Down The TBR Hole #19

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

Again, another Amazon Freebie batch. It seems like I have added them in a bunch on Goodreads, hey? Let’s see how we do this time around.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd: College Years #1) by Robin Jones Gunn

One part of me is certain that I would have loved this book a few years ago. The same part of me is also certain I won’t like this now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Legend of Juliet: Part One by Alexandra Lanc

I wanted to read this so bad, but now the series are being discontinued? Not sure if it’s worth bothering then…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The End of Summer: Part One by Alex M. Smith

This is a maybe for me, and I am really not sure. What do you guys think?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Free Preview of Temptation Island by Victoria Fox

I have given up on reading previews a long time ago. Bye!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Best Beach Reads: free preview of 4 sizzling summer romances by Sarah Morgan

The same applies here. Bye.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lost and Found (Growing Pains, #1) by Willow Summers

I want to read this, but so many reviews keep saying that this book practically finishes with: ”read the next book to find out more”. Have any of you guys read this book? Can you confirm on this?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Dixie Rebel by Patricia Rice

A book about a rebel girl, and a story close to mine. I am keeping this.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Elly in Bloom by Colleen Oakes

Interesting piece, possibly promising. Will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Dear Bob and Sue by Matt Smith

I really want to read this one, especially because I love books that involve letters / emails / postcards in them. I really enjoy that. And look at that cover. It’s so gorgeous!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Legacy Rising by Shane Scollins

Mystery one. I’ll keep it! It seems like a short read and something I might enjoy!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI am only removing 6 books from my TBR this time. We are going strong again!

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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The Visitor – Ti Ca [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★

An interesting and complex piece of work that covers memory loss and family love tightly together. A short read, but also a missed opportunity of what could be a lovely novel, if developed in a better way.

It is Christmas Eve, but the furnace has gone out, the breaker needs to be reset and the cupboards are empty. In her cold house, Mrs. Langstrum is waiting for her husband to arrive from his quick trip to the store. As a snowstorm is approaching, Mrs. Langstrum gets worried. But just as she decides to get help, someone knocks on her door. A visitor. A stranger. But before she can tell him to go, he says he has news about her husband.

The blurb was the main reason I picked up this book. You sort of get the idea of what this book might be about. A mystery person arrives, and he has a story. The woman has a story, and the setting makes you curious about how this will continue to unravel.

The plot is complex, and even though it’s a very short book, the story went incredibly slow. The plot twist happened at the begging, and knowing this, I expected another one, as the beginning was obvious. In the end, when no other plot twists happen, and the book ends exactly how you thought it would end at the beginning, you are felt disappointed and unsatisfied.

I really loved the idea of the woman who has a memory loss, and a person that reveals information bit by bit. Going from other perspectives and back in time, it was a nice concept. I also really enjoyed the family relationships captured, and all the challenges openly discussed. We have some big taboo subjects here, and not many people are brave enough to openly talk about this.

However, this whole concept, and idea, was not delivered as it should’ve been, as it had the capacity to. There was room for more development, more work, and more plot twists.

Some parts are confusing, and it was nice that the story was so short and you could go back to it and re-read it, but is that really a good thing? Would we go back and re-read a 300-page book if it was confusing? I wouldn’t.

Purchase links: Amazon 

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Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines #1) by Holly Smale – Blog Tour, Exclusive Book Extract, Competitions and More!

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BLOG TOUR, EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXTRACT AND COMPETITION

The first time I found out about Holly Smale was when my sister came to visit me and she gave me all these Geek Girl books and said I must read them. After reading the first one (click here to read my review of Geek Girl), I knew I loved the writing and I was a forever fan of Holly Smale. And now, a few months later, I was so lucky that I got the finish off this amazing blog tour, give you my thoughts of Happy Girl Lucky, share an exclusive extract of the book with you and have a competition for you to win 5 signed copies with 5 ‘The Valentines’ pop sockets.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is go over on my Instagram post and enter!

