The Strange And Beautiful Sorrow Of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl - a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava's journey and her family's saga reaches a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.
I give it - 5/5
My review - I was really interested by this book when I first saw the cover as it is really beautiful and I got it the other day and read all of it on the way home on a train and I've never loved a book more!
Instead of it diving right into the story, Leslye has written about the Grandmothers upbringing and the mothers which I thought was really interesting and how their lives really fitted in with the title a bit. I loved reading about their past even though most of it involved heartbreak and it just got me tearing up a lot.
This story is so beautifully written and the descriptive writing was just that fantastic that I really need to read more from Leslye if this is how she writes!
I just really loved this story and could not get over how amazing it was and how brilliant the story line was! It was so different to what I thought it was going to be about but it really does fit in with the title as well!
As a Hollywood actress, Emma has been burned by heart-throbs one too many times. But there's something about her co-star on her new TV show that is irresistible. Jake is gorgeous, smart and actually cares about more than just fame. Emma has sworn off on-set relationships though. They always end badly... don't they?
I give it - 5/5
My review - This was such an entertaining story! I loved it from start to finish.
It was really interesting how each chapter was from either Emma's POV or Jake's POV and it really gave more insight to the story and what they where feeling at certain points and what was going on in their lives.
I really liked reading about Jake's back story as it really made him more of a stronger character for me. I like how this story really goes with how fame is nowadays. Paparazzi following everyone, always there trying to make something a big deal when it's not and always manipulating the papers, showing something that never really happened.
I really liked Emma how she was a bit timid and scared at first of on-set relationships and then how she grew and was able to just tell it as it was. I also liked her relationship with her best friend because even though her best friend seemed fine with Emma's stardom she wasn't really and I think it really does show that not everyone can take one of their closest friends becoming famous and having to be just known as 'the friend'.
Amy has written such a fantastic story that I think any YA fan would really enjoy!
The Prison of Oblivion, a young adult novel, follows the journey of Storm Earls. A typical teenage girl from London, whose parents get involved in a dangerous project, creating the most addictive drug, 'Oblivion'. To ensure the continuation of the project and the cooperation from the Earls family, the company behind it sends young Storm, to a deserted island. Where Storm's curiosity takes over and she begins a journey of discovery. The young teenagers is desperate to uncover the truth about her exile and return home. Would young Storm menage to survive the countless battles and find her way home?
I give it - 5/5
My review - Well I've known Izi for awhile and she asked my to read and review her book and I'm so glad I did.
I have to say how proud I am of Izi! This is such a fantastic book and I never knew how much of a brilliant writer she is. I was intrigued from the very first chapter as it had me asking questions and I wanted to carry on reading to find out what was going to happen and what did happen and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it as it was such a very interesting book with an amazing story line!
I am really looking forward to the next book in the series as there are more questions that need to be answered and to be honest I NEED IT NOW!
I think fans of The Maze Runner would really enjoy this story! As it makes you question what is going to happen and makes you carry on reading.
I read this book throughout the night as I couldn't put it down at all!
Well done to Izi on her first book it was just brilliant!
Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake – as featured in Hello! Magazine. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. Sure, the resort was good enough for Pierce Brosnan when he tied the knot. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?
There’s one teeny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – she is a bride without a groom.
Truth be told, Barry’s had enough. There’s only so much wedding talk that one man can take. Discovering the credit card statement is the final straw. Now he’s leaving for a conference in Bangkok and frankly, he’s looking forward to the peace and quiet. He says he needs time to think about their relationship. As the Tiger beer flows and the tie loosens, his colleague Shelley is providing more than a shoulder for him to cry on. Maybe Shelley is right. Maybe Rebecca only wants the big day.
Back in Dublin, Rebecca worries. Maybe she has pushed Barry too far this time. Best mates Pam and Emer are on hand for counseling and cocktails. With the help of family, friends and a well stocked drinks cabinet, Rebecca puts her cunning plan together. Operation ‘Win Back Barry’ is in full swing. She needs to convince Barry that she’s not crazy – just crazy about him. But wait… who is the mysterious woman that is so keen to talk to her, and what is it that Barry needs to get off his chest?
I give it - 5/5
My review - Can I just say how much I enjoyed this story!
It was such a fun read that I just read through without 2 hours as I couldn't put it down. The story-line was very interesting how it is about a woman who is wedding obsessed and waiting for her boyfriend to pop the question, even though she's already planned most of it without even getting engaged!
This story connected with me as I am in a relationship and you always have that nagging in the back of your head if they will propose or not and this story plays it out perfectly.
Now Barry ain't no saint but I really enjoyed his character when he released how wrong he was and what he had to do to make it right.
Some couples will just give up at the first sign of an argument but these don't and I really liked that.
Amy has written such a fantastic story that I can't wait to see what she writes next.
Navigating along life's crooked line we are naturally touched by the people we meet and most will experience love and death and everything in between. This is a great read for both sexes. A powerful, erotic and thrilling love story with a psychological twist about a man and a woman in their mid forties who meet on an Internet Dating site. He enters her cottage through a purple door, a door he has painted from afar and once through he gets why she decided on purple. A memorable night of heightened sexual pleasure ensues, lasagne and tiramisu in between and deep, yes very deep conversations. The attraction quickly transpires into an emotional connection and before too long they each unlock buried memories of past events, memories neither expected to share with someone they had just met. But it's clear from the onset they need each other; they need to share their stories to move on in life, a 'Second Chance to Live.' Was this fortuitous happenstance beginning with a click of a keyboard or destiny found? Love at first sight perhaps, if such a thing really exists, who knows, I shall let you decide but I do warn you; things are not what they seem as we discover more about their chequered past, a past hell bent on revenge.
