I was just so happy for her in the end. Life had thrown her a lot of crap but she finally managed to make it her own again. I did also love Madeline. Her flair was fun to read and follow and I’d love to have her as my friend but I definitely preferred Jane!

Would you recommend this book?
I already have, so yes I would! For me this book was an incredible read. It was full of mystery, suspense, friendship, loyalty, trust, betrayal and transformations. It isn’t just about one thing either. It looks at so many different things and draws them all together so well. It was written beautifully, and was easy to just fall into. If, then, you’re on the lookout for a book like that, you should read Little Lies as I am certain you will not be disappointed!

Summarize this book in one sentence (Verdict)
Little Lies is a beautiful, mesmerizing, and captivating book that will keep you entertained and intrigued from the get-go.

Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: July 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 464
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: None
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Buddy Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

This month Faye and Caroline divulge their deep dark secrets as well as their thoughts on Morgan Matson‘s newest novel, Since You’ve Been Gone.

since you've been goneThe Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Posted by Caroline and Faye

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 449
Genre: Contemporary
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye & Caroline
Source: BEA14
Challenge: None
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Book Blogger UKYA Awards: The Winners!

UKYA Award

Hello All!
Today I am here to announce the winners of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
Before I do so, however, I just want to send out a quick thank you to every single person who nominated and voted.
I also want to take another minute to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who helped out.
Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend

But now onto what you’re all really here for…

The Winners!

Funniest Book3 Best First Sentence1
Best Ending1 Most Heart-Breaking3
best contemporary1 best historical1
Best Crime-Mystery1 Best LGBT1
Best Horror1 Best Paranormal1
Best Sci-Fi-Fantasy1 Best Adventure1
Best Protagonist1 Best Friendship1
Best Couple1 Best Villain1
Best Self Published3 Most Social Author Online3
Most Social Author Offine Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours2

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

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