Friday Reads|7/10/2016

Hi                                                                                                                                 In this post I will be talking about the books I have read in the last week, the books I will be reading over the weekend/into next week as well as the Books I have received for Review. Hope you enjoy it and as soon as I have written my Goodreads reviews for each books I have read  I will add the links for each one with their relevant bookThe

Books that are included in this post are:

  • Books Continuing to read
    • Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                                                  
    • The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer                            
    • The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon            
    • The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force                                          
    • Insanity the Complete Books 1-3 by Cameron Jace    
  • Books Read
    • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Steifvatter
    • Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman                                 
    • Everything Everything by Nicole Yoon                    
    • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  •  Books Started
    • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter
    • Love in a Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez      
    • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray          
    • Knife Edge (Noughts and Crosses #2/4) by Malorie Blackman
    • Figment (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace                                          
    • Fool For Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1-3 #2/3) by Marie  Force                    
    • The Governess Was Wanton (Governess #2/3) by Julia Kelly         

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Cover of Wonder

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                   Format: EBook                                                                         Reading Status:   Currently Reading [50%] (started 25/9)                                                                                     Midway thoughts:  I am not half way through the book now & I am still really enjoying it and think that it is really well written. The way the author has split the book into different parts reflecting the main people in August’s Life is great as it allows you to learn about third part in the story as well as their feelings about August’s differences.                                                                                                      Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer

Cover of The Girl in the Red Coat

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                 Format: EBook                                                                       Reading Status:   Currently Reading (started 25/9) MIDWAY THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Kate’s work before but due to the ease of read that I’m experiencing with this book at the moment I will read her other books in the future.  The little girl () who’s the main character in the book is really lovable and is so well written so far so she’s believable and easy to connect with. I can also see how well the other characters will develop through the book. Currently I would say that when I finish reading this book I will  give a five star rating because it is such a heartwarmigly well written book so look out for my review if your interested in knowing what I thought of it and the star rating I gave it.                                                 Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon

Cover of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                 Format: EBook                                                                         Reading Status:   Currently Reading (2/9)                         MIDWAY THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Joanna’s work before but from what I have read of this book so far I know that I am going to enjoy it and want to read her other books. It is a very well written and engaging mystery in which the characters are well developed and multi dimensional which means that they are easy to connect with and believable. Currently I can see that I will no doubt give the book a 4-5 star rating so if you want to know the star rating I gave it and what my views were then look out for my review.  Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force

Product Details

Source: Amazon                                                Format: Kindle Book                                       Synopsis: With more than 1 million ebooks sold since Maid for Love debuted in 2011, the New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has become one of the most beloved romance series available today. Read the first three books in the series: Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love in this special offering.

Book 1: Maid for Love
Maddie Chester is determined to …more                                                              Other Books in the Series: Book Falling for Love, Hoping for Love, Season for Love,  Longing for Love,  Waiting for Love, Time for Love,  Meant for Love, Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella, Gansett After Dark, Kisses After Dark                                                                                                    Reading Period:  Currently Reading (Started 13/9)                                           Initial thoughts: This is a series that I am going to enjoy, For further information on the first two books  in this bind up/series please read the review for book 1 and my initial thoughts for book 2 both of which can be found later in in this post                                                                              Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Insanity the Complete Books 1-3 by Cameron Jace

                                                                                                                                      Source: Amazon                                 Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3            Format: Ebook                                                   Other Books in this Series: Figment, Circus, Hookah, Wonder, Checkmate, Family                        Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started  /  )   Synopsis: This 200,000 words omnibus edition includes the first THREE books in the bestselling Insanity series, PLUS images and details of the places visited and meticulously researched.
From London’s historical locations, The Vatican, Belgium’s Cat Killing Festival, & Oxford University’s secrets that inspired Lewis Carroll’s story.

An intriguing read full of mysteries, codes, adventures, thrills, insanity and a heroine unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
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MEET ALICE WONDER

After accidentally killing everyone in a bus accident, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum in Oxford. No one doubts her insanity. All but a hookah-smoking professor who believes otherwise.

Professor Carter Pillar believes he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and finding Wonderland’s real whereabouts. He persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals.

In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that ‘nonsense’ is an actual science.

Equally loved by adults and teenagers, even by mystery and thriller readers.

