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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Review: One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

31322309One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 288
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: 04/05/2017
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

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Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

24851136Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 698
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

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Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Electric Monkey
Pages: 354
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

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Review: Never Run Away by Julie C. Round

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*I was sent a copy of this book for review*

Summary:

Tony Sharp has lost his wife. He doesn’t know where she’s gone. He doesn’t know why she’s gone. But he’s determined to find her.

She may run away from him – but can you ever run away from yourself?

Set once again on the Sussex coast, Julie Round’s latest novel is the story of a marriage in crisis and a house with a secret.


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