Friday, 30 November 2012

Best of the Bunch November 2012

Best of the Bunch is a monthly wrap-up and award ceremony hosted here on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favourite book of that month.
I always put up my post on the last day of the month, but remember, you can add your link anytime in the following month :D
For more info and to grab the button and stickers visit the BOTB page here, then write up your post showing us your Best of the Bunch and add your linky to the list below. 




November 2012
This month I have reviewed on the blog:
  • Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer My Review- 4 of 5 stars
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake My Review- 5 of 5 stars
  • The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark My Review- 4 of 5 stars
  • Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson My Review- 4 of 5 stars
  • Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson My Review- 4 of 5 stars
  • Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan My Review- 4 of 5 stars
  • The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton My Review- 4.5 of 5 stars
  • Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck My Review- 5 of 5 stars
  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis My Review- 5 of 5 stars
As you can see I've rated some fantastic books this month. And it's a very close call. But the winner of Best of the Bunch November 2012 is...

...*long pause*...


...drumroll...


... A Million Suns by Beth Revis!



This is book 2 in the Across The Universe series- and I loved how dramatic and nail-biting it is. It's emotional and clever with characters that I really liked. I couldn't put it down, and after a bit of a cliff-hanger ending I'm looking forward to book 3 next year!






Honourable mention also goes to Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake- another amazing book.
What was the best book you found this November? I love getting new recommendations for great books, so let me know- who gets your bananas?
Leave the link to your post below

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #8

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper where we will post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.

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This isn't due out until next week and already I'm coveting it! I first heard about in an interview with the author on a book blog, where she was talking about the three main characters, and all their different quirks and skills. This looks like what I can only describe as a kind of steampunk Charlie's Angels, and I love the sound of it...


The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress


An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all 


Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man. 


It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves. 

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday Post 25th November 2012

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ to recap the past week on the blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 


I got a real mix of books this week!



Bought: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. This is more of a non-fiction book, but I read the whole thing through last night, and it is so funny. But I know from experience of working at a library that people really do say stupid things. 

For Review: Quicksilver by R.J Anderson. I don't know if this is a sequel or a companion novel to Ultraviolet, but either way I'm excited to read this one! This is due to be published in March 2013 (January in ebook fomat). Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for my review copy.

Gifted: Trapped by Kevin Hearne. This is book 5 in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Thanks so much to Lynsey at Narratively Speaking for sending me her unwanted copy.

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This week on Always Lost in Stories I posted-
I wished for Ten by Gretchen McNeil on Wishlist Wednesday
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Coming up this week look out for-
More book reviews
Also, Best of the Bunch goes up on Friday. (Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme hosted by me where we can recap all the books that we read or reviewed over the month, and award our favourite with the title of Best of the Bunch) Go to the Best of the Bunch page here to find out more, grab the stickers ready to write up your post, and find out how to join in. 
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That was my week- what books did you get this week? Link me up!
Happy reading!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis


My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Source: Bought

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.




Book 2 in the Across The Universe series


This book is so frexing good! (Did'ya see what I did there?) I think that this book might even be better than the first one. And I loved the first book Across The Universe when I read it last year.

You'd think that with all the characters trapped inside a metal spaceship not a lot would be happening- but you'd be wrong! There are constant secrets, mysteries and betrayals, and the whole ship's politics on the verge of a revolution. Things are never what you'd expect and there is always something new going on.

The clever and subtle way that the ship Godspeed is described makes it really easy to clearly visualise as a home/ self- contained town/ community, and made everything feel so believable. You get a sense of the vastness of the place on one hand, but also understand how trapped Amy feels living in this place where she completely stands out and has nowhere to escape to.

I really like the romance aspect of this book because it is not too overdone. Elder knows that he is crazy about Amy, but she isn't too certain how she feels about him- other than valuing his friendship and supporting his leadership. Their relationship is kind of sweet, and they are like best friends who are awkwardly starting to fall for each other.

As part of an ongoing mystery Amy manages to explore hidden and forgotten areas of the ship, which have been modified and changed over the generations, and follows a path of hidden clues through the abandoned corridors and in unread library books. It is the mystery behind this that really drives the story, and gives it a constant sense of tension and a feeling of unease in the unknown. Is there a secret plot? Who is the murderer? Where are the clues leading, and who is leaving them?

