My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick – REVIEW

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I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. As always this will be a NON spoiler review, because who likes being spoiled? Not me!

This book follows Samantha Reed, the daughter of a Senator, who falls for the boy next door. Jase Garrett comes from the loud and messy family next door. The Garrett family are everything that the Reed family are not. This is kind of a Romeo and Juliet style story.

I’m not gonna lie, I had high hopes! HIGH hopes! I love contemporary and this cover is gorgeous so I assumed I would love it. But I didn’t. It kind of dragged and I’m not sure why. I LOVED the Garrett family. I was so glad to see a normal loving family in a YA novel. This book is not only about young love, its about family and friendship and I really enjoyed that.

However, I didn’t much care for the characters. Some of them were horrible! Nan, Samantha’s so called ‘best friend’ was horrible and Samantha’s mother was awful!

I’m just a bit disappointed really. This was a little too over hyped for me.

3/5 stars!

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Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill – REVIEW

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Be good. Be pretty. Be Chosen.

I received this from NetGalley in return for an honest review. as always thi will be a NON spoiler review!

Now let me start off by saying, you will not enjoy this book. It’s not meant to be enjoyed. It’s real, and sad, and, frankly, quite depressing. However, I found it very intriguing and I could put it down.

This is set in the future, were woman and now made for one of three purposes. To be a wife, to be a mistress, or to be a nun. That is literally all they can become. I don’t want to say too much because it’s best to go in blind.

I thought this a dark and so very twisted! I kept thinking “something good is going to happen next!” and it doesn’t! It never does! It was so thought provoking and real. Hats off to Louise O’Neill.

Be prepared for this.

4/5 stars!

Cram-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hello! How was your weekend? I hope it was wonderful.

So this weekend I participated in the Cram-A-Thon Readathon hosted by Whitney over at WhittyNovels on YouTube.

You can find my overly ambitions Cram-A-Thon TBR here. I had to work on Friday and Saturday so didn’t finish my TBR, but read way more than I thought!

These are the challenges that were set, and I completed none of them…oops.

  • A children’s book
  • A hardback nook
  • Read two books in 24 hours
  • A graphic novel
  • 5 books over the duration of the readathon
  • A book written in verse
  • A novella

Here’s what I read:

Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger

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I was on page 150 when the readathon started and I finished this on the first day. I gave this a 3.5/5 stars and you can find my review for it here.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Before the readathon started I was on page 31. I listened to this on audiobook and read along on my kindle. This is a classic I’ve heard so much about and really wanted to read. This is about Dr Jekyll who develops a potion that unleashes his inner persona Mr Hyde.

I really didn’t enjoy the audiobook, the reader was too slow but the over all book was good. I thought it was written very well but wasnt very hard to read.

I gave this a 3/5 stars!

Love Sick – Jake Coburn

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This is about Ted York, a 17 year old who once had it all going for him. Until he wrapped his car around a tree while drink driving. He loses all chances of a scholarship to a great school and must acknowledge that he has a drinking problem. He then gets the offer of his life. He gets his college tuition paid for, and in return, he must watch over a teenage bulimic girl.

This was written really well, and I thought it felt really real while reading it. It confused me a little at the beginning I got through that bit. I really enjoyed the email and chat room sections in this.

4/5 stars!

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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I’m sure everyone had seen the film to! This follows a young man who goes to collect a fallen star for the woman he hopes to marry. I only got to page 93 during the Cram-A-Thon but Im really enjoying it and I’m going to carry on reading this.

So that’s everything I read during the Cram-A-Thon Readathon! What did you read? I’m rather proud of what I read, as I’m not a very fast reader. How did you do?

Happy Monday!