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One by Sarah Crossan

One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 27th August 2015

Source: Owned

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Date read: 26.09.2015

synopsis:

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, after being homeschooled for 16 years they are forced to attend Hornbeacon High.

The city can longer fund the girls homeschooling, nor can the family afford it, together they must venture the real world of stares, nasty comments, cruelty and obstacles they have to overcome.

Will they make friends? love! could it even be a possibility?

The girls realise they have to make a heart wrenching decision not only for the family but for themselves.

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September Book Haul

September book haul

So I have made a few purchases this month and also got some review copies and wanted to share them with you!

Nimona

This is my most anticipated book this winter/Fall. I will probably get round to it in October,  cannot wait! Heard amazing things on Booktube and is scoring 4.10 on Goodreads.

All synopsis’ are from Goodreads and are not my own.

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit

It's Kind of a Funny Story
Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Everything, EverythingThis book is a review copy from netgalley which ha recently been released with fantastic reviews.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.


Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster
.All of the Above

This a review copy from netgalley and has also just been released recently.

This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery by Queen of Teen 2014. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.
Counting Stars
Big city, big dreams, no money, no problem…

Six ‘friends’, one flat, big dreams… what could go wrong? When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She’s landed her dream job at a theatre, and she’s moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) flat on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun – what more could she ask for?

But although her new life is fun, it’s also a little overwhelming. Anna’s job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they’re also a little mixed-up… and it’s not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She’ll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.

The Chocolate Lovers' ChristmasI asked for this via Netgalley as I read Carole Matthews in the past and loved her books.

Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club have more to worry about than present shopping . . . Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn’t spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn’t let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can’t help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana – but she’s not sure that’s enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn’t get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort? Can friendship overcome all in . . . The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

So as you can probably tell, I do love my contemporaries but will read other genres too, let me know if you have read any of these and your thoughts, I am going to try to get most of them read in October and reviews will follow. Thanks for reading!  xxLouisexx

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Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One weird trick.

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

Author: Matt Fraction

Artist: Chip Zdarsky

Published: 29th April 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novels

Date read : 10.09.2015

Sypnosis from Goodreads

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

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My Thoughts:

When I saw this making the rounds on booktube, I thought I must read it, it sounds amazing and nothing I have never read before. It appears graphic novels and comics are popular once again.

First of all I want to mention just how amazing the artwork in this book is and the colours are so pretty as can be seen above.

I had to read this twice as I just wasn’t sure first time round,  I took my time reading this once again and I stand by my initial thoughts that this book is ok but could be better.

The story just jumps all over the place, you will be reading about current happenings and then it will jump to the future and I was just like huh! whats going on? and getting very confused! (it’s not difficult)

I didn’t feel any connection with the main characters John and Suze they just meet  at a party have sex,  realise they can both stop time and John reminiscing on the first time he realised he could do it.

The premise of the books sounds great and had me hooked but it was just ok. – John and Suze find that they can both stop time when they climax, so they make a plan to rob the bank to fund the library that is closing down.

There is also a part that refers to all women in the sex industry must have been abused in there younger days which I found very stereotypical, not funny and could be offensive to some readers.

Also there is sex police! Yes you heard me right! SEX POLICE!!

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The humour on this novel was very crude or could be called ‘Bathroom humour,’ there is a lot of sexual content and pictures so if you are easily offended this is not the book for you.

So overall this book was just MEH! It had it pro’s but unfortunately was outweighed by the cons. I am not sure if I will be continuing on with this series, I think I need to see what other people think first.

I rate this 3 out of 5 stars.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan children’s books

Published: 3rd July 2014

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Date read  : 17.09.2015

OMG!! This book is the feels of FEELS! I loved it and couldn’t put it down! Rainbow Rowell is now one of my favourite authors.

Sypnosis:

Fangirl is about identical twins Cath and Wren, these two do everything together even so as going to the same University.

Wren is the more outgoing of the two who just wants to party, make friends and enjoy everything university has to offer. Cath on the other hand is a shy, geeky fan fiction writer that wants to appear invisible to everyone and just get her head down.

Cath has an obsession with a book series called Simon snow and launched her own fan fiction page that carry the story on in different scenes and she is quite a success at it, but it’s literally all she can think about

As the girls have two very different ideas of University they decide not to live together so Cath has to share with Reagan, she has a boyfriend that is always there, encouraging Cath to go out bowling and parties.

Then there is the boy in her fiction writing class that wants to be writing buddies.

Cath soon finds love, but with whom?

I don’t just kiss people. Kisses aren’t… just with me.

My thoughts:

Fangirl is written in a 3rd person POV and started off pretty slow for my liking and I couldn’t see what all the hype was about! At 100 pages in things started to get interesting and the pace was set.

The characters in this book are so relatable and realistic, with Cath and her social anxiety, daily worries and awkwardness, her fathers mental health and Wren going off the rails.

Levi is just the most amazing character I have come across always happy and just there! when you need him. He’s a listener and patient and OMG!! I think I have a fictional crush!

HATED!! the Simon Snow fan fiction parts I thought it was  just a rip off of Harry potter and was not interested in this part at all that I started to skip all these parts and unfortunately there was so much of it

Rainbow Rowell is a contemporary romance genius!  I was even thinking about the book at work, trying to think what was going to happen and what I had already read, that’s how hooked I was on this book.

