The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag review
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag, ISBN 9781786496768, 321pp

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Lately I’ve been buying books based on how many times I see them on bookstagram or on people’s blogs. I skip over a breakdown of the blurb and just see what the person thought about it – if they loved it or not and roughly what genre it is. The Kiss Quotient was a book that fell into this unknown category. I put my trust in fellow book lovers and went into it a bit blind.

And I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It’s a romance with lots of steamy scenes but it has enough differences to make it stand out. Continue reading

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Review

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty review
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, ISBN 9781743534922, 493pp

Liane Moriarty is an instant-buy author for me. As soon as she releases a book, I snap it up. It started with Big Little Lies a few years ago and then I bought all her backlist books on my kindle and read them all. I picked up her latest book Nine Perfect Strangers on its release date and finished it a few days later. It was an addictive page turner that I just couldn’t put down.

Nine Perfect Strangers is — like it’s title — about nine strangers who meet at ten-day long health retreat. They are all there for different reasons and bring with them plenty of emotional baggage. The reader comes along for the ride, learning things about each of the nine people along the way. Continue reading

My Best Reads of 2018 (May to August)

This is a little bit belated but better late than never. I’ve read so many fantastic books in the last four months. It’s hard to choose my favourites but I will do my best. Here are my best reads of May to August 2018 in no particular order. Click on the title below to read my original review.

My Best Reads of May to August 2018
My Best Reads of May to August 2018

1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Category: Fiction

This was the first book I ever read by Kristin Hannah and I’ve since read two more of her books. Set in the wilds of Alaska, it’s a story about living in the wilderness, domestic violence, love and community. It’s an amazing read.

Read this if you want to be carried away to the Alaskan wilderness by a story that tugs on all your emotions.

2. Circe by Madeline Miller

Category: Literature

Circe¬†was a five star read for me. It had everything: a strong female protagonist, Greek mythology and beautiful writing. I loved this book’s feminist slant.

Read this if you love strong female characters and mythology. Continue reading

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare Review

The Governess Dare by Tessa Dare review
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare ebook, 384pp, Pub August 2018

I automatically buy Tessa Dare‘s books as soon as they come out. She is one author whose books I love to read and I’ve read them all. So when The Governess Game was released the other week I just had to buy it on my kindle.

Tessa Dare writes historical romance and her books are pure entertainment. If you like reading books about sexy Dukes, rakes and cads and independent, feisty, take charge women, then you will like these books.

The Governess Game tells the story of Alexandra Mountbatten, a comet chasing, clock-winder spinster who goes for an interview to wind up the clocks in the home of Chase Reynaud — a rakish libertine who is in line to inherit a Dukedom. Continue reading

The Fireman by Joe Hill Review

The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill is a brick of a book (in size) about a post apocalyptic near future where the world and its occupants are literally under fire by a disease called Dragonscale. This contagion causes people to get scale-like markings on their bodies and fiery symptoms like literally smoking before dying by self combustion. However, some sufferers  find a way of managing their fiery symptoms and even controlling them. Continue reading

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah Review

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah review
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah, ISBN 9780230771574, 400pp

How does Kristin Hannah do it? I start one of her books and I think “this is okay”, then I get a few chapters in and I’m hooked. It happens every time! Fly Away is the third book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah and I got through it in a day. It just totally drew me in and I had to keep on reading. And like The Nightingale and The Great Alone, this book also made me teary. Kristin Hannah just knows how to play on all my emotions. Continue reading

Five Years From Now by Paige Toon Review

Five Years From Now by Paige Toon review
Five Years From Now by Paige Toon, ISBN:
9781471171642, 340pp

Five Years From Now by Paige Toon was a very moving read. When I picked this up I thought the name Paige Toon seemed familiar but I’ve never read any of her books before. Then I realised her very first book Lucy in the Sky was just about to be released as I was leaving my first publishing job at Simon & Schuster Australia to head over to the UK to live and work.

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Review

It Ends With Us review
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, ISBN 9781471156267, 376pp

It Ends With Us is my first Colleen Hoover book and it won’t be my last. I picked this one up based on all the reader love out there for it and overall it was a fast, fantastic read. It tells the story of Lily who meets handsome neurosurgeon Ryle just after the death of her father.

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