Category: Books

The Post-Exam TBR List

I love making lists especially when it comes to reading. Who needs a five-year-plan when you’ve got a list of books to buy? (I’m kidding. I love my five-year-plan). This is the list of books I want to read once exams are over. They are actually all books that I need to review but hey, reading is reading!

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1) Demon Road by Derek Landy- I received a free review copy of this book from Readers Warehouse. The synopsis of this book doesn’t give much away which frustrates me. I can never read a book that has a mystery in it or is mysterious in any way.

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2) Serpentine by Peter Parkin and Alison Derby- I want to read this book so bad but the cover terrifies me. It reminds me of Final Destination 3.

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3) The Goodbyes by Leslie Welch- The Goodbyes is a romance novel about a rock star who finds out that the woman he loves is dying. Like Serpentine, I’m scared to read it but for a totally different reason. This looks like a book that will make you cry and I’m not done recovering from the last book that did that.

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What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment below.

Release Day Review: The Progeny by Tosca Lee

The Progeny (Descendants of the Blood Countess #1)
The Progeny by Tosca Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heads up- the book is part of a series. It also has a cliffhanger ending that made me wail in frustration. This book has an excellent plot. However it doesn’t deliver as well as it could. Emily wakes up with no memory of her past. She has had a surgery to purposely remove her memories. I wish there was more detail given about this. It’s just referred to as a surgery. Why doesn’t this procedure have a name? What does it entail? Soon Emily finds herself caught in a war. But with no memory of her past she isn’t sure who to trust or what exactly it is that people are looking for from her.
The first 48% (my Kindle measured it) was difficult to get through. There was too much new information all at once and I found it difficult to concentrate.
The second half of the novel had me glued to the pages. The action picked up sufficiently, I knew what was happening and there was no more overload of information. I couldn’t read fast enough. I was actually really sad when I reached the end because “that can’t be it!!!”.
I had a small breakdown once I reached the ending because I desperately wanted more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.

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Fiction Friday: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

RecoilRecoil by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel this review should start with a warning- this book is part of a series (which will all thankfully release this year).I don’t generally like dystopian fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I feel like with the hundreds of dystopian novels that are already out, you can either go very right or very wrong with the genre. My first impression of Recoil was that it was very strange but in a good way. This is a world where people can die if they go outside without proper protection. A lethal plague poses a danger to everyone and they are forced to remain at home 24/7.Jinxy is a teen who is an eager gamer. (What else would she do with all her free time?) Jinxy is soon recruited to join in the force against the terrorists and meets Quinn. However Quinn seems to suspect that their new job is a part of something bigger and more terrifying. What I loved about this book (besides the hot Irish male- I have a weakness for boys in books AND the Irish so obviously I loved Quinn) was that it was pretty different from the usual dystopian book. Unfortunately I can’t say any more without giving spoilers but trust me, if you like dystopian books you’re going to love Recoil.

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Waiting on Wednesday: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Colleen’s books rip me up inside and make me sob like a baby. But it’s this devastation that makes her happy endings so beautiful. It also makes me doubt that there’s going to be a happy ending but so far she’s never let me down. I’m really looking forward to reading It Ends With Us because I’ve seen snippets on her social media and it seems like such an emotional read. I feel like this might be her best work yet.

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Release Date: 2 August 2016

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. 

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. 

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price

Release Day Review: Summer at Rose Island (White Cliff Bay #3) by Holly Martin

Summer at Rose Island (White Cliff Bay #3)Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore Holly Martin’s books. They’re fun, romantic and light-hearted. The White Cliff Bay novels are an especially treasured read of mine because of the colourful characters in town. Darcy moves to White Cliff Bay to pursue a new job and escape her toxic parents. She is instantly attracted to the hot American, Riley. Riley’s feelings for her though are much harder to read. The first time they meet, he chases her away- literally. This is a cute, fun read not unlike the rest of the White Cliff Bay series. New readers are guaranteed to fall in love with this small town and it’s crazy inhabitants.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

I love Lisa Kleypas’ work especially her historical romance. The Ravenels series reminds me of the Hathaways so I can’t wait to read the next book. I just know it’s going to be a gem. Her writing is flawless and her characters are always so real.

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Release Date: 31 May 2016

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne 

Fiction Friday: Unravelling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Unraveling IsobelUnraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isobel moves to a small town in the middle of nowhere with her mother and her new stepfamily. Isobel isn’t happy with the move but puts on a happy face for her mother. But her new stepfather seems to be hiding something and Isobel seems to be hearing voices. Is Isobel about to lose her mind like her father did?This book was so much fun to read. I loved the character of Isobel and really sympathised with her. I also was not sure if she was going crazy or not and that mystery carries on well throughout the novel. This is a sweet, funny, entertaining read.

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How to Save Money on Books

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1) Join a library: Joining a library gives you access to hundreds of books without having to pay a cent. The only problem is that you can only borrow a certain number of books for a certain period of time. My local library doesn’t allow that many renewal and their staff is pretty rude so I don’t go with this option but for the rest of the libraries with genuinely helpful staff this is an excellent idea.

2) Buy books second-hand: Second-hand books can sometimes be in pretty good condition (which makes me question HOW are you selling such great books?) and they have such amazing prices.

3) Buy eBooks: eBooks are usually cheaper than print books. Amazon also has great Kindle reads that can be bought for FREE.

4) Join Readers Warehouse as a book reviewer: If you review books for Readers Warehouse you earn a small amount in Readers Warehouse vouchers. These vouchers can be used to order books from the Readers Warehouse online store (which just by the way, is ridiculously cheap).

Waiting on Wednesday: With Malice by Eileen Cook

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Many, many moons ago I read and reviewed With Malice by Eileen Cook. I loved every single second of it. Sadly the book isn’t out yet. Even though I’ve read I really can’t wait for it to release and I’m so excited to see what other people will think of it.

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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 7th 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Book Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

Sanctuary Bay
Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given an ARC of this book to review. I thought that this book was great. It draws you in from the very first sentence. There’s a compelling mystery (a few compelling mysteries actually), the book itself is well-written and intriguing. I can’t wait to read more! This book is a gem for all mystery-lovers.

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