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First off, I joined into with the #ArmchairBEA Twitter chat this afternoon and had an absolute blast. I had a lot of fun discussing today’s topics, won a prize and even made some new friends. I now look forward to participating in many more Twitter chats in the future.

I decided to write a letter to my all time favourite character to address today’s task.

Dear Hermione,

I’ll like to begin with a sincere thank you. I don’t know what I would have done without you. You are inspiration to me and to thousands of girls and boys all across the world.

I’ve always been the nerdy one. The first one with their hand up, the one who does their homework on the night they get it, the one who spends all their time in the library. And thanks to you I am proud of this fact. I don’t hide from who I am and instead embrace it. However I don’t let it limit me. Like you, I hope to be strong, brave, intelligent, determined and unapologetically myself. Usually female characters have to choose between being strong and being feminine. You aren’t having any of that. You looked absolutely stunning and danced beautifully at the Yule Ball but punched Draco and kicked Death Eater butt. Yes, I’m proud of my intelligence, but I don’t want to be just intelligent. I want to be strong, brave and determined too.

Certainly you made mistakes, especially when it came to boys. Though I don’t blame you when it comes to Ron. You two are perfect together, but I can imagine he’s quite hard work at times. I’m glad you two stuck together, I mean I know it’s not always easy. But if it was easy, would it be worth it? Lots of people tend to complain about Viktor Krum, but I don’t blame you in the slightest. He is famous, good looking and quite a nice guy. Besides at that point, Ron had been fooling around with other girls. Never mind, I’m getting slightly off track here. I just wanted to write this to say how much you mean to me. I am so lucky to be part of the generation that grew with you.

Thank you again.
Emily @ Alwaysopinionatedgirl


I totally get why bloggers find having 107 different forms of social media great for their blog, but I’m afraid my mind’s just not that big! I can only deal with a certain number of things, and for me Goodreads, WordPress, and Twitter are plenty for me.

Since my blog is on WordPress and that allows to me to see other’s blog posts and comment and like, I think it qualifies as social media. I mean, I interact with other human beings so it totally has to count! WordPress is great in the regard that when I’m uploading my posts and checking out my stats etc, I can also have a look at what fellow WordPress bloggers are up to. It requires minimum effort and is usually the first thing I check when I log on to my computer.

Twitter, the second thing I check, is a recent love of mine. I only got Twitter relatively recently, but I already can’t imagine blogging without it. It’s a great way to communicate not only with other bloggers but with authors, publishers and people who just generally like books. I have found so many new blogs through Twitter and I think Twitter has definitely helped me to be bolder and more confident when interacting with authors which is something I’m super proud of. As well as blogging, Twitter has really helped me with my writing by giving me access to awesome word sprinting groups like Write All Year which help keep me motivated whilst writing and have helped me make some awesome friends.

Goodreads is something I never really considered social media until I saw it mentioned under that category and I had a sudden epiphany. Of course, it’s social media. I mean I do kinda social stuff on it. Only recently have I discovered Goodreads as a form of social media, before I mainly used it as a bookish journal just for me. Now however, Alyssa, Michelle and I have set up a book club on Goodreads which is already helping me make new friends. I now am finally starting to understand Goodreads as social media and I like it!


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Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.

Here are the five questions I have chosen to answer as my intro too Armchair BEA.

Why do you loving reading and blogging?

I cannot even remember when I began to love reading, it has always been such an important part of my life. I often joke it’s genetic as both my mum and my auntie also adore to read. Reading has been an escape for me. I can have my own little world away form what’s happening in my life.
Blogging is a relatively new discovery for me as I haven’t even been blogging for a year yet. However I already know exactly why I love it, it’s a fantastic community where I can be myself and be surrounded by like minded people. As well as making loads of new great blogging buddies, I have also got opportunities I never would have before and discovered a whole new section of the internet which is such a beautiful place.

What does diversity mean to you?

To me, diversity means that everyone in the world should be able to open up a book and see a main character just like them. I’m very lucky because I am a middle class, white, heterosexual, female teenager, meaning I am pretty well represented. And that’s great for me! I love it! So why shouldn’t everyone else be able to experience the same thing?
Diversity both excites me and terrifies me, I must confess. As a reader diversity excites me however as a writer diversity does tend to scare me. As I have clarified above, I myself am not particularly diverse so I’m scared about writing about diversity in my books in case I mess up. I mean, I don’t want to wrongly represent these people.

What is one book everyone should read?

