Book Review ~ ‘This Savage Song’ by V.E. Schwab.

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
(Monsters of Verity #1)
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 7th June 2016.

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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Book Review ~ ‘This Savage Song’ by V.E. Schwab ~ 5 Stars!

An electrifying and exciting first novel in the Monsters of Verity series, This Savage Song was unique, thrilling and intriguing from the word go.

Although a little slow to start the main action as we are introducted to the hero and heroine of our story and the lives they lead, there was plenty of brilliant moments that had me falling for the Flynn family and their battles, and that hurt my heart for Kate Harker and the lack of affection she received in her life. The world was set up to perfection and I really felt the fear, the savagery and the desperation of the citizens of Verity.

It’s been noted by other reviewers, but I also just have to express how happy I am that there was no romance between Kate and August. Their relationship as it was was just perfect! Any romance would have felt forced, and even friendship was something so difficult for them to achieve. In this story the focus was on their friendship and learning more about themselves and their flaws and strengths by seeing themselves as the other does. It made the story shine and I adored it!

In This Savage Song, there are monsters as you’ve never seen them before. August is a born monster, but all he wants is to be human. Having to hurt people leaves him guilty and his mission is to protect the innocent from the ruthless Harker regime. Harker is a human, but his dealings with monsters has made him one, and he can’t love his only daughter who, desperate for recognition and affection, believes she must act like the monsters he so loves. But when Kate and August meet, they must learn to trust each other, and to see the world differently for the first time. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Monsters of Verity series, as I can already tell it will be another favourite!

5 Stars!

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Book Review ~ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering.

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Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering
(Yorkshire Romances #6)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 28th June 2016.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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Is it all too good to be true?

When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time?

Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realises that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye …

But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?

Previously released in the US as Reversing Over Liberace. Revised and edited by Choc Lit June 2016.

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Book Review ~ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering ~ 5 Stars!

As part of my 2016 Reading Challenge, I had to read a book that was ‘guaranteed to bring me joy’. I spent a few months debating which book to go for when Can’t Buy Me Love was released, immediately I knew this was the book.

Jane Lovering has such a talent for bringing joy as you turn the pages through her novels, and Can’t Buy Me Love is no exception. In turns funny, romantic and sad, Willow’s story will have you bent double in fits of laughter one moment and then going on a feminist rampage the next, shaking your fist in anger. The emotions she evokes, all whilst keeping a witty narrative style is genius, and I felt so satisfied after turning the last page, like you do when you finish a fantastic story.

Willow was a heroine that I really took to. Despite her bravado and sarcastic humour, it was obvious that she felt there was a lot of weight on her shoulders, and I admired her for the way that she looked after her family, and was there for each of them in her own way. In turn, Luke was the character that I loved to hate. At first I enjoyed seeing him and Willow banter and become closer, but as the questions about him started piling up, I became suspicious, and with the arrival of Cal, Luke was quickly banished from my mind and I fell hard for the nerdy Computer whizz. Jane Lovering made him such a brilliantly complex character, with his own emotional flaws and past let-downs. But despite his lack of self-confidence, his view on life and happiness was powerful, and I loved seeing him and Willow argue about what you should do with your life.

A gorgeously funny romance with some devious and colourful characters, I can confirm that Can’t Buy Me Love is guaranteed to bring you joy!

5 Stars!

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Book Review ~ ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders.

 

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary.
Release Date: January 26th 2016.
Publisher: Titan Books.

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From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

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Book Review ~ ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders ~ 5 Stars!

I came out of reading ‘All of the Birds in the Sky’ with a huge smile on my face.With equal parts charm, wit, magic, science, pain and loss, I experienced every emotion when following Patricia and Laurence as they navigate through life both together and apart.

Blending elements of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, dystopia, and experimental literature, All the Birds in the Sky managed to beautifully bring together storylines and concepts that shouldn’t mesh, in a exciting and dynamic way. Patricia with her life as a witch, and Laurence with his life as a scientific genius, they teach each other about parts of life that they tend to forget.

I loved the pacing of this book, particulary in how we see Patricia and Laurence as children first, and how this story isn’t swept aside as a forward or introduction to their adult lives, but as the beginning of their story, which shaped how they would be in the future. I loved getting to see the struggles they faced as children in an environment that couldn’t accept them.

There are some brilliant supporting characters that you will laugh along with, hate at sight, and wish to fight alongside during this book. You will love Theodolphus Rose (whether or not you’re meant to, I’m still not too sure), and you will smile throughout.

5 Stars!

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Book Review ~ ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B. Halton.

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A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: January 15th 2016
Publisher: Choc Lit

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Life isn’t all love and cupcakes … 

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.

But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she can’t help but feel that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.

But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.

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Book Review ~ ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ by Linn B. Halton ~ 5 Stars!

What a gorgeous, feel-good read this was. ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ will hit just the spot when you need to while away the winter hours with a handsome hero, lots of cakes and a slow-burning, heartfelt romance.

Katie’s story will resonate with many readers. Trapped in a relationship that is turning progressively more and more suffocating as she tries to balance her dream job at her bakery and her romantic life, she finds herself giving her partner Steve more power over her business in an attempt to make profits. But what happens when your dream starts becoming a nightmare? I really felt for Katie, and throughout the novel we get to see her go through ups and downs in her life which we will all relate to, and sympathise with.

Enter Adam, not just once when she needs somebody, but again and again, and an unlikely friendship forms. That is what I loved so much about this story. It’s romantic in its slow-burning way, but at its heart it is a story about the strength of friendship and how for every relationship it will only work when the time is right, and that can take many years, and many cupcakes! I adored seeing the chapters where Adam is with his daughter, and my heart melted at the strength of their affection for each other. With the added extra of the no-nonsense, yet secret romantic Grandma Grace, this book had the most wonderful  collection of characters that I felt were my own friends.