Larger than life characters, intricate mysteries, engrossing fun, and intriguing historical locations. Insanity will thrill you, makes turns pages, and stay with you forever.

Warning: intended for insane audience only

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Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) Book 1

Students are repeatedly found dead in Oxford university. All of them are girls. Most of them were called Alice. The recent ones have their mouths knitted into the shape of a Cheshire Grin. A message from their killer.

The mysterious killer claims he is an incarnation of the Cheshire Cat of the Alice in Wonderland books. He sends the police a few clues. Riddles that only one girl can solve.

A girl in an asylum.

Her name is Alice Wonder.

She is the world’s only hope to stop the murders and uncover the historical secrets behind the Alice in Wonderland books.

Figment (Book 2)

Alice Wonder accepts her capabilities of solving crimes and saving lives. Not sure who she really is, or if she is actually imagining half the things she is seeing, she has to catch another killer.This one doesn’t reveal his identity, but calls himself a Wonderland Monster.

He chops off children’s head and stuffs them inside watermelons. Each watermelon is a riddle to a larger crimes.

Aided by the eccentric professor, Carter Pillar, she she is about to discover a global conspiracy that has been kept secrets for centuries.

A conspiracy since the Victorian times. One that Lewis Carroll knew about.

In the end, Alice has to either sacrifice the world or the one she loves the most.                                                                                                                 Initial Thoughts: I am going to enjoy this series. See the short review for insanity and my     initial thoughts about figment below.                                   Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige
                                                                     
Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Source: Netgalley                                                           Format:  EBook                                                               Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 9/9)     Synopsis:  From New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die comes a thrilling, Maleficent-esque twist on The Snow Queen, from the “villain’s” point of view that’s equal parts love story and Frozen—all grown up.Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Initial Thoughts: I am thoroughly enjoying this well written and intriguing book. in fact I am enjoying it so much that its making me want to read The Snow Queen the book that its a re imagining of. Snow is s fantastic character who I fell in love with immediately and I can’t wait to see how she develops more in this and future books. Look out for my mini review for this book in next weeks Friday reads which will also contain a link to my Goodreads review for the book.
 Links: Goodreads | Review   
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The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1/3)                                          by Soman Chainani      
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
Source: Amazon                                                                     Format: Ebook                                                                       Synopsis:   The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from yo …more
Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 19/6)
Initial Thoughts: I decide to read this book after hearing several of the Book tubers that I follow on you tube talking about it and I am glad I did. This book is well written and the two main characters are easy to connect with because their so well developed and believable. I can’t wait to see how they develop further as this book goes on and the series progresses.                                                                                                                                                            Links: Goodreads | Review   
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The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee
The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

Source:  Edelweiss                                                 Format: E ARC                                                       Reading  Status: Currently Reading (started  2/6 )     Synopsis:  The Thousandth Floor is debut author Katharine McGee’s first book in a sumptuous, juicy trilogy about a glittering future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-story tower has been built in the middle of the city with every amenity imaginable. But even in this world of luxury, life isn’t perfect. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a hidden addiction. Eris Dodd-Radson’s privileged life is upended by a betrayal that tears her family apart. Rylin Myers is struggling to make ends meet, any way she knows how. Watt Bakradi is thriving at the center of the tower’s social scene, but only with the help of an illegal A.I. he designed. And up on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller. She’s genetically designed to be perfect, yet she’s tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall. . . .                                                                              Initial Thoughts:  On the whole I am enjoying this book at the moment because it is fast paced and intriguing although there are times when it can be a little slow. I love the fact that the story is being told in multiple perspectives because it means that as the reader I am getting the views of each person on the society in which they live, their lives and those of the people around them so I connect with them easier.  All the characters as well as the plot and the world are wrote about in a way that you can understand how things are at the moment but their is still room for them to be developed further in future books, therefore at the moment I would say this is a solid first book for a new series.                                             Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Steifvatter

