Breakaway – Kat Spears

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I’m disappointed to say that I didn’t finish this book. I bought it because it sounded good, and also, I liked the cover. But I started reading it and just couldn’t get in to it. I literally only read up to chapter 16, which is only about 100 pages.

 

There is just some books that I cant get into at all, and it disappoints me but also tells me that this isn’t my kind of book at the same time, so it has good and bad outcomes at the same time.

 

I am not in anyway disrespecting the author, Kat Spears, or any of her books, just writing a review on the book and my opinion on it. If this offends anyone, I am truly sorry.

 

It isn’t my type of book, but it might be yours!

 

‘When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates – Mario, Jordie, and Chick – to be there for him. With a grief crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick.

Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold on to the friendships he has always relied on.’

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If you think this may interest you or want to check it out, you can do so here! I hope you enjoyed my review, even though it wasn’t telling you how amazing it was.

Gone Reading Discount

Recently I asked the lovely team at gonereading.com if they sent out any of their products for reviewing purposes. They replied and told me that they do sometimes, but not internationally, due to high shipping costs. Me being here in Australia and them being over in the US meant that they were unable to send me any of their products. I’ll be honest, it was a little disappointing but I understand because shipping from here to the US is costly, so would it be from there to here.

Seeing as they couldn’t send me anything, they offered to give me a discount coupon/code to share with my followers and fellow booklovers. (I will add the code and a link to the website at the bottom of this post.) So of course I agreed, as I love sharing products with you guys and introducing you to new companies and brands thst you may not have heard of before. I don’t know how long this discpunt is valid for, as I wasnt told, but if you want to use it, feel free, because you guys are the reason I was given a discount code and the reason for me writing these posts.

Also thanks to Brad from the GoneReading team, with whom I corresponded. And on a last note, enjoy!!

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Book Haul: Op-shopping and QBD

On Monday I went up to Tweed Heads with my dad and sister, as it was the first day of holidays for us.

My dad wanted to go to a tool shop and my sister wanted to go to a fabric shop, which luckily was next to the op-shop. So we had a little look in the tool and fabric shops and then went into the op-shop next door.

adra-tweed-heads-south-used-vintage-consignment-clothing-retailers-the-new-adra-op-shop-at-tweed-nsw-e0ad-938x704I was amazed at the books they had there! So many different books, and all at a great value. Most of them were 1 or 2 dollars. The most expensive might’ve been 4 or 5, but there was hardly any over like $3.

I got 4 books for $8!! Only $8! I was shocked and one of the books I bought from the op-shop for $2, I found at the QBD bookstore for $20. I seriously think bookshops are overpriced, but I still buy from them because its an easy way to get my hands on a book. The books I bought from the op-shop are:

  • About Grace – Anthony Doerr
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  • Booking Passage – Thomas Lynch
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  • The White Queen – Philippa Gregory
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  • Disobedience – Naomi Alderman
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I had only ever heard of About Grace, but I picked up these others because they sounded really good! One of them is a biography, a historical fiction and the other 2 I think are just fiction, though I’m not exactly sure.

After that, we went to Tweed City for lunch, where, me being me, had to go to the bookshop for a ‘look’. We all know that just ‘looking’ is not going to happen, especially when we have money on us! So off we went to the QBD.

At the QBD I went to the same section I always go to. The teen/ya book section. I found heaps of books that sounded really good, but settled on only 3. Haha, only 3! That’s enough anyway, especially when I already had about 6 or 7 in my TBR pile!!

Across from the teen/ya section, was classic novels for about 6 or 7 bucks each, so I had a look at those and bought one of them that is apparently really good. And on my way to the checkout, I stopped in the historical fiction section to get my money out of my wallet, and saw a biography marked down from about $30 to about $10. I read the back of it, and it was about a girl who was a heroine in ww2. Apparently she did some amazing stuff to help the war effort, so I also got that. As well as those 2, I bought the first book in a series by John Marsden. The books I bought are:

I will include links to these books if you want to check them out for yourself.

A Thousand Pieces Of You – Claudia Gray

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Everyone seemed to be reading this book recently, and I saw posts about it everywhere: Instagram, Facebook, blogs.

I decided I had to read it to see what everyone was talking about, so I did just that. I borrowed the book from a friend of mine who had it, and who had recently read it and said I would like it, which I did.

The theme of the book is a bit of sci-fi/fantasy and ya/teen. Some people will argue about the theme, but that is my personal interpretation of it. And I know sci-fi and fantasy is not for everyone, as I personally am not a huge fan of it, but this book taught me not to judge a book by its theme or genre?? I guess it taught me that just because I don’t like other books in the same genre, doesn’t mean I won’t like any of them.