A beautiful story, perfect for cuddling up with on a cold winter night, ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ is a definite must-read for lovers of romance!

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Marry for Love’ by Christina Courtenay.

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Marry for Love by Christina Courtenay.
Genres: Regency Historical, Romance
Release Date: 11th January 2016.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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Trapped in an intolerable marriage?

Delilah cannot bear to watch as her twin sister Deborah marries Hamish Baillie, Fourth Earl of Blackwood. Not only because she knows that her conniving sister has manipulated the poor man into marriage, but also because she has been in love with the Earl since she first set eyes on him …

Delilah is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Hamish from a life of unhappiness – but will her plan work, or will she have to accept that she is no match for her twin’s scheming ways?

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Book Review ~ ‘Marry for Love’ by Christina Courtenay ~ 5 Stars!

Christina Courtenay is one of my favourite historical romance writers. Every time I sit down to read one of her books, I just know I’m in for some fabulous storytelling, and ‘Marry for Love’ is no exception.

As a novella, this was the perfect evening read for a frosty night, when you just want to be curled up with a good book. I was transported away to regency England and the world of devious debutante scheming, all masked in polite society. Deborah was a nasty piece of work, and I loved to hate her. Her limits knew no ends when it came to making her sister Delilah’s life miserable. Having them as identical twins made the story even more exciting as we see that some of the tricks Deborah used have changed little over time with many a twin I know using the same tricks today.

I loved Delilah’s fierce sense of duty, and really connected to her as a character, especially when we see that, despie loving Hamish, she refuses to let him marry her out of his sense of duty, and is content instead in the knowledge that he can now marry who he likes. Hamish was a dashing regency hero who made me swoon on many an occasion. I liked how he was portrayed as a little bit of a rogue at first, but shown to be an honest man and employer throughout the book.

There is so much that I loved about ‘Marry for Love’, and I can’t wait to return to Christina Courtenay’s Regency world soon.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ by Janet Gover.

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Christmas at Coorah Creek by Janet Gover
Coorah Creek #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
Publisher: Choc Lit 

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What if you don’t want to be home for Christmas?
Spending Christmas away from home is one thing but English nurse Katie Brooks is spending hers in Coorah Creek; a small town in the Australian outback.
Katie was certain leaving London was the right decision, but her new job in the outback is more challenging than she could have ever imagined.
Scott Collins rescued Katie on her first day in Coorah Creek and has been a source of comfort ever since. But Scott no longer calls the town home – it’s too full of bad memories and he doesn’t plan on sticking around for long.
Scott needs to leave. Katie needs to stay. They have until Christmas to decide their future …

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Book Review ~ ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ by Janet Gover ~ 5 Stars!

Wonderfully romantic and a perfect read for the approaching festive season, ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ takes us back to our favourite Australian outback, where we see some old friends, and make some new ones.

Janet Gover has a talent of taking you away from your life with her stories. For the hours that I read them, I’m not at home in between another day at work and another part of a dissertation, I am in the blazing heat and part of the small community of Coorah Creek, where life is at the same time so familiar and yet so foreign. I adored getting to see Coorah Creek from Katie’s perspective, a real outsider who has to contend with not only a different climate (jumping from British December to the height of summer would be a shock!) but a very different lifestyle. I loved seeing her struggles which were so true to what somebody so far away from home would be experiencing. The homesickness mixed with her uncertainty about the path she wanted to take in life made for a both emotional and exciting read.

The hero of our story, Scott, was a kind-hearted man who had a kick of bad-boy. With him we get to see another family story within Coorah Creek, and are given another piece of the puzzle that makes up this wonderful town. His and Katie’s relationship was a fast-paced one, but not once did I feel like it was rushed. Instead I felt sure in the way that their romance flourished and looked forward to their scenes together.

A festive novella that ticks all the boxes, ‘Christmas at Coorah Creek’ has romance, family drama, and the desire to find a home and purpose.

5 Stars!

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Man Booker 2015 Shortlist: Bookseller Review ~ ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara.

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Contemporary.
Publisher: Picador.
Release Date: August 13th 2015.

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Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

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Book Review ~ ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara ~ 5 Stars!

A brilliantly written book, and well-deserving of its place on the 2015 Man Booker Shortlist, ‘A Little Life’ is a hefty tome, but one that tells the most heartbreaking and realistic of stories. This is a book that will consume you from beginning to end.

Did I enjoy it? Well, as much as you can enjoy reading about such a traumatic life, then; Yes. But this book is not meant to be enjoyable, and I think it’s important that any reader goes into this book, knowing that it is not one to laugh along with, it is one that will be giving you the strongest of messages.

This book is told over a period of 30+ years. It doesn’t start with childhood, as many novels that follow this narrative type do, instead it starts at the beginning of Jude’s new life. Jude is the character that the story follows, and you learn as you read follow the lives of the four university friends, that the person that brings them all together in some way, is Jude. His past is a traumatic one, and his present is just as painful, being haunted by the memories of his past, but this novel shows the true strength of friendship.

The story took twists and turns that I was not expecting, and throughout you can feel the tension and darkness rising within Jude, Wilhelm, Malcom and JB as they go through the ups and downs of life, career and love. There is depictions of love so strong that it can save a person, and loneliness that can ultimately break them.

A thoroughly brilliant read, but not an enjoyable one. And that is in no way a criticism, in fact it is a compliment. There are not many books that can be so stressful, so painful to read, but that you are so engrossed in that you have to read to the end. The pain of this novel, and its strength too is what you should read it for, and you will not regret it.

5 stars!

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THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015

The Winner will be announced on Tuesday 13th October 2015.

The SHORTLIST

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

The LONGLIST

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami