Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos 

Synopsis

Don’t miss this unforgettable debut novel, told in two timelines, about smart fashion, pursuing your dreams, and loving yourself!

FAT.

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert.

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track.

SKINNY.

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day.

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?

Review

I received a advanced 3 to copy for an honest review from the publisher

Fat girl on a plane is the ultimate story of self-acceptance told from a multi timeline perspective we follow the characters journey at key stages in her life ultimately resulting in her self acceptance.

Though I did find the ending a little bit lackluster. (A little bit like The Devil Wears Prada ending) I would have really liked to see what happened to the characters after she accepted herself.

This is definitely one of those books that you can see being turned into a TV series or a movie it is a little bit like Devil Wears Prada with a twist of Sex and the City fashion.

The concept was quite an interesting one. With a couple of great twists and turns thrown in.

I think this is make a great book for those who are struggling to accept the way they are, or even who they are. It also really help I think to make people more accepting of those around them and not mystery judge a book by its cover.

 

 

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Must-reads for May.

I think if there is one month that book lovers are waiting for this year, it is going to be May. Why because there are some amazing new books coming out both to end series, but also the start. With that in mind, I thought I would share my must-reads for May.

Whisper by Lynette Noni

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“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.
I believed them. That was my mistake.
There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.
I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.
For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.
As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.
Release Date: May 1st 2018 by Pantera Press

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year.
Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened.
Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it
Release Date: 1 May 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Release Date: 15th May 2018 by HarperTeen
Series: Red Queen #4

Allied by Amy Tintera

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruinedseries, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win

Release: Date: May 1st 2018 by HarperTeen
Series: Ruined #3
Review: coming soon
So, what book are you most looking forward to this May?

Happy Sunday 🤩
What have you been reading this weekend? Or did you do a little book shopping?

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The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge by Clare Strahan


Synopsis
Vanessa (Van) Partridge is curious about the idea of having sex. But she can’t tell anyone. And no one would believe her anyway – because everyone knows she’s a goody-two-shoes. But over the summer holidays, Van rebels and everything changes.

At first it feels like delicious freedom as she explores her independence, practising her favourite cello pieces, reconnecting with her long-time summer friend Kelsey and exploring her attraction to environmental activist Bodhi.

But when her sense of self is shaken, Van wrestles with issues of desire and consent, and the questions that have been plaguing her all along… Can someone with sensible plaits and an interest in philosophy really be a raving sex-o-maniac? And if they are, is there anything wrong with that?

The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge is a funny and warm coming-of-age novel about love, sex, friendship, family, and finding your voice.
Review

I received this ARC Copy for an honest review.

The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge is the story of Van. Van is your typical teenage girl. Though her family is well off, her home life has become less than conventional. With the last year not been easy for Van, who is still trying to deal with her parents split and her mum has all but vanished from her life. But Van has done her best to keep her head above water.

This is a coming of age story for that deals with a mix of issues from the personal ones with family and friends to the effects humans are having on the environment and how we manage those issues of conservation there are a lot of good aspects this book a really strong foundation though I did find the ending a little lackluster. As ever some really big issues the van was working her way through in the end but didn’t seem to be resolved.

Overall I did really enjoy this book at it was great to read a story where the area at setting you can relate to and have a really good understanding off and can imagine very easily

Whisper (Whisper #1) by Lynette Noni

Synopsis

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.
There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.
I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.
For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.
As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

Review
I received an ARC copy of Whisper for an honest review.
Welcome to Lengard.
I am a big fan of Lynette’s The Medoran Chronicles, series, as such I was very excited to receive a copy of her newest book Whisper.
Whisper is a science fiction novel that everyone will be talking about this year. The story follows a young woman, who is called Jane Doe. We learn early on that this is not her real name but as she will not talk this is what she is called. Held as a sort of prisoner for the past two and a half years, her time is now running out.
From the synopsis of the novel, we know that there is something special about her. However, the story builds to us finding out what it is about her that makes her special, which really helps to build the story and add a real sense of mystery and intrigue.
Once Jane learns about her ability, she is then forced to confront demons from her past and overcome them to decide what is right and what is wrong in her present day life.
I personally think that Whisper has all the makings of being the next big science fiction novel and that with it’s US release, we will definitely be seeing this on the New York Times bestseller list. Lynette
Noni has does a wonderful job in creating character’s that are relatable and loveable. The supporting characters she has created each bring their own fun quirks. By the end of the book, you will know that this book will have a sequel and could even be the makings of a trilogy. Maybe even a movie 🙂
A key message in this book (though it may just be my interpretation is that )Words have power and it is important we remember that our words have the power to affect the world around us whether it is in the positive or the negative.

The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson 

Synopsis

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.

The singleborn

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.

The diminished

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what’s left of her life in peace.

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

Review

I received an ARC copy of The Diminished for an honest review.

Set in a world where being a twin is the normal and only a few are single born. Those who are single born are raised to be the leaders. Sadly if you are a twin and loss your sibling you are considered to be diminished and it is only a matter of time before they go insane. Making them a danger to the world around them.
This is an interesting concept for a story, using the dystopia world that has become a little bit of a staple in Ya fiction then the author adds their own unique twist. Thought the concept of this story was interesting one of the twists was a little predictable.
Told in a dual narrative of Vi and Bo.
Vi is diminished . Abandoned by her mother at a sanctuary, after her twin died. She has been living under the constant threat of losing herself to grief.
Bo is a single born and the soon to be crowned prince with the world at his fingertips. Who is trying to navigate his new responsibilities amongst members of the court who would sooner see him dead in order to make their claim for the throne.
Overall this is an interesting concept and i am curious to find out how Kaitlyn with develope this further