I’m really sorry if this review has any spoilers, and if it does please tell me if it annoys you.

The book is about a young girl, Marguerite Caine. She is an artist and is not one bit like her parents or sister. Or so she thinks. Her sister is studying oceanography and her parents are both scientists who have spent a big part of their lives working on a project, which they are still working on, along with 2 grad students, Theo and Paul. Theo and Paul don’t have a lot in common, but they get along and view each other as family. They devote a lot of their time to the Firebird Project, which Marguerite’s parents are also a part of.

Their aim is to create a device that allows people to travel to different dimensions, but they think sending matter is too much of a risk, so the device is able to transfer ones conscious into another’s body. But it will only work if you have been born in the dimension. If in one dimension, your parents had never met, then you wouldn’t have been born and are therefore unable to visit that dimension.

Even with transporting consciousness, there are still risks and problems that can occur.

When a tragedy occurs, someone close to the family is blamed for the incident, and they are nowhere to be seen. They have taken the Firebird prototype and jumped. Leaped into a different dimension.

In this battle across many dimensions, what will happen? What will be revealed and who will be trusted?

 

I think that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so that’s all I will say about the plot.

My thoughts on the book were different to what I thought they would be. When I started reading, I got a bit confused with some stuff that was said, but after a few pages, I got into it and my eyes were glued to the pages. I didn’t want to stop reading, and only did when I saw the time and realised I had school the next day…

But we are all guilty of losing track of time right?

 

I thought the characters were well developed and some unexpected aspects of them surprised me. The relationships between them also surprised and confused me. One minute this was happening but then that person was no longer trusted. The way I say it makes it sound confusing, but the story itself is not confusing, just characters.

This book teaches some good lessons and has some great quotes in it.

My favourite quote from this book would be:

 

‘Every form of art is another way of seeing the world, another perspective, another window’

– Marguerite Caine

When this is said, it is not to a person extremely close to her, well not in her usual world anyway. When she said it, it was to someone very close to her, in the dimension known as the Russiaverse. If you read it, you will find out why.

The author, Claudia Gray, has a real knack for writing and I’m glad she found this talent and pursued it; otherwise these books would not be at our disposal. They may not even have been written.

When you think of your favourite book or author, imagine what it would be like for you, say if the author decided to pursue another career, or had a disability that didn’t enable them to write?

When you think of that, also think of how the author would feel, they could be so glad about their career at the moment, but if it never happened, who knows where they would be and what they would be doing?

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you decide to read the book, I hope you enjoy it. Oh and also, you should recommend it to your friend if you think it’s something they would enjoy, even if they are not much of a reader.

Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

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I know I have a lot of Marchetta on here, but I do have a good reason for it. I love her work. It’s as simple as that. She is an amazing author; the fact that she is Australian makes it better because there is some chance of meeting here at a signing or something. But then again, maybe not. That aside though, Melina Marchetta is one of my favourite authors and her books are among my favourites as well. I don’t know what it is about her writing, but it draws me in and I finish the books very quickly.

 

If you have never had the experience of reading one of her books, I recommend you straightaway go and buy one. And I mean like now, seriously, because her books are astounding.

 

And without further ado, here is my review. Hey, that rhymes!

 

At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.

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Taylor is honestly one of my favourite characters. I love her story and she may not be the nicest person, but she is honest and tries hard. I also love that all the characters are connected in some way. There is some background about them and how they met before, or how they know each other. Or even what they know about each other.

 

It is a great book and has a little bit of mystery involved in it. Give it a go and see if you can figure out the mystery. I can ensure you that you will love it. The start may seem a tad slow, but a few pages in and you’re hooked.

 

 

 

Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta is a well know Australian author. I was in the ABC shop looking for a book when I found Looking for Alibrandi, which was her first novel. I really loved it; I actually have a review of it if you want to check that out. But when I finished that, I decided to look around at some of Marchetta’s other work and that’s when I found Saving Francesca. It sounded pretty good, so I bought it, and as a consequence, really enjoyed reading it.

 

There’s just something about the way she writes that pulls you in and you cant stop. I could hardly put it down, and have read it many times as a result. If you have read any of her work, or even Saving Francesca, then you should know what I’m talking about. I hope you enjoy the review.

 

“ Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boys’ school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has a breakdown and can barely move from her bed. But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it’s within her power to bring her family back together.”

 

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Before there was Eleanor and Park, there was Francesca and Will.

