November TBR:

By Jenny Cole - 10:39:00


Credit: http://www.mykindabook.com/blog/october-2016/book-of-the-month-the-lie-tree-illustrated-edition

I can pinpoint the moment when I fell in love with reading as a child. I owe that to Roald Dalh, his books never failed to make me laugh. I would constantly re-read them once I had finished and as time went on, it inspired me to start writing stories of my own-which later led to my love for scriptwriting and filmmaking. 
When I was a kid, it would take me a week to read three new books. This was a little habit of mine until I got to secondary school where reading loads of books wasn't 'cool'. At the end of last year, I made it my goal to read 50 books by the end of 2017. At the time of writing, I have read 35. I worked out a couple of weeks ago, that in order to hit fifty books, I would need to read one book every 3 days. Which averages out to 3-4 books per week, depending on the length of the book. At the moment, a 250 page book would take me two hours to read in one sitting, while a 400 page book would take me two days, over two sittings. Over the summer, I got very bored one day and read 6 1/2.  books. Yes, you read that bit right. Six and a half. 
This month it's my goal to read 5-10 books. 

THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge

'The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeliness painstakingly sketched in her father's journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The tree of lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.' 

Who Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and ears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. 

But as Bath's untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter...

THE LOOK by Sophia Bennett

Ted doesn't think of herself as glamorous. But her gorgeous sister Ava is. So when it's Ted who spotted by a model agency, at the same time that Ava is diagnosed with cancer, things have clearly gone very wrong. Ted isn't interested in modelling but Ava wants her to give it a try. Just how far will Ted go to please her sister? And what sacrifices will she have to make?YOU DON'T KNOW ME by Sophia Bennett

LOVE SONG by Sophia Bennett

She’s the new assistant to the lead singer’s diva fiancée, and she knows it’s going to suck. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …

YOU DON'T KNOW ME by Sophia Bennett

Sasha, Jodie, Nell and Rose never expected to be famous. They didn’t want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.
But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes. The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous. Just not necessarily the way they hoped …

THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt

THE RISE SOCIETY by Marie Lu

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu 

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.





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