Review: We Were Liars

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Publisher: Hot Key Books
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar
Read: 21st March 2015


Summary

We are liars
We are beautiful and privileged
We are cracked and broken
A tale of love and romance
A tale of tragedy
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide


 Review
I can’t tell you a thing that happens in this book because everything will be ruined. But I cried. Oh how I cried. And I don’t cry. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t cry. I knew what was happening, I saw it a mile off and I just wish I hadn’t been right. I feel betrayed. It hurts a little because cousins. I need a million hugs after this. I’d give it five out of five stars simply because it’s beautifully written and it made me cry.


Rating

I have given this book a 5/5🌟

You can find it here and buy it here

Home Town Pride: Books Set in Ireland

Now, I know that there are a fair few books set in Ireland. But a lot of them aren’t young adult/new adult books. Most are kids books (see Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer) or adult books (such as Maeve Binchy, Cecelia Ahern, Roddy Doyle – to which I recommend the Barrytown Trilogy – or Ross O’Carroll Kelly). But then, the rest of them seem to be written by American authors? Now, I’m not putting down American authors for writing about Ireland, sure didn’t Heinrich Boell write about Ireland and he was German! But they seem to romanticise Ireland or make it out that we’re all farmers (sorry, no) and I don’t know. There’s not a real sense of Irishness about the books that they write when they try to write Ireland. Maybe it’s that it’s hard to get Irish humour a lot of the time because we are very sarcastic and dark people. Why? I have no idea but I’m usually joking when I say I’ll fight ye.

But I’ve found a few books that are YA and are set in Ireland by Irish authors – aka, they get the Irishness of Ireland – if anybody out there would like to know how the young of Ireland are (good God I’m only 20 why do I sound like my Nan?) and they are:

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Title: And By The Way
Author: Denise Deegan
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Series: Butterfly, Book One

Summary
At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I’m the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me.
When Mum died, six months ago, I didn’t just lose her, I lost my dad – to work. The only thing he does now is annoy me. He hires people like ‘The Stylist’ who wears bullets in her belt and makes him look like a hobo. Seriously.
But ‘The Rockstar’ isn’t the only person who drives me mad. There’s David McFadden, a guy in my class who could have helped but didn’t. Now, it’s too late. I don’t want his help. Because I’m not going to trust anyone, love anyone, rely on anyone. That way I’ll never be hurt again.
If only I could solve the problem of Rachel, my best friend, who won’t let me pull back just like that. Even David McFadden won’t stay out of my face. But I’m not going to fall for his blue eyes, his windswept hair or the plaited leather on his wrist.
And when he says he wants to help, I’m sure as hell not going to listen….

You can find it here and buy it here

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Title: And For Your Information…
Author: Denis Deegan
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Series: Butterfly, Book 2

Summary
My friends, Alex and Rachel are minted. My money runs out. All the time.
After Alex’s mum died, Rachel knew how to help. It made them closer. They don’t mean to leave me out. And I try not to mind.
I have a sort-of boyfriend. We don’t talk about the stuff that matters. But it’s better than nothing, right?
I’m not even going to talk about my family.
Shoplifting wasn’t exactly on my list of things to do before I die but it makes me feel amazing. In control. Until I’m caught. And my life, weirdly, begins.

You can find it here and buy it here

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Title: And Actually…
Author: Denise Deegan
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Series: Butterfly, Book Three

Summary
When I moved to Strandbrook College, I met Alex and Sarah. They treated me like I was normal. A human being. They actually liked me – though it took a while for me to trust that. I’ve never told them about my life before I met them. That shame can stay in the past. Weird thing is, they think I’m the strong one. The one with all the answers. The guru. When I’m offered a part on a TV show, they think it’s all my dreams come true. And it is. Except that it’ll bring me face-to-face with someone from my past – and memories I’ve kept buried. But I’ve changed. And I’m sure Rebecca has too. Whatever happens, there’s no way I’m going to let my past destroy my future.

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Title: Shiver the Whole Night Through
Author: Darragh McManus
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Summary
A small Irish town
An uncontrollable Passion
A message from the dead
After months of bullying and heartbreak, Aidan Flood has learned to keep to himself. But when local beauty Sláine McAuley turns up dead, apparently having deliberately crawled into the woods to freeze, he finds himself inexplicably drawn into investigating what happened.
It gives him a new lease of life. But then Aidan gets a message that confirms his fears. A note, scratched in ice on his bedroom window:
I didn’t kill myself…
Now Aidan must hunt down Sláine’s murderer, as well as unravel the darker secrets surrounding his town. And he’s about to find out that in matters of life and death, salvation often comes in the unlikeliest of forms.

