Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ARC REVIEW - THE WHITE ROSE by Amy Ewing


The White Rose (The Lone City #2)
by Amy Ewing
Publisher - Walker Books
Release Date - October 1st 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Matched, this is the second book in the Lone City trilogy, following on from Amy Ewing's shocking and compelling debut novel, The Jewel.

Violet, Ash and Raven have escaped the palace of the Duchess of the Lake, but Regimentals are hunting for them across the city. Nowhere is safe, and they are dependent on Lucien and his secret society for survival. If they can reach the safety of the White Rose then Violet may be able to help Lucien in his plan to rescue more surrogates. For one surrogate, however, it is already too late. Violet's best friend, Raven, is pregnant. And in the Jewel, surrogates cannot survive giving birth.
Another buddy read review with the lovely Tanja from Ja čitam, a ti? We read this a good while back which is horrible especially a) it hasn't yet been released b) you have to what a long time but c) you're one of the first to read it than anyone else. We both loved The Jewel and it was fair to say that we had to read it together. Whilst I think I did enjoy this one more than Tanja did but it's interesting to see two sides to one book.  Both of us came up with a discussion based review so don't forget to check out Tanja's review here. (I'm a little late posting. Sorry!) So after I thought I might have forgotten the story when writing this now, I have surprised as I have written so much. You know that's a brilliant when that happens.


The feelings you expressed after finishing this book?
            Happiness. Shock. Sadness. Inspired. Awed. I had a book hangover. That is the best way to describe it. I was completely in awe of this book from the beginning so I wasn't surprised that I mourned for it when it ended. I laughed, I cried and I was on tender and emotional hooks throughout the whole novel. I wanted to be on that island, only those who have read know what I mean.
It possibly didn't help that there was a major cliff which was so cruel of Amy but I sort of mentally prepared myself for it. Although I hate cliffhangers, I know you do, I mean who really loves them. But it does keep you really hooked till the next book and what I found is even with the cliffhanger from the previous book, you are still immersed into her world from Page 1!

What part of the world-building did you enjoy the most?
          Travelling through each element of The Lone City - seeing that there is something beyond the rich gleaming walls of The Jewel. It sort of reminds of Breathe by Sarah Crossan, the city contained in some sort of dome from the outside. Especially when they reach the island and The White Rose, that's when everything changes. It's quite hard to explain when you really have to read it for yourself. Can you see that I'm not revealing anything, that you must read this series. As well as the Auguries being developed beyond anything you will ever realise.

Which Auguries would you want to be able to control?
          - (Auguries (powers of manipulation in our terms) Colour, Shape, and Growth.) I'm torn between Shape and Growth to be honest. They developed so much in this book into such a beautiful and wonderful gift to have. Rather than abusing her abilities into something ugly and dangerous. Final verdict: Growth.

Your thoughts on Violet's character?
           Violet is a lot more mature than she really is. She is only sixteen years old yet she seems to me eighteen. I think I've come to realise that The Jewel and it's way of life leads me to believe that you have to grow up far beyond your years. That is the brutality and rawness that Miss Ewing writes about, which is quite shocking to say the least but intriguing nonetheless. Sorry lost track of the question - Violet was very brave and very caring. A lot of girls who thought that being the mistress's surrogate was a privilege, but she knew the truth and it was her job to save them. To bring The Jewel down to the ground. Whilst Tanja has issues with her as the main character, I think I connected and loved her development more in this novel.

How did you feel about Violet and Ash?
           Awwwww, I loved, loved how their relationship developed without the barrier of current society and rules. There wasn't any more Surrogate vs Companion. It was just them, stripped to the real Ash and Violet. No more hiding, metaphorically speaking.  Being on the run lead them too themselves more and we finally saw a lot more of Ash's persona more. Including his back story which is truly horrifying. At times being together though let their feelings cloud their judgement to their responsibility and purpose in the novel.

Who's your favorite secondary character?
           I agree on Tanja with this one, Raven! She was such a wonderful, down to earth characters she suffered the most in the whole of the novel. There is a scene that has you crying... I'm not going to tell you whether its for the good or the bad of the story.

Which one did you like more: The Jewel or The White Rose? 
          Tricky one for me that is - See the The Jewel the introduction to the story and the getting to know Violet. The White Rose for being the perfect sequel that didn't suffer the sequel syndrome and the development of the Auguries.

