Once again, I have fallen in love with a Morgan Matson book. Granted, it did take me a little longer this time, but by the end of Save The Date, I was really wishing that I could be hanging out with the Grant’s. Seriously, all I want right now is to learn every single detail about them. If you’re looking for a fun summer read, then this is the book you want!
Charlie Grant’s big sister is getting married and Charlie wants everything to be perfect. And with all her siblings back in town, along with her childhood crush, it’s shaping up to be an unforgettable weekend.
But the thing about life is … it doesn’t always go to plan. And with the arrival of Charlie’s favourite brother’s surprise new girlfriend, a rented dog that won’t stop howling, feuding relatives and the surprisingly cute wedding planner’s nephew, things are quickly spiralling out of control.
Over the course of three chaotic, life-changing days, Charlie learns more than she ever expected about her family and realises that holding on to the past may mean missing out on the future.
I love books based on mythology, especially when it’s mythology I know nothing about. So when I heard about Aru Shah and the End of Time, I knew that I would definitely be reading it at some point very soon. Did it meet expectations? Not completely. I did end up enjoying it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be.
Aru Shah has messed up.
Desperate to impress her snooty schoolmates, and embarrassed to be living in the museum where her mother works, she lights the cursed Lamp of Bharata. It can’t actually be cursed… can it?
After accidentally freeing an ancient demon and freezing her classmates and her mother in time, Aru must fix things before the ancient God of Destruction is awoken. Accompanied by a wise-cracking pigeon and her long-lost half-sister, she must find the reincarnations of the five Pandava brothers and journey through the Kingdom of Death.
But how is one girl in Spider-Man pyjamas supposed to do all that?
When I saw that Sara Barnard had a new book out this year, I knew that I had to read it! I loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder, so I was really hoping that Goodbye, Perfectwould be right up my street too. And, to an extent, it was. However, this book and I didn’t really have that great a time together.
When I was wild, you were steady . . . Now you are wild – what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden find outs that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Independence Day, but as a Welsh gal, that doesn’t really effect me at all, so instead of sharing books in the colours of the US flag, I’m going to share books inspired by the Welsh flag instead! And if you don’t know what the Welsh flag looks like, well here you are:
I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon of doing this tag (and was very much inspired to do it by Cait @ Paper Fury), because I can’t believe it’s already June, that I’m done with uni, and that I actually have to get on with real life now! So why not procrastinate a bit more by joining in with this tag?
How Much I’ve Read
So far this year I’ve read 20 books (which is a lot less than usual, thanks to a crazy amount of university work). Also, seven of those were read this month, so I think that just shows how little I was reading while I was studying!
What I’ve Been Reading
I’ve been reading a nice mix of contemporary and fantasy, with these being some of my favourite so far this year.
I’ve been a fan of Rick Riordan for quite a while now (I think I started reading his books around when The Heroes of Olympus started?), and I always get pretty excited about his latest releases. However, I have to admit, some of his newest books haven’t quite gripped me in the way that they used to, and I’m afraid that’s the case with The Burning Maze, the third book in The Trials of Apollo series.
I WAS A GOD, ONCE. UNTIL I WAS CAST OUT BY MY FATHER, ZEUS.
NOW I’M AN AWKWARD MORTAL TENNAGER CALLED LESTER.
My way out? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course.
For my third mission, I must:
Journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle who only speaks in puzzles.
Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor – the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Is that all? No, I’ve to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I’ll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends, and old . . .
If you follow book blogs at all, there’s a pretty high chance that you follow Cait @ Paper Fury (or at least have heard of her). And if you do, then you’re probably well aware that she’s just published a book! (And if you don’t know of her, definitely go check out her blog, because she’s amazing). Anyhow, my preorder of her debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, arrived a couple of weeks ago, and unsurprisingly, I devoured it. Obviously I had pretty high expectations for this book (and was slightly worried about not liking it), but I shouldn’t have worried – Cait definitely delivered!
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?
Okay, so this is more of a summer TBR, and includes books that have already been released, but I’m so excited about all of these! Also, it’s possible some of these come out after the summer? I’m terrible at keeping track of release dates (especially UK release dates), but these books are on this list because they sound great.
My most anticipated of these are Save The Dateby Morgan Matson (she’s my favourite contemporary YA author, and I will never get enough of her books), and Kill The Farm Boyby Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (mostly because of The Princess Bride reference).
Last year, I read The Names They Gave Usby Emery Lord, and absolutely adored it. Today I can tell you that I’ve finally finished catching up on her other books (you know, all three of them). Not gonna lie, The Names They Gave Usis still my favourite, but Open Road Summer was exactly the type of book I wanted to be reading this summer. Road trip, country music, best friends, summer romance? Can a YA contemporary sound any more perfect than that?
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.
But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
There are plenty of quotes out there that say that reading lets us travel the world. One of the classics is “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”, and it’s a classic quote for a reason. We do travel through books! But sometimes books just make us to want to actually hop on a plane and discover a whole new place (which isn’t usually possible). But hey, I can dream. So, here are my top five books that make me want to see the world.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
And by that I mean every single road trip book I’ve ever read, combined with all of Morgan Matson’s books. There’s something that feels so exciting about a road trip, especially if you combine it with the summery feeling of Morgan Matson’s books. Ideally, this road trip would take place in the US, with my besties, and we would see everything.