Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

A simple concept that not many people take the time to think about: what would you do if you won the lottery? And I’m not talking about the standard lottery winnings- I’m thinking of the jackpot. Millions upon millions of pounds are won across the world by few lucky individuals. But what many don’t consider is if it is luck or if it’s something else entirely? Smith explores this in her new book, Windfall, when Alice buys a lottery ticket as a one-off for her best friend’s birthday. The events that unravel are so spectacular that I found myself thinking that fate isn’t such a weird idea any more. I read this book (bearing in mind it was over 400 pages) in less than a day- it was so easy to read but funny and engaging at the same time. I recommend any young adult to pick it up as it’s the type of book you could leave on the side and would still be loved months later. I found myself laughing out loud and pining for the characters as if they were my friends. Loved it!

*this review was for lovereading (link on the side)*


We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

I received We Come Apart, a novel narrated in poetry from LoveReading (their link is on the side) that I have been excited to read for a while now. The cover is effective and stylish, but as I’m sure you’re all aware it’s what inside that counts! Fortunately the content matches the cover and exceeds all my expectations of Crossan and her amazing writing. The introduction of Conaghan and a very different writing style brings the two characters to life on the page. With Sarah’s being quite brutal and honest, Conaghan depicts Nicu as sweet and loved-up. Two very different personalities ending up in quite similar circumstances proves that we can all do wrong, but can also find love within ourselves. We are all capable of loving, and being loved, however hard it may be. I loved Jess’ and Nicu’s relationship; young love is displayed here as raw as it can get and I love that. I love reading about things that can relate to me and I think this book can relate to all of us- whether that be children or adults trapped in our society where there is nowhere to run when it’s all too much. We Come Apart is a refreshing read that brings to mind the hardships people face everyday and the fact that we do NOT have to face them alone. Brilliant.

Recommendations for bookworms out there (like me) to read

Hi I was reading an Electric Monkey’s (a new publisher) sample book full of snippets of their new books coming out in 2013 from my mum. I thought I’d recommend them for you and some really good books I’ve read that I’ve reviewed on my site;

Electric Monkey Recommendations 

Every Day by David Levithan

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Shipwrecked by Siobhan Curham

Twinmaker by Sean Williams

By Any Other Name by Laura Jarrat

The Originals by Cat Patrick

Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein


Books I love

Mysterium- The Black Dragon by Julian Sedgwick

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The Gone Series by Michael Grant

Wolf by Gillian Cross

The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartly by

In Darkness by Nick Lake

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Weight of the Water by Sarah Crossan

The Nightmare Factory by Lucy Jones

Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster

Hope this helps you in some way!