Book Round Up #6

books, invincible summer by alice adams, miss you by kate eberlen, shelter by sarah franklin, mad by chloe esposito. book reviews jun and july 2017

So I think we can officially say summer is here (Yah!!!) with all the beautiful weather we've been having the past week or so and I think sunny weather always goes hand in hand with book buying, right?

That's why I thought it would be a great time for another book round up.  This post features some of the new releases that I think you might really love.  I've tried to include a little sumthin' sumthin' for everyone, so I really hope you find a book that you like the sound of.

Keep reading for all the reviews...

1.  Invincible Summer* by Alice Adams
"Inseparable through university, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. Eager to shrug off the hardships of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work in the City. Benedict stays behind to complete his PhD in Physics and pine for Eva, while siblings Sylvie and Lucien seek a more bohemian life of art, travel and adventure.
As their twenties give way to their thirties, the four friends find their paths diverging as they struggle to navigate broken hearts and thwarted dreams. With every summer that passes, they try to remain as close as they once were - but this is far from easy. One friend's triumph coincides with another's disaster, one finds love as another loses it, one comes to their senses as another is changing their mind . . . And who knows where any of us will be in twenty summers' time?"

This book is as dreamy as its front cover.  It transports you right back to those hazy long days of being just on the brink of adulthood.  The confusion, the questions and the hopefulness is all there in bucket loads for the four friends we meet at the start of the novel.  We get to see them weave their way through the next part of their lives and see them struggle to keep that connection and bond that they once had.

I loved this beautiful book so much.  Its a perfect light summer read but also has real heart to it that will have you reminiscing and getting nostalgic about your own youth. The characters are so well rounded and likeable that you will be rooting for every singe one of them.

A real must read this summer, I enjoyed it so, so much!
You can buy it here on Amazon or on Wordery  

2.  Miss You* by Kate Eberlen
"Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven't met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .
Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university.
Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence – and, for one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?"

So first off I should mention that this book has been chosen to be part of the Richard and Judy (my king and queen) book club this year.  I know a lot of people like to pick up some of their picks from the book club for holidays as they have great choices every year, so I thought it was worth mentioning.  I think its a really helpful club as I do think they are very consistent with their choices so that if you liked something from the club you will more than likely like the rest as there is a similarity in the books.

This is a contemporary book that is a lot deeper than the fun cover lets on.  It still has a lovely romance element but its also one that really tugs on your heartstrings too.

It does nod in the direction of One Day and Sliding Doors but I think it more than stands on its own and I wouldn't go into thinking it will be One Day part two as its not but if you do like that type of book then you will more than likely really enjoy this too.

I loved the emphasis on fate and what you control and what you don't, I really enjoy that theme in a book and think it was explored so beautifully in this.

If your looking for a really different type of contemporary read then this is for you.
You can buy it here on Amazon (where its currently part of the 3 books for £10 offer) or on Wordery

3.  Shelter* by Sarah Franklin
"Early spring 1944.In a clearing deep within an English forest two lost souls meet for the first time.
Connie Granger has escaped the devastation of her bombed out city home. She has found work in the Women's Timber Corps, and for her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose.
Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. But in the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom.
Their meeting signals new beginnings. In each other they find the means to imagine their own lives anew, and to face that which each fears the most.
But outside their haven, the world is ravaged by war and old certainties are crumbling. Both Connie and Seppe must make a life-defining choice which threatens their fragile existence. How will they make sense of this new world, and find their place within it? What does it mean to be a woman, or a foreign man, in these days of darkness and new light?"

This is a real different one for me but I like to mix it up a bit on here and try and add in a different genre once in a while that I think you would all enjoy too.

This is a poignant and beautifully written book about a really sensitive and deeply emotional story.  This novel is a real slow burner and the intensity of the story just creeps up on you out of nowhere and has you desperate to know what's going to happen next.

If you want a dramatic story to get you thinking then this is the book for you.
You can Pre-Order it on Amazon or Wordery so you get it first when its released on July 27th

4.  MAD* by Chloe Esposito
"There's something you should know before we go any further: my heart is in the wrong place. Now don't say I didn't warn you . . .'
Perhaps that's why nothing in Alvie's life has ever gone right? Until now.
She can finally abandon her credit card debt - and her fruitless three-way relationship with Tinder and Twitter - when fate gives her the chance to steal her identical twin's perfect life.
It's just a shame Beth had to die to make Alvie's dreams come true"

This book more than lives up to its name.  It is mad in every sense of the word but it really did have me hooked.

Most of the time I was reading it thinking, what is this craziness? (in a good way haha)
But nonetheless it had me needing to know what else Alvie would do next and every time it was more shocking than the next.

This definitely isn't a book for the faint-hearted and it also isn't a book if you want to get behind and root for the main character as Alvie is well, kinda hard to like, which is the point I guess.  But it's so sassy and fun and really laugh out loud in parts too.

This is a genuinely quirky story and I really love that nine times out of ten a story like this would normally always have a male lead but this time its got a real feminine kick ass vibe to it and of course a very strong and powerful female lead too.

If you want a book like none you've read before then you definitely need this in your life.
You can buy this here on Amazon or on Wordery.  This is the first book in a trilogy.

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