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Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld [BOOK REVIEW]

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Pretties is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I loved the first book a lot, and I had to continue the series! 

In the first book, we are introduced to a world where beauty means everything. People are born as Uglies, and once they turn 16, they undergo plastic surgery and become Pretties. 

Tally is still an Ugly, and all she ever wants to do is become a Pretty. After all, all of her friends are already Pretties. But she meets Shay, who doesn’t want to become pretty, and during amazing adventures in the first book, Tally discovered that there is much more in the world than just being a Pretty.

If you haven’t read the first book yet, please be aware that this review will contain SPOILERS. If you want to know more though, I would suggest reading my review of the first book, Uglies.

In Pretties, Tally is now a Pretty herself. She is completely different, until one day a person from the old crew pays her a visit. She can vaguely remember some things, and a challenge is in front of her. A letter from herself from the past will make her remember why she is a Pretty now and what she needs to do next. 

But accepting such a task means danger of being found out and silenced forever. But if she succeeds, she might actually find a cure to being a Pretty. 

My Thoughts

Filled with adventure, I read this book in only a few sittings. I am in love with the world the author created, and the moral dilemmas he tests us on. The chapters and scenes are vivid, entertaining and never dull. 

I did, however, struggle with characterisation. Even though I am a huge fan of Tally, she wasn’t much different from any other character. They were all sort of the same, believing in almost the same things, and not much  else was said. I would really have loved to see more perspectives from the Specials, but I think that is coming in the third book, which gets me all the more excited. 

The last few chapters were everything and I will cherish all the moments. Many “book highlightings” were done  and many quotes were remembered. I also need to mention that plot twist in the end. I should have seen it coming, because all the clues were there, but I didn’t. And I can’t wait to read book number 3. 

I recommend it to all readers who enjoy different worlds, adventure, a bit of fantasy and dystopia.

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The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood [INSTAGRAM TOUR]

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I remember reading Day of The Accident by the same author like it was yesterday. When the publishing team at Penguin Random House asked me not only to read and review The House on the Lake, but also to be part of the Instagram Tour, I couldn’t have been happier! 

The Synopsis:

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?

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The House on The Lake by Nuala Ellwood – BLOG TOUR – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐ Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It's miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe. But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren't as safe as she thought. What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years? And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her? 💙My Thoughts:💙 I found the beginning to be quite slow, but after a few chapters the pace was beginning to speed up. It’s important for me to note that I was not a fan of the main character and I had my fears that this will make me regret reading this book. But luckily, we have different story lines and different perspectives, and I think that helped me appreciate and love the book more than I originally anticipated. 💙In conclusion, I enjoyed this book a lot. There was a story presented to me that I did not expect, and I devoured it completely. I grew to love a few characters, and grew to hate a few more. This is not my favourite book of all time, and after the plot twist the ending was a bit predictable and a bit boring, but I did enjoy my time spent with this book. I would definitely recommend it to all thriller lovers, mystery house adventurers and supporters of mums that run away with their children. 💖Read my full blog review on my blog www.diaryofdifference.com 💖

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My Thoughts: 

I found the beginning to be quite slow, but after a few chapters the pace was beginning to speed up. It’s important for me to note that I was not a fan of the main character and I had my fears that this will make me regret reading this book. 

But luckily, we have different story lines and different perspectives, and I think that helped me appreciate and love the book more than I originally anticipated. 

We have two stories happening in the same house, but in different times. 

The first story is the story of the mother Lisa, who runs away with her small son, hiding from her controlling husband, Mark. Her friend Grace tells her she can come to this house on the lake and hide for however long she needs to. 

The second story is of Grace and her father, many years back in the past. Grace’s father used to be in the army and is suffering from PTSD. 

It is an interesting moment when both stories tangle each other and Lisa is found in a dangerous situation.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this book a lot.

There was a story presented to me that I did not expect, and I devoured it completely. I grew to love a few characters, and grew to hate a few more. This is not my favourite book of all time, and after the plot twist the ending was a bit predictable and a bit boring, but I did enjoy my time spent with this book. 

I would definitely recommend it to all thriller lovers, mystery house adventurers and supporters of mums that run away with their children. 

Thank you to Penguin Random House, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and for letting me be a part of the Instagram Tour.

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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan [BOOK REVIEW]

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A Wedding in December is a book that was long overdue. I was supposed to read it for Christmas, but yet, here we are in February. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience and I am so glad I finally read it. 

Sarah Morgan has an extremely good talent in human relations and relationships. She puts these relationships on paper so easily… Do you know that feeling where you can sense people’s mood by just walking into a room? She managed to capture this moment in most of her scenes – and it was a true joy to read that. 

The Synopsis

Maggie has two daughters: Katie and Rosie. While Katie has always planned everything in her life and never failed (becoming doctor is her biggest achievement), Rosie is the complete opposite. She changes her mind all the time and never knows what she truly wants. 

And one evening, Rosie calls her mum to tell her she is getting married. All of a sudden. Not in her hometown in the UK, but in some snowy mountains in the USA. For Christmas. THIS Christmas. In just a few months. 

Everything is happening so fast, and Maggie is afraid for her daughter. But most importantly, Maggie is afraid that she will finally reveal to her girls that she is getting divorced from their dad.

