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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren JamesThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 7th September 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-stars

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 . . .

I’ve got mixed feelings about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because on the one hand, I read it in a single sitting and I did enjoy it. On the other, I think the book could have been improved in a few different ways. It’s a real mixed bag for me.

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Mini Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Mini Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Series: The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: June 12, 2008
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Gift
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Rating: one-star

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

I really didn’t like this book. The first fifty or so pages were enjoyable and I was intrigued by the “mystery”of the creatures and the red-headed guy, but then the book switched to flashbacks/having the characters tell a story. The main character, Kvothe (I think), was insufferable. He was amazing at everything he did, was practically worshipped by other characters, and he was oh-so-unique with his quirkiness and his red hair. He did NOT deserve a ~600 page novel about him. In fact, he barely deserves this 90-word review.

Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

Lady Thief by A. C. GaughenLady Thief by A. C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #2
Genre: Historical
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Gift
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Rating: one-star

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

Despite really disliking this trilogy so far, I’m quite enjoying reviewing it. It is helping me get everything off my chest. And while I’m not exactly cool, calm, and collected, it is still a lot of fun to tell everyone exactly how awful this trilogy is. I reviewed Scarlet a few days ago and I wasn’t exactly positive with that review, but my review for Lady Thief is going to be incredibly more negative because this book is a piece of crap.

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Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A. C. GaughenScarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Genre: Historical
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-stars

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets - skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know...that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more - making this a fight worth dying for.

Well, wasn’t this book just sunshine and rainbows? Scarlet is a widely popular book in the book community, which is the reason I put it on my wishlist in the first place. I was dying to read it because it’s a Robin Hood retelling and I totally had a crush on that fox when I was younger. But if you’ve been following me on Twitter for the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I bloody hated this book. Continue reading

Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler

Who I Kissed by Janet GurtlerWho I Kissed by Janet Gurtler
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Gift
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Rating: two-stars

She never thought a kiss could kill...

As the new girl in town, Samantha just wants to fit in. Being invited to a party by her fellow swim team members is her big chance...especially since Zee will be there. He hasn't made a secret of checking her out at the pool. Sam didn't figure on Alex being there too. She barely even knows him. And she certainly didn't plan to kiss him. It just kind of happened.

And then Alex dies—right in her arms...

Consumed by guilt and grief, Sam has no idea what to do or where to turn when everyone at school blames her. What follows is Sam's honest, raw, and unforgettable journey to forgive herself and find balance—maybe even love—in a life that suddenly seems to be spinning out of control.

Who I Kissed was not a good book, mainly because the love interest was an absolute piece of crap who should have remained forever alone. That said, it was a quick and easy read and I flew threw it, and it also did a good job of highlighting a topic that I had very little knowledge of previously.

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