Book Round Up #5

keris stainton, rachel bateman, jennifer e smith, book reviews, ya book reviews

So as you can probably tell  I'm pretty excited that today is my day of birth.
I feel like the book world this year all conspired to give me the best present of all (um...yep totally me personally guys haha) by releasing some of the best books I've read all year on my beautiful book people are the best.

Instead of some book pictures, I've made a little picture of my favourite life motto at the moment instead, because its my birthday and I'm pretty sure there is a song that tells me I can do what I want, right? Shout-out to Kendrick

So let's get down to the reviews

1.  Windfall* by Jennifer E. Smith - "Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . ."

I have been desperate to share this book with you guys, it's been my everything since I read it.  I have read nearly all of Jennifer's books so I knew the writing would be so fantastic but I was completely caught off guard to what a special story this would be.

I don't know about you but every time me or my sister buy a lottery ticket we waste away minutes and hours discussing and planning what we will do with our millions before the draw has even taken place, seriously we have even argued over our spending of the imaginary money haha! I think that's why this book was so wonderful from the very beginning because it plays into that part of us that wonders how we would deal and react if we did actually win big.  I loved finding out how the characters each individually reacted to this change in their circumstance and how it changed them.

This book is so much more than that storyline though.  The big win acts as a sort of backdrop to the trials and tribulations of what the characters are going through and I absolutely loved all the characters.  Alice and Teddy couldn't have been more perfect and you will just fall in love with Alice's cousin too! 

To me this book was by far the best I've read all year.  It dealt with some sensitive subjects but nothing was heavy or sad.  It was so uplifting and just a really, really beautiful story that I'm so sure will make your heart happy just like it did mine.

As it's my birthday I get a wish right? So my wish is go and treat yo'self to this book, you deserve it!

And P.S Please someone in the know, tell me this is getting made into a movie?

You can buy the book here on Amazon  or Wordery today

2. One Italian Summer* by Keris Stainton - "Milly loves her sisters more than anything - they are her best friends. But this holiday is different. The loss of their dad has left a gaping hole in their lives that none of them know how to fill. Heartbreak is a hard thing to fix ...
Still, there is plenty to keep the girls busy in Rome. A family wedding. Food, wine, parties and sun. And of course Luke .... Luke is hot, there is no way around that. And Milly will always have a crush on him. But this summer is about family, being together, and learning to live without Dad. It isn't about Luke at all ... is it?"

This is another super special book.  I am such a massive fan of Keris and her amazing writing skills and I have to say this book is by far my favourite of hers, it's just so good.

Set in Italy the book takes you on a really emotional and heartfelt journey of Milly and her family after her dad has died.  I'm just going to put it out there that this is a very realistic and true to life portrayal of that situation and it really does have sad moments, so just be aware of that before you dive in.

But it's also beautiful and light too, the way we see Milly and her family change from the start of the book to the end is really inspiring and I honestly do think this book would and could help so many people who find themselves in the same situation of Milly.

Italy plays such a massive part of the story and it adds such a beautiful element to the book.  Italy is my favourite place and I spent my teenage years vacationing there every summer so it gave me the best flashbacks and Keris described the Italian sights and sounds so perfectly!

This really is such a stunning book that I think should definitely be at the top of your summer reading list!

You can buy the book here on Amazon  or Wordery today

3. Someone Else's Summer* by Rachel Bateman - "Anna's always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm's summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever--which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm's list along with her sisters best friend Cameron--the boy next door--who knew that Storm's dream summer would eventually lead to Anna's own self-discovery?"

This books publication date seems to have been pushed back and now its not coming out for a few days but I thought I would include it today anyway!

This is such a lovely road-trip book and you know how I feel about a road trip book, I love them.  Again this deals with some heavy subjects but it really doesn't dwell on them too much and it's so lovely seeing the relationship between Anna and Cameron develop.

This was a really moving and beautiful book and the story stayed with me for a while after I had finished it too.

If you love a road-trip book then you need this in your life.

You can pre-order the book here on Amazon the kindle edition comes out on the 9th of May and the hardback comes out on May 25th

I hope you enjoyed these reviews and I hope you have a beautiful day...

May the 4th be with you......

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