Sunday 26 April 2015

Weekly Highlights: the 'No Such Thing As Normal' 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!

Another book filled week! I've actually had a lot of time off so I've been reading and watching TV and doing boring chore type things. It's also my last weekend at Waterstones and I will undoubtedly cry so some internet hugs would be nice. 

On The Blog
Blog Tour Review of Lies Like Loves by Louisa Reid (4.5 stars)
Review of Remix by Non Pratt (5 stars)
Review of Briar Rose by Jana Oliver (3 stars)

Currently Reading
Still making my way through TMI series - now on book 4: City of Fallen Angels. I've also started All I Know Now by Carrie Fletcher - more details below. 

On My Bookshelf
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Deserter. Traitor. ROGUE. Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day...or start an all-out war?

I've already read this - keep an eye out for my review next week - and it was awesome! Thank you Mira Ink!

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. 

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. 

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

A moment of weakness and my last few days with my staff card, and this is what happens! I've been eyeing this up for ages and now I can finally see what all the fuss is about!

Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham
His lips touched mine and for one split second the whole world stopped.
Then every cell in my body fizzed into life . . .

When I decided to write a book about my life I thought I'd have to make loads of stuff up. I mean, who wants to read about someone like me?

But as soon as I started writing, the weirdest thing happened. I found out I wasn't who I thought I was. And I stopped being scared. Then everything went crazy!

Best of all, I discovered that when you finally decide to be brave it's like waving a wand over your life - the most magical things can happen . . .

I believe this is the only one's of Siobhan's books I haven't read yet so I treated myself!

Seed by Lisa Heathfield
All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.

At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement... and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.

Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.

A fluke find on Amazon, it's only £1.67! Plus everyone's been raving about it so I thought I'd join in.

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an 'honorary big sister' to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better.

I've been looking forward to this one for ages! I'm reading bits here and there; she's a very good, very funny writer.


  1. Seed sounds very good! I've not heard anything about it yet, so I will be interested in hearing your thoughts. Have a great week! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. Lots of hugs! Seed, TAOBN and Finding Cherokee Brown are all brilliant. Such a great haul this week!