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Apologies!

Hey there bookworms!

I just want to apologise about my very bad lack of blogging over the last few weeks 😦

Long story short, I have been in the process of moving house and in that process my wonderful (cough) fiancé accidentally spilled his glass of red all over my poor laptop! So…I am computer-less for the time being.

My housemate has been kind enough to loan me his for a couple of hours to get some study done (eww haha) so I thought I would come here and give you all a bit of an explanation.

I am working on getting myself a new laptop, however the funds haven’t been too good lately (moving is expensive) so I will endeavour to get myself back up and running in as little time as possible! I just ask that you be a little patient with me in the meantime 🙂 you are all amazing and I love you all!

 

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Audio Book Review | My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

my-husbands-wifeTitle: My Husband’s Wife
Author: Jane Corry
Published: August 25th, 2016 by Penguin
Format: Audio Book
Source: Audible
Narrators: Abigail Thaw & Lily Bevan
Length: 13 hours, 24 minutes

Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Fiction; Crime
Buy Links: Amazon | BD | B&N | Kobo
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.84 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
It’s the perfect love story.
Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.
But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…
The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.

‘Till death us do part…’

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Book Review:

4.5 Stars

This book popped up on my Audible account as a suggestion and I liked the sound of it so thought I would give it a go.
This book is told from the point of view of two characters – Lily and Carla. Lily is a lawyer who is married to Ed and Carla is the young girl who lives next door. 

I really connected to the character of Lily, she was a young newly-wed still trying to find her place in the world. She had been given her first criminal case – an appeal of a man who was wrongly convicted for murder, she did get a little annoying at some points, but i enjoyed her chapters more than those from Carla’s point of view. I struggled to connect with Carla, as at the beginning she was an 11-year-old girl. In the second part of the book when she had grown up, I still couldn’t connect with her, I just never liked her personality – but her personality made her parts of the book quite interesting and they brought the book together.

There were so many twists and turns in this story, when I thought that I knew where it was going, something else came along and threw me. I loved every minute of it. There was not one character who didn’t have a secret. Even when you thought you knew what they were, further along in the story, more of the secret would come to light and destroy what you thought you knew.

All-in-all I enjoyed this book, it was very well planned and written. Jane Corry was able to keep us guessing and not give away more than she wanted us to know until the very end.

About the Author:

jane-corry Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’

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Cover Reveal | To Dance With Angels by KC Cullen + GIVEAWAY

cover for reveal.jpgTitle: To Dance With Angels
Author: KC Cullen
Publishing: February 28th
Genre: Contemporary; Romance
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
Since she was a little girl, Kyra Byrne sacrificed everything for her dream to be a prima ballerina, braving broken toes and scheming rivals. Now the dream is finally within reach: she’s a soloist at a prestigious Boston company, her tumultuous past safely behind her.
But all that is put at risk when the company brings in a new choreographer, the smouldering Damien Delacroix with the sexy accent, rebellious tattoos, rippling abs, and scandalous reputation, a man who’s ruined as many careers as he’s built up. And the moment he walks into the studio, Damien only has eyes for Kyra.
Against the wishes of everyone from Kyra’s boss to the drama-queen prima, he casts Kyra as the lead in his new ballet. This could be the break she needed so badly—or it could be her ruin when her past begins to resurface in unpredictable ways. As Damien and Kyra’s chemistry sizzles on and off the stage, she realizes she’s in too deep. Kyra never dreamed of risking everything she worked so hard for, everything she painstakingly built—all for a man. But with the premiere looming and with the other dancers gunning for her downfall, she could lose more than just her heart.

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About the Author:

YA author by day, KC Cullen writes romance and romantic suspense by night. Her debut, To Dance With Angels, will be released on February 28th, 2017. She lives in northern Ontario with her husband, two teenagers, and hyperactive Dalmatian.

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Book Review | The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

the-husbands-secretTitle: The Husband’s Secret
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: 2014 by Pan Australia
Length: 402 pages
Genre: Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Mystery; Contemporary; Romance
Source: Own
Format: Paperback
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.91 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
How well do you know your husband?
Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient P&C President, has found a letter from her husband.
For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death
But Cecilia’s husband isn’t dead, he’s on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn’t experienced before. John-Paul is lying.

What happens next changes Cecilia’s formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.

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Book Review:

I read this book as part of the Reading Assignment Challenge for 2017, this was my book for January.

I had high expectations for this book as it was on the bestseller’s list and had great reviews. Unfortunately, I wan’t overly taken by it.

The plot follows a number of different characters, who all live in the same town in Sydney and all know each other in some way.
I can’t say that I really connected with any of the characters at any point in the book. The only thought that I had was that I would not like to be Cecilia when she found out what her husband’s big secret was, and then having to keep it from everyone. The characters felt a little one-dimensional and I couldn’t really say that any of their stories stood out to me. I was, however, able to sympathise with all of their dramas, and at the same time secretly hope that I don’t experience the same troubles in my own life because they were realistic – which is a real plus – their ‘secrets’ and issues were things that could happen to regular, everyday people.

I liked the pace of the book, it wasn’t slow and boring, and it didn’t feel rushed. I am also a fan of the fact that Liane Moriarty is an Australian author 🙂 we need more of those in the world!

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I don’t think I will be rushing to read it again, and I don’t think I will go out of my way to read any of her others (although I am listening to Truly Madly Guilty on audio book at the moment – keep an eye out for my review)

Thanks for popping by and reading my review of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies. With the launch of Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on Big Little Lies is currently in production, starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter

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Goodreads’ Reading Challenge: 5 / 50
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #17 | 16th January, 2017

Hi there bookworms!
How is everyone going on this Monday? I have had a pretty long day, so I almost forgot to post this! It is 10:40pm here so I have made it on time!