I haven’t read this yet but I’m excited to read it! You can find it here and buy it here

If you have any suggestions for Irish based books (I will be very harsh about them and what they’re about) please let me know! I would love to hear about them 🙂

Review: Red Queen

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Publisher: Orion Books

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen Trilogy, Book One

Genre: Young Adult/YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance

Read: 12th July 2015


Summary
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until a twist of fate brings her before the Silver court. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly ability of her own.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the king hides her in plain view: betrothed to his youngest son. Trapped, Mare decides to use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.
But this is a game of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…


Review

This book was amazing! I wasn’t expecting what happened I was completely shocked, it took me by surprise and I loved it.

Mare Barrow lives in the Stilts and knows what’s in store for the rest of her life. She’ll be joining the army along with the rest of her older brothers. It will be her younger sister who makes the money and stays at home with her family.

That is, until she meets Cal. She assumes he works at the palace and it’s how she lands herself a job in the palace. It’s there that Mare accidental realises that the buzzing in her head is because she has a power – she can control lightning. And she can make it. And, even better, it extends to technology, allow her to shut it on and off as she pleases.

Now, she is Lady Mareena Titanos, a lost Silver girl who grew up with Reds. She hides her Red blood, the blush that appears on her cheeks. And she must face the reality that she will marry Prince Maven, the younger brother of Prince Tiberias Calore VII – who is better know as Cal.

Amidst a brewing rebellion, Mare makes her cautious way between the lines of becoming a princess while remaining loyal to the Reds and her own family.

But not everything is as it seems and Mare finds herself in a plot to bring down the system in this fast paced page turner. I read it in two days and it was amazing, I can’t wait for the Glass Sword!


Recommend

I can’t think of a book that is like this because it’s very unique. You won’t be disappointed by it!


Rating

I have given this book a 4/5🌟

 

You can find it here and buy it here

 

 

Review: Outlander (Cross Stitch)

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Publisher: Arrow Books

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Series: Outlander, Book One

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Read: 9th June 2015


Summary:
In 1945, Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in Scotland. She walks through a stone circle in the Highlands, and finds herself in a violent skirmish taking place in 1743. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an outlander, in a country ravaged by war and by clan feuds.

Marooned amid the passion and violence, the superstition, the shifting allegiances and the fervent loyalties, Claire is in danger from Jacobites and Redcoats – and from the shock of her own desire for Jamie Fraser, a gallant and courageous young Scots warrior.

Jamie shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Review

I loved this book! I read it in three parts, reading a few books in between it because of how big the book is (863 pages!) but I’m really glad that I finished it and I need Dragonfly in Amber as soon as I can find it!

Claire Beauchamp Randal is on her second honeymoon with her husband Frank Randal. Both have just returned from serving in the second world war, Claire from her duties as a nurse and Frank to pursue his love of history. It is 1945 and they’ve travelled to Scotland, where Frank’s ancestor served in the British army in the dragoons. Claire takes up botany while Frank finds all the information he can on his ancestor. It’s during a visit to the preacher’s house that they hear about an ancient ceremony that will take place at the Craigh na Dun rock formation. Both interested, they rise early and go out to the little circle of stones that sits just outside of Inverness and are both blown away by what they see. Interested in the flowers that grow in Craigh na Dun, Claire returns to it by herself later on.

And finds herself landing in 1743. There, she runs into Jonathan Randal, Frank’s ancestor, and mistakes him for Frank for all of two seconds. Rescued by a clansman, Claire takes a few hours to accept her reality. In this time, she is brought to the home of the laird Callum Mackenzie and becomes the castle’s nurse. She also meets the young, tall, handsome red headed Jamie McTavish and becomes friends with him. She constantly misses Frank and longs to return to Craigh na Dun to get back to 1945.

But she is taken with Dougal Mackenzie on the Mackenzie taxes tour and the Mackenzie lands. And after another run in with the infamous Black Jack Randal, Dougal decides to make Claire a Scots woman, by having her marry Jamie. Frustrated and unwilling, Claire gets drunk and is very crabby when getting married. But she finds out that Jamie McTavish is really James Fraser, a man accused of murder with a price on his head. Too late for Claire to back out, she ends up married to him.

It seems that becoming a Scots woman doesn’t exempt her from everything, however, as Claire and Jamie end up in Lallybroch, which is Jamie’s land passed on from his mother, Ellen Mackenzie. Jamie and Claire spend some time there, with Jamie acting as laird of his land once again, until Jamie is captured by the dragoons after one of his tenants reports him to the English. Claire immediately sets out to save Jamie and once she has (and upset Black Jack Randal’s plans in the process), they flee to France where Jamie recovers.

This book draws you in and is definitely worth the read. So much happens that leaves you laughing, hoping, gasping and almost in tears.


Recommend

If you like strong women, fiery dialogue and a can-do approach, all the while bringing you through Scotland when it was still ruled by clans, you will love this book. You don’t want to put it down once it’s got you in to it. Don’t be daunted by it’s size, it’s well worth the read!


Rating

I have given this book a 5/5🌟

 

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