Friday Favourites – Female Protagonists

image

Author-Hazel

It’s my turn this week to tell you all about my favourite female leads. Going through my read list on Goodreads and picking my favourites has made me realise that all my favourite females embody life and personality traits that I envy or idolise. I think a good aspirational character is a fantastic thing to read about in a story. It can influence you to better yourself or even better, realise you’re pretty darn great already. All my favourites have a lot of flaws which, I think, humanises them, making them more relatable and more enjoyable to read.

Kay Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell)

image

When I was a teenager, and the teachers traipsed you down to the careers office, I was always drawn to the science and investigation careers. Primarily, a Forensic Detective. It’s my dream job, and if things had played out differently… who knows, it could’ve been. I loved reading about this fascinating career and all the different aspects of it, and I loved Kay Scarpetta; a strong woman holding her own as the chief M.E in a male dominated world. She made mistakes, but carried on anyway because she knew her role was important in potentially saving lives. And the woman can cook. Some of the mouth-watering recipes were described in the books.

Paula Myo (Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton)

image

Paula Myo is a Police Detective. She’s brilliant and methodical. So methodical in fact she borders on obsessive. Perhaps because she was bred specifically to excel and want to work in law enforcement. The planet she originates from genetically alters the DNA of their humans so they are and will be pre-disposed to favour and be excellent in chosen careers. Paula Myo struggles with the love she has for her work and the fact she does not agree with her planets’ genetic manipulation. Her love of her job sometimes takes her into very dangerous situations and she has made many enemies over her lifetimes, but she won’t quit in the search for justice.

Avery Morganstern (Wait for you by J Lynn)

image

Avery went through a terrible ordeal when she was 14, and because her family and town let her down she was forced to endure isolation and bullying throughout her teenage years. Although she is still very much affected by the tragedy she suffered, she’s trying to move on (and move away), get herself a College education and survive on her own without her parents. I admire her courage, strength and her ability to try and better herself even after going through something that would break a lot of people.

Elena Michaels (Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong)

image

Elena doesn’t wear make-up, perfume or use scented bath/shower products. She wears comfy clothes. Essentially she looks like an everyday woman. But Elena is a werewolf. The only female werewolf. And she can hold her own amongst this heavy testosterone, alpha male environment. She’s tough but feminine and I love that combination.

Freya Beachamp (Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz)

image

Although I was unimpressed by this book, I did like Freya. She’s full of energy and fun and isn’t afraid to dare and take risks. She followed her heart even though it put her in some sticky situations. She was conflicted by her feelings for her fiance’s brother and struggled with it throughout the story, making some questionable decisions along the way. She’s also the Queen of mixing up potions, creating elaborate concoctions for all occasions.

Do you have some favourite female protagonists?

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Book & Movie review – The Duff

Author-Hazel


image
Book or movie? This question always comes up when a film (or sometimes book) adaptation comes out. But is it always as simple as choosing one or the other? I don’t think it is. Sometimes they can be very different but equally enjoyable. And that is the case for The Duff…

 

 

The book

This book had been on my radar for a while and when I heard it was being adapted into a film, I bumped it up my TBR pile. I loved it! It was gritty, realistic, funny and at some points, dark. The story was fast paced and never boring. The writing was brilliant and engaging and it felt that the author had a very good and realistic grasp on what it is to be a teenager. The unique way they speak and respond to each other and situations is sometimes difficult for a an adult to pull off but Kody Keplinger did it very well. When I researched the author, I found out she was only 17 when she wrote this book! I think that’s a very impressive feat for such a young person and to do it so well too is fantastic. I’m definitely going to check out some of her other work. So after reading this and loving it, I had high hopes for the movie.

The movie

At 31, this kind of film is really a guilty pleasure for me (especially as there was a reference to 30 being old). It was a lot of fun, a light-hearted feel good movie with a good moral message. Plus Robbie Amell, shirtless – need I say more!

image

 

The basic plot was the same but it had many differences. Some of the heaviness of the book was replaced with humour and light-heartedness.

