We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends – the Liars – whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Title : We Were Liars

Author : Emily Lockhart

Genre : Young adult / suspense

Rating : 2 stars

Reading age : Young adult

“The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.”

So we have this book. I’m not sure how I am meant to feel after completing We Were Liars, but I know one thing; Emily Lockhart’s use of descriptive language kinda stole my heart. I honestly can’t tell you if I would have wanted to finish the book if it wasn’t for her writing.

“My head and shoulders melt first, followed by my hips and knees. Before long I was a puddle, soaking into the pretty cotton prints. I drenched the quilt she never finished, rusted the metal parts of her sawing machine. I was pure liquid loss, then for an hour or two.”

That is to say this books target audience is teenagers, which I believe is the primary reason it didn’t really appeal to me. I do love a good YA book, but this one was a bit odd. While the language and writing was stunning, the story for me felt predictable and almost like it was written backwards.. or inside out.. or something that’s just not straight.

However it was good enough to hold me until to the end. I wanted the answers.

The story is based from Cadence’s point of view. We watch as she, her two cousins Mirren, Johnny and friend Gat grow together each summer on the Sinclair family Island. It leads us up to the fifteenth summer in which a tragic accident happens, one we have to piece together as Cadence’s memories slowly come back to her. The book focus’ on the dynamics of an entitled family who are at constant battles with each other. Its like looking through a window into an overly privileged, highly dysfunctional family.

The potential was there somewhere though, I may have been more effected by the tragedies throughout this book if I felt more connected to the characters themselves. But this book was very singular in the way it was focused on Cadence.

After all of that I do think this book has some good messages, there is a lot you can take from it. From my observation you’re going to love it or hate it. As for me, I loved the language, the messages were there, but the story line not so much.

“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

Super super super exciting news!!

25834515So I’m super excited about this! Kick Push, Jay Mcleans latest release is finally here! A follow on, stand alone to Where the Road Takes Me, we get the story of Josh and his little boy Tommy. Following Josh and his story of single parenting at 17, I am anticipating the feels that will come with this book.

Jay Mclean is one of my favorite authors. I have read everything she has written, I can’t get enough. Seriously each books better than the last. They make me laugh and they make me ugly cry, they make me do crazy happy dances like no other author has before. Her writing is comical and heart warming. Needless to say I am crazy excited to read Kick Push.

READ IT!

“I’ve never said it before, and I’ll probably never say it again– I am so damn proud of this book, and regardless of ratings, rankings, and reviews– that will stay true. My pride is something that no one or nothing can take away from me” – Jay Mclean


On another note. Fallen Crest fans! yes, Tijanites. News today is that we FINALLY have a release date for Fallen Crest University. AUGUST  25  2015 and it is officially up for pre-order HERE

If your anything like me and have read this series like, 3 whole times – no joke – then this is something you have been waiting for. I for one thought it was going to be another few months before we even got this information, but what a fantastic surprise!!

Can’t wait the rest of 2015 is loaded with some fantastic reads!

We All Looked Up, Tommy Wallach

Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels: The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.  But then we all looked up and everything changed.  They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end.  Two months to really live.

Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.
But then we all looked up and everything changed.
They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.
Two months to really live.

Title : We All Looked Up

Author : Tommy Wallach

Genre : Contemporary / Young Adult

Rating : 4 Stars

Reading age : Young adult


“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world.”

This. Book. Is. Beautiful.

I’ll be honest, I fell in love with the cover. I judge books by covers. Yep, that’s me.

The story follows 4 teenagers from the same Highschool, but different social standings, for lack of better term; Peter, the popular, good-looking jock. Eliza, the artsy girl with…loose…morals. Andy, the stoner/skater/most likely to drop out of school and serve burgers forever and ever, under achiever. And Anita the over achieving class president who never breaks the rules.

This book looks at what happens when the world announces that they are facing ‘The End’. With asteroid Ardor hurtling towards earth, only 2 months before it could possibly hit carrying with it the power of 100 nuclear bombs all going off at once, the teenagers are faced with a new reality. One where the old rules no longer apply.

Laws are thrown out the window. Consequences are something of the past, and as the dregs of society rise from the underground to run the streets. This group of kids have to find where they fit and make decisions we only hope we are never faced with.

“ ‘Karass’ A group of people linked in a cosmically significant manner, even when superficial linkages are not evident.”

The questions this book lay out before you walk a line set between eye-rolling and deep. Wallach manages to plant so many different psychological seeds and questions in such away that you hardly notice the depth until it’s already been done, and not before the thought has grown into a tree and you have no choice but to see how tall it grows.

This is the work of a truly talented author.

I find it hard to really look past the language and writing to review the story line itself. This book was fantastic. For the ability of the author even more than the story itself. I loved it. I found myself yelling at anyone who would listen about how beautiful this book is. I couldn’t stop myself, I was pulling my hair out over it! This book will open your think box so wide. Tommy Wallach thank you for writing this.

“You didn’t win the game of life by losing the least. That would be one of those—what were they called again?—Pyrrhic victories. Real winning was having the most to lose, even if it meant you might lose it all. Even though it meant you would lose it all, sooner or later.”

