Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

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Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Published: July 12th 2016 by HarperTeen

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

I have had this book on my TBR since I found out they were making a sequel to Tiny Pretty Things. I absolutely adored the first book and the cutthroat world we were introduced to that is Ballet. I’m still wondering whether ballet is really that competitive and whether dancers are actually that bad – because it is kind of scary! I loved this book and I loved the difference we could see in all the characters! We also got to know Cassie – who probably deserved what she got from the people around her before her return and before her accident.

The book starts off at a new school year for all the dancers and follows the characters as they each deal with the consequences of what happened the year before. The characters are all suffering in one form or another based on the actions from the previous year and it is interesting to watch how they all deal differently with the things that happened.

I think Gigi changed the most – and is also the person who went through the most within this series. In the first book, her redeeming factor, and the thing that made me like her, was the fact that she stayed above all of the bullying. She kept her chin up and didn’t let it get to her like it did in this book. I think what happened to her in the past book at the end, snapped something within her because she becomes obsessed with hurting those who hurt her in some way, rather than putting everything into her dancing and becoming better than she was before, despite her accident. She actually scared me in this book – I also don’t think it helped that she befriended Cassie – who seemed to have gone completely off the rails!

What I also loved about this book was the various problems it dealt with. Anorexia, bulimia, inappropriate relationships, crime, the lengths some people will go to to be better than others (cutthroat competition) etc. The book dealt with a lot of issues that plague society, but it did it in a way that flows and it all fit together within the story itself.

I liked to follow June’s story the most, I think. She struggled the most with her ballet and she suffered from eating disorders, which didn’t help anything! I found myself really rooting for her to get better and make herself a better ballerina through that – so that by the end of the book, she hadn’t lost everything! I loved the way she powered through everything and really tried to get better! She was definitely an inspiration!

I think Bette also changed a lot within this book. I think the accident with Gigi and her being blamed, made her see that what she did to the other dancers within the first book was completely wrong. I also think that she truly feels sorry for everything that she did to the others around her and I think she wants to make it right, but doesn’t quite know how? I also think that she definitely understands what she did when Cassie starts bullying her to the extent that she does. She makes a complete 180 turn around in this book and I am definitely glad that she did!!

I really enjoyed this book and this series as a whole and I am kinda sad that we won’t get to revisit this cutthroat world in a new book that follows Gigi and Bette in their apprenticeships!! The ending definitely had me feeling like I was leaving school all over again and I was really depressed! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

July Wrap Up

Hey guys! I was so busy over the weekend that I didn’t manage to get a chance to write and post my July Wrap Up post! I have had a pretty good month both reading wise and book buying wise (although I can’t say the same for my bank account!). Without further ado:


Air Awakens by Elise Kova, Kindle bought – 4 stars

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay (review copy from Netgalley), Kindle – 3 stars

And I Darken by Kierstin White, Physical copy bought – 4 stars

Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, Physical copy bought – 5 stars

Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, physical copy bought – 3.5 stars

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby, (Review copy from Netgalley) Kindle – 4 stars

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab, Physical copy bought – 4 stars

The Merciless by Danielle Vega, Physical copy bought – 4 stars

Fire Falling by Elise Kova, Kindle bought – 5 stars

Earth’s End by Elise Kova, Kindle bought – 5 stars

The Leaving by Tara Altenbrando, Physical copy bought – 3 stars

Somniare by D. T. Dyllin, Review copy from Xpresso Tours – 4 stars

Started Reading:

Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor, Signed ARC provided by the author

Book haul:



This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor

The Leaving by Tara Altenbrando

Never Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

And I Darken by Kierstin White



Somniare by D. T. Dyllin – Review copy

The Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldritch Black

Earth’s End by Elise Kova

Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis – Review copy

Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby – Review Copy

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – Review copy

Against Her Will by Serita Stevens and Jo Schaffer

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood

Special Posts:

A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson – Cover Reveal

Vault of Dreams Release Day

So that was my month!! I would say I should take a break from buying books… but we all know that won’t happen!

What books did you read/get last month? Feel free to let me know and leave links in the comments below.

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews

Hey guys! Clearly this month isn’t being very kind to my purse because I have another two books for you this week! Well, technically, I bought one of them myself. The other was sent to me by an amazing author and I cannot wait to get into it!

shiny broken pieces

Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

Published: July 12th 2016 by HarperCollins

So, I actually ordered this last week, but I had to wait for Amazon to get some in stock and it just took forever!!

