Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes



Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of publication: July 1st
Source: Review copy courtesy of HarperCollins


Blurb:

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, and her ability to trust.

And when Minnow rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now the Kevinian Prophet has been murdered and the camp set aflame and it's clear Minnow knows something. But she's not talking. As she adjusts to a life behind bars in juvenile detention, Minnow struggles to make sense of all she has been taught to believe, particularly as she dwells on the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of; if she is willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Powerful and compelling. this remarkable and brave debut novel reveals the terrible dangers of blind faith. And the importance of having faith in yourself.


My review of this title is over on Reading Lark today, so head over and check it out. I won't replicate it here, but will just share some thoughts.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Title: Bright Before Sunrise
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb:

When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, "miserable" doesn't even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother's first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real... until she breaks up with him.

For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she's really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She's determined to change his mind, and when they're stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.

Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.?

One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.

Bright Before Sunrise was a lovely surprise, firstly because it arrived unannounced and surprise book mail is one of my favourite things, and secondly because it was a really enjoyable read. Have you ever had one of those nights where you meet someone, or find someone you know in a different context to normal, and stay up all night talking about everything and nothing? Those nights can change the course of your life. Bright Before Sunrise beautifully captures one of those nights.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Title: Nowhere But Here
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: June 1st 2015 (Australia)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher courtesy of Netgalley

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


I am a huge fan of Katie McGarry's work and so it's always a good thing when I get to read one of her books. Nowhere But Here marks the start of a new series, separate from Pushing The Limits. It still takes place in Kentucky, and there is a tenuous link with the first series, but this one definitely stands alone.