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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 04 Aug 19 – 14 Aug 19

Publication date: 23 Jul 2019

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Description:

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

*I was given an eARC of this book courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review* Continue reading “Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review”

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The Last Romeo | Review

Title: The Last Romeo

Author: Justin Myers

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 21 Dec 18 – 05 Jan 19

Publication date: 02 Apr 18

Publisher: Piatkus/Little, Brown Book Group

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia.

Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.

After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . . .

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Piatkus/Little, Brown Book Group and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “The Last Romeo | Review”

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Bout of Books 24: Day 4

Good day and welcome back to the readathon. As always at this point I am sitting here gutted that we’re tipping into the second half of the week and that time is running away from us! I have the honour of hosting today’s ‘Synopsis Rewrite’ challenge, I can’t wait to read your switched up synopses!

I’m also a Bout of Books expert, here to help the lovely ladies at Bout of Books with all your readathon related enquiries, and to offer all round support and help for the readathon! So please, comment on my updates, and tweet me here! Continue reading “Bout of Books 24: Day 4”

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If We’re Not Married By Thirty | Review

Title: If We’re Not Married By Thirty

Author: Anna Bell

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 05 Dec 18 – 09 Dec 18

Publication date: 24 Nov 2018

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Lydia’s not exactly #LivingHerBestLife. She never imagined she’d be here at thirty – newly single, a job that’s going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she’s still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain.

Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She’s always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance.

But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But noone really follows through on these pacts . . . right?

Could Lydia’s back-up man really be her happy ever after?

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “If We’re Not Married By Thirty | Review”

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Cross Her Heart | Review

Title: Cross Her Heart

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Sep 18 – 27 Sep 18

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

Description:

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Harper Collins and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Cross Her Heart | Review”

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Book Box Club | Unboxing June 2018

Hello and welcome back to another Book Box Club unboxing. I didn’t actually get the July crate, I wasn’t 100% sure a book based on witchcraft was for me, and although the items in it look amazing, I am kinda glad I took a month’s break. I have already ordered August’s box, and the September theme has been released and ticked the boxes, so I thought it was probably time to officially unbox June’s crate. I may have been all about the stargazer theme and really liked the April Fallen Angels box, but I think this is my favourite so far. The items are a little more my speed, and it featured TWO books, both of which sound awesome. I should be saving money guys, why do you make such enticing boxes?!

Book Box Club is a secret society YA subscription box that is sent monthly and features a specially selected, hot-off-the-press YA book release selected by the ladies in the know and owners Libby and Kate. The box features 4-6 specially curated bookish items, is wrapped beautifully and delivered reliably on time, and features an exclusive ‘Clubhouse’ invite to chat with the author whose book features in the box. Continue reading “Book Box Club | Unboxing June 2018”

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Hangman | Review

Title: Hangman

Author: Daniel Cole

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Mar 18 – 22 Mar 18

Publication date: 22 Mar 2018

Publisher: Trapeze/Orion

Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Detective,

Description:

How do you catch a killer who’s already dead?’

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.

 I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Trapeze/Orion Publishing and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review. 

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