Review | Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back
Title | Follow Me Back
Author | A.V. Geiger
Pages | 300 pages
Publisher | SOURCEBOOKS
Series | None
Release Date | June 1, 2017
Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

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A.V. Geiger’s Follow Me Back is a twisted tale of lies, deception and stalking – told through the lives of Eric and Tessa, and multiple police reports. Lemme just admit right now that this book was an emotional roller-coaster. And I’m not talking about tears and stuff, oh no. I’m talking about mild heart attacks with every twist! If I had one word to sum up this novel? Brilliant.

The story is partly told from the point of view of Tessa, a teenage girl who suffers with agoraphobia. Let me just applaud the author right now, for slipping in awareness on phobias and anxiety. Much like A Quiet Kind of Thunder, anxiety awareness is on the rise this year, making Follow Me Back all kinds of relevant in the mental health and general illness bracket. However, it is rare to come across a book that openly discusses phobia. Very few authors encounter it, and it takes a special kind of person to be willing to discuss it. Some people do believe that those with serious phobias such as agoraphobia are just looking for sympathy. In reality, this is not the case. I adored how Follow Me Back shone a light in that direction – something that really puts this book on the map.

Plot wise, this story is original as hell. I have NEVER come across a novel, published or drafted, that has a style like this. It’s unique, it haunting and it had me guessing at every turn. Frequent readers of my blog will understand that this is my kind of book off the bat, and I could not be more proud to have read it in advance. Thank you, SOURCEBOOKS. But seriously, the year has only just kicked off, and while Follow Me Back is not released until June – it is already running for a top spot on the year’s best releases. How is that even possible?!

Major shout-out to the author, who started their writing journey on Wattpad. Yes, much like A Proscriptive Relationship or Textrovert, Follow Me Back has received millions of reads online before being approved to be published in real life. That takes major dedication and hard work. And considering the quality of the writing, I only hope that the author has more in the works. Because I’m eager to see more!

A brilliant thing about this story is the mystery element the story has. You have absolutely no idea what is going on or what has happened – but you’re immersed into a world of police reports and hidden meanings. Also, it was brilliant to read a novel that didn’t glamourize fame and fortune. Eric was real in his paranoia, and it really made my heart go out to him. I feel that too much of today’s youth have this idea that with fame comes all these fabulous perks, at the same time you get to avoid responsibility and retreat into your own little private bubble when you want to. Follow Me Back puts this to bed, through a smaller internal story (a cautionary tale of some sorts). It was interesting to read a book that understood both sides of fame, only making me like it even more.

Now I hope for my own sake that there will be a sequel to this in the near future. Everything you discover through-out the novel is thrown into question within the last few chapters, making you feel dazed and confused. My head hurts, my heart hurts and quite frankly, I’m a little angry about the ending. But that doesn’t make it any less brilliant – it makes it even better. I feel I have no other option but to award this story a hot five out of five. When this book hits the shops in June, it is sure to make a killing!

5 stars

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top 2017 Debut Novels

While there are a lot of fabulous new books coming about by all our favourite authors this year, there are some pretty great books coming out this year by new authors! I cannot wait to read as many of them as I can, but these are my top ten picks for the year!

Title | This Beats Perfect
Author | Rebecca Denton
Pages | 288 pages
Publisher | Atom
Series | None
Release Date | February 2, 2017

Amelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep’s only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are world’s most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect – not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, ‘Maxx’, is not dressed up as a cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own.

But the next morning she wakes up rolls over and discovers a million new @’s on social media. Overnight a photo of her backstage has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who’sThatGirl? – but for all the wrong reasons.

All Amelie wants is to play her music. She’s got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she’s got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt.

Immaculate’s a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music – and hearts – can rock a perfect beat.

