One family, three sisters. GRACE, the oldest: straight-A student. AUDREY, the youngest: future Olympic swimming champion. And MIA, the mess in the middle. Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends – not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers. When Grace makes a shock announcement, Mia hopes that her now-not-so-perfect sister will get into the trouble she deserves. But instead, it is Mia whose life spirals out of control – boozing, boys and bad behaviour – and she starts to realise that her attempts to make it All About Mia might put at risk the very things she loves the most.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
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Monday, April 17, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
The thrilling, shocking and romantic sequel to the bestselling YA debut FLAWED is finally here. When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become PERFECT…
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.
Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?
I wrote Flawed in 6 weeks which is the fastest time I’ve ever written a novel. I felt so passionately about the story, it just flooded out. However I wrote it without there being a very strong sense of place. I understood my character and the story but the first draft had no real feeling for where it was set. During the editing process I went on a city break to Prague with my husband and as soon as I set foot in the city I realised I had found my world for Flawed and Perfect. While my novels are set in a fictional country named Humming, in the capital city Highland, the city has a history and aesthetic very similar to Prague. I loved that it had darkness but also a fairy tale quality. It had so much history, it had experienced great turmoil and also had great beauty. From the medieval palace to the baroque bridges, its town square with the astronomical clock that reveals the Walk of the Apostles on the hour, ending with the figure of death ringing the hour, to its fairytale houses surrounding the palace, I knew I had found a place that fit Celestine’s town. A place that had suffered in the past, a modern city rich with history, that was dark and light, and had many stories to tell.
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.
⋅ Tags: 2017 , 5 stars , adult review , book review , julian barnes , movie , pretty little memoirs , review , spotlight , the sense of an ending
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
I've heard nothing but incredible things about Caraval, a novel that seems to be sweeping the YA world like a beautiful storm. I recently bought it (it had one of those hidden hardcover things with a slipcase and hidden indented design that was GORGEOUS) and I posted a very bookstagram style post about it over on instagram. This one is very high on my Spring TBR!
Emery Lord is a shining example of perfection and realistic, powerful storytelling. The Names They Gave Us is my current read and it's SO GOOD. It deals with friendship, love and loss and so beautifully and carefully. I'm always in awe of her books and if this isn't on your Spring TBR, you need to add it!
FLOWER POWER. Okay, but seriously, what better name for a book to read in Spring? I picked this one up last month and then started reading something else but I think I'm ready to delve back into it. It's a light, YA contemporary with some love and life dilemmas and from the few chapters I read, it was one of those kind of reads that's fun and momentary with hints of what's to come buried in the storyline.
I'm mentally kicking myself that I haven't started this one yet. I got it for review and I NEED to read it - the cover is calling me to open the pages already! Lisa wrote the inspiring novel The Art Of Being Normal, which unless you've been living under a pile of books, was (and still is) a HUGELY successful and amazing story. This book is next on my Spring TBR and I really, really, really can't wait.
Since this one doesn't have a cover as of yet available on Goodreads, I've inserted the lovely ARC picture that I took on my Instagram page! Show Stopper is set to be a hugely popular YA book set in near-future England where poor people sell their children to the circus! How insane (yet also intriguing) is that?!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
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