 

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of reading the book and watching the movie. Luckily I’m not a stickler who expects the adaptation to be exactly the same as the book. I appreciate that the story is being presented in a different medium and from a small collection of people’s perspectives. In conclusion, the book was great and the film was a lot of fun. They were different but equally enjoyable. I recommend checking both out if you enjoy YA Contemporary stories, you won’t be disappointed. Happy reading 📖:)

 

 

 

Friday Favourites – Standalones!

image

 

Author – Hazel

This was a tricky one. I discovered that I tend to read books that are part of a series. But having said that, if I could, I would choose Standalones over books in a series. I like the excitement of delving into a new book. I like the story being wrapped up in a 400 page novel as opposed to sometimes having to get through several or more books to get to the conclusion.

Here are my favourites.

Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley

image

This was one of my Book Club picks of 2013. It’s a young adult psychological thriller that kept popping up in various recommendation pages and the synopsis sounded like the story might spark some interesting discussions. Although the story was gripping and easy to read, the content was heavy and upsetting. Liz Coley did a great job of weaving a disturbing and unpleasant story in a way where younger people can read and appreciate the complexity and understand the distressing situations, without having to read graphic scenes of a horrible nature. I found the psychological aspect of the story fascinating.

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

image

This book was recommended to me by someone on Goodreads. It’s a new adult novel about a girl running away from her past and a guy living with a disability. They meet and a beautiful romance begins. I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down and it gave me all the feels. And this book had a happily ever after ending.

My other favourites have already been mentioned in Kiera’s Standalone Favourites, or they already have a review on our blog.

Happy Reading 📖😊

Friday Favourites – Standalones!

Author – Kiera

When I suggested doing standalones as a Friday favourite I thought it would be a really easy topic. What a fool I am! After having a look through my reading history I noticed that actually I read books in a series far more often that I do standalones. Once invested in a series I’m too impatient to wait and must read the next book as soon as possible. If not sooner.

So with that being said here is my little list of standalones that I have read and enjoyed.

 

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

mlnd“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

 

I finished this book today. It is completely adorable. A typical Young Adult Contemporary but one that addresses a few heavier issues. It made me laugh, it made me mad and it gave me that warm fuzzy feeling. If you are in the mood for something light hearted that still has some substance then I recommend this!

 

Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover.

ulWhen Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

From the Young Adult to the Adult. I read this a while ago after hearing an equal amount of good and bad things about it. I might be broken, because all the things people seemed not to like in this book I loved. It is angsty and some times you just want to shout at the characters, but for some reason that keeps me reading! Plus the sex scenes are pretty damn good.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black.

tcgictTana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

 

 

I know we have all read a million and one vampire stories by now, but I really felt like this book put a very different spin on things! It has a very modern setting and all the outcomes feel realistic. The fact that it is a vampire book that stands alone is even better. Who has time for twenty plus book series anymore?

 

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

rpoIn the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape

 

 

If you like 80’s culture/references, treasure hunting, the internet and generally things that are ‘nerdy’ then I have to ask you – why you haven’t read this yet? I really hope we come up with something like the OASIS (not the band. Ick) soon, because I was made to live in it! Virtual reality + all day in pajamas = heaven! This book left such a clear impression in my mind. The world building is amazing and I loved the characters.

 

There are other standalones that I love – The Night Circus, Illusions of Fate and Tiger Lily are ones that I really wanted to give a little mention, and if you’re interested they all have their own reviews here on thebookspa for you to check out.

Book Review – Thoughtless by S.C Stephens

image

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off  to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source – a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.

Author-Hazel

Thoughtless is a New Adult romance novel set in Seattle. The story is told from Kiera’s perspective, the female protagonist. The story is about a young couple, Kiera and Denny, who move to Seattle, Denny for an internship and Kiera, for a college scholarship. They rent a room from Denny’s friend Kellan, and a slow but red-hot affair begins between Kiera and Kellan.

The writing of this book was gripping and addictive. I couldn’t put it down and when I had no other choice but to, I kept thinking about the story. It is a character driven novel with little world-building but the way S.C Stephens writes tension between characters was amazing. The tension between Kiera and Kellan was sizzling! I really felt it whilst reading.

