Wednesday, 15 April 2015

5 Books I'm Looking Forward To Reading In S/S 2015

Royal Wedding Meg Cabot
I have a huge amount of respect for the incredibly talented Meg Cabot, she's written across many genres from children, young adult, chick lit, crime chick lit to steamy novels and she writes them well. I haven't read the princess diaries (in fact the only Meg Cabot books I haven't) having moved into my 20's by then. I have watched the two films starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway which are pretty good. This book sees Mia all grown up, and given the wedding fever over Prince William and Kate, the subject of Royal Weddings are very popular.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community centre, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements.  Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone - especially herself - that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? 
UK release date: 2nd July Pre Order at Amazon here

Finding Audrey (Sophie kinsella)
Although I found the last book she wrote as part of the Shopaholic series disappointing (see my review here) it hasn't put me off reading Kinsella's other books. Finding Audrey seems to be the first book where her main character is a teenager and her first outing in young adult fiction. The main character Audrey suffers from anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are common, Anxiety UK estimates  that more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life. It'll be interesting to see how Kinsella tackles this issue.

Meet Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems.
Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother's hot new best friend a bit of a challenge.
But Audrey has a plan to help her face her fears and take on the world again. First stop: Starbucks.
UK Release date June 4 th 2015 Pre- order here at Amazon.

Go Set A watchman (Harper Lee)
This is a long awaited sequel of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' a book that won many awards including the Pulizer Prize and spent 41 weeks on the best seller list when it was released in 1961. To Kill A Mockingbird tackled racism in the American Deep South and the differing views on justice, with Atticus, a lawyer, seen as a moral hero. The book appears on many school syllabuses aimed at teaching tolerance rather than prejudice. I studied this book at school, watched the film starring Gregory Pick (1962 ) as well as watching the play in the theatre. In Go Set A Watchman Scout is no longer a child, she's grown up and living in New York. When she travels back to Maycomb to see her father she reminisces about the past.

Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic.
Uk release date July 14 2015 Pre-order here at Amazon.

Always the Bridesmaid (Lindsey Kelk)
Lindsey Kelk's writes in a entertaining and carefree way. Her books seem to involve a lot of drinking, hilarious escapades, trips abroad and the odd swear word. The opening of  her first published book 'I heart New York' begins with a wedding and she returns to this theme, but from three different women's perspectives. If this is like her other books it will be a humorous, light-hearted, easy read and it's released just in time for at the wedding season in May.

Everyone loves a bridesmaid - except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.
Everyone loves a wedding - except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.
And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes - except Maddie herself.
One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?
Uk release date may 7th Pre-order here at Amazon

The Good Girls (Sara Shepard)
The recurring theme in Shepard's books seem to be exposing the dark secrets behind perfect, rich and attractive girls whose lives aren't really as perfect as they seem. She does write to a set formula: throw in rich girls, bullying & blackmail and don't forget the twins! Despite this I love these plots and they always seem to be addictive. This is the second instalment in the Perfectionists series, see the review of the first here.

They're good girls...but no one's perfect...Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Parker and Caitlin are five senior high-school girls who seem to have it all. Top grades, beautiful looks, music scholarships, sports captaincies...even the boys of their dreams. But there's just one small flaw in their apparently perfect facade. They're wanted for a murder they didn't commit. Sure, they talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, but they didn't go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned...right? Except Nolan wasn't the only one they fantasised about hurting in film class that day. And now someone seems to have found their list, and is carrying out their very particular revenges in their name. Who is really behind these killings? Who can they truly trust? And who will be the next to die?
Uk release date July 2nd Pre-order here on Amazon

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