Book Review – Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two by Two / Nicholas Sparks / 2016 / Grand Central Publishing / ISBN 9780751550030 / 482 Pages / Romance

Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down. Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows s that he must shelter his little girl from the consequence of these changes. As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will change him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.  Continue reading “Book Review – Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks”

Book Review – Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts / Krystal Sutherland / 2016 / Penguin Books / ISBN 9780143573906 / 313 Pages / Young Adult

Henry Page has never been in love. The slo-mo, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been on the cards – at least not yet. Henry’s too busy trying to get into a semi-decent college and become editor of his school newspaper, a dream three years in the making. The rest of his spare time he spends with his best friends, Lola and Murray, playing video games and advising them on their own sordid love lives. Then he meets Grace Town, the elusive new girl in school, who wears oversized boys’ clothing, walks with a cane, rarely seems to shower, and is hiding crushing secrets. She’s hardly who Henry expected his dream girl to be, but when the two are chosen to edit the paper together, sparks fly. After all this time, Henry’s about to learn firsthand just how disastrous the road to first love can be – and that sometimes it’s the detours that end up mattering much more. Continue reading “Book Review – Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland”

Book Review – The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

The Loneliness of Distant Beings / Kate Ling / 2016 / Hodder and Stoughton / ISBN 9781510200166 / 358 Pages / Young Adult

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Even though she knows it’s impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re hurtling through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change. Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. He becomes the sun for her, and she can’t help but stay in his orbit. To lose him would be like losing herself…In the dark, can a heart still hope?

 

Review –

 

This book is about a girl who is struggling with her reality, her reality being stuck on a spaceship for the rest of her life. A reality she just can’t come to grasps with just like her mother. With a forced marriage and a job that means nothing to her forced upon her to carry out for the next two years Seren is in turmoil – mentally, not able to find a way out. But then she finds Dom, a guitar playing, smooth talking guy with all the right access cards. But to be with Dom, Seren is breaking the law, a law punishable by death. With time running out on her secret rendezvous with Dom, Seren doesn’t know what to do and people are growing increasingly worried about her mental health. With nothing else to lose, Seren and her friends not only take their lives into their own hands, but they also discover a whole new world.

I love this book. I wasn’t sure about it for the first few pages because I didn’t really know what was going on and had no idea what was mean to be happening. But then my gosh did it pick up. Before I knew it I was in a space ship on a journey with no end date of return in sight. I immediately needed to know what was going to happen to the ship and to Seren and how the two were going to get along. I knew it wasn’t going to be a great relationship, but I had no idea how extreme all of it was going to be in the end.

I love the writing, I love the concept, I love the story, I love Seren and her ambition to fight against the system when she knows it is not right and isn’t scared to speak for herself even if people are just going to call her crazy and lock her up. The best bit of the book was definitely at the end, the mission, the escape, the end of the journey for Seren and Dom and a few others. It wasn’t what I was expecting, it wasn’t how I thought it would end and I am glad about that.

If you like books about teenagers falling in love with the wrong person, about space, about Earth, about dreams wishes and wants and fighting a corrupt system, then this is the book for you to read. Go out and read it now and the nice book cover is a bonus.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review – The Crown

The Crown / Keira Cass / 2016 / Harper Collins / ISBN 9780007580248 / 278 Pages / Young Adult / Dystopian

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When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. But as events at the palace force her even further into the spotlight, Eadlyn realizes that she might not be content remaining alone. Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you.

Keira Cass is the master of dystopian young love. This is the fifth book in The Selection series written by Cass and she still has it. If you have read the first four books than you won’t be surprised about this book. In fact, I have read all five of these books so fast and almost one after another that I don’t know what happens in which book and where one starts and ends.

Not only is Cass a great world builder, but this fifth books show lots of heart and dedication to her characters. With new character introduced in the book beforehand, Cass does a great deal of work to make this book end with a happy ending even though it looks like at the beginning that that isn’t possible.

In this book Eadlyn, who I still think is a spoilt brat, finally brings down her wall and steps up to the person I know her parents America and Maxon created. In my last review for The Heir I said that Eadlyn needed to grow up and be more like her parents and that the book didn’t feel like it was part of the series. Well this book brings the whole thing together really nicely.

Eadlyn does grow up (even at 16) and puts on her big girl crown, she falls in love with someone I thought might be the obvious choice, but then again I think if she had gone with someone else as her Selection winner than Cass does not know her demographic well.

This book is great, the whole series is great. Everyone should go out and read them all. I hope that Cass continues to write, because she has a real knack for it.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 booky stars!

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DC Legends of Tomorrow

Dc Legends of Tomorrow is a spin off television show that has come out of the Arrow and The Flash franchises. Essentially it combines all of the worlds and characters in a unique and funny way. There are some great elements in the show that make it interesting and there are also so boring bits in the show that make me wonder why I keep going back each week to watch it.

But there is one reason as to why I do keep going back and it is for Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold. Wentworth Miller is the actor who plays this character and if you don’t know who he is you better go and look him up and fall in love with him just like I have.

This morning as I traipsed around Facebook I found this amazing link/article from Buzzfeed:

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And I fell in love once again. I can’t believe there are like minded people out there who are rooting for good old Captain Cold. His sarcasm is amazing and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to get the job done.

He is a once in a life time character and I think Wentworth Miller is exceptional.

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The Oldest Bookstore in the World

How amazing is this!

The Oldest Bookstore in the World

A book shop that has been around for 281 years! I mean how cool is that and in Portugal as well.

This bookshop has officially gone on my list of places to visit before I die.

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19 ways to have the literary wedding of your dreams

I have just found this link on my Facebook page and wanted to immediately share it with you all. I am perhaps hundreds of years off getting married so this doesn’t really mean anything to me as I can’t put them to any use, but I am sharing this great link from Buzzfeed with you all, my friends, my followers, my fellow book lovers to inspire you all.

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Take a look at this beauty of a link. Not only would I do perhaps every single thing on this list. Yes, that includes the earring and the book invitations to even the decorations and lights.

This list is by far the best thing I have seen on the internet to day, and even though it comes to no use to me right now, I am placing it here on my blog, so that one day, one day in the future I can look back and do some of the things on this list, because lets face it – books are definitely going to be apart of my wedding and how cool does some of this stuff actually look.

Do you guys like what’s on the list? Would you do anything that is on this list? Have you perhaps done something that is on the list or similar to something that is list? Let me know.

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