Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

This was a reaaaally old review (I’m talking years old) that for some unknown reason I never got around to posting. Even this pic from my Instagram is old. Haha. But after a little tweaking here and there, here it is! 😅

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

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— MY REVIEW —

Well apparently I shouldn’t have read this one before reading the rest of the books in the “Hopeless” series. This is how much of a CoHo newbie I am that I didn’t even know that she had book series. I seriously thought all her books were standalone contemporaries…

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Anywho — I can’t do much about it now. I already read the book. Haha!

Books that are inspired from, or is a retelling of a fairy tale will always peak my interest. It’s mostly the reason why I decided to start with Finding Cinderella before any of her other books.

The main difference with the classic tale and this modern take is that the protagonist is not “Cinderella” but “Prince Charming” himself — aka Daniel. This is YA fiction and I’d say he’s a pretty typical teen.. with realistic mannerisms and attitude (he actually reminded me of a few guys I used to go to high school with). Picture the cool guy in class who loves to make jokes and who doesn’t seem to be phased by anything — yeah, that’s Daniel… at least on the surface. This is a great example of not to judge a book by its cover (no pun intended). Daniel, is actually a fairly nice, caring person. I loved his relationship with his family and their interactions together. The way they can joke about things with each other and take it lightheartedly, it surprisingly made me laugh out loud.

It’s an enjoyable easy-going read with a steady pace, and I thought the overall story was okay. This is a novella so I wasn’t expecting a deep, long storyline but it could’ve easily have reached that point near the end, unfortunately Daniel and Six’s story wrapped up a little too conveniently for my liking and with I guess you would call “a happily ever after” ending.

All in all, it’s not a bad book to start off with when it comes to Colleen Hoover, but then again… as many people have said all of CoHo’s book are pretty good. She’s not a best selling author for nothing! 😉 I’m looking forward to reading more of her books!

RATING: ♥♥♥½

**EDIT: I just checked Goodreads and this was the first thing that popped up before the synopsis —This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.” 

— Wooo! I don’t feel too badly for reading this now before the other books! 🙌😜

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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A hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

2) A person’s undoing

3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Trapped in a shared office together forty (ok, fifty or sixty) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything-especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking. If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date?

After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong. Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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— MY REVIEW —

I’ve divided my review into different parts — My impressions on Lucy, Joshua and my overall thoughts on the storyline.

So here we go!

LUCY HUTTON: Ahhhh Lucy. Well… She’s definitely a quirky, one of a kind character. Loved her from the get go just for the fact that she’s sass in a teeny tiny body. It was like “Yesss! Another fictional shorty!” 😀 I instantly connect with characters who are short because whenever it’s mentioned or whenever jokes are made, I instantly relate. Lol! Whenever Lucy mentions her height, or her short legs, or having to wear heels just to get a bit of height had me nodding like a bobblehead in agreement! I know #shortpeopleproblems all too well haha.

She’s so relatable when it comes to relationships too (both with her parents and with guys). I feel like if there was one fictional character that is my spirit animal, it’s Lucy! It’s like I was reading about my life whenever Luce talked about work, her colleagues and that one particular person you dread having to deal with. The one that makes your working day a drainer. Uuck!

Off topic here, but I did work with a colleague once who was the biggest arse. But reading about Luce and Josh’s daily “hating game” reminded me of that time. Except in my situation there was definitely no love lost. Lol. 😅

Question: Who has an annoying colleague you can’t help but think hilariously mean thoughts about — like wishing they would trip over or have something embarrassing happen to them because they’re straight up rude, or smug, or just plain douchey towards you? Anybody??

Anyways, for those who’ve read the book — then you’ll know why I included smurfs into my photo (hehe). But seriously, who doesn’t love a character who has some nerdiness in them!? Although I couldn’t completely agree with her fashion choices, Lucy does have such a hilarious personality, with the most random of thoughts – some of which I still can’t believe she had the guts to say out loud… to Josh no less! There were moments of me blurting “Ahhh! shut up! shut up!” followed by a facepalm! LOL. 🙈

My favourite Lucy Hutton quote:


“Maybe he’ll murder me down there. I’ll end up dead in a Dumpster. The investigators will see my fishnets and heavy eye makeup and assume I’m a hooker. They’ll follow all the wrong leads. Meanwhile, Joshua will be calmly bleaching all my DNA off his shoes and making himself a sandwich.”


and here’s another delightful little comment…


“I want to know what’s going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon.”


