Title: The Surrogate
Author: Louise Jensen
Publisher: Bookoture
Pages: 324
Format: Ebook
Service: Bought

‘Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend, Lisa, gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets. And there is more to Lisa than what meets the eye. As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises she must face her fear of the past in order to save her family…’

The Surrogate follows the story of husband and wife, Nick and Kat and how they’ve always wanted a family of their own. After years of struggling to become pregnant, Kat is desperate to become a mother. View Full Post

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Title: She, Myself and I 
Emma Young
Little Tiger Group
Publication Date: September 5th 2017

‘Rosa—an eighteen-year-old from London—is quadriplegic. Her doting (if a bit stifling) parents and charming older brother are her entire world. But Rosa yearns for more; so when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for a risky experimental surgery, she and her family move to Massachusetts in search of a miracle.

Sylvia—a girl from a small town in New England—is brain-dead. Her parents have donated Sylvia’s body to Rosa’s cause. Rosa wakes up from surgery as the first successful brain transplant survivor—by all accounts, a medical anomaly. She should be ecstatic, but she can’t help wondering with increasing obsession who Sylvia was and what her life was like.

Rosa’s fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on discovery and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity? Who is she, in another girl’s body?’

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Title: Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Published By: Bantam
Publication Date: July 16th 2015
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but as been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsey’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – arrive to bring the most un-regal woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowled

ge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…”

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january 2018 reads queen of the tearing neil gaiman ya young adult fiction fantasy romance giovanna fletcher

January has been a rather busy month for me as I managed to somehow plough through my first lot of university exams. And I’m so glad that they’re over with. Between all the revision though, I managed to make a lot of time for reading because I needed some sort of escape from all the work. So, here are my January reads! View Full Post

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the night circus

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
Pages: 502
Format: Paperback“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn 
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparking against the night sky, the sign appears:
Le Cirque des Reves
The Circus of Dreams
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.”

The Night Circus has been sat on my bookshelf for such a long time now. I’ve been wanting to start it for ages but it’s a thick book and it wasn’t something that I wanted to start in the middle of school. I wanted to make sure that I had the time to really appreciate the writing since I had heard so many good things. I’m so, so glad that I waited to read this.

There were parts of this book that felt poetic to me in the way that it was written. Everything just seemed to flow so well and I didn’t get bored of the writing.  The Night Circus doesn’t contain a lot of speech which I can sometimes find a little dull. When I read books like that, I get put off by the chunks of text. The Night Circus didn’t have that effect on me though and I really did appreciate all of the description that was put into the book.

To be completely honest, for a good part of the book, I wasn’t entirely sure where the plot was going to lead. To some extent, I did like that. It gave the book more of a sense of mystery. I thought it was really smart how everything eventually wove together to bring into the last chapter.

It was book that had me hooked for start to finish and I wish that it hadn’t of ended. I was drawn into the magic of The Night Circus and I would love for it to be a real place I could go to!

Rating: 5 Stars

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