BLOG TOUR –  Perfect –  Cecelia Ahern

BLOG TOUR – Perfect – Cecelia Ahern

**This article contains spoilers about Flawed, the prequel to Perfect.**

 

Thanks to the publishers for allowing us an advanced copy of the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed Series – Celeste is back in Perfect.

Having enjoyed the first book in the series (Flawed – check out our review for that here: http://compellingreads.co.uk/flawed-cecelia-ahern/), we were excited to get our book wormy hands on the sequel we were so excited for.

In Flawed we left Celeste branded flawed – the most flawed person ever in fact and now having been forced away from her family.  In Perfect we pick up with Celeste as an evader, in hiding from the Whilstleblowers and Judge Crevan who are desperate to locate her and bring her under control, for Celeste has become a light of hope to flawed everywhere and she has dangerous information against Crevan himself, which he is desperate to prevent becoming public knowledge.

As Celeste faces challenges in keeping away from those desperate to bring her into line, combined with her determination to bring to light the truth about the Guild and the system that itself is flawed.  Can Celeste trust anyone? And will she be able to reveal the truth of her brands and Crevan’s part in them?

In Perfect we see a more grown up Celeste and her relationship with other flawed, especially Carrick.  While to some she is a hero, it is a role she is unsure of, one which is forced upon her but due to her nature she can see the ‘flaws’ in the system that is running her society.  She herself knows that it is mistakes that people learn from, but in this time it is mistakes that make the flawed outcasts.  When those hold up to be perfect seem to be the most flawed in their hatred of difference and selfish motives.

We see Celeste torn between Carrick and Art, who she still believes to have a good heart despite being the son of the person who has changed her life forever.  It’s easy again to become lost in this book and I read it within a few hours as it’s simply impossible to put down.

I enjoy Cecelia Ahern’s adult books but I’m in love with this Young Adult series, which is by name and in reality Perfect.

The book highlights very serious issues in an easy to follow way, Celeste acknowledges that no-one is perfect and it is flaws that make people unique and allow people to learn. My favourite quote which sums up this central idea is in chapter 81 which I’d like to end this post with:

“For someone one win, somebody else must lose.  For that person to have won they must have lost something in the first place.

The irony of justice is that the feelings that precede it and those which fruit from it are never fair and balance,

Not even justice itself is perfect”

If that wasn’t enough for you, we also have an exclusive extract from the book for you to read – just click the link below:

Perfect Extract

Perfect Book Cover Perfect
Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
6th April 2017
Paperback
432

The thrilling, shocking and romantic sequel to the bestselling YA debut FLAWED is finally here. When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become PERFECT…

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

With thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for allowing us a review copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

 

Flora doesn’t remember anything after she was 10 years old, but she has notes on her hand prompting her to be brave and a notebook which contains her story, telling her how when she was 10 she had a tumour, which on removal left her with short time memory problems.  Those memory problems means she only retains memories for a couple of hours, so she will live in the same place her whole life with her mum and dad and helped by her best friend Paige.

 

But when Flora attends a party and kisses her best friend’s boyfriend she wakes with a new memory, she remembers she kissed Drake on the beach and she loves him. Unfortunately having kissed her best friends boyfriend this spells the end to her friendship with Paige, who is supposed to be looking after her when Flora’s parents are called away to look after her older brother who is very ill.

 

Suddenly Flora finds herself really needing to be brave as she must cope on her own, with just her notes to remind her where she is, where her parents are and that she loves Drake, still carrying the memory of the kiss she finds herself going on an amazing adventure sure that Drake is the key to her recovering her memory.

 

Underneath the main plot is also a narrative in which we question whether Flora can trust the information given to her by those around her, after all she has no recent memories of her own and can only trust the information she is given by her parents and those around her, but what if they are keeping secrets from her?

 

A fabulously written young adult story that kept me gripped with its twist and turns, a few times I struggled with the timeline of Flora’s memory as she lapsed between being able to remember and times of forgetfulness and it was difficult to work out a time, but this worked with the plot and helped you to relate to Flora’s own concept of time and memory.

The One Memory of Flora Banks Book Cover The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
Penguin
12th December 2016
Kindle
311

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

Having read the majority of Cecelia Ahern’s books now I was very excited when I saw this book come up for review on Netgalley and couldn’t wait to read it.  This is Cecelia Ahern’s first young adult novel and I was very intrigued with what she would come up – and yet again she’s bought to life a world fully formed and fleshed that as a reader you immediately find yourself lost in.

The main character Celestine is deemed to be perfect, typical teenager she argues with her younger sister, she works hard at school and at her piano lessons, she always knows exactly what to wear and she’s in love with the son of a very important judge.  We soon learn that being perfect in Celestine’s world is very important- as those that are deemed to have bad judgement are deemed flawed – they are literally marked out from the rest of society and looked down on, treated with different rules and judged by those around them.

Celestine is a supporter of the system until a pivotal moment when the treatment of a flawed man calls into question her beliefs and an impulsive decision changes her whole life and brings about the last perfect moment of her life.  At first it seems that her friend Judge Crevan will help her, but as the leader of the flawed court he is only out to protect himself and when Celestine tells the truth in court his rage at her is unrelenting.

