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‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’ by M.T. Anderson Mini Review.

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Publisher: Walker Books.

Published: September 12th 2017.

Page Count: 160 Pages.

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

ISBN: 9780763699505.

RRP: $16.99.

Synopsis:

National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization.

When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth – but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem “classic” Earth culture (doo-wop music, still-life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice – to give the vuvv what they want.

Review:

Thank you so much Walker Books Australia for sending us a copy of this novel to review!

“We are tiny figures, faceless, pointing at wonders, provided for scale, no lives of our own, surveying the landscape that has engulfed us all”.

After hearing so many great things about the author M.T. Anderson, we were just so excited to be asked to review ‘Landscape with Invisible Hand’. This is the first novel we’ve read by the author and we are just honestly glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised.

This novel has so many important and inspirational key messages. One of our favourites was that a line was clearly drawn to try and outline the differences between different types of art and how you can find art in general to be inspirational.33281801

This message is portrayed throughout the novel through the main character, Adam’s life. Adam was torn between following his dream and entering his artworks in a Vuvv art competition. In particular, Adam was confused and torn between entering artwork that he knew the judges would love or entering his pieces that he knows is true to himself.

This novel takes place when Aliens invaded or rather colonized Earth. With new technology and other advancements, the Vuvv also known as ‘aliens’ are allowing for fewer jobs and higher pricing within the economy, creating Earth to be a really hard planet to live on. Following this plot line, the main character Adam struggles to support his family financially whilst being true to himself. He constantly struggles with an embarrassing disease and art is the only thing that gets him through each day.

M.T. Anderson wrote this novel to be a new viewpoint that is unflinching and honest to outline the truth to being yourself and fighting for everything you possibly believe in. Overall, we did enjoy this novel as we loved the novel’s messages which were quite inspirational.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

 

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‘Heart of Mist’ by Helen Scheuerer

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Publisher: Talem Press.

Published: August 31st, 2017.

Page Count: Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9780994165541.

RRP: $9.93 AUD – ebook price. Buy your copy here!

Synopsis:

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions

Review:

We received a paperback copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Helen!

Okay, how do we even begin to write this review? We are honestly still just lost for words! When we first picked up this novel, we had no idea what the ploy was going to be about as we just didn’t now what to expect. We are both huge fans of everything fantasy which was one reason why we were just so excited to pick up this novel.

We were just blown away by the characters and plot. We completely fell in love with the story line. From the very first page of this novel, we were hooked and we couldn’t put the novel down!heart

The story line was mysterious, addicting and enchanting which did help to keep us hooked.

We also really loved the characters which were introduced to us throughout the novel. We really liked the main protagonist Bleak, who is 19 years old. She is often described as the town drunk however, she is really strong and independent. She does struggle to form relationships but like anyone, we all have a past and in this case, Bleaks past often haunts her.

We really enjoyed reading about Bleaks power. Although at one stage, she did think of it as a curse rather than a gift whilst she was looking for control. As she trained to control her ability, she really grew within herself, portraying her caring and gentle heart.

One of our favourite characters besides Bleak would have to be Henri who is from The Valia Kindred. She is from a Warrior Tribe that lives life very differently. They all have a strong sense of right and wrong and a strong sense of both leadership and duty. Henri is actually the tribe’s warrior leader. She is strong, both mentally and physically and she cares for her people greatly. She would die fighting to protect them.

You all just need to read this!

Helen’s writing is just beautiful. She has created and formed an amazing and fantastic world with so many legends and even tribe spiritual ancestors. Can you imagine a world that is rich and enchanted in magic to be stolen by mist? We now can! Helen’s writing is descriptive and suspenseful and we can’t wait to read more!

The ending almost destroyed us! It was just like a rollercoaster ride of thrills, turns, twists and excitement. What will happen next? We don’t know when the sequel will be released but we would absolutely recommend this novel for everyone to read!

Rating: 5/5 Stars.

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‘Daughter of the Burning City’ by Amanda Foody review.

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen.

Published: August 1st 2017.