Title | The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author | Chelsea Sedoti
Pages | 398 pages
Publisher | SOURCEBOOKS
Series | None
Release Date | January 3, 2017

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

Title | One of Us is Lying
Author | Karen M. McManus
Pages | 368 pages
Publisher | Delacorte Press
Series | None
Release Date | May 30, 2017

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Title | The Education of Margot Sanchez
Author | Lilliam Rivera
Pages | 304 pages
Publisher | Simon & Schuster
Series | None
Release Date | February 21, 2017

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

Title | To Catch a Killer
Author | Sheryl Scarborough
Pages | 320 pages
Publisher | Tor Teen
Series | None
Release Date | February 7, 2017

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.

Title | Just Friends
Author | Tiffany Pitcock
Pages | 320 pages
Publisher | Swoon Reads
Series | None
Release Date | August 1, 2017

Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever.

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are ‘just friends.’ But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Title | Wait for Me
Author | Caroline Leech
Pages | 384 pages
Publisher | HarperTeen
Series | None
Release Date | January 31, 2017

The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Title | Follow Me Back
Author | A.V. Geiger
Pages | 300 pages
Publisher | SOURCEBOOKS
Series | None
Release Date | June 1, 2017

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Title | Grit
Author | Gillian French
Pages | 304 pages
Publisher | HarperTeen
Series | None
Release Date | May 16th, 2017

His presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long.
Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they’d realize there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.

Title | Queens of Geek
Author | Jen Wilde
Pages | 288 pages
Publisher | Swoon Reads
Series | None
Release Date | March 14, 2017

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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Review | A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

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Title | A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Author | Eric Lindstrom
Pages | 288 pages
Publisher | HarperCollin’s
Series | None
Release Date | May 4, 2017
Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

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An interesting tale of loss, health and happiness, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful was a truly moving book to read. I’m not sure whether it was the portrayal of the character or the fluent writing style of Eric Lindstrom, but this was a book a just simply couldn’t put down! Admittedly, I had reservations about reading this book. Lindstrom’s debut novel, Not If I See You First didn’t rank very highly in my eyes and I ended up putting it down after reading around fifty pages. However, after reading this brilliant tale, I find myself intrigued and wanting to revisit the first novel again.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful deals with the sensitive issues of loss and mental health. This is what I adore about young adult literature – it has the ability to discuss sensitive issues that cannot be dealt with in adult literature as easily. I was told a few weeks ago, that young adult literature is not a genre, but instead a state of mind. We cannot place an age limit on the stories, as we simply learn to grow out of them. This fantastic novel demonstrates this perfectly. Again, I adore how this novel eats away at the stigmas placed on both mental health and grief.

Now it’s no secret in today’s society, mental health is quite an open thing. There are all these groups and people you can talk to, without feeling the pressure of being labelled negative stereotypes. But there are certain illnesses that people still tend to perceive worse than others, and this novel helps to remove the stigma that is placed on people with those kinds of mental health disorders. I adored how Eric Lindstrom broke down the barriers that many people may find difficult to discuss.

Grief is a funny thing, and while people can be sympathetic for the most part, they sometimes forget to realise that grief is not a fast process to deal with. There is no set time-limit on when you won’t grieve anymore, and Mel is definitely still grieving. While not a large emphasis is placed on this theme, the presence of this may just go on to help someone who is struggling to cope with things and really help.

Despite the willingness to accept mental health in YA literature, it isn’t a theme I tend to read about very much – through fault of my own, admittedly. There are plenty of books on mental health out there. But this book was just compelling me to complete. I wanted to learn more about Mel and her illness. I wanted to understand why the things around her were as they were. And I’m glad I did, because not only was it satisfying to read, but it was also fantastic to learn about the true effects of mental illness. I feel the author must have carefully researched this before writing, to come up with such amazing work.

I have to admit that while I wasn’t a fan of the authors debut novel, this book has persuaded me to give it a try in the new year. When A Tragic Kind of Wonderful hits shelves here in the UK, it will be sitting on my crowded book shelf. For now, I will have to just keep rereading the e-book version until I have a physical copy in my possession. And Eric Lindstrom, keep on writing me fantastic stories to read. You’ve set the bar pretty high, please don’t stumble over it with your next piece of work.