Hehehe.

Lucy is a nice change from female leads I usually read about who ooze cocky confidence and ass-kicking abilities (not that I don’t love them too. If you’ve seen most of my book reviews, those characters are usually leads in some of my most fave of books!)

JOSHUA TEMPLEMAN: And what can I say about Josh? Except when a male colleague is described the way he was (by Lucy) in this book, you can’t reaaally believe that she ‘hates’ having daily banter sessions with the guy. He’s total eye-candy!

Josh may sound jerk-y and rude but I just found his comments and his observations about Luce down right hilarious! His remarks about her height.. her all too niceness towards people.. her choices in attire — I tell ya, all bloody entertaining to read! 😁😁

Maybe I’ve watched wayyyy too many romcoms in my lifetime but his serious, unemotional, mean ‘persona’ – I wasn’t buying it! Uh-uh no way! You just know he’s 100% the sweet, thoughtful, caring guy deep down… (who obviously has personal issues and that’s why he has that facade) but still.

My favourite Joshua Templeman quote:


“I love you, Lucy Hutton. So much, you have no idea. Please be my best friend.”


and then there’s also this:


“When I’m your boss, I’m implementing a corporate support uniform policy. No more of your weird little retro costumes. I’ve already got it circled in the Corporate Wear catalog. A gray shift dress.” He pauses for effect. “Polyester. It’s supposed to be knee length, so it should reach your ankles.” 


See what I mean?! How can you not laugh? As a fellow shorty-mcshorty pants, if someone said that to me ok yes, I would’ve rolled my eyes but then I would’ve cracked up two seconds later because I would’ve been picturing it!

And finally..

PLOT: What is it about contemporary reads that you can pretty much figure out in the first chapter whether you’re gonna like the book or not?! Why can’t it be that easy with fantasy fiction?

This was an enjoyable read. No doubt. Love the characters. Love the dynamics. Love the slow development between the two and getting to know about their lives. But if I had to nitpick I did predict the ending. I guessed it 2/3 of the way through how it would end for Lucy and Josh, and yup… I hit the nail on the head! I did feel a little “meh” about it. But then again it’s not rocket science.. There were obvious signs as to how this was all gonna go down anyways. So no biggie (remember, just nitpicking).

If you guys scrolled right through my review and onto my overall rating, then you guys can pretty much guess that I loved the plot of this one. Contemporary, office romance and best bit… the protagonists’ totally hate each other at the beginning which only means… they really secretly love each other! 😜

I love reading books with love/hate relationships and this is one of the best I’ve read so far. You can’t help but laugh out loud when reading this book and the cringy-ness of some of the things that comes out of Lucy. There were several moments when I wanted to hide behind a pillow for her. Like I said it’s an enjoyable read for anyone who loves romcoms, chick-lit and all round light-hearted good fun.

Sometimes a very well written standalone read can be just as gripping as reading a book series. This will definitely become one of my fave holiday rereads or traveling companion.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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Love Office Romance Books?

📘 Read my review for The Carrero Effect!

The Carrero Effect by L.T. Marshall


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Hope you enjoyed my review! Happy reading. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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The Carrero Effect by L.T. Marshall

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Emma Anderson has everything in her life worked out, the perfect job in a Manhattan empire allowing her to live a quiet organised and safe existence. A necessity to her. That is until a promotion sends her straight into the presence of her young, super hot playboy billionaire boss and stuck as his right-hand man every waking moment of every single day. Like chalk and cheese, two people with no longing for love or complication this unusual pairing may either be just what she needs in her life or the absolute path to disaster. He is everything she is not, compulsive, confident, laid back, dominant and fun, with an ability to steamroller over her manicured ice maiden exterior. New love, overwhelming emotion and heartbreak. This tale will take you on a rollercoaster begging for more. Love-able sexy characters and deep emotional topics. Contains some mature, adult content and language.

Book one in The Carrero Series.

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— MY REVIEW —

*Please Note: This book contains mature content. 

**Trigger Warning: Please be aware that this book talks about harassment, sexual and physical abuse.

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I was lucky enough to receive an ebook copy of The Carrero Effect from the author (through Voracious Readers Only).

