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Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton [BLOG TOUR]

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.
It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.
It’s an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.
It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

I am glad I got the chance to be part of the blog tour for Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton. I was reading this book while I was on a plane, travelling to Macedonia, and it was a great adventure all the way through. In all honesty, I enjoyed it a lot, but it didn’t make my favourites list. 

A school is under a siege and the headmaster has been shot. The story is being told from the point of view of everyone involved – the students, the teachers, the worried parents, the investigators, even the bad guys… Different people are hiding in different places in the school, all hoping this is just a dream. 

During the book, we follow a few story lines:

  • Hannah, the teenage girl who is in love for the first time, trying to help the wounded headmaster.
  • Rafi and his younger brother Basi, Syrian refugees, still suffering from PTSD
  • the parents that are gathered together, desperate for news that their children are safe
  • the police psychologist and investigators, who are trying to identify the gunmen
  • the students hiding in the school theatre, who rely on a Shakespeare play to calm themselves

As the chapters go through, the time passes and we get a better glimpse of the whole picture, and the story behind the whole attack of the school. It is very nicely written and amazingly put together. 

The ending was unpredictable.

I loved the ending. Even though I had a lot of guesses, and I desperately tried to convince myself that the person responsible couldn’t possibly be the guilty one, the book proved me wrong in the most unpredictable way possible. The book’s ending is the ending you have been waiting for in a thriller for a very long time, and I was quite pleased for a few days after reading it.

Throughout the book, you will get hundreds of small clues that you won’t even notice, and in the end it will all make sense. I may have to read this book again, just to enjoy all those little hidden clues throughout the way and cherish them for the amazing clues they were. Also, to simply mock my inability to spot them as well. 🙂

If you love fast-paced thrillers and multiple point-of-view books, Three Hours should definitely be on your radar. I highly recommend it!

Thank you to Penguin House, for sending me a copy of this book!

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Book Wrap Up · Books

January TBR – New Beginnings

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Hello, my lovelies!

I haven’t seen you in a decade (this joke never gets old. And when you can only use it once every 10 years, I may as well spam it).

Well, here we are, at the very beginning of a new year again. New Year – new goals. New hopes and dreams.

I always liked planning my whole year in January, but this year, I will not bother so much. I have made a few changes in the way I choose books, and I am feeling pretty happy about it. My stress levels have decreased a lot, and I found pleasure in reading once again. Yes – there was actually a time when reading felt like a chore. I don’t want that for me.

My December was filled with Christmas spirit, here in the UK. But being born in Macedonia, we actually celebrate Christmas on the 7th January – so January is my Christmas month actually. During this time, I will be traveling back to Skopje, and I might not read as much, because I will be spending time with family and friends.

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

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 January 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 January:

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1. You, Me and The Movies by Fiona Collins

Carry-over book

I actually read this book last month, but didn’t get a chance to write a review yet, so not sure how to organize myself 🙂 I technically have it read, but it doesn’t really count until a review is up.

Two people. Ten classic films. A love story you’ll never forget.

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies.

It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.

The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible. But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?

2. A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Carry-over book

This is the third month a book has been on my TBR, but I already read this one during New Year’s Eve and these last few days, and will share the review soon. So it sort of counts, but it also doesn’t 🙂

A mystery / crime novel, where a teenage boy’s body is found and the main character of this book (and series), Karin, is investigating the mystery. I haven’t read the previous books of the series, but it one of those that you don’t have to read the in order, as they are all standalone mysteries, it is just Karin that stays the same.

   3. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Carry-over book

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.

4. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Spin: New Author

Rosamund Coppley is a new author to me and I am really excited to read Three Hours. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. With only three hours to save them and media and parents asking for updates, I am sure this will be a very unpredictable and intense book.

I am doing a blog tour for Three Hours on 12th January – so keep an eye on my post then.

5. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

Spin: 5 Star Prediction

After reading and loving both Scythe and Thunderhead, I am certain that The Toll will be a 5 star. No doubts at all. And I mean, I have been bragging on and on about this book for ages now!

A world where people can’t die, Scythes exist, that glean them, in order to keep the population intact. Two characters are on their way to become Scythe apprentices, and they learn the whole tradition behind the gleaning ceremony.

 6. Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Spin: Colour – white

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.

  7. Confucius’ Social Wisdom by Pavan Choudary

Spin: Giveaway

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!

   8.  Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Spin: New Author

Robyn Carr is a new author to me, and I am also part of a blog tour on the 29th January. I haven’t watched the Netflix TV Show yet, but everyone that watched it has amazing things to say. Looking forward to this one!

And that’s my January TBR ! I hope I will manage to read all of these books, and I hope that maybe I can squeeze in one or two more, before the end of the month and end of the year?

Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can stay up to date with my current updates during the month.

What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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The Move by Felicity Everett [BLOG TOUR]

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I am very excited to be part of the Blog Tour for The Move by Felicity Everett. Especially on New Year’s Day, finishing the year with a blog tour. Thank you to the team at HQ, for sending me an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Karen moves into a new home with her husband Nick. It is a new house and a fresh start. But it is still the same husband. 

I do love myself a bit of family thriller and drama novels. The Move seemed like the perfect choice to get myself cosy, right before saying goodbye to the old year and entering the “new year – new me” attitude. And in the end, it does have this vibe, as our main female protagonist finds her true self and starts making the right choices in her life. 

