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Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, published April 2017 by Walker Books. 

The Hate U Give Book CoverRead: April 2017
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Issues
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 438
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Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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Review: Seven Steps to Happiness

seven-steps-to-happiness-book-coverSeven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman, published October 2016 by Headline Review.

Read: January 2017
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 342
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Goodreads Synopsis: Is there such a thing as a formula for happiness? If it’s Netflix + 2 for 1 Malbec + the perfect toasted-cheese sandwich, Lenny Dublonsky has it covered. Even if she works for a tech company where her colleagues ride scooters round the office, and is in a relationship with a man who doesn’t do relationships.

Lenny’s friend Juliet never planned to be pregnant and married at nineteen, but since then she has been the perfect wife with the perfect family. Until her husband Matt drops the ultimate bombshell… Lenny is determined to save the day. So when she’s asked to test an app that enhances happiness, she puts scepticism aside and persuades Juliet they should give it a go. Could it really be that happiness is only seven steps away?

A funny and moving novel of friendship, heartbreak, and the restorative power of melted cheese.

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Review: The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh Book CoverThe Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh by Marina Fiorato, published February 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Read: April 2016
Genre: Adult/Historical/War/Romance
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 448
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Goodreads Synopsis: Of all the dangers she faced, the greatest was discovery… When Irish beauty Kit Kavanagh’s husband is taken to be a soldier, Kit enlists in the Duke of Marlborough’s regiment, disguised as a man, to follow him across war-torn Italy. Risking her life in battle, she forms a close bond with her wry and handsome commanding officer, Captain Ross.

But even when she dresses once more as a woman to evade capture, the war is not over for Kit. She catches the eye of the scheming Duke of Ormonde, who recruits her to spy upon the French. Torn between Captain Ross and her husband, and under the orders of the English Crown, Kit’s life will be in more danger now than on any battlefield.

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Review: The Crying Tree

The Crying Tree Book CoverThe Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha, published August 2010 by Pan Publishing.

Read: July 2016
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Drama
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 353
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Goodreads Synopsis: Irene Stanley thought her world had come to an end when her son Shep was murdered during a robbery at their home. 19 years later, Shep’s killer is placed on death row, awaiting a date for execution. Irene, having reached the brink of suicide, now realizes that she needs to face the secrets that surround her son’s murder.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Books Of 2015 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favourite Books Of 2015 (So Far)

I feel like I’m finally getting to grips with reading this year – I had a great start to 2015 with reading and blogging, but hit a slump in the Spring, but it’s beginning to feel like I’m back on track again! So, here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2015 (so far):

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1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas – While this wasn’t my favourite in the series so far, it was definitely still a fantastic read – it develops the plot, and introduces new characters, setting the scene and the pace for the next book. I can’t get over how much I love this series!

2. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – Mixing things up with a non-fiction text, I found this book of essays to be very accessible, well written, humorous and at times very emotional. I really enjoyed this read and want to get my hands on some more accessible feminist texts as a result!

3. Before I Go by Colleen Oakley – I originally picked this one up for review because it was described as being the next PS I Love You. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Cecelia Ahern’s offering, but I adored that book and was in the mood for a weepy. I reviewed this with Brandie for our Babes and Books feature, and I reached out and interviewed the author, Colleen Oakley.

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Review: The Good Psychopath’s Guide To Success

Good Psychopath Book CoverThe Good Psychopath’s Guide To Success by Dr Kevin Dutton and Andy McNab, published February 2015 Corgi.

Read: April 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction/Psychology/Self-Help
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 384
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Goodreads Synopsis: What is a good psychopath? And how can thinking like one help you to be the best that you can be?

Dr Kevin Dutton has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths. He first met former SAS hero Andy McNab during a research project. What he found surprised him. McNab is a diagnosed psychopath but he is a GOOD psychopath, able to dial up or down qualities such as ruthlessness, fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself – and others. Drawing on the combination of McNab’s wild and various experiences and Dr Dutton’s expertise, together they have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently and what that could mean for you. What do you really want from life, and how can you develop and use qualities such as charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence and courage to get it?

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Review: Dumped – Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Dumped Women Unfriending Women CoverDumped – Stories of Women Unfriending Women, edited by Nina Gaby. Published March 2015 by She Writes Press.

Read: March 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction/Essays
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Goodreads Synopsis: Being dumped by a woman-friend is excruciating: you expect romantic relationships to break up eventually but you don’t expect it from your friendships. And when it happens, you feel as though there should be an Adele song for you but there isn’t. Dumped: Women Unfriending Women fills that void, exploring the universal experience of being discarded by those from whom you expected more. The essays in Dumped aren’t stories of friendship dying a mutually agreed upon death, or of falling out of touch and reconnecting years later to find you haven’t missed a beat. These are stories by established and emerging authors who, like you, may have found themselves erased, without context. These, like your own, are stories that stay with you, maybe for a lifetime.

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ReRead Review: Maybe Someday

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover Book Cover UK EditionMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, published March 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

First Read: May 2014 ReRead: January 2015
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Source: Purchased

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Synopsis: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.

But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…maybe someday.

The ReRead Challenge

So, this year I’m taking part in the ReRead Challenge. I’m hoping to reread a minimum of 12 books in 2015, and this was January’s pick. I didn’t even make it a year before wanting to read this one again. I’ll admit, I was kind of petrified. I LOVED this book SO MUCH the first time round, what if it just didn’t read the same on the second go??

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