Something to Look Forward To – Most Anticipated Reads {May}

Hello Friends!

April showers bring May flowers! And books, lots of books! Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

into-the-waterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

 

the-finishing-schoolThe Finishing School by Joanna Goodman

One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt?

rich-people-problemsRich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly-appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

lord-of-shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

beren-and-luthienBeren and Lúthien by J.R.R Tolkien

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

 

a-court-of-wings-and-ruinA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

forever-and-always-lara-jean Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

xx J

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My Two Cents – Heartless {Review}

HeartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Hello Friends!!

If you love the world of Alice in Wonderland then Heartless is for you! It’s Marissa Meyer’s version of how the Queen of Hearts becomes the merciful queen she is today. 🙂

There are so many food references in this book! I adore desserts and the lemon tarts Cath makes at the beginning… YUM! Seriously made me want to go out and get some. I love lemon tarts. Almost as much as I love macarons. Rose water macs seems like SUCH a good idea!!

Every time I read lines that the Caterpillar was speaking,  I read them in the late great Alan Rickman’s voice.  The same goes for Hatta (Johnny Depp),  Jack the Knave (Crispin Glover- who totally creeps me out btw) and Cheshire (Stephen Fry). I’d say the movie had an influence on me! 🙂

I admit that I went into this book thinking that this story would be something different. I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book  and Cath! I really loved the plot twists that Marissa Meyer put into the story line and how she added in some many things we knew as children.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,

Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;

He put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well

Read Heartless and this little children’s rhyme may haunt your dreams. I know it keeps playing in my head! *shudder*

I borrowed Heartless from my local library on eBook, only because I am currently on a  self imposed book ban. If you saw my TBR… you’d understand. I am pretty sure that I will buy it to add to my library, eventually, but there are SO many other books that I have yet to read and aren’t available from the library that will probably come first. Unless it shows up on sale at Book Outlet… then I will have to  buy it! 😀 So this is pretty much me telling you that you should read this book!

Have you read Heartless? What did you think? What are your favourite fairytale retellings? If you are looking  for some good ones, check out the Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey 🙂

xx J

My Two Cents – My *Not so* Perfect Life {Review}

My Not So Perfect Life

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest.

Hello Friends!

I read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella recently. I borrowed it from the library and I am glad that I did.

While the book was cute,  it was just like every other Sophie Kinsella adult contemporary. Girl meets boy, something happens, girl goes through something t hat changes her outlook on  life, girl gets boy. There wasn’t anything new to it, that being said I did still enjoy it for what it was and it was a very quick read. I used it as a palate cleanse between YA themed fantasy novels. I’d say it did the trick.

I really don’t have a lot to say about this book. If you’ve read one Kinsella book, you’ve pretty much read them all. If you enjoy Sophie’s work, then definitely give it a read. If you just think they are ok, you’re probably good to pass this one up unless you can borrow it like I did or get it free some other way.

Have you read My Not So Perfect Life? What were your thoughts? Check out Sophie’s not so perfect Instagram

xx J