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GIVEAWAY TIME! I have the amazing opportunity to be a part of a blog tour, and finish it off with this amazing giveaway. The book: Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale, the first book from The Valentines series The prize: 5 Signed Copies with 5 pop sockets! (5 winners in total) HOW TO ENTER: Follow me – @diaryofdifference Follow Holly Smale – @holsmale Comment on this post, tagging three of your friends. (you can do this unlimited number of times) Additional Entries: Share this on your Stories (don’t forget to tag me, so I can note your entry) Share this on your Feed (don’t forget to tag me, so I can note your entry) Competition ends on 22nd February 2019, and I will announce the winners on 23rd February 2019. This competition is open Internationally! Good Luck Everyone! ❤

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BOOK REVIEW 

★★★★★

Happy Girl Lucky is the first book from The Valentines Series. This is a story about a famous family, The Valentines, who have been Hollywood stars for ages. Hope is one of the daughters of the famous couple, but she grows up without all that paparazzi attention and hype. It is a family rule not to involve their children into the famous world until they are sixteen. Hope can’t wait to turn sixteen and start living this amazing life.

Hope spends her teenage years as a normal girl – she steals clothes from her sisters and makes movie scenarios in her head. She reads her horoscope every day and knows what the magazines say is true. She is naive and funny and so unique. And when one day, her horoscope says she is on her way to finally meet her true love, she has to make everything possible to make this come true.

And when she meets this boy, we follow Hope’s adventures from touring London, to travelling to the US, to making decisions she never thought she could make. I loved how we are with Hope every minute of her journey and we watch her slowly grow and make us giggle.

Even though Hope gives the life of this story, and makes us all want to be friends with her, all of the other characters have their own little unique spark, which I loved so much.

A wonderfully written story, but also a very meaningful one. Holly Smale managed to perfectly capture some of the issues that some teenage girls are facing today. Living their own reality while their family lives a completely different world is not so uncommon, and girls need to know this. Sometimes, we wake in a reality we don’t know and think we are the ones to blame, but there is nothing wrong with you. All you ladies out there, you need to hear this. There is nothing wrong with you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are unique, and you should believe in what you are, who you are, and what makes you truly happy. And through Hope’s story, we can understand this so well, and I am forever grateful!

A fun and entertaining story, meant to capture all the teenage hearts out there. This is definitely a must-read for every girl out there, to find her true self and be happy for what she truly is.

My favourite scene in this book was the moment when Hope meets her ‘’dream boy’’ in the train, and I am sharing an exclusive extract of that chapter with you!

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Purchase links: Amazon | Harper Collins

I would love to chat with you, so let me know in the comments:

  • Is Happy Girl Lucky a book you might enjoy?

  • Have you entered the competition on Instagram?

  • Have you read any of Holly Smale’s books before?

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January 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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January was a great start of the year, I made my goal to read 60 books (last year I read 70, and I think that I will read more, but I wanted to not be under pressure throughout the year, as I will be doing a lot of travels with my daily job).

I focused on the upcoming ARCs that are being published soon and a lot of books that I was sent by authors, but I also found time to read a few pleasure reads, of which some I loved, but some left me quite disappointed.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

🌟TBR Hole #13 🌟 TBR Hole #14  🌟 TBR Hole #15 🌟 TBR Hole #16 🌟

Books I read this month:

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – ★★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

Awaken (Northern Witch #2) by K.S. Marsden – ★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

The New Power Eating by Susan Kleiner – ★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟Barnes & Noble 🌟

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – ★★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton – ★★★

🌟Review🌟Amazon🌟Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves – ★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

How did your January went? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

 

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Down The TBR Hole #18

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I am continuing with the Amazon freebies I have collected over the years. Yes, I own all of them, but do I really want to read them?

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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The Witch and Other Stories by Anton Chekhof

I love Anton Chekhof’s stories, and I have loved them since I was a kid. I remembered how happy I was when I saw this book being free on Amazon.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies by Samuel Johnson

I love Shakespeare, and I remember I downloaded this book to help me with a project. But will I enjoy reading it now. Not sure…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Second Chances by Angela Kelman

Oh, romances. Thank you, next.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Another Broken Wizard by Colin Dodds

Again, not sure what this book is, or what it’s doing invading my TBR list.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Little Book for Christmas by Cyrus Townsend Brady

As this is classified as a classic, I think I should read this around Christmas time. It’s a short read, and even if it’s bad, it would be festive, right?