Kellan was my favourite character. Drop dead gorgeous, good with his hands, cheeky, charming and funny. Some of his dialogue had me laughing out loud. He was a very swoon worthy character whom I couldn’t get enough of.

Kiera, what can I say! OK, the affair started innocently enough, but the fact that she allowed herself to get into that situation and still think that she was innocent, is beyond me. She was insanely naive and selfish, essentially bed-hopping between two men who loved her and whom she claimed she loved. Her indecisiveness was shocking and about 75% in, it started to get annoying. Kellan was what kept me reading. I just wanted to slap her. I don’t believe anyone, experienced in love and relationships or not, could lead two men on that they love, continuing to hurt them profoundly because of her indecision. It started off feeling like nativity but ended up being just downright selfish.

Eventually there was a happy ending but, I don’t feel like Kiera deserved it. The story is though provoking and made me think about what I would do in her situation, but I could not relate to her because I believe my decisions would have been different. Did I mention she was crazy clingy too?

Overall the story was good, I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it if you don’t mind reading about infidelity.

Most Anticipated Reads!

Author-Hazel

Hi all, my turn for most anticipated reads and I actually found this trickier than I thought I would, but after a bit of thought and research I discovered four books that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on! So here they are….

image

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

I have been reading J.R. Wards’ Blackdagger Brotherhood series for over four years now and I love them! They are like a comfort for me. I’m not the type of reader to ‘marathon’ a series, so when I do pick up a Blackdagger book I let out a sigh of contentment, like coming home after being out all day. As this is book 13 in the series I’m not going to spoil you with a synopsis, so all I’m going to say is they are kick-ass books full of action, romance, family, mystery and much more. J.R. Wards’ take on Vampires is truly original.

Due out 31/03/15

image

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is an author I only discovered this year after becoming addicted to ‘booktube’. I’ve only read two of her books, Hopeless and Maybe Someday but I loved them both. Her others are high up on my tbr so when I saw she has another book being released next year, it went straight on my list.

‘Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…’

Due out 10/03/15

image

 

Hellkat by Robyn Roze

I found choosing most anticipated books quite tricky as most of the books I want to read have already been published. So when I was scouring lists of 2015 releases, I came across this one and it just caught my attention. Here’s why.

‘Kat James works hard. She used to play hard, too. She doesn’t believe a woman can have it all, not without giving  up her independence and identity, lose herself to a man and the pressures of family and society. So, she made the choice long ago to grow her business and map out a future  for herself. If there is such a thing as ‘having it all’, then it’s going to be on Kat’s terms, no one else’s.

If there’s a man out there who can deal with that, she hasn’t met him yet…

Enter Tucker Williams. A man who knows all too well about the twists and turns of life, the ups and downs no one sees coming, the bad things we pretend only happen to other people. He already knows control is illusory. So, he’s learned to meet whatever happens head on, confront it without flinching. Because he knows that’s his only chance of having control over anything, no matter how brief.

When his eyes set on Kat James, he glimpses a woman who believes she’s in control. A woman who feels like a force of nature. A woman who should be wild and free.

A woman who has forgotten how to be either…

When family secrets surface, Kat will battle to regain her control and confront the people who’ve been yanking her chain all along. But in the end, she and Tucker will be battling a union of madness they could not have seen coming.

Family is supposed to watch your back, but sometimes they stab you in it instead.’

Due out sometime in 2015.

image

 

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Everything I’ve read by this author I’ve loved whether it’s Young Adult Paranormal or New Adult Romance. So when I saw this was being released, I knew I had to read it.

‘Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun and for food. Her duty to the order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants….she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realises she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her – the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.’

Due out on 8/12/14.

Happy reading guys!

Book Review – Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

Author-Hazel

image

Apolonia is a New Adult, Science Fiction story about a girl called Rory. Rory survived a horrific attack that left her parents and best friend dead. Three years later, she’s attending college and is working as a research assistant for her college professor Dr Zorba. Dr Zorba comes into possession of a rock believed to be from outer space. Along with Dr Zorba and Cyrus, Rory’s fellow research assistant, Rory is analysing and recording data about this rock and the plot develops from there. I can’t say anymore without revealing spoilers.

