It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne – Book Review

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“Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies…”

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A Pearl For My Mistress by Annabel Fielding – BOOK REVIEW – BLOG TOUR

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“England, 1934. Hester Blake, an ambitious girl from an industrial Northern town, finds a job as a lady’s maid in a small aristocratic household.

Despite their impressive title and glorious past, the Fitzmartins are crumbling under the pressures of the new century. And in the cold isolation of these new surroundings, Hester ends up hopelessly besotted with her young mistress, Lady Lucy.

Accompanying Lucy on her London Season, Hester is plunged into a heady and decadent world. But hushed whispers of another war swirl beneath the capital… and soon, Hester finds herself the keeper of some of society’s most dangerous secrets…”

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#BookTour – Rubies In The Roses by Vivian Conroy – Book Review

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Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets.

But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach.

An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet?

Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery?

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – BOOK REVIEW

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‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

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Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember – BOOK REVIEW

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*

Julia Ember’s debut novel, Unicorn Tracks, follows 16 year old Mnemba, who is employed as a safari guide by her cousin, Tumelo. Kara, and her father, Mr Harving have come to the park to do some research on the unicorns, but discover quickly that all is not as it appears and in a desperate bid to save these mythical creatures, go out to try and stop who is responsible for their capturing….

Things I Liked:

This book reminded me a lot of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (which is weird because I didn’t like that book, yet loved Unicorn Tracks). I think they are both quite similar in terms of the setting and the fantasy elements, as well as the romance which develops over the novel . I do think that Unicorn Tracks was more successful in these elements and was glad to read something with similar ideas which I enjoyed.

Unicorn Tracks was written very beautifully and the plot was thought about carefully. I fell in love with the characters and loved both Mnemba and Kara and their romance seemed genuine as it developed over time. It was fantastic to read a lesbian romance where it wasn’t made a MASSIVE problem or point that both characters were of the same gender. The plot didn’t revolve around this romance and there were lots of other elements to the story plot, so it was great to see a romance which was something to enjoy as a side! And an inter-race relationship too!!! *happy face*

All the characters had their own personality and it was refreshing to see both Kara and Mnemba as two strong, leading female characters. YES!

I really enjoyed the fantasy element with the unicorns and the other animals, including griffins and mermaids. The world was described in a way that was easy to imagine and was built up over time, which allowed me to take it in and not be bombarded with too much information at once!

Overall, this was a very quick read and I highly recommend, especially if you like mythical worlds with a little bit of romance! The characters are very loveable and it made a nice change to the usual contemporary books I normally read. Loved the mix of genres too! I would have liked it to be slightly longer so I could see the relationships develop further because I loved Kara and Mnemba so much! This was a brilliant debut novel that I enjoyed reading. Definitely worth picking up if you were looking for a short read with romance and fantasy elements! Rebel of the Sands feel to it!


Have you read this book? Are you planning to?

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Marie

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