The ship is dying and the old system of government is falling apart. People are losing faith and trying to bring about changes, there are disagreements and even crimes. Elder is determined to be a better leader, and it's hard to feel him struggle with the weight of that responsibility, but some of his changes are quite controversial, and everything feels very dangerous.

Amy also wonders if she should wake up her parents- if there is no hope for the ship, and some of these scenes, and the memories of her former life on Earth are extremely emotional. I also really liked that we got a lot more depth and backstory on some of the other characters as well, like Harley and Kaylee.

Aside from all the dramas going on in this book there is also a major shocking revelation about two-thirds of the way through, which completely rocked my expections and left me stunned, and which is going to completely change the course of the series! I didn't see it coming and it blew me away!

This book is completely surprising, heart wrenching and exciting- I'd describe it as a gritty and intense sci-fi mystery. I'm completely hooked and I love this series.
Just... wowza!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review: Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Source: Bought

Synopsis from Goodreads:
With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  

It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers' true destinies once and for all.



Book 4 in the Tiger saga

All my other reviews of this series have been gushing fangirly squees about amazing these books are- and I'm sorry, but this one is going to be exactly the same!

How much do I love this series?!! It says a lot that despite my massive pile of books I still had to pick this one up as soon as it landed through the door. I just love Ren and Kishan- the two brothers, and the whole magical world that Kelsey is transported to in each book. There really are no books out there that are similar- this story is totally unique, and so different.

But I especially just love how emotional the books are- I really do feel right there with Kelsey throughout all the ups and downs of her journey. I'm afraid for her, sad for her and as much torn in love as she is! She is a great heroine, I love that she is so smart and inquisitive, but brave and self-sacrificing when she needs to be too.

But I also feel for Ren and Kishan as well, and everything that they have been put through. The love and loyalty, but also brotherly rivalry between them is great. This is definitely an emotional rollercoaster of a book with ups and downs, and some shocks and surprises.

It had come to point where I honestly didn't know which brother I was rooting for- I loved them both in their own different ways, but I really feel that the way the book ended was just perfect, and I couldn't have imagined any other route for the story. Everything came together in the last 100 pages, and felt very satisfying.

These four books have taken me with these characters on an epic quest to break an ancient curse, through heartbreak, kidnappings, fights with mystical creatures, battles of wits, love and tragedy. It's exciting, heroic, magical and deeply romantic- what more could you ask for from a great read?! I love it! Amazing books that I will definitely keep re-reading.

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Rest of the series:

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga, #3)

A 5th book- Tiger's Dream is due to be published in 2013, but I'm not really sure why- everything seemed to be tied up in a neat little bow at the end of book 4 to me...

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #7

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper where we will post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.

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The more I read about this book the more intrigued I become! It's described as almost like a teen slasher film, but I'm seeing a lot of reviews that say that this book keeps you guessing and keeps you on your toes, and is never what you expect- and I always enjoy those sorts of stories. Anything that has the power to scare and surprise me has to be good. 


Ten by Gretchen McNeil
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. 

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. 

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
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4.5 star review- Leanna at Daisy Chain Books
5 star review- Kimba at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
5 star review- Amber at Me, My Shelf and I
5 star review- Jen at A Book and A Latte
5 star review- Stacey at Fantasy Book Addict

Have you read it yet? What did you think of it? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars



Source: Bought

Synopsis from Goodreads:
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched — and protected — by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…


This book is so good- the kind of book that leaves me with a warm contented glow- that kind of good. It transported me to another time and place and I really didn't want to put it down. This is a book that has definitely stolen my heart.

It's got a little bit of everything that I enjoy. Set in 1870s London it has a vivid Dickensian kind of setting- with funny rough-around-the-edges characters, a mystery, a handsome stranger, and a twist on faerie lore thrown in as well! A perfect blend of historical fiction, magic and romance.

Tiki lives with a band of young pickpockets in an abandoned shop just off Charing Cross station, with a reputation for being one of the fastest thieves around. She has caught the attention of Rieker- another local thief, and when she manages to steal a truce ring belonging to none other than Queen Victoria, she also catches the eye of Prince Leopold, and unfortunately, the Unseelie fey as well.