5 stars

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Don’t just take my word for it! Here are what a few other bloggers worldwide had to say about the book.

Lola @ Hit or Miss Books says “It does read well. It IS a page-turner.”

Danielle @ Urban Book Reviews says “I highly recommend this YA story to all.”

Jackie @ No Bent Spines says “Well, it’s fantastic, and tragic, and wonderful.”

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Twitter: @passionchildUK
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Spotlight On | Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

2017 is a bad year to have a new book coming out, because there is such a massive pool of talent, I have no idea how all these fabulous books are going to be recognised. But the year is also fantastic, in that all my favourite book series are coming back with the next instalment. All I can say is, yes please!

Title | Take the Key and Lock Her Up
Author | Ally Carter
Pages | 320 pages
Publisher | Orchard
Series | Embassy Row, #3
Release Date | January 26, 2017

THE PRINCESS IS DEAD.
LONG LIVE THE PRINCESS.

Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed . . . or so everyone thought.
Now Grace Blakely knows the truth:

There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution — which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light.

There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.

If she wins, she will inherit a throne.

And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.

Title | Perfect
Author | Cecelia Ahern
Pages | 288 pages
Publisher | HarperCollins
Series | Flawed, #2
Release Date | April 6, 2017

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

Title | Mafiosa
Author | Catherine Doyle
Pages | 464 pages
Publisher | Chicken House
Series | Blood for Blood, #3
Release Date | January 5, 2017

A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

Title | The Ends of the World
Author | Maggie Hall
Pages | 288 pages
Publisher | G.P. Putnam
Series | The Conspiracy of Us, #3
Release Date | July 18, 2017

The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Title | The Witch’s Tears
Author | Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
Pages | 320 pages
Publisher | HarperCollins
Series | The Witch’s Tears, #2
Release Date | February 2, 2017

Can true love’s kiss break your heart…?

It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She’s drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry’s not the only one whose fairy tale is over.

Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge.

So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they’d be mad not to take it…Some rules were made to be broken, right?

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Awards | The Liebster Award

Despite this post being a few months (sowwy) overdue, I was awarded the Liebster Award by the amazing Shealea over at That Bookshelf Bitch! Massive thanks are in order, as this is the first award that I have ever received. Her blog is super gorgeous, so go check it out after this post!

I’m really grateful to everyone who reads this blog, because I know that there are people out there willing to listen to my rambling. Its been a long time coming guys, but we’re getting there!

The beautiful Liebster Award!

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As mentioned by Shealea, the Liebster Award is an award for bloggers, which helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world.

There are five fabulous rules:

1 | Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
2 | Answer the 11 questions that bloggers gives to you.
3 | Nominate 11 bloggers that are deserving of the award.
4 | Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
5 | Give the bloggers 11 questions of your own to answer.

The Questions:

What are the best and worst reads you’ve encountered so far this 2016?

A total cop-out of an answer, but this is something I just simply cannot pin down to one book. I feel there have been many books that have each been just as brilliant as the one I read before – which makes this a whole lot harder. Cure you, Shealea!

I think my worst read of the year would by False Idols by Alexis Grove. While there was nothing wrong with the book itself, the genre of science fiction completely put me off.

What fear have you overcome this year? If you haven’t yet, what fear would you like to overcome?

This year has been a really big year, and I have overcome my fear of never being good enough. I got into university and I now study a law degree – one of the hardest degrees to earn.

If you were a Pokemon gym leader, what type of Pokemon (i.e. fire, water, electric) would you be battling with?

I know absolutely NOTHING about Pokemon! I know that Pokemon Go! was one of the biggest trends of 2016, but that is as fat as my knowledge stretches. But, as I adore water so much, I’d probably have to have a water Pokemon to battle with.

Also, can some please tell me what power Pikachu has, if he has any?

What genre (book/movie/whatever) have you never tried? Would you consider giving it a shot one day?