This was simply a stunning and addictive novel (and series!) and I really really can't wait to read the final and last one in the trilogy next year. 

Rating - 5

Friday, September 25, 2015

REVIEW - THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
by Patrick Ness
Publisher - Walker UK Books
Release Date - August 27th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
I first came across this novel when I was at a Walker Event in the summer. Patrick Ness read out an excerpt from it in a video and I was instantly hooked. Goosebumps just from him reading it and I knew I had to buy this book. I'd like to mention that this is my first (yes you heard right), first book of Patrick Ness. I guess you could say I'm a little sexist to my reasons, a) because I very rarely read anything by male writers and I find I can't quite connect with them as much as female ones & b) they would usually write from a males perspective and I don't usually read many from that POV only if it's dual POV. I hope I'm not the only one and I'd like to apologise that I'm a little sexist, but what I will say is that I've been proven wrong about my preferences I guess. Patrick Ness is one of a kind for sure. 

Mikey just wants to graduate it's that simple and maybe confess his love to friend, Hanna. He's really not asking for a lot. But Mikey isn't just some kid in a small village, he has a best friend as the son of the demi-god and he's also being hunted and surrounded by zombie deers and big mean police officers with blue eyes. Why him though? Mikey who lives in just some ordinary, small town like any other. There really isn't a lot to say another than a lot of weird stuff happen. Throw in some vampires, oh and the time when there was some soul-eating demons of some kind, and you have yourself a Patrick Ness novel. Weird and wonderful mixed into one novel. You can't say you've read many of those in your day, have you. 

Mikey considers himself to be the outsider of the group. He thinks that everyone in his group thinks of him the last. But that isn't quite the case. Mikey suffers from OCD, he part of this loop whether its washing his hands properly or counting the street lights as he's in the car. These certain traits are triggered by his mum and her blatant act of not really caring and focusing on her campaign to be state senator. His father isn't any better when he's drunk, very rarely is he sober. His sister nearly died from a eating disorder and his Nan has Alzheimer. His life doesn't seem all the great really. But a person that always helps him and is there for him, is his best friend Jared, who by some miracle is a demi-god. Yes you heard right. and he's gay, but he's open about that which I loved. What I felt that every single moment he was fighting to be himself, or some resemblance of who he was before the loops. 

I'd like to first point out in my defense that I thought Mikey was a girl. Your probably thinking how could you think that. Well when all I read is from a female perspective unless occasionally written in dual POV. But that was entirely my fault and not to the disadvantage of Ness's writing. I grant you that it took a while to get accustomed to a different writer and one such as Patrick Ness. What I loved is that he didn't shy away from the being both honest and realistic mixed in with the wacky world of the Immortals either. With realistic elements like the background, Mikey's OCD, young love, family troubles. Some of the story was rather predictable but I think that was part of what Ness was trying to create. It was made to look like that Mikey was going to get to graduation with something happening to him. It was inevitable. He certainly made me laugh, even now as I'm writing this, it's making me chuckle at the ludarisy of the world he makes but in such a good way. In a way he writes it's completely faultless.

Another point was that at each chapter, Ness did this mini story... it would usually go:
"Chapter the Fourth, in which Satchel and Dylan sit in a coffee house with understated live music...." 
which usually follows the story of the Indie kids one named Flynn and one named Satchel, (not the bag, a name) and for some bizarre reason I couldn't quite get it and even another reader said but I went with it and in the end it proved to have a point in the end. It was tied nice and neatly. 

I'll like to reiterate that I will no longer things as black and white when it comes to female and male authors or characters for that matter. I think it's what I've enjoyed in the end and I guess the majority falls to the female side. But Patrick Ness has opened my eyes and I think I'd like to give some of his other books a go too. Maybe A Monster Calls I hear is good. The Rest of Us Just Live Here in 3 words being in W = Weird, Wackey and Wonderful. 

Rating - 5

Thursday, September 17, 2015

REVIEW - EVERYTHING EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything
by Nicola Yoon
Publisher- Corgi Childrens
Release Date - September 1st 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

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.
My lovely girl, Glass and I have been reading a lot lately and we really wanted to pick this one up together. If I'm honest I didn't know what to expect. they only thing is that everyone has enjoyed it. From the gorgeous cover, illustrations done by Nicola's husband, to a debut and refreshing voice to YA. I present to you my review... Also make sure you visit Ja čitam, a ti? for Glass's joint review with some added extras to mine.