Page Count: 416 Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9781489242068.

RRP: $14.99 AUD – Buy your copy here!

 Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Review:

Thank you, Harlequin Teen for sending us a copy of this novel to review.

Whilst reading this novel, we were firstly a little confused. This novel follows the main character Sorina, who has no eyes but yet she can still see things clearly and in detail due to magic. Sorina is known for her illusion work. This particular talent allows her to create all different types of illusions. In particular, she can create human beings however, she does make them unique with magical abilities alike her own. She designs these illusions to play the role of being her family. Although, they aren’t quite real. They are independent and they do exist (hint why they often speak their mind). However, they are all created within the midst of Sorina’s imagination. So, it was a huge surprise to read that one was savagely murdered.

The murder mystery within this novel really did have a role to play with keeping us both intrigued. Although with the character Sorina, we were honestly really confused! She doesn’t have eyes yet she is always described to be eyeing things. We don’t really know how she could eye somebody or something if she has no eyes to begin with?

We did however, enjoy all the diversity around the characters. The novel explored sexuality and learning to find acceptance in one’s self. Whether that be a) through sexuality or b) through their own appearances. We really did enjoy this aspect of the novel as more Young Adult novels should express teenagers being more accepting of themselves.

We have to say we also really enjoyed the whole mystery behind the killer. We didn’t find this to predictable at all which was quite unique for us. Although, we did find ourselves trying to become our own ‘Sherlock Holmes’ to discover all clues to this murder mystery!

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We didn’t mind Sorina as a main character however, she isn’t our favourite protagonist. She seemed to cope with the grief of her family well although she did often rely on others a lot. She seemed to rely most on her adoptive father and other bad types of people such as the thieves of the carnival

Overall, we did enjoy this novel. In particular, we loved the carnival aspect the most rather than the characters. This was actually our first ever carnival book which we have picked up so we do look forward to picking up more in the future.

If you like murder mysteries or diverse books, please do pick this novel up. We would love to hear your thoughts 😊

Book Rating: 3/5⭐️

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‘Song of The Current’ by Sarah Tolcser

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia.

Published: June 8th 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 1408889005.

RRP: $16.20 Buy your copy here!

“We’re all calling out to the world and magic is the world calling back”.

Synopsis:

Caroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.21905658_696020077258057_656630347_n.png

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined.

Review:

A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending us a copy of this novel to review!

‘Song of The Current’ is such an amazing novel. It has so much adventure exploring the high seas! This is actually our first novel that we have read which relates back to pirates and we honestly just loved everything that this novel had to offer!

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The main character, Caroline (Caro) Oresteia has a passion of sailing the sea. Caro awaits the day that the River God calls her name to lead her to her destiny. However, it hasn’t happened yet. As she strains herself to listen to the smaller things around her to try and communicate with the Gods, she begins to question her hearts desire to sail upon the waterways of where she has grown up.

Although, she continues to sail alongside her father, fulfilling contracts to smuggle all different types of items (both legal and illegal). Caro is forced to take the wheel and fulfill a contract her father refused to accept to allow him freedom from his imprisonment. Caro will soon realize that not everything is as it seems. This story follows her on an adventure of a lifetime into the endless temperamental ocean where only the bravest venture.

This novel has it all, pirates, privateers, Gods, a bit of romance and strong independent feminism.

We really enjoyed the characters. We found that we could really relate and follow along with Caroline’s character as she struggles to find her place in the world. Through her independence, strength and individuality she truly follows her own definition of fate by listening to herself and her own capabilities.

We also really enjoyed the world building of this  novel, it was just amazing! The writing really connected to us we could hear the flow of the water, taste the salt in the air and feel the wind on our faces! Image result for pirate ship gifs

Overall, we honestly just loved this novel and we would recommend it to you all!

Have you read this, if so what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

 

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‘The Crowns of Croswald’ by D.E. Night

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Publisher: Stories Untold Press.

Published: July 21st2017.

Page Count: 310 Pages.

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9780996948647.

RRP: $10.99 Buy your copy here!