Tiki is such a caring and feisty heroine- a real tomboy with a hero complex, and has such a determination about her. I thought it was so powerful, the way she would do anything to look after her adopted family of ragamuffins. I loved her voice, and her sarcasm and optimism all at the same time. The best kind of heroine because she is so independent and brave, but also resourceful and kind.

And I also loved the character of Rieker, just because he was such an enigma- alternately protective and then so secretive that you know that there is more to him, and are never sure that what he says can be trusted. It definitely keeps you guessing right up until the end.

Here is one of my favourite parts of the book-
"you're not just a pickpocket with fast hands." Rieker's eyes locked on hers. "I found a girl caring for other orphans like a mother. A girl who'd befriended an old bookshop keeper who had lost his only daughter. A girl who can read and is helping others learn to read." His voice softened. "And a girl so beautiful at times, you take my breath away."

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A sweeping story that takes you right through London from the slums and hidden back-alleys, to the elegant balls of Buckingham Palace, and then even a glimpse of faerie realms as well. Beautiful, magical and vivid as well.

This book is so incredible. It is fun, fresh, moving and heart-wrenching, and I loved the mixture of quirky characters, the Victorian hardships, and magical powers, and the twists and surprises in the story.  The Faerie Ring is a really different spin on a YA paranormal story, and it works so well.


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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sunday Post 18th November 2012

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ to recap the past week on the blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 


I got some great books this week, check 'em out-

From the library:


  • Blink Once by Cylin Busby
  • Slated by Teri Terry
For Review:

  • The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter. Book 3 in the Goddess series due to be published February 2013. Received from Harlequin publishers via Netgalley. 
  • Hysteria by Megan Miranda. Due to be published February 2013. Received from Bloomsbury UK publishers via Netgalley.
  • The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle. The first in a series about a girl who is kidnapped. Received from the author as part of a blog tour in the new year. 
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This week on Always Lost in Stories-
I wished for Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake on Wishlist Wednesday
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What books did you get this week? Link me up!
Happy reading!





Thursday, 15 November 2012

Review: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Source: Audiobook


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancĂ©? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her? 

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end...



Book 2 in the Sky Chasers series
*Contains spoilers from the first book!*

I think I liked this book even better than it's predecessor Glow. It's very clever and constantly thrilling.

This book starts exactly where Glow left off. With the adults dead, injured or held hostage on the other ship it is up to the kids to captain the Empyrean under Kieran's leadership. With the government of the ship still in uncertain hands, and the discovery of an unknown saboteur on board, the state of the Empyrean is fragile.

But as Kieran's methods of control and leadership start to remind Waverley of Ann Mather's dictatorship on the other ship she grows more and more hostile to Kieran, and starts to confide more in Seth, who feels the same way about Kieran. Although I don't agree with a lot of his decisions, I did feel a little bit sorry for Keiran who is just trying to do what he thought was for the best in an extremely difficult situation.

Waverly is a character that I just want to give a hug to. She is very easy to like, and to feel sympathy for. She does let herself get too wrapped in her own grief and guilt over what happened to her mother, but at the same time she is still very independent and strong and just gets on with things, and I liked that about her. She still wants to do the right thing, despite everything, and if she disagrees with Kieran she will tell him!

What I love most about both the books in the series is that the perspective is always shifting. There is always some new story and some twist or big revelation. We see so many different angles and hear from so many different viewpoints that it's difficult to know who exactly the bad guys are. What is the truth? What actually happened? Who do we feel sorry for?!?!

The two ships are at war with each other and the lives of the characters in the book seem to be balanced on a knife edge. The story is very intense and emotional. All three of the main characters- Waverly, Keiran and Seth go through such a character development with everything that is put upon them, and this made for a lot of interesting scenes.

Set in a spaceship headed through space, this book still felt real to me, because it is essentially a story about ethics, political struggles, and the loves and lives of such great flawed and likable characters. It was constantly gripping. This book is exciting and clever and really plays on your emotions. It ends on an absolutely devastating and shocking cliff-hanger, so of course I want book 3 now!

(Book 3- Flame is due to be published June 2013)

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #6


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper where we will post about a book that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.


Okay, I recently read and reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and loved it- See my review here- so now I need the sequel! 

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. 

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears. 