I received it a couple of months back and I’m seriously regretting not having read it then. I could’ve been consumed in the Jake and Emma swoonfest a lot earlier! 😜

But seriously… Where do I start?!

If I didn’t need sleep and.. you know.. go to work.. I would’ve read this in one sitting, it was that addictive!

Jake Carrero is just the sweetest guy! Forget the wealth, the sexy bod and the playboy traits.. this boy had me with his sense of humor! The constant banter between him and Emma is what made this book such a fun and easy read.

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They’re definitely made for each other… and I say that considering… (here it comes) I’m not the biggest fan of Emma.

Don’t get me wrong.. *quickly waves hands* I don’t dislike the chick but she does have some habits that annoyed the shit outta me. I wasn’t a fan of her whining — her CONSTANT whining! Ugh.

She was always thinking or saying one thing (which had me screaming “YESSS! DO IT! YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!”) only to read a second later that she does the exact opposite of what she was thinking. Double ughh!

But I don’t want you guys coming away from my review thinking I hate Emma. No no! There are deep issues as to why Emma behaves and reacts to situations this way. She had a shitty adolescents. Shitty is not even a strong enough word for what Emma had gone through. Crappy mother. A non-existent father. Multiple sexual, mental, emotional and physical abuse (most of which were from craptastic men that her mother brought into their lives at the time). I can’t even begin to imagine how anyone can live and even ‘move’ on from something so life changing, horrendous and deeply scarring.

I should also mention that Jake isn’t Mr. Perfect either. Sure he’s an Italian Adonis but even gods have personality traits that just make you wanna…

He’s got a hot/cold attitude towards Emma (and anyone in the near vicinity…poor office people) whenever things don’t go his way. Should I say typical man?? Hehe I kid, I kid. 😜

He does tend to use his power and wealth to his liking. Yeah, it’s cool when he uses it to go on lavish holidays with Emma and to help her out whenever she comes-a-crying but I couldn’t help but eye-roll (yes.. a major Emma eye-roll) whenever he decides to use it to push her away or to make her do something she feels she has no choice but doing.

(But if you’ve read the book… you’ll know no one can really make Emma do something she reaaaally doesn’t want to do — especially when it comes to Mr. Carrero himself.)

All in all — Emma is a nice, realistic protagonist (a little on the possessive side) but at the end of the day I can’t pick on her whining too much because honestly, I probably would be the same. Thinking one thing but not having the guts to follow through. Especially when a boy is involved. Haha *blushes*

I could do a little less of “drunk” Emma though (Sorry Jake). I found those parts a little lengthy and just plain annoying as it went on. It’s probably the parts I would skip over whenever I decide to reread this again.

Okay. Back to the happy!

I would say the main reason I ended up liking this book is because of Jake and the electric chemistry between him and Emma. You just have to accept that their relationship is one massive roller coaster. Full of banter. Full of arguments. Full of hugs. And a whole lot of sexual tension!

I did see a couple of predictable parts in the plot but it didn’t deter me from reading on.. (if anything I was pretty chuffed about knowing that certain things would happen. I had serious “I knew it! moments. Haha!)

Oh and I almost forgot. There was another thing I did enjoy from this book, something I thought was cute and unique was the exchange of emails between Em and Jake of songs with titles that pretty much say what they’re feeling at the time or what’s on their minds but can’t seem to say in person. Like I said, cute. 😊

After having read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne earlier in the month, I was really keen to read another office romance. This book was just what I wanted!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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The Carrero Effect is in full force! (And it’s only book 1!) I’m completely invested in this series and I can’t wait to read them all. I’ve already started book 2; The Carrero Influence — So look out for a future review on that one. 😄

This is like 50 shades (but less racy) mixed with a bit of You’ve Got Mail type characters and a Two Weeks Notice backdrop. If you like contemporary romance/ chick-lit, give this one a go!


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As far as I know, you can only find The Carrero Effect and the entire series on ebook and paperback on Amazon.

I’ve never been big on ebooks and although I have these on my kindle app. I do wish the paperback editions were more easily accessible to purchase. I can only see them for sale on Amazon US, and for someone who lives outside of the US, shipping can be whoa pricey! So I do hope these became available with international retailers in the near future.


