I probably should have done this in June, as a mid-year thing but nah. Anyway for those of you who are interested, here are the top 5 books I've read in 2015 (so far). For those of you who aren't interested... here are the top 5 books I've read in 2015 (so far). I'm just too funny. Anywho, I’ll link my reviews to the books mentioned, just click the title if you want to read them.
1. To All the Boys I’ve loved Before by Jenny Han
I read this a couple of months ago and I still remember how much I loved that book. I read it in one day and it was just amazing the way it was written and the feels it created. I loved the characters and the family aspect and romance and damn that was a good book!
2. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
This is extremely short but so amazing. It is literally a love story told through dictionary definitions. Like it would have a word for example ‘ambition’ and then it would describe some part of their relationship or something that has happened that defines ambition. It was just so sweet and non-gender specific so it was so interesting. I literally read this in less than 2 hours.
3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Holy moly wokamoly!! I read this not long ago and wowsers my trousers was I blown away or what? I flew through this series in less than a week. It was amazing; the world, the characters, the story and the romance. It was all wonderfully written and it captivated me completely.
4. Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
I just love all of Christina Lauren’s books because they are fantastic writers, and this is a fantastic example because boy do they know how to write New Adult! I thought it was an amazing addition to the Beautiful Bastard series and it just holds a warm place in my heart.
5. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
When I was thinking about my favourite books, I was looking on Goodreads at all my 5 star rating books and I realised some of those weren’t even my favourites. This book I think I gave 3.5 stars and honestly, I just love it. There were obviously reasons at the time why I gave it 3.5 stars, but I always think about it fondly, and I really like the style of Sophie Kinsella’s writing.
So there we have it. Out of the 75 books I’ve read this year, there are my top 5! Let me know what your favourites are so that maybe I can find some new favourites of my own.
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This is a book that I received from Simon and Schuster a while ago, but I have so many books I have to read, I just couldn’t see myself getting to this anytime soon. So, since my sister is a fan of these types of books, I figured I would give it to her, and she really really enjoyed it. So today, this blog post is brought to you by my sister Crystal.
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After reading the blurb on the back I had a feeling that I had read a similar storyline elsewhere, (like After by Anna Todd) however after reading the prologue, it became insanely clear that this was completely different.
The story is based around Amber Moretti, a rather attractive woman with a secretive background, who has just started her freshman year at university. This whole book is basically a massive love triangle with a heap of drama mixed in. Amber is torn between two similar men who are actually best friends. When she actually picks one of them, her relationship is very different to what would be considered “normal” however fits well with the characters and their backgrounds. Although I do have to say, I was not happy with who she got with, team Ryder all the way! I am trying really hard not to give any spoilers away because my sister says that’s a real big no-no, but it is actually quite hard as there are certain characteristics that Amber’s boyfriend has that make it evident that he is not the right man for her.
All characters have very interesting backgrounds, with their own different secrets that give you a lot of insight to their personalities. I found that all of the characters were a little bit annoying, in the way of how intense they all were (I still love Ryder though). It just kind of made it a bit unrealistic with how they all acted from the moment they first met, very “insta-lovey”. However, once you get past all of that, you are left with an amazing story.
One of the things that makes this love triangle type storyline stand out from others though, is the way the author has captured the innocence yet maturity of the characters. Think Twilight’s love triangle crossed with 50 Shades of Grey’s intimacy and erotica. Yes that’s right people. I know!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Although after the amazing prologue which hooked me straight away, I was a little disappointed and thought it was going a bit slow, however when it heated up, it really heated up and once I finished the last chapter and realised it was only book 1, my heart skipped a beat. I seriously cannot wait for the second book. In the meantime, I will definitely be checking out McHugh’s other books.
Book: 8/10 (Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback, 467 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster
RRP: $17.99 AUD
**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are entirely my sisters
Oliver's absence split us wide open, dividing our neighbourhood along a fault line strong enough to cause an earthquake. An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he's not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy's best friend. Now he's the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger - a totally hot stranger! - with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about.
But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles - impossible to fit together?
I honestly don’t know what I think about Emmy and Oliver. I mean I enjoyed the book but I didn't think it was the best thing since sliced bread cha feel? A couple of months ago when I got the highlights catalogue from Simon and Schuster I saw this book and between the cover and the title, I immediately wanted it. A month passed and I hadn’t heard anything, so I figured I wouldn’t get it but then I got a package in the mail today and low and behold, it was Emmy and Oliver. I literally started it right away (maybe not literally, probably about half an hour after) and I finished it 7 hours later. It was a really easy read.
I enjoyed all of the characters, and I really liked the friendship aspect in there. I liked how Benway managed to incorporate some humour and light-heartedness in with the serious topics in the book. I thought Oliver was hilarious and Emmy wasn’t annoying and whiney like most YA characters are. I really like how it didn’t actually focus on their physical attributes; rather it focused on their character traits and who they were as a person. I also really enjoyed the relationship aspect of the book. This could possibly be a spoiler but I don’t think it is, in most YA novels, the characters usually get together, something big happens, they break up, they wallow for a bit and they get back together. That didn’t happen and it was so refreshing! Go Robin Benway for staying away from the norm!
I thought that the book was very fast paced, but at the same time nothing really happened. I remember when I got about 50 pages in and I thought “I have no idea what else could possibly happen”. I also felt like there was the feeling of a big build up for something big happening, and then it wasn’t really that big at all. I think it covered some interesting topics with the kidnapping, but it didn’t really go where I was expecting it to.
Overall, this was a great contemporary novel, a very light easy read with some great characters. Emmy and Oliver is a book that a lot of people could relate to in many different ways. From family troubles to high-school drama, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. It's like Eleanor & Park and Anna and the French Kiss had a baby and named it Emmy & Oliver.
I definitely recommend this for anyone who likes YA contemporary with real issues mixed in.
Book: 8.5/10 (Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
For Fans of: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Acquired from: Publisher
RRP: $19.99 AUD
**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are entirely my own.
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