Monday, July 10, 2017

REVIEW - LOBSTERS by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison



Lobsters 
by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Release Date - June 5th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.







My Review
Lobsters is the first book that Tom and Lucy wrote together and the second that I've read of theirs. After reading their latest, Freshers, I wanted another book that had that same effect, the infectious smiling and laughing-out-loud moments, a book that totally brightens your day! 

Hannah and Sam have both finished their exams, the exams that will decide their fate and whether they will go to their desired uni they want. Whilst their worries are on their exams or how much they thye might have messed up History or French, one more pressing matter at hand, the summer of love, the summer where they hope to lose their virginity. Hannah and Sam meet at the end of exams party at her best friend's, Stella house. Meeting in a bathroom couldn't be more romantic, they proclaiming their love for hot ribena, later becoming their own love for each other. Hot Ribena Girl (Hannah) and Toilet Boy (Sam) get pulled into different directions, each thinking about each other whilst also thinking about their summer to come.

I adored Hannah and Sam as a couple they are so cute, and I love a couple that enjoy a good cup of hot ribena! Hot Ribena is awesome, I'm in that club and it's what started their relationship, it couldn't get more cuter than that. What I love also is that I can imagine that Lucy wrote Hannah's side and Tom, Sam's narrative of the novel, giving it that totally honest and realistic approach to the book. Characters like Hannah's Nan with her crazy and bright outlook on life, almost refreshing to see and Sam's friend Robin who follows Harry Potter as his philosophy of life. Lobsters has so much to offer and characters that you can totally resonate with. 

I loved this book! I love its realistic and an honest portrayal of teenage life and nothing is sugarcoated at all. Lobsters is teenage life at it's more awkward and most important too, our turning point from teenage to a young adult. What I also loved was that this book is sex positive, nowadays, sex is such a 'thing' in teenage life, all about who have you pulled, oh have you had sex etc. It's like teenagers have to grow up so quickly now, with the worrying of when or who to lose your virginity too. Sex doesn't just happen, it's certainly isn't like the movies or some books they we compare it too, there is so much more to it, to think about, to know about. I urge teenagers to read this book, working in a school of girls, this is an important as it is funny and romantic book to read. Tom and Lucy have nailed it on their first book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Friday, June 30, 2017

REVIEW - AFTER THE FIRE by Will Hill

After the Fire
by Will Hill
Publisher - Usborne Publishing Ltd
Release Date - June 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?


My Review
Finishing After the Fire, it's a powerful, chilling yet such a paramount novel of one girl's story of survival and freedom. I can't recommend this book enough, it's utterly mind-blowing, unlike anything I have read before, a page-turner from the start.

Before, Moonbeam was part of this religious cult, the Lord's Legion with it's leader Father John, a direct messenger from the Lord himself. Everyone believed that he was this almighty man of healing, faith, righteous and reason. But Moonbeam began to lose her belief, she didn't know what's real and what was hokum. After, a great fire raged through the camp she is taken into the care of the FBI and the psychologists to try and understand inside the cult, and finally reveal what really happened. This was such a fascinating and compelling story. Mr Hill's has an intense way of writing that it just sucks you in.

Moonbeam is...there are just no words for her character! She's an inspiration which is a total understatement. The fire didn't just leave scars on her hand, on the outside, the fire is within her. It burns so bright inside of her, it's almost blinding, that what I feel about her she can't be touched. Moonbeam is a beautiful and powerful voice to be reckoned with. She is the most bravest, soulful and courageous character I have ever come across YA. As you go through the book, Before, her life living in that hell, you see how her character has transformed from this girl of belief and faith to a shell of a girl not knowing where her path lies. After, she became hardened with fear, fear of trusting, fear of guilt, fear of what will happen to her next. Moonbeam has this fighting spirit, unparalleled to what I've read before, she magnificent and if I could meet her I would be in awe of her.

Alongside Moonbeam, Agent Carlyle was my favourite character, there was some bond between them that made it feel like it was only she was talking to him, the spotlight was on them, in Interview Room 1. Their relationship was just so touching, almost like a father-daughter relationship. What he brought out in her, compelled her to continue her story, it was his persona, he's calm, friendly and emotional connection that made this story. 

What I found incredible was also the Author's note of this book, I don't really read them I admit, but I was curious on the the inspiration and take on the plot of this book. What I found was that it was based on something true, although his character and his plot entirely his own. He felt compelled to write something based on the Waco siege. That event resonated with him, and this book resonated with me so much on such a deeper level, I felt quite chocked up I admit.  This book brings out so much in you, so many emotions and feelings. As you read through the book you get this build up of everything that happens and what Moonbeam feels until that final page where it sort of just releases, a relief, a moment of clarity. But still after so many days of reading it, it's stays with you, I don't really know how to explain it. Will Hill is an incredible writer, flawless even, this is one my first books by him and this certainly won't be the last either.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

After the Fire has been picked for the Zoella and Friends Book Club and quite rightly so! 

After the Fire

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BOOK BLAST - THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED by Paula Stokes

Hi Everyone, so today I part of Paula's Book Blast of her latest book, THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED, hitting the shelves in July, which isn't long away. I've only read one other book and that's The Girl Against the Universe which you can find my review here. I absolutely loved that one and I can't wait to finally read this. It's been on my kindle for a while and I hope to buddy read it with the lovely Jasprit soon. Anyways onto the post - here's a little more about the book as well as a giveaway. So spread the word of this amazing book. Go go go!


This Is How It Happened
Release Date - July 11th 2017
Publisher - HarperTeen
Pre-Order - Amazon | Book Depository 

When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


Paula StokesAbout Paula
Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She's petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant's trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with Great White sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.
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