Synopsis:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever

Review:

We would just like to firstly say a huge thank you to JKS Communications for sending us this novel to review!

We are  so glad we picked up this Middle Grade Fantasy novel to read as we both just really enjoyed this novel! It was a really quick read and the plot itself was just so easy to dive into.

The magical adventures that took place really grabbed at us as soon as we started reading this novel! Although, we do wish it was a little bit more action packed and that the characters relationships had a little more detail. However, we will definitely see more detail in a second novel if one is released due to the whole mystery behind this novel. Overall, we really can’t complain as we really loved this new fantasy novel!

We were honestly just blow away! The whole concept to this plot was just so unique and extraordinary. We loved the mystery that consumed the characters. In particular, we loved the main character, Ivy. We really learnt a lot from her, to pursue what you think is right, to believe in yourself and most importantly, to not let anyone make you feel inferior.

This novel follows the leading character, Ivy Lovely, who has been hidden behind a magical boundary to separate the mundane from the magical who possess certain abilities and magic. When Ivy crosses the boarder, powers awaken which have been locked inside her. A certain mystery leads her to the Halls of Ivy, a school where magic is learnt to be controlled. Throughout the novel, Ivy is swept away in a series of adventures where she learns to accept and unlock her true potential.

We were actually really surprised by the Halls of Ivy. The school reminds us of Hogwarts with its magic and adventure concepts. The author has done a remarkable job to capture this world’s true beauty. We know we would love to study at this school! The classes are really intriguing, especially the ‘Art of Ink’ and ‘Memory class’!

The characters were also really amazing! We loved how Ivy treasured all her relationships with students and teachers! We thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and curiosity she always carried. It was lovely to see loyal friendships being made.

Overall, we really enjoyed ‘The Crowns of Croswald’! We highly recommend it to you all! It’s such a magical read with so much mystery!

We loved it!

Book Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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‘IDA’ by Alison Evans Book Chat!

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Publisher: Bonnier Publishing.

Published: January 1st 2017.

Page Count: 244 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

ISBN: 1760404381.

RRP: $19.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? 

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

Review:

Thank you so much to Bonnier Publishing for sending us a copy of this novel to review❤️.

It’s not very often that you find a novel which features a great range of diversity, hidden within its cover! Also featuring a unique and fascinating plot about time travel, ‘IDA’ portrayed gender fluid characters and one character’s different personalities and events across parallel universes.

This novel was just spectacular with how it features different perspectives! We honestly just loved how diverse this novel was, giving each character their own individual voice.

We were just so excited to read this novel as we continue to hear positive thoughts and reviews from our friends and fellow readers! We were especially excited to pick up this novel to help share some #loveozya.30720860

Although we really did enjoy this novel, we did find ourselves confused within some parts of the novel. This could be due to the amount of gaps we found, or just how fast paced we found this novel to be. We would have loved a bit more detail however, we did enjoy this novel.

The writing style in particular jumped head first straight into action! We found this to be good in a way to help make the overall plot and characters really intriguing however, we also just felt like by doing this we couldn’t really grasp a good handle on the novels world building.

We actually found ourselves really loving the time travel concept to this novel! Ida portrays a really interesting and unique ability to transport herself across parallel universes, creating changes to situations and the order of her life. She often finds herself using her ability for small things such as to change her shampoo, to change what she may have said in any situation or even to change any predicament she found herself in of which she didn’t particularly like. Due to her frequent shifting of time a paradox is created, which is one result of her time travelling ability.

We found this novel to be quite intriguing in regard to Ida’s ability as well as her journey to find her way back to her own time and family. We did find this novel to have gaps and loose ends however, we really did enjoy this novel so we would absolutely recommend it to you all!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 Stars⭐️

 

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‘Phantom Limbs’ by Paula Garner

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Publisher: Walker Books Australia.

Published: June 1st, 2017.

Page Count: 367 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781406373219.

RRP: $18.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

In this YA contemporary romance, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief – or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed for ever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara – part drill sergeant, part friend – who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

Review:

Thank you so much Walker Books Australia for sending us this incredible novel to review!