I’m going to cheat and say seven, but they’re a series so… I think you can all guess what series I’m talking about, Harry Potter, of course. Now most people agree with me and say they’re entertaining and that certainly is true. However they are not solely entertaining, they taught me so many important life lessons about friendship, family, bravery and many more. I grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione despite the fact that all the books had been released by the time I started reading them. They were an important part of my childhood, are an important part of my teenagehood (what’s the right word for this? Anyone know?) and will be an important part of my adulthood.

What is your favourite genre and why?

I would probably just have to say YA as I really can’t decide within that. I think it often depends on my mood – currently I’m really looking contemporaries like The Heartbreakers and Nowhere But Here which is quite unusual for me. Traditionally I like fantasy and paranormal however recently I’ve fallen in love with contemporaries. I think this probably due to the excitement surrounding contemporary novels in the book blogging world.

What is the top book in your TBR pile?

Since I had such a huge TBR pile, I decided to reorganise and make myself a TBR bookshelf. This bookshelf is arranged in rainbow order, going from red to white ands it looks so beautiful. I’m so proud of new book shelf and I can’t wait to share the pictures with you guys which will be coming soon. So, finally answering the question I guess the first book of my TBR shelf is Ketchup Clouds By Annabel Pitcher which I hope to read before YALC.


Nowhere But Here By Katie McGarry

Wow! This is my third five star novel of 2015 and it was absolutely amazing.  I was kind of worried that this new series might not be as good Katie McGarry’s other series, but she did not disappoint!
This book was wonderful because it not only focused on romantic love but on family. This is an entirely unrepresented area in YA and Katie McGarry captures it perfectly. She really understands what it means to a family- that you don’t have to blood related and it’s not always easy to love your family. She shows the most true and beautiful form of love, not only in Oz and Emily’s relationship but in the way that Olivia is like Oz’s mother and how Eli is always determined to protect Emily even from himself, in the way that Violet tries to fiercely protect her brother and the way that everyone drops everything to help a family member in need. Nowhere But Here is a novel everyone can relate to, surprising though it may sound. It is one of these peculiar yet brilliant talents that Katie McGarry has, the ability to interest me and make me care about things I’ve never even thought before. She’s done it before in her Pushing the Limits series, I mean I’m English and I couldn’t care less about baseball, but Dare You To really engrossed me. Before reading this I was tenuous about the idea of motorcycle clubs, but it was Katie McGarry so I just had to read. And I thank goodness that I did. I now have a great desire to move to America and join a motorcycle club. I cannot wait for the next book, especially after googling and discovering it’s about Razor, a character I can’t wait to to find out more about.  I am intrigued as to who could be Razor’s perfect girl.

The Motorcycle club was such an intriguing setting for a novel that was so unlike anything I have ever read about before. Admittedly sometimes my feminist side had a bit of a huff and grumble about the attitude to women within the club. I didn’t like all the bras on the walls as if the women were some sort of trophy or the fact that the women had no say when making decisions and were almost seen as property by some men. Luckily the main romantic relationships within the novel were ones when the women were completely respected and didn’t take no nonsense from their men. Oz treated Emily with complete respect, and loved how she had her own mind and wasn’t afraid to share it.

I loved the dual perspective in this novel because it showed that both Oz and Emily were the main characters and neither was just the love interest. They both were interesting realistic characters that had their own stories and weren’t just made important by the other. Each of their perspectives was so well written yet different from the other and completely reflective of their own personalities.

Another thing I thought would be weird about this novel is the fact that one of the main characters has the same name as me – Emily. However I found it didn’t positively or negatively impact my reading experience in any way. I almost disconnected in my brain the fact that my name is Emily whilst reading it – if you know what I mean.
Now usually at the end of a review I try and talk about the parts of the book I liked less, but I genuinely can’t think of any improvements for Katie MGarry. All I can say is keep up the good work and write faster!


Paladin By Sally Slater

Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule… and knows it. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she’ll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.

But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery. Disguised as a boy, Sam leaves home behind to fight demons-—the most dangerous monsters in Thule—-alongside the kingdom’s elite warriors. Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her–yet–but if he does, he’ll take away her sword and send her packing.

Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable. Whether he can be trusted is anyone’s guess, including his.

As demons wreak havoc across the land, rebellion stirs in the West, led by a rival faction of warriors.

A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life–or just her heart?

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I don’t even know where to begin. This book was originally one of the rare good fantasy novels on Wattpad so when I read it as a published novel I immediately fell in love. I’m so glad this book got published, for me Sally 100% deserved it. Not only is she a great writer but she always seems so nice and interacts awesomely with her fans. She even allowed me to interview her which you can see here.