Cover of Blue Lily, Lily BlueSource: overdrive                                                  Format: Audio Book                                             Narrator(s): Will Patton                                       Reading Period: Read from September 24 to October 04, 2016                                                   Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                          Synopsis:  The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their …more                                                                        Final Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially because I read this as an audio book which meant that I was immersed in the world for start to finish. Will is a great narrator who is able to give each character their own voice and personality which means that as the listener your able to connect with each character for different reasons. I loved how all the original characters were developed further while the new characters that were introduced in this book were developed enough to enable me as the reader to be interested in them.    I  gave this book a 5 star rating for the following reasons:                                                                                                            * It was a fab continuation to what is a fantastic series so far.                        * It fits in very well to the genres that its listed in on goodreads: YA                 Fantasy                                                                                                                    * I will re read the entire series again in the future but they will all be               on Audio Book.                                                                                       Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Noughts And Crosses) by [Blackman, Malorie]                                                         Source:  overdrive                                                                 Format: Audio Book                                                              Narrators: Syan Blake & Paul Chequer                               Reading Status: Read from (ebook sample November 16, 2015) September 22 to October 05, 2016                      Star Rating: 5/5 stars                                                              Synopsis:  Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.

The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger . .                                                Final Thoughts:  This was a fantastically well written book that was brought to life for me more  by the fact that I listened to it and the Narrators narrated it so well that I was able to know  in far more depth how the characters were feeling/what they were thinking. In my opinion this book is a very substantial start to what I am sure will be a great series so much so that I have already started reading the next book in the series.

Links: Goodreads  | Review    

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Everything Everything by Nicole Yoon

Cover of Everything, EverythingSource: overdrive                                                        Format: Audio book                                                     Narrator(s):  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond     Reading Status: Read from 4 to 6 October 2016   Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                                                   Synopsis:  The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
And don’t miss The Sun Is Also A Star, the breathtaking and romantic new novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Nicola Yoon in which two teens are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions.
From the Hardcover edition.

Final Thoughts: I had been wanting read this book for a long time after all the rave reviews I’d heard the Book tubers that I follow who’d read it give it and I wasn’t disappointed. The book tells the story of a girl who’s grown up believing she’s allergic to everything but is she… The plot and characters were well developed and believable. I had never read anything by this author previously but now I have read this one I will definitely read any more of her books in the future

Links: Goodreads  | Review     

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

                                                                                                                                      Source: Overdrive Cover of All the Bright Places                                                                Format: Audio Book                                                             Narrator(s): Kirby Heyborne and Ariadne Meyers         Reading Status: read from September 28 to October 6                                                                                        Star Rating:  5/5 Stars                                                        Synopsis:   The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.                                                                             FINAL THOUGHTS: I had never read any of this authors work before I read this and I am glad that this was the first book by her that I’ve read because it enabled me to see how well she deals with sensitive subjects like death, survivors guilt and suicide. I connected well with all the characters especially the main ones Finch and Violet because they were all so well developed and believable.

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Insanity (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace                                                                                                                                              Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3Source: Amazon                                               Format: Ebook                                                       Other Books in this Series:  Figment, Circus, Hookah, Wonder, Checkmate, Family  Reading Status: Read from December 16 2015 to October      5 2016                                   Star Rating: 4/5 stars                                           Synopsis:  After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can sav …more

Final Thoughts:  This was a thoroughly enjoyable, well written and intriguing retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I loved the way that Cameron made I that everyone who believed in wonderland was mad and that he weaved some historical facts about Lewis Carroll, with particular relevance to the writing of Alice in Wonderland in to the book.

Links:  gooreads | Review

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Maid for Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force

Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1)
Source: Amazon

Format: Kindle Book                                                         Reading Status: Read from                                              Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                                                        Synopsis: Maid for Love: Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.isses After Dark

Final Thoughts: I decided to read this book after I heard several Booktubers talk about the author and I purchased this through a Bookbub offer. This was a beautifully written enthralling book. Mac and Maddie are really well developed and multi faceted characters who I found it really easy to connect with. I loved how their relationship

Links: Goodreads | Review

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4/4) by Maggie Stiefvatterh

Click here to view Audiobook details for The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterSource:  Overdrive                                                           Format: Audio book                                                       Series: The Raven Cycle #4/4                                         Narrator (s):   Will Patton                                              Reading Status:  Currently Reading, Started  4/10     Synopsis: The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

Initial Thoughts:  I have only listened to the prologue and chapter 1 so far but I am really enjoying it so far. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                                        Links: Goodreads |Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Love in a Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Click here to view Audiobook details for Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Source: Overdrive                                                            Format:  Audio Book                                                         Narrator (s): Armando Durán                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading, Started 5/10         Synopsis: From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.