“You love someone and they leave, but they never entirely go away. You feel them there, acutely, like an amputated limb”

Where can we begin? Phantom Limbs is just a beautifully written novel that strongly captures grief, personal struggles, growing, moving on and of course love in all of it’s many possible forms.

Going into this novel we weren’t quite sure what to expect or how we should feel about so much grief. However, this novel is truly just breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time!

As soon as we started reading this novel we found that we automatically connected to the leading character Otis. Despite his many setbacks with trying to take each day as it comes, you really do see his character grow and transform into a completely different person. He learns to accept himself, others and the situations he finds himself in, including the tragedy of losing his little brother.21322951_689732134553518_1682688063_n.png

The characters and plot was also really strong and powerful throughout this novel. After getting to know the two main female characters Meg and Dara, we just felt like we could finally understand the characters and story line a lot better!

This novel made us bawl quite a lot! Meaning blotchy, tear stained faces! But we honestly loved how this novel could do this to us as it made us feel truly connected to how incredibly strong and inspirational this novel is!

Phantom Limbs is an incredibly heartbreaking and inspirational novel so please pick this up as we can’t recommend it enough!

This novel will stay with us for a very long time! We can’t wait to read future novels by this amazing author.

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars.

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‘Harbour of Light’ by Elle Scott

‘Harbour of Light’ by Elle Scott.

Publisher: DJB.

Published: August 26th, 2017.21209096_687154281477970_2116947067_n.png

Page Count: 381 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction.

ISBN: 0995442622.

Synopsis:

Continue the journey with Nora, Kate, and Vivian as their choices make more impact than ever before. While shocking revelations, new alliances and unlikely friendships are made, the threat that looms becomes clearer.

Whose choices will lead them to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Review:

Thank you so much Elle Scott for sending us an arc of this beautiful novel to review!❤️

We officially finished ‘Harbour of Light’ a couple of days ago and we still just can’t stop thinking about this roller coaster of a novel!

This is actually the second novel in ‘The Incandescent Series’. We read the first novel in the series ‘Ray of Light’ a couple of months ago which we absolutely loved and really enjoyed! We will leave our review link here!‘Ray of Light’ by Elle Scott

This novel in particular was just extraordinary! It was so action packed and full of adventure so it was definitely right up our alley of genres we love to read! We fell in love with the characters in the first novel. We especially loved the leading character Nora so it was just amazing to be able to continue on with the story line to find out exactly what happened next.

We loved all the descriptions and emotion between each relationship! The friendships formed in book one came back stronger than ever in book two. The characters were faced with so much danger, adventure, betrayal and of course, love!35575143

Elle Scott definitely knows how to write a beautiful novel, especially one which we can all relate to! The novel portrayed so many inspirational key messages, some of which include to believe in yourself, to not take yourself or others for granted and to fight for what you believe in!

The novel follows the leading viewpoints of three female characters Nora, Kate and Vivian. Following on with learning each different power of Nora’s orb, the leading character, Nora just wants to live a normal life away from her past including Palladium Enterprises. When three of her close and trusted friends are kidnapped, Nora makes it her responsibility to dig deep inside herself to find the power to save them and everyone she loves. She goes on an incredible journey where she learns who she can trust and to believe in herself so she could save the world!

If you haven’t read the first novel in this series ‘Ray of Light’, we definitely encourage you to do so as it’s honestly just an amazing novel!

Elle Scott has done it again! She has created yet another intriguing and engaging story that you can’t not help but relate to!

5/5 Stars ⭐️

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‘The Loneliest Girl In The Universe’ by Lauren James

‘The Loneliest Girl In The Universe’ by Lauren James.

Publisher: Walker Books.20864106_682217001971698_2130080875_n

Publication: September 7th, 2017.

Page Count: 290 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

ISBN: 1406375470

RRP: $16.99 AUD

Synopsis:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . . 

Review:

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us this amazing book to review!

