Tuesday, 27 October 2020

All You Hold On To (Anderson Creek # 1) by K.T. Egan


Aspiring author Roxanne Wortham lives a comfortable life in Las Vegas. She spends her days at her nine-to-five job and comes home to her boyfriend, Ethan, and an unfinished novel that she can’t seem to crack. Her life is simple— that is, until she gets a phone call saying that her childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend, Maverick Sterling, has been in a near-fatal car crash.

As Roxanne discovers that she still has power of attorney over his affairs, she places her life on hold and rushes to Maverick’s side in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While helping him to recover, memories of childhood and old relationships resurface, making it difficult for Roxanne to balance her new life with her old one. Roxanne is left to sort through complicated feelings from her past alongside the realization that Maverick may still have feelings for her— and even worse, she may still have feelings for him, too.

This story follows a group of childhood friends into adulthood, Focusing on Roxanne and Maverick and their love story. Roxanne and Maverick were totally in love with each other until they broke up and Roxanne moved to vegas and got a new boyfriend. 

The story was a cute easy read without too many twists and turns, this allowed me to really get into their world and explore the friendships between the group. I would have loved to learn a little more about the characters and although I was invested in the relationship between Roxanne and Maverick I don't feel like I really got to know them that well. 
The supporting characters were not really developed into individual people that could exist without the main characters so maybe the next books will focus on somebody else. 

I liked the style of writing in this book and did find it pretty easy to read. I really like the cosy vibes of the cover too. I dont think I will be rushing to pick up the next book in the series but it definitely has potential. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing this book in exchange of an honest review. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 23 October 2020

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon

This is the third book in The Bone Season series and you all know that I was a massive fan of the first two books. I want to try and review this book without giving too much away but if you havent read the first two books in this series maybe give this review a miss. 

The first thing I want to mention is the covers in this series have changed and that is really annoying. Like a lot of readers, I like it when books match on my bookshelf but never mind I suppose.  

Book three picks up where book 2 left off which is nice especially as it was fairly recently that I read book 2. I struggled quite a lot to get into the third book and I think it was a a lot slower than I wanted it to be. 

Paige and her gang travel around the UK more in this book and it was fun to read about the different places and how they slot into place within the world. 

This book wasnt my favourite in the series but I am still really enjoying the series and I am excited to see where the next book takes us. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Thursday, 8 October 2020

For Holly by Tanya Byrne

Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It's a cliché but it's true.
Lola Durand can't get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother's death together.
If he won't listen, she'll show him. She'll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it.
Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She's going to share it.

For Holly wasn't the top of my list to pick up because I don't really find the cover very appealing but this is one of those don't judge a book by its cover moments. 
Lola is a really interesting young lady, she has recently lost her mother in a terrible accident and her whole world was turned upside down. Lolas dad married Agatha who lives in Paris and that is where Lola finds herself living. Lola hates everything about living in Paris or at least she things that she does. 
This story follows Lola in a complicated journey of revenge and growth. 

The characters in this story are so diverse, I really enjoyed meeting all of them well except for Agatha. 

I am not normally interested in mystery books but this one was fast paced and kept me really interested. The book is written in the style of a diary which definitely helped with the pacing. The book covers Lolas grief and a couple of tragedies. 

Growing up my family used to take many trips to France so the snippets of french conversation was a welcome treat and for the bits that I was unable to understand Lola cleared up in English for us.    

I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it for an interesting quick read. 

Thanks For Reading 

Em x

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Reflections by Elizabeth Lim


When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang's great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must traverse Diyu to find Shang's spirit, face harrowing obstacles, and leave by sunrise⁠—or become King Yama's prisoner forever. Moreover, Mulan is still disguised as the soldier called Ping, wrestling with the decision to reveal her true identity to her closest friend. Will Mulan be able to save Shang before it's too late? Will he ever be able to trust her again? Or will she lose him--and be lost in the Underworld⁠—forever?

I have had this book on my book shelf for a really long time and the Twisted Tales overall have been a little bit hit of miss for me. This one was a total miss, I think in fact it is my lowest rated book so far this year. I was honestly so disappointed. 

 I have been using a random number generator to pick the books that I read and this one came up. Honestly when it came out I didnt really have a preference either way. I have recently watched the Live action Mulan and it was very middle of the road so I thought that this would at least be better than that. 

I honestly just didnt get it. Ping goes against orders to win the war against the Hans but Captain Shang gets very injured in the process, this leaves Mulan feeling guilty so she agrees to go into the underworld to bring Shang back to the land of the living. 

In theory the underworld part of the story should have been really interesting and fast paced but for me it was exactly the opposite. The rooms in the underworld were all really similar to one another and nothing particularly interesting happened until the end of the book. 

It surprises me that the book has such good reviews on GoodReads because I just couldnt connect with the story at all. 

I think if you are a big fan of Mulan then you will probably really like it but if you find her kind of meh then give it a miss and read something else. 

Thanks for Reading 

Em x