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Browsing Bookshelves: Lauren @ Northern Plunder

I have known Lauren aka Sizzle aka the owner of Books and Tea discord server since I joined it back in August last year and she has been such a huge help in my blogging journey and is just an all-round awesome gal.

She started doing this series on her own blog and I decided it might be fun to do and she agreed, you can see her post browsing my book shelves here.

Basically we swap pictures of our book shelves and go through picking out books we have read, would recommend, want to read e.t.c. So let’s get started!

Let me know in the comments any books from her shelves that you have read and loved!

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Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

acursesodarkandlonelyReleased: 29th January 2019

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

evelynhugoReleased: 13th June 2017

Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.

Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s – and, of course, the seven husbands along the way – Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. But as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likeable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendour of Old Hollywood into the sobering realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means – and what it costs – to face the truth.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

adarkershadeofmagicKell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Released: 27th February 2015

The start of my ‘read everything by V.E. Schwab in 2019’ resolution. I know readers that love this trilogy and some that didn’t enjoy it much so I went in to this with an open mind and just tried to enjoy it for what it is. It took me a while to really get into the world as there are quite a lot of points to the world to explain but once I had that sorted I was free to enjoy the ride, and I did! I really seemed to bond with Kell as the main character and I cared about what happened to him, and eventually Lila as well although she did take a bit longer for me to really like her character. The villains in this book were excellently evil and seeing the difference between the Londons was fascinating. It felt like a nice mix of Adult and YA, the story is definitely a dark one and not suitable for younger readers.

The magic seems like a bit of a weird one, one that the reader isn’t really sure of the limits of which can lead to some nice surprises. I’m interested to see where the series leads and will be completing it at some point this year. I’m really glad that I enjoyed it!

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

this book was purchased by myself
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ARC Review: The Orchid Girls

Blurb: Now we are bound forever,’ she says, her eyes determined. ‘I will never tell anyone, I 51UIAGEA2oLswear. This is between you and me. Now you swear too.’

They called them the

Orchid Girls.

Grace. Charlotte. Molly.

One of them is in love.
One of them is a liar.
One of them is dead.

One day, three became two – and no one knows the truth. What really happened that summer? 

 

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Velvet Lace: Chapter One

The Girl and the Tree

As Velvet’s eyes slowly opened, her senses filled with the cool damp evening air. Blades of grass twined between her fingers, looking up she could see faint glimpses of stars appearing across the dimming sky. Realising she was laying down on a cold bed of grass she slowly raised her head enough to have a proper look at her surroundings. No buildings were in sight, the grassy field was sparsely covered in tiny daisies and lined with oak trees. Velvet arched her neck as far as it was able to go both ways and realised she was smack bang in the middle of the field, using her arms to prop up into a sitting position her eyes drew focus to something moving amongst the bottom of the trees directly in front of her, roughly 100 yards away. She squinted her eyes trying to gain more focus in the dim evening light. Cold drops of rain started to fall on her face, she looked back up at the sky as the rain got heavier making her shudder. Returning sight to the spot between the trees she noticed that whatever it was was slowly making its way up one of the larger oaks branches. Not being sure what kind of creature was climbing, Velvet slowly scrambled to her feet and started making small steps towards the direction of the tree. The rain fell heavy making her eyes blink frequently in attempt to bat the drops away with her lashes. Her body started to shiver more as her clothes got wetter and colder, wrapping herself in a hug she continued towards the tree.

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