I’ve Got Your Number Review

At first, I wondered how I was going to get through this book. The protagonist, Poppy, starts of being so incredibly annoying as she’s looking for her engagement ring (and this bit of the book feels completely out of character for her).

The story gets better when that part is over. It’s actually really cute.

I love the way Poppy learns that she’s not inferior to super intelligent people. Totally empathised with her playing Scrabble with Magnus’ family. I spend alot of time with people with PhDs with Dad’s with PhDs so this part was particularly nice to read!

I loved how much Sam (the boss of the PA whose phone Poppy finds) and Poppy learn from each other, being very different people.

I wish Poppy had nicer female friends because she deserves them.

The ending is cheesy but kind of adorable. It could have been a much shorter book though!

The Queen’s Rising Review

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Brienna is an excellent protagonist and I loved how she had to try all the passions of art, theatre, music, wit and knowledge before settling with knowledge. I loved the relationship between her and her master, Cartier. Loved the dynamic between all the girls studying the passions.

We are then introduced to more settings, more characters, and I loved the history of the world Rebecca has created.

I found the second half of the book a little lacking – the twists weren’t really there and the absence of Cartier for a big chunk did nothing for the relationship building. I missed the energy of the female friendships at the beginning.

It actually felt like the story wrapped up at the end, but I know there’s another book so who knows what’s coming next! So much potential.

I think the last chapter of the book was my absolute favourite. Love a bit of romance.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Being introduced to Hazel is a whirlwind. She’s a bit of a disaster, and it’s great. I’m particularly jealous of all her animals (Janis Hoplin the rabbit hahaha). And Winnie the labradoodle!

Josh on the other hand is one of those people you imagine to be a rock. Dependable, calm, strong…

I love how parts of the book subtly show Hazel’s intelligence.

There was a reference to gymnastics!

I mean, parts of this book are super clichΓ© and predictable but it’s just super enjoyable and quick to read.

And then the end. It felt really rushed and had the potential to be really intense and heartbreaking. I wish Christina gave these really difficult topics a little more attention.

Overall though, a solid book.

Ice Massacre Review

Okay so I wasn’t expecting much from this book, I’ve got to be honest. I didn’t love To Kill a Kingdom so wasn’t up for the killer mermaids again.

But. But. But.

Ice Massacre is brilliant. I was so invested in Meela’s story and how she sees the world. I literally couldn’t put it down.

It was always going to be interesting to stick 20 eighteen year old girls on a ship. I mean, it just screams drama. The book handled it so well, covering teenage friendship drama in a way that didn’t demonise teenage girls too much.

I loved Meela’s brain – and how she saw the mermaids as intelligent and maybe not all demons. I loved how the beginning of the book showed her childhood and how she met Lysi and had her little heart broken.

I loved how Lysi came back into the story later on.

The dynamic between Dani and Meela was also very interesting to follow. There were moments that were so emotional.

But yes. Tiana Warner has written an excellent book that is incredibly gripping and fast paced, and she’s not afraid to kill off characters either.

I’m so excited to read the best book, especially anticipating more Meela and Lysi together!

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling Review

Back into the world of chic lit – I thought I’d read this book. I thought it would be a bit like Can’t Copsy, Won’t Cope, but duh just because the character is called Aisling and it’s a small town girl in Dublin, doesn’t mean it is gonna be the same.

The book was so perfect. It started off okay – nothing special. Woman just gets fed up because her boyfriend isn’t in a rush to get married even after 7 years.

Aisling moves in with two other women and together they face womanhood.

The book tackles challenging topics like abortion in Ireland and sick parents, work problems…there is so much.

All of it is so relatable – especially Aisling’s relationship with her parents.

Honestly, what I chose for some light-hearted chic lit actually turned out to make me laugh and cry and feel all the things. I’m so glad I picked it up!

Rebecca

The Song of Achilles Review

I’ve had this downloaded on Kindle for a while and hadn’t gotten around to it. But I was saying how I like books that are emotional and a friend recommended it.

The beginning was beautiful – just two innocent kids growing up, falling in love. Achilles, a hero in the making, and the protagonist, Patroclus, an average, sensitive boy.

The middle parts were a little boring in my opinion, but the character development was strong and you really felt for the characters.

My friend was right. It was such a terribly sad ending. So so sad. Heartbreaking. The last quarter of the book was fantastic and wow I was so impressed.

The writing style was great throughout – it felt really magical to read.

If you’re looking for a book that plays with your heartstrings – this is it.

Rebecca

The Kiss Quotient Review

So I picked up an adult book for a change – a romance with some maths in it!

At first I thought the book was going to be only about sex, which is fine, but not what I was expecting. But after about halfway through it got more romantic and sweet and lovely.

The main character, Stella, is autistic and it was really cool to see a book about a woman with autism as it’s so different in women to men.

I liked how Stella was really successful in her career and Michael, the love interest, didn’t scold her for going to work every day, even at weekends, because she loved her job so it wasn’t like it was work for her.

I hated Phillip with a passion – he was such a jerk and I’m glad Stella didn’t end up with him (not that that was ever going to happen).

And Stella is an econometrician! Maths! Women in STEM! Representstion! In a romance? Loved it.

Overall, the first half of the book was weird, and the second half was wonderful. Definitely worth the read! It’s also an own voices book so definitely give it a go!

Rebecca