Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publication Date: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Reminds me of: a tinge of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey but it’s pretty original
What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.
Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?
In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking. Goodreads Continue reading
Title: Looking for Alibrandi
Author: Melina Marchetta
Genre: YA, Drama, Family
Publication Date: 5th of October 1992 (first published, later republished in 2006) by Random House
Reminds me of: There’s some similarities to Jodi Picoult
This book has made it onto my Favourite Books of All Time list, so expect some babbling and gushing. I didn’t think it fair to post the entire review I smashed out, it’s just so long. So I’ve left in my favourite elements and hope you enjoy them too. Before I begin have a read of the blurb:
For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.
Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no-nonsense wisdom of her mum, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free. Taken from Goodreads.
Looking for Alibrandi is probably the most accurate thing I have ever read. Coming from an Italian background and living in Australia this book resonated with me on a really personal level. Marchetta’s ability to take the piss out of her own culture was so hilariously and skilfully done – it would have to be my favourite element of the novel. See what I mean: Continue reading
Title: The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: 4th of June 2013 (published by Penguin)
Reminds me of: everything else by Sarah Dessen
The Moon and More is classic Sarah Dessen in the way she turn a fairly mundane set of events into an addictive plot line. She excels at involving the audience despite the fact that there is little going on, which is an incredible talent. Usually I thrive off a face paced plot line, but Dessen is the exception.
The Moon and More is a sort of coming of age novel about seventeen-year-old Emaline’s last summer before she’s off to college. She expects it to be a summer of Lasts, but between the reappearance of her estranged father and a small team of film-makers it ends up being a summer of Firsts. Here’s the blurb from the back of my loaned edition:
“It looks like it’s going to be another typical summer there with her gorgeous high school sweetheart, Luke – until a New York film maker and her ambitious assistant Theo check in. They’re obviously after a story. But when getting the locals to talk proves tricky, Theo decides they need a guide and he’s got his eye on Emaline… Can Emaline decide where her loyalties and her heart truly lie before the summer ends?” Continue reading
Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Drama
Publication Date: March 2005 (published by speak/penguin)
Reminds me of: So very similar to Paper Towns by John Green, also Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
John Green you’ve done it again. After I finished The Fault in Our Stars I promised myself never again. But peer pressure got the better of me, and here I am still mourning the outcome of Looking for Alaska. Why are you so good…. Alert: Spoilers ahead
Before: Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After: Nothing is ever the same
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Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA, Drama, Experimental, Mystery
Publication Date: 13th May 2014 (published by Penguin Random House)
Reminds me of: Just a tad bit of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Goodreads suggests Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
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.
The truth. Taken from Goodreads
Title: If I Should Die (#3 in the Die For Me series)
Author: Amy Plum
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
AUS Publication Date: May 2013 (published by atom)
Reminds me of: Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong,
I wrote this review twice. Once immediately after finishing the book, and once again a week or so later. The first review was a lot of fangirling and going on about how different and unique the series is. But the second time… I had the emotional capacity to step back and consider it from a much calmer platform. And by the time it had truly resonated… maybe it wasn’t all that unique after all.
I read the first installment to this series well over a year ago, and was left yearning more at the time. I ordered the next two books in the series and before they had even arrived they were buried underneath a pile of to-read’s.
What I loved about the Die For Me series was the originality of the concept. Before this series I had never heard of the revenant, and it was so spine-tingling and awesome to find a read about this species so new to me! To keep it short and sweet, a revenant is an undead individual whose afterlife is spent saving human lives. They give up their own lives to save another human. But they are immortal, so after death they reanimate after three days (can I get an Amen?). To become a revenant, your human life must end in attempt to save the life of another. So for instance, pushing a person out of the way of an oncoming vehicle and dying in their place, is an activity a revenant would gleefully partake in.
Because this is the final book in the series, I advise you do not read any further if you have any intention to begin the series from the beginning! SPOILER ALERT. Continue reading
Author: Amanda Maciel
Genre: YA, Drama
AUS Publication Date: 1st May 2014 (published by Hachette)
Reminds me of: Anything by Sarah Dessen, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars
I absolutely adored this book. Tease has a unique plot line taking a spin on the cliché. Told from the perspective of the “bully” the audience is forced to acknowledge there are two sides to every story. The story begins with Sara, the protagonist, being questioned by her lawyer regarding the death of Emma Putman. Sara, alongside her friends, are being charged with assault that lead to Emma Putman’s death – or rather suicide. From the beginning we feel obliged to sympathise for the dead girl but Sara makes it so difficult to feel anything but hate for the weak, wreck of a victim. In Sara’s eye’s Emma is nothing more than a “boyfriend-stealing bitch”. At times I found myself deeply despising Emma as Sara’s feelings were so vivid and powerful, but at other times I winced at Sara’s mentality. Continue reading