19 May 2019


Trilogy Review - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Published:     2011
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Books 1, 2 and 3, Mara Dyer
Source:  Owned


I had originally read this trilogy back in 2016 and remembered that it was a really fun read.  When I learned that there would be another trilogy following Noah Shaw, I thought it would be a good idea to pick up this trilogy and read it again before going on to read The Shaw Chronicles.

Honestly, although I did enjoy reading this it wasn't as much as I thought I would do.  I think this is more about my reading tastes changing over the years rather than a reflection on the book. I would still recommend reading it but may be if you are new to young adult fiction.  It is very predictable and the story is not something new but something that I have seen many times in other young adult fiction.

I decided after reading this trilogy that I would not continue with the Shaw Chronicles, simply because I was no longer interested in carrying on reading this world.  That said, I would definitely pick up more by this author as I enjoyed the writing style.

I would recommend this trilogy if you are new to young adult fiction and would like to start out somewhere.

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13 May 2019

Blog Tour Book Review / The Girl in the Pink Raincoat by Alrene Hughes

In wartime it takes courage to follow your heart.
Manchester, 1939.
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss's charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.
But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.

Published:     1st March 2019
Publisher:  Head of Zeus
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


There's just something about an old fashioned love story that always draws me in.   In this story we follow Gracie.  She is a factory worker, lives with her mother at the time and living on the breadline.  She meets and falls in love with her boss' nephew but unfortunately that love was not meant to last.  On the day they are due to be married, Jacob disappears.  When everyone is telling her to forget him and move on, Gracie cannot let go and is determined to find him.    We follow Gracie on this journey.  Unfortunatly, along the way she meets some unfriendly characters who are determined to lead her down the wrong path.

For me, the best part of this story was the relationship between Jacob and Gracie.  Just the romance of it at a time when the world is falling apart was worth following.

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