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Review: “The Next Together” – Lauren James

June 2, 2016 Book Review 4

 Review: “The Next Together” – Lauren JamesThe Next Together by Lauren James
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Published on: September 3rd 2015
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 356
Series: The Next Together #1
Genre: YA Romance, YA SciFi
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of The Next Together series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:
The Next Together (The Next Together #1)
Another Together (The Next Together #2)
The Last Together (The Next Together #3)

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(summary from Goodreads)

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

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My Thoughts

Oh wow, why have I not read this book sooner?! It’s been sat on my bookshelf for 9 whole months and yet I have only just read it! But I am so so glad that I finally did.

I love anything time travel/takes place over different times related. Now this one isn’t time travel, but it’s more of one of those ‘the same two people born over and over again’ type of stories and I loved seeing all the different versions of Katherine and Matthew and how they changed over time and through each time period they were in.

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Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester Browne

May 13, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester BrowneThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
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Published on: October 2nd 2012
Published by: Gallery Books
Pages: 431
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story
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If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match.

But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family.

Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

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My Thoughts

I am not an adult genre reader, it just doesn’t happen. And on the rare occasions when it does happen I get bored very quickly and stop reading. But I couldn’t get enough of this book. It really was a feel good story, with characters I couldn’t help but love and a romance that gave me butterflies.

So, exactly why did I love this book?

(Warning! Because I am a massive geek I have decided to fill this review with princess gifs. Prepare yourself for the Disney Princess love!)

I LOVED Amy. She was just such a normal, down to earth character who I really can’t say a bad word against. I love seeing her, as a London garden designer trying to adapt to this new royal world and it made for some great moments. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her parents, and her concern for them and their well being when things get a little crazy.

Leo is most definitely every single girls prince charming. So much of the time male characters in romances are bad boys, or rich boys or just too much of something that makes them annoying. Leo was a nice guy (and a hot guy) who was just perfect in every way. I found myself swooning with so many of the things he would say or do, and although he does make mistakes, everything he does is with his family or loved ones in mind. Everyone needs a Leo in their life!

The romance between Amy and Leo is incredibly sweet, and Browne makes sure to get us heavily invested in their relationship before inevitable obstacles make there appearance. Sadly no steamy sex scenes in this one, but I liked that it wasn’t all about the chemistry and passion behind closed doors. Instead it focused on Amy and Leo’s genuine respect and admiration for one another, which made their romance all the sweeter and their relationship all the stronger which showed as usually the problems that occurred in their relationship were from the others actions, rather than any underlying problems in their own sense of self or in their love for one another.

Browne does a fantastic job at conveying the emotional rollarcoaster that goes along with an average girl being swept up into a royal world. She gives us a girl to route for, a prince to swoon over and an epic romance to fall in love with. My only complaint would be that I wanted more of it!

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Final Thoughts

The title and blurb gives away some big spoilers for this book, but the beauty in it for my is the journey of Amy and Leo’s romance and how they get to that place. I wish there was more of this book, or possibly a sequel, but if not then I am more than happy to read this one over and over again.

Re-Readability: Hells Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: adult romance, royal romances, average girl meets non average boy, books set in london, books set int he UK

Rating Loved it

Have you read any Royal Romances recently? Are you a fan?

What are you most excited for in the final book?

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Review: “Wild Swans” – Jessica Spotswood

May 6, 2016 Book Review 4

 Review: “Wild Swans” – Jessica SpotswoodWild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
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Published on: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse.

Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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My Thoughts

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this one when I requested it on Netgalley, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Turns out I probably should have gone with my first instinct.

I didn’t hate it, but it was just such a vanilla book (I hate using that phase because I LOVE vanilla, but it works, so I’m going with it!). It just felt like nothing happened, I couldn’t connect with the characters and then it just ended.

She told my sisters I’m their aunt. Her little sister.

