Book Review Picture – Merry Christmas Baby

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This morning I published my book review for Marie Cole’s Merry Christmas Baby ebook which I was given to by NetGallery. If you scroll down to the very next blog post you will find it. I hope you like it. Enjoy!

♥ GWAP

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Book Review – Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle / Arianna Hart / Entangled Publisher / 2017 / ISBN 9781640631311 / 335 Pages / Romance

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Goodreads Blurb –

Sam Castleton has fame, houses all over the world, and one really big problem—he’s got an album due and he can’t write. All he wants is a quiet place to get his head straight. Dale, Georgia, seems like the perfect quiet spot to try to hear the music again and get some lyrics down on paper. Continue reading “Book Review – Storming the Castle”

Book Review – The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertalli / Penguin Books / 2017 / ISBN 9780141356112 / 336 Pages / Young Adult

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Book Blurb –

Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than to be hurt. Continue reading “Book Review – The Upside of Unrequited”

Book Review – Juliet’s Answer

Juliet’s Answer / Glenn Dixon / Affirm Press / 2017 / ISBN 9781925475012 / 250 Pages / Memoir

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Book Blurb –

Nursing a broken heart, Glenn Dixon sets off to the home of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in search of a cure. Continue reading “Book Review – Juliet’s Answer”

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”

Currently Reading

So it’s been a while since I did one of these post. I haven’t really been telling you guys what I have been reading, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or even Goodreads, you will definitely be up to date with which books I have been reading.

Last night after going out with my friends, I finished reading the last 20+ pages of Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland. A great young adult book, about a boy who finds himself falling in love with a girl who is still in love with her dead boyfriend. Raw, emotional and breathtakingly good, this is definitely a book to go out and read.

My book review for Our Chemical Hearts will be out shortly so stick around for it.

For my birthday my mother brought me Nicholas Spark’s new book Two by Two. I am going to be starting it today. I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I have read almost all of Nicholas Sparks’ book and I can’t wait to see how this one turns out. I will definitely be telling you all how I feel about it sooner rather than later.

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Bookish Saturdays

I was in dire need for new books today. So I went out and brought some. I grabbed these 2.

The 2016 Miles Franklin Award Winner Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric for some real life reality check.

The Dress by Jane L. Rosen for some happy romantic difference.

Can’t wait to see what comes out of these books.

What are you guys reading this weekend?

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Book Review for ‘Daughters of the Bride’ by Susan Mallery

Title – Daughters of the Bride

Author – Susan Mallery

2016 / Harlequin Mira / ISBN 9781489210418 / 400 Pages / Adult Fiction / Romance

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As the awkward misfit, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing – keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning her mother’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her – and how she views herself – forever. When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes – in front of her mum, sister, for crying out loud – he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should this free spirit say ‘I do’ even is she’s not sure she does? Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As her mum’s wedding day dawns near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide is she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.

Continue reading “Book Review for ‘Daughters of the Bride’ by Susan Mallery”

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 – Black by Fleur Ferris

Black / Fleur Ferris / 2016 / Random House Australia / ISBN 9781925324976 / 276 Pages / Young Adult

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Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days…she can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says that Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her won. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

 

Review –

I picked up this book because I was seeing all over my phone and even in bookshops. So I gave in and grabbed a copy not knowing what to except from this one syllable titled book. But oh what an amazing book I found. This book is different to any type of book I have read this year or ever I think. There aren’t many out there like it I don’t think. There is something special about this book that inspire you but also scares you almost half to death. I have never read anything by Fleur Ferris but now that I have read her second book I am on the hunt for her debut novel Risk.

So Black is about a girl who a whole town is convinced is cursed because all of her friends have died. A town that is obviously wacked out and have nothing else better to do with their days than ruin other people’s lives. Black is your ordinary teenage girl who can’t wait to leave the town she is stuck in for now as she is finishing high school. But there is something about Black, something that Black doesn’t even know about herself or her family for that matter and once she finds out not only is her life in mortal danger but has nowhere to turn for help.

You all need to go out and buy a copy of Black right now. Ferris’s writing is phenomenal and will make you think you are stuck in the middle of a darken forest when in fact you are sitting in your bedroom with the light on. Her writing is amazing, simple but oh so effective. It is an easy read, which is good because you need to read it and read it fast or you are going to scare yourself. This book is filled with hurt and emotions and the want to just be normal and fit in. It is also filled with supernatural superstition and corruption. Family is a strong theme too.

If you like mystery, suspense, a good love triangle and twist and turns that even the smartest of book nerds are never going to see from miles away than Black is the book for you. I promise you will not regret reading this book, in fact if you want to be a writer, you need to read this book because Ferris knows a thing or two about how to write and you should read her work.

I give this book 4.7 out of 5 booky stars!

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Book Review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You / Jojo Moyes / 2012

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/ Penguin Random House UK /

ISBN 9780718181185 / 481 Pages / Romance / Fiction

Blurb:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not lover her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Review:

I have to be completely honest with you all about this book. I only brought it and even thought about buying this book simply because of peer pressure. My sister read this book on her IPad a few months ago, before it was even a thing like it is right now and has been on my tail trying to get me to read this darn book. So because I am a sucker for buying new books and needing to know what all the fuss is about, I got myself a copy.

I don’t know what to say about this book. Everyone I know and follow on any form of social media insist that is a great book, a book that made them cry. Having now read the book cover to cover, I can honestly tell you all, I did not shed one tear during the reading of this entire book. It’s not because I’m cold heart although some of you may think so, but because I have read better written, more romantic, and more heartbreaking story than this one.

I think it is a great story. It has a great plot, I can’t argue with that. There are great characters and growth in the book. I think for what it’s worth, it is a great book, a great collection of sentences that make a good story. But for me there was something lacking, something missing that I can’t put my finger on. It wasn’t a book that I had to finish before putting down, but rather a casual book with no fuss.

Epic love stories are my cup of tea, I just don’t think that the love story between Lou and Will was epic enough to bring the story into a full conclusion. I think also that the story need the tragic-ness at the end and it should have been shown rather than implied.

I give this book 3.0 out of 5 booky stars!

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