Rory is a bitch to put it bluntly! You may forgive her because of what happened in her past but having said that, it didn’t make me like her anymore. A love triangle of a sort develops between herself, Benji a fellow classmate and Cyrus, the other research assistant. Benji was a bit sappy and stalkerish for my tastes and Cyrus’ character felt mostly unbelievable.

I felt that the story was a bit predictable and unfortunately I didn’t care for any of the characters, so I wasn’t bothered about what could happen to them or who Rory ended up with. The plot, although it was action packed enough to keep me reading, didn’t have much depth.

I don’t understand why the novels namesake is a character that you don’t meet until 3/4’s of the way through, and she’s essentially a side character. She wasn’t a driving force in the story and she wasn’t significant enough to have the book named after her!

Overall the story was OK. It didn’t captivate me like previous works by this author but at the same time it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t finish it.  I recommend this story to fans of New Adult novels that want more than just a romance story but not with a deep and meaningful plot.

Book Tag!

Booktag

 

Author – Hazel

So this week it’s mine and Yasmin’s turn to do the reading habits book tag, so here goes….

 

 

What is your favourite book?

Hazel – Dark Lover by J R Ward

Yasmin – Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

 

What genre do you prefer?

H – Romance (contemporary, paranormal, new adult)

Y – Paranormal

 

What is your favourite book series?

H – J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series

Y – Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

 

What books did you hate reading in school?

H – I don’t remember hating anything we had to read.

Y – Shakespeare

 

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

H – The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Y – Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 

Bookstores or libraries?

H – If I HAD to choose, I would say Bookstore.

Y – Bookstores

 

How many books do you own?

H – Including Kindle books and iBooks, 294.

Y – 245 books, 197 iBooks and 444 Kindle books! Oops, I just bought another one, 445 Kindle books 😉

 

Do you read before bed?

H – Yes, pretty much every night.

Y – Yes, I read every night.

 

What is your most comfortable reading position?

H – Sat up in the corner of the sofa, knees up with the book leaning on a pillow.

Y – Curled up in my corner of the sofa, with a blanket of course!

 

What is the most recent book you read?

H – I am currently reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Y – Right now I’m reading Haunted by Moonlight, book 2 in the series by Adrianne Brooks

 

What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?

H – “And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him”, Bella from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Whenever anybody mentions quotes especially about love, this is the one I think of. It’s the first time I can remember really rooting for a couple to get together in a story.

Y – “One day you may kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find breath is of little consequence”, Jericho Barrons from Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning. It’s my favourite because I would love a kiss like that, to feel like that with someone one day.

 

Science fiction or fantasy?

H – Science fiction

Y – Fantasy

 

What books do you regret reading?

H – I don’t regret any books I’ve read, I may not have enjoyed a book but I wouldn’t regret reading it.

Y – I don’t regret any, I just might not have liked some.

 

On average, how many books do you read per year?

H – Probably around 52 per year.

Y – I have no idea of the full amount but I read up to 6 books a week.

 

What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?

H – Twilight – it’s 1 of only a handful of books that I’ve ever read more than once.

Y – Dark Lover, Darkfever, Lover Unbound

 

Do you like to read outside?

H – Hell no, bugs!

Y – No!

 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?

H – Life isn’t as bad as you think, someone is always going through more crap than you are!

Y –  Nothing is ever as it seems and everyone deserves a second chance.

 

Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?

H – Wait For You by J. Lynn

Y – Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

 

Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

H – Bookmark, I have a couple of pretty ones.

Y – Bookmark

 

Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter etc?

H – Anytime I want.

Y – Anytime

 

Do you eat or drink while reading?

H – Yes, on my iPad but only a drink with an actual book (and maybe some chocolate hehe)

Y – Yes

 

Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

H – I can but I don’t absorb as much information or read as much.

Y – Only if it’s light background noise.

 

One book at a time, or several at once?

H – One at a time, I’ve tried more than one and I can’t do it!

Y – I prefer 1 book at a time but I can read several if I want to.

