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Trouble – Non Pratt

Trouble

Format: Paperback
Published: 6th March 2014
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 384
Series/Standalone?: Standalone
Score: 5 out of 5

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

 Synopsis taken from Amazon:

Hannah’s smart and funny … she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby? Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.

My Thoughts:

Just what I needed after the disappointment of the last book I read. A funny, witty, touching novel about growing up, teenage pregnancy, friends and foes with so many twists and turns along the way. A brilliant debut YA novel, one that I absolutely loved from start to end.

Our two main protagonists are Hannah and Aaron. Hannah is fifteen, pregnant and has a huge secret. Aaron is the new boy, mysterious yet cool, also harbouring a secret from his past. Their worlds collide and they are thrown together. The book details their journey and struggles with teenage life.

The plot is so well written and completely absorbing. I found myself going to read a few pages, stopping 100 pages later! Split into two narrative voices, it was great to see the POV from both sides. I felt like I was in on the action and drama, getting to know the characters like friends. The author has clearly done her research – language and social media used, characters reactions and emotions – all are so realistic. I work with teenagers from Monday to Friday, trust me – this book is definitely a true reflection of the reality of teenage angst, drama and emotions.

All of the characters were well developed, I loved the two main protagonists for all of their similarities and differences. I despised Katie (the so-called best friend) and enjoyed Aaron’s relationship with Neville (the old guy Aaron befriends as a volunteer in a care home).

I guessed Hannah’s secret at the start, although the plot development surrounding this did not disappoint me. I usually guess plot details, much to my annoyance. My husband hates watching films with me because I will say my predictions, and they are pretty much always right! Aaron’s secret on the other hand was harder for me to pinpoint, I didn’t really gain much information from his narrative. This made the final reveal more compelling for me, it showed a different side to his character too.

Overall, a fantastic read. I will be recommending this one to my school library! Grab a copy and read right now, what are you waiting for?

A superbly comical, witty yet touching read. Full of teenage angst and drama, surprises, empathy and comeuppance. A true reflection of teenagers and their lives, a fantastic YA debut novel! Can’t wait to read more from Non Pratt.

 

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Stacking the Shelves [#7] & Showcase Sunday [#2]

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme held over at Tyngna’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books on your shelves, physical or virtual. A great way to share books that you have purchased online, in bookstores, borrowed from the library, received for review or purchased as e-books.

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I will also be linking this up to Showcase Sunday over at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Physical Books:

TroubleTrouble by Non Pratt
(Read and loved!)

TheFinisher
The Finisher by David Baldacci

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

TheAssassinsBlade
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

HalfBad
Half Bad by Sally Green

Splintered

Splintered by A.G Howard
(borrowed from the library)

ThroughToYou
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Review Copies:

HeartBentOutOfShape
A Heart Bent Out of Shape – Emylia Hall
(My first ever physical review copy – thanks BookBridgr!)

Have you read any of these? Do any interest you? Are there any that I should bump up to the top of my list of to-be-read? I’m really looking forward to getting round to all of them!

Happy Reading!


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About time…

Just a quick post to say I am here! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been massively busy with work (Ofsted Inspection last week) then I got really sick, resulting in a short hospital stay.

I’m fine now, fit and healthy and back on top of the reading! Got lots of books to show you this week in my Stacking the Shelves/Showcase Sunday post, so keep checking the blog to see what goodies I have.

Happy Reading!

 


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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

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Format: Paperback (library)
Published: 3rd Sep 2013
Publisher: Indigo
Pages: 419
Series/Standalone?: Standalone
Score: 2 out of 5

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

 

 

 

Synopsis taken from Amazon:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It’s an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day – gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave…

A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Fans of TRUE BLOOD will love this dark and sexy tale.

My Thoughts:

After hearing so much praise for Holly Black and her writing I couldn’t wait to give this novel a go. I read Doll Bones last year and thought it was good, although being a middle grade I felt it lacked substance. On reading the synopsis of this YA vampire novel, I was sold. The blurb on the back says:

  ‘Coldtown was dangerous. Tana knew. A glamorous cage. A prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.’

Immediately I wanted to read it. I thought the novel was okay, it lacked lots of elements for me and I feel sad that it didn’t live up to my expectations because I was really looking forward to reading and enjoying it.