Storyline -
The story begins with eighteen year old, Maddy. She lives in a white room with a white couch, with bookshelves that only provide the colour in her room and a window which is her only view to the outside world. Carla has SCID, a illness which prevents her from going outside, she could be ill severely at any moment. She is allergic to the world. Imagine a life where she can't kiss, can't touch, can't go to the beach, to have a normal life. She only gets the stories of the outside from her books, movies and her nurse and best friend, Carla. But her life changed when she looked out that window and saw that a boy, his name was Olly. How can you have a relationship between houses - a note on the window, IM-ing after 8pm, is that a life at all?

But I found it endearing as well as the use of emails and illustrations as another to communicate with them aside from dialogue. It really does break up the novel. It was the only way that Maddy could really get to know Olly which was both special but sad as that was the only communication she could really have. No phone, no face to face. But at least it was something. So I'll write an email to show you just how much I loved him... 
From: neverjudgeabookbyitscovers@gmail.com
To: genericuser33@gmail.com
Subject: Hello
Sent: September 16, 15:08 PM

Hello Olly, 

You don't know me but I guess you could say I'm a fan of you. I'm another one your readers for sure. I want you know that your my hero. You really are such a wonderful boyfriend for Maddy. Hope everything is well with your father, it so was so tough seeing you, your mum and your sister struggle with him on a day-to-day basis. That moment when Maddy actually risked herself for you in that moment. You know the one I mean. I stopped breathing at that time and I think you did too. You look after her won't you! She's been a pleasure to get to know and your story will be one to remember.

P.S What did you mum put in that Bundt cake?

Maddy writes in all her books, that if one day it is left behind, then they should look to the front page and see what who to return it too. Let me give you an example:
"REWARD IF FOUND:
Picnic with me (Madeline) in a pollen-filled field of poppies, lilies, and endless man-in-the-moon marigolds under a clear blue summer sky
A walk outside with me (Madeline) just down the block a back.
Me (Madeline)"
This would be how my one would:

      Walk in a park or down the beach with me (Emma) enjoy the the lovely UK weather whether that the typical rain or a occasional sunny day. Feel the grass or sand beneath your feet. Make sure you laugh and smile. Add in something about books and the fact your talking to a complete gushing fangirl when it comes to books. Oh and that I have a tendency to stop for 5 minutes and take loads of pictures on my DSLR. Sorry habit of mine. (Please advise that if you are my boyfriend holding hands and kissing is completely acceptable. Oh yes) 

Maddy got one the chance to go outside with Olly and the place she chose was Hawaii to see the state fish known as,  The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. (I bet you can't say that) If we had one chance where would you want to go, who would you go with and why?

       I would want to go to San Francisco, why because when I was younger I loved Charmed and I still do and I always wanted to find and see their house and go across the Golden Gate Bridge. I would most certainly go with my love of my life. Wouldn't be without him there.

Everything Everything is a gorgeous novel. What Maddy had is real, this isn't fiction. I googled it myself. Hehe. I really felt for Maddy though, her mum didn't help, you know when you read that that she will make you feel so angry and frustrating. But the key to this novel is that it does have a HEA. It's sound damning in the beginning, but it really does leave your heart fluttering until the end. Both Glass and I needed a hug after that. Such a beautiful debut from Nicola Yoon and one author we will both be keeping an eye in the future.

Rating - 5

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY {INT}- THIS IS ONE MOMENT by Mila Gray


Happy Sunday Everyone! Today I'm the last part of the This Is One Moment blog tour, the sequel to Come Back to Me. I couldn't wait to read this novel and I loved it even more than the first. After meeting Sarah/Mila, I am one to find myself always reading her novels and I can't wait to read more. Before I review it, here is a little more about the novel... AND don't forget to enter a INTERNATIONAL giveaway, you lucky people!


This Is One Moment (Come Back To Me #2)
by Mila Gray
Publisher - Pan Macmillan
Release Date - September 10th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository


A forbidden romance. A wounded Marine who thinks he’s beyond saving. A girl who’s determined to prove him wrong.

Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.

