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Book Review: The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon

Title: The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson Author: Paige Toon
Series:  Jessie Jefferson, #1
Pages:  336
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Date of Publication: 30th January, 2014
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it's inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn't be coming back.
That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she's taken the secret of my father's identity with her forever. But she didn't. Holy hell, she didn't. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I'm still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than …

Book Review: The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns

Title: The Name On Your Wrist Author: Helen Hiorns
Series:  ~
Pages:  272
Publisher: Corgi Children's Books
Date of Publication: 2nd January, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for …

Book Review: The Savages by Matt Whyman

Title: The Savages Author: Matt Whyman
Series:  ~
Pages:  280
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date of Publication: 6th June 2013
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads: They'd love to have you for dinner . . .

Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel - as does their sinister taste in human beings . . .

My Thoughts:
I was absolutely desperate to read The Savages. I don't know why, just something about it really appealed to me. I used to really love vampires stories (not gonna lie, still do, a little bit), and the way it says, "They'd love to have you fo…

Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life Author: Leila Sales
Series:  ~
Pages:  288
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Date of Publication: 10th October 2013
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:  All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.


My Thoughts:
When I first heard about This Song Will Save Your Life, I must admit, I was unsure that it would be my cup of tea. In the end I gave it a read because so many people had recommended it a…

Book Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Title: Roomies Author: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Series:  ~
Pages:  288
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of Publication: 2nd January 2014
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed …

Goodbye 2013!

Hello and welcome, and a Happy New Year!


1. Best book?
I've read the smallest number of books in a year this year than I've ever read since I started blogging and to be honest I can't think of one stand out amazing book that I absolutely adored, so I'm going to cheat and pick three really good ones that I'd like to recommend, and an amazing series.


She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more than you did?
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - There was so much hype surrounding this but I just couldn't finish it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book?
Phoenix by SF Said. So much fun!

4. Book that you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most?
Ooh. That's a tricky one - I recommended Divergent a lot but I read that a couple of years ago now... Um, for this year's read probably Be…