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TWILIGHT (TWILIGHT #1) – STEPHANIE MEYER

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 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.

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...  While I could never really see myself liking the series, my mother persuaded me to give it a go.  How can I form an opinion on a book if I’ve never read it?…

HOVER CAR RACER – MATTHEW REILLY

Meet Jason Chaser, hover car racer.  
He won himself a place at the International Race School, where racers either make it or they crash and burn.  Jason is a champion hover car racer but now he's pitted against the best racers on the planet!  But he’s an outsider, he’s younger than the other racers.  His car is older.  And 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 or predictability of the plot now that I’m older.  But, all I can say is; I should have trusted my mother’s judgement!!!

Jason Chaser, a hopeful …

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS – M.L. STEDMAN

After four years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper. To his isolated island Tom brings a bold, and loving wife, Isabel. After two miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel hears cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 
Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own. When she is two, the 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 this book because the movie had just come out and all the trailers looked amazing – not to mention the fact that Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in it.  Set in post-war Australia, this magnificent novel pulls at the heartstrings and challenges everything you thought you knew about your morals.  

When Thomas Sherbourne returns home from World War I, scarred and guilty, he takes up a position as a lighthouse keeper on a small island just of…

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE - J.D. SALLINGER

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, second hand description, he leaves 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 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 simple as that.  

Unlike what seems to be a great number of satisfied readers, I found Holden to be an exceptionally judgemental character with little tolerance for others and an immature outlook on life in general.  While some people disregard his troubled and flawed narration on account of its comical cynicism,…

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

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.
Torn between two worlds, Layla has no certainties, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them. But sometimes, when 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 to, Layla is determined to both repair her shattered relationship with her adoptive family …

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

Every touch has its price...
Layla is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Her best friend is forever off-limits. The Warden clan that has always protected her is keeping secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a taste of what has always been forbidden. With hell breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price for happiness may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain spoilers and while I do my best to avoid them, a few occasionally slip through.  If you notice something that you think I should take out, feel free to let me know.

The second book of the trilogy. Whew...  I really don’t know where to start. 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 – both a comfort …

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

With a kiss that kills, Layla is 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, especially from Zayne, the off-limits Warden she's crushed on forever. Then she meets Roth - a demon who knows all her secrets. 
When Layla discovers she's the reason for a demon uprising, trusting Roth could be a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Whatever you do, do not disregard this book because of everything you see above this line - the title, the cover and even the blurb.  I almost did...

When my most trusted friend practically begged for me to open this book and give it a chance I was more than a little uncertain.  I mean, White Hot Kiss...  And the cover!!!  That is not something I feel comfortable taking out in public, or even in front of my parents - you should have seen the looks I got when walking around w…

LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS - KIMBERLY KARALIUS

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud. Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years - generations of Duprees have followed the (100% accurate) fortunes from Zita's famous Love Charms Shop to marry their high school sweethearts. So she is devastated when her fortune states she will NEVER find love.
But Fallon isn't the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. 
Will Fallon 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...  But I was really surprised by how much I liked it in the end.

When I was looking at other reviews, the word that everyone kept using to describe the novel was 'cute' but, at first, I really had no idea where they got that from.  I took me a long time to get into the story and I wasn’t a fan of the language or th…

TANDEM (MANY WORLDS #1) - ANNA JARZAB

Everything repeats.  You. Your best friend. Many worlds. Many lives.
When Sasha Lawson was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds. Sasha never believed they 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 she succeeds, she will return home; if she fails, she'll be trapped forever. 


Sasha, a girl who’d lived a relatively sheltered life with her grandfather since the death of her parents, gets thrust into an entirely new world on the night of her prom.  Swept away from her home by the boy of her dreams, only not, and taken to an America where rebellion stirs, longing for an end to the autocratic rule.  In an attempt to ease tensions, an arranged marriage was set up between Princess Juliana, a girl like Sasha in every physical way, and Callum, the future ruler of the rival …