Welcome to Hickville High by Mary Karlik ~ 15th October
Senior Kelsey Quinn loses it all when her dad relocates the family to Hillside Texas, population Hick. She'll do whatever it takes to return to the good life, even if it's just for one night of dancing at a gala with the boyfriend she left behind. She trades her designer dresses for an apron to work as a dishwasher in a redneck diner. But she doesn't plan on six feet of pure Texan, Austin McCoy entering her life. He teaches her to love the farm life she's been forced into, but will he convince her that it's the farm boy that goes with that life that she really wants?
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough ~ 15th October
I was dead for 13 minutes.
I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this - it wasn't an accident and I wasn't suicidal.
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it?
Poorly Drawn Lines by Raza Farazmand ~ 6th October
Life is weird. Embrace it.
A bear flies through space. A hamster suffers a breakdown. Elsewhere, a garden snake is arrested by animal control and jailed for home invasion, while a child marvels at the wonder of nature as worms emerge from the ground and begin looking for vodka (as they always have). These are common occurrences in the world of Reza Farazmand’s wildly popular webcomic, Poorly Drawn Lines. Traveling from deep space to alternate realities to the bottom of the ocean, this eponymous collection brings together fan favorites with new comics and original essays to share Farazmand’s inimitable take on love, nature, social acceptance, and robots.
Spoiler-Free Review : The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.
When I requested this title for review from Entangled Teen, I didn't actually realise it was the second book in a duology! I know, I know I should of checked on Goodreads, but I didn't. Anyway there shouldn't be any spoilers from the first book in this review as I have no idea really what happened in book one.
Anyway, I actually found it super easy to jump into this book, despite the fact I never read the first book! I caught up with the story and characters surprisingly easy and in the end I ended up absolutely loving it. However, I wish I had read the books in the order they were published as I feel an urge for more of Amy's brilliant writing! If you do want to read these books then don't make the same mistake I did - read the first book, The Book of Ivy.
I just want to start off by talking about Amy's writing - I loved it! In quite a while I haven't felt any feeling towards an authors' writing but Amy totally changed that. Her writing was just so powerful and full of emotion and it was just brilliant! However, I did have one teeny problem with and that was at the start of the book. I felt that things were going to quickly (at the start) and things were chopping and changing too quickly but it soon sorted itself out and the story flowed at what I thought was a perfect speed for the events unfolding in the story.
Ivy - Ivy was a brilliant character! She was strong and powerful, but I still felt connected to her. I found that even in just the first few pages that I cared for her so much and I loved how much she progressed as a character throughout the story.
Caleb - At first, I was worried that he would hurt or kill Ivy eventually, but soon those worries just slipped to the back of my mind. It began to show that really Caleb was a nice guy and all he wanted was the best for his sister and Ivy. He did really care for them, even if he didn't always show it.
Bishop - To be absolutely honest, at the start of the book I was determined that I wasn't going to like him - oh boy was I wrong! I fell in love with him and then he broke my heart and then I fell back in love with him again. It felt like some sort of dramatic teenage relationship crisis! Bishop just seemed to know exactly what to say at exactly the right time.
Ash - Ash was so sweet! After losing her own dad, she found Ivy and took her in and helped her. She looked after her as if she was her sister and it was just touching to read. Ash is also Caleb's sister (well, not blood but they think of each other as brother and sister).Despite Ash's caring side, she is also prepared to fight and protect things close to her. Overall, I really liked her character and thought she added a lot to the story!
As I've already talked about the writing, I think that's all I have to say! I hope you guys enjoyed this review and I really recommend this duology as it's super amazing! My interview with Amy should be coming very soon and I'm so excited!
Rate : 4.75/5!
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