Sanditon by Jane Austen Review

Sanditon by Jane Austen book review
Sanditon by Jane Austen, Penguin English Library edition, ISBN 97802414333713, 196pp

Reading Sanditon by Jane Austen sent me off on a week long reading and viewing journey. Firstly, Sanditon is only 12 chapters long (Austen died before finishing this book) which was not long enough for me. I loved what I read and I wanted more!

In 12 chapters a whole host of characters are introduced and already the book sparkled with Austen’s wit. At the heart of the book is Charlotte Heywood – a young woman who lives in a tiny country town with her many brothers and sisters. One day a gentleman and his wife, the Parkers, suffer a carriage mishap and the Heywoods take them in. Continue reading

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Review

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Review
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9781501197420, 355pp

Twice in a Blue Moon is the latest book from Christina Lauren. Last year I went on a Christina Lauren reading frenzy and read The Unhoneymooners, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You Hating You and Love and Other Words. So, I was excited to get my hands on Twice in a Blue Moon to continue the Christina Lauren lovefest.

Twice in a Blue Moon tells the story of Sam and Tate. They fall for each other as teenagers staying at the same hotel when on holiday in London. Tate is the daughter of one of the world’s biggest movie stars. But she and her mum have been in hiding in a small town for years. She no longer sees her famous dad. On holiday with her grandma in London, Tate opens up to Sam (who is also on holiday with his adoptive grandpa), they fall in love and she reveals her big secret. But then Sam betrays her for reasons that she never finds out and shatters Tate’s heart. Continue reading

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Review

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black review
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, ISBN 9781471408502, 308pp

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in a YA fantasy series. I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this and devoured it within 24 hours of buying it. Because it’s the third book in a series, I’m going to do my best to write a non-spoiler review. If you’re keen to try this series for yourself start with The Cruel Prince and then The Wicked King. Continue reading

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman Review

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman Review
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, ISBN 9781405930239, 417pp

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman is the sequel to Beartown. I read Beartown a few months ago and had a complicated reading relationship with it. The writing style really annoyed me at first (Backman loves using foreshadowing which I found very distracting as a reader). But by the end of the book I had gotten over this and fell in love with the story. So, I entered into reading Us Against You prepared for it to take a little while to get into the story. Luckily, it didn’t take too long as I was already acquainted with the many characters and their respective story lines. Continue reading

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan Review

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan Review
A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan, ISBN 9781848457935, 454pp

Set in Aspen, Colorado, A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan tells the story of a British family. The White family, consisting of parents Maggie and Nick and big sister Katie, travel to America for the Christmas wedding of younger daughter Rosie. Rosie is getting married after a short, whirlwind relationship and her family is worried about the speed, especially Katie who is very protective of her younger sibling. Continue reading

Looking for Alaska by John Green Review

Looking for Alaska by John Green book review
Looking for Alaska by John Green, ISBN 9780007523160, 272pp

I’ve only ever read one John Green book before – The Fault in Our Stars – so when my husband found me a couple of John Green books second-hand, I was curious to try more. I picked up Looking for Alaska knowing absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t even read the blurb.

Looking for Alaska tells the story of a teenage boy named Miles who is intelligent but lacking in social graces. He goes away to Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama. It’s a boarding school where there seems to be minimal adult supervision and the kids get up to all sorts of trouble in their spare time. Miles bonds with his new roommate Chip nicknamed The Colonel, Takumi, a hip-hop enthusiast, and a beautiful but troubled girl named Alaska. Continue reading

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren Review

Love and Other Words by Christina Laurenbook review
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9780349417561, 417pp

I started the year having never read any Christina Lauren books before. But after seeing all the love on bookstagram and from fellow bloggers, I read my first book Roomies back in March. This was followed by The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You Hating You and finally my current read Love and Other Words. You could say that I’ve become a big fan of these two co-authors who blend romance, relationships, realistic characters and real-life fiction into unputdownable reads. Continue reading

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin Review

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin book review
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, ISBN 9780062971135, 519pp

This is a case of bookstagram made me do it! I’ve been seeing the debut novel Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin all over bookstagram and everyone is loving it. So, I had to give it a try myself. I don’t read a huge amount of YA fantasy but I’ve really enjoyed the books I have read like the Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas.

Serpent & Dove was a really enjoyable book that mixed romance, magic, intrigue and adventure. I devoured this over a day and can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s set in a fantasy world where witches are the enemy and hunted by the Church and a group of holy warriors named Chasseurs. Louise (Lou) is a witch hiding her identity on the streets of the city of Cesarine. She steals and does what is needed to survive because there’s something even more terrible than witch hunters after her. Reid Diggory is the Captain of the Chasseurs and the right-hand man of the Archbishop. He hates witches with a vengeance and lives a chaste and godly life. Continue reading