Friday, 1 July 2016

Most Anticipated Books for July/ June's Book of the Month



It's been a really busy month for me, so not as much reading as I would like. Work has been extra busy and home has basically been mental. I have twin girls emerging from the jungle of GSCE hell, ready to turn my house into a beauty parlour for prom tomorrow night. Outside the house, the UK has turned into a dystopian nightmare, so what better way to lose yourself than to look at all the exciting books coming out in June. There are so many I'm looking forward in June, I really struggled to pick just five. 
1) The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison.
Michelle Harrison is one of my favourite authors. I love every one of her books! She writes so beautifully and quickly draws you into the story. I can't wait to read this
Summary
Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and ‒ most of all ‒ stories. Especially because he’s grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer.
When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town.
But every tale has its villains ‒ and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all ...
2) Strange Star by Emma Carroll
Another one of my favourite authors! I devour every book that Emma writes. I love the whole synopsis of this book. 
Summary
They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. 'A tale to freeze the blood,' was the only rule. Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire.
Felix, their serving boy, can't wait to hear their creepy tales.
Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn - more chilling than any tale.
Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars.
She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley.
Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.
3) Cruel Heart Broken by Emma Haughton
Emma Haughton is superb to read if you are looking for a thriller! I loved her books so far, so I can't imagine this being any different. 
Summary
Laurie is a good girl - so everyone thinks. But seven months ago she did something that she can't undo and it's tearing her apart. 
Charlie used to be her best friend. He's done something he regrets too...and now someone has died. 
Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching novel about impulsive mistakes, and their devastating consequences
4) Through the Mirror Door by Sarah Baker
Ok, so I may be just a wee bit biased by this book as Sarah is a friend, but I've watched this book grow from the beginning and I'm so pleased and proud to see Sarah being published.  So all you people, go out and buy it. 
Summary
Twelve-year-old Angela doesn’t have a family – not since the tragic accident that tore her life apart. Living in foster care, suffering from survivor’s guilt and unable to face the truth of what happened that night, Angela is offered a chance: a holiday to France with her cold, distant Aunt Cece and horrible cousins Kitty and Fliss. If she behaves, she’s told that she might be allowed to stay with them, to have a family again.

But faced with the constant taunting of her cousins and still unable to accept the truth about the accident, Angela finds herself more alone than ever. Until she stumbles into a disused room in the crumbling French manor house, and meets a boy from 1898: Julien. But Julien’s time is running out. He is dying of typhoid.

5) Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
I've heard so much about this book, that I'm now desperate to read it. It has also had such glowing reviews. 
Summary
Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.
For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …
An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.
*****

June's Book of the Month goes to... Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell!!
I knew I was going to love this book! I think I may have a tiny addiction to boy band YA books. Just a little one! As this has been my second boy band book to end up in my Book of the Month slot this year. I don't know what it is, but when I start reading them, I'm totally addicted. I love the idea of travelling with a band and being on the inside instead of the outside. And this book is told from someone who knows the music business. If you love your music, I highly recommend you read this book!




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