The Sea Between Us; Emylia Hall

the sea between us

Well, what can I say? It has been a busy busy couple of months in the Just Bookish household, and as much as I hate it, it’s meant I’ve had no time to blog!  Fingers crossed I can now get myself back on track, and post reviews at least once a week.  Before life took over, I was really enjoying posting my reviews and also started to post some more DIY styled posts and a  bookshelf tour, so if you enjoyed them please let me know if the comments below, and also let me know if there are any other post you would like to see from me in the near future.

Now, lets get back to business!  The Sea Between Us isn’t my usual read, it’s a  contemporary novel which isn’t something I tend to gravitate towards when I’m picking my next book to read. However, it was quite nice to have a break from the crime and thriller books I’ve been buried in over the last couple of months, and I would love to hear your recommendations on other contemporary reads.

[The Plot] In a remote Cornish cove, on one of the last days of summer, Robyn Swinton is drowning. She is saved – just – by local boy Jago Winters, and it is a moment that will change both of them forever.

Over the next seven years, Robyn and Jago’s paths lead them in different directions, to city streets and foreign shores. Will the bond forged that day Jago dragged Robyn in from the sea be strong enough to bring them back to one another, or has life already pulled them too far apart?

As I have said above, this isn’t the sort of book I would usually pick up, which meant it did take me a little white to fully get into the book.  That being said, once I had got past the first quarter-ish, I was hooked. It is a romantic book, but I felt that it wasn’t too soppy or gushy with the romance, it was a realistic story that a lot of people could relate to.

I found that throughout the book, there was a lot of will they won’t they between Robyn and Jago, and at times it made me want to shake some sense in Jago.  He clearly likes Robyn but holds back instead of making a move, but then at the same time, I did find Robyn to be quite naive.  Even though they had these characteristics which could be really annoying at times, it made for a great read and I loved the way the story panned out, in the end.

I don’t want to give too much away, as there are quite a lot of twist and turns in the plot, but it’s not your everyday boy meets girls, fall in love, the end, sort of book.  And as I’ve said before, this means it isn’t too much of a sickly sweet romance.  I would love to read more boo’s like this and explore the Contemporary genre further.

I rate this book  three out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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Waiting for Doggo: Mark B. Mills

waiting for doggo

As a huge dog person, just the little illustration on the cover caught my eye.  After reading the blurb, I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was intrigued and after a couple of pages, I was hooked.

[The Plot]: Dear Daniel, I’m going away, a long way away.  I can’t tell you where…
Take Doggo back, you can’t leave him shut up n the flat all day.  It wouldn’t be fair on him, and it’s not like the two of you have hit it off.
Love and Light,
Clara xxx

Mills has written what I think is the perfect holiday book.  It’s short, it’s a light read, it’s funny and if I’m honest, it’s just  a happy little story.

Daniel is left in a bit of a sticky situation when his girlfriend, Clara, leaves him and the dog she adopted to travel the world.  At the beginning of the book, Dan has no affection for Doggo, he is an ugly little mutt who hasn’t especially taken to Dan either, or anyone for that matter.

The book has a rom-com feel to it, which is really interesting when it’s solely written from the male’s point of view.  Throughout the book, Dan slowly learns to love Doggo, through all of his flaws and with this new affection Doggo becomes really attached to Dan.  Dan takes Doggo everywhere he goes, he even takes him to his new job.  The better the relationship between Dan and Doggo, the better everything else in Dan’s life seems to be.  He is excelling in his new job and building new relationships, he is putting Clara out of his mind and using his new found free time to move on with his life.

As a dog lover myself, I really admired Dan and Doggo’s relationship and how it grew.  Dan no longer tolerates Doggo bit has learnt to love him and takes really good care of him.  He even sticks up for Doggo and confronts a colleague who was trying to stop him coming to work with Dan.

One of the great things about this book was that Mills didn’t feel the need for adding ridiculous events or plot twist, it’s just a simple story about how the new found relationship of a man and his dog can completely change your outlook on life.

I absolutely flew through this book and read it in one sitting. I’d love to hear some suggestions of other mark Mills books with picking up in the comments below!