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe really took us both by surprise! We had no clue what to expect going into this novel as we have never read anything by the author before. The novel really blew us away. We aren’t normally big fans of Young Adult Science Fiction however, we are really eager now to get out of our comfort zone and read more of this genre!

The novel itself follows the main character Romy who is 16 years of age. She has survived on a spaceship all by herself since her parents unfortunate and mysterious deaths. We doubt that we would be able to survive that long without each other to talk to so really find Romy to be really brace and unique!

Romy carries herself quite well within every situation that took place, she always holds on to the positives in life and looks for the good in everything.21121776_685860478274017_695357409_n

We found Romy to have a huge character development throughout the novel which was truly inspirational. We found her easy to relate to especially with her own personal strength to work through each day in the best way she possibly could. We also thought it was amazing how she wrote her own fanfiction to describe the situations she finds herself in whilst also portraying her emotions like a personal journal.

She really inspired us with her mental strength. The novel really portrays this and digs deep within the characters minds to help us gather more information and truly understand how it feels to be cut off literally light years away from Earth a place she has never visited as she was born on the ship ‘The Infinity’ of which she now commands.

The blurb of this novel does mention a romance between the two commanders from the ships ‘The Infinity’ and ‘The Eternity’ however, it wasn’t really a falling in love sort of romance if that makes sense? It was more like the possibility for Romy and her experiencing communication/ flirting for the first time.

We absolutely loved the huge mystery within this novel which is most likely why we finished it in one sitting! The novel is quite small so we are sorry to say we can’t really describe the mystery and suspense without revealing some big spoilers.

So you will have to take our word for it!

There was so much hope towards the end of this novel it just radiated out of the novels pages! We do wish there was a couple of chapters that continued on after the ending however, it was a great novel so we can’t really complain.

Overall, The Loneliest Girl In The Universe was a fantastic suspenseful mystery. The characters were really funny, unique and really relatable! We definitely recommend this novel to you all!21100882_685861464940585_1650171723_n.png

We are currently holding a giveaway with Walker Books Australia for this novel on our Instagram. We are giving away 5 copies of this novel to Australian residents only. We would love it if you entered 😊.

Link to our Instagram giveaway here.

Book Rating:  4/5 Stars.

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‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: May 30th, 2017.

Page Count: 416 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781489239754.

RRP: $14.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

Meet Oakley Ford-teen. Celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls and… restless troublemaker. On the surface, he has it all. But with his home life disintegrating, his music is suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits. Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett life. Devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances, she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Review:

Firstly, we would just love to say thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review!❤️

“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me”.

Okay, this novel ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt was honestly just amazing and overall very addicting! Once we got into it we just couldn’t put the novel down!35135822

The novel begins with a completely normal and down to earth girl who has sacrificed her college and social life being a waitress to try and financially support her family after her parents were killed. Vaughn is offered an unexpected and really well pad job which is to become a member of a publicity team behind Oakley Ford, the most famous teenage pop star on the planet!

Every teenage girl has been obsessed with him at once stage of their life. He is willing to pay Vaughn $20,000 a month just to be his pretend girlfriend to help his career and his image. When Vaughn accepts the job. She has no clue, what’s going to happen next!

Oakley is not happy at all about this predicament. He grew up surrounded by the spotlight as a child star so. Now, he is trying to grow up and be taken seriously as an artist. The music he has produced just isn’t the sound he wants to be creating. He’s lost his focus, inspiration and his mojo. As he tries to find himself again, he meets Vaughn. They are both complete opposites, in more ways than you would expect. Will she be his muse?

We absolutely recommend this novel to you all as it is just so interesting and exciting!

We absolutely loved this novel especially the characters! Oakley and Vaughn grew so much throughout this novel. They are both just so loyal, they have their own opinions and sarcastic comments to make however, they are both definitely real and honest to each other and that was really just perfect.

As soon as we started reading this novel, it was just so hard to put down. Erin Watt created a fun, addicting and exciting novel which we can’t recommend enough!

Book Rating 4/5 stars.

Have you read this novel. If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊

~Georgia and Morgan