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5Aug/17Off

genie?

Sleepless In Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

When Paige and her friends are let go from their jobs they decide to start up their own business. Working closely with her childhood crush Jake as her first client Paige finds herself falling for him all over again.
Normally Sarah Morgan books are super quick reads with really enjoyable dialogue. This particular book took me months of slow grinding to complete. I don't know if it was just this particular set of characters or something to do with my mindset but I struggled with this book from the off. Now that I've finished I can see that it's a perfectly generic piece of contemporary romance. Nothing overly bad or particularly exciting about it.

Rating: C

1Aug/17Off

bella?

The Total Package

Stephanie Evanovich

Dani is a touchline TV reporter covering American Football. Tyson is a star quarterback - back on the top of the game after very public fall from grace. When she's forced to go and work with his team will they be able to get past their history?
This is a perfectly compentent and completely predicable contemporary romance. I doubt I'll remember any of it in a couple of days.

Rating: B-

29Jul/17Off

volvo?

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

This is a book I've reviewed before. This time I split between the physical and audio versions of the book. I read more in the physical version because I got caught up in the story again. While very enjoyable the audiobook just didn't move fast enough once I was pulled in. While still a very enjoyable book on this read I felt like it wasn't quite as impressive as I remembered it being so I've knocked it down to A-

Rating: A-

28Jul/17Off

eyes?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

Jake is a misfit teen in Florida. He grew up loving his Grandfather Abe's fantastic tales from his childhood, stories filled with invisible boys, girls that can float or generate fire. When he finds his grandfather murdered, seemingly by a monster, it causes him so much trauma that he ends up going to a psychologist. In order to deal with his grandad's death he's advised to travel the Welsh island where Abe grew up to try and come to terms with things. Once there he discovers that the fantastic tales are all true and that he's found himself not in an impossible new world of peculiar children and time travel but he is also in terrible danger from the monsters that killed Abe.
I've been meaning to read this for ages and when I caught the film on TV recently all it's annoying flaws drove me to pick up the book to see if made more sense than the film. It certainly explains certain things better and there's a lot of things that the film makers changed for no real reason that fit better tonally. I'm still not sure it actually completely makes sense. I liked it enough that I've picked up the second book in the series and I'll give that go too.

Rating: B+

28Jul/17Off

cigars?

The Magicians of Caprona

Diana Wynne Jones

Caprona is a small Italian city state famous for the warring magical Montana and Petrocchi families. The story follows the youngest boys of the Montana household, Paolo and Tonino, as the feud between the families escalate. When the families fail to come together to find the spell that will save Caprona from an enemy Enchanter and the forces of other city states the younger family members band together to save the day.
I've read this book many times before and reviewed it here once. One of the first few Chrestomanci novels this is a highly entertaining piece of YA fantasy. It doesn't quite hit the highs of Witch Week or Charmed Life but that may just be down to personal preference. I highly recommend Diana Wynne Jones to anyone and this is as good a starting point as any.

Rating: A-

27Jul/17Off

paintball?

The Hating Game

Sally Thorne

Lucy & Josh are bitter rivals at a publishing house. Every day in their shared office is filled with paranoid and hate driven game playing.
When the pair start to compete for the new position of Chief Operating Officer it brings out a new side to their antagonistic relationship.
I enjoyed the majority of the book and the whole "I hate you so much one day I'm going to realize I love you" vibe was very well done. The score was brought down by how much I dislike the fact that the promotion rivalry was such a big deal to the story and in the end it just fizzled away. The book felt like it stopped suddenly, somehow incomplete because of that.

Rating: B-

25Jul/17Off

bute?

Wildflower Bay

Rachael Lucas

Super uptight Isla loses her job as top stylist in a chic Edinburgh salon. In the aftermath she allows herself to be talked into to taking the reins of her Aunt's hairdressers shop while she helps look after her newborn grandchild. Finding herself on an isolated island (a fictional version of Bute) the confirmed city girl finds herself making friends and having fun for the first time in ages.
I liked this one OK but the relationship between Isla and her pensioner friend was so much more interesting and involving than the eventual love story.

Rating: B-

23Jul/17Off

oceanographer?

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

Annie Darling

I received this book for review from Netgalley.
Verity runs admin for the Lonely Hearts Bookshop. An introvert dreamer with a bad break up behind her she's invented a fake boyfriend to stop the well meaning interventions of her friends into her dating life. Nearly caught out in her lie she relies on the kindness of a stranger to divert her friends. Turns of the stranger thinks the idea of fake dating is a great one and proposes they be each others fake dates for the summer.
Fun book that was total catnip for me. As I've said before the 'fake dating' trope just works for me. The lead character is easy to root for and the world around the leads is well drawn. The only thing that spoils it is just how dumb the lead male is about his 'one true love'. I could get it if she was a decent human but she's just spoilt and awful.

Rating: B

21Jul/17Off

review?

Until Love Do Us Part

Anna Premoli

Super rich upper crust Defense Attorney and middle class 'Irish' Assistant District Attorney carry bad blood from college into the courtroom. The resultant petty squabble finds the two sentenced to community service. They slowly learn that the other person isn't quite who they thought they were.
This is one of the most forgettable books I've ever read. I honestly had to check on Goodreads to remind myself of the plot after only a couple of days. Forgettable it may be but I still liked some of the back-and-forth dialogue. Still definitely the weakest of the three Premoli books I've read.

Rating: C

20Jul/17Off

breeding?

Love To Hate You

Anna Premoli

She's the daughter of organic farmers who grew up to be a tax lawyer and he's the titled heir to a family business empire that has decided to become an economist instead.
Separated from working together because their relationship is so poisonous they find themselves forced to join forces at the insistence of an important client and things take a turn for the interesting.
I only read this second Premoli book because the preview at the end of You Drive Me Crazy was so up my street. A proper enemies to lovers via fake dating story will always hit my buttons even when it's as basic as this one.

Rating: B-