Sunday, 5 April 2015

Weekly Highlights: the 'Happy Easter' edition

Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things!

It's been another busy week for me at work, especially because it's the Easter holidays, so I haven't had much time to do anything. I am glad to have the next few days off though, to finally relax, catch up on my TV and my colouring. Hope everyone has an equally relaxing Easter weekend!

On The Blog
Review of Under My Skin by James Dawson (4 stars)
Review of The Curse Worker trilogy by Holly Black (5 stars)

Currently Reading
Lies Like Love - it is amazing and so damn creepy in a 'I can't believe people are this horrible and on my god, I don't know who to trust' sort of way.

On My Bookshelf
The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones
Jesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good? 

Anna Mainwaring's debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It's hard to smile in all those selfies when you don't like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important - looking perfect or being happy? 

A review book from one of Faye's blog tours. I've already read this, it was pretty good. Full review to come on the 14th.

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid

'There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .'

I think she's verging on psychosis . . . now she's lashing out.

She's got no one else to fight for her.'

Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal.She's trying to fit in.But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love?What happens then?

Reading this now, it is insanely gripping! Another one of Faye's blog tours, this one due on the 20th.

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

I've been meaning to pick this up for ages and I finally treated myself to it. Looking forward to continuing the series. 

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This came in this week and I wanted it - then I found out we had a copy in the staff room! Can't wait to see what all the fuss is about.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life - and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can't collide without Lennie's world exploding... 

After reading and loving I'll Give You The Sun, Jess has handed me down her copy of Nelson's debut. Thank you Jess, can't wait to read it!

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