In the time that follows Celestine’s branding we’re caught up in the new life she finds herself a part of, being torn between a hero and a villain figure to those around her.  The book’s main focus is a system which whilst deeming others as flawed is at his heart flawed itself.

Although branded as a book for young adults I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend this to all ages! I was lost within the story and at the last page left literally shouting for more! There was nothing flawed about this book, it’s perfect from start to finish!

 

Flawed Book Cover Flawed
Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
HarperCollins
24th March 2016
334

The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher

All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’ve had this book sitting in my to read pile for some time, so having a day off gave me the ideal opportunity to sit down and get through this book in one afternoon.

Carrie has made her name as actress, singer and vlogger over the last few years and now she’s added author to her c.v.  All I know now is an autobiographical guide to those out there that might be in need of some advise.  Carrie is known for tackling some tough issues on her vlogs and again in her writing she’s not afraid of talking about things like bullying and sex, using her own experiences as an example to let the reader know they aren’t alone.

As a slightly older reader I felt the book was probably more appropriate to a younger reader, early – late teens, for those who are looking to know they aren’t alone in the thoughts and feeling and questions that come with growing up and finding your place in the world.

This book is like having the comforting voice of an older sister showing you the way, you’ll laugh, maybe you’ll cry but you’ll come out at the end knowing you aren’t alone and that there are others who understand and have been in the tricky position of surviving the teenage years and come out the other side!

I’m looking forward to reading more of Carrie’s work!

All I Know Now Book Cover All I Know Now
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Sphere
23rd April 2015
Hardcover
352

We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person. Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an 'honorary big sister' to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better.

Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, ALL I KNOW NOW. It includes Carrie's thoughts on some of the topics she's asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships and perhaps the scariest question of all: what does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully . . . most of the time.

Gone – Anna Bloom

Gone – Anna Bloom

As a massive fan of Anna’s earlier work, The Uni Files and falling completely for Ben and Lilah her two main characters, I approached Gone with some trepidation as I was worried that I wouldn’t find as deep an emotional connection with these new characters as Ben and Lilah. I needn’t have worried though as Anna’s beautiful writing has created a whole new world with Bex and Josh who I completely fell for.

Gone opens with Rebecca (Bex) who, for some unknown reason, has had to move with her family (Mum, Dad and her younger sister Emily) from London to Bridge Cottage in the beautiful little town of St Agnes in Cornwall. It is clear right from the beginning that Bex is running away from something painful and it is revealed that she only has 14 days to get through before she can leave her family and start afresh at University.

As she only has 14 days it comes as a complete shock to her that she meets a fantastically gorgeous guy called Joshua on the beach and then later again in an art supply shop in the town. At first this man seems rude but Bex can’t resist this dreadlocked surfer who shimmers as if he were made of the moon.

Through alternate chapters narrated by Bex and Josh (dreadlock boy) we discover the instant attraction both these characters feel towards each other and the added frisson of knowing that Bex will be leaving in 14 days adds to the tension of this complicated yet beautiful relationship.

This is an absolutely enchanting book and I adore Anna’s lyrical descriptions of setting and character and she is a writer who can make you laugh and cry all on the same page. I was completely transported to Cornwall and become so enveloped in Bex and Josh’s world that when I looked up from reading I was surprised (and disappointed) to discover they didn’t exist.

This is not a simple, traditional love story though, there are real issues dealt with in a completely sensitive way including bullying, drugs, social media and how pain can set people on self-destructive courses in several different ways.

You must read this wonderfully warm, thrilling and enchanting story that is uplifting and satisfying and prepare to fall in love with the girl made of the sun and the boy made of the moon. Absolutely stunning.

Gone Book Cover Gone
Anna Bloom
26/07/2014
289

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever. 

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart? 

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again 

GONE is a mature Young Adult Novel and is only suitable for readers over the age of 16

Blog Tour: Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged – Sarah J Pepper

Blog Tour: Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged – Sarah J Pepper

Rapunzel Unhinged by Sarah J Pepper

Gunned down by the hottest killer in the history of the Badass Archives wasn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. But when her reputable extraction skills fail, she uses unorthodox methods to gain her freedom from the Mercenary, whose icy blue eyes have serious panty-dropping capabilities. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their would-be assassin, Rapunzel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetically intense it verges on cliché.

Regardless, Rapunzel’s hands are tied. Love chooses its victims, not the other way around. She isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary, and her “Happy Ending” plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to find her freedom—love be damned—and she’ll do it in a fabulous pair of heels.

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meI specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

 

 

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Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged Book Cover Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged
Sarah J Pepper

Gunned down by the hottest killer in the history of the Badass Archives wasn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. But when her reputable extraction skills fail, she uses unorthodox methods to gain her freedom from the Mercenary, whose icy blue eyes have serious panty-dropping capabilities. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their would-be assassin, Rapunzel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetically intense it verges on cliché.

Regardless, Rapunzel’s hands are tied. Love chooses its victims, not the other way around. She isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary, and her “Happy Ending” plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to find her freedom—love be damned—and she’ll do it in a fabulous pair of heels.

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