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The Kricket Series (Under Different Stars, Sea Of Stars, and Darken The Stars) by Amy A Bartol

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Book 202 - Nancy Drew the Phantom of Venice by Carolyn Kenne Book Review

This is the worst Nancy Drew I have ever tried to finished. I couldn’t get past the third chapter. The character did not feel like Nancy. Rather than being preoccupied with mysteries, Nancy’s preoccupied with boys. It’s written like a cheesy teenage romance, even the language used feels out of place. I flicked through the book to see if it was worth laboring through, but the answer was no. It looks like its pretty much going to be about Nancy trying to decide which out of three guys she loves.

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Book 201 - An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling Book Review

Tragic. If I were to sum this book up in one word, that would be it. If you are looking for a book that leaves you feeling happy and unbuilt - this isn’t it. That being said it is a beautiful story very real to the time and setting. And it is part of a far bigger story, told throughout the rest of the series. But don’t get too attached to any of the characters because many of them won’t reach the end.
Ingeborg and Roald entered a marriage of convenience that has blossomed into love. But that is not say it’s easy. Ingeborg still has doubts about Roald’s affection for her, he is stern, strict and unexpressive but very caring…if only he would smile at her. But their marriage is put to the test when Roald and his brother Carl move their family from Norway to America. Immigrating is not easy, there is money to worry about, a new language, and the new climate. The Dakota territories are nothing like home. But with determination the two families turn it into one, until illness and grief threaten to steal it away.
This is a saga of epic proportions. There are long journeys, long winters, trials and triumphs, illnesses and healing, births and deaths. Even Ingeborg faith is tested under the difficulties her new life brings.

The Man Who Didn’t Call
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Author: Rosie Walsh

Published by: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 344

Format: Paperback

My Rating ★★★★

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened, there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other?

My thoughts:

The Man Who Didn’t Call is a book dedicated to anyone who has found themselves floored by the absence of a telephone call.

Sarah is back from the US visiting her parents, as she does annually, when she meets Eddie. The chemistry is instant as they spend a few blissful days enjoying each others company and falling in love. Eddie has pre-booked a holiday to Spain and Sarah will need to return to her other life is LA, but for these short few precious days, they become completely immersed in each others company.

Sarah Mackey has ultimately been ghosted—and she is not okay. After almost a full week of pure bliss, Sarah and Eddie have fallen hopelessly in love with one another despite having only just met. For sure, it’s a shameless bout of instant love, but I, for once, didn’t hate it. The pair are very sweet together and clearly seem to have a unique and heartfelt connection, so it’s hard not to route for them.

I just really love how the author used the whole “ghosting” concept in the book. I think it is very relatable these days as a dating fear, that you will connect with someone and then the person just mysteriously vanishes from your life and you are left to wonder what went wrong. It brought a level of mystery to the story as you wondered what exactly happened to make Eddie stop contacting Sarah.

There were several things very real factors in this novel- marriages don’t always work, accidents happen and dealing with grief is difficult and different for everyone. There were some tough things that happened to the characters and I felt for them.

There was a really intriguing level of mystery to the story as I wondered what exactly had happened to make Eddie stop contacting Sarah. The pacing of the story was excellent and I felt invested in their relationship and getting to the bottom of what happened.

I loved Walsh’s writing, and would describe The Man Who Didn’t Call as an original and very entertaining read. Ultimately, this is a beautifully written love story with a hint of mystery to it and a few surprising twists along the way.

You can pick up a copy of the book for yourself right now in my store!

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A homicide detective’s violent family history repeats itself in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of murder, secrets, and retribution.

For more than twenty-five years, Philadelphia homicide detective Bree Taggert has tucked away the nightmarish childhood memories of her parents’ murder-suicide…Until her younger sister, Erin, is killed in a crime that echoes that tragic night: innocent witnesses and a stormy marriage that ended in gunfire. There’s just one chilling difference. Erin’s husband, Justin, has vanished.

Bree knows how explosive the line between love and hate can be, yet the evidence against her troubled brother-in-law isn’t adding up. Teaming up with Justin’s old friend, former sheriff’s investigator and K-9 handler Matt Flynn, Bree vows to uncover the secrets of her sister’s life and death, as she promised Erin’s children. But as her investigation unfolds, the danger hits close to home. Once again, Bree’s family is caught in a death grip. And this time, it could be fatal for her.

i recieved this book for free from netgalley, for review purposes

i absolutely loved this book. it was heartwarming, suspenseful, and had me gripping my chair the whole read. Bree and Matt’s connection is just enough to hint a little romance, but not enough to overrun the whole story. the family moments in this book, the revelation of information, and the emotional moments made this book a perfect read.

 5 stars

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


When I was in high school I picked up this book and left it on my shelf for a year or so. When I finally read it, I knew I made a mistake by putting it at the end of my TBR list.

The first time I read this book I was on a road trip, I did not bring the rest of the series with me, so I finished the book, re-read, and then continued that process until I could practically remember every little detail.

Throne of Glass is a book that is hard to describe, it just is. It is a book with amazingly detailed characters, a subtle but sufficient romance, and the first book in a series that will emotionally destroy you.

I love romance, and often times when reading books that don’t primarily focus on romance, I can get bored (stupid I know). This book kept me on the edge of my seat and even after reading it five or more times, this book will always hold a piece of my heart.


