#Reviews This evening I am sharing a review from Daisy for One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus #OneofUsisLying #KarenMcManus #YAbooks @writerkmc

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Hi Everyone I am Daisy and I am 12 years old.  I love to read and rarely go anywhere without a book to read, in case I get bored! Over the summer I read a lot of books some by authors I hadn’t read before and I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying as I didn’t know what was going to happen from one page to the next, this book was one of my favourite reads of the summer.

My two favourite characters were Bronwyn and Nate for multiple reasons, Bronwyn has a positive outlook on life. Nate and Bronwyn are both responsible in different ways and they are the most unexpected couple yet the best. I found that Simon’s death had a massive impact on the past. present and future and a mirror impact on Nate and Bronwyn’s relationship.

I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this book and it was really good, so good that I was reading in the middle of the night when I should have been asleep. I am already looking forward to reading Two Can Keep a Secret as I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, it combined all of my favourite genres action, thriller and romance.

 

Book Blurb

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son.

One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

#Review Daisy is taking to our blog today and sharing her review for This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher #bookblogger #teenbooks #YAbooks #ThisLieWillKillYou @Chelsea_Pitcher

Today I am really excited as Daisy is sharing her review for This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. Daisy is 12 years old and is fast approaching the age where she is finding the books on her bookshelf a bit too predictable, so we paid a visit to Waterstones and had a browse through the Teen/YA section to see if any books jumped out at her.

Daisy’s Review

I really enjoyed this book, I picked it up after reading the blurb and deciding that this could be a good fit for a different type of read to what I usually choose. This Lie Will Kill You is a thriller with a tiny hint of romance that I loved and found I couldn’t put down after the first couple of chapters. I became engrossed as I never knew what was going to happen next and found this an addictive read and finished it in just a couple of days.

My favourite characters were Juniper and Ruby as I found their personalities really interesting and wanted to know more about them.

This was my first book by Chelsea Pitcher but I would definitely read more as I loved this book. I have already recommended this book to my cousin who is the same age as me as it was such a great read.

 

Book Blurb

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Instead, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

 

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Available to order here

 

About the Author

Chelsea Pitcher is the author of The S-Word and This Lie Will Kill You. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves twisty mysteries. Follow her on twitter at @Chelsea_Pitcher and visit her website at ChelseaPitcher.com.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read Daisy’s review today, please remember to like and share to help encourage our teens/YA to keep reading!

#Blogtour #Review 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe #RandomThingsTours #10ThingsToDoBeforeYouLeaveSchool @BernardOKeeffe1 @AnneCater

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Today I am taking part in the blog tour for this brilliant YA book 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe. Many thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

When I read the blurb for this book it really jumped at me, the book is based around Ruby who has had a really bad year leading up to her final year in school. She lost her father unexpectedly and this book is about the aftermath and her trying to find her feet again in the world.

We meet Ruby as she is returning to school after being off for a long period of time, around the same time as she returns to school she finds a letter addressed to her from her father. The letter contains a list that helps her navigate her final year in school and helps her to feel close to her father again.

I found this a raw read as it captures the essence of loss alongside the grief and depression that accompanies the loss of a loved one. This book helps you relate to the every day pressures our children are experiencing  to fit nicely into society. It then adds the insight of how grief changes their feelings and perceptions about everything they have ever known.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to my teenager daughter, it highlights the thoughts and feelings surrounding the black cat and helps raise awareness to encourage our children to discuss mental health openly and hopefully feel that they aren’t alone with their feelings.

Massive praise to Bernard O’Keeffe for the delivery of this book and I will definitely be looking out for future releases.

Book Blurb

Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the difficult months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries. Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?

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Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Bernard O Keeffe Author Picture   After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form.

He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.

Website: http://www.bernardokeeffe.com/

Twitter : @BernardOKeeffe1

 

 

2018 – A Small Chink out of my TBR Pile!

I have had an absolutely amazing year for reading, I have smashed my target of 100 books which I thought was optimistic when I set it and have been lucky enough to read some truly amazing and memorable reads that have stayed with me.
I have been trying to think about my Top 5-10 books for the year and it is so hard to decide and so I am still debating if I can actually condense it down into a few books that are my absolute favourites.
So far as of mid December I have read 109 books which translates to a massive 31892 pages! This is a number that will continue to increase as I am planning on some major reading sessions over the Christmas holidays as that is my favourite way to relax.
Here is a visual summary of the books I have read so far in 2018, this is a mixture of authors I have read before and loved, some cherry pop reads and some debut releases!
If you are looking for a read over the festive season I can promise that all of the books featured above are all fantastic reads with a bit of something for everyone and I am really excited to see what new releases 2019 will have to offer!