Thursday, 30 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: TROUBLE BY NON PRATT



In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.


Spoiler-free review!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

HALLOWEEN READS

For some, this season is known as the pumpkin spice season. For others, it's the season of fallen leaves. For book lovers, the end of October brings two other beloved traditions - Halloween - the well-established costume-donning holiday, but also Halloween - that perfect time of the year to curl up with a thrilling read. From ghosts to demons, from creepy little girls to creepy men in masks, there's no time like the present to explore the darker and grittier side of literature.

Lose yourself in a good classic or grab yourself a graphic novel. At The Honest Bookclub, we have compiled a wide variety of Halloween reads - from Middle Grade to Adult genres, and from the classics to the very newest releases. So whether you're a lover of the macabre or taking your first tentative steps into thrillers and mystery novels, we firmly believe that as far as Halloween reads are concerned - there is something for everyone to enjoy.





Tuesday, 28 October 2014

IN MY MAILBOX - OCTOBER 28TH


I went into the town centre and I decided 'today, you're not going into Waterstones. Just walk past. You have university work to do. Go straight to the coffee shop. Have some self control!' and I did so well. I walked past that place. I didn't even look at it and I was so proud of myself............until I left the coffee shop, which is about 2 shops away and, well, I ended up in Waterstones. I don't know how I got there but the next thing I knew, I had books in my arms. The best thing about it though? I hardly spent any money. If you shop at Waterstones, you'll know that they have a student points card aswell as a stamp card. If you collect 10 stamps, you get £10 off your next purchase. Well, I certainly had over 10 stamps so I got my £10 off. Not only that - I also had points on my student card. I paid £2.60 for my purchase. 

WIN!

That only counts for 3/4 of these books, the others I bought separately. So, let me share the book goodness!


Thursday, 23 October 2014

COVER REVEAL: THE HEIR BY KIERA CASS


In August, we found out that The Selection series wasn't going to be a trilogy anymore - two more books are on the way!  You all know what that means: more Prince Maxon. Of course he'll be 20 years older but he'll still be his kind and handsome self. We were so thrilled by the news of the extension of the series that we posted about it and now, we're finally graced with a cover.

Behold the beauty that is The Heir!



“Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought."

Doesn't it look absolutely stunning! So the girl gracing the cover in that beautiful gown is Maxon and America's daughter - one of two children - and author Kiera Cass said that she'll reveal her brothers name... soon. Such a tease! Also, in case you're wondering, her name is pronounced Eed-len.

We're quite surprised as we did assume that this book would be about Maxon and America's son, another Selection process to go through for him, but with this synopsis in mind, the focus of the next Selection seems to be his sister. Either that or the creative design team just wanted his sister on the cover because he wouldn't look as graceful in this dress. Based on the blurb, it seems as though a number of handsome young men are to win the heart of Princess Eadlyn, and we for one can't wait! We'll keep hunting for more reveals, and bring them to our blog as they happen.

May couldn't come fast enough! Don't forget to add it to your GoodReads and stay in the know by following The Honest Bookclub and Kiera Cass on Twitter!




GoodReads:

What do you all think? Will you be reading book four? Do you like the cover? 

The Heir is due for release May 5th 2015.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

SNEAK PEEK: THE FULFILLMENT


The blog tour is coming to a close... well, almost. There's still a giveaway, and we know how people feel about giveaways...

On Monday, we posted the interview with Erin where we talked about the first book in The Fulfillment series, her very own debut - The Prophecy. Yesterday, it was the sequel - The Outlanders - that was in the spotlight. Today we're giving prominence to the conclusion of the trilogy, aptly titled The Fulfillment. We're extra appreciative of the third book bearing the name of the entire trilogy rather than the first one. As with most things, Erin has made sure to turn expectations on their head.

Yesterday saw the official release of The Outlanders, and with it, the wait for the third and final book in the series has begun. We have asked author Erin Rhew to share some insight into what writing The Fulfillment is like, what we can expect, and what surprises lie in store.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

SEQUEL SPOTLIGHT: THE OUTLANDERS BY ERIN RHEW



We're still hanging out with BookFish Books here at TheHonestBookclub!

Yesterday we posted about The Prophecy, the first installment and an impressive debut novel by author Erin Rhew. In an interview, Erin told us about the words that set the wheel in motion - Vanguard and Etherea, which became fictional kingdoms in her trilogy - and she spoke about Layla's tough choice between Wilhelm and Nash, a choice that even her critique partners got swept up in. When we weren't too busy minutely scrutinizing her responses and deconstructing each sentence for clues about what's to come in the sequel, we were debating it between ourselves:

Who are the Outlanders? Who is this mysterious new Prophecy Candidate? Wilhelm or Nash?

