Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog tour: EVERYONE WE’VE BEEN by Sarah Everett (+Giveaway!)

Title: Everyone We've Been
Author: Sarah Everett
Published: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

I received this book for review on my blog! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

From the premise, Everyone We've Been sounds like everything I love in a book. There's a potential mystery boy, the element of an underlying mystery that has to be solved and a sense that there's a whole lot of adventure lying between the pages. I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the blog tour and I couldn't wait to get started reading as soon as it landed in my lap.

Addison, or Addie, has been in an accident that will change her life drastically. At first, she's worried she's seriously going crazy. She can see a boy no one else can see and I know that realistically, if that were to happen to me, I would be freaking out. In the time after her accident, Addie begins having these dips in memory that can't be explained, twisted into the fact that this boy that only her eyes can see is forged into them. 
Everyone We've Been is told in the before and afters of Addie's accident which really gives the story another dimension of truth and normalcy. It keeps the plot steadily paced and engrossing and I found that slowly, as the truth of Addie's accident, her memory gaps and the mystery boy came to light, I began to piece together the puzzle and underlying illusive aspect that seems to tie into her memory loss. Addie was straight away relateable. I love characters that feel like friends and someone you can just get as they tell you their story. The alternating past and present times really captured Addie's character development and I found that because of this, it made her all the more real to me and I could connect with her so much better and feel like I was on the journey with her the whole way, too. 
Overall, Everyone We've Been is a powerful, magnetic story bursting with potential and perfection. I found myself hooked to the pages at two a.m., compelled by the storyline that just seemed to ooze "keep reading me" qualities. Addie was a star character and I was rooting for her the entire way, with each new unveiling of information I found myself falling further into the skillful plot that keeps you guessing. Underneath the beautiful cover there is an even more lively story just waiting to be read and now that I have, I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone We've Been is one of the best hits of 2016 and I'm so glad that I had the chance to read it. Five stars aren't high enough.

 Young Adult readers!

Sarah Everett remembers growing up in enchanted forests, on desert islands and inside a magical wardrobe. She would only ever erase her memory of past karaoke performances and certain fashion choices. She was born in west Africa but currently resides in Alberta, Canada where she attends graduate school and writes YA novels. Visit her on Twitter at @heysaraheverett.

Thanks to Random House Children's Books, I get to give away a FRESH NEW copy of Everyone We've Been! OPEN TO USA RESIDENTS ONLY.
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Stop by the other days on the Everyone We've Been Tour!
Monday through Friday, October 10th – 14th 2016

Monday, October 10: Novel Ink
Tuesday, October 11: A Midsummer Night’s Read
Wednesday, Octboer 12: Addicted 2 Novels
Thursday, October 13: Pretty Little Memoirs
Friday, October 14: Rose Gold Class

Have you read Everyone We've Been?

What do you think of it?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter!

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Friday, October 07, 2016

Book Review: "The Siren" by Kiera Cass

Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: Janurary 26th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

I bought this book myself! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.

Kiera Cass is always thought as one of those YA authors who always gets it right. Her books are always in every book store that I visit; the covers striking and the premise intriguing and to date for some obscene reason, I still haven't been able to sit down and actually READ one of her books. What kind of reader can I call myself?! Anyway, when I saw The Siren in Waterstones when I was on vacation, I thought this is the one. It was a standalone novel from Kiera that had previously been self-published and was about Siren's, a.k.a. the queens of the deep blue sea (and distant sisters of the Mermaid, obvs). So I was so excited to get started reading...