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

The Ultimate Yao Ming Fun Fact And Trivia Book by Mark Peters

One part of me is like – why on Earth do you have this. Some of you might remember the website 9GAG as a really good meme factory back in the days. I loved it when I was a teen, and Yao Ming kept having memes made of him. So I wanted to read this book. It’s also just 30 pages, so I decided to keep it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Answer That! 1980s Quiz by Naomi Dennison

I have always loved the 1980s, as I grew up knowing a lot of the references. I will keep this, only to see if I am still as full as knowledge as I was when I was a kid.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Betting the Farm by Alyssa Lin Palmer

A short story and a prequel. I will give it a chance.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

The Summer Of… by D.C. Lowe

Not too confident about this, so removing it. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Element, Part 1 (The Natalie Vega Saga, #1) by C.M. Doporto

Not sure about this. I think I will only keep it, as I haven’t read anything similar before.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI am only removing 4 books from my TBR this time. Not the best results, but we are still making progress. 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Down The TBR Hole #17

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I have an interesting collection of books, and I am excited to get going.

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

Here we go. How have I not read them already? The truth it, I have, but not as a book reviewer. And I love Harry Potter so much. I have to do this soon! 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Fellowship of the Ring(The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The same applies here. I have loved the books, and the movies. Time for a re-read.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I actually haven’t read the Hobbit, but I told myself I would read it after I finish the Lord of The Ring series again. I will keep it on my TBR. 

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Fury (Otherkin, #1) by Anya Bast

I have this book on my TBR because it is on my Kindle, as it was free at that time. I assume all the below titles would come from the same place as well. The reviews are mixed, but this content is erotica, and I am not sure I am into that right now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

This Tangled Thing Called Love by Marie Astor

Again, a freebie. A chick-lit, not something I am into reading right now. But – I will leave it on my TBR, as I have some moments where I really enjoy reading this genre.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Story Crush Teen Sampler by Various

A sample of six stories. I will remove this one, as I would rather find these six stories, and read their synopsis, and decide whether I would want to read them or not, without having to read their first chapters.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Lucky Charm by Marie Astor

I don’t think I’ll ever read this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Into the Shadows (Into the Shadows, #1) by Karly Kirkpatrick

Into the Shadows seems like every paranormal story now. Except this one has lots of bad ratings…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Romantic Confessions: a poetry collection by Robert Ropars

I’ll only keep this because it’s 19 pages of poetry. This might be a nice way to wait at the doctor’s office.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑

Perfect Love Here I Come by Gina Reedy

Umm, why is this on my Kindle?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 5 books from my TBR this time. We’re making progress guys! 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★ (3.8 ★, to be exact)

Sometimes, we enter a library, not really knowing what we are looking for. One day, I entered the library, only to return a few books. Instead, I returned with two more. The first one didn’t impress me, but the second one was this book –The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I only picked it up, because I liked the cover. And I know, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I guess the magic worked on me this time around.

This book featured six stories, all six magical and beautiful in their own way. Some attracted me more, some a bit less, but I, overall, feel delighted to have read this book. I haven’t read Leigh’s previous books, so I didn’t know about this world before, but these are apparently the same woods featured in those books as well.

I will give a brief opinion on all stories, and the main rating will be the average from them all. Let’s go.

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1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood – ★★★★

‘’Interesting things only happen to pretty girls.’’

A beautiful tale that will show you how beauty comes from within. The King and Queen have two sons – one is a beautiful man, the future king, and the other one is a monster. They are scared and ashamed of the monster-boy, and let him live his life in the labyrinth they made for him. In the village, in a poor family, there are two daughters, one as beautiful as the sun, and the other one ugly. When the monster escapes the labyrinth and starts ruining fields and make disasters, everyone is scared to go and talk to him and beg for forgiveness, so the ugly lady is sent to her woods – quite certain she will never return…

‘’This little prince was shaped a bit like a boy but more like a wolf, his body covered in slick black fur from crown to clawed foot. His eyes were red as blood, and the nubs of two budding horns protruded from his head.’’