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Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor

Expected Publication: July 31st 2016 – Self Published

Can you imagine that it takes WEEKS to send a book over from America to Germany. WEEKS! That is how lazy our postal systems are… or customs! Who knows! However, I have the signed ARC now, so my heart can rest at ease! I can’t wait to jump into this story and I just want to thank the author (again) for sending me a copy!! 😀

So, that’s it for me! I promise I will attempt to withhold buying new books next week because… I think I have enough to be getting on with! What am I saying… Never enough books!

What have you guys added to your shelves this week? Feel free to drop by and leave me your links and I will check them all out!

The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hey guys! So, I was tagged by Beth @ Reading Every Night for this tag – so thanks for that! So, I guess without further ado, let’s start!

Best Book you’ve Read So Far in 2016:

Unnatural deeds Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

ACOMAF A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Ok, I couldn’t pick one, so it’s a tie! I loved Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog (which is being released later this year), and ACOMAF… well, I don’t think there is any explanation necessary!

Best sequel you have read so far in 2016:


Yes, this book again! But it truly was beautiful!!

New release you haven’t read yet but want to:

shiny broken pieces Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

Ok, so, technically this only came out today, but I still need this book in my life!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

Empire of Storms Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

I know, Maas again! But seriously, I love this series and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

Biggest Disappointment:

never never part three Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Ok, this series had an amazing strong start and I was loving everything about it! However, the ending and the explanation given were weak and it ruined everything for me!

Biggest Surprise:

only ever yours Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

I was surprised at how things went down in this book! I was not expecting to feel the emotions I did and so strongly! I think everyone who has read this book will agree, there are literally no words to describe how you feel when reading this book and how you feel when you finish this book! I finished it and I was gob smacked it took me forever to actually write a review because I no idea how to formulate what I was feeling into words! It is that good! If you haven’t read this book… then why the heck not?!?

Favourite New Author (Debut or New to you):

betsy schow This is Betsy Schow! She was a new to me author when I read her book Spelled and I loved it! I was snorting and earning weird looks from my dad, but it was all so worth it! i look forward to more of her writing! She is currently writing the sequel (I Believe) to Spelled and I cannot wait!!

Newest Fictional Crush:

ACOMAF Rhysand from ACOMAF.

Ummm… hello!! Rhys! Do I seriously need to explain this amazing specimen of a character???

Newest Favourite Character:

and I darken Lada from And I Darken by Kierstin White

Well, she scares me and she is not a character that I would want to cross… but, she isn’t your everyday, wishy washy damsel in distress turned amazing hero. She was strong and stubborn and strong willed from the very beginning and I feel like she is a step above every other strong female character that I love because of this fact. She has never needed saving and I love the about her!

Book that made you cry:

if he had been with me If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin.

Quite a few books have made me cry recently, but I think this book hit me the strongest! There you sit, watching these two characters fall in love and it is cutesy and feels full and bam! That ending… Box of tissues needed if you are going to brave this book! The worst thing is, you know from the very beginning what is going to happen, but that does not stop you hoping that it doesn’t!

Book that made you happy:

wrecked maria Wrecked by Maria Padian

So, if you clicked the link, you’re probably thinking that I some kind of really weird psycho for thinking that this kind of book could ever make me happy… BUT… the outcome made me happy! I was rooting and I rooted right! Again, this book is being released later this year!

Favourite book to film adaptation:


Technically, tv show… but they are so epic!! I haven’t actually read all of the GoT books, but I am getting there! I love this show!

Favourite post you have done this year:

I don’t actually have a favourite post that I have done this year, but I did like sharing random facts about myself in TTT this week!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year:

Shatter Me Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

I bought a physical copy of this book not too long ago with this cover and it still makes me drool every time I clap eyes on it!

What book do you need to read by the end of the year:

winter.jpg Winter by Marissa Meyer

There are so many books, but I would have to say the ultimate goal is this one! I have had it on my nightstand for ages now, but for some reason I keep procrastinating!

My tags:

Jamie @ Watch Game Read

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Kat @ Kat Impossible

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

and you! If you want to do this tag feel free! Link me up so that I can see your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish

Hey guys! This weeks theme for TTT is top ten most anticipated releases for the second half of 2016. Can you actually believe we are halfway through June already?!? Where is this year going?? Without further ado, and in nor particular order:

10. heartless Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Despite the fact that I still need to read Winter (I know, I am so behind!) I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles!! So, I obviously cannot wait to see what this author is going to do with Alice in Wonderland! Publication Date: 8th November 2016.

