Monday, 28 November 2016

Recently Read #3

I've been getting through a few books on my kindle recently so I thought it was about time that I shared them on here too. Sometimes I forget that I even have my kindle, but I've managed to squeeze in some extra reading during the evening and get my read count up. I'm still way off my Goodreads challenge, but I'm as hopeful as the next fool. I've only eight books behind schedule - I can do it, piece of cake! 

The Yellow Room - Jess Vallance
If you receive a letter telling you your father has died, what do you do? 
Anna's father left when she was very young and Anna, now 16, is living with her ambitious, unemotional, scientist mother. Then she receives a letter from her father's current girlfriend, Edie, with some shocking news: her father has died. 

Edie would like to meet Anna because she has something for her from her father. Anna's friends think Edie is not to be trusted and that she should steer clear. But Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which it seems her own mother is seemingly incapable of... and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her, that she cannot bring herself to tell her mother or her best friends. 

A taughtly told, compelling tale about mothers and their daughters - and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.
Pretty good intro, amiright? I definitely couldn't wait to read more. Vallance is clearly a very talented writer - she managed to portray some great characters within The Yellow Room, from the ordinary Anna to villain Leon, as well as approaching subjects such as mental health and bullying in a careful manner. The Yellow Room is a great book for young readers, and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is branching into YA for the first time. 

When Everything Feels Like The Movies - Raziel Reid
Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova. 
My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.
School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.
All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.
All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it.
They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.
I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine'sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.
But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.
This is my story.
When Everything Feels Like The Movies follows the life of Jude - a trans, gay eighth grade student. Although it was quite difficult to read - Jude receives so much abuse and hate from pretty much everyone at school - as it is inspired by true events, it make it even more harrowing to realise the horrid ordeal members of the trans community are subjected to every single day. 

The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick 
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house. 
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. 
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard . . . 

I really wish I had read book one of the My Life Next Door series before picking up The Boy Most Likely To, because I couldn't get enough of these characters. It's a well known premise - bad boy meets good girl, but I thought this had a great twist to this much loved scenario. 

I thought the use of Tim and Alice's voices to narrate their own passages was well thought out - as sometimes this can be a bit gimmicky, but I felt this really added to the pace of the story. Overall, I felt like it was a funny, surprising and charming YA romance. 

*Disclaimer: Some titles may have been provided in exchange for an honest review. No further compensation received.

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