Saturday, 29 April 2017

Heartless



Yooooo!!! Peeps!! What's up??? I feel like it has been forever since I was at home, and blogging is home for me? You know why??? Because of THE BOOKS OF COURSE!!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜ŒπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜. I need to get in to a proper routine, I feel like a wreck after starting a new job and being at work when most people are asleep!!! YIKES! BUT I WILL SUCCEED!!!


Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 8th November 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
 



Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

I have too many emotions for this book, if I should be totally honest with myself I could not bring myself to even think about this review let alone write it. I am still feeling the after effects of this book hours later....

One thing I never realised about this book (unsure how I never noticed) was that it was a retelling of Alice in the Wonderland. Can you believe this? I have also never read a Alice in the Wonderland retelling before, this being my first retelling, both my brain and heart have no idea how to feel about this book. I had a lot of issues at the beginning of the book, for one I was really finding it hard to get in to the story. 

My main problem was with Cath and at her inability to speak up for herself and being fatalistic about her own fate. That really got on my nerves, I found myself constantly fuming. I was ready to unleash my wrath on her parents, specifically her mother. She thought she knew best for daughter's happiness when clearly she didn't? And her father? He who is supposed to protect and cherish her. He wouldn't hear the end of it, always acting like being wrapped around his wife's fingers, only dancing to her tunes. 

One thing I am glad though, I felt like it finally took like ageeeessss before Cath finally lived up to the character I always knew she would be. She went from being told what to do to telling other people what to do. It is a shame that it took a deep tragedy for her to only realise and act upon it. Cath's lack of thoughtfulness for the consequences got on my nerves a lot. If she is being told that if you make this decision this is what will happen, which sane person would that? Especially after Hatter repeatedly is warning her of the dire consequences!!! LIKE WHAT THE HELL CATH!!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???????

The only person that made this whole story worth it was Jest, my poor baby. I cannot even think about him without crying. WHY?????? I love him so much, he made everything in this story bearable. I read it only for you Jest, only to know you and have my heart taken from me willingly. 

On a side note, I did a buddy read with Amy ( A Magical World of Words) so please go and check out her review here


Until then amigos! 

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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Indecent Proposal


Title: The Indecent Proposal
Author: Louise Marley 
Published: 18th June 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes/No
Synopsis:


When Megan sees a photo of her rock star boyfriend Ryan with another girl, she dumps him and heads off to Sorrento on holiday. Unfortunately Ryan’s had exactly the same idea… 

The Indecent Proposal is an 8,000 word short story which should take about thirty minutes to read. It is a romantic comedy.





Awww...what a short sweet story. My only complaint is I wish it was longer or at least tell us a little bit more about what happens to Megan and Ryan.

Megan is writer, she just so happens to stumble on one picture of Ryan with a girl and then turns in to a frenzy, she believes every gossip site and news instead of talking to Ryan (thinking that he had cheated on her). Ryan I was surprised to find out is actually very sweet, he loves Megan with all his heart and tries to win her back.

Unknown to both of them, Gina sets them both up in her hometown in Sorrento, obviously Megan has no idea of this. I really loved Gina and Luca, they were both level headed, strong and how good friends supposed to be. Luca oozes with hotness and Gina oozes with beauty and confidence. 

Although I was pleased with the ending, I would have liked a bit more twists and turns to have happened. I felt like this was a bit too easy for them just to end up together engaged, I did feel sorry for Ryan when Megan would just ignore him but I also felt the need that he needed to do more.


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Monday, 17 April 2017

When First They Met



Title: When First They Met
Author: Debbie Macomber 
Published: 18th July 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes/No
Synopsis:

Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series have won thousands of fans, thanks to her signature blend of heartfelt romance, delightful humor, and warm wisdom. Now, in this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Macomber shares a sneak peek into her new series set in Cedar Cove, which features Jo Marie, before she becomes the owner of the beloved Rose Harbor Inn.
 
From the moment Jo Marie sits next to Paul inside the Seattle Seahawks’ stadium, she feels a spark. Paul’s striking blue eyes and kind smile tell her that he’s someone special—different from any man she’s met before. When they strike up a conversation, Jo Marie and Paul realize how much they have in common, yet there’s one thing keeping them from a fairy-tale ending: Paul is in the military and will ship out of Seattle within the next six weeks. As Jo Marie wonders if she should once again open her heart, she decides that, no matter the stakes, she can’t forgo her chance at true love.
 
Includes an excerpt from Debbie Macomber's Last One Home.


Hmm..I am not sure how I feel about this book, I actually fell in love with both Jo and Paul. For both of them it is love at first sight, they have this instant chemistry just with their eyes connecting with one another.

I love how confident Paul is, he isn't afraid to go after what he wants. He is kind, compassionate, caring and funny. It is actually quite surprising how alike Jo and Paul are. Jo never believed she would fall in love, let alone marry but that all changes when she meets Paul. I really loved learning them learning about each other and before you know one thing leads to another. Unfortunately for Jo, Paul is in the military which limits how much time they can spend with each other but their love for each other never wavers. 

It was the ending that did it for me although it is a happy one, when I turned the page and saw the synopsis for the next book it broke my heart. After throughly enjoying this short book, I was devastated to find out what happens to Paul. I was originally going to continue with reading this series but now I am not so sure. I really loved Paul.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Three Men and a Maybe


Title: Three Men and a Maybe 
Author: Katy Lovell
Published: 9th December 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes/No
Synopsis:


A free short story…the perfect treat for yourself this Christmas 
It’s the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That’s just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year’s Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiancΓ©, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.
And if that weren’t enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.
Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?


Honestly when I first got this book I really thought it was similar to Three Men and a baby, not maybe (honest mistake right?) but when I started reading it, I obviously found out that it has nothing to do with a baby more like one girl and three proposals. This should be a lesson for me to learn for next time reading the synopsis carefully. 

Cerys is not looking forward to new year, but she is dragged along to a bar with her friends anyways. Unknown to her, she finds herself with three guys asking for her hand but the question remains who will she choose? Her ex fiancΓ©, one of her best friends or Angelo the barman?

This takes place in three different points of her life; it tells of her life when she was engaged to Ricky and how because of his actions it destroyed their relationship, Huw who has always been her best friend and protector (she secretly had a crush on him when they were younger) and how she meets Angelo. In the end, I was surprised with her choice but I can say she made the right one (one that ends with a maybe). Like Cerys every girl deserves to be with someone who treats them right and like a queen.

A great, short read.

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