While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help. Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.

As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be? Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it
Mila Gray has done it again. Since reading CBTM last year, I was so excited to read another book under this pen name, it was one of my most anticipated reads. Sarah Alderson has an extraordinary way of writing and creating a NA novel, especially one focusing on the soldiers in all shapes and forms. This is my favourite out of the both for me.  

Didi starts her summer internship at her father's rehabilitation clinic. She's there to care for the patients and practice towards he thesis until the summer term. But the thing to remember is that she should keep everything professional doctor-patient relationship... But sometimes rules are worth breaking when she sees Walker. Walker is a Lieutenant, he came back after his whole group was targeted, him and Sanchez were the only survivors and he has the weight of guilt and fault on his shoulders. He has nothing to feel, to smile or to even get up in the morning for let alone shave until Didi comes along. The moment that he split yogurt on her first, spun their relationship into action. 

What I loved was that Mila still kept her dual perspective and with someone who is Blind, it certainly opens your own eyes to what it's like or even process. To be honest I think no matter how much one person writes about this subject, no one can really know what it's like. Personally Walker to me, he seems like superhero, he's ripped as Didi describes, beautiful eyes and hard abs. He has a kind yet rough face, one minute he's his age the next he could look so much older from the experience he's undertaken. But what i felt towards him was courage, braveness and inspiring. I didn't feel pity and I would hate too, I didn't feel sorry either, because he's sick and tired of that. What I did was that I understood him which I felt was the main thing out of his character. Well that and thinking he's hot, and fanning ones self. I also loved him more when he said his favourite film was The Shawshank Redemption. He's already my hero. 

Didi is a romantic, she want to be a lobster to someone else, she wants to find her soulmate. It doesn't help the fact that her mums a sex therapist and her dad is a psychologist. When she meets actor Zac, she thinks she has it all. But it didn't turn out to be like that, she didn't want to be someone one night stand. She wants a commitment at the end of it. A promise. 
"It's the person you always want to come back to. I've thought about this a lot, and I don't think home is a place. I think it's a person. And when you find home, the place you feel the safest, the place you go to for shelter and where you can be fully yourself, the. You know you're in love, really in love, not just infatuated or head over heals in lust." - Didi. 
That is what I think true love to be and I found myself so emotional over this as this is how I know it to be and it felt so real they way Didi/Mila described that I felt completely at one with her character. Home is where the heart that is what they say and I believe that. You know you found a novel, that describes your deepest thought and feelings. Walker was that person, what she saw was the person underneath as well as on the outside. She knew she couldn't have him, but they weren't going to stop at friends.

Didi and Walker are nothing like you will ever witness in a novel, they are true, they are raw and they will put other fiction couples to shames. They are truly beautiful in their own way. You know when you read about a couple like this that you are connected to them, by the goosebumps, the butterflies in your stomach the constant smile why your reading. And the fact that your family keep on interrupting you in the good bits knowing that it irritates you. *wink wink* Between Didi and Walker there are no barriers, regardless that Walker is blind, she doesn't see that, she sees past that, she wants to help him but let him also stand on his own two feet. When Didi comes Walker knows where she is, he's attuned to up her presence by her walk, her perfume, her voice. It's like they are lobsters, (Didi reference) they are made for each other. 

Like I said before Mila has a way with words, a rawness, truth and honesty to them that I find so inspiring and accelerating to read. It's the nature of the novel to, it hits home and it's a learning curve for me too. Seeing the reality that we see on TV, soldiers doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men that Mila has created as her characters show the aftermath and the continuous battle they still have to fight each day, in their head and in their body. What you have to remember is that not every soldier will have a happy ending like Walker did and Mila did that through characters like Sanchez and Dodds their expression through voice or even art. 

Rating - 4.5 


We walk along the hallway to my room, neither of us talking. I’m having to concentrate on remembering what obstacles are where so that I can avoid them. I don’t want a white stick, but this groping around and having to hold onto the wall isn’t working so well. I must look like an idiot. Didi doesn’t say anything, though.