9. Empire of Storms Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I am currently reading Queen of Shadows and, whilst I am not that far into it, I am still loving it! Sarah J. Maas is an automatic buy for me! Besides, who can resist a cover like that??? Publication Date: 6th September 2016

8. one was lost One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. I have never actually read a book by this author, although I have at least one more on my TBR! This book likes the perfect mystery thriller to keep me turning the pages at night! Publication Date: 4th October 2016

7. furthermore Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I adored the Shatter Me series by this author and I have been waiting for something new from her ever since!! I literally cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Plus, the cover is gorgeous! Publication Date: 30th August 2016

6. last stand Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter. This book sadly has no cover yet and also no definitive release date. I do, however, love this series and I cannot wait to see what Carter does with our characters in this final instalment! Publication Date: 2016 (May be a hit or miss…)

5. a torch against the night.jpg A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. Whilst I was a tad bit disappointed with An Ember in the Ashes, I am still intrigued to see what comes next for our characters!! Publication Date: 30th August 2016

4. winning Winning by Lara Deloza. I saw a review of this by Khanh (The Grinch) on Goodreads and for anyone who has ever seen one of her reviews, she is difficult to please. She seemed to enjoy this book, though, plus it looks like such  fun read! Publication Date: 28th June 2016

3. shiny broken pieces Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charapoitra and Dhonielle Clayton. I was addicted to Tiny Pretty Things and couldn’t put the book down! I literally cannot wait for this book because I need to carry on my addiction! Publication Date: 12th July 2016

2. nice girls endure.jpg Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk – Bonn. This book tackles a really difficult subject and I am interested to see what the author has done with it. I have never seen this author before, so there is a first time for everything! Publication Date: 1st August 2016

1. of fire and stars.jpg Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I think this book is pretty self explanatory because I do not know a single blogger or reader who doesn’t want to read this book! Publication Date: 22nd November 2016

So, thats it! I cannot wait for all of these books! #Problemsofabooknerd! What books are you guys all anticipating? Are you waiting for the same books, or are there others you are waiting for? Feel free to let me know and leave links!

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

Hey guys!! Hope you all had a great christmas and got everything that you all wanted and had fun rocking around the tree! 🙂 This weeks TTT is top ten most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016 – but I will probably just go for the whole of 2016! So, in no particular order:

10. the crown The Crown by Kiera Cass. This really is the last instalment in the Selection set and I just cannot wait!

9. this is where it ends This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp I literally cannot wait to read this book!! I love books with themes like this and I just … need it!

8. Glass sword Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I think as an official member of the Scarlet Guard, it is my duty to pine for this book… which I was doing even before I became a member!

7. heartless Heartless by Marissa Meyer This is not the official cover, but good enough for the point – if this book is anywhere near as good as the Lunar Chronicles, then we are in for a treat!

6. Lady Renegades Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins. For anyone who read my reviews of the first two, I was less than impressed. Having said that, I am willing to give this series a chance to get the finale right!

5. endure Endure by Sara B. Larson. I adore this series and I literally cannot wait for this instalment!

4. Furthermore Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. Again, I adore Mafi’s writing, so I cannot wait to see what she in store for us next!

3. the may queen murders The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. I know nothing about this author – but the premise looks promising! 🙂

2. shiny broken pieces Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaiporta and Dhonielle Clayton. I LOVED Tiny Pretty Things!!! So, it is obvious that I need this book!

1. Hoax by C. L. Stone. This doesn’t have any form of cover whatsoever and also no premise! It is, however, the 5th in the Scarab Beetle series and I can’t wait!

Thats it!! What are you guys waiting on? Feel free to leave links and answers below!

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

Hey guys! This weeks TTT is top ten christmas wishlist. There are so many books that I want, it is pretty hard to narrow down this list! Some of them are physical copies of books that I have already read, whilst others are new books that I want.

10. what we sa What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler I loved this book! I really want a physical copy of this book just so I can stroke it and sleep with it under my pillow…

9. The Program The Programme by Suzanne Young. This is a book that I have heard a lot about, but have never had the chance read it yet – I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

8. Red Queen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and I would love to have my own physical copy of it!

7. cinder Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I actually own (and am currently reading) a copy of Winter, so I need to complete this set of physical copies of my shelf by buying the first three in the series!

6. the young elites The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I have been anxious to read this book for a long while!

5. tiny pretty things Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Who would not want to own a physical copy of this book???

