Category: Books

Fiction Friday: The List by Siobhan Vivian

The ListThe List by Siobhan Vivian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every year the List is released with the names of the prettiest and the ugliest girl of each grade. These girls are thrust into the school spotlight where they will either sink or swim What happens when the odd girl is voted the prettiest in the grade while the most popular one is the ugliest? What happens when one girl is voted as the ugliest every year since the list has began?This book has an interesting idea and I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how each girl reacted so differently to their results. Some didn’t let it bother them while some let it define them. I especially loved the mystery behind who created the list. This book is a must-read for girls everywhere.

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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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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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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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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book yesterday and I feel as if I’ve lost someone after reading it. This is such an emotional book. I cried in the beginning, I cried in the end- I didn’t cry in the middle because it wasn’t sad but it was such a gripping story. I was drawn from the very start of the book.Will has been in an accident that left him in a wheelchair, depending on everyone else around him for survival. Lou is his new (and very inept) carer. They are as different as can be but eventually they fall in love. This book has a heartbreaking ending but it’s so good. This is a beautiful read but be warned, you WILL be left in tears.

Book Review: The Wild Herald by Ron C. Nieto

The Wild HeraldThe Wild Herald by Ron C. Nieto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The only reason why I’m giving this four stars is because I didn’t read the second book in the series so I was left a bit confused in the beginning. Lily is now the Herald of the Wild Hunt. She is given the task of finding and destroying the horn that summons the Hunt. But is it really wise for Lily to give up the one thing that gives her leverage in this strange new world?
I dragged this book on for as long as possible because I didn’t want it to end. I loved seeing how much Lily has changed since the first book. She is no longer a pawn in a bigger game. She’s braver and more confident.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I really feel like there’s so much more to be told. There should be more. The Faerie Sworn series is incredibly well-written with an intriguing plot and bewitching characters. I am heartbroken to see it end

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