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Okay. Another review, done and dusted! Happy reading guys. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition

OCTOBER 3, 2017 — The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition was officially released!! Wooooooo!! 😀 😀

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↑↑ Do you guys see this?! How friggin’ unbelievably stunning is this cover?! ♥ My all time fave book from the series! #themarauders #siriusblack

JOURNEY TO GETTING A COPY

I literally scrambled around my local shopping centre (or “mall” for you guys in the US) going from bookshop to bookshop trying to grab a copy during release day.

I’m usually the type who pre-orders months in advance, but I found that with the first two HP illustrated editions I had pre-ordered came almost 2 weeks later (due to overseas shipping) and to be honest they weren’t cheap. I may be a massive HP fan but with what seems like dozens of new HP-related books being released every other month I want books at the lowest possible price! (I’m a girl on a budget..but yet, I need them all! Haha!)

It doesn’t help that I live in Australia where hardcover editions are scarce, and when they ARE available they cost as much as they weigh! *le sigh*

Oops I’m getting sidetracked here, but anyways long story short — after an hour and having gone to 3 bookshops with no luck (like c’mon! How can they not stock the book?! It’s Harry Potter! Ugh!), the fourth and final bookshop was my last hope… I think you guys can pretty much guess how it turned out for me. Lol 😉

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Okay! Here’s my mini book review ↓ It’s more on the overall look and illustrations by Jim Kay. I’m sure many of you know the story by now. If not, then what are you waiting for? Read it!!

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↓ MY REVIEW ↓

First off — The cover is phenomenal. I’m loving all the purple.. and it stands out from the first two illustrated books that have “day” covers, whilst this one is clearly set at night.

The illustrations for the Marauders Map, Lupin as a werewolf and the Greenhouse are just some of my faves, but no joke every page is pure magic! The detail and the vibrant colours — Jim Kay is an illustrating genius! If you guys already have a copy, did you gasp at the illustration of Sirius Black, like I did?? At first glance I thought why is the Grudge here?! Bahaha! But after soaking it in, and realising it was him..I thought “Omigosh! Jim really made him look like a scary-as-hell-crim!” – It looks sickkkk! *thumbs up!*

These editions are perfect for HP fans who are also collectors and a nice version for young readers to delve into. It brings a whole new experience to Harry Potter 🙂

I’m also thankful to JK and to Bloomsbury for the planned yearly releases of each one. It gives me something to look forward to and keeps the wizarding world abuzz!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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No real rating needed. It’s Harry Potter! It’s amazing! Everyone needs these illustrated editions in their lives! 😀


Question(s): What do you want to see on the cover of the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition, and what colour do you want the book to be?

 

Scribbler Of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

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Romeo and Juliet had the right idea. About dating the enemy that is. They were true to their hearts.

Kaitlin Malone know what it’s like to date the enemy. She was raised to hate the Crutchfields, and absolutely does – until she meets Bram Crutchfield. It turns out he’s a great guy – one she could talk to, share things with…even love. But when Kaitlin gives her heart to Bram, her world spins out of control. Soon the Crutchfields are her friends and she’s a traitor to her own family.

To make things worse ,Bram was raised to hate the Malones, especially Kaitlin’s father – who murdered Bram’s dad. Bram doesn’t know Kaitlin is a Malone. If he did he would hate her, too.

What’s a star-crossed lover to do?

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— MY REVIEW —

I read Scribbler of Dreams around this time last year! I know, I know.. this review is long overdue! Good thing it’s a quick read, I was able to reread it again before writing this blog post. 😛

Scribbler of Dreams CoverThis book is inspired by Romeo and Juliet. The whole family vs family deal definitely plays a big backdrop to the story between “star-crossed” lovers Kaitlin and Bram.

Just like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, I found their families to be selfish, annoying jerks who have the saddest reasons as to why they hate one another. I lost count of how many times I either rolled my eyes, sighed or just wanted to speed read to the parts that involved only Kaitlin and Bram. Hehehe.

I don’t know how I feel about Kaitlin discovering who Bram’s family was from early on and keeping it to herself. But then again we’re talking about young love here, and she is a teenage girl who’s dealing with her first love and not wanting to lose it… so… meh. I’ll let this one slide. But the minute I got to the part where she finds out and decides to keep it to herself –  I knew. I knew there’d be trouble up ahead.

