[Book Review] Marriage For One by Ella Maise [SPOILER FREE]

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Marriage For One | 499 Pages | Adult Romance

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IMG_20190510_142614_604Jack and I, we did everything backward. The day he lured me into his office-which was also the first day we met-he proposed. You’d think a guy who looked like him-a bit cold maybe, but still striking and very unattainable-would only ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You’d think he must be madly in love.

Nope. It was me he asked. A complete stranger who had never even heard of him. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You’d think I’d laugh in his face, call him insane-and a few other names-then walk away as quickly as possible. Well…I did all those things except the walking away part.

It took him only minutes to talk me into a business deal…erm, I mean marriage, and only days for us to officially tie the knot. Happiest day of my life. Magical. Pop the champagne… Not. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne was nothing like what I’d imagined for myself.
I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.

It wasn’t long after he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he still didn’t talk much, but anyone can string a few words together. His actions spoke the loudest to me. And day after day my heart started to get a mind of its own.

One second he was no one. The next he became everything.
One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.
One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.

After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. Did you expect anything else?

Jack and Rose are now one of my favourite fictional couples.  Watching in on how they both fall deeply in love with each other was one of the sweetest things ever.  From the moment I finished the preview on Amazon, I knew this book was going to hook me and take away my life until I finished it, I wasn’t wrong.  I became so wrapped up in the lives of Jack and Rose, in their relationship, the characters felt so, so real.  They had their flaws, yet they were both so endearing.  This novel is a very slow burn romance, it’s 499 pages and close on half the book you see how the characters start to fall in love with each other.  With the length of the book and how long it takes Jack and Rose to admit their feelings, you would think it’d be a drag.  No, not at all.  It was wonderful and cute, just reading about the two of them and their lives, even if nothing in particular was happening it was still amusing.  Continue reading “[Book Review] Marriage For One by Ella Maise [SPOILER FREE]”

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[Mini Review] Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo [CONTAINS SPOILERS]

TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE(1)
Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1) | 358 Pages| YA Fantasy

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IMG_20190509_151536_396Look guys, I’m not even going to lie to you, I’m Darkling trash.  Leigh Bardugo made the magnetic pull of the Darkling radiate through the pages and into the real world.  I’m telling you now, I was 100% lured by the Darkling, he is mysterious, dark, beautiful and as I say, all those things radiate through the pages and captivate you.  From the very start of this book I was drawn into in the world of the Grisha, I was swept up in Alina’s new life just like she herself was.  What I did find interesting about this book was, The Darkling is obsessed with power, in the end of the novel when Alina uses her power/the power of the stag to escape, by doing so she gets a glimpse into what is like to have and wield the sort of power The Darkling has and she likes it.  Infact, she doesn’t want to let it go… are the Darkling and Alina more similar than she is willing to admit?  Moreover, I couldn’t put this down and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.  Not to mention, Alina and The Darkling have mad chemistry.  Unlike some people *cough* Mal *cough*
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[Graphic Novel Mini Review] Down In A Hole (Drugs & Wires) by Mary Safro and Io Black [SPOILER FREE]

     TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
  Down In A Hole | 136 Pages | Cyberpunk Graphic Novel

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This graphic novel I actually bought as a gift, which Mary Safro was lovely enough to sign with my partner’s name (I will be forever grateful for this ❤ ).  However, after excited recommendation I decided to give it a whirl. 


IMG_20190508_140846_084The year is 1995.

Grunge and alt-rock dominate the airwaves. Floppy disks are still the storage medium of choice. The mainstream media can’t shut up about this amazing new thing called the “Information Superhighway.” And in the shadows of glittering megacities, a loose alliance of cyber-anarchists, techno-pagans, and razorgirls is waging covert war against power-hungry corporations, sinister governments, and injustice and corruption in all of its forms.

This is not their story.

No, this is the story of Dan, pissy misanthrope and recovering VR junkie, now condemned to a dead-end job delivering sketchy packages in a post-Soviet urban hellhole.

This is the story of Lin, a cybernetics installer who treats concepts like “anesthesia” and “disinfectant” as annoying inconveniences, and likes to soundtrack life-altering surgeries with Cannibal Corpse.

And above all, this is the story of what happens when the future that never was meets the past that we occasionally poke fun at on VH1. Welcome to Drugs and Wires.


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[Audiobook Review] The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | My New Favourite Book [SPOILER FREE]

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | 388 Pages | Adult Contemporary

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This is definitely one of my new favourite books.  I literally cannot stop thinking about it, the book hangover is real right now. I’m just speechless. What an absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking story.  Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master story teller.  This is is my first book I have ever read by her and it was amazing. 

