Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Waiting on Wednesday

 A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly anticipating.

My choice for Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

Lying Out Loud
by Kody Keplinger 

Publication: April 28th 2015 by Scholastic
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

It's been so long since I read The DUFF and other Kody Keplinger books but apparently the characters are supposed to be linked - Amy Rush and Wesley Rush? So rereading The Duff would probably best or watching the movie. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday:The Novice by Taran Matharu

Waiting on Wednesday

 A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly anticipating.

My choice for Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

The Novice
by Taran Matharu 

Publication: May 5th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends, 368 pages

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday

 A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that people are eagerly anticipating.

My choice for Waiting on Wednesday this week is:

All Fall Down
by Ally Carter

Publication: February 5th 2015 by Orchard Books, 320 pages

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Monday, 12 January 2015

Friday, 2 January 2015

Secret, Schemes and Sewing Machines Review

Secret, Schemes and Sewing Machines by Katy Cannon

“You can be important just by being yourself – and yourself can be anyone you want.”

Grace was supposed to be the star of the school’s play this year but when issues at home lead to her missing auditions she’s left being an understudy and in charge of costumes and props – 5 years of working her way to the top down the drain.

Conner is the drama teacher’s stepson and his first impression of Grace isn’t good – a drama queen demanding she be the lead in the play. Their relationship is rocky at the start but having to work with each other they slowly learn that judging people on a single act doesn’t mean you know the person’s personality.

It isn’t listed on Goodreads but this book is a companion novel to Love, Lies and Lemon Pie which I hadn’t read – the plotline was explained in the book and there were recurring characters. So maybe if I’d read the previous book I would have liked Grace better because her character’s supposed to have gone though a lot of change and I might have connected with the characters better as the book was written in a way in which the characters had previously been introduced .

Grace at first was pretty annoying and whiny but then she changed and Conner also went from annoying to likable. Both characters annoyed me at first because Grace was going on about her talents and not being a star and also being a bad friend to Lottie whilst Conner was just a judgemental guy who popped up at random times. As their relationships grew and the plot progressed the story did get better.

But I really disliked Conner with his issues with what Grace did for Yasmin, I totally get why he was feeling that way and why what she did wasn’t perfectly on timed but he made her feel like crap for doing the right thing!

What I liked about this book was that it was also very relatable; hanging out with friends, food, drama and having fun. It’s a light read with some serious topics in it.

Also coming from the UK I could relate to her school life – I used to be part of plays at school and also in year 7/8 it was compulsory to do Technology which included sewing but nothing major like dresses it was just bags and cushions and so the information with the different sewing techniques and what to make was interesting if you’re into sewing.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Winter and Fairest by Marissa Meyer
End of Days by Susan Ee

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I was Here by Gayle Forman
Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Shadow Scale  by Rachel Hartman
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West   
Half Wild by Sally Green
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
The Boy Most Likely To  by Huntley Fitzpatrick

All Fall Down by Ally Carter