Initial Thoughts: Although I haven’t  listened to much of this Book so far I am really enjoying it so far and think that it is going to be very informative as well. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                                                                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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Source: Overdrive                                                    Format:  Audio Book                                               Narrator (s): Armando Durán                               Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 4/10)                                                          Synopsis:  The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program — or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan — or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Initial Thoughts:   I have only listened to the first couple of chapters of this book so far I am really enjoying it so far. As it stands now I will give the book a four star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                 Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post| Review

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Knife Edge (Noughts and Crosses #2/4) by Malorie Blackman

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Source:  overdrive                                                     Narrator (s):  Syan Blake & Paul Chequer           Series:  Noughts and Crosses #2/4                       Other books in series: Noughts and Crosses, Checkmate, Double Cross                                       Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 5/10)                                                             Synopsis:  WHEN TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE NO LONGER BLACK AND WHITE ISSUES . . .

Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father . . . Jude is a Nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered . . .

Now Jude’s life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?

A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.

Initial thoughts:  I haven’t read much of this book so far but I am really enjoying it so far and I think it  will be a solid continuation to this series. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.       Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Figment (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace

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Source: Amazon                                                  Format:  Kindle Book                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading, (started 7/10)                                            Synopsis: After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it’s clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer’s puzzles before a horrible event th...more

Initial Thoughts: I am not that far into this book yet but I am enjoying it just as much as I did the first one. Already I can’t wait to see the adventures that Alice goes on and how her character is developed futher as well.  If you want to know what star rating I gave this book as well as my final thoughts on it then look out for my mini review in a future Friday Read’s post which will also include the link to my Goodreads Review.                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review   

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Fool For Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1-3 #2/3) by Marie Force 

Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #2)

Source: Amazon                                                                  Format: Kindle Book                                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 6/10)       Synopsis: Fool for Love: Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it?

Initial Thoughts: I have only read the first few chapters of this book so far but I am already really enjoying it. In the first book we were introduced to Janey (Macs little sister) and Joey (Mac’s best friend) but I can’t wait to see how Marie develops them as individuals and as a couple in this book. It will also be nice to learn a little more about the other characters in the series at the moment, any new characters that are introduced in this book and the Island its self.                                                                                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post |Review 

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The Governess Was Wanton (Governess #2/3) by Julia Kelly

The Governess Was Wanton (Governess, #2) Source:  NetGalley                                                   Format: Ebook                                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 5/10)                                                                 Other Books in the Series: Book 1 The Governess was Wicked,  book 3 The Governess was Wicked                                               Synopsis: Follow three best friends who navigate love and independence as governesses in Regency England in this delightfully charming installment in the Governesses series.

Mary Woodward, a young veteran governess, has one job: guiding a young debutante through her first season in high society. And up until now, keeping her fous and avoiding temptation has been easy. But never before has the father of her young charge been as devilishly handsome as the single, wealthy Earl of Asten…. Convinced to risk it all, Mary let’s herself enjoy one night of magic at a masked ball in Asten’s arms, but will they both regret everything when the Earl learns her true identity?               Initial Thoughts: Although I have only read the first few chapters of this book at the moment I am already enjoying it as much as I did the previous one. I am going to love learning more about Mary and her friends as well as well as all the other characters in the book. If you want to know the star rating as well as my final views on the book then look out for my mini review for it on next weeks Friday reads Post which will also include a line to my Goodreads review.                                                                                         Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgerstern

The Night Circus

Source: Amazon | Overdrive                                        Format: Kindle | Audio book                                         Narrator: Jim Dale                                            Reading Status:  Currently Reading (started (ebook 20/6/14)  9/10)                                                     Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s post | Review      Synopsis: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…

A fabulous, fin-de-siècle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.                                                                     Initial Thoughts: I started this book in EBook format and although I was enjoying it  only managed to reach the 20% read mark as I struggled to get into it so I got the audio book from Overdrive. I am so glad i got the audio book because the Narrator is so good at voicing all the different characters it has really caught my attention now so I am finally going to be able to finish it. Already I can’t wait to see where the story goes and how it all winds up. If your interested in my final thoughts about the book then you may want to look out for my mini review in next weeks Friday reads post which will include a link to my Goodreads review.

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