2. The Too-Clever Fox – ★★★★

‘’Freedom is a burden, but you will learn to bear it.’’

I loved this story the most, out of all six of them. It reminded me of home, and of how we tell stories back there. The whole ‘’Once Upon a Time’’ is real, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The winter theme, the hunting, the girl and the fox. This is a story that will teach you to not be assured you can outsmart everyone. Foxes in stories have always been presented as the smart ones, outsmarting every animal in the woods. This reminds me of Aesop’s Tales, which I really loved as a little girl. But sometimes, you will get outsmarted, and it might cost you your life. The twist was definitely unexpected, but indeed satisfying.

3. The Witch of Duva – ★★★

A story where girls disappear, and one girl decides to go into the woods and try to figure out why. This story upset me, and I didn’t like it. But deep inside, it’s a good one. Very creepy though, and very horror-y, but worth reading. Turn the lights off, get under a blanket, turn your torch on, and only then you will be ready to know the deep secrets this story tells you.

4. Little Knife – ★★★★

The shortest story in the book, but by all means not the least intriguing. A story that features a woman that is too beautiful, that men lose their mind as soon as they see her. To get the chance to marry her, men will have to go through a various of tasks. The twist at the end is incredible, and I really liked it. It starts off as a usual story, but it goes wild.

5. The Soldier Prince – ★★

This was a story I enjoyed the least. It all screamed ‘’The Nutcracker’’ to me, and I couldn’t see it as original. It was a re-make, and it was very different that the story we know, but it just didn’t work for me. This is a story about a man who makes toys and gives them life. And when one toy sort of ‘’wakes up’’, interesting things start to happen. Quite a creepy story. I usually like those, but this one was not my cup of tea.

6. When Water Sand Fire – ★★★★

‘’ We were not made to please princes.’’

This one is the longest story in the book. It features a world of creatures living underwater, and Ulla, who can sing and create magic, but who, as the people believe, is not a true born, but a mix between the underwater world and the humans. She is asked to help the prince become a king, but when the magic price is too high to paid, it doesn’t seem like she has a choice. I truly enjoyed this story, as it’s a beautiful mix of emotions while you read it. It was a bit disappointing that it seems as a remake of the creation of the character of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, at least to me.

Have you read this book, or any of Leigh Bardugo’s books? Let me know in the comments, I love to chat with you!

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Down The TBR Hole #16

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I have an interesting collection of books, and I am excited to get going.

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

#16

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

I don’t remember adding this on my TBR, but reading the synopsis, I can understand why. It seems intriguing. It seems dark. But I don’t have the time right now to spare on books I didn’t plan on reading this year.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) by Kristen Ashley

It seems like a Nicholas Sparks sort of book. And on top of that, it’s 660 pages. I think I’ll pass that.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Okay, this book… This book has been on my wish list for over a year. On my ultimate bookish wish list. If I don’t read it this year, I will be so angry at myself.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #1) by Allison Brook

Ah, you see, I have read the second book of this series, but didn’t read the first. What do I do? There is no third book in plan, and I already know how it ends. I think this one should go…
Note to self: Check if titles on Netgalley are part of a series before you request them!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Assassin’s Apprentice(Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb

I am a vivid video games player, and I love the Assassin’s Creed series, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this book already…

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex Martin

I would’ve probably loved this at 13, but right now, ahh well not so much.