Anyway, back to the book, I’m so glad I bought it as the changes made from the original Wattpad version were great. The bits I looked forward were still there, but I felt as if her writing style had matured and the plotline fine-tuned, removing any flaws. The idea for this novel is so unique. Yes, I know we’ve all seen the whole ‘girl dresses as a man to fight’ thing in Mulan, nut Sally Slater rewrote this with her own flair. Sam didn’t go to escape a marriage or to protect a family member, she went for herself. She went because she wanted to and I liked that, a protagonist who is sometimes selfish and does things for themselves.

Now, leading very smoothly on to the characters, I absolutely loved them. Sam is one of my new favourite female protagonists. She is not strong ‘for a girl’, brave ‘for a girl’ or determined ‘for a girl’. She is simply strong, brave and determined. She proves multiple times she’s better than most men. At some points she starts to fall down the slippery slope of strong female characters not being able to be at all feminine. However luckily, Sam managed to cling on to a tree branch so she didn’t actually fall down the slippery slope. Throughout the entire novel, Sam is aware of the two different sides of herself but doesn’t understand how she can be both, making the last line truly wonderful. “And Sam who was both warrior and woman, finally found a place where she belonged.” Finally! A badass female character who realises she can also be a woman.

Looking at the rest of the characters, I want my own Braeden. Pretty please…… I promise I’ll be good. Braeden spends the entire novel trying to atone for sins he has committed and sees himself as completely unlovable, which is what makes him so adorable. Braeden is a refreshing change to the usual fantasy love interest, he is Sam’s equal in every single way, however he is struggling with problems of his own and is in no way perfect.

Now with Tristan, this had the potential to be the horrible unnecessary and downright awkward love triangle. I was immensely relived when it wasn’t. Sam is firm in her love for Braeden and Tristan doesn’t even get a look in. There is only one team here and it’s Team Braeden. Tristan and Sam’s banter is great though – they both bring out the other’s sassiness and are great friends whilst he thinks she’s a man.

The rest of the cast of characters are an interesting bunch and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future. I am especially interested in finding more out about the High Commander and  Braeden’s past. One of the things I really enjoyed about his novel is you never know what is going to happen. You’re permanently on the edge of your seat and there’s nothing you can do about it except read faster.


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The Heartbreakers By Ali Novak

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When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Since Cara’s health has been deteriorating, all Stella Walter can think about is trying to cheer her sister up. Her life revolves around Cara to the point where Stella drops out of one of the country’s top photography programs so she can spend what little time she has left with her sick sister.

With Cara’s birthday around the corner, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift. An autographed poster of her sister’s favorite boy band should do the trick. Sounds simple enough, right? But life isn’t always so easy.

Not only does Stella hate The Heartbreakers because of their terrible music, but when she realizes that the cute boy she met at Starbucks is really Oliver Perry, the lead singer of the band, her life seems to spin out of control…

Will Stella be able to swallow her pride and get the autograph that she so desperately needs to make Cara happy? And will Oliver be able to show Stella how to live her own life again?

Meet… The Heartbreakers.

Before I start, I feel as if I must confess that despite the fact that I am a teenage I don’t really like boy bands. I find other people’s obsession with them frankly rather strange, however I suppose the same could be said about me and books.

I have finally found a boy band I can gush over and adore, with their posters plastered on my walls and their album on repeat. The only flaw in my plan: they’re fictional. Why Ali? Why have you done this to me?

Ali Novak is awesome! She has once again written a thoroughly enjoyable read-in-24-hours book that I will be telling my friends about. Like with MLWTWB , I read this book first on Wattpad , so when I saw it on NetGalley, I immediately requested it and was majorly excited when I received and e-arc. Having read this book now, I would say I even  enjoyed this more than MLWTWB.

The characters in this novel are great. As well as loving the main characters, Stella and Oliver, I couldn’t help but fall for all of the Heartbreakers and wish I had siblings like Cara and Drew. Each character was good on their own, but they were brilliant together. It was the way the characters reacted together that made this novel so enjoyable. The boys, JJ, Alec, Xander and Oliver were hilarious together whilst the way the triplets stuck together through thick and thin was not only adorable but so admirable. I would have a hard time picking a favourite member of the Heartbreaker but in the end I think I’d have to go with Alec as he’s just so sweet and caring and awwwwww…

Some criticisms for this book involve the fact that it’s so unrealistic, that the chances  of  becoming a famous band’s photographer and then falling in love with one of the band members are slim to none. I hate to break it to you, but there’s a reason why I read fiction instead of biographies. I don’t always need realism. Sure, some gritty, heart wrenching novels are absolutely amazing, but I read book that make me happy and this book definitely did that. This book is like a warm hug full of giggles from your best friend.

This book was so great, it inspired the world’s least creative person (me) to create fan art and if I do say so myself, I’m pretty proud of it. Check it out!

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Sally Slater is the fabulous Wattpad author who’s debut novel Paladin is coming out tomorrow, 14th May. I am super excited to able to interview her and showcase her novel to all of you wonderful lot.

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Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule… and knows it. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she’ll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.

But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery. Disguised as a boy, Sam leaves home behind to fight demons-—the most dangerous monsters in Thule—-alongside the kingdom’s elite warriors. Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her–yet–but if he does, he’ll take away her sword and send her packing.

Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable. Whether he can be trusted is anyone’s guess, including his.

As demons wreak havoc across the land, rebellion stirs in the West, led by a rival faction of warriors.

A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life–or just her heart?

So shall we get started then?

Who are some of your favourite authors?

My current favorite author is Ilona Andrews, who is actually a husband-wife duo. They write the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, and to put it bluntly, Kate is the coolest female protagonist in fantasy fiction. Characters are what make the story for me, and the Ilona Andrews team have created some truly memorable ones. I also love the way they weave mythology into the fabric of their world – they’re incredible world builders.

I’m also a big fan of Grace Draven, author of Master of Crows. She writes loves stories with imperfect heroes and heroines, and that’s what makes them interesting. Her writing is also absolutely stunning.

What are you currently reading?

I have a real book addiction problem where I buy a book and have to finish it within the same day. Sometimes I end up reading four or five books in one week, although that’s usually when I’m procrastinating from writing. The most recent book I read is Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch, a YA fantasy novel that’s a little bit like Graceling.

If you could meet one famous person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I have already met the entire cast of Game of Thrones (check that one off the bucket list), so I’m going to go with J.K. Rowling. She redefined fantasy writing for the modern era and created a series that became an instant classic. I’d love to pick her brain to learn more about her writing process, how much of the story she had planned in advance, and how much the story evolved from her original intentions.

 

Which writers inspire you?

The women authors who introduced the first female protagonists to fantasy are my biggest inspirations. I gobbled up the fantasy genre when I was a kid, but stories with women heroines were few and far between. Eventually, I discovered Tamora Pierce, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley and Patricia C. Wrede. They wrote stories about young women who took charge and changed the world. I want to do the same.

 

Why do you write?

 As trite as it may sound, I write because I have to. For as long as I can remember, I have always felt compelled to put words down on paper. Even when I wasn’t writing fiction, I was always writing – whether it was for my college newspaper or scrawled in secret in my personal journal. I have hundreds of little stories I started and never finished (full disclosure: they were awful), starting way back in elementary school.

As I’ve gotten older, my writing has become a little more purposeful. I write for myself, but I also write for an audience. I want my readers to first and foremost be entertained by what I write, and I want them to be temporarily transported to another world, as the books I have loved have transported me.

When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

I didn’t figure it out until I joined Wattpad! I’d actually taken a creative fiction course in college – just on a whim – and my professor wasn’t particularly enamored with my writing. To be fair to her, the stories that I wrote weren’t very good.

Fast forward a few years later, and I felt the urge to do some creative writing. I do business writing in my day job which, while I enjoy, isn’t quite as satisfying creatively as telling a story. I started posting to Wattpad…first a story called Magical PR 101, then Paladin. The immediate positive feedback and encouragement I got from the Wattpad community is what convinced me to stick with it and develop my craft.

Do you work with an outline or do you just go with the flow when writing?

I started writing Paladin without any sort of prep, but I eventually got stuck with the plot. Writing an outline is what got me back on track with the story. I’d also say the story line was much more cohesive once I was working off an outline. That said, I hate making outlines. I view them as a necessary evil. The whole time I’m working on one, I’m antsy to finish and start writing the fun stuff.

Where did the ideas for Paladin come from?

Growing up, I read high fantasy to the near exclusion of anything else (except when forced to in school, of course). One thing that always bothered me was how hard it was to find good high fantasy stories with female heroines. To be sure, there were exceptions – I discovered characters like Aerin Firehair and Mel Astiar and Princess Cimorene who captured my imagination and made me want to learn to fight.