You may think this is some YA Romance with cliche written all over it, but let me tell you, you're so wrong. This isn't a "Love Story" or some hyped-up Disney movie, it's elements work perfectly together to tell the story of Kahlen, the boy she tries so hard not to fall in love with, but does because he's, well, the perfect YA boy, and the Siren's who become her sisters, friends and greatest confidants. Oh, and the Ocean - because the Ocean is a she, and sometimes, she get's hungry. Sometimes the only thing for that hunger is human lives. 
Kahlen was destined to die, and sometimes, she wonders what life would have been like if she had never been saved and turned into a Siren; beautifully striking, yet deadly and rottenly poison-tongued. She wonders what life would have been like if she had grown up, had a family, and eventually like the end of every life, die. But she never got the chance to do any of that when the Ocean saved her. Now, she's the Ocean's favourite. She does as she is told, and when called upon, sings the song that pains her to do so. The song to lure humans to their death so that the Ocean won't go hungry. She does this with the other Siren's, the ones who's faces change over the years as they reach the end of their Siren commitments and are cast into human lives once more. 
Kahlen has always been more reserved, but when she meets Akinli, her world gets a little brighter. He's charming and boyish and loves the same things as her. They have a slow-burning connection that yes, in a way does remind me of a Disney movie but not in the cliche way. Instead, in the classics kind of way. But she knows that the Siren world is to dark for him to be in. She can't say those words to him, because she can't say anything. She knows her tongue is tied with death. For a long time, she pushes him away and tries to keep her distance, the pain seeping through her life that she can't be with the person that she had grown to love. But soon enough when they meet again, it's hard to say goodbye and even harder to realise that she can't possibly understand what will happen.
The Siren was brilliant. It was one of those books that seemed to just fly by. It's not a huge book, so I expected to finish it quite fast but the more that I started to reach the end, I just didn't want the story to end. I wanted adventure! More Siren stories! I wanted to know more about this crazy-scary-amazing world that Kiera had created underneath the surface of the water. Ultimately, The Siren is about more than just love. It's about sisterhood, friendship, a strong connection with our true selves and the power of soulmates. 

 YA readers who love fantasy and mythology.

Have you read The Siren?

What did you think?

Let me know by selecting a choice below or on twitter @LittleMemoirs! I love to connect with book lovers!

happy reading!
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Monday, October 03, 2016

new design!

Just a quick post to say HELLO to the new Pretty Little Memoirs design! I spent the last few days working on it and brainstorming the few HTML tricks I knew to getting PLM just the way I wanted it.
We have a new clean-cut wallpaper theme, with rich roses and vibrant Autumnal palette to give my blog a whole new vibe. I wanted the real focus to be on the reviews and content while making the patterns and style easy on the eye. You'll notice there's new subjects in the sidebar, a brand new TWEET ME sign at the very top of my blog (you can now tweet when you visit!) and a whole host of new things. 
To kick off the new design, I'll be doing a giveaway very, very soon so look out this week for some bookish goodies PLM readers! 

happy reading!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

🌷 Blog Tour: The Deviants 🌷

Title: The Deviants
Author: C J Skuse
Published: September 22nd, 2016
Publisher: Mira Ink
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves..

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

Despite the vibrant pinks and yellows that are more girly and romantic on Pretty Little Memoirs, I LOVE a good dark, thriving thriller, so whenever they arrive in my book mail it's like an instant connection. 
 As soon as I read the back of The Deviants cover, I knew I would love it. I saw the words Revenge and had an inner happy dance. I was a huge fan of the TV Show Revenge and this seemed to reignite my love for the scheming, slow, yet compelling thriller and mystery type. Ella's voice is strong and sets a real tone for the novel, reeling me in. Right from Chapter One, which is unlike any opener I've read before (and what an amazing hook that was!) so I was immediately trying to piece together Ella's secrets and the truth behind the Fearless Five's motives, past and ultimately, future. 
The Fearless Five consist of Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane. They're all so different, yet in the weirdest way, so alike. Despite coming from richer or poorer backgrounds, being a bully or in love, they are like magnets to each other. They live in this sleepy-type seaside town which always gives that sort of gritty, perfect setting for a novel like this and it really sets the tone. For a moment, it seems like the novel could potentially be dramatic and surrounding their teenage antics, but in that second, we're thrown back into dangerous waters with more little secrets that were so long buried, crawling back to the surface. But The Deviants is far from a book about just revenge or fear: it's about friendship.
Overall, The Deviants was the perfect book - and I don't use that word lightly when it comes to books. C J Skuse writes with a pulsing heartbeat of a plot, painting a picture of these flawed characters who come together in the strangest ways with secrets that are far from lighthearted. I finished it in just two nights reading, tearing away at the pages, falling further into the sleepy town bursting with a plot that was impossible to quit. The easiest five stars I've ever given by far. 

 YA Fans of Mystery, Thrillers and Revenge.

C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Westonsuper- Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Buy THE DEVIANTS on Amazon

Have you read The Deviants?

What did you think of it? 

Let me know on twitter, stop by the other blog tour stops listed below and use #TheDeviants to get in on the conversation!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spotlight: "Just Juliet" by Charlotte Reagan

Title: Just Juliet
Author: Charlotte Reagan
Published: September 21st, 2016
Publisher: Inkitt
Find the Author: Goodreads | Buy on Amazon

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love.

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?
Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.