The one genre that I have never tried is horror fiction, and no I would never even consider giving it a shot. I scare easily, like really easily. I don’t think I could actually cope with reading a proper horror story, like The Shining. *shudders*

What are your go-to activities whenever you feel like procrastinating?

YouTube is notorious for procrastination, and when i have a million and one things to do, it becomes all that more appealing. Aside from that, a good book can always put me in a motivational mood.

Has a song ever inspired you to write or to create something? What’s the title of the song? How did it inspire you?

I don’t think I song has ever inspired anything inside me, besides tears. I find my inspiration in all kinds of places, but never from songs.

Who are your favourite and least favourite fictional heroines?

That would be telling! 😉

 

What fictional OTP are you most strongly for and why? 

Is it weird that I’ve never come across this term before in my life? I’ve never really used OTP, instead using the word ‘ship’ instead. My favourite ship, would be Grace and Alexei from Ally Carter’s Embassy Row series. There is no doubt about that.

 

What is the one thing you dislike so much you’ll never run out of reasons to rant about it?

Ugly book covers.

What is the most inspiring thing you’d ever been told by someone?

“If someone else is capable of doing great things, then you are too.”

Which blogger(s) have you admired from a distance (so to speak) and want to be friends with?

These are going to be the people who I nominate for the award 🙂

Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch || Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions
Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader || Clare at A Little Blog of Books || Aria at What Aria Loves
Aya at Book Love Babbles || Poulami at Daydreaming Books || Candace at Literary Dust
Kaitlyn at One Night Book Stand || Justine at Bookwormaniac

My Questions for Nominees:

  1. What book do you want to read most in 2017 and why?
  2. If you had to choose one genre to read endlessly for the next year, what would it be?
  3. Which author would you love to have a sleepover with and why?
  4. Did you receive any books for Christmas? If yes, what were they?
  5. What song would you like to be a book?
  6. Have you ever enjoyed a film adaptation of a book? If yes, which one? If not, why?
  7. Would you rather have to waddle like a penguin forever, or crawl around on your stomach?
  8. If you could be best friends with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
  9. Name one book you’re glad to leave behind in 2016.
  10. Are there any book series you’re excited to continue in 2017?
  11. Describe your blog in three words.

Book BlogMAX | Day 01 – Through the Snow

Good evening to every wonderful person in the world! I’ve had a very good, and I hope you’ve all had a brilliant one too – or if you live in a different time-zone, you’re currently having a good one.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has rolled around this quick, but somehow it’s December 17, and I’m wearing Christmas jumpers 24/7. I have this cute little one with Olaf on, and I get to wear it for work. Happy #ChristmasJumperDay to everyone in the UK, and if that’s a thing in other countries, let me know!

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Kicking off Day One of Book BlogMAX is the wonderful ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ tag I was reading on My Tiny Obsessions! We’re starting out small and simple, but it’s a start …

O N E  B O O K  I  W A N T  T O  F I N D  U N D E R  T H E  C H R I S T M A S  T R E E

A very hard book to decide, but I have to admit that I want to see Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online: Going Solo. I adored the first two instalments to the series, and lets be totally honest – Zoella is life goals right now. But I would like to see what Penny has been getting up to since last time.

 

N A M E  A  B O O K  Y O U ‘ L L  B E  R E A D I N G  O V E R  C H R I S T M A S

Considering the fact that when I’m not eating, drinking, studying or working, I’ll have very limited time over this Christmas period. However, if you read this blog you’ll realise that it only really takes me the space of four-five hours to read a book from start to finish, providing I like the book. And so, this winter I’ll be reading these two lovely books.

 

N A M E  Y O U R  F A V O U R I T E  C H R I S T M A S  M O V I E

Need I say any more . . .

 

D O  Y O U  L I K E  T H E  S N O W ?

The real question should be … who doesn’t like the snow?

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N A M E  A  C H A R A C T E R  Y O U ‘ D  L I K E  T O  S P E N D  C H R I S T M A S  W I T H

As weird as it sounds, I wouldn’t want to spend Christmas with a character. To be completely honest, I adore spending my Christmas’ with the people I already do.