Is she looking at me? Can she see the smile I’m trying to hide? I tell myself that is doesn’t mean anything that she broke up with Zac. But I can’t completely snuff out the spark of hope that’s ignited inside my chest. Hope for what, I’m not sure. Why this girl? Why now? What am I expecting? I have to keep asking these questions. I barely know Didi. I don’t even know what she looks like, but it’s there- undeniably there- some kind of connection. Even now, as we walk along in silence, I’m so aware of her that my nerve endings feel like they’re being stroked with a feather. I’m so finely tuned to her that I can hear her footsteps from twenty feet away. I can hear it in her voice when she’s smiling. I can sense it when she enters a room full of people. I can even pick up on the smallest variation in her mood. Right now I can tell she’s buzzing slightly, though whether she’s nervous or happy I can’t quite tell.

When we get to my room, I push the door open and stand aside to let her through. She brushes against me and I get a sense of her height- she comes up to my shoulder- as well as a hit of whatever perfume it is she’s wearing, the one that reminds me of long summer days spent out on the water.


Mila Gray is the pen name for young adult author Sarah Alderson.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
The contemporary thriller The Sound, was published in the US in May 2014, while Out of Control, a thriller with a focus on human trafficking, was released in May ’14 in the UK and May ’15 in the US.
Sarah is also a screenwriter. She adapted her first novel Hunting Lila for the screen (currently in pre-production) and is working on several other screenplays (multi-tasking is one of her favorite things).
Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.

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1 prize of 1 x signed copy of This is One Moment
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

COVER & TITLE REVEAL - OMG ANOTHER HOLLY BOURNE NOVEL!!!!!



Hi Everyone, an impromptu post here. So you know all that I'm a massive fan of Holly Bourne's work from the beginning. From Soulmates to now Am I Normal Yet? It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm again praised in the cover, again. How awesome is that!? And it's not about that, promise... maybe a little. Hehe. But I have to share this with you all it's gorgeous, released in February, near my birthday, what a brilliant birthday present. LOL. Anyways drum roll please............

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.

Isn't it beautiful and this is my favourite shade of pink. *strokes screen*. Can't wait to get this in my hands. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! If you haven't read this first book, Am I Normal Yet? Then you seriously have too and throw in any other book by her too!!!!

Happy Reading,


Friday, September 04, 2015

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW - THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James



Hi Everyone, today I am very excited to be part of my first tour with the Fantastic Flying Book Club, with The Next Together. It's a corker I'll tell you that. You will love it. So for my stop I'm reviewing the day after publication, *throws confetti to you Lauren*. Hope you enjoy and don't forget to follow the rest of tour here and the enter the giveaway down the bottom. But first here is a little more about the novel!
The Next Together (The Next Together #1)
by Lauren James
Publisher - Walker UK
Release Date - September 3rd 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

How many times can you lose the person you love?
Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different...
The Next Together brings about two characters destined to be with each other through time and space, yet someone or something keeps stopping them, killing them. The next time they know each will be in a different era. 

1745 - Siege of Carlisle - Katherine is the lady in a waiting, after her grandmother died she was sent to live with her aunt, in a big house, in a place where she doesn't feel she belongs. Until she starts chatting with a servant, a coachman by the name of Matthew. Katherine can be real with, can be honest, can even break away from her social standing and just be a normal girl. But when a war is travelling closer and closer to England, Katherine wanted to hep she didn't want this village to suffer more than it already has too. 

1856, the Crimean War - Katherine now known as Kit is a servant boy, (but is actually a girl) wanted to get out of the orphanage and this was how she had to do it. But her master Lord, wanted her to spy on someone for him, a journalist and to make sure that he doesn't report anything that goes against her master's army and make him look bad. The journalist for The Times name is Matthew Galloway, fragile, intelligent and honest. But Kit/Kate, falls for his nature and his kindness straight away and she doesn't feel so inclined to ruin that and more likely ruin the master she's always demised.  

2039 - Now both of them are young adults, striving to achieve their best university, and they suddenly become each others lab partner. Coincidence I think not. Kate and Matt find that one of their family members was the Kate and Matt of 2019 and they were killed when trying to save the world. Instead they prosecuted for sabotaging government property. Now its their turn to try and prove that their family didn't do such a thing. It's going to be a dangerous mission but for some reason, they've done similar adventures before.