I will also say this — I wasn’t expecting the little twist in the end with Kaitlin’s family history though and I did kind of wish that there was more development or… a better lead up to it..? because the minute the “secret” was out that was it. Like literally! I was left thinking “that’s it?!” It was a little underwhelming and the next thing you know Kaitlin and Bram’s story was wrapping up.

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Remember – This is just my opinion. Maybe it’s because I love Mary’s writing that I may have expected a little more with the story development. I did feel the ending was a little too abrupt. But hey, at least it did have a definitive ending. No loose strings or questions asked (which I like and thankful for!) I would’ve just wanted.. oh I dunno a page or two more of Kaitlin and Bram. A page of them working it out and living happily ever after is nowhere near enough. 😉

But like I said earlier, I found this to be a is a nice standalone read that I recommend for anyone who’s short for time, a fan of quick reads, suffering from a reading slump and is not ready to commit to a book series yet, or just a good old fashion fan of contemporary romance. 😄

Oh, and it’s also considered YA fiction but I think this book is young reader (pre-teens) friendly. It’s definitely young love!

This is one of Mary E. Pearson’s earlier works and although I prefer her more recent fantasy fiction books, I still love her style of writing. It’s simple, easy to follow and the story just flows. Whether you’re a fan of Contemporary or YA Fantasy — I strongly recommend you check out Mary’s books (more specifically The Remnant Chronicles)!

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for Mary E. Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles!

Book One: The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Book Two: The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Book Three (Coming Soon)


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling

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— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

Eighth book in the Harry Potter series. The Cursed Child takes place 19 years later and it revolves around Harry and Ginny’s second son Albus.

This story was originally created as a play so the book is written out as a SCRIPT!

It follows Albus’ years in Hogwarts starting from his very first year and how he handles life having Harry as his father and knowing what he had gone through most of his life. You get to find out what has become of Harry, Ron and Hermione – their families, jobs and how they’ve been coping since Voldemort was defeated. Whilst Albus deals with being a “Potter” and all that comes with the name, Harry struggles with moving on from his past. Both the past and present collide and they must face their problems head on and learn the painful truth that sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

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— MY REVIEW —

I decided to divide this review into sections based on the storyline, characters and my overall thoughts of the book.

Storyline:

To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the storyline. It felt like one issue that grew larger and larger. It was a snowball effect that really could’ve been sorted out a lot earlier. I felt there was no real depth to the story and that I was just reading more about the characters themselves but it wouldn’t be much of a story without a storyline so I felt it was just created so we could get to know more about the characters (old and new) – if that makes sense?booksofthemuggleborn_thecursedchild2

I just think the story could’ve been different or written with a little more depth. It was skimmed through and rushed. The whole time I was reading it, it was just one problem after another and then there were arguments in between. The story didn’t reveal itself until the last few pages along with how they dealt with it. It ended abruptly and it didn’t feel completely resolved either. I felt the story left me hanging and wondering what would happen next, but the problem is JK has announced that this is the final book in the Harry Potter world. So if that really is the case then this book has brought up more questions than conclusions. The Deathly Hallows had more of an ending to me than this book. If anything, The Cursed Child brought back old wounds for no good reason, just for the sake of having another Harry Potter book. There’s some flaws and it definitely doesn’t compare to the previous stories but the positive aspect I took from this book are the characters. They are what makes this book worthy of being the “eighth” one.

Characters:

I will start off with my favourite – Scorpius. But anyone who’s read this will surely agree with me that he made this book! I’ve always been a Draco fan and I’m a proud Slytherin so the second I saw Scorpius’ name on the page I knew I would love him just as much! And I wasn’t wrong! When I saw that Scorpius had a role to play in this story I was ecstatic. He is the side of Slytherin I had always knew existed. Someone caring, sweet and smart to boot. Just a pity he became friends with Albus (lol).

Albus is Harry and Ginny’s second son and my gosh he reminded me so much of Harry during his school years. I guess the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. He was irritating. I found him SERIOUSLY irritating! It’s actually one of Harry’s traits I disliked when reading the original series and finding that Albus was exactly the same in this book not only brought back memories but it was also another reason why I didn’t give this one full ratings. When the protagonist is irritating to the point where you prefer secondary characters, it’s never a good sign. You have to read on hoping they would eventually change but by then you already have character preferences.