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T O  G I V E  O R  T O  R E C I E V E ?

To give, always.

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W H A T  F I C T I O N A L  P L A C E  W O U L D  Y O U  L I K E  T O  S P E N D  C H R I S T M A S  A T ?

This is a question that everyone should be able to answer with confidence. There is nowhere else I’d rather be but Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I mean, that place is freaking magical at Christmas (hehe, puns c: )

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F O N D E S T  C H R I S T M A S  M E M O R Y

I was about six or seven, and my mum had got me this fabulous purple satin dress with a little pink flower belt. I slid myself into it, and spent most of the day spinning around because the skirt flared out like a ball gown.

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C A N  Y O U   S A Y  C H R I S T M A S  T R E E  T E N  T I M E S  F A S T  I N  A  R O W  
( P R O N O U N C I N G  I T  C O R R E C T L Y ) ?

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Review | Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs

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Title | Falling for the Girl Next Door
Author | Tera Lynn Childs
Pages | 186 pages
Publisher | Entangled Crush
Series | Creative HeARTs #5, Sloane and Tru #2
Release Date | November 2016
Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

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You guys know how the story goes by now – I get a book published by the Entangled Crush team and I gush, because the books are just so freaking cute! Well, Falling for the Girl Next Door is living up to its predecessors and I really can’t function with this cute, romantic overload. I was not prepared to feel so warm and mushy tonight, so thank you Tera Lynn Childs!

Hands down, this is some of the best work I’ve ever seen from the author. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru was a brilliant novel, and you can check out my original review right here, but admittedly it wasn’t perfect. However, if you followed through on my recommendations and got yourself a copy of the book, then prepare to be wowed by the next instalment in the Sloane and Tru series. This novel had some much more depth and development, partly due to the fact that it was a series, but also because of author development. They say writing only improves with time, and it must be true. Let me just say, if Tera Lynn Childs keeps writing stuff like this, I’m going to have to meet her – which will be really hard considering I’m poor and I live in England.

Two things I absolutely adored about this book were: the fact that I didn’t have to go back and reread the first novel to understand what was going on in this one. The first book was released something like a few months ago, and there have been a fair share of books since then. Instead, the author incorporated a sort of ‘time-hop’ into the beginning of the book to jog your memory from the first novel. This is a brilliant thing, because if you never got around to reading the first one, you technically don’t have to: but it is highly advised! Secondly, the ability to fluently and easily swap and change from first person to third person was brilliant. I must admit that this is not an easy task, and if executed poorly could lead the readers to be confused or perhaps even give up on the novel. There was absolutely no inclination to put this book down, so again, hats off.

Not only did the writer grow in leaps and bounds with this novel, but so did the characters. While we got to witness the characters in their Tru (hehe c; ) forms, they managed to develop a lot more and gain a lot more personality and respectability. Sloane had been a little bit whiny in the first novel, but in this one she seemed to feel more of a woman – facing young adult-hood rather than pure adolescence. Similarly with Tru, his ability to admit his flaws and act in a grown-up way when dealing with them makes you really adore the character. I also wanted to cuddle him, but I think that was just me.

The book also tackles a lot of issues that can be particularly hard for people, including divorce, change and alcoholism. The portrayal of themes in the story is done very well and shine a light on the importance of understanding, getting help and moving forward. I feel like Tera Lynn Childs needs to bring me another instalment of Sloane and Tru soon or I might just die. Also, the book deals with Christmas . . . and there are like twenty-one days left until the big days hits us! So this is definitely a perfect wintery read. Falling for the Girl Next Door deserves a brilliant four out of five stars – not the best thing I’ve read all year, but something pretty damn special!

4-stars

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Still unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Deanna  @ Okie Dreams Book Reviews says “I quite enjoyed Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs.”

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions says “I’m excited for the last book about Sloane and Tru.

Carrie @ Carrie’s Book Reviews says “I actually enjoyed Sloane and Tru.”