Books in May.

The monthly ‘series’ is staying, but I’m changing the layout of the post again… I also want to add that I am not affiliated with Goodreads in any way – I use their links because I find it a very useful resource for reviews/ratings/recommendations! Anyway, there’s a little extra at the end of the post!

Books that I’ve read this month:

My reviews:
The Lost & The Dead Ground – Claire McGowan
The Georgraphy of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

I didn’t read much this month – most of the time felt like it was taken up reading the Animal Behaviour book! In reality, that was only up until the 6th May as that was when the exam was. I did however have two more assignments to complete before the 16th May and so reading wasn’t really possible! My favourite book from this month was The Dead Ground. I love a good young adult book, but I love crime/thriller/mystery even more.

Favourite book related things from the internet:

# You know you’re a book nerd if…
# Cassandra Clare talks to Glamour about City of Heavenly Fire (I need to buy this book!)
# I definitely need this bookmark – guilty as charged! ‘Fell Asleep Here’
# You need to read Becca’s post about the dreaded words…“Books are boring”.
# Can mind maps improve your writing? – Maybe I should try mind maps to get blog posts out!


# 28 Relatable Book Quotes

I’m liking this layout, and I am going to stick to this form of post for my ‘Books in…’ series. What do you think?

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Book Review: The Geography of You and Me*

image– Jennifer E. Smith

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Now when I spotted this one on Bookbridgr, I just had to get it! I haven’t read a good young adult book in a while, and I figured this would hit the spot. I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never read any of Smith’s books previously, but I may just have to check them out now!

Lucy and Owen are both likeable in my opinion. They meet in New York, but soon enough they’re both travelling in different parts of the world, hundreds of miles away from each other. The story is told from both perspectives, and I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot recently, but I usually dislike this. Here, it definitely worked. I wanted to see how each person was getting on, so the dual perspective was a plus. I also enjoyed the writing. It felt sort of young and free, and definitely easy to read.

Lucy is finally getting to explore Europe, as her parents have done throughout her childhood. She’s trying to deal with moving to a new country, fitting in at school and getting used to the new cultures that she’s just been thrown into. Owen and his father are trying to move on from his mother’s death. Travelling the US, they try to find a place to settle. With two different past stories, the book has a little more depth than just the usual teenage romance. As well as dealing with their own troubles, Lucy and Owen are attempting to stay in contact. Long distance relationships aren’t always easy (I should know, being in one!) but this shows that if you care, you can make it work.

I finished the book whilst on my train back up to Carlisle (university) and I was struggling towards the end. I just got all emotional! This book reminds me of John Green, though 10x better. I enjoyed his books, but I don’t believe they are worth the hype. This book would be worth the hype.

*Thank you to Bookbridgr and Headline for the chance to review this book!

Book Review: Soul Catcher – E.L. Todd *

imageI was given the chance to read and review this book, and I feel like it was really different to what I expected. Now it is described as a fantasy-romance and I knew that it would have violence, sex and romance in it, mixed in with the fantasy ‘scene’. When I heard the description, and read the synopsis on Goodreads I was definitely interested. Saying that, it still surprised me, and I haven’t been disappointed!

It’s hard to believe that Soul Catcher is E.L. Todd’s first book. I want to add that I am not just saying that because I am reviewing – I really, really enjoyed it. The writing is brilliant, and the characters just have so much depth. You want to find out what events have led them to be the way they are. There are some graphic scenes including violence and sex. If you’re really unsure about reading stuff like that, then I would probably avoid it. It is quite an important part to the story, and I did like the storyline despite the sometimes dark subject! Some parts were difficult to read because of the subject matter but it definitely didn’t ruin the story for me at all. With this, the book does stand out because, after reading it, I still don’t believe that I have read anything like it! I think it really added to the characters and you felt like you could understand what they were going through. I really loved Aleco, I think he was my favourite! I enjoyed reading about his past, and how he came to be.

The actual storyline itself was great, and I never felt lost in the writing. I think it did start off a little slowly, but that’s to be expected in most books I think, as the plot builds. I was hooked pretty early on, and then I got to about 65% and it was really difficult to put down. In fact, most nights I fell asleep reading (and had to go back a couple of pages because I’d be trying to read when I was just too tired!) The world is great too, and everything is believable – as much as a fantasy can be!

One thing that annoyed me? I just wanted to read more… It sort of ended on a cliffhanger. Like, something is happening and it’s going to be in the next book! I can’t wait for the sequel!

My neverending to-read list…

As a big user of Goodreads, I am forever adding new books to my ‘to-read’ list, and just never getting round to them. I’ll add them, forget, and then I’ll see a new book and start reading it! Well, once I’ve finished The Mortal Instruments series (I’m on the last book now! Of the ones that are released…) I’m going to start getting through that list! It is currently standing at 216… I really need to get that number lowered!

Well, here are the books that I’m going to read next!

imageWinger – Andrew Smith
I first came across this on another blog – What A Nerd Girl Says – and her review made me want to read it! I never really seem to read books with a male lead… A lot of the time it seems to be a female lead, and I’ve never really noticed until now! That was one of the things that drew me in to this book. We meet Ryan Dean West, a 14 year old boy living in a boarding school for rich kids! It is basically about his year at school and the things he gets up to. There’s a love interest, best friends, troublemakers, bullies… and then there’s a tragedy. You can click the title to get to the goodreads page and a proper summary of the story!

imageBilly and Me – Giovanna Fletcher
Okay so I admit, when I first heard about this book I was a little wary. I am a big fan of Mcfly, and with this being Tom Fletcher’s wife as the author, I did wonder whether it would be good. Since it has been released, I have heard nothing but good reviews about it and I’m dying to read it! I bought the book when I visited Waterstones the other day, so I look forward to reading it! The story follows Sophie May and her life. She apparently has a big secret that no one else knows – and of course she meets a guy and falls in love. It has all the basics of a romance novel… I’m hoping that it isn’t as predictable as some!

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Born To Run – Christopher McDougall
So this one probably won’t be to many people’s taste… It’s a book about running, yes. I can’t describe this book well enough…

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.


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