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Mini Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Mini Review: Adorkable by Sarra ManningAdorkable by Sarra Manning
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Publisher: Atom
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: one-star

Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a dare-to-dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand and has half a million followers on twitter.

Michael Lee's a star of school, stage and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie.

They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop snogging?

This book is bloody terrible. My experience was completely ruined by the awful main character, who is so far up her own arse that she thinks the world revolves around her. She’s arrogant and spoilt, and she thinks she’s queen of the universe. I can sometimes deal with that, but it was the whole “I’m better than other girls” attitude that really got to me. I was not a fan.

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

Unspeakable by Abbie RushtonUnspeakable by Abbie Rushton
Release Date: 5th February, 2015
Publisher: Atom
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan's head - things that are screaming to be heard - that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can't quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

┬áSo a few months ago Amber, and later on Lauren, read Far From You by Tess Sharpe and both loved that book so much it was pretty much all I heard about from them for at least a week. An LGBT mystery/thriller featuring two female main characters and a compelling, heartbreaking love story, Far From You quickly became one of my favourite reads of the year. I’m mentioning it because almost straight away Unspeakable is a very similar story – there are LGBT characters, a relationship between two teenage girls, and a murder mystery.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Atom
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-stars

It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.

For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.

But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.

Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.

In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.

I was very hesitant to read anything by Libba Bray after the shitfest that was Beauty Queens, which is one of the worst books I have ever read. I wasn’t a fan of the weird satire, or the overwhelming amount of annoying characters. But while The Diviners had some trace of the same writing style, which is expected since it’s by the same author, I ended up really enjoying it, and now I really want to read the Gemma Doyle series as well.

My favourite thing about The Diviners is the setting and the way Bray describes it. She puts a lot of work into it, and really makes you feel as though you’re really there in the Roaring Twenties. You get a great feel for all the glitz and glam, and you can tell everything is well researched.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Atom
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.

For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.

But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.

Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.

Hey, so you know I occasionally have this problem where I read a book and then fall so deeply in love with it that I attempt to convince everyone to read it because it’s just that good? Well, this doesn’t happen very often (pretty sure the last novel I obsessively tried to get everyone to read was Code Name Verity) but, and I just cannot emphasise this enough, The Diviners, by Libba Bray, is just fantastic. I don’t know how to put into words how much I was overwhelmed by the sheer brilliance of this novel but I’m going to try since I need all of you to read it and then join me in the frankly torturous wait for the sequel (April 2014 according to Goodreads). The synopsis of the book actually does a pretty good job of laying out the bare bones of the storyline so I won’t touch on it very much because ~spoilers~

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