Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L. M. Montgomery

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Children’s; Young Adult; Classics; Children’s Classics

“The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her.”

A quick shoutout to Shannon at myonethousandlivesblog: Thanks for turning my attention to this delightful read! Check out her review on Anne of Green Gables.

Anne Shirley is an 11-year-old extremely talkative orphan, posseses charming but generally unwelcome behaviour during the setting of these book where ‘children should be seen and not heard’. Read More »

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Stateline (Dan Reno, #1) by Dave Renton

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Rating: 2/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Crime; Thriller

“When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the enraged and grief- stricken father offers investigator Dan Reno (that’s Reno, as in no problemo), a life-changing bounty to find the killer. Reno, nearly broke, figures he’s finally landed in the right place at the right time. It’s a nice thought, but when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself not only earning every penny of his paycheck, but also fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any? Haunted by his murdered father and a violent, hard drinking past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA. Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the fat bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead…”

This looked promising but every time I came back to it, I dreaded reading, which has never happened to me before. It occurred to me to just put it down and classify it as my first ever DNF. This experience was a first for me, and I have to say: not fun at all.

At first, it felt like a 4-stars because the plot was appealing. The groom murdered just before his wedding?! YES. Read More »

The Girl In Between (The Girl In Between, #1) by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Young Adult; Fantasy; Paranormal Fantasy; Indie

Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.”

I can’t believe I haven’t posted my review on this yet. It was such a decent read with a promising plot! Read More »

2018 Reading Challenges: I Accept!

Happy New Year readers and bloggers!

Like everyone else, I am SO excited about participating in challenges. There are juicy challenges out there, but I’ve narrowed it down to the three below:

1. 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge (hosted by Ginger Mom & The Kindle Quest)

Here’s the deal. We’ve got 365 days to read titles starting with every letter in the alphabet. Sounds do-able? We’ll see… Wish me luck! And hey, they’re also giving out level badges for every ~5 books you complete – FUN!

2. 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (by POPSUGAR)

Now I have to be honest, this one looks tough but I can’t resist. I mean, look at their list!

2018 POPSUGAR basic & advanced

But there’s a Goodreads group for this challenge that keeps you motivated – yay 👏

And last but not least…

3. 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge !

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My goal = 50.

Phew.

What about you? What challenges are you determined to do this year? I’d love to read your posts – link it up in the comments section!

 

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

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Rating: 4/5 stars. 

Genre(s): Fiction; Young Adult; Contemporary

“For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?”

Just the right book to fit my mood at the moment. I read this one thanks to Carrie from Carriesbookreviews, she had featured an excerpt from this book in her post!

The Upside of Falling Down is a light, easy, and cute read. Read More »

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Rating: 4/5 stars. 

Genre(s): Fiction; Science Fiction; Fantasy

“Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she’s trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, enacting a fractured love story. And yet there’s Mars, at the edge of the silver screen, of life. It awaits her.”

In the foreword, Prime Meridian is described as a ‘quiet masterpiece’ and I have to agree. I can’t find any other description that sums this novella up more succintly. I can only say that through Prime Meridian, the author documents the internal struggle and frustration Read More »

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Highly recommended!

Genre(s): Fiction; Romance; Women’s Fiction; Historical Fiction

“An instant bestseller when it was first published, The Shell Seekers is an enduring classic which has touched the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. A novel of connection, it is the story of one family—mothers and daughters, husbands and lovers–and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. This magical novel—the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while—is the perfect read, whether you are returning to it again, or opening the cover for the first time.

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling’s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather’s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer…and it lies in her heart.”

Rosamunde Pilcher has easily become my favourite author of all time. Her first work that I read was Another View, that I fell in love with at a Save The Children book sale. It was a short 182-pages novella that was hands down a 5-stars read as well. After I posted the review for Another View, a fellow respected book-blogger Lynne at Fictionophile recommended that I read The Shell Seekers. I am SO glad that I did and I can’t thank her enough!Read More »