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Les Misérables | Review

Title: Les Misérables

Author: Victor Hugo

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Dates read: 01 May 19 – 31 May 19

Publication date: 1862

Publisher: Canterbury Classics

Genre(s): Classic

Description:

Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

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Artemis | Review

Title: Artemis

Author: Andy Weir

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 21 May 19 – 30 May 19

Publication date: 14 Nov 2017

Publisher: Crown

Genre(s): Science fiction, Heist

Description:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first. Continue reading “Artemis | Review”

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What Happens Now? | Review

Title: What Happens Now?

Author: Sophia Money-Coutts

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 16 Jun 19 – 18 Jun 19

Publication date: 22 Aug 2019

Publisher: HQ

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Pregnancy

Description:

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not thatMax, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

*I received an eARC of this book courtesy of HQ and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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Beautiful Player | Review

Title: Beautiful Player

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 17 Apr 19 – 19 Apr 19

Publication date: 29 Oct 13

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need. Continue reading “Beautiful Player | Review”

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April | Wrap Up

Good afternoon/evening (it’s so hard to keep a true track of time when it’s light until 10pm!) and welcome to an extremely late and quite long April Wrap Up. I hope you forgive the lateness, I read a lot of books in April and so it has taken me an even longer amount of time to get round to doing my wrap post! I completed the OWLs Readathon and started the Avengers Readathons in April which helped immensely. I am well on course to smash my year target of 100 books too, which is great only a third of the way through the year! It was great to read so many books ahead of May too, the Miserables May readalong was always going to slow down progress. Continue reading “April | Wrap Up”

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The Flatshare | Review

Title: The Flatshare

Author: Beth O’Leary

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 12 May 19

Publication date: 18 Apr 2019

Publisher: Quercus

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window… Continue reading “The Flatshare | Review”

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The Bone Season | Review

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Mar 19 – 31 Mar 19

Publication date: 20 Aug 13

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): YA, Dystopian

Description:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant – and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die. Continue reading “The Bone Season | Review”