Thursday, February 18, 2016

ARC REVIEW - THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell
by Shannon M. Parker
Publisher - Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Release Date - March 1st 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

His obsession.
Her fall.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

My Review 

Mrs Parker has certainly created a fabulous debut novel and I couldn't believe how addictive and how vocal I was about the whole book. I was literally shaking by the end of the book by the shear thoughts and outcomes of what is going to happen. It was like a contemporary horror movie, you never knew who or what was round the corner. But this book is incredibly important and this one needs to be heard people!

Zephyr is the girl who fell for a boy, but she fell in all the wrong ways. She fell out with her bestest friend of all time, she ditched people she cares about, and above all she let her heart rule her head and her body. She made all the wrong moves and choices for a boy, a boy she thinks she loves, a boy she gave herself completely too, a boy who is a creep. Only it was too late for her to realise this, she made a mistake the really hard way.

The feels of this book is uncontrollable, all you want to do is slap the Zephyr, and kick Alec in the goolies or far worst than that. I was being polite about that! Ha. I admit, I was in their love bubble in the beginning, I fell for all the markers, that Shannon was trying warn us about, the looks, his attidude, his keeness towards Zephyr, it screamed the creep factor that's for sure. But I knew that you were getting sucked in too much, it was going way too fast. My spider sense was tingling, and you couldn't get away from the feeling that you were being watched. That's how this book totally consumed you from page 1.

Alec is a manipulative son of a b**** and I just wished for Zee to wake up and realise just what she was getting herself into. Alec is no-one to love or even gush over, he is what he is. A predator of all kinds, he made me mad, and just so shaken to core, the realisation that we have people like that in this world. I hate that he made become someone else, not even a fragment of her true self. Zephyr had a plan, a future, she dreams and she changed to please a boy. I can only think that now she is tarnished from the relationship she had with such a monster but also she became a stronger person in the end.

The real truth of it is, this happens, it's happening right now as your reading this and that's scary reality of this book.Through Shannon's words of wisdom and honesty we have Zephyr's voice, a relatable person that readers around the world be aware the love isn't always good it can be bad too.This book is a love story of the darkest nature. It is a love that so many are consumed by in this time. It is a wrong and harsh type of love, that leave one scarred for life. It's a love that you shouldn't be consumed by but warned by. This is love story that you have to read.

“Darkness doesn't have fingers that twist into my flesh.”
Rating - 5

Thursday, February 04, 2016

NEW BLOG ALERT - THE SPINSTER CLUB

Hi Everyone, It's a special post today of a new project I've been working on since reading Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. This is a week all about Holly Bourne's latest book How Hard Can Love Be? which I reviewed on Monday. As you all know I'm a HUGE fan of hers and I wished I came up with something like this in my younger years.

The Spinster Club is a big part of Holly's books with three girls - Evie, Amber and Lottie. I felt inspired to create something where the whole world can see it, even though I highly doubt they will but still I can dream. Ha.


  • A Spinster Club isn't about old cat ladies, far from it, its far more awesome and amazing than that - it's about us, girls, feminists, being who we are, owning who we are, being happy what what you enjoy! I may have stolen that from Lottie! Haha. 
  • I want create something, a forum to all discuss and fangirl over Holly's books,
  • Recommend new books in the 'YA Recommendations" (I've started off the list already), 
  • maybe a book club, 
  • discussions of different topics every couple of weeks, 
  • sharing reviews, and various other things.


So I want to invite you all to come down, have a look, and comment if you so fancy it. Oh and follow me too which will be awesome.

If your interested in posting anything, a review or a guest post or something then I would love that too.

http://the-spinster-club.tumblr.com/

Monday, February 01, 2016

RELEASE DAY REVIEW - HOW HARD CAN LOVE BE? by Holly Bourne

How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal #2)
by Holly Bourne
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - TODAY - Go buy it!!!
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber's hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there's prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie's advice, there's no escaping the fact: love is hard.



I finished this book well over half an hour ago and I feel like I have book hangover, or some sort of book ecstasy. I don't know if I can put this into words but I will try my best. As you all know as I probably forced it down your throat by now - that I am a HUGE fan of Holly Bourne's work from her Soulmates to the latest Normal series. And well she hasn't disappointed at all. She has soared her way through this sublime sequel. 

We are back with the Spinster Ladies, first Evie in Am I Normal Yet? and now we have Amber's story. This is a love story, one that doesn't end in catastrophic weather events or the earth keeping them apart. Yay! You'll know what I mean if you've read Soulmates. Amber was the girl that created the Spinster's Club in the first place, she felt empowered and inspired by the girls around her, Evie and Lottie. Amber has anger/control and insecurity issues, she has always hated her ginger, wild hair, her freckles and the fact she is freakishly tall. She lives with her dad and her horrible step-mum - Penny and her son, Craig! He is a complete toe- rag basically both of them are really. Her mum left her 2 years ago with Bumface Kevin, and never seen her since, not even a thought. Now Amber is going to visit her and she never really realised what she was getting herself into. 

The Spinster Club and it's girlies have never been more strong. Amber having her girlfriends, Evie and Lottie, reminding me what true friendship is is like and to this day couldn't be without. I wish we could've have created a call Spinster Club, we did create various other membership related clubs though. Their friendship is emotional to take and I love how no matter what, across the miles they will get up at the crack of dawn and talk to her on Skype. Evie, hasn't changed, she grown a stronger woman, a Evie 2.0. Her relapse has me feel incredibly proud, which is so inspiring. Lottie isn't afraid of her ranting, and that's what I love about her, and I can't wait get to know her story. 

I can't pin point the emotional impact of this novel but I think it has a lot to do with reminding me of being a teenager and being me as well. When I was at school, I was your classic bookworm, reading a different book every couple of days and I loved that! It was better than the reality. I stayed true to myself and what I enjoyed doing the most. How Hard Can Love Be is my favourite book out of the entire series (so far). Amber and Holly got me! I am not freakishly tall, I'm an average 5'5, which I like by the way, I do have some freckles, which I like too but most of all I have insecurity issues especially when I was younger and maybe still now slightly too. I'm not saying I'm the only one, everyone will have their own insecurities and I found that Holly really tried to own that with being the best you can be with who you are. 

When Amber meets Prom King Kyle, he is your cliche of a boyfriend, the looks, the hottest girl after him, the expectation of him being that boy. But he doesn't know how to act, how to be more than those expectations or how to find himself and I think Amber unravels him as well as learning for herself. Holly wanted us to know that in fact we should look beyond the cliches and find love and solace because at the end of the day, you fall in love with the person not with the cliche or insecurities. 

This teen love story made me think of what I've got today, I found my feet, I found myself and I found my soulmate on my own terms, owning my life and being who I am! I fell in love a little late too but that never bothered me when it's about the person and spending as much time with them as possible. As Lottie said: "Just be yourself. Just be happy being you." Oh an remember that "Whinnie the Pooh is the answer to happiness" too.  

I can't quite believe I've written this much for my review too. Told you it would be hard. After reading this book I felt awed and inspired by my own realisation of my own life.  Holly isn't afraid of writing what she thinks, she owns her writing and that comes through loud and clear. I wasn't wrong when I said she is the pure, real honest voice of YA, she's made that her life's mission. Holly Bourne has become a true feminist legend of YA! I can't wait to really get to know Lottie's story because I have feeling she is more like Holly out of all of them.

Rating - 5 Cheesy Snacks!!