I never picked up fighting…which is probably for the best…but those amazing stories have stuck with me all these years. When the Twilight phenomenon swept the world, and millions of girls around the world were aspiring to be Bella Swan, the least inspiring female protagonist in recent memory, I became nostalgic for the book heroines that rocked my world when I was a teen. I decided to write my own story with my own brand of heroine, and that’s how Paladin came about.

What was the hardest thing about writing Paladin?

I find fight scenes incredibly difficult to write. But I must be some kind of masochist because I probably have a dozen of them throughout the book. I have never trained in martial arts or ever thrown a punch, so I have to rely on my imagination and research. Sometimes I have to get up and have a sword fight with an imaginary opponent to envision the sequence of movements. No, I do not do this in public.

 

Which part of Paladin did you most enjoy writing?

Writing dialogue between Sam, Braeden and Tristan is so much fun. I love the dynamic they have with each other and the way they banter. In my head, they have three totally distinct voices, which makes writing dialogue easy. They could be in an empty room with nothing going on and manage to get into a lively conversation.

How did moving from Wattpad to being published work?

I posted the first chapter of Paladin to Wattpad over three-and-a-half years ago, so it definitely hasn’t been a short journey! Over the past few years, I learned a lot about the publishing industry – which is rapidly evolving, thanks to the advent of self-publishing and sites like Wattpad – and what it takes to be successful. I had two major takeaways, after lots of self-reflection and several missteps: 1) your first draft needs a helluva lot of work before you can even think about publishing; and 2) traditional publishing is not necessarily the best route for everyone.

Here are the questions I think every author should ask themselves before deciding to publish: “Does my novel read like a book I’d pick off the shelf of the library? Would I buy my own book?” Once I got my book to that point – which took six months of editing and revising at a frenetic pace – I finally felt like I was ready to publish.

As far as the actual publishing part goes, I’m working with an indie publisher. My publisher is handling all the logistical aspects of publishing, like formatting and publishing the book, figuring out the right pricing, and marketing both me as an author and my book. But because I’m working with an indie publisher (vs. a traditional publisher), I have a lot more say in terms of creative direction, on everything from my website to my cover to final edits to the book.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Write down all your story ideas! I wish I’d kept a running journal over the years of all the crazy dreams I’ve had and the fantasy worlds that have popped into my head. You never know what will spur your next novel.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Network with other authors. The best way to learn your craft is to get feedback and learn from writers with different perspectives on writing. That’s part of what makes Wattpad so great – it makes it easy to connect with millions of other professional and aspiring writers who are eager to learn and have lots to share.

Thank you so much Sally for agreeing to be featured on my blog. I have preordered my copy of Paladin and can’t wait to read it at midnight tonight. No sleep for me tonight.


I just wanted to let to know about this totally awesome thing I am doing with two totally awesome people Michelle and Alyssa. I am so excited to be part of this book and would love it if as many of you guys as possible would join us, because you know what they say, the more the merrier!


My Life With The Walter Boys By Ali Novakmlwtwb

My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.

Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1: Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.

Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect.

I read this book for the first time on Wattpad, so I was upper excited to buy it on my Kindle in order to support one of my favourite Wattpad authors.

This book started my recent craving for YA contempary novels and was one of those novels you read in 24 hours and can’t put down. All of the Walter boys are so individual and adorable, I wish I was a part of their family. I can’t even decide who is my favourite, I love them all so much, which is rare for me as I usually have a firm favourite in most of the books I read.

I liked Jackie so much more this time round. When I read this book on Wattpad, I felt as if Jackie was solely defined by the accident, however in this new and improved version, I felt as if she was her own person with her own quirks and characteristics. The characters I didn’t like were her friends, they were very flat 2D characters who were almost like props in the novel to show Jackie had a life outside the Walter boys. There was really no need for these badly written characters, in my opinion.

This book did contain a love triangle, however it wasn’t your typical, awkward. teenage angsty love triangle that just makes you want to throw your book (or Kindle in this case) across the room. This was a mature, realistic, carefully dealt with love triangle that didn’t make my skin crawl or leave a nasty taste in my mouth. I liked both boys, even though they both screwed up at times. Although sometimes their battle was immature and the high school gossip got challenging to bear, for me this novel hit the spot. It was a fast paced, entertaining read, which is exactly what I needed on my holiday after a long term at school. I am making absolutely no claims that this novel is beautifully written, though provoking literature, however I did enjoy it.