4. Introductions, ghost bird The Academy Series by C. L. Stone. I actually own all of the Academy books as an E – Copy – whether that be The Scarab Beetle series or the Ghost Bird – What I would love is to own physical copies!

3. game of thrones A Song of Ice and Fire series. Because life isn’t complete without ASOIAF.

2. Black Ice Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have had this on my TBR for quite some time now – I really want to be able to take it off of the list!

1. Splintered Splintered by A. G. Howard. Physical copies of this series to encourage the madness in me! 😉

This is it! This is my christmas wishlist (If I ever had one!). What do you guys want from santa this year? Feel free to leave links and comments below!

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best. (Goodreads)

When I managed to get a copy of this book, it was like christmas come early. I literally couldn’t wait to open it? Who doesn’t want to read a mash up of Black Swan and Pretty Little Liars? I do!

I love ballet, watching it, reading it etc. I nearly ended up going regularly for ballet classes, but I was young and I got bored of it fairly quickly. A shame really. Having read this book, if this is really what the ballet world is like, I am almost thankful that I was a child with a very short attention span for something!! The ruthlessness of these girls really creeped me out!! I felt really sorry for Gigi at times because of what was happening to her based only on jealousy. Some people have more natural talent than others, it isn’t her fault! I found myself wincing at times and feeling sorry for certain characters more than others.

What I enjoyed about this book was the fact that it was multiple POV’s – so the reader could get into the minds of the main characters. It added to the story and made the actions of certain characters understandable – at least when you look at their reasoning. It also explored the human mind a little bit more as some characters were taken to their breaking point. The reader could see and feel the fact that they were beginning to crack just a little bit – going psycho!

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book, which keeps the reader interested over a long period of time. I wasn’t expecting that ending though!!! Just when you think that they have finally sorted out their problems and their differences, no, clearly not. That would be too easy and too nice for our creepy ballet dancers! I can’t believe it ended like that. The ending also explained the beginning. I was so confused when the beginning chapter didn’t mix in/carry on with the rest of the story. So, I was happy when it weaved its way into the ending – because now it all makes sense again! Yay!

I was just trawling through Goodreads because I needed the link, and I was happy to see that this is going to be a duology! More creepy antics from psychotic ballet dancers! I can hardly wait! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

Hey people! Time for another TTT. Is it just me, or does it seem like this year is flying? It feels like yesterday when I wrote last weeks TTT. Oh well, this weeks TTT is Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR. My summer TBR is a list that seems to be constantly updating itself, so while this is what I am currently hoping to read this summer, it may change based on books that I add to my TBR or books that I actually get. Without further ado, and in no particular order:

10. those girls Those Girls by Lauren Saft. I added this book to my TBR a few weeks ago, and it made my summer TBR 🙂

9. spelled Spelled by Betsy Schow. Who doesn’t love a retelling of childhood fairytales?

8. p.s. i still love you P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I loved To All The Boys I’ve loved Before and I have been waiting for this book for ages! I actually already own a copy and I will be cracking it open after I have finished reading A Storm of Swords!

7. beautiful player Beautiful player by Christina Lauren. Again, another series that I have adored so far and again a book that I already own but need to read!

6. the art of being normal The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I added this to my TBR list after reading a glowing review of it! Plus, I am adding it to my British Books Challenge – definitely a book that I want to read over the summer!

5. the fill in bf The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West. Anything Kasie West has written is perfect Summer reading and I literally cannot wait to open this book! I have loved every book that she has written and she is definitely on my favourite authors list.

4. tiny pretty things Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. As a Black Swan fan and as a current PLL binge watcher (although I was a fan quite a while back), these two definitely need to meet! Who doesn’t enjoy reading about bitchy girls?

3. they all fall down They All Fall Down by Roxanne ST. Claire. Again, PLL meets Final Destination. I know what Final Destination is about but I have never actually seen it! Either way, this is definitely on my summer TBR.

2. the revenge playbook The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen. I find books about revenge fairly funny and enjoyable and they normally remind me of John Tucker Must Die and they are, at least for me, feel good books! Schadenfreude…

1. the dead house The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I guess this is really a summery book, rather more of a halloween read. However, this is being release late summer and it is a book I NEED!! It looks so cool! So, to hell with normal, cutesy summer reads and bring on the horror! 🙂

That’s it guys! I could have easily carried on beyond the realms of ten books, but I stuck to the rules. *pats back* Now, I am off to have a lay down before attempting to eat again… What are your summer TBR’s this year? Feel free to leave your comments and links below and I will check them all out! 🙂