 

I really loved this book; I loved the setting and the storyline. I also really liked the fact that she mixed different cultures. She takes real-life situations and builds a story around them, something I really admire and find good in stories.

 

I picked up this book because I loved Marchetta’s debut, Looking For Alibrandi and thought well if that was so good, this one should be the same or even better. And I have to say I loved it, but I’m not too sure what one I like better, I really can’t choose.

 

At the school Francesca moved to, there are only about 20 or so girls, and only a small group were from Stella’s, her former school, and not really the people she hung out with. Siobhan, Tara and Justine. Somehow they form an unlikely friendship, and get along with each other. That is until Francesca says the wrong thing.

 

She feels as if nothing and no one understands her and that no one wants her around. So she leaves. She gets on a train and gets off at a random station. She doesn’t really understand why she is there or what happened, but in the end everything turns out better than she expected. It’s not perfect, but its better than it was.

 

I hope you enjoyed the review and if you want me to review any books, comment below.

 

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson

 

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I have had this book for a while, but I really love it and read it quite often. I’m pretty sure I have all of the author’s books as well, that’s how much I love her work. Before I had bought her books and read them, everyone talked about them and how good they were, so I thought, ‘Well I better see what everyone is talking about’. And I did and I loved it. Like straightaway. Matson’s work is, to me, just amazing and wonderful to read. Her stories make you feel like you are part of it, as if you were though. I hope you find my review helpful and purchase the book if you like the sound of it.

 

 

‘ Taylor Edwards has a tendency to run away when things get tough. But when her father receives unexpected, terrible news, Taylor knows this is one situation she can’t outrun.

To have one last summer together, Taylor’s parents decide to take the family back to their old lake house in the Poconos. Even though Taylor was twelve the last time she went to Lake Phoenix, the people she left behind are still there – like her former best friend Lucy, who’s still hurting from a long-ago betrayal, and her first crush Henry, who’s gotten five years cuter.

With nights full of fireflies and fireworks, the summer holds the possibility of forgiveness, and maybe even love. Taylor wants to hold on to the moment instead of walking away, but she knows the end of summer is getting closer – and that time is running out to make the most of her second chance. ‘

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So some of you may be thinking, what second chance? With her former best friend, or with her first crush? Sure they are part of it, but there is something more to the second chance she has been given. I would love to tell you, but unfortunately I don’t like spoilers so I cant. If you want to know I guess you will have to read it and find out.

 

I really love this story, I’m not sure why as its not very relatable to me, but I still love it. I love the story line and all the plot-twists that come along in the book. All the unexpected things. That’s what some of my favourite things in a book are. Unexpected things, which you don’t know are coming.

 

I also really love the part where she sacrifices part of her life to spend more time with her family, for an important reason. Having what happened to her happen to me, I don’t what I would do, but she just decided to make the best of it. I know you probably don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but if you want to know, you should buy the book so you know what I mean (my attempt to get you to purchase this book). And those of you who have read it, no spoilers ;).

 

I hope you like this review and tell me how I can improve it if you have any ideas.

Me Before You

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4.5/5

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I had been wanting to read this book for a while, and when I heard they were making it into a movie, I decided that I wanted to read it before it came out, so then I will be able to know what they actually got right in the movie. I looked but couldn’t find it, so I borrowed it from a friend, hopefully I can buy my own copy soon though. I have a love/hate feeling when books I have read or like are made into movies. I love it because I get to see how the producer/author imagined the characters, but hate it because if they leave something or someone out, I get really annoyed. Especially if they are my favourite scenes/characters. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but have heard good things about it, so hopefully when I see it, I wont be disappointed. If you have seen it, comment and tell me what you think? So without further ado, her is the review.

 

Lou Clark knows lots of things.

She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun teashop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

 

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

 

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

 

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

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I really loved this book. I had heard about it quite a while ago, and was really intrigued. But I couldn’t find it at any of my local bookstores and didn’t want to wait for it to be sent to me, so I borrowed it from a friend who had read it and said it was really good but sad. Everyone said it would have me in tears at the end, but surprisingly it didn’t. I think maybe because I had already figured out what the ending would be so it didn’t come as such a shock to me. Although I didn’t cry, I was still upset. But luckily I had previously purchased the sequel, so I could go straight into that.

Pretty much the basis of the story was kind of like boy meets girl, but under different circumstances and didn’t have a very happy ending.

 

Will Traynor is a quadriplegic. Before his accident he enjoyed many outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, skydiving and more. But his accident caused him to not be able to do that anymore. He could hardly do anything for himself and was living with his parents.

