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THE HAZARDS OF SEX ON THE BEACH Synopsis

One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand…

No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I’d fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.

Sometimes it’s the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it’s possible to let yourself fall in love again.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

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Title: Boys Don’t Knit
Series: Boys Don’t Knit
Author: TS Easton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more ‘feminine’ side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. All a big misunderstanding of course. To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets ‘stuck in’. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates…and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him…Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don’t Knit is a must for boys and girls..

REVIEW BY SAM – YEAR 9

This is a teen comedy novel revolving around the life of struggling teen Ben fletcher. Ben isn’t a bad kid, he just seems to hang out with the wrong people, in the wrong places, and more often than not, he’s also in those places at the wrong time. So it’s only a matter of time before he is forced into community service after a hairy incident involving shop-lifted alcohol, a bike and a lollipop lady who wouldn’t seem out of place on a Viking battlefield. Thrust into a desperate mission of redemption, Ben must face this wizened warrior queen, inappropriate innuendo from his parents, girls, and a short-lived career in knitting. And getting a date with the frustratingly elusive Megan Hooper would also be nice.

I picked this book up with mixed emotions; the title suggested a comedy, and after reading the synopsis I was assured that it was, however, the cover was a dubious mix of bright colours and a theme that wasn’t reassuringly masculine, and as a result there was a brief moment of indecision, before I made the worthwhile choice of taking it to read.

Filled with unexpected turns, it didn’t exhaust its ability to occasionally cause me to giggle like a little girl, and at other times groan with exasperation at the impossible circumstances Ben somehow gets himself into. T.S. Easton seems to manage to effortlessly draw you into the life of Gex, Joz and Freddie and their friend and antiheroic weed, Ben Fletcher, the unlikely main character of this story.

A worthy read, causing you to inwardly cringe, laugh and even feel the successes (few, yet still there) of the relatable Ben Fletcher, it’s almost sad to finish the story, but it leaves no doubt about the prowess of the skilled T.S. Easton: there is nothing to criticise.

Read it, it’ll be a laugh.

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BOOK SUMMARY

Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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Review: Shine by Candy Gourlay

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Title: Shine
Author: Candy Gourlay
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: 5 Sept 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it’s not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It’s not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me.

Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she’s not the only one with something to hide..

REVIEW BY OSKAR – YEAR 7

This is an eerie, horror story with a spiritual background and a bit of ghostly atmospheric feeling. It is set in a peculiar city where the relentless rain never stops, and all locals are highly superstitious, worrying at the slightest twinge of unusual occurrences. As a thirteen year old, Rosa must seize the freedom to be who she really is, and, after meeting the mysterious Ansel95 online, as well as seeing ghostly images of her mother, her life is completely changed.

At the beginning, I was a little perplexed, thinking this book was a bit too far out of the ordinary, but as the compelling storyline continued, I realised that only a minority of the customs of this superstitious community were unique, and different to nowadays. The pace of the story is relatively moderate, with flashbacks from the past occurring every couple of chapters, increasing the complexity and texture of the plot set in the near future. Also this aids in filling in part of the background story to the overall plot.

The author has the uncanny ability to turn the varying degree of fairly random characters into likable, friendly individuals. Even the so-called villains in the story are not acting completely according to their own will, but are briefly controlled by spells of madness. This story is made engaging due the variety of different events that happen throughout the course of the book, as well as the fact that it is highly unpredictable, and the reader is constantly striving to find out what occurs next.

If there is anything that I, personally would add to this novel is perhaps some more background information on the characters linking off of the main character, such as her friends, and maybe even a more detailed concentration on the background of Rosa’s rather unknown father.

Despite this, I personally enjoyed the overall novel and would possibly consider reading more of this writers work to see what other interesting and enjoyable stories of this calibre have been created.