I am back with another monthly reading wrap up! I managed seven books this month including 2 physical books, 1 graphic novel, one audiobook and 3 ebooks – so a little bit of everything! *I did receive some of these books in exchange for review from Net Galley, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I have numbered these as a continuous post from my January wrap up, so don’t be confused that the first book is numbered 11 LOL. I’ve not lost my head completely. Along with reading this months books in a variety of different forms, I also read a whole range of genres – LGBT, crime/detective, adult fiction, fantasy.. so there is a little bit of something for everyone in this post.
11. STEALING HOME//BECKY WALLACE*
“Seventeen-year-old Ryan Russell has life perfectly planned. If she keeps up her hard work, one day she’ll take over the family business: owning the Buckley Beavers, a minor league baseball team, and become one of the only female General Managers in the sport. But when the newest member of the Beavers, child-phenom Sawyer Campbell, shows up, Ryan’s carefully laid plans are thrown a major curveball. Sawyer is far more charming than the arrogant jocks she usually manages, his ambition rivals her own workaholic nature—and he’s completely out of bounds. Fraternizing is against every rule in the Beaver’s handbook.
Then Ryan’s divorced parents butt heads over the future of the Beavers, and her mom plans to sell her shares to a business group known for relocating teams. If this happens, Ryan’s dreams of becoming GM disappear. In a bid to save her future, she partners with Sawyer to use his star power to draw in sponsors who will keep the team in Buckley. But the more time she spends with him, the more impossible it becomes to play by the Beaver’s rules, and she can’t afford a strikeout on the path to her dreams.Full count with two outs, Ryan’s one pitch away from losing the whole ball game.”
This book is everything I enjoy in a YA contemporary. The banter between the main characters, they had a great back & forth relationship. The male lead is really sweet and intriguing & the female protagonist is head strong & knows exactly what she wants. If you are in the mood for something really fun, sweet and quick to read, i’d definitely recommend this. I gave it 3 stars.
12. GENTLEMAN SINNER\\JODI ELLEN MALPAS*
“Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.
When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armour, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away. As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.”
I have read some of Jodi’s work before & enjoyed it, but i’m afraid this one just wasn’t my cup of tea! It started off really intriguing and I was looking forward to where the story was going to go but it fell really flat and became really far-fetched. I disliked the female lead, Izzy, finding her really frustrating. I gave it 1.5 stars.
13.HEARTSTOPPER VOLUME 1//ALICE OSEMAN
“Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…”
I absolutely LOVED this. I am really enjoying my graphic novels at the minute & this didn’t disappoint! It’s the perfect LGBT romance. Trigger warning: it does go over past bullying experiences, some homophobia & at the beginning Charlie is in an abusive relationship. I gave this 4 stars.
14.THREE DARK CROWNS (#1)//KENDARE BLAKE
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.”
This book has been on my TBR since it’s release & it was picked to be our February book in our Instagram Book Club! I must admit that it did take me nearly all month to read, I found it really slow to get into & it took me a while to figure out who was who (each chapter takes turns in being from each sister’s perspective), there are different places & different side characters – so you have to try and remember who belongs where! I’d say the second half of the book is what hooked me. The world & character building is amazing! Which is why I think the first half was so slow, it was setting the scene. The ending was incredible & I instantly ordered the second book in the series. I gave this book 5 stars.
15.CLOSE TO HOME//CARA HUNTER
“ HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE?
Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.
DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.
That means someone is lying…
And that Daisy’s time is running out.”
This book is one of my favourites so far this year!!! It is the first in the DI Adam Fawley series and I can’t wait to read more. The characters were all amazingly written, the twists & turns kept me gripped & the ending!!! Oh my god. I’m usually pretty good at figuring out “who done it” but I was NOT expecting this ending at all. The second book is out now & the third is available for pre-order, coming out later this month! I highly, highly recommend this book & author. I gave it 4.5 stars.
16. MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY//LILY ALLEN
“So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
I have taken drugs.
I have loved and been let down.
I am a success and a failure.
I am a songwriter.
I am a singer.
I am all these things and more.
When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better.
This is my story.”
One of the best autobiography’s I’ve ever read. Well, technically listened to – I had it on Audible, which I would highly recommend listening to this book as it is narrated by Lily herself! It is so raw & shockingly honest. I wasn’t a huge Lily Allen fan but this book definitely makes you understand her a lot more & some of the things she has been through just break your heart. I gave it 5 stars.
17. THIS KISS QUOTIENT//HELEN HOANG
“Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…”
This book. I loved it. Fell completely in love with the story & the characters. It had the perfect mixture of humour, sweet moments & steaminess…oh the steam *fans self*. I was a little sceptical about going into this due to its huge hype but lord… is it worth it!
I’d love to know what your favourite book is of the year so far?