I rate this book four out of five stars.

four star

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Fangirl; Rainbow Rowell


Fangirl seems to be the book that every teen and young adult can relate to on some level. Whether it’s because we are fully blown socially awkward or we like the occasional fan fiction indulgence, we can al relate to Cath’s story and struggles.

[The Plot]: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Once I had finally gotten around to picking up this book, I absolutely flew through it.  the story has a great tempo that keeps it flowing, through the ups and downs in the book.  It’s a hard read to put down and it’s also hard not to become fully engrossed in Rowell’s world.

Cath deals with many struggles throughout the book that many teenagers and young adults will relate to and understand.  Many of us, especially those in the bookish community and those of us that spend live a lot of our lives on the internet, will find the way Cath handles change and the thought of social interaction to be all too familiar.  The fear of meeting new people, and avoiding it at all costs, the eating in her rooms due to the fear of asking for directions, the ups and downs with her extrovert twin.  Cath is clearly an introvert in the most concentrated sense of the word, along side having social anxiety, and although her reality is the most extreme of the case, it’s something we can all relate to on one level or another.

Throughout the book I found myself in the same shoes as Cath when it came to Levi.  It did seem like he was flirting with her a lot throughout the book, but he was Reagan’s boyfriend so surely he was just being nice, right?  However, as their relationship develops, you find yourself thinking ‘does he/doesn’t he?’ right along with Cath.  She finds it completely ridiculous that someone like Levi could be interested in a girl like her and I feel that this is something most girls in their teens often find themselves feeling.  It’s the same with her relationship with Reagan really.  She just assumes that Reagan doesn’t like her, because she hasn’t gotten to know her but when she slowly opens up to Reagan they actually turn out to be pretty good friends.

Before reading this, I had heard of Rainbow Rowell in passing but not really thought to pick up any of her books.  However, Fangirl has set a pretty high bar for any further reads.  I really think so many young girls need to give this a read.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

four star

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Girl Online; Zoe Sugg

girl onlineI have been a huge fan of Zoe Sugg, also known in the YouTube and blog world as Zoella, for quite some time.  So, naturally, I was thrilled when I found out that she was working on her very own novel.

[The plot]: Penny is your everyday awkward teenager, just blundering her way through school and doing her best not to embarrass herself on a daily basis.  But Penny is also keeping a secret, and online secret.  Penny blogs about her daily life, her crazy family and  uses the strength of her followers to understand the panic attacks that she’s been suffering with.  When her school life hits an all time embarrassing peak, and she can’t face the outside world, this is the perfect opportunity for her family to be asked to work in New York.  This well deserved break sees Penny learn more about herself and her supportive family, all the while falling in love the American dream Noah.  But can everything fall into place so perfectly so fast, without going wrong?

Zoe has created a story that is easy to read and understand, you can relate to the characters and I think this can purely be said due to it being written from her own experiences and troubles.  She has written what she knows, done so not to create a novel that boast or exaggerates what she has achieved and accomplished but to create an easy, breezy read that will capture the heart of her fans.  Which is exactly what she has achieved.

Penny is relatable to the everyday teenager and young adult.  Young girls in high school  all know the feeling of embarrassing moments, and the thought of never living them down.  We’ve all had those friends who maybe drift away as you grow up, and you struggle to be yourself around.  This book encapturs all of those moments, it takes you back to your school days when you fell over in front of an entire class or had an argument with your best friend and you thought you’d never speak again.   It it also makes you think about how silly it all seems now, and as life moves on we grow as people, make new friends, better choices and move on.  I  really hope it has the same effect on Zoe’s younger fans and readers,  who may be going through those ever so dramatic high school years.

The only criticism I have for this book would be that it is a less mature read than I was expecting. Before reading, I expected the book to be aimed at people of Zoe’s age, give or take a few years. However, Zoe does have a younger fan base so it is reasonable for her to have aimed this book at younger teenagers in the writing style. That being said, it can still be enjoyed as an easy, light read by many audiences.

I rate this book three out of five stars.

three star

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