A Handful of Book Reviews...

 

So in the summer I decided to do a little book round up (You can read it HERE) inbetween doing my usual weekly book reviews and I thought it would be a good idea to do another one as a lot of you seemed to like hearing about a few books at once.  I'm thinking of making this maybe a more regular feature, let me know what you guys think?
Also just a sidenote but I only have two of these books in the photo because I read all the others on my kindle and didn't have any of them in paperback to take a picture of.
I hope you enjoy and find some new books to love....


1.  Sunshine On a Rainy Day* - Bryony Fraser
I"t’s Zoe and Jack’s first wedding anniversary party. They’ve got an announcement! They’re getting divorced…
Marriage isn’t for everyone – something that Zoe and Jack discovered only after they’d walked down the aisle. Bad timing, huh? So now they’re stuck together in their once harmonious marital home, neither one of them willing to move out of their lovely house.
With Zoe’s three sisters always wanting a say, and Jack’s best friend trying his best to fix things between them, misunderstandings arise. Tempers flare. ‘Accidents’ happen…
Zoe and Jack are going to be lucky if they’re still alive when the twelve months are up. But maybe things aren’t quite as final as they seem?"

I went into this book thinking it would be a straight forward romcom type book (and you all know how much I love a romcom) but it wasn't, it was so much more than that.  The story has such heart to it and a lot more depth to the story than I first thought.  I love that the book doesn't follow the same boy meets girl story line and sort of gives that tried and tested formula a more updated and modern twist.  Don't get me wrong though this is still a light and fun read and will make you really giggle in places but it will also completely tug at your heartstrings.  It's one of those books that you want to devour in one sitting and you stay up way later than you should to finish it then moan about how tired you are in the morning, um oh OK is that just me who does that then ahem #bookaddict.
I really think this book would be a perfect read for you if you like your fiction to be fun, sweet and with a big heart.
P.S. You really should probably buy this book for the cover alone, seriously can we take a moment to appreciate its beauty....
You can buy it on Wordery

2.  Here I stand* - Amnesty
"Through short stories and poetry, twenty-five leading authors and illustrators explore the top human rights issues facing young people today.
Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference.
Full list of contributors: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Bryan Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones."


So this is a bit of a different read for me.  Something you can probably gather from reading my blog I like my books to be light and sweet and funny and fun.  I try really hard not to read books about things that in real life I find upsetting, my philosophy has always been if I find the situation in real life to upsetting then why would I read about a fictionalised version of it. I know not everyone is like that, actually most aren't and that's totally fine its just the way I am.  I have this over running amount of empathy and I feel I struggle to let things like darker themes and stories go, I put myself in the mindset of the characters and it really does affect me, so its just a choice I make with my books, TV and film choices. 
So when I found out about the book above I instinctively shied away from it but when I read more about it I felt like this is one that is probably too important a read to miss out on.

Amnesty have brought together some really, really amazing writers (the list is above) to write about some issues affecting young people today. The book is aimed for young adults I guess but it honestly is a read for anyone who wants to become more aware or have a better understanding of these issues.

The writing is just superb, the stories are short and there is a lot of them covering such a wide range of subjects.  I have to be honest and say I really didn't find it an easy read because as I said above I struggle with reading about some of the topics it covers as I find it just so upsetting and some of the stories for me were just a bit too uncomfortable but only because it makes me feel sad that these things are going on in the world, nothing to do with the book or the writing.

This is a really important read.  I felt I was already aware of all the things going on that the book covered just from reading and watching the news but to read about these things in the way that the authors conveyed them was just so moving.  I think that with all that's going on in the world there is probably not a better time to read this.  As uncomfortable and awful as some of these things are that the book covers its so important that we don't turn a blind eye to them and Amnesty has done such a wonderful job creating this book.  I think this should be a must read in schools as I think that's where the real big difference could be made with this book.
You can buy it from Wordery


3.  Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner* - Helen Cox
"Esther Knight is sharp, sarcastic – and hiding something. She waitresses at The Starlight Diner: a retro eatery where Fifties tunes stream out of the jukebox long into the night, and the tastiest milkshakes in New York are served.
Nobody at the diner knows why Esther left London for America – or why she repeatedly resists the charms of their newest regular, actor Jack Faber.
Esther is desperate to start a new life in the land of the free, but despite the warm welcome from the close-knit diner crowd, something from her past is holding her back. Can she ever learn to love and live again?"

I had read so many amazing reviews for this book that I went in with such high hopes, much higher hopes than I normally would have and I think that's where I had a problem.  I really enjoyed the book, I loved the setting in the diner and New York and I liked the way the story was written and kept you wondering what was going to happen.  I found the pace a little slow for me and maybe that's the main issue I had with the book but I liked it, I did.  But because my expectations were set just crazy high for it I felt maybe not as overjoyed about it as I had hoped but technically that's actually nothing to do with the book just me.  If your looking for a a chicklit read with a not so straight forward story, then have a read of this.
You can buy this on Amazon as its an ebook only.

4.  Sunset In Central Park - Sarah Morgan
"True love can be hard to find. Even when it’s been right under your nose all along…
After witnessing the fallout of her parent’s divorce, love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. The only man in her life is her friend Matt–but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…
Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, has always played it cool. Until he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever, and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer.
Matt knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can he persuade her to kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?"

Ah so totally opposite to the book above I went into this with no expectations whatsoever and I really didn't know what it was about but I loved it so much.
This is just a perfect story, the writing, the setting, the characters, all perfect.  You will find yourself rooting so much for Frankie and falling head over heels for Matt, they are such wonderfully created characters absolutely ideal for this type of story.
What I did notice in this book was what a big part the other characters played in it and I loved that.  Normally with these types of books friends and family characters feel sort of rushed and don't tend to bring a great amount to the story but I felt myself wanting to know more about the friends and wondering how their situations turned out and it all makes a little more sense now why I felt like that as this seems to be a book series that Sarah has wrote about this group of people and I'm guessing the other books will be about the other friends.  This says its book 2 but I haven't read book 1 and didn't feel like I had missed anything so don't let that put you off from reading this one first.

I have just seen that Sarah has a new book out and I am off to try and buy it now as I loved this so much and can't wait to read more from her.
You can buy this on Wordery

5.  The Natural History of Us* - Rachel Harris
"One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart. Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him. Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first. For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite."

This is YA at it's best, such a sweet and lovely story that's everything you would hope it'd be after reading the blurb.
I actually read this in the summer as well and I have been meaning to review it for the longest time. As soon as I read what this story was about I had my fingers crossed that it would be as good as it seems and thankfully it was.
This does have a bit of a twist on the whole usual jock falls for the quiet girl, it has a great depth to it and has you really getting behind Peyton and Justin.
This is a perfect one to snuggle up to on a cold winters night when you need a read as sweet as your hot chocolate.
You can buy it on Wordery

There we have my new round-up.  I know it was a long post but I tried to cover a few different types of books and hopefully you will find one that you really want to read....

P.S All these books you can get with free delivery from wordery and also a few of them are included in a 3 books for £10 on Amazon too!

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