Verdict:REMOVE ✖

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman, #2) by Paullina Simons

Okay, why on Earth do I put book 2 from a series on my To-Read list, if I haven’t even read the first one? Removing this one, but I will add the first book, as even though a love story, it seems quite intriguing to me.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel

I usually try to avoid reading too many romances, especially Danielle Steel’s, as she can tear me apart and leave me there for a while, but I don’t think I can miss this one, as it seems too good!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Morality for Beautiful Girls(No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #03) by Alexander McCall Smith

I found out about this series when I was on a vacation in South France, and one family introduced me to them, and borrowed me the first book to read. I loved it so much, and I will always love it. Not only will I keep this book on my list, but all of them too, and I should do a re-read as soon as possible!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

A classic. One part of me says – remove it, you had so many opportunities to read it, and you haven’t bothered. But another part of me is like – it’s a classic for a reason, just pull it together and get this done with.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 5 books from my TBR this time. We’re making progress guys! 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.

”Dreams starve and die if not fed by imagination.”

My thoughts:

A uniquely designed plot, intriguing and different. I was so excited to read this book. The cover was mesmerising and the synopsis was promising. It made me eager to start the book and I couldn’t wait to dive into this fantasy world.

The first couple of chapters were very slow for me. I had to re-read chapters twice, and I didn’t quite understand what is happening. After a while, things became clearer, and I started to enjoy the story a bit more.

I loved Niena’s character. She was a typical being, where one part gasps with bravery, and the rest gasps with fear. I loved how realistic she was at moments, knowing to be scared when supposed to, and fierce when needed of her.

The story gasps with a lot of intense scenes, full of adventures, that I am sure you will all love and appreciate. From trying to fight a dragon, to running away, to the amazing plot twist right at the very end, this book made me restless, after I started enjoying it.

The only reason I am taking two stars away is because I had to read the first 60-ish pages two-three times, until I finally dived in and started enjoying the story.

”A fairy bargain can live no deeper than your lips, it always dies before reaching the heart.”

A beautiful tale, full of magic, adventure and time travel. And a cover that suits it so well.

If you seem to like these types of books – don’t wait and grab your copy now:

Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thank you to the author, S.D. Reeves , for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Pretty in Punxsutawney – Laurie Boyle Crompton [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

What happens when you get stuck in time, re-living the first day in your new school?

Andie is a teenage girl, who loves movies. She is the type of person that knows exactly what to say… after it’s too late to say it. She is quirky, cutishly nerdy, and adorable in a silly way. And when she moves to Punxsutawney (I don’t think I’ll ever pronounce this town correctly), on the first day in her new school, she gets caught up in an endless loop of having to re-live those 24 hours again and again.

As in the movies, she is convinced that the curse can be broken with a true love’s kiss, she goes on a mission to get the boy. But is he the right one? And is true love what breaks the curse?

Not knowing how to end the loop, Andie tries to get first kiss with a guy she thinks is her true love, and when that doesn’t work, she suddenly tries to make the different types of people hang out together and realise that it doesn’t matter how you look like, to be a good person.

I really loved the idea of the loop in a high-school theme, and that was the main reason that I wanted to read this book really badly. I also loved that the main idea of this book was that looks don’t matter, and don’t judge a book by its cover, but I think that the author took this meaning way too far into the book, and it became too unrealistic, that it was laughable.

I enjoyed the layout of the different types of kids in the school, the jocks, the cheerleaders, the goths, the school-paper girls, the nerds. They were all described very realistically, and I enjoyed the times when we would realise that prejudice doesn’t matter. I can relate to a lot of this, because I was hanging out with both nerds and jocks in my high-school times, being a sports person and being a ‘’weirdo’’ that wants to read at the same time.

I also somehow managed to like the movie references, even though at moments, they are too overwhelming, and sometimes completely unrelated to the plot in place.

What I didn’t like, is how Andie kept changing in order to fit, how her behaviour changed, and her mindset during different days. I did not like this at all. I think that a person should always keep being themselves, no matter who they talk to. Doing the thinks she kept doing, only to be liked by one guy was miserable. Ladies – you are beautiful, no matter what you wear or how you do your hair. If that guy really likes you, he wouldn’t care about all these things and he would see within.

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In retrospective, this was an enjoyable read. I am glad I read it, but somehow I think I might’ve been too old to read it now. But for you guys that are still in high-school, or love reading about high-school,  this one is definitely worth your time.

Thank you to Netgalley and Blink, for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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