Review: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer (SPOILERS)

36678064Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga, book 1.75
Genre: Paranormal
Published by: Atom
Pages: 380
Format: Hardback
Release date: 6/10/15
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: There are two sides to every story…. You know Bella and Edward, now get to know Beau and Edythe. When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic. What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…. With a foreword and afterword by Stephenie Meyer, this compelling reimagining of the iconic love story is a must-read for Twilight fans everywhere.

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Review: Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in FebruarySunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Release date: 8/2/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…

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Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 309
Format: Hardback
Release date: 14/11/17
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

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Review: Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery

Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From HomeCharlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Release date: 11/1/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?

It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall …

An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.

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Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

33336580Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 699
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Review: The Last Beginning by Lauren James

24550848The Last Beginning by Lauren James
Series: The Next Together #2
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 06/10/2016
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

34806324When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: 01/06/2017
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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