"It feels real without being tedious, and heart-warming without being sappy. It's not all roses, and it's not all doom and gloom. It's great.” - Jon

"Just Juliet is the story I wish I could have given to my parents to read when I was 16 so that they knew what I was going through." - Caro M.

Just Juliet is out TODAY! I will be reviewing it soon here on my blog, so stay tuned! 

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter!

happy reading!
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Friday, September 16, 2016

πŸ‘—Review: Matthew Williamson: Fashion, Print & Colouring Book πŸ‘—

Title: Fashion, Print & Colouring Book
Author: Matthew Williamson
Published: September 5th, 2016
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads | Buy on Amazon

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

Fashion designer Matthew Williamson is internationally renowned for being a master of print, embellishment, and kaleidoscopic color. His collections reflect a refined yet spirited sense of glamour inspired by global and artistic influences. 

This fabulous coloring book shows inspiration shots, behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches, and prints from Matthew's 20-year archive. 
Includes beautiful drawings of his prints for you to color in yourself.

When I first laid eyes on Matthew Williamson's colouring book by the British Fashion designer (who has over thirty-seven thousand followers on Twitter, a range at Debenhams, is internationally known for being involved in London Fashion Week, global creations and more) I was astonished at the detail and unique designs.
Like in the image above, on multiple pages there are colourful dresses and prints and the "colour me" part on the right. The one above was one of my favourites by far. Tropical, more autumnal colours have always been a hit for me and this one struck me as intriguing (although I couldn't help but start colouring in multiple pages instead of focusing on one). The prints are graphically stunning and eye-catching and from turning the pages I can definitely understand why Matthew is known for being artistic and inspirational with the patterns, lively creations and original pieces (the dragonfly chapter at the start was a favourite!).
Overall, this is far from just another colouring book on the market. With the glamorous, picturesque patterns and gorgeous, idyllic designs, this is surely to be a hit with fashion-loving colouring addicts. I can't get enough of the beauty inside the pages. Be sure to see it yourself in the boomerang post I did on Instagram below and it's out right now! You won't be able to keep your eyes or colouring pencils away... (now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get back to colouring!)

Fashion-loving colouring addicts! (Like me)

Have you seen Matthew Williamson's Fashion, Print and Colouring Book?

What did you think?
Let me know in the comments or on twitter @LittleMemoirs! 
happy reading (and colouring)!
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

🎑 Review: Whisper To Me by Nick Lake 🎑

Title: Whisper To Me 
Author: Nick Lake
Published: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter
Reviews also by this Author: There Will Be Lies

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.

When I read There Will Be Lies last year, it was a clear hit for me. So when I saw the twist of a new kind of novel from Nick, I was excited to see what was inside this Ferris Wheel picturesque masterpiece cover.

After reading Under Rose Tainted Skies, a whole new world of YA Fiction was opened up in my eyes. It was so refreshing to see mental illness and real life issues in the Young Adult community, so when I started reading Whisper to Me, and realised Cassie also suffered these issues, I was enthralled to see if it would be acted out realistically and true to life. 
Cassie, our main character, hears voices. But it's not like the voice that we sometimes hear, like our inner voice, but another. A voice that tells Cassie things. The book is written like a letter, one that Cassie is writing to the boy who's heart she broke, but it's hard to explain to him just why everything happened did. She can't find the right words to explain why she had to hold him at arm's length. The writing is honest, thought provoking and lively.
Cassie is this multidimensional character with this huge heart. She's embarrassed about the voices she hears so sincerely, giving her some real life down-to-earth aspects. Her voice made me laugh, then cry, and root for her so much. Her Dad is extremely protective of her, coming across as more abrasive than most, but he cares a lot for Cassie and wants to shield her. Paris, on the other hand, took Cassie under her wing. Their friendship was out there, but in a good way. They had a quirky sense of friendship, even though they both at times felt broken and not normal, but together they found a new kind of normal. Through the letter, explaining whys and whens and things that she is sorry for and why she broke the boy's heart were heart-wrenching. Everything in her life comes into play with her words to the boy, all leading her to the dark parts of her life. She wants to change things, she wants to say things to him and apologise for something she has done, that ultimately makes her doubt herself.
Overall, if Whisper To Me were the weather, it would be a dark sky with the brightness of stars radiating goodness through the blackness, meaning that though Cassie's story might be dark at times, she had goodness in her life. Five stars, of course. 


Have you read Whisper To Me?

What did you think?

Let me know in the comments or at @LittleMemoirs on twitter!

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