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I did however like the blooming friendship of Scorpius and Albus with Albus’ cousin Rose (Ron and Hermione’s daughter). They are a reflection of the Golden Trio. Not the same but similar feels 🙂 *Scorpius’ little crush on Rose was adorable too and a nice light-hearted touch to the story*

Seeing old friends such as Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Draco were highlights for me. I loved reading about what’s become of them. Their relationships, where they all ended up, work…etc. If you’ve read the Deathly Hallows you’ll know that JK wrote a little “after” story where you see them at the train station waving their children off for the Hogwarts Express bound for Hogwarts. The Cursed Child starts off from this point so you get an idea of who ended up with who and a glimpse of their families. In this book, you get to really see how times have changed. I don’t know if it’s because they are now full grown adults or if it’s the different writing style, but I felt some of the original characters did not have the same feel.

For instance, I felt Ron was dumbed-down excessively. He was almost the comedic effect in the book but yet I didn’t necessarily feel it was needed. He seemed lost or confused about situations and was always the last to know things. It’s disappointing because I never thought Ron was the “dumb” one from the group but you wouldn’t have guessed that in this book.

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Harry’s annoying behaviour only expanded for me. In Deathly Hallows, he specifically tells Albus not to worry so much if he was to be sorted into Slytherin. Having being named after Snape one of the bravest and smartest Slytherins out there, it wouldn’t matter to him if Albus was sorted into that house… well apparently that’s a lie! Harry clearly wasn’t happy with Albus being sorted into Slytherin in The Cursed Child and he clearly wasn’t happy knowing Albus had befriended Draco’s son Scorpius either. This book really challenges Harry’s parenting skills. Some have said that he’s a terrible father but after enduring for so many years what Harry had to deal with, you can’t blame him for being cautious or even overly protective of his children, and when you have a child like Albus where his at that rebellious stage you’re bound to butt heads. If he really was a terrible father, you would see all his children acting out. You know what I mean? I say give the guy a break.

I love that a little light has shone onto Draco. He was another character people depicted as a villainous coward but when you read the parts where Draco talks about his family and how he’s turned his life around, I think you really get to see the Draco he’s always been but was unable to show because of his parents and their connection with the death eaters and Voldemort.

Seeing familiar names such as McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape and Neville Longbottom really hit home for me. Seeing these characters again made this whole book for me. It brought so many feels and nostalgia. They may only have been little glimpses of them but it was enough and I found myself smiling all throughout 😀

Overall Feels:

I was hooked right from the first page. I know there’s mixed opinions going around at the moment and I can see where people are coming from with their concerns but I went into reading this with an open mind.CheesySmile

It’s not solely JK Rowling’s writing so I knew it wouldn’t have the same feel as the first 7 HP books but it was still a great read. Having it as a script format is different but not hard to follow. It’s literally a conversation in text format. If anything I’m grateful JK released this because not everyone can go to London and see the actual play (but I’m still hoping they take it to more countries – with Australia being one of them hehe). I’m sure everyone had been dying to know what happened to Harry, Ron, Hermione after The Deathly Hallows ended. I know I was! Well this is the answer. It may not be what everyone expected but there it is and it’s always nice to revisit the Wizarding World.

RATING: ♥♥♥.5/5

I still highly recommend this for Harry Potter fans. It may not live up to the rest of the series for some fans but what fan wouldn’t still want a copy The Cursed Child for their collection? It may not be reread as much as the first 7 books but it’s still worth a read, even if it’s to see old friends 🙂


Question: If you’ve read this – did it live up to your expectation? 


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles.

She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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— MY REVIEW —

⚠ WARNING WARNING WARNING ⚠

Spoilers ahead. Read at own risk!

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LOVED IT! I think I read this book at the perfect time. I was on the verge of another mini reading slump and when I started Scarlet (not even 1 chapter in) I knew the slump wasn’t going to hit me. I love Scarlet as much as I loved Cinder. Although their stories are different, they both had the same feel that made me fall in love with both character’s stories.