Out of all the reincarnation and time, 2039 version them a whole lot better as you could visualise them more and able to relate to them. 2015 isn't a whole lot different that's for sure. But within their story you glimpsed at them again when they are reading their grandparents stories, who were Katherine and Matthew once again. Each story has it's own tale to tell, it's own love story that is never complete. A piece of them from another realm, another time is taken with them when they start to realise just how much in sync they are. Glimpses are them set them free, but a little bit of themselves heightens there character profiles just that little bit more. 

I was very lucky to meet and get an early copy of novel a while back so it gave me the push to finally read it and what a novel it is. You know I love time travel novels especially ones that are done well and I have to say this is one of my favourites. Lauren came up with this idea through school and her PhD. I think as she grew so did her writing it became more fast paced and addictive, before I knew I had finished the more. Each story was formatted in away that you could really see in her font and style, (as you can see from my review) this for me really stood out. I wanted more, Katherine and Matthew. 

The next novel, The Last Beginning can't come quick enough! There is so much more to tell you, but really I just want to urge you to read it. A new vision of Time Travel in YA has arrived, and her name is Lauren James. It's unputtadownable and completely addictive. READ IT PEOPLE! 

Rating - 5




Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a first class Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

She now lives in the village of Berkswell in the UK.
You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and panic about all of the overly ambitious plans she has for her PhD, or her website at http://lauren-e-james.tumblr.com.

She likes strong, intelligent women, Dylan O’Brien, and things with plants on them. These are her favourite books: http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/Laurenelizjames
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

RELEASE DAY REVIEW - HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between
by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher - Headline
Release Date - Today!
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.
Jennifer E. Smith novels have been the highlight of my year every year. It started with This Is What Happy Looks Like and then last year, The Geography of You and Me, I don't think I can really rank them in order because they are all so special in there own way. They will always be my most anticipated read, why, because in each novel she explore love in so many ways and Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, was just another one that just made my heart swell and my love for Jennifer's novel grow a little more.

Clare and Aidan have been together two years. What a wonderful two years it has been but they knew that this time is coming where they can't follow each other, where they have to make their own path for their future. Both of them have applied to universities, Clare got accepted in Dartmouth and Aidan, UCLA on opposite ends of the country. They take this one night before they leave as a way to go on a scavenger hunt, of their relationship, so Clare has a list of their first's, they favourite places and which ones meant the most to them. Going back in time to where they first kissed, said "I dove you", and where they first met. Through this lifetime of events, will it change or confirm both of their decision to stay together or break up? That is the ultimate decision. In a novel as short as 256 pages, Jennifer takes us through one night of memories and a ultimate choice.

What I loved was the fact that it was written for just one night, the timing of the novel was different and unique. I was able to relive the whole night indefinitely. So it didn't matter it took me a week, I just continued from the next moment in time. But the whole novel started with a note, a list and you know how I feel about those in novels. Its the best type of novel especially in a contemporary one. Enough said really. I won't bore you with my rant of notes and lists in a book. You've heard it all before. Clare started from the moment they met in chem class in high school to where they have a personal booth in a pizza place known as Slices. Each chapter was a new adventure and a new memory for you to really get to them as character that they were together. Whilst it would have been nice to have seen their individual side, personally I didn't really mind that as we this novel was solely about them and their relationship.

Clare for me was a little overwhelming at times, I felt she can be quite a complicated and difficult person to get to know. I admire her saying she's a bland person to begin with but I think we need too as readers decide for ourselves. I felt though that she'd given up a lot with Aidan, although she couldn't see beyond him, she was trying to think of the less painful way in or out in their relationship. Like it was an instantaneous decision without considering what could happen. Clare is very black and white, that's a better way to describe her, and I think she need to vent off toward the colourful areas.

Unlike Aidan, I know he really doesn't want to break up, and he's adamant about that. Aidan is 'Easy-Breezy' as he like to say and I like that a lot. For Aidan it's tough being that as he constantly battling with his father about universities and not going Havard, which was his father's dream not his, you can see where this is going. But Aidan wants to be part of the sport's finest Lacrosse Team in UCLA and maybe go into a programme about it. What's so bad about that and following your dream and the girl you love too. Aidan is the Knight in shining Armour and I love that he wants to fight for her too.

However as we got to the end it was Clare who really surprised me the most as well as the ending. Which really made me cry with happiness. It was such a touching ending and it fitted it perfectly. This is the perfect summer novel this year and even in those rather cloudy days that we (the UK) seem to be having of late.

Rating - 5
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