I’m pretty sure you have all read this book by now, but yet again I am late to the party.  I wish I hadn’t put it off for so long, I honestly do.  This book portrays some very important messages and deals with the prejudice surrounding homosexuality in the 1950’s.  It tells the story of Evelyn Hugo – legendary film siren and a very complex woman. It had me in absolute tears at times, it was so moving, so engrossing and I don’t think anything I say can do this book the justice it deserves.

This whole novel felt so real, I honestly sometimes forgot that all the characters involved are actually fictional. I become enamoured with Evelyn Hugo, her life, her relationships. This book was all I could think about and still is all I think about even though I have now finished it.  Evelyn Hugo played the Hollywood game and she played it well.  Some of her decisions were morally grey to say the least, but I loved her for it.  She somewhat capitalised off the industy’s sexism, she used her body to get what she wanted majority of the time and she knew very well what she was doing.

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | What a Whirlwind [CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS]

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Throne of Glass #3 | 565 pages | YA Fantasy

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Well, well, well, what a mix of feelings I have about this book. I started off feeling very salty about Chaol & Celaena and this feeling carried on for a while because I was just refusing to let the C+C ship go. However, I still love Chaol, who is one of my favourite characters and I truly think him and Celaena are a great couple, butttt, I don’t think he is right for Aelin… (plz, don’t hate me). I gotta admit, Rowan did grow on me, and not gonna lie I do love fae  *cough* Rhysand *cough.* So, yeah, I might be Rowan trash… I regret nothing. I am actually going to start talking about the book itself now, because you know this is a review, so I should shut up about Rowan and Rhysand even though… nope, no.

Ok, ok, I am talking about the book now. This book is super hard to rate, like the first half even though I enjoyed it was soo slow, seriously it was crawling, then, bam! the second half was insane, I COULD NOT put the book down. I swear I am not kidding, it was absolutely mental. So you know, you can understand my plight when I say at the half way point, I was 100% ready to give this book 4 or something and now… what even. Looking at this book as a whole now I have read it, rather than in sections, this book is brilliant and it is definitely needed. How every single character progressed throughout this whole novel, and began coming to terms with things… even Rowan who is probs hundreds of years old progressed, overcame and learnt he can still feel things. So, although the pacing isn’t great, especially the gaps in between each point of view, this novel had some of my favourite scenes and definitely favourite character progression. Oh, oh, not to mention quotes. Not gonna lie, I did get goosebumps when this happened

And there, beyond the stones, standing between to of those creatures, stood Aelin, a strange mark glowing on her brow. Her hair flowed around her, shorter now and bright like her fire. And her eyes –- though they were red rimmed, the gold in her eyes was a living flame (…) He forgot Gavriel and Lorcan as he bolted for her– the gold and red and blue flames utterly hers, this heir of fire. Spying him at last, she smiled faintly. A queen’s smile.”

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas | An Engrossing, Thrilling, Heart-Breaking Journey [SPOILER FREE]

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 Throne of Glass #0.5 – 0.1 | 448 pages | YA Fantasy

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The Assassin’s Blade is a bind up of 5 novellas surrounding the events leading up Celaena Sardothien’s imprisonment. All of the novellas in this bind up serve a purpose, they flow from one another smoothly and consistently, at times it can feel as though you are reading a novel rather than bind up of short stories which I thoroughly adored.

I’m not going to rate them all individually even though they all stand up on their own. I think the story told throughout all 5 weaves together perfectly when read as one, therefore, I’m going to rate it as one.

At the start I wasn’t a massive fan of Celaena I have to say. Moreover, as the stories progressed onwards, throwing me further and further into the brutal yet tragic life of this young assassin, I couldn’t help but start to like and understand her more and more. Throughout each story Celaena grew and became by the end less egotistical.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | A Cosy, Cute, Fluffy Read [SPOILER FREE]

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Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.”

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1 | 335 Pages | YA Romance

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I originally went into this book looking for a pick-me-up which it undoubtedly is perfect for. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the characters and become as fond of the book as I am. Infact, initially I thought I would be too old for this type of young adult romance.

I was wrong. So wrong.

This book in actual fact gave me the biggest sense of childhood (well, teenage) nostalgia I have ever encountered (aside from when I watch The Santa Clause every Christmas). Jenny describes the thrill of first love and all the different kinds of anxieties you feel growing up as a teenage girl perfectly. I found myself smiling dorkily all the way through, routing for Lara Jean and Kavinsky. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is an extremely quick read that kept me turning the pages throughout the early hours of the morning dying to find out how it concluded (by the way, if you haven’t read this yet, definitely have book two ready).

Although the plot is some what predictable and slightly cheesy at times, it works wonderfully and creates an adorable, warm fluffiness. Additionally, after reading this book, you can really see how much Lara Jean has grown up in comparison to her slightly childish ways at the start of the book, and her relationship with her two sisters, Margot and Kitty strengthen.

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