Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2017

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It’s almost time for my favourite event of the year! Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! The readathon has been running for an entire decade now, and I have been taking part for five or six years. It’s always an exciting twenty four hours when the book community gets together to chat about books, marathon some books, and encourage each other.

I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter this time around because it’s faster than updating the blog post. I’ll probably start a thread or something.

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Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree by Robin BenwayFar From the Tree by Robin Benway
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd October 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Having never read anything by Benway before, I had no expectations before I started Far From the Tree. To be honest, I only clicked on it because I liked the cover, and then after reading that the book is about adopted siblings, I thought it had potential. I’m really glad that I requested this one for review, because otherwise I don’t think I would have read it. And it’s a really good story, so I would have been missing out.

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By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 31st January 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I hate to say it because Kasie West is one of my auto-read authors and I have really enjoyed all of her other books, but By Your Side was bloody boring. Jesus Christ. I wasn’t expecting to be put to sleep by one of my favourite authors.

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Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison

Lie to Me by J. T. EllisonLie to Me by J. T. Ellison
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 5th September 2017
Publisher: Mira Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

Lie to Me isn’t the best thriller that I’ve ever read. It’s probably not even in my top ten. Don’t get me wrong, I vaguely enjoyed reading it, but it had too many things wrong with it for me to truly get into it and love it. Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Top 6 Places I Want To Visit

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1. Croatia

To be honest, I hadn’t even considered going to Croatia until last year. Having looked into the country some more, I think it’s somewhere I would love to visit. There’s a lot of history there, not just from the Greeks and Romans, but also from prehistoric times. There are tonnes of islands that I’d like to see, along with lakes, mountains, and countryside. There’s the Plitvice Lakes National Park as well, which looks stunning. I’d love to go to both Dubrovnik and Split.

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