However, this book was not as exciting as I expected it to be.

There is a woman that is going through a hard time and a mental health recovery, judging by her memories and thoughts. Her husband had an affair and she didn’t handle that well at all. But now, it seems that she is well. Her husband got them a new home, with new neighbors, in the idyllic little village, where she can do the things she loves the most. 

But her neighbors are not the best kind of type – they all seem weird. And her husband is not really listening to her when she speaks. Her child Ethan is here and there, the relationship shattered by the actions of his father. 

And we spend the whole book standing by Karen’s side, watching all the dull things she is doing in the house, talking to her neighbors and being depressed and constantly worrying about everything. 

I felt bad for Karen, because she is still going through a mental breakdown, even though really trying to figure out her life. She is really trying, but her husband, friends and neighbors are slowly pushing her down again. The Move has a very big voice on mental health. How important it is that we have our support network next to us, and I am glad that Karen finds Cath in all that mess of a life. Also, how important it is to trust your own guts. When all your friends keep telling you your marriage is perfect and you are so lucky, only because it looks so from the outside, you shouldn’t always believe them. Don’t ever ignore the little things. And don’t ever stay with a man that doesn’t believe in you.

As far as the book goes though, it was quite monotonous and uninteresting. No major plot twists, no big cliff-hanger. I was reading the whole time, waiting for the big moment to come, and it never did. 

And in the end, even though we clearly know what choice Karen makes for her life, we don’t have a conclusive ending. We have one of those endings that sort of finishes and lets the reader figure out what happens next. I am not a fan of those, and it might be why I am slightly disappointed in how it all wrapped up. 

I would still recommend it if you love family dramas and thrillers. However, if you are expecting for a book that will keep you on the edge, I am afraid you need to still keep looking.

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #2) [BOOK REVIEW]

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I thought Scythe will be my favorite book of the year, but then I read Thunderhead. It is a shame that I won’t be able to read The Toll this year – but I am honestly so honored to have a chance to read this series in my lifetime. Neal, please let me kiss your immortality ring!

Thunderhead is a continuation of The Arc of Scythe series, where we follow two characters, Citra and Rowan, in their journey to become apprentices of Scythe Faraday. With many twists and turns, which I don’t want to spoil for you all, Thunderhead begins exactly where Scythe finished. And it only gets better from here!

While in Scythe, the main focus of the book was the introduction to the world of Scythes, their beliefs, their challenges, their destiny, in Thunderhead, we get to know the Thunderhead better. The mind behind all the success of humankind, the brains behind how we managed to beat immortality. The Thunderhead sees everything and it can control everything – except the Schythedom. 

“The end doesn’t always justify the means, dear.” she said. “But sometimes it does. Wisdom is knowing the difference.”

This book was so powerful in so many ways. The bravery of Scythe Citra, now known as Scythe Anastasia. The determination of Rowan. Thunderhead and the power and wisdom it holds, but is unable to share it. The sacrifice of Scythe Curie. The friendship that slowly turns to love and trust between Citra and Rowan and their fights to bring fairness and justice, both of them fighting for the same goal, but in their own different ways. 

Thunderhead was everything I was hoping it to be and more. It was all I ever wanted from it. The writing, the mini entries of thoughts from the Thunderhead or the diary excerpts that keep you engages chapter after chapter are such a refreshing way to read a book.

I think this series will end up being my favorite one of all time, and I cannot wait to get to The Toll and get the ending I am hoping I will get. Thunderhead finishes with an enormous cliff-hanger, that makes you beg for the next book. 

I recommend this book so, so much and in real life I cannot stop talking about it. Please pick up a copy and give it a try. If you don’t instantly fall in love with it, you can glean me.

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Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser [BOOK REVIEW]

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Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser is the first book of the Moore Field School series. We follow the main character Samantha, whose parents are teachers at her school, Moore Field School.

When Moore Field School is about to close down, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview to start again. And Samantha and her parents move too. 

Before the first term, the students go to a camp, where they hear about a haunted house. Samantha and her best friend, Jessica, somehow end up in the middle of this mystery. 

My first thoughts of this book were that I find this little school cute, and the mystery of the haunted house quite interesting. 

However, other than that, I am afraid not many things really appealed to me. 

First of all, Samantha doesn’t look like or act like a little girl. She has conversations with her parents in a very unusual way. Who talks to their parents in such a way, in a middle grade book for children?

“Okay, since you are both insisting, I’ll go and get my musical sheets whilst you settle yourselves down in the living room.” Samantha smiled; she really did want her father and mother to listen to her music. 

Aside from the characters and their language, there are a lot of scenes and acts in the book that I cannot find the logic of: 

Miss Moore, the headmistress, is closing the school down because of the lack of pupils going into the private school. She is then moving the school into another town, which is a few hundred miles away. And she wants the old students to keep going to this school. Why would I want my child to keep going to a school that will now be hundreds of miles away? And yet, parents agree to this…

Both parents and teachers don’t seem to care too much about their pupils. Samatha and Jessica wander off, almost drown, get lost twice, and when they return, they are simply greeted as if nothing major happened. Also, the teacher that was supposed to be guarding them and fell asleep and lost them twice gets out of the whole mess without being in any trouble. 

I really wish I enjoyed this book, but it made me cringe and wince all the way through on how pompous and unrealistic it was. Luckily, it is quite short, so I got through it quite fast. Whew. 

I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series unfortunately.

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