Another reason I love both books is because Cinder has Kai… and Scarlet has Wolf! Eeeeeeep! 😄😄

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I knew after reading Cinder that it wasn’t going to be the typical Cinderella story that we all know of. So I was going into Scarlet knowing that it wouldn’t be typical either, which I’m kind of glad because when Wolf first comes into the scene, I just knew… I had a strong gut feeling that he wasn’t the “big bad wolf” that little red riding hood would have been afraid of. Don’t get me wrong… he’s still a bad boy but the good kind of bad, if you get what I mean… 😉😉

I don’t know how Marissa Meyer was able to take our childhood fairy tales and retell it in a way that still has the core storyline but also make it into something new and different. It’s quickly become one of my fave fantasy series ever!

I got to be honest though, Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t my fave tale growing up. But Scarlet totally changed that…especially since this one has a hunky, somewhat dangerous Wolf in it! *drools* 🤤

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Since I’m drooling already, let’s move on from one hunk to another. Carswell Thorne. He made me crack up from the moment he opened his mouth. I love a guy that can make me laugh and with Thorne around, there was no shortage of it! LOL! I love that he was cheeky and a bit vain but it all adds to his charm, I say! 😉 It’s clear when you’re reading this book that the main characters are Scarlet and Wolf but with Cinder (and Kai) still included, you can see that Cinder’s story from the first book ties in well with what’s happening now. I love that the brooding war with Queen Levana is what ties all the characters and their stories together. It was very well written!

I will say this though, I did find Scarlet at times to be bit irritating. Her focus was always on finding her grandma. Yeah, yeah I get that that’s her only family and I wouldn’t want anyone hurting anyone from my family either but I wish she wouldn’t act like she doesn’t care about anything or anyone else besides her grandma. I hate that Scarlet doesn’t even think about the consequences until it’s too late and by then you’re already yelling at the page saying “I knew it!” Lol.

Scarlet (in my opinion) yelled a lot throughout the book. She did a lot of overreacting and finger pointing and blaming of others. Which in some parts was justified but in others it was just too damn rude and I’m just going to say it… I would’ve punched her for it! #sorrynotsorry

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I think Scarlet needs to realize there’s a bigger picture than just saving her grandma no matter what. I wanted to shake her and tell her to shut up for a second and listen lol. Did anyone else feel that way too? (Or was it just me? Haha)

But other than that, I love her with Wolf. I think they are perfect for each other. I love Wolf’s (for lack of a better word) ignorance.. Of course he’s from Luna and is unfamiliar with human-related things but I think that’s why I liked him as a character. It makes him all the more cuter because he’s different and doesn’t know any better.

Oh before I wrap up this already long review up, who else thought that Wolf wasn’t going to make it out? Who thought he was going to be left behind whilst the rest fly off? For a second there I thought so. I was ready to cry out it anger and slam the book shut 😛 Let’s just say it was a close call.

But I do like how the book concluded. Yeah sure, a lot of things finally came out in the end and more problems have popped up because of it but the way it ended makes me excited to read the next book. 😊

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Highly recommend read! I found this book to be an easy read just like Cinder. The pace was great and had a nice flow from Scarlet story to Cinder’s and then back again – I never had a dull moment reading this book.


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Hope you’re all well. Happy reading, and as always, catch you in my next one! Xo

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Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. 

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— MY REVIEW —

O My Goodness!! I am seriously loving Stephanie Perkins’ way of writing her stories! I am constantly smiling, laughing and talking at my book, saying things like “Nooo!!” or “Stop that!!” or asking questions like “Why??’ or “How could you?!?” just to realise that I’m really just talking to myself. I even had a couple occasions where my sister walked past during mid-rant and gave me a raised eyebrow. #Sighhhhh

After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I HAD to read the next installment. And boy was I just as happy with this one as the first.

Before I get any further into my review, I’m just going to say it now. I’m sorry Etienne. But you’ve been knocked off the “Perfect Fictional Guy” throne. Cricket is the MOST sweetest guy. Yes, he hurt Lola at the beginning (which ultimately hurt me too) but his persistence and never-ending love for her, even just as friends had me rooting for him until the end!

P.S. I’m just putting it out there… I still love Etienne.

Ok moving on..

I will say this though, Lola’s boyfriend throughout this book. What’s his name? Max. I actually liked him when he’s first introduced into the story. I thought he was caring and understanding of Lola and her family and whenever she was upset or if they had a disagreement, he was quick to apologize and make up with her.

How. Could. He. Be. Such. A. Douchebag?! My thoughts about Max did a complete 360. I wanted to punch him… for Lola’s sake of course. All I can say is good riddance!