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Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie Rutkoski

April 11, 2016 Book Review 1

Review: “The Winners Kiss” – Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
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Published on: March 29th 2016
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 496
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the The Winner’s Trilogy. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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My Thoughts

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to be released FOREVER and it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

After the way Rutkoski ended The Winner’s Curse we were left absolutely desperate for the final book in this trilogy. I have always loved the way that she has weaved this story with all it’s different elements together and she really showed her talent in this final book which was full of the tension and the ‘almost’ moments which make this trilogy incredible.

“You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.”

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Sorry, You Asked WHY You Need the Illustrated Harry Potter Book in Your Life?!!!

March 25, 2016 Book Review 4

Story by J.K.Rowling . Illustrated by Jim Kay

So I was going to so a full on review for this book, but then I realised that I already have right here. Word-wise this book is no different from the original Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. From the ‘Yer a Wizard Harry’ to the game of life size wizards chess!

But then when you look at the rest of the book (not including the words) there is of course one giant difference … it’s illustrated! (and beautifully done too!)

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Blog Tour: “Walk the Edge” – Katie McGarry

March 21, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

Blog Tour: “Walk the Edge” – Katie McGarryWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
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Published on: March 29th 2016
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 426
Series: Thunder Road #2
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Thunder Road series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2)
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

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My Thoughts

I loved the first book in this series and had been keeping an eye out for ages for the announcement of her second book. I was desperate to get my hands on  copy of her book as soon as possible, and once I did I devoured it in one sitting. If you haven’t read any of this series then I would definitely recommend you start with Nowhere But Here, the first book. This one can be read as a standalone but it is much better when it comes after book 1.

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Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’Grady

March 16, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’Grady

Blog Tour: “All For You” – Kristina O’GradyAll For You  by Kristina O'Grady
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Published on: March 10th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 186
Series: Copeland Ranch Trilogy #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Is it time for a second chance at love?

When Lily left her home town – and the love of her life Wade – 8 years ago to start her acting career she had big plans to make her dream a reality. However, a few dead end jobs and one dead end relationship later she is back to make a fresh start with the only good thing to come out it all – her unborn baby.

Lily soon realises however that the heart wants what the heart wants, and hers clearly still wanted Wade Copeland! Can they overcome the hurt and pain of the past to allow themselves a future?

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My Thoughts

It took my a while to get into this book, like a whole 65%. But once I did it became the story that I had hoped all along that it would be.

I really struggled to like Lily at first. She just said and did really stupid things. I felt like I started to like her after she had gotten her life together, but whilst everything was a bit of a mess I didn’t really have any sympathy for her, nor did I massively like her.

Wade was a good love interest, but I never felt like I totally connected with him. He just seemed to keep changing his mind about things. “I like you” “I don’t like you” “I like you again” “You’re pregnant so I must now turn into super protective man who doesn’t want to be your friend” “I’m totally ignoring your baby bump and now I love you.” Ahhh!!!!

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Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

March 14, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 2

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie Cole

Blog Tour: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ – Tillie ColeA Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
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Published on: March 15th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 316
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story
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One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

My Thoughts
If you are looking for Tillie Cole biker boys or hot football players, you are in the wrong place. If you are looking for a Tillie Cole story which makes your heart sore and then be shredded into pieces all within 300(ish) pages…then you are in the right place!

So firstly, I am a massive fan of second chance romances. So even before I knew the characters I was really excited for this story. The book begins with us seeing Rune & Poppy first meet when they are 5 years old, and then we get to see them again at 15 before they are separated when Rune goes back to Norway. I loved seeing these two as young children and seeing how their bond grew over the years, Seeing them at this younger age meant that everything that comes later is so much more believable because you have seen how their friendship and their love for ever other grew.

“Kiss number three hundred and fifty-four. With my Rune, in the blossom grove … and my heart almost burst. My kisses are all yours, Rune. No one else will ever have these lips but you.”

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