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.
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Has anybody read it already? Does it live up to the genius of the first book? 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday Post 11th November 2012

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ to recap the past week on the blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 



This week on Always Lost in Stories


I got some book goodies this week as well-

From the library:





  • A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  • What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
For review:



  • Pantomime by Laura Lam. This is due to be published February 2013.
Thanks to Strange Chemistry publishers and Netgalley.







That was my week. What books did you get? Link me up!
Happy reading!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Contemporaries

As it should be fairly obvious from the content of my blog I usually love books that involve some form of magic, or a supernatural creature. I love fantasy, sci-fi and the paranormal. Bring on the vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries, aliens, ghosts, time-travellers, goblins, mermaids, zombies and demons!

But just occasionally I come across a contemporary novel that rocks my world and leaves me reeling for weeks/ months afterwards.
This is a list of the some of the best contemporary YA fiction I have ever come across.












I am defining a contemporary novel as realistic fiction that is set in the modern day.


  • If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I basically spent one Sunday morning reading If I Stay and bawling my eyes out! It is so sad and tragic, but the depth of detail in the writing of the flashbacks made it so vivid for me. I felt like I knew these characters. These books are just so, so good and extremely moving. 
My review of If I Stay
My review of Where She Went

  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This is another book that features a death of a family member, and is not only completely heart-breaking but also very sweet and funny. The whole family is completely nuts and it gives it such a quirky edge to it. It's just a beautiful book. 

My review of The Sky Is Everywhere

  • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. This is a very compelling book about high school bitchiness and bullying pushed to the limit. Gritty and shocking and so clever. It is a tense emotional read which gets right into the heart and minds of the characters. 
My review of Some Girls Are

  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This is one of those books that from the blurb I didn't know if I would enjoy it. But after reading several glowing 5 stars reviews I couldn't ignore it anymore, and I'm SO glad I gave it a chance. This is an amazing book. My advice though- don't read the back cover- just dive in. 
My review of Forbidden


  • Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. Gah! How much did I love this book! It is kind of morbidly fascinating- like watching a car wreck. It is disturbing and slow-building, and thought-proving. I loved how confused it left me! (I listened to the audiobook version- I'm waiting for it to come out in paperback so that I can afford to buy a copy)
My review of Drowning Instinct


  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. This was a very moving story about a lonely girl in a very hard situation. I loved how real the story and the characters felt. My review- to come.
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a book that despite me reading a few years ago, I still vividly remember what happens. It has definitely stuck with me, and for weeks after finishing this book no other book could match up to it. I still re-read this from time to time. Just- wow...
  • Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry. This has to be one of my all-time favourite books- contemporary or not. This is so moving and romantic and I just loved it. I have been recommending it to everyone I know!
My review of Pushing The Limits

  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. This was a very sweet and funny book about real teenagers and their emotional dramas. I did enjoy this one.
My review of Graffiti Moon

  • The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. This was a very clever and moving book about a girl living in a religious polygamous cult. She looks after all her younger brothers and sisters and rebels slightly by sneaking off to visit the mobile library and read forbidden books. She plots to run away when the cult leader tells her she is going to be married- to a man 50 years older than her. Very moving and extremely nail-biting in places. 
My review of The Chosen One

  • Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Ok- in my opinion ALL readers of YA should read this book in December. It is the perfect christmassy read! So funny, sweet and romantic with really quirky characters.
My review of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

  • Lock and Key and Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen. This author is definitely the queen of contemporary fiction and writing sympathetic characters. Her characters grow in confidence and take an incredible journey, and her books are so moving. 

  • The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. This was a short novel but it has left a definite impression on me. It is about Colt from the rough side of town, who had been secretly seeing Julia from one of the towns wealthiest families. When Julia dies suddenly Colt mourns in private but can't let on his feelings to others, or move on from his memories. (If anyone else read this- tell me- do teenagers really have this much sex?!?!)


These are a few of my favourites. To see the complete list of contemporary novels I've read and rated check My Goodreads Shelf
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Still to read

There are quite a few contemporary books still on my bookshelves waiting to be read. Which one do I start first?
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Rockoholic by C.J Skuse
  • What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • Sea by Heidi R. Kling
  • You Are My Only by Beth Kephart
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
  • Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Stay by Deb Caletti
  • Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  • Saving June by Hannah Harrington
  • Belles by Jen Calonita


What is the best contemporary YA fiction that you've ever read? 

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