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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell | Review

Title: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Author: Susanna Clarke

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 17 Feb 19 – 28 Mar 19

Publication date: 08 Sep 04

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): Fantasy, Alternate History

Description:

The year is 1806, England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains, the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrel. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms that between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine. Continue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell | Review”

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Beautiful Bastard | Review

Title: Beautiful Bastard

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 13 Apr 19 – 14 Apr 19

Publication date: 12 Feb 13

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Continue reading “Beautiful Bastard | Review”

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Our Stop | Review

Title: Our Stop

Author: Laura Jane Willams

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 07 May 19 – 08 May 19

Publication date: 13 Jun 2019

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Description:

What if you almost missed the love of your life?

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his Dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

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

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Guilt | Review

Title: Guilt

Author: Amanda Robson

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 25 Apr 19 – 28 Apr 19

Publication date: 19 Apr 2018

Publisher: Avon

Genre(s): Thriller, Psychological thriller

Description:

Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.

There is no bond greater than blood . . .

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?

Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?

As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?

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Red,White and Royal Blue | Review

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Apr 19 – 21 Apr 19

Publication date: 14 May 2019

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Genre(s): LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary

Description:

ve with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating | Review

Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 04 Apr 19

Publication date: 04 Sep 2018

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Description:

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take – and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and taste for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter and tendency to say exactly the wrong thing will. Their loss. Not everyone can handle a Hazel.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college. From the first night they met – when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes – to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them . . . right? Continue reading “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating | Review”

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Prince Caspian | Review

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 21 Mar 19

Publication date: 15 Oct 1951

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Genre(s): Children’s, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

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