The Girl From The Paradise Ballroom

This book was really interesting as a first read from this website. I really liked the way that the story was set out in the midst of a war as I’m quite a historical fiction buff. It was so fun to read. I found the focus and the plot really interesting as it explored the point of view of the Italians in the great war which is something that i haven’t come across before now.

I adored the romance between Olivia and Antonio and devoured their forbidden love because that is one of my favourites, when two people cant be together but find a way somehow. I wasn’t sure how it would wrap up as i could only assume that it was all going to turn sour. i think people will be pleasantly surprised though. The way that the author empathises with the culture and the love story really gets you gripped.

I have never read a war story set between England an Italy, so this was my first and very enjoyable in that respect. Exploring the descriptions of the places and the culture and the respect that the author has for the two was really cool. It wasn’t surprising that the Italians were treated almost like the Japanese in this respect but it was heart rending and it did allow the reader to empathise with the characters. Continue reading

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Wetherfield

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4/5 Stars

This was such a strange book, good strange but a completely new read from start to finish. I was really confused at first by the jumpy story line from past to present but when I got into it, it was a really speedy read and I managed to finish it all in one night!

Lisa Whetherfield has managed to construct a surreal world of such a sensitive nature. I absolutely love the author for choosing to write not only about abuse and she’d light on the issue, but for the fact that she acknowledges there are so many more forms of abuse, especially in children than physically hurting them. This book hits so hard and really shows the ways that a person can be damaged to their core, driven to extremes and how constant, unexplainable, unbearable fear can change you as a person.

The relationship between Blister and June is one of sacrifice, trust and saviour. Blister is Junes rock, her anchor in a swirling world of torment. A world where she can see no out and there is very little hope. In a world like that, one person can become your everything. The author has captured the soul of this and the alternative worlds between Blisters family and June’s highlight the different experiences of childhood and the way that two people never live the same story. Continue reading

A Court of Thorns and Roses…..EEEEEK!!

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5/5 Stars

EEEEEEEEEP!!! What A FANTASTIC Read!!!

I don’t even know what to say about this book, it all tumbled and jaggedy inside my head. I literally love everything about the world of Sarah J Maas creations. I never thought I could love a series more than I love Throne of Glass but….well I do. ACOTAR blows your mind.

Who else is actually already in love with RHYSAND AFTER THAT?!!! Ummmmm hell yeah give me more of him please. What a great character, like I’m supposed to hate him but naaaaah I find myself in love instead. What is this craziness? I cannot fangirl harder about this book.

Anyway enough of that, again i was charmed by the character building that SJM does and the way that even the little characters are so fierce. The way that SJM writes is like every character you meet is a new friend, but first that friend slaps you in the face with their awesomeness. Its super hard not to fall in love multiple times. Urgh, Lucien’s sassiness and Tamlin’s fierce pride and power, Rhysand being all dark and mysteries and sexy and Nesta as the badass icy sister. Then there is Feyre, my favorite lass. SJM wrote Feyre as the character of all characters, a woman to rival even Celeana/Aelin’s fierceness and beauty. I dont even mean normal beauty. The character is constructed and wrtten so you look at her surroundings and feel what she does at all points, the fear of being hunted, the guilt of the illing, the happiness, the love, the anger, the torment….everything. Its a storm of emotion. Continue reading