Don’t take this the wrong way but I found Lola’s dad Nathan to be too much at times. Like, woah man take it easy, you know? Thank goodness for her other dad Andy.

Calliope (Cricket’s twin) – all I can say for most of the book was “What the heck is your problem, b*tch?!?” Excuse my language but c’mon what was her deal!??

But all in all, Cricket and Lola are MFEO! (made for each other). They just know each other inside out and even when they were apart, they still remembered things about each other.

Here is one of my fave parts from the book:


“So you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.

“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.

“If the person is…Lola?”

This time he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”


I’m dead. This killed me. I’m dead! LOL 😂😂😂

I highly recommend it. But read Anna and the French Kiss first coz they make a cameo in this story and it’ll be a lot easier to know what they’re talking about if you experience what they went through for their relationship.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Three: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

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As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.

Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut novel–the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author’s own experiences as a ship’s officer and a lawyer.

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— MY REVIEW —

I love how the author wrote this story based on the true event of the Titanic sinking, which was the main reason as to why I got this book. The story of the Titanic, which still seems to be something of a mystery to this day. It gives you an insight as to what was going on when it happened and how people reacted when they heard the news.

I did find when reading it, the pace was a little on the slow side. There’s parts here and there that really capture your attention but for the most part it drags (at least for me anyways).

I found the crew of the Californian frustratingly irritating. I don’t know who I found more annoying.. oh wait possibly the shitty captain! Seriously now!? The secrets, the lies and the cover ups just to save their own asses during the sinking was a disgrace. I felt like slapping some sense into them but that probably wouldn’t do much good.

Besides reading about the Titanic, you get to know Steadman’s personal story as well. When I first read about his family, I was taken aback. I was not expecting the shocker of a story that he shares at the beginning. I was truly saddened to read about the tragedy that he went through with his family – resulting in his wife to never be the same since.

It’s just one tragic story after another with this book..

Now although I didn’t like the pace of the book, the story itself was insightful and sad and in some parts surprising. It’s worth a read especially if you like historical fiction and the events revolving around the Titanic (to be more specific).

I was undecided whether to give this book 3.5 or 4 out of 5 but I ended up leaning more towards the lower rating in the end just because I found it hard to really connect with the book. The slow pace and the frustration I felt towards the crewmen made me put this book down and never wanting to reach out for it again until much much later in the day when I had finally mellowed out and almost forgot my annoyance of the captain lol 😛

I’m still glad I read it though. It did make me wonder more about the people who were affected by this tragedy and all those who lost their lives.

RATING: ♥♥♥½


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The Disney Book by Jim Fanning

Full Title: The Disney Book (A Celebration of the World of Disney) 

IMG_20160306_002616Yay! First review for the month! 😉

— MY LIL SYNOPSIS —

This is the history of Disney all in the one book. If you ever wanted to know where Walt Disney started out, what his big break was, the journey from page to screen and all the fun facts in between, then this is it. Everything that was created or worked on by Disney is in this book along with illustrations; original drawings, models, plans, and photos that will grab the reader’s attention.

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— MY REVIEW —

This was not in my original March TBR list (see my post → March Reading List). I had gotten this book unplanned a few days ago while I was shopping and couldn’t help but read it already when I got home 🙂

It’s a great book if you are a Disney fan like me. It gives you the history of Disney – how Walt Disney started it all with his brother. The type of drawings and short films he started with all the way up to the most recent work created.

The book includes a timeline which I loved! I liked looking at what they had created and accomplished each year and the events that occurred like the first Disney office or the first theme park and on a sadder note, when Walt Disney died.

The illustrations included in the book are copies of the originals done by the animators which is pretty cool. It also has fun facts on how they came up with ideas on certain looks, stories, music and the people that inspired them.

It also comes with a movie cel from the movie Brave (I didn’t open my one but it’s still nice to have).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

This is a great book to keep in any disney fan’s collection. I would even leave it on my coffee table for whenever someone wants to just flip through. The photos alone are worth it. I highly recommend it! 🙂

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If you’re a Disney fan too and want to get a copy for yourself (definitely worth it) then I’ve added a link below to where you can get your own copy.

→ Book Depository (please note this is an affiliate link)

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Hope you guys liked and found this review helpful. Catch you guys next time and happy reading! 😀