Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette can't touch anybody because she causes immense pain, even death, when her skin touches that of another. The book starts with Juliette locked in a cell, where she has been for a great deal of time. She is then joined by a cell mate - a boy - who confuses yet intrigues Juliette but there may be more to him than meets the eye.
Shatter me was a very quick read for me and by the end of the book, I felt as though nothing had really happened. The first third of the book is formatted with strike-through lines which irritated me when reading and I didn't completely feel that they were necessary. These did seem to fizzle out as the book went on and it became more enjoyable towards the end. It would be a lie to say that Tahereh Mafi's writing isn't unique. I've never read anything like it and her world-building skills were incredible.Juliette's love interest, Adam, played a strong hero role in the book and I can't wait to discover more about their relationship in the rest of the series.
My rating: 4 out of 5 | View the full review here
Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss is about a young schoolgirl, Anna, who gets sent away from her home in Atlanta to live in an American boarding school in Paris. Anna deals with loneliness, the idea of making new friends, boys and a new city in the first book in this series. As the name suggests, the book is a romance novel - but not all the way through, which makes it a lot more interesting in my opinion. The book is multi-dimensional and kept me entertained throughout, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. I absolutely loved this book, it combined my love of Paris, film criticism and teenage romance.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Testing is about a young girl named Cia who is just about to graduate high school and find out whether or not she has been chosen for The Testing - a multi-part test to see which students will go on to study at The University to eventually become a leader of the United Commonwealth. The dystopian fantasy is set years after The Seven Stages War has left the majority of the world an unruly wasteland and Charbonneau is one of the best authors I've come across at world-building. One of my favourite aspects about this book was the protagonist. She was compassionate, had respectable values and seemed to make the same decisions that I would have made, had I been in her situation. I really liked the book as a whole and will be picking up the other books in the series. I would massively recommend that you read this book and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
The Program by Suzanne Young
Sloane is in the target age for the international epidemic that is suicide and with all of her friends catching the disease, it's only a matter of time before Sloane becomes infected too. The Program was developed to stop teen suicide - by withdrawing the suspected individual from their everyday life and medicating them to remove all memories of the people and things they knew before. The Program was an excellent book and I was a big fan. At times, the book was literally heartbreaking and the two main character's love was literally radiating through each page. There were times in the book where the reader had the memories and knowledge that the characters no longer had, which frustrated me no end because I just wanted to shout at the characters and make them understand. I would definitely recommend reading The Program and I will be picking up The Treatment as soon as possible, to complete the duology.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl is about Cath, a fanfiction writer well-known in the blogging world who is just about to start college with her twin sister Wren. Or should I say, Cath thinks she is starting college with her sister, Wren has other ideas and wants to branch out and meet new people, whilst living on the other side of Campus to Cath. Cath is completely alone and has to navigate the world of the dining hall, lectures and her roommate who seems to strongly dislike her, all on her own. This book was the first Rainbow Rowell book I've read and I'm glad this was my first. Her writing is somewhat of a comfort to me, although it's difficult to explain why. Personally, I can't say I've ever read any fanfiction so I don't know the attraction, but I did find myself identifying with Cath on other levels. I would most definitely recommend that you pick up this book and I will be reading more of Rainbow Rowell's books as soon as I can.
There were other books I've been reading recently, you can read my thoughts on over on my Goodreads page, I just selected a few of my favourites for this round-up post. I'd love to hear what you've been reading lately and your thoughts if you've read any of these books too.