 

Reading at home or everywhere?

H – Everywhere, but I prefer reading at home where I can relax and get cosy.

Y – At home! Duh

 

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

H – No I don’t.

Y – No, I like the suspense even if it’s killing me.

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

H – Keeping it new, definitely.

Y – Breaking the spine

 

Do you write in books?

H – No, good god why would you do that!!!

Y – Nooo!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Author – Kiera

Print

Hello, and welcome to a book club book review!

Each month one of us picks a book we like the sound of, and that is the book we read and discuss. We thought that instead of one us writing a full review, we would all contribute to it, giving you five (quite different) opinions.

This month it was my choice. I spend about a month before it’s my turn reading blurbs, looking at covers and generally researching books. I was in the mood for some New Adult this month, and after I had chosen and then re-chosen my pick a few times (and finding one that one of us hadn’t read) I decided on this one. It has an amazing rating on Goodreads, and a blurb that had me intrigued.

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

 

Making Faces is written in third person and from multiple points of view. There are also flashbacks for each character that are relevant to the current situation. Now all that could get very confusing, but it transitions so smoothly I hardly noticed, and not once did I find myself having to go back and check who’s view point I was reading from. I really enjoyed the flashback scenes, and found that they helped me connect to each character much better and thought they showed the foundation for the characters relationships too. There are so many things that I really loved about this book, like how many issues it confronts. There is war, disability and domestic abuse to name a few, and it does it in a realistic and honest way. The characters are authentic and I really felt like I went on a journey with each one. Bailey provides such a fresh perspective on life and is wise beyond his years.

‘Victory is in the battle’

There were a few things that I didn’t enjoy as much. The story is laced with religion, which isn’t anywhere in the blurb, and isn’t normally what I would read, but it was almost subtle in a way that it wasn’t such a big deal. Also the message of the story was very in your face, (no pun intended) and while I like the overall message it did feel like it was being shouted at me when it could have been spoken.

I was definitely left to think after finishing this book. Life can be hard, but there are always things to be grateful for. I will be recommending this book to everyone.

‘Everyone is a main character to someone’

Author – Laura

Warning – This is a powerful book. I cried. Quite a lot actually. I’m not going to tell you I enjoyed it, because I’m still not entirely sure that I did.

The story was well written, the characters were thoroughly developed and it all flowed together seamlessly.  I think it’s a great story, told sympathetically but without the saccharine mush that could make a book like this hard to digest. The subject matter is handled sensitively, and the three main characters are really likeable, without being annoying. The dialogue is snappy, and some of Bailey’s little snippets had me laughing out loud.

I’m really glad I read it, but would I read it again? Probably not. I’m almost out of Kleenex.

 

Author – Hazel

This novel is beautifully written. It is emotional, gripping and funny. The characters all had individuality and were relatable. My favourite character is Bailey, he is very blunt, to the point but humorous at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book, a great story, 5/5*’s :mrgreen:

 

Author – Toni

This book took my breath away! I found it to be an amazing read. It let me experience different emotions throughout – love, hate, anger, tears and happiness. I thought the characters were so courageous and had so much to offer. I particularly took a liking to Fern. I thought she was an inspiration. Her dedication to Bailey, her true friendship with Rita and the continued fight in her towards Ambrose. It felt a bit short though, and i would have liked just that little bit more.

 

Author – Yasmin

This book for me was very emotional and heartbreaking at points and I cried often throughout reading it, but it also has its funny moments where you can have a little giggle. The author has a wonderful way with words which made the story gripping from the very beginning. I loved all the characters and their personal stories of struggle, overcoming grief and finding support, friendship and love. I would definitely recommend this book for those who want a real heart warming story.

 

‘Books allow you to be whoever you want to be, to escape yourself for a while’.

 

And there you go! We did make a list of some of the questions asked, but as this is still new and we’re figuring out the format we weren’t sure if people would be interested in seeing them. If it is something you would want to see, let us know and we can include them from now on 🙂

Next months book is Yasmin’s pick – Book of the Fallen (Requiem #1) by Adriana Noir.