THE REST OF THE STORY by SARAH DESSEN

“If life is a journey, wouldn’t you rather be the person behind the wheel than the one just being carried along?”

From the minute we started reading The Rest of the Story we were immediately transported back in time. It’s been some years, pre blog days, since we’ve lived between the pages of a Sarah Dessen book and boy, we’ve missed her. This book felt like coming home, wrapping ourselves up in the sweet, relatable characters synonymous with Sarah Dessen’s stories.

There was much to love about this story and it’s something Sarah Dessen does extremely well. This author takes her time allowing the reader to become a part of the story and connect with the characters.  The core of this story is family and friendship in all it’s complicated glory.

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THE REST OF THE STORY by SARAH DESSEN

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN

‘Who do we have if we don’t have each other?’

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green is an epic story of life and a friendship cemented at University between three friends from different walks of life. We met Maggie, a sweet and naïve middle-class girl, Evvie an immigrant English-American former child actress and Topher an adorable American asexual lad. The friendship these three forge felt real and relatable. Each had their own story, hang-ups and dreams. 

The angst level is extreme, the subjects covered heart-breaking and realistic. Tragedy, secrets and betrayals are rife, as a strong friendship is threatened by life, actions and personal emotions. The Friends We Keep goes full circle from University days till the characters are in their fifties. It shines a light on the fact that friends are the family you chose and that these bonds can be stronger than blood. The Friends We Keep is set in both the US and UK through the years which served as a character in its own right and we loved that aspect.

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THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by JANE GREEN

JANE DOE by VICTORIA HELEN STONE

5 brilliant stars!!!!

'I've never killed anyone. I'm not that kind of sociopath. But you never know. Desperate times…'

We’re always on the hunt for stories that offer something a little different, so if you’re like us and thrive on unique stories, then you MUST read Jane Doe. It was FANTASTIC! A suspenseful, wickedly amusing story with captivating mature writing that introduced us to a complex, funny and confounding character that is thirty-year-old, Jane Doe, a self-diagnosed sociopath with an acerbic wit and a vivid imagination. Jane Doe was one deliciously wicked and taunting tale we devoured from start to finish.  

Jane Doe is a brilliantly written, captivating, intriguing, wickedly funny and somewhat deliciously dark story of revenge. Nothing is off limits in Jane Doe. Trust us, you'll devour this book!

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JANE DOE by VICTORIA HELEN STONE

THE RED ZONE by AMIE KNIGHT

We loved this book! The Red Zone is live - See our Review and Excerpt!

‘It was how a girl’s first kiss should be. Romantic. Devastating. Sweet.’

We absolutely love Amie Knight so we were not surprised when we fell in love with her latest story, a sweet and emotional second chance romance. The Red Zone is an addictive sports romance that has a wonderful balance of humour and the emotional after-effects of tragedy. Not only that, it has wonderful humanity and sibling love as well as the importance of friendship and love.

Not only did we love Scarlett, Lukas and sweet Ella. We also fell in love with Lukas’ teammate Mason and we’re intrigued as to just what is going on between Oliver and Hazel. Amie Knight proved once again why she’s an automatic one-click for the hopeless romantics like us and YOU! We call dibs on Lukas and you can have our red skittles…..

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THE RED ZONE by AMIE KNIGHT

FORGIVEN ARE THE STARRY EYED by CHRISTINE DORE MILLER

‘I told myself I had very few options now. I could just exist and accept that this was my life from now on. I’d be broken, but at least I’d be alive.’

The writing is superb and has an undercurrent of hopelessness and dejection. We are in awe that this is the first book by this debut Author, it was well written and touched on hard-hitting topics.

This Teen YA story deals with horrifically sensitive and extremely pertinent issues in today’s society. You’ve only got to turn on the news or scroll through social media to find stories like these on an almost regular basis. And those are only the ones we know or hear about or have been publicised. There’s still a dreadful silence and uncomfortable avoidance where topics of relationship abuse, violence, and sexual aggression are concerned. However, with the #metoo campaign, hopefully, awareness and support will be given, become a right and a deterrent.

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FORGIVEN ARE THE STARRY EYED by CHRISTINE DORE MILLER

A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE by EMMA SCOTT

5 incredibly moving stars!! A top 2019 read!

“Kiss me so it feels like I’m falling into you.”

WOW! Emma Scott brought all the emotion to A Five-Minute Life! We experienced everything as she perfectly conveyed the frustration, the anger, the hope, and the love of her characters, as well as sending us a message about never giving up and making not just every day, but every single minute count. A beautiful and uniquely captivating story told from the heart, with Jimmy and Thea now owning a little piece of our hearts, along with the other characters of Emma's who have taken up residence there. Prepare yourselves for a genuinely heartfelt story where Thea is a woman trying to remember and Jim is a man wanting to forget.

Another unforgettable story from an author who amazes us with her remarkable talent, and who delights and moves us with her incredible words. Grab the tissues and experience a story unlike any other. We cried tears of happiness, sadness, despair, and hope. We never gave up hope though, as our hearts were with Thea and Jimmy every minute of their story. Described as 50 First Dates meets Awakenings, a perfect description for a story in which there is a message for us all.

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A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE by EMMA SCOTT

MARRIAGE FOR ONE by ELLA MAISE

5 Jack and Rose stars! NOW LIVE!

‘I would fight for her when the time came. I would fight with everything I got.’

Marriage for One is a wonderfully slow burn love story that has so many romantic touches and actions that will melt not only your heart but your knickers off too. We were puddles on the floor and you could’ve scooped us up with a spoon. A romance full of twists, heartbreak and angst. A slow burn romance full of heat and laughter. This would make a swoon-worthy film and we’d be first in line to see it come alive.

Seriously, get ready to fall head over heels in love with a man named, Jack Hawthorne! Oh wow, we love him. LOVE HIM. He’s a tense and grumpy arse but what a romantic arse he is. But no question, this enigmatic –no smile- behaviour hides a vulnerable unsure heart that’s fallen in love and has no idea what to do with that. A heart that slowly but surely learns what love is long after it initially fell…reluctantly so. All because of the sweet, smiley and feisty, Rose.

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MARRIAGE FOR ONE by ELLA MAISE