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TWILIGHT (TWILIGHT #1) – STEPHANIE MEYER

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About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

The first book of the Twilight Saga introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

I really wasn’t sure whether I should start reading this book.  I mean Twilight.  How many conversations have you overheard where people can’t stop insulting the entire series.  The general negative reactions to the series turned me off reading it for a long time; it is a book I have always been warned against by friends – even though I am pretty sure none of them have ever read it...  This is one of those high profile novels that start a bit of a controversy because half of the readers …

HOVER CAR RACER – MATTHEW REILLY

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Meet Jason Chaser, hover car racer.  He won himself a place at the International Race School, where racers either make it on the Pro Circuit – or they crash and burn.  

Part race-car driver, part fighter pilot, all superstar: Jason Chaser is a champion hover car racer. But now he's pitted against the best young racers on the planet - with the ultimate prize at stake!  

But he’s an outsider.  He’s younger than the other racers.  His car is older.  And on top of that, someone doesn’t want him to succeed. 

Now Jason isn’t just fighting for his place on the starting line, he’s racing for his life.


I was given this book as a gift from my parents because I’d read and fallen in love with several of Reilly’s other novels.  I was slightly concerned that I wouldn’t enjoy reading Hover Car Racer simply because of the fact that it has a younger target audience and I feared that, like many other books that I adored when I was thirteen, I would not be able to overlook the simplicity of the writing …

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS – M.L. STEDMAN

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After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 
Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. 


I first found out about …

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE - J.D. SALLINGER

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The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, second hand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. 
The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvellously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure.

There is just one thing to say about this book; you relate to Holden, the disparaging and contemptuous protagonist, or you don’t.  It is honestly as si…

EVERY LAST BREATH (THE DARK ELEMENTS #3) – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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Some loves will last ’til your dying breath...
Every choice has consequences—but Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin has been unleashed.

Torn between two worlds, Layla has no certainties, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…


I was really looking forward to reading this, I mean, after the first two books, I had high hopes.  And once again, Armentrout didn’t let me down.  Everything that I hoped would happen, did, along with some moments that I really hoped wouldn’t... but we’ll get onto that later.
Having found out the identity of the Lilin, Layla’s universe seemed to collapse.  With no family to turn t…

STONE COLD TOUCH (THE DARK ELEMENTS #2) – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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Every touch has its price...
Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. With hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price for happiness may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

The second book of the trilogy. Whew...  I really don’t know where to start. So, the end of the first book broke our hearts with Roth sacrificing himself in an attempt to stop the rise of a species of demonic megalomaniacs known as the Lilin and Layla being left with only Bambi – …

WHITE HOT KISS (THE DARK ELEMENTS #1) - JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens - a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons - Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her dark side from those she loves. Especially Zayne, the completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on forever. Then she meets Roth - a demon who claims to know all her secrets. 

When Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS - KIMBERLY KARALIUS

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Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita's famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It's a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states the she will NEVER find love. Fortunately, Fallon isn't the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate - even if it means working with a notorious hearbreaker like Sebastian. Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita's tyranny and fall in love?

So I got this book in my first book subscription box from Yureka and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it - the book seemed a bit too soppy and clique for me.  I mean, the blurb says it all...  When I was looking at reviews and book synopsis’ the word that everyone kept using to des…

TANDEM (MANY WORLDS #1) - ANNA JARZAB

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Everything repeats.  You. Your best friend. Many worlds. Many lives.

Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds and two lives.