Review: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin Series: A Town Called Christmas #1 Published by: Bookouture on 22th September 2016 Genres: Chick-lit; Christmas; Contemporary; Fiction Pages: 282 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: *****

About: This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

Review: So Holly Martin has done it again. And with less than a hundred sleeps till Christmas it is definitely socially acceptable to get in the Christmas Spirit and read a fabulous christmasy feel book. So there.

Can I ask right now? Please can I move to Christmas Town right now. Pretty please? Because it sounds fabulous. The description of the place sounded idyllic and so perfect I could have just upped and left.

This book has made me looks forward to the cold weather coming in, for blankets and fires to be essential and to have the perfect excuse to read a perfect book. This book had me swooning, heart melting and put a big smile on my face over the cuteness of it all.

I fell in love with Christmas Town, with Gabe and Pip, with the magic of the place, but one person stole my heart and that was 4 year old, Frozen obsessed, Wren.

And to make this book even better in my mind, there is just under a month for the second book in this series *happy dance*

Guys if you like Christmas, if you love romance, and it you are after something cute and will give you all the feels. Then this is the book for you.

Review: The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham

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The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham Series: Standalone Published by: Walker Books on 7th July 2016 Genres: Contemporary;  Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher  Rating: ****

About: An inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel.

Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she’s being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn’t much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers – moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It’s high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends?

Review: This was thoroughly enjoyable read. To be honest I think my younger self would have found it more enjoyable than my now self. It will definitely be a hit with the teenage girl in your life.

The four girls are quirky and unique, each brings something to the friendship and each has something to gain. The girls refuse to be cowed by popular opinion and the this group,  The Moonlight Dreamers, makes them stronger.

This felt inspiring and thought-provoking and left me with some confidence to be more myself. The Moonlight Dreamers deals with issues young girls face to today and come out on top. It shows to have strengths in your believes and to be accepting of others. It proves that you shouldn’t allow people’s opinions to dictate what you want to do or be in life.

The ending was sweet and heart-warming with a happy ending for all and you could feel the friendship of the four girls seeping out of the book. It was divine.

Review: Fighting to be Free by Kirsty Moseley

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Fighting to be Free by Kirsty Moseley Series: Fighting to Be Free #1 Published by: Piatkus on 6th September 2016 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction; New Adult;  Romance Pages: 385 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher / Netgalley  Rating:  ****

About: Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tried to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reye–but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie’s life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar, Jamie knows he’s in over his head.

Ellie Pearce has just gotten out of a terrible relationship and isn’t looking for anything serious…until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense-she can’t seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she’s trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie’s family is faced with ruin, he’s forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That’s until Ellie finds out that he’s been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine…

Review: To be honest it didn’t take me long to get hooked on this book. It was fast, intriguing and completely swoon-worthy. What’s not to like?

We effortlessly swap between Jamie & Ellie’s perspective. Jamie seems determined, strong and positive that he will change his life for the better. Ellie, on the other hand seems to be more immature and less secure.  I wanted to know more about both of them but I did prefer reading from Jamie’s perspective. 

Fighting to be Free is a swoon-worthy read that show no matter what you can be together. Problems are thrown at Ellie and Jamie so much it did get overwhelming and I started to wonder how they were going to get over the next hurdle. Hopefully in the next book they will be more successfully.

My only grumble with this book is that I wish that Ellie & Jamie were a bit older more early twenties than late teens because some of the things that they did made me feel a bit disbelieving and felt that they acted older than they should. For me it didn’t feel real.

Also some of the supporting characters felt a bit to extreme in their characterisation but I didn’t really care. I was too wrapped up in Jamie and Ellie’s story to notice much else.

I am super excited about the next book and need it in my hands right now. Mainly because I need to see what happens next.

Review: The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

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The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan Series: Standalone Published by: Pitakas on 25th August 2016 Genres: Fiction; Mystery; Physiological Thriller; Thriller Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher/ Netgalley Rating: ****

About: To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey – child genius, musical sensation – is perfect. Yet several years ago, Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time. And now she’s free.

Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.

By midnight, her mother is dead.

The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance. It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.

Review: I adored Burnt Paper Sky so I was so excited to receive a copy of The Perfect Girl. And this is a compelling read from page one as I tried to work out what was going on and the significance of it all.

The book is told from multiple view points – Zoe, Aunt Tessa, Sam (a lawyer from Zoe’s past), Richard (the alcoholic husband husband of Tessa), and Lucas  (Zoe’s step-brother)… I thought that it was really easy to distinguish between the voices and keep up with where we are in the story. But there is a lot going on and a lot of lot of sub stories and a lot of flash backs as we find out what is happened to Zoe.

The build up to the who-done-it? was huge. It made me speed through the pages. But this is no way a perfect book. I did manage to see through a couple of the red-herring and I was right about the whodunit. Which was a bit disappointing.

This may not be a thriller but the story will keep you going and is an absolute page turner.

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Monthly Round-up! August 2016

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Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month.

Currently reading:

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Reviews:

Blog Tours:

  • For the blog tour of If Only I Had a Duke by Lenora Bell I posted a review of this amazingly sexy, romantic and fun book.
  • For the blog tour of The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts, I posted a review  of this beautiful historical romance.

Bookish Gossip:

Still on a break…

Book vs. Film:

Been a bit too busy to focus on this. Hoping to get myself organised and schedule a few posts! But failing miserably!

Pastime Pleasures:

This month’s Pastime Please was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This may not be my favourite Harry Potter but rereading it made me fall in love with it all over again!

Challenges:

  • As per usual I’m participating in the Goodreads Challenge. I’ve pledged to read 100 books! And so far have managed to read 64 books. I’m 4 behind but it is an improvement on last month when I was five behind. At this rate I will make up for it by the end of the year.