So time for another book round-up. I normally read quite a few books in a month but this month I don't know what's come over me, I just can't stop reading. I think because I had a bit of a cold a few weeks ago and I always read more when I don't feel great and am resting more, but I think I've read double the amount I normally read. This is just a handful of the new books that I've read lately the rest of them are all coming out a bit later in the year and I can't wait to share them with you.
As always I like to add a total mix of genres and styles of books in these round-ups, so hopefully you'll find something you love.
On to the books.....
1. The House of New Beginnings* by Lucy Diamond
"Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .
Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?
As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun."
Ah this was such a lovely read. I have read a few of Lucy's other books too and always feel like she really doesn't do your typical chick-lit fiction.
It's definitely contemporary fiction but it has a lot more of a bite to it, she deals with everyday issues the women in the novel face and she doesn't shy away from exploring them in the book to try and make it a fluffier read which I think adds so much to her stories in general and especially this one.
This is still a really light and fun read though and you'll feel like by the end of the whooping 480 pages that you have become fully immersed in the girls world and their life in Brighton. I love so much that this is a mammoth thick book!
A really uplifting, engaging and heart-warming story that will make you smile from beginning to end.
But it on Amazon for £4.99
2. And Then We Ran* by Katy Cannon
"A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.
Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.
Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead…"
So a disclaimer, if a book is written about a road-trip I'm going to read it. I love them, I don't know why, there is something just dreamy and sort of romantically bohemian about the thought of just upping sticks and driving off into the unknown. So I couldn't wait to have a read of this book when I found out it was part of the Road-Trip Genre (ok, so I know that isn't a thing, but can we please make it one?).
I loved, loved, loved the idea of this book and I did really enjoy it but I will say not to go in expecting it to be as much of a road-trip book as I thought it was, because well....it's not.
The road trip part of the book was definitely my favourite part but it didn't happen to near the middle to end of the story.
Not that I didn't really enjoy the rest of the book because I did and I just thought it was such a fun an unique story but just not as road-trip based as I'd hoped or expected.
A sweet story that is a super quick read perfect for lazy day reading.
Pre-Order this book on Amazon here, it's released on April 6th.
3. New York, Actually* by Sarah Morgan
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…"
Ah Sarah Morgan, queen of the written RomCom. For that sentence to come from me, the Romcom obsessive then that is a big freaking deal guys.
I've read another couple of Sarah's books before so I sort of knew what I could expect and I've got to say I'm pretty sure she raised the bar even higher with this book. I felt it had a lot more layers to the story than her previous ones I read. (Not that I didn't love them, I did. READ THEM)
One of my favourite things about the books that Sarah writes, is that she really does just concentrate on her two main characters, I mean there are always a load of great secondary characters who add a lot to the story but the book mainly focuses on the relationship between the main two which is my favourite thing and I think that makes this book especially a much more immersive experience as you feel like you really get to know the characters.
This is the first book in a new series that Sarah is writing and I can not wait to read the next, please release it soon Sarah.
If your looking for a fun, heart-warming romcom just like the movies, then you need this book in your life.
Buy this book on Wordery and get free delivery too.
4. The Most Dangerous Place On Earth* by Lindsey Lee Johnson
"The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumour, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.
Abigail Cress is ticking off the boxes toward the Ivy League when she makes the first impulsive decision of her life: entering into an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. Dave Chu, who knows himself at heart to be a typical B student, takes desperate measures to live up to his parents' crushing expectations. Emma Fleed, a gifted dancer, balances rigorous rehearsals with wild weekends. Damon Flintov returns from a stint at rehab looking to prove that he's not an irredeemable screw-up. And Calista Broderick, once part of the popular crowd, chooses, for reasons of her own, to become a hippie outcast.
Into this complicated web, an idealistic young English teacher arrives from a poorer, scruffier part of California. Molly Nicoll strives to connect with her students - without understanding the middle school tragedy that played out online and has continued to reverberate in different ways for all of them."
So this is a pretty tough one to review, it was a really intense read for me because of its subject matter. The book opens by taking you back in time to when these privileged California teenagers were in middle school and you are shown what the incident was that happened that creates the backdrop for the rest of the book.
Then the book jumps back to now when they are all in high school and you are shown the way in which this middle school incident affected all of their lives in one way or another.
Cyber bulling plays the biggest part in the book, either by causing a situation directly or indirectly.
For me it was such a difficult read as I found reading the ins and outs of bulling and its trail of destruction it leaves behind just chilling and really devastating too.
I found myself sort of apprehensive to see what happened next throughout the book but still unable to stop myself from reading.
I can't say I enjoyed the story because well it wasn't a book that your entended to 'enjoy' I don't think but one that your meant to be captivated by and that was exactly what happened to me.
The writing in the book was really phenomenal and the way that it showed the really cruel and at times uncomfortable world that these teens lived in was just amazing.
This is the sort of book that I think should be studied at school, I think its so important to show people how their actions can genuinely affect them and many other people for the rest of their lives.
A really, really strong debut from an author that I'm excited to read more from.
Buy this book from Amazon here.
5. Seven Days Of You* by Cecilia Vinesse
"Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she's leaving Tokyo - the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect.
Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she'd forgotten.
Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real."
YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE....
Am I cool to just leave that as the review? No seriously this book is that good, I feel like that would be just a really true representation of my feeling after reading it.
I read this in one day, start to finish and I just completely fell in love with it. If you love the Lara Jean books from Jenny Han then you should already have this book in your virtual basket as something about it feels so familiar, it has that same heart-warming ahhh felling Jenny's books give you.
The setting of Tokyo is beautiful too and it gives the book such a different setting. The fact the book is set over the time period of only seven days adds to the urgency in which you read it and your at times both desperate to see what happens and also just not wanting that seventh day to appear in book form just yet to prolong this wonderful story.
It's amazing and if your looking for a book to really escape into, then this is for you.
You can buy it on Wordery and get free delivery too.