I never wanted it to end it just made me all warm and fuzzy inside, this would have been a five star book if it wasn’t for the Simon Snow parts

I have read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and I loved it, but I definitely will not be picking up carry on as it’s all about Simon bloody Snow-sorry!

I recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary and romance novels.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

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Love Pillow

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So I am pleased to show off my very first knitting project which I completed this week.

I knitted this for a birthday present for a friend of mine, however could be for a wedding gift or for yourself.

This was quite an easy pattern to follow and had very simple stitches.

I got this pattern from Ravelry.com which was free and was designed by Katie Turner.

I used US 10 needles and 3 Skeins of Womens Institue soft and chunky yarn in Cream.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #1)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Published:  5th June 2012

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Source: Library

Date read: 12.09.2015

Sypnosis from goodreads:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, I don’t really read a lot of fantasy, however I am gradually weaning myself in slowly.

Shadow and Bone is told by Alina’s POV throughout the book. The story starts off slow with story of Alina and Mal becoming orphans and meeting some Grisha and then jumps to present day and goes at a fairly good pace throughout the book.

The book is set in russian-esque setting and makes the story feel more mystical.. There seems to be magic but not a lot of mystical creatures the main being the Volcra.

The book does jump back and forward in time from when Alina and Mal were growing up to flashback and present day however the time period  in which the story is set is not clear.

There is a map at the front of the book which helped a lot with the world building as I could follow Alina on her travels. The world building I did enjoy though as again i felt i was there beside them witnessing this surreal world and the Volcra.

I had a few problems with the book:

How is the darkling 120 years old but looks the same age as Alina? There is not much of a back story to the Darkling. Yeah he lived so long because of his powers, but the book didn’t delve into Grisha’s life  expectancy, this is something minor but I need to know these things.

The world of Grisha is very vain and annoying, they all have to be beautiful and if their not, they have somebody who can make them *perfect* so to speak. All the clothes and the setting that they reside has to be nothing but sheer beauty and the best.

I thought Alina was annoying, very shallow and her feelings of being inept was getting on my nerves. Mal was portrayed as being a player at the start of the book but actually he is a very sweet and caring guy who will do anything for Alina

I found it a bit confusing when they called ‘the unsea’ the shadow fold and also the color coding caste of the Grisha was a bit too much to get a grasp of, in the end I just let it go over my head as you didn’t really need to know and wasnt necessary for you to be able to follow the storyline.

This book explores love triangles, forbidden love, betrayal, Vanity, Greed and war.

There is a lot of hype around this series with even Veronica Roth the author of Divergent quoting “unlike anything I have ever read” For me personally this book is good and an easy read, however I felt it could have been written and explained a bit better.

I will definitely be carrying on with the series which are: Seige and storm and Ruin and Rising.

I would recommend this book to people who read Young adult and Fantasy lite fiction.

I rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5

P.S I used the Goodreads synopsis as I had a really hard time explaining the premise of this book.

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Author: Jenny Lawson

Publisher: Picador

Expected publication: 24th September 2015

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Mental health

Date read: 10th September 2015

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So! where do I start! hmmmm….

This a  non-fiction memoir about a woman, Jenny Lawson who suffers from mental illness, but not just one she has a whole mixed bag of mental health problems, Jenny suffers from depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADD and others.

This is her memoir of how she copes with mental health and what is like to live with these debilitating illnesses. The book is told in several short stories of Jenny’s life, there are also pictures added in several of the chapters.(proof that these things really happened).

Her husband Victor is a saint that’s all I can say, Jenny is crazy but in a good way crazy, she just talks about the most random things ever, but this a symptom of anxiety you over think things and you can tell by her writing.

This book is very funny, and Jenny isn’t bothered about the stigma that is still attached to mental health, she is just being herself which is so refreshing.

I never heard of Jenny Lawson when I requested this book, I was more drawn to the synopsis and the amazing raccoon on the front cover. Jenny is a taxidermist’s daughter and has a lot of love for stuffed animals which is clear in the book and shown with pictures.

I really could relate to Jenny as I suffer from depression and anxiety, I knew where she was coming from and when she was explaining they symptoms, I was like yes, I get that too! The book is very funny in places, but there are parts which I think are just silly!

My favourite part of the book has to be when she is trying to convinve Victor to get another cat so she can call it the ‘President’, her ideas are very witty and weird –  i mean who thinks of stuff like this.

Whilst this book was good and funny, I was wanting her to be a bit more serious in some parts. I wanted to know how she really felt without trying to make it humorous. And yeah I know it’s a serious topic and she is trying to make it light-hearted but I feel that maybe she is still holding back on what she really wants to say.

There is a trigger warning for this book, it does discuss self harm and suicide, so if you are easily offended I would not suggest it for you. Also there is a lot of swearing/cussing.

This is Jenny’s second book, first being Let’s pretend this never happened and also she has her own blog called the bloggess which I will be following.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

I would recommend this book for anyone suffering from mental illness or has a family member/friends that does.

I rated this book 3.5 stars out of 5.