5 stars

Such a Fun Age
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Author: Kiley Reid

Published by: Penguin Books

Pages: 364

Format: Paperback (Proof)

My Rating ★★★★

More than the racial bias, the night at the supermarket came back to her with a nauseating surge and a resounding declaration that hissed, you don’t have a real job.

This wouldn’t have happened if you had a real fucking job, Emira told herself on the train ride home, her legs and arms crossed on top of each other. You wouldn’t leave a party to babysit. You’d have your own health insurance. You wouldn’t be paid in cash. You’d be a real fucking person.

Such a Fun Age will be released in January 2020!

My thoughts

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlain’s toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

Such a Fun Age is a really great story about two very different women, all their quirks and habits, and what happens when their lives intersect. It’s a very engaging contemporary novel with a lot of nuance. But there is also much more to this book than just entertainment. It highlights a lot of racial issues, from two different points of view: Alix a successful, married white woman and Emira an “undecided” African American woman.

The book undoubtedly explores the issues of ‘white saviours’ in modern society, yet Reid is careful not to let the characters fall into one-dimensional stereotypes. She has created fully fleshed out characters which allow the story to explore the way well-meaning white people can often overstep and actually make black people’s lives harder.  

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the awkwardness of working relationships, what it means to make someone ‘family’, the complicated reality of being a grown-up and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

I found this to be a really impressive and surprising debut novel. At a first glance Such a Fun Age might appear like a light read, but once you read the synopsis, you will realise that there is so much more to this book. The plot is smart, empathetic and compelling. A page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege. The last two chapters really clinched it for me, and I felt the conclusion to the book was handled perfectly.

I loved reading this one and swept through it in just a couple of sittings. A wonderful and important contemporary fiction. 

Thanks again to Bloomsbury, who kindly sent me out a copy of the book to read and review. You’ll be able to pick up a copy for yourself in January 2020. Please do.

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Book 196 - An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling Book Review

Such a fantastic story! It feels real and raw and authentic. It teaches so much about a lifestyle long forgotten. It is more a story of family than of love but it has enough romance to satisfy. Clean, sweet and complicated.
Ingeborg Strand is the oldest daughter in a farming family in Norway. Her mother is desperate to get her married off, but all Ingeborb wants is to become a midwife. Bringing new life into the world brings her more fulfillment then anything else she can image. The problem - her mother is the midwife she would need to learn from, and their relationship is very complex. But Ingeborg has much to fill her days, especially when she and her cousins and siblings have to move up to the seter in the mountains during the spring and summer to make cheese, shear sheep, spin wool, weave and care for a number of other responsibilities. Here Ingeborg is at peace. But everything changes when her brother finds an injured hiker. Ingeborg realises her heart might not be as untouchable as she always thought - but what chance does a simple farm girl have with the spoilt son of a wealthy, exacting shipping tycoon?
And then heartache and heartbreak come. And Ingeborg and forced to make the most difficult decision of her life. Her faith sustains her through it all and she never loses the deep love of her family.
I love the characters in this book - and the complexity of their relationships with each other. I learnt an awful lot about farming in Norway and grew to love the mountains I have never seen. Ingeborg is given a beautiful and tragic backstory to set the stage for the series. Having not read the series that preceded it, I am left with a lot of questions, but hopefully I will soon remedy that by reading the whole Red River North original series.

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Book 195 - Nancy Drew Enemy Match by Carolyn Keene Book Review

I quite enjoyed this Nancy Drew mystery that revolved around a case of false arrest. Nancy’s friend, who happens to be a tennis superstar because of course all Nancy’s friends are remarkable people, asks for Nancy’s help. Her father was accused of mail fraud along with other crimes and placed under arrest. The safe containing the papers to prove his innocence is stolen and the police car he is being transported in is swept away in flood waters. Her father never seen again. Now living with her father’s partner, Nina has been receiving threats to get her to loose tennis matches and her guardians are frantic. Can Nancy solve the case in under a week so she can get back to River Heights to be bicentennial queen? Of course she can!

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
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Author: Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Published by: Penguin Books

Pages: 364

Format: Paperback

My Rating ★★★1/2

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

High school senior Evan Hansen has always struggled to belong.

But when the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy took his own life, he did it so in possession of a letter Evan had written to himself.

Now everyone thinks they were best friends.

As Evan feeds the lie, and helps Connor’s family deal with their grief, it’s clear that he isn’t invisible anymore. Every day is suddenly amazing.

Evan convinces himself he’s doing the right thing. Until everything starts to go wrong…

My thoughts

Adapted by the show’s creators, this groundbreaking novel was inspired by the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. I’ve not seen the musical myself yet, but I’m hoping to soon - now that it has opened in the West End at last!

I would describe this novel as a very authentic first-person narration about family dynamics, the importance of kindness, and the horrors of not fitting in at high school.

When a letter that was never meant to be seen draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore. And Connor’s wealthy parents have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his ‘closest friend’.

As Evan gets pulled deeper into their family, he knows that what he’s doing may not be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be? No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose.

He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. But when everything is in danger of unravelling, he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this warm coming-of-age story. The plot explores themes of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and deep isolation.

Dear Evan Hansen is an unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes.  I started out absolutely loving it, but it was very lacking in the end. I felt a little disappointed with the ending, but the characters are great and overall, I still found this to be a mostly interesting and entertaining read.

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