My Thoughts

In a lovely snowy atmosphere, we get to see this family, and their different personalities coming together, in a book where love wins in the end. Reading this book under a warm blanket and with a hot chocolate definitely gave me the true feelings of Christmas again. 

I encountered some interesting scenes, a couple of plot twists, a bit of a mystery behind one of the sisters. The importance of mental health as well, and how important is to share our troubles with someone. Anyone. 

Some of the relationships, new or current, happened at a very fast pace, which wasn’t too my great pleasure. There was some sense of unnecessary urgency which didn’t feel believable nor relatable to me. But in hindsight, a wonderful book to spend your evenings with.

If you love romance novels and you also love Christmas, A Wedding in December will probably end up being your favourite book. I highly recommend it!

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Confucius’ Social Wisdom by Pavan Choudary [BOOK REVIEW]

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Well, well, well… Another  1-star. The first one for 2020. And it had to be a philosophy book.

I remember reading another book by Pavan Choudary and it was called How A Good Person Can Really Win. I remember disliking this book as well, because it was a bit dodgy and click-baity. But together with that one, I also received this book – Confucius’s Social Wisdom. 

My history with Confucius

Philosophy and I found our way to each other when I was in high school.  Our professor was quite different than any other professors I had, but he taught me a lot of world and moral lessons. Even today, I still remember his lessons now, when I am on a life crossroad and wonder what he would say. I discovered Confucius’s work during those years and it was a huge revelation for me to learn about other culture’s ethics and moral rules and explanations. 

I always love sharing opinions and beliefs and Confucius’s works showed me another side of the world that I never thought of. Love others while you exercise self-discipline. How can it be done, and how I can implement this in my life. His works always triggered more questions than answers. And that was the beauty of it. 

Why I don’t like this book

I will be completely honest with you. I appreciate everyone’s work and I know that a lot of time and effort has been put into this work. However, I will not praise nor endorse any book that is published and sells on behalf of someone else’s work. And this is what has happened here. 

The author has taken the most famous quotes from Confucius and then elaborated them into what he believes they might mean, advising the reader what they should do. I cannot see any wisdom in this book whatsoever. You can get the same information by just grabbing a copy of the original works of Confucius. 

I would not recommend this book to anyone. If anything, I would recommend you to avoid it. Stick to the original works of Confucius and form your own conclusions on the meaning behind the words. 

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February TBR – The Month of Love

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Hello, my lovelies!

January has gone so fast for me!

I was off for a week and a half, so I missed on a lot of reading. I am carrying-over 3 books this month 🙁

I travelled back to my home country, Macedonia, during our Christmas, which is on 7th January. It was really cold this time of year, but it was beautiful!

In January, I also attended the #NewVoices event, hosted by HQ. Many new authors had their pitch for the books that will be released in 2020, and I am already excited about a few!

Without further delays, let’s get to the important part – what will I be reading in February?

As I have announced in my TBR Update, I have changed the way I am choosing my books – if you haven’t read this update yet, please go and have a look.

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE. This is the list that I will choose from when spinning the wheel.

My February TBR

I always start with 8 books on my TBR, because this is what I read on average. If I happen to read all of them, I will add a few more books at the end of the month. If I don’t manage to read the books from last month, I don’t unhaul them. They go into the next month’s list automatically, which leaves me with less spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read this February:

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1. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

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I just didn’t manage to get to this book in time, and it’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll get to it this month.

Everything I have read so far from Sarah Morgan – I loved! And this Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive this book from the publishers, so I can read it right in time before the end of the year. A Wedding in December is already on the top of the lists across UK, and I am hyped to read it.

 2. Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

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I am actually quite sad that I didn’t manage to read this book in January, but hopefully I will be able to do it this month.

I had to choose a book that had a white cover, and Pretties was the closest I had to it. Also, I really loved the first book – Uglies and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 3. Confucius’ Social Wisdom by Pavan Choudary

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I received this book a while ago through a giveaway on Goodreads (I know this was a long time ago, because Goodreads is not hosting giveaways for the UK anymore). Shame, shame, shame…

Pavan talks about the social wisdom from the works of Confucius, and I am excited to find out more. It is a short read, but I am sure I will enjoy it!

4. Eternal Love by Karimah Colden

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The sequel to Eternal Soul, which I rated 3-stars. I hope I will enjoy this one more, but it was a nice book for me to choose for this prompt, because I find pleasure in finishing series. Tick, tick, tick!

5. Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon: Part 2 by S. Yurvati

Spin: Boyfriend Pick

This is what Chris chose, and I have to tell you that I was quite surprised. He could choose from World of Warcraft, Witcher and Harry Potter Books. Very surprising pick, but I am glad, because I did enjoy the first part of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles.

6. The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood

Spin: My Pick

I am actually doing a blog tour as well as an instagram tour for this book. Also, I might have one spare copy as well, so could also do a giveaway. Let me know if you would like to see that!

7. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Spin: Graphic Novel

I have this book on my bookshelf for quite a long time. I think this is the best time to pick it up and finally give it a go. I have heard some amazing reviews from other bloggers, so I am quite excited.

8. The Long and Dark by Joshua Banker

Spin: Travel (set in destination)

This was the first time this prompt came, and I had some fun choosing a book. I have decided to go for this one, because the main character goes on a quest in a fantasy world, and that was all it took to make me pick it up.

And that’s my February TBR ! I hope I will manage to read all of these books.
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What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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