The rampant speculation has now come to an end - for us and for everyone else interested in the second installment in The Fulfillment series. As Erin mentioned in yesterday's interview - she wanted the sequel to have merit in and of itself, and tried her utmost to circumvent the second-book-syndrome, so often seen in trilogies, where the second book is merely a filler between the first and the third.

By all accounts, she has succeeded.

And the good news is - we all get to find out! The Outlanders is being published a few short hours from now! If you're looking for firsthand insight into what this sequel brings to kill the time until it arrives to your Kindle, stick around. We have all kinds of scoop straight from the source.

Monday, 20 October 2014

TOP 10 LAST SENTENCES IN LITERATURE

Here at The Honest Bookclub, as part of our Top 10 Mondays we've already covered our top picks for what we felt to be the most memorable first sentences in literature (or the part of literature we've been exposed to, at any rate). We've also posted our favorite quotes, thus covering the middle portion of the book. Now the time has come for our picks in the most momentous of last sentences - ones which left us reeling and which have inspired many a book hangover.

Just as we felt the first sentence to be a good indicator of what lies ahead, so do we consider the last sentence to be a good summary of the totality of what we've read. The last sentence is the final hoorah and a farewell. What follows after is the summing up of our collective impressions, musings, reflections and occasional re-reads. A good closing sentence, therefore, goes a long way. It is the final seal.

As with our first sentence picks, we take the term "sentence" loosely at best. It's not so much the final sentence as the final thought expressed in the book(s), with as many full-stops as necessary along the way.

And given the nature of last sentences, be warned - there is an abundance of spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.

Also, we have now officially said the word sentence more times than ever before in our lives, in succession. Is there a Guinness record for the most times the word has been used in a single blog post?

Sentence. Sentence, sentence. Sentence. Sentence. Sentence, sentence, sentence.

Okay, we're done now. Proceed.



INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ERIN RHEW


We're on tour again! (And again it's not the kind of tour that first comes to mind at the mention of the word.) This time around, the blog tour we're a part of concerns The Prophecy, the first installment in The Fulfillment trilogy,  and it is one of the rare instances where our recommendation can be summed up in one (relatively) coherent sentence:


If you're looking for the next good YA fantasy read, look no further.


Set in the fictional kingdom of Vanguard (and then  the kingdom of Etherea), The Prophecy follows:

- Layla, a seventeen year-old believed to be the key to fulfilling an ancient prophecy through marriage to her greatest enemy... with or against her will.
- Wilhelm, the aforementioned enemy with a firm prejudice against Layla and all she stands for.
- Nash, whose secrets can make or break the promise of peace after centuries of war.
- A veritable myriad of other highly relatable and highly entertaining characters. (A nod to Joffrey from Game of Thrones? Check. A homage to Percy Jackson's sense of humor? Check.)

We have an ongoing partnership with BookFish Books (and nothing but positive experiences to show for it) and this ARC came as no surprise. There's not a very high statistical probability for a publishing house to publish nothing but good books (without fail), but our experiences so far are a living testament that improbable doesn't necessarily mean impossible. From Ally Malienko's This Is Sarah, to T.C. McKee's The Bone Treaty, and all the way to Erin Rhew's The Prophecy, consider this our official endorsement. If there's a publisher-to-watch in terms of diverse, quality YA content, it's BookFish Books.

As part of this ongoing blog tour for The Fulfillment series, we've had a unique opportunity to do an interview with the author, Erin Rhew. We asked her about her inspiration for the books, her writing process, writing Young Adult fiction and combining fantastical with romantic elements in storytelling.


If you are unfamiliar with the series, we recommend checking out the Cover reveal post we did last month, with all the pertinent information about the series.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS





Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? 

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.





may contain spoilers

Thursday, 16 October 2014

COVER REVEAL: THOUGHTFUL BY S.C. STEPHENS

It has easily been the most anticipated cover in the world of New Adult literature. And it's finally here. With only four months until its scheduled release date (February 24th, 2015), S.C. Stephens's Thoughtful finally has a cover to match the synopsis and the title.

Thoughtful is an eagerly-anticipated and much-begged-for retelling of the events of Thoughtless, through the eyes of the male love interest (now a male protagonist), Kellan Kyle. Kellan, of course, is one of NA's most beloved book boyfriends, a staple on every book boyfriend list and a frequently swooned-over character not easy to top. We're biased, of course, but we never did quite get over our Kellan-crush.

Following the announcement of the Thoughtful release date, as well as acompanion novel to the series and another unnamed, unrelated novel, S.C. Stephens has been keeping us in the dark as far as news about Thoughtful go. But no more!

IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN: READ-A-LONG ANNOUNCEMENT

The big-screen adaptation of Gayle Forman's renowned novel If I Stay has hit the theaters worldwide (some a good while ago). Starring actress Chloë Grace Moretz (who is returning to the theaters in another YA adaptation in a year's time), If I Stay tells the story of seventeen year-old Mia, caught in a limbo between life and death following a tragic car accident that tears her life apart - almost literally.

Before the movie buzz, Gayle Forman's Young Adult novel was already a critically acclaimed bestseller, translated into dozens of languages and distributed across bookstores worldwide.

With a sequel (Where She Went), a movie adaptation and the buzz that's been around for many months, we felt it was high time those of us behind the curve on the phenomenon caught up. And what better way to catch up than in a read-a-long?


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Q&A WITH AUTHOR ROBIN TALLEY



The Honest Bookclub is on tour! No, we're not in a band, it's a different kind of tour - we're teaming up with Robin Talley and Harlequin UK to spread the word about the recently released Lies We Tell Ourselves - a tremendously important read which centers around a black girl and a white girl who fall in love in 1959 Virginia while their school is being desegregated for the first time.

We have already expressed our belief that Lies We Tell Ourselves is doing for the issues of race and homosexuality what The Fault In Our Stars has done for cancer and terminal illnesses in YA literature. Profound, clever and infinitely relatable, the story of Sarah Dunbar and Linda Marshall's struggle to find a voice amid the noise of the shouting crowds has failed to leave many indifferent to the implications. Far from being historical fiction, Lies We Tell Ourselves raises the same issues we're still facing today, and - uniquely - targets teens as the primary demographic, thus seeking not only to remind those who have lived the battle for civil rights, but also to educate those who never did - and all through a story that just about everyone could relate to. 

We were privileged and honored to get an ARC of Lies We Tell Ourselves from Harlequin UK ahead of time, and also to move it to the front of the shelf on its release date. We are yet to come up with words to impart just how many reflections it has left us with.

As part of this blog tour, we've had the opportunity to do a Q&A with Robin Talley, and we asked her about the inspiration for the book, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, and her stance on equality and human rights. 

Lies We Tell Ourselves is now out in paperback (£7.99, Mira Ink).





Wednesday, 8 October 2014

OCTOBER RELEASES (ABOUND)!

The fall is here, and with the fall come a few necessary changes: we swap our tank tops for our rain jackets, ice tea for hot chocolate and - most importantly - summery beach reads for books which will keep us warm on cold nights and rainy days. And whether we choose to up our heartbeat with action-packed thrillers, epic fantasy or some swoonworthy romance, this October the publishers have made sure to provide something for everyone. 



Monday, 6 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: WANDERLOVE BY KIRSTEN HUBBARD



It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story



may contain spoilers

TOP 10 WORST BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS


So, you find a book that you really love. You fell in love with the characters, you were engrossed in the story and wanted to move to the same town. Then you get that announcement - the film rights have been purchased. Oh great! I can see my favourite characters on screen now! You sit in the cinema, popcorn on your lap, a drink at your side, and your happiness is off the charts. 

2 hours later, you're angry. You get up from that seat and vow to never see that god awful movie again. Why, you ask? They just butchered your favourite book. No. There's no need to not follow the story that the author has spent months writing it for people to enjoy. (And enjoy they did! Thus the movie adaptation!)


Luckily, you're not the only one who disliked the movie version. So at least the dislike is mutual throughout the fandom. We've decided to compile a list of our least favourites, the ones that Hollywood took from us and changed for their benefit. [Insert remark about the soulless nature of movie production today.] [This is our agreement to your remark.]



Friday, 3 October 2014

ARC REVIEW: LIES WE TELL OURSELVES BY ROBIN TALLEY

 Lies We Tell Ourselves on Goodreads

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept “separate but equal.”

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it



We received this ARC in exchange for an honest review - thank you to Harlequin Teen  for sending us a copy!

This is a spoiler-free review.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

COVER REVEAL: CONFESS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Earlier in July, we announced the long-anticipated release date for Colleen Hoover's upcoming 2015 novel, titled Confess. The New York Times #1 bestselling author (numerous times, mind you!) has announced no less than two novels due to be released next year. And now the first of the two - release date March 10th, 2015 - has a cover, a synopsis, a finished manuscript in the hands of the more-than-capable Atria editors, and seven predecessors (not counting a novella) which more than justify our high expectations.

Colleen Hoover can do no wrong.


Much like the cover of Ugly Love, which was released less than two months ago, the key to this one is in the details. Firstly, it's an artist's canvas. Secondly, there are paint splatters on it. Thirdly, it's a kind double-exposure photograph featuring a girl we can presume is our protagonist Auburn in the background. The artsy theme to the overall cover fits perfectly with what we know about the plot so far. And as appreciators of art, literature and Colleen Hoover, we're more than eager to know more.