Me, My Books and I is Moving!

Hello Me, My Books and I readers,

Some of you may already know that I have a second blog called V Family Fun. This has been a place for me to talk about all aspects of my family life except books which have always been posted here on Me, My Books and I. Well, after a lot of thought, I have decided to merge them both together.

Don’t worry though, this won’t be happening overnight. I’ve recently given birth to our fourth child (another beautiful daughter who is doing great and has us all wrapped around her little finger already) and am taking my time to recover from what turned out to be a pretty traumatic experience. When I feel ready to start blogging again my new book reviews will be posted on V Family Fun and eventually I’ll transfer all of my previous reviews over too.

So, for now, Me, My Books and I will be staying put but there won’t be any new book reviews/interviews etc posted here in the future.

If you enjoy my book reviews then I’d love to see you over on V Family Fun so feel free to pop by and say hi! If you’d like to subscribe to V Family Fun blog posts by email so that you don’t miss any new bookish posts you can do so here:

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Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years, I hope you choose to join me on this new chapter in my blogging life!

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You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: 1 March 2016

Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.

Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can- by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy,okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.

Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends- all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend; the heartbroken poet; the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome; and…Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal parts of herself that she buried with her brother.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I love YA books and the description of this one seriously grabbed my attention. I just had to know more.

Jaycee talked about getting lost in such an honest, raw way that I could almost feel her emotions jumping off the page at me. It quickly became apparent that she wasn’t the only one with issues and I found myself really enjoying meeting each character and learning about their lives. Individually they were interesting but as a group they were compelling!

Telling parts of the story with illustrations added a memorable and different element to the book, it helped bring everything to life and in my opinion made it stand out from the crowd.

The storyline was kind of dark and eerie but also touching at the same time. Once I’d started reading I found it incredibly hard to stop (even at 2 in the morning) because I just had to know what the group of friends would do next.

Being a YA read there was the obligatory thread of love/romance running through it. The interesting thing about this one, for me, was the silence. I’ll let you make of that what you will!

This was an intense read at times but always utterly fascinating, I simply couldn’t put it down. Even when I did manage to pry myself away, I still found myself thinking about it.

You Were Here was a captivating journey of self-discovery and gets an easy 5 stars from me.

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Kiera’s Quest: Choices by Kristy Brown

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Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Publication Date: 16 April 2014

“Feeling desperately confused and betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Kiera chose to jump through the disappearing vortex. Did she make it over to Zakk’s kingdom or was she pushed back to Earth? Would she even survive this time?

The next four years are long and heartbreaking for both worlds. As the darkness spreads throughout the lands, will Zakk’s army be able to stop it reaching Earth? Will Tom’s small band of rebels on earth stand a fighting chance?

At the time of the final battle will the Chosen One have the power to stop the oncoming evil or will it be too late?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. Regular Me, My Books and I readers may have already seen my reviews of the previous three books in the series but in case you missed them, click here.

Events at the end of book three were quite shocking so I was excited to find out what the final book would have in store for me but there was also a part of me that felt sad the series was coming to an end.

I soon found myself immersed in the storyline, eagerly trying to find out what would happen to Kiera and co. The author successfully created more tense and dramatic moments which kept me on the edge of my seat – even after four books I couldn’t predict what the Witch Queen would do next!

I could almost feel the connection between characters and this somehow made each scene believable (yes I know it’s fantasy but there you have it). Kiera’s abilities have grown with each book and that was no different this time around, it’s been fun watching her character evolve.

This was a quick, yet action-packed, read which provided me with some much-needed escapism. I’m giving it 5 stars!

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Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips

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Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: 26 January 2016

“After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys–especially other people’s boys:

Don’t touch.
Don’t smile.
Don’t charm.

In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what really makes Kat different–having two gay parents. But it’s also cost her friendships. Kat can’t afford to lose any more of those, especially not her cousin, Harper. They’re spending one last summer together at the lake, where they run into an intriguing newcomer named Emmett Reese. After years of trying to prove she’s just like everybody else, Kat has found someone who wants her because she’s not. A boy who could be everything she wants too–if Harper hadn’t liked him first. . .”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. It was the description that pulled me in and made me want to know more. I couldn’t wait to get started!

I was surprised to find that I disliked Kat to begin with. I did, however, love the fact that her homelife was so different from anything I’ve read before. As I got further into the storyline I felt as though I got to know and understand Kat better, therefore liking her more.

The author successfully created an atmosphere of tension and young lustfulness with her comfortable writing style. I found it so easy to become completely absorbed in the storyline – I lost all track of time as I flipped through the pages!

This was an absorbing read which mixed some complex life situations with the equally complex process of growing up. I couldn’t get enough so I’m giving Any Other Girl 5 stars.

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Falling by Julie Cohen

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication Date: 28 July 2016

“Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this signed proof to read and share my opinion. The blurb was one of those that got my imagination running wild and left me needing to know more.

The first chapter thoroughly intrigued me, it raised so many questions about Honor and her situation. To begin with Jo and Lydia didn’t interest me quite as much but that soon changed and I found myself equally looking forward to reading from each character’s point of view.

Falling told the story (and secrets) of three generations, the atmosphere felt real and fresh, in particular Honor’s old-fashioned stubbornness, Jo’s struggles as a single mum and Lydia’s diary writing.

There were some pretty serious subjects tackled but the author did it in a natural, and sometimes humorous, way. Added to that was a dash of romance which lifted the storyline and, I think, made this book an all-rounder.

Falling was an enjoyable read but I didn’t feel the need to frantically keep reading until I’d finished it. I enjoyed picking it up every now and then at my own leisurely pace and absorbing every word fully. I gave it 4 stars.

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Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 25 February 2016

“New home. New life. New beginning. Love affairs can blossom in the most unlikely places . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream and blossoming relationship fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems …”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I’m easily swayed by an attractive cover and this gorgeous specimen called out to me and made me want to read it before I’d even read the description!

Right from the start there was a sense of mystery, of a secret that was almost ready to be revealed but not quite yet.

I loved following Kitty as she began to find her way around her new life. I always think it’d be so exciting yet scary to start your life completely anew like that (not that I’d change my life for the world mind you but it’s still fun to daydream).

There was a gentle romance running through the storyline which built gradually but still managed to hit quite a few bumps along the way.

There were a lot of scenes that I enjoyed but some of my favourites included: a lunch stealing rooster, a bidding war at auction, a scary chicken feeding frenzy and last but certainly not least, journal entries which exposed some intriguing secrets.

I do, however, have one small word of warning for those of you who are sensitive about what you eat (like myself) – reading this book might put you off your favourite chicken dish for a while!

This was an entertaining read filled with revelations of all kinds and characters who were easy to like. For me, it was a 4 star read.

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