A – Z

Attar, Leylah – The Paper Swan

Carlino, Renee – Before We Were Strangers

Glines, Abbi – Until Friday Night

Hoover, Colleen – Confess

Hoover, Colleen – November 9

Huss, J A – Tragic

Huss, J A – Manic

Huss, J A – Panic

Lockhart, Emily – We Were Liars

McLean, Jay – Kick, Push

McLean, Jay – Coast (Kick, Push #2)

McLean, Jay – More Than Enough

Rix, Dan – Broken Symmetry

Singh, Nalini – Archangels Enigma

Sivec, Tara – Bury Me

Tijan – Fallen Crest University

Van Dyken, Rachel – Capture

Wallach, Tommy – We All Looked Up

Zart, Lindy – Smother

Smother, Lindy Zart

You won't like me. I am not the nice girl. I am not your friend.  I don't care about you, but most of all, I don't care about me. Go ahead, hate me. We all have secrets. I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.  The only time I can breathe is when I forget.  I need to be numb. You don't want to know how.  But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.

You won’t like me.
I am not the nice girl. I am not your friend.
I don’t care about you, but most of all, I don’t care about me.
Go ahead, hate me.
We all have secrets.
I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.
The only time I can breathe is when I forget.
I need to be numb. You don’t want to know how.
But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.

Title: Smother

Author : Lindy Zart

Genre : Romantic Suspense

Rating : 3 Stars

Reading age : 18+ Contains sex, violence,drugs and language

“There’s a difference between not caring about what others think, and not caring about yourself. Your problem is you don’t even care about you. And if you don’t care about yourself, how the hell is anyone else supposed to?”

Reese. A self-destructive girl who has survived hell. Living in a world that is her own, she has no one, cares for no one – not even herself – and has no interest in participating in life. You wont like her, you’re not expected to.

Leo is pensive and quiet only speaking in half sentences when its necessary. He has a past, a history that is tragic. He has secrets that Reese is desperate to figure out. All the while, Leo is desperate to keep her in the dark.

The story follows Reese through her destructive behavior and need for acceptance. Leo becomes a fixture in her life where there has never been one before. Showing her that not every man has the same things in mind when it comes to Reese.

Reese meets Leo when he sees her crying over her loss of job and apartment. With a sadness he can relate to all too well he reaches out to her and offers her a cheap apartment and a job in his tattoo shop. With a strange attraction growing between the two of them Reese finds it harder and harder to stay away, soon finding herself doing absolutely anything to get Leos attention. Even if it puts her in the direct line of fire.

He only wants to keep her safe, even if that means risking his life to do so. While she just wants to figure out why he is so different from all the other men that have been in her life; why he is so quiet, why he wont touch her, where he keeps disappearing to, his past, but the more she digs the more dangerous it becomes.

Their relationship grows slowly.. like realtime slow, through the book. Which is a good thing really. Given the story line anything more would have seemed fake. The two of them fight their way through this book growing closer towards the end.

”Have you ever watched an injured bird struggle to fly? It’s heartbreaking. You want to help them, but you know if you try,they’ll hurt themselves more. That’s what it’s like to watch Reese in motion.” ~Leo

The book contains a few surprises, but nothing that was jaw dropping, grasp my chest, I CANT EVEN! worthy. It was for the most part predictable.

Smother is beautifully written and the words were just breathtaking. It is a dark book full of words and quotes that drip down the pages, several times I found myself highlighting the extraordinary language.

I am definitely a fan of Lindy Zart. But sadly this book was just to slow-paced for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this book, I found it to have a realistic time setting with the character’s behavior and growth on more of a realistic human level when looking at what they have endured in their lives.

It was true and emotional and much more respectful to people who have survived this kind of life. By far the most honest book I have read in its particular theme. But personally, I just need more nail biting stuff in my books.

About A.

My name is Amy, I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my 3 daughters.

I am a 28-year-old book addict who hides from reality on a daily basis. I have wanted to start a blog for a while now. So this is it, I’m going all in, because you never know until you try it right? I know nothing about blogging but here’s hoping you can all suffer along side me while I learn the ropes. 

Really I just want to be able to rave about all the books I consume on a daily basis. The ones I love, the ones I hate, the ones that make me want to hunt down the Author and… Well, now I can! And I don’t have to send all my friends eyeballs to the backs of their heads while I do! I’m super excited about this, so excited that I can’t not put super in there!

We’ve established that I love books, but I also love to draw, and colour. I have fun with photography. I get transfixed by astronomy and sunsets, and my family are the most important people in my life. 

My favorite genres include; Freaking everything that has a pretty cover! No joke, I do judge books by covers, it’s something I tend to keep to myself. I also find myself reading stacks of Romance, New Adult, Young Adult and Paranormal. But I do not by any means stick to only those genres.

I am a single mum, I am a Florist, and now I am also a blogger – at least here’s hoping!

Welcome!

This is my first EVER blog post! How exciting!

This is (hopefully) a site for fellow book lovers to come and read my reviews on the many, many books I consume. And possibly add your own thoughts, and recommend books for my 1000 book challenge.

Really its just a space to be awesome, and nerdy, with other awesome nerds!

I am new to this, so go easy, it may take me a little while to get my fingers around this thing.

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