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Whilst most people were probably picking up darker tales in time for Halloween I opted for the more, well... what you might call October-inappropriate choices. Which actually seems quite ironic considering I've spent most of this year reading darker tales.
Wildflower (Alecia Whitaker, 2014) tells the story of Bird Barrett, a sixteen year old musician and songwriter. Whilst Bird can usually be found playing the fiddle as part of her family's band, one night she has to step up to take on the lead vocals and is offered a solo record deal. Bird soon finds herself in Nashville, playing at the famous Bluebird Cafe where she receives an offer from another record label and suddenly her life is flipped upside down.
Mainly due to the novel's Nashville-esque vibes, I found that I quite enjoyed reading something a little 'nicer' for a change. When it came to the end of the book I felt the story seemed incomplete and quickly discovered that a sequel was released just a few months back. Although perhaps not my usual sort of read, I'm sure I'll pick up the sequel at some point.
Continuing with the lighter reads I took up the offer to borrow my friend's copy of Since You've Been Gone (Morgan Matson, 2012), a title it seems all of my Goodreads pals have given either 4 or 5 stars - meaning it had a lot to live up to! Luckily I wasn't disappointed and really enjoyed following Emily on her journey to complete a list of tasks left behind by her best friend Sloane.
I'm currently reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (2010), another of Matson's YA novels and am looking forward to finding out how the pairs roadtrip will end.
If you have any book recommendations for me I'd love to hear them!