 

Louisa Clark has lived in the same small town all her life. She has no big ambitions and enjoys her everyday routine. But when she loses her job what else will happen to her? She goes to the job centre and works many different jobs. But none of them last very long as she doesn’t enjoy them. There is one job she hasn’t tried out yet. Working as a caregiver. For a quadriplegic man. She had no clue what would be in store for her and what would happen along the way.

 

I understand Louisa’s reason for trying to stop Will from doing what he had planned, but in the end, Will’s mind can’t be changed. As much as she tries, Louisa can’t stop it. Her family don’t support her decisions and feel what she is doing is wrong. Her boyfriend is making life hard for her, trying to stop her from helping Will. But she persists.

 

This book was amazing and is a great read. I highly recommend it and if you decide to read it, I hope you liked it as much as I do. I’m also very excited for the movie, which I am seeing very soon. I really hope it lives up to the book and is not a disappointment.

 

 

The Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer – Harriet Reuter Hapgood

4.5/5

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I went in to the bookstore the other day, looking for a new book to read, something that sounded interesting and pulled me in. Because if there is one thing I hate more than damaged books, it is a book that doesn’t interest you, seems boring and you cant bring yourselves to finish them, and if you do you regret it.

I have had my fair share of those books, believe me. I hate doing it though, because I have just gone and spent money on a book that I thought would be good, but it wasn’t.

I’m actually surprised it only took me 2 days to read, but I was addicted to it. I couldn’t put it down; I read it on the bus, in the afternoon and even in the bath!! Which I have never done before and was worried about dropping it in the water. But luckily it survived.

Now the review, (sorry and if you would rather not have a little bit at the start just let me know.

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

When the fabric of the universe surrounding Gottie’s sleepy seaside town begins to fray, she is hurtled through wormholes into her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather, Grey, died.

To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at Grey’s funeral.

To the day her childhood best friend, Thomas, moved away, leaving her with a scar on her hand and a gap in her memory.

This summer, although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide―and be changed forever.

– Blurb

 

I actually really liked this book; it incorporates quantum physics, time travel and romance. I haven’t read many books, actually any at all, that can use all 3 things at once and get away with it. But this book did.

Its obvious that the writer is experienced in quantum physics, maybe they studied it in college and then discovered their passion for writing? I don’t know, but Harriet Reuter Hapgood is an amazing writer.

Though there was a few times during the book when I got a little confused. I think it was because I went from the present to the past, and I got a little confused as to what was what, but then again, I am not very good with physics.

This book had a great storyline, I couldn’t put it as it just pulled me in, and the characters may have been a little different from your everyday romance story, but I really liked them. The lives of the characters were really interesting, and there is a big secret that gets revealed close to the end. It shocked me, but it wasn’t anything that would make you cry, like (spoiler alert) when Gus in TFIOS gets re-diagnosed.

I would really recommend this book, as it’s amazing, but it may not be your type of thing. I hope you enjoyed this review, and if there is any books you want me to review, just comment on this post, on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Reads-4-Teens-137792463226878/?fref=ts

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Apple and Rain

Apple and Rain

Sarah Crossan

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I had seen this book at the bookstore quite a few times, and it had always intrigued me and I was interested as the name and cover were quite different to others. I had never heard of Sarah Crossan before, and had never seen her name on any other books, so I was a little cautious and wasn’t sure if it was good. But after reading it, I knew I made the right choice in buying it. I know it is hard for someone to pick a favourite book, especially someone who is obsessed, so to say, with books, but this book has made onto my list of favourite books. I also like that the blurb doesn’t give too much away.

 

A story about sad endings

A story about happy beginnings

A story to make you realise who is special

 

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

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While reading the story, I find myself just as confused as Apple is when she finds out why her mum left her. I just think, who would do that to their kid, just leave them like that? But I guess some people feel they don’t have any other choice. Her dad wasn’t on the scene, he had gone off and gotten married to another woman and hardly ever saw Apple.

 

While Apple’s mum has been away, Apple was living with her Nan. She loves her nan, but gets frustrated because her nan wont let her do certain things that other girls are, and feels if her nan is too overprotective, and thinks that she is too young to do anything.

 

I like that the character of Apple is a lot like girls today. She is relatable to and has the same problems as other teenage girls. Feeling as if she can’t reveal her true self at school, to teacher or students. She feels that no one knows the real her and that she can’t share her feeling with anyone.

 

I would definitely give this book a 5/5. It has a great story line, it’s intriguing and just lures you in. once you start you cant stop. Those are my favourite kinds of books. At night you think, just one more page or one more chapter, but you cant put it down and end up reading past midnight, until you finish or fall asleep with the book on your face. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to reads.