A Thousand Perfect Notes by C G Drews (Book Review)

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C G Drews
Standalone
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Length: 282 pages
Published on June 7th 2018 by Orchard Books
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

bought via Waterstones

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

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Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (Book Review & Discussion)

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #1
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Urban Fantasy | Romance
Length: 341 pages
Published in March 2010 by Orion Publishing Group (first published April 7th 2009)
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

first read via library book, reread via purchased book from Amazon

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker–and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately, he expects her gratitude–and servitude.

But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war–and there will be blood.

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Book Review)

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Series: Standalone
Genre: New Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Length: 310 pages
Published on 10th November 2015 by Atria Books
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Borrowed from my library

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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review

Yes I was snickering, when I found out I could post this review on November 9th, I’m like that haha. This book honestly had me hooked from page 1, it’s split into five chunks. Each chunk is another year on November 9th, meaning we get to skip out the months in between because that wouldn’t be very interesting when this story is meant to take place on November 9th each year.

Fallon and Ben as characters are likable from the beginning, I also loved how we get both their POV’s so we really get a sense of who they are as characters. Also I wrote down this ‘I can’t decide if this is insta love or not like “insta love with an awareness”?’ The reason I wrote that, is because of the first part, where these two first meet, there’s like this instant connection but at one point one of them says that this is like fast. Got me thinking, is it possible to have insta love but be aware of it? But would that mean it’s no longer instant love if you’re aware of it?

I digress, this story is quick paced and due to the way it’s been written, with us seeing the characters growth over 5 years; it keeps you engaged – wondering what will happen on their next meeting. Particularly as they give one another tasks to do to get closer to their goals.

Love is definitely more of a focus within this book but we also see how the characters grow, change and how they deal when truths come to light.

rating5 stars

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I’d just like to say, I think they should’ve published it on Nov 9th cause like, it’d be fitting you know? Anyway, have you read this book? What did you think if you have? If you haven’t do you want to?

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These Broken Stars By Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Book Review)

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Genre: Young Adult | SciFi | Romance | Fantasy
Length: 374 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion (first published December 10th 2013)
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
Borrowed from my library

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

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review

I’ve never been a huge reader, within the sci-fi genre but this book had been on my tbr for a while. Thanks to seeing it on Hailey In Bookland’s BookTube channel. I thought the cover was pretty…yes I am shallow but luckily I also enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed the writing style how the POV alternated giving us a better idea of what was going on, in both Lilac’s head and Tarver’s head. Whilst there’s a romance sub plot, it didn’t take over the main plot of them trying to figure out how to get off the planet.

It would’ve been so easy for Lilac to be a damsel in distress and the romantic sub plot take over, yet it didn’t which I loved, it certainly kept me on the edge waiting for any cute moments between them both.

Overall the pacing was good, at times it could be slow mostly at the beginning, when you’re waiting for things to happen. For me this story was more character driven then world driven which suited me fine, as I tend to prefer character driven stories over world driven stories.

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Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? I wasn’t overly fussed about continuing the series straight away, then I found out the other books follow two other sets of characters. So that’s me sold.

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Grave Memory by Kalayna Price (Review)

Grave Memory by Kalayna Price
Series: Alex Craft #3
Genre: Adult | Urban Fantasy | Paranormal 
Length: 373 pages
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
borrowed from my library

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead – an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a string of suicides occur in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shades have no memory of the days leading up to their brutal endings, so despite the very public apparent suicides, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why do the shades lack the memory of their deaths? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all . . .

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review

Whilst I found the pacing of this book to be a bit slow at times, I loved learning all about Faerie. Also digging into Alex’s past was super fun to do too, although I still want to know ‘Deaths’ name cause like, that’s just what she called him when she first met him as a little girl.

The plot was executed well, I also loved how it didn’t focus heavily on the love triangle we have going with Alex, Falin and Death. Instead it shifted to focus on her work and the particular mystery that needed solving.

rating4 stars

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Have you read this series? Do you plan to or is not your cuppa?

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