I’ve been storing up some things I’ve loved recently to share with you guys while I’ve had my head down editing.
The first things I want to share are three fab books I’ve read:
Night School: Legacy by C.J Daugherty
This is the second Night School book – a YA contemporary thriller set at an English boarding school. I highly recommend reading the first book first so everything makes sense and the first book is excellent. I’m always nervous before I read a sequel in case it doesn’t match up but I enjoyed this one just as much, more secrets were revealed, there was more action and romance and the story overall felt tighter. This is planned to be a five book series and I’m looking forward to seeing where the author will take it.
Undone by Cat Clarke
This is a standalone contemporary YA by another British author. This is her third book and each one deals with issues that teenagers face. They are all what I’d call edgy both in their subject matter and style. The author doesn’t hold back – this book deals with teen suicide and sexuality. The story is about a girl facing the world after her best friend kills himself after being outed online. She wants revenge on his tormenters but it doesn’t turn out the way she expects. I will warn you – this book is brilliantly written and kept me turning the pages, the author is very talented and doesn’t ever talk down to teens but it’s not an easy subject and the ending may very well break your heart. It’s emotional to put it lightly so it will depend on what kind of books you enjoy whether this is your cup of tea. Ultimately, I admire Cat Clarke for writing a book like this.
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
First of all, if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series you really should. Not only is it fab, there’s a film version out next year and you should read the books first This book is the third in the VA spin-off series Bloodlines. This series features some of the characters from the original series but takes us into the world of magic and not just vampires. I enjoyed this book, it has more action in it than the first two and explores a forbidden romance that you root for. It also has a swoon-worthy vampire in it and what more can you ask for than that?
I haven’t just been reading though. I’ve also discovered two things to watch and get hooked on.
The first is an online modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Lots of the people I follow on Twitter talk about this show and as I’m nosey I looked it up. It’s a series of web episodes each about five minutes long. As a huge Jane Austen fan, I’ve immediately connected with it. I’ve missed 88 episodes so I’m frantically trying to catch up. You can check it all out here.
The second is a new US TV show called Nashville.
As a country music fan, I’ve always wanted to go to Nashville and when Tori started talking about a show set where she lives, I was impatient for it to come on over here. And finally it has! I’m already loving this drama about an established country singer who is suffering from depleted record sales and a new young country/pop singer on top of the charts. It also has a great soundtrack. You can check it out on 4OD here.
Drop me any book / TV recommendations you have in the comments below!