one day in december romance christmas book review Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Laurie is pretty sure that love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she instantly knows is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away 

Certain their fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and every cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when in matters anyway. Instead the reunite at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken and destinies reconsidered.’

Let’s be honest, Christmas really isn’t that far away and Netgalley gave me the chance to read my first Christmas book of the year. One Day In December follows the story of Laurie who has been pining after a boy she met at a bus stop. The book takes place over ten years and we see how their relationship develops.

I’m going to jump right in with what I thought on the book as a whole. I wasn’t a huge fan. Straight from the off Laurie irritated me. Every single feeling that she felt was heightened so much that it just ended up feeling so unrealistic. Laurie was meant to be a 22-year-old university graduate, instead, I felt that she was acting like a teenager who had a massive crush. It irked me. A lot and it made it really difficult for me to actually like her character.

I felt like I could pretty much predict everything that was going to happen in the story. There was nothing that particularly surprised and shocked me. It just ended up following every romance trope that it could and which didn’t end up making this this book extremely interesting.

However, it is one of those books that is really feel-good. If you’re feeling low or you just want a book where you don’t want to think too much when you’re reading it, then this book is for you. Whilst I don’t rate the plot the highest, the writing was lovely and pretty easy for me to follow.

I wouldn’t exactly market this as a Christmas book to be honest. Even though some of the bigger events do take place around December. It doesn’t scream festive to me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 3 stars

Check out my other book review over here.

** I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date:
 April 19th 2018
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

I am in love with a good mystery at the moment, so when I saw this title pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I was so excited when I got accepted for it. I started reading it straight away and suffice to say, I found it hard to put down after that.

This murder mystery follows a young woman as she tries to put the pieces together after her older sister’s disappearance quite a few years ago. It’s something that always played on her mind and she finally managed to get her prime suspect to go on a road trip with her. She’s determined to get any and all information our of him that she is sure he has on her sister.

I did love the mystery part of this book. I was in a constant argument with myself as to whether Carl was actually a murderer or whether he genuinely had no clue as to what was going on. It was a really well paced book I thought. Nothing was dragged out too much and I didn’t get bored reading it. There were small pieces to the puzzle that you were given in each chapter but I still couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen.

It was a race for me to get to the end of the book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I really needed to know what the truth was. There were so many things that pointed towards Carl being a killer and then some thing that didn’t;t make any sense at all. However, one thing I did find was that it was hard to connect all of the characters. They seemed so cold and detached from everything and it made it hard to empathise. It was the main thing that did put me off of this book.

The plot as a whole was great though. The only thing that I think ruined it was the ending. I really didn’t like the epilogue at all. I  felt like it was a little bit of a cop out. There were things that I felt were a little too unrealistic at the end and it didn’t make sense to me. I just feel like it let down the book a little.

Overall, this wasn’t my favourite mystery/suspense book that I’ve read but it wasn’t too bad. I guess I just had higher hopes for it was all.

Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review of this book.

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eve of manTitle: Eve of Man
Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Release Date: May 31st 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. 

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate. 

Until she meets Bram. 

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how to you choose between love and the future of the human race.’  View Full Post

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suicide club book review net galleyTitle: Suicide Club
Author: Rachel Heng
Publisher: Hodder and Sloughton
Release Date: July 10th 2018
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Sometime in the near future, immortality is about to become a reality. 

Lea thought she was one of the lucky ones. She has a high-powered job. She exercises every day. She hasn’t eaten sugar is years. 

But one small mistake puts her under Ministry surveillance and attracts the attention of the Suicide Club, an activist cell who meet to indulge in society’s forbidden pleasures. Meat. Jazz. Sex. Death. 

Now Lea’s about to learn what it really means to be alive’

I’m finally back to blogging, well kind of anyway. I’m still in the middle of exams but I do have a book review for you guys!

Suicide Club is Rachel Heng’s debut novel. It’s a dystopian fiction that follows Lea Kirino as she wonders if living forever really is something she wants. I was dying to read this book from the moment that I saw the blurb on Netgalley. View Full Post

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Title: You’re The One That I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Service: Gifted
Buy: Book Depository

‘Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Nextto Rob is Ben – the best man and best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned around and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart and the hearts of the two best men she knows depends on it…’

Giovanna Fletcher’s second book was given to me as a Christmas present from Zara since I had wanted to read one of Gi’s books for a while. On the whole, I did enjoy the book but I did have a couple of issues.

You’re The One That I Want follows a love triangle in a group of friends. They’ve known each other since primary school and have grown up together. So, you can immediately see the problem here, right?

The premise of this book was a tad corny but I can’t complain about that. It was the exact reason that I wanted to read this book. I was in need of a good romance book! And this book had me returning to it very quickly after putting it down. I needed to know who Maddy was going to end up with.

My main issue with this book was the sheer amount of block text. I felt like there were so many paragraphs of writing and it wasn’t really split up much much conversation between the characters. I love character interaction in a book, it lets me get to know each character a little better. So, that was definitely something that I missed in this book. Along the way, it didn’t feel like all the description was necessary either. It just felt like some of the paragraphs were there just to fill up space and it could sometimes make me loose a little bit of interest.

That didn’t stop me from getting attached to every single character though. You couldn’t help but feel for all of them and the situations that they were in. I really could’t decide who I wanted Maddy to be with. My decision would change every couple of pages I learnt more and more about the two boys. In the end, I came t the conclusion that I would be happy with whoever she ended up with.

This definitely isn’t going to be the last Giovanna Fletcher book that I pick up. It’s the perfect easy read that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Rating: 3 stars

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