Firstly, the pacing. This book is very slow, the action doesn’t really take place until the last quarter. I desperately wanted this book to be good, I kept reading and reading waiting for the next page to wow me. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The novel is split into sections in which the author tells us more about the world, or provides insight into Tana’s childhood and how her mother died. When I got to the last few chapters I still felt like the story hadn’t moved on very much. I was confused as to what really happened in the story.

Secondly, the setting. Now, the world building and creation is great. The author spends a lot of time creating atmosphere and describing surroundings. I went into this novel looking forward to the glamorous, celebrity style, reality TV element. Again, this fell short. I just felt like I constantly wanted more. The premise was great, it just didn’t meet my expectations.

Lastly, and on a more positive note, Gavriel was the most exciting part of this novel. A dark, troublesome, handsome vampire. His back story was the most interesting, he was a well-built character who wasn’t just ‘boyfriend material’ – there is a lot more than meets the eye.

I know that a lot of readers absolutely love this novel and I have no doubt that many more will. I have realised that vampire books aren’t my favourite YA books to read, they don’t interest me. I’m gutted that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped. I appreciate Holly Black’s writing talents, this book just wasn’t a favourite for me.

Are there any other Holly Black books that you can recommend, that I might enjoy?


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2014 Debut Author Challenge

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I have decided to participate in the 2014 Debut Author Challenge over at The Story Siren.

Challenge Objectives

  • To introduce reader to the awesomeness of debut authors and their books!
  • To challenge readers to discover and read 12 books by debut authors!

Challenge Rules & Guidelines

  • You must have place to post your thoughts on the books you’ve read for the challenge. Be it a blog, goodreads account, youtube page, tumblr, amazon account, etc.
  • Due to past demand there will be no deadline to join the challenge, but please be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the challenge.
  • The 2014 debuts must be read between January 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015. The extra month is to allow participants time to read December debuts.
  • Each review equals one entry into the monthly prize packs.

Book Guidelines

  • must be a young adult, middle grade or new adult title.
  • must be the authors ya/mg/na debut, released in 2014

I am a little late starting this but I am somewhat confident that I can manage to read them before the end date.

Here are three of the books that I am aiming to read:

Taoe
Tape by Steven Camden

Trouble
Trouble by Non Pratt

TheFinisher
The Finisher by David Baldacci

Looking forward to discovering some new authors this year!
Happy Reading 🙂


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Top Ten Books on my Spring 2014 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.

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Top Ten Books on my Spring 2014 TBR List
(in no particular order)

These are the books that I am aiming to read before the hot Summer months begin! 🙂

1 – Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella – I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella and cannot wait to read this one! Saving for my holiday, first week of April.

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2 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Okay, I know, I have had this for far too long now! I am determined to get round to it! Maybe another holiday read?

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3 – Splintered by A.G Howard – Just reserved from my library, has been on my TBR for ages. The cover is just beautiful, definitely one of my favourites!

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4 – The Finisher by David Baldacci – A YA fantasy novel, excited!

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5 – Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Enjoyed Throne of Glass, purchased The Assassin’s Blade, need to read this one. So excited that this is going to be a series, bloody awesome!

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6 – Trouble by Non Pratt – Saw this one on a booktube channel, a witty novel about teenage pregnancy.

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7 – The Book Thief – Have had this on my shelf for such a long time now, need to read it, just hope I love it as much as other people have. I also want to read it before I watch the film.

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8 – Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott – Looking forward to this one!

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9 – The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Discovered Brandon Sanderson this year, looking forward to reading another fantasy novel.

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10 – My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton – Another author I have discovered in 2014. Cannot wait to read this one, loved White Hart.

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I also have lots of NetGalley ARC’s to read….so am aiming to read the above 10 and finish all of my review copies by July (when my school summer break begins!).

Have you read any of these or are you planning to?


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Simply Sunday [5]

Simply Sunday is a weekly reading meme held over at Books for a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you can share your favourite quote of the week; be it from a book, novella, a short story, a song, a poem – whatever you like! I have decided to use my favourite quote from my current read each week.

Quote:

“Death has his favorites, like anyone. Those who are beloved of Death will not die.”

 – p.72 ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black

Why this quote?

I just love the simplicity of it!