City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments 2)

coverDate Published: March 2008
Date Read: April 2013
My Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts:

I don’t quite know how to start this review. After reading City of Bones even though I was disappointed by the ending I wanted to continue reading. I wasn’t quite ready to give up these characters. I am glad I continued as the story became more gripping. I found it quite difficult to put this book down.

Firstly I would like to say that I feel this book flowed more than the first. It was easier to read and to follow and less predictable that COB. I felt sorry for Simon through this book because you can tell how much he is in love with Clary but she is still smitten with Jace, even after finding out he is her brother. Clary knows its wrong but she just can’t help her feelings. I found these scenes hard to read. I kept wanting to scream “he’s your brother”. I did however persevere. If you ignore the I’m in love with my brother aspect of this book it’s quite a good story. 

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Twenties Girl

coverMy Rating: 3/5
Date Published: July 2009

Date Read: June 2013
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Synopsis:
Lara Lington has always had an over-active imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it. 

My Thoughts:
This was the second time I started this book. This time I actually got past the first few sentences. I always get a little scared when I start a book by an author that I love. I loved the Undomesticated Goddess  Shopaholic series and I’ve Got Your Number, so I was a little apprehensive. Sophie however did not disappoint. To start with it was a little difficult to get into but once I got going I couldn’t put it down. Lara and Sadie made such a great team. The ending was very sweet. I would recommend this to any Kinsella or ChickLit lover.
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Book news: I Heart Christmas (I Heart 6)

So…as some of you know I am a bit of a Lindsey Kelk fan. As well as an I Heart fan. and for those of you that don’t know I am also a HUGE lover of Christmas. Christmas films, music, decorations, food, the lot. I am like a little child around Christmas time. So imagine my excitement when Lindsey announced that she is releasing an I Heart Christmas! I have always always always wanted to visit New York at Christmas, I imagine it is the most wonderful place. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I know its July and the sun is shining (for once) but this has made me a little christmassy. This is going to the top of my Christmas book list as soon as it is released. I believe this to be some time in November. I will update you as soon as I know. Also no cover as yet but I just know it will be amazing.

x E x

*****Update release date is 21st November!!!!!!!********

Something Blue (Rachel and Darcy 2)

coverDate Published: March 2006
Date Read: June 2013
My Rating 3/5
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Synopsis:
Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.

But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life…with a baby on the way.
Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.

My Thoughts:
So after finishing Something Borrowed I instantly started Something Blue. I found Darcy to be so irritating throughout Something Borrowed and I found the ending rather fitting and only mildly surprised. However throughout this book I did soften and start to like Darcy a bit more. This book is the perfect ending to Something Borrowed.
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Something Borrowed (Rachel and Darcy 1)

coverDate Published: June 2004
Date Read: June 2013
My Rating 4/5
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Synopsis:
Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

My Thoughts:
This is a difficult one for me. I hate cheaters I think if you’re not happy you should end it because cheating does more harm than good. However Darcy irritated me from the moment she appeared, she is so self-centred. I’ve had a friend like Darcy and I was Rachel.  I was always letting my friend take the spotlight while I was in the background until she needed me to look after her. So seeing Rachel get back at Darcy was quite satisfying. Hilary was a great character. She really made Rachel see the light and stop thinking that Darcy should get what she wants because she’s Darcy. I also loved Ethan without giving too much away he’s there for Rachel when she needs him the most.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. I switched sides quite a few times.  Team Rachel and Dex then Team Rachel and Marcus then back to Team Rachel and Dex. I enjoyed the ending of this book and I was eager to read Something Blue.

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Hello

 Hi Everyone…..

I hope you like the reviews I have posted so far. Soon I will post the reviews of the books I have read recently. I am very excited because I just purchased Maria Murnane’s Chocolate for Two. This is the fourth in the Waverly Bryson series, I love Waverly and I cannot wait to read this. I also look forward to reading The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon. I adore Paige’s book and I am very excited about the books she is currently writing (more about that in book news). That’s all from me today come back tomorrow when I plan to post a new review.