Anyway..this weekly feature, It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date and it gives us a chance to chat about the books that we finished reading last week, and which ones we are reading this week..so here it goes 🙂

Finished Reading Last Week:

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas: Review || Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon
The Night Circus (Audio Book) by Erin Morgenstern: Review || Goodreads || BD || Amazon
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf: Review || Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

Currently Reading this Week:

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

Currently Listening to this Week:

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon

I am hoping to get these ones finished by next week,so fingers crossed! I didn’t mean to have both of my current books to be by the same author! Just how it worked out I guess!

What are you all reading this week? Leave me a comment in the box below, I would love to hear from you! Until next time, happy reading!

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Book Review | Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

missing-piecesTitle: Missing Pieces
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Published: 2016 by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Mystery; Fiction; Thriller; Suspence
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Length: 282 pages
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.62 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜 (3.5 / 5)
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just  a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. For years Jack has avoided returning home, but when his beloved Aunt Julia is in an accident, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.

Upon arriving, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago. But as facts of Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realises that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack’s past, but the father she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.

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Book Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book.
I have had this one on my TBR ever since I read another book by Gudenkauf, called One Breath Away which I really enjoyed. 
By reading the synopsis, it sounds as though you are going to be diving into a really interesting mystery with a lot of suspense and family secrets. Which, you do, just not to the extent that you imagine..
We have Sarah, who believed that her husband’s parents died in a car accident, as that is what Jack had always said happened to them and why would he lie about something like that? She finds out that this is not the truth, in fact, his mother was murdered in the basement of their family home and his father was the prime suspect, as he disappeared right after the tragedy occurred. Sarah is now in a complete state as she has been lead to believe one thing and now finds out that Jack had lied to her. But what else was he lying about? She goes on the hunt for answers to find out what really happened to the mother-in-law that she never knew.
As we go along, following Sarah in her quest for the truth, we are trying to put together the pieces of the latest mystery – the accident of Jack’s Aunt – which may not be what it looks like. 
The plot itself wasn’t boring. It was quite a short book (282 pages) so it went along at a relatively good pace. and kept me interested, as I did want to know who was responsible. I had my suspicions but they turned out to be wrong – the antagonist was a surprise – so the ending of the book wasn’t predictable, which I liked very much.
My main issue was the characters of the book. Firstly, Jack and Sarah had been married for over twenty years and had two grown daughters. Reading their interactions with each other, I found it really hard to believe. There was little chemistry or lovable interaction between them and I struggled to find their relationship believable.
The other characters were just one-dimensional, there was little development with them through the story. The character of Margaret was a little odd too, she was the dispatcher at the Sheriff’s office, and she stole the case file of Jack’s mum’s murder for Sarah so that she could look through it. I find this a little far-fetched as they only had just met, and no one would risk their job in that way to help a stranger
Overall, the plot was enjoyable and there were twists and turns to keep me interested – I just found many of the characters and their relationships with one another to be a little one dimensional.
Thank you for reading my review of Missing Pieces. I would love to hear your thoughts on the book if you have read it, or are thinking of reading it!
Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

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Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota in the US and is the bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Missing Pieces(Goodreads)
 
 
 

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Audio Book Review | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

the-night-circusTitle: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: 2011 by Random House
Format: Audio Book
Source: Library
Read By: Jim Dale
Genre: Fantasy Fiction; Romance; Historical Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.03 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressively for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknown to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but a stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

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Book Review:

If I am going to be honest, I don’t really know where to start with this review so bear with me..I have so many feels.
To say that I loved it would be a bit of an understatement – it was more than amazing or brilliant – it was inventive and imaginative and I devoured every minute of it.
Morgenstern has one hell of an imagination to be able to write this beautiful story.
I listened to this book as an audio book, and although I loved it, reading the words myself may have been a better option as the chapters do jump from year to year, back and forward and I did find myself getting a little confused, but I was able to catch on pretty quickly.
There were a number of different characters that captured my heart in this story – firstly Celia Bowen who was one of the ‘players’ of the magic competition. She was the daughter of an illusionist (who trained her for the competition). She became the illusionist for the circus and I loved following her character. She was loving and kind and I loved watching her develop over the years of the story.
Marco, her competitor, was just as marvellous! He was handsome and smart and vulnerable at the same time. 
Bailey was a young boy who loved attending the circus. He was dared by his older sister and her friend to go into the circus in the day time and bring something back that proves he was there. So he did, and he met Poppet, one of the performers who gave him her glove as the proof. He then fell for the circus and attended every evening that it was in his town. I really liked his character as it was through him that we really got to experience the circus – through the eyes of someone from the outside.
The competition itself was interesting, the two players had to make their ‘moves’ as new parts of the circus, new tents with more and more wonderful experiences. 
Eventually the two of them fall in love and their love is like nothing I have ever experienced. Even the slightest touch between them made lights flicker, and a kiss could be felt by all those around them. They were desperate to be together and to be finished with the competition. They were finally told how the competition would end, and it broke my heart. They were destined to play in this game until one came out the other side, and the other didn’t. No matter what they came up with, it wasn’t going to work. They needed a better plan, so Celia came up with one.
The way this book ended was odd, but it worked. It was the perfect ending for this perfect story.
Erin Morgenstern’s writing was beautiful. The story so unique. I enjoyed all aspects of it, and I think I’ll be hard-pressed to find another book that makes me feel the way The Night Circus made me feel.
If you enjoy magic and romance and friendship, then you will adore The Night Circus and I highly highly recommend it to all!
Thank you for reading my review of this amazing book! 
Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

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Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes her work and “fairy tales in one way or another.” She grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with two very fluffy cats. (Goodreads)
 

Reading Progress:

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