I give it - 4/5
My review - I've read many erotica stories written by women so it was a nice change to read one written by a man. I like how the chapters go from different POVs, to tell you what is going on in the minds of the main two characters.
This is a story about two older people who are searching for love and they find it after finding each other on a dating site.
This story was really interesting as it's not only a love story but how being together they both open up about their past, their dark past, as they feel comfortable around each other to share to know that the other will not judge them.
I like the twist in the story with the revenge as I really thought it was just going to be a love story so that was nice and interesting.
I really enjoyed the epilogue as it question what would of happened if something didn't happen. Which is really different from any other story ending that I've read before. It really does intrigue you from the beginning and makes you question things at the end.
The writer has written a really enjoyable story and I think people who love their erotica with a pinch of supsense would love this story.
If I knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
Judy Chicurel’s exquisitely written debut evokes the atmosphere of a 1970s summer in a close-knit working class community on Long Island.
Katie and her young friends face a changing world, with prospects very different from those presented to their parents. The Vietnam War seems pointless to many but has devastated lives that remain broken even after the fighting is over. As, with bittersweet humour, the characters’ experiences unfold, daily events mirror bigger issues: an illegal abortion is plotted; the town is sinking into an economic abyss forcing Katie’s friends to leave in search of more promising horizons; drugs claim the lives of those often too high to recognise the danger until it is too late; and Katie dreams of a boy back from Nam who’s still fighting a battle she doesn’t understand.
I give it - 5/5
My review - First things first, I ADORE the book cover just oh my it's so beautiful!
This was such a spectacular story that I read it in 3 hours I just couldn't put it down it was just that fantastic.
The stories is set in the 70s and has all those problems that happened then plus teenagers dealing with being teenagers. Sex, drugs and alcohol. Falling in love, falling pregnant and death and it all ties together in this story and my heart broke reading it, it was very emotional.
I really enjoyed the characters. Judy really got the teenagers down to a T.
There was a quote I loved which says, 'You gotta have mystery, otherwise you got nothing.' I just found it really interesting and such a moving quote in the book.
Basically the main character Katie is really well written. Her mother is always on her back, she smokes, she hangs out with people who get pregnant, get illegal abortions and guys who came back from war and drown their sorrows in alcohol. And she deals with everyday stuff by being their for all of her friends when she can whilst trying to get with a man who just got back from Nam.
Some parts of this story had me cry a little it was so emotional that when a book makes you cry you know it's a good book.
I really think Judy has written something amazing that everyone should read.
ASOIAF Book 1 - A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Summer span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ... and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Staqrk's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
I give it - 5/5
My review - I actually watched the show first before reading the books as my boyfriend got me them for Christmas last year so I thought I might as well give them a read.
I really loved A Game Of Thrones it was so interesting and so descriptive in the made up world that it felt real whilst I was reading it.
Of course reading the book I was picturing parts from the TV show but the book goes into so much more depth and history that it's way better then the show.
I really enjoy how each chapter is about a different character and what they're going through and it really keeps you up on what is going on with them all and what they're thinking.
Of course I have a favourite characters but most of them died in this book which I'm used to aha!
George has written I think one of the best books in a very long time. The way he came up with all the character names, places, description for each one is just amazing and you can tell he has such a fantastic imagination to come up with stuff like this and I love people like that and how they can make a world of their own.
If you've only watched the show or haven't I suggest reading the books. I'm nearly finished with the second one and it just keeps getting better and better and I'm hoping to finish them before the show starts again as they're just brilliant and so much better than the show.
A hilarious heart-warming read about normal women with normal problems. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Bridesmaids.
Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane have been best friends since meeting at Slimming Zone. Tired of being judged on the number of calories they consume, they decide to form a different kind of club. The fun evenings they spend together, not worrying about their size, make them happier than they’ve been for years!
But the club doesn’t stop real life from getting in the way and together the girls have to address some much bigger issues than just their weight…
Will Pixie ever be brave enough to leave her abusive husband Trevor? Can Jane ever regain her confidence and go back to work as a TV presenter? Will Katie always carry a torch for the office lothario? And what if Ellie lets her all-consuming jealousy destroy her relationship with ‘The One’?
I give it - 5/5
My review - This is such an extraordinary story. From start to finish!
The first thing that caught my eye was the quote at the beginning from Michele, 'For all women of every shape and size. There's so much more to us than meets the eyes.' That really had me intrigued and I just had to carry on and then I didn't put this book down till I finished it and I didn't want it to be over.
I won this book from Avon UK and I've not really read that much Chick-lit before but this one was just WOW.
It really connected with me on another level, talking as the curvy girl I am this just made me feel more confident and it really opened my eyes.
Each character was just amazing in their own way. I really liked how this story was so close to home with the truth of women and men who deal with weight issues and also family/friends issue, and even strangers and this story really hits all those targets.
There's another quote from this book that I loved which was, 'You eat healthily most of the time. You do exercise. I just think we should all stop beating ourselves up because we're not models.' Which is so true! Being skinny is something you don't have to be. Because of media nowadays everyone thinks they have to be stick thin but we don't and this book really proves that.
If you're ever feeling sad about your weight get a copy of the Curvy Girls Club and give it a read you won't regret.
Plus there is now a Curvy Girls Club for real which I think is amazing and it will bring everyone together and once you've surrounded yourself with friends it will be great.
Michele has written such a fantastic book that I can't wait to read more from her.