Top Ten Tuesday…

 2016 RELEASES I DIDN’T GET TO (BUT TOTALLY PLAN TO READ)

1.The Girls by Emma Cline (my blog has featured this book a lot recently, I just really want to read it.)

2. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

3.Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

4.Replica by Lauren Oliver

5.Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 

6. Fire in You by Jennifer L.Armentrout  (I would like to try this because I really like the author.)

7. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

8. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

9. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me…

The books listed below are in no particular order, I just cannot wait to get my hands on them. 

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – illustrated edition

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 This is the second book within the series that has been illustrated, last year I asked for the first one for christmas…so hopefully my family have used their initiative and got me the second one this year.

img_04112. Girl Online – Going Solo by Zoe Sugg 

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Penny’s life is back to normal.

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey – struggling with stage fright and in need of support. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

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3. It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan 

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Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body’s reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

Take Pauline, who first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed at first to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then food intolerances, then life-threatening appendicitis. And then one day, after a routine operation, Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly after that her convulsions started. But Pauline’s tests are normal; her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever.

Pauline may be an extreme case, but she is by no means alone. As many as a third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say.

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4. The Humans by Matt Haig 

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After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

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5.  Girls by Emma Cline 

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Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.

Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.
As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.

img_0411 7.  Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis 

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This is the life of Bret Easton Ellis, the subject of this remarkable novel. Confounding one expectation after another, Lunar Park is equally hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. It’s the most original novel of an extraordinary career – and best of all: it all happened, every word is true.

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8.   The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis 

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Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean – cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical – might be in love with Lauren, but he’s not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren’s ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration.

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9.  Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard 

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

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10. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store―for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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  • Have you read any of these?
  • Do you have any recommendation for me, based on the books above? (I know my books taste is quite diverse…I also LOVE historical books)
  • Do you also want these books?

 

 

18 DAYS TILL MY 2016 IS COMPLETE 

Eeeepppp!! 18 days until I get to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and words cannot describe how excited I am.

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Harry Potter played by Jamie Parker. 

 

 

 

Albus Potter played by Sam Clemmett.                               
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Ginny Potter played by Poppy Miller. 

 

 

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Ron Weasley played by Paul Thornily. 

 

Hermione Granger played by Noma Dumez. 
Rose Granger-Weasley played by Cherrelle Skeete.

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Draco Malfoy played by Alex Price. 
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Scorpius Malfoy played by Anthony Boyle                   

 

Any of you going to see the play? Ahhhhhhh!!! I am soo excited.

 

My top tips to reading more…

If you are anything like me you desire to read more but life gets in the way…or mostly Netflix. (Sorry, I just love a lot of TV shows.)  But I am going to try and motivate  us to read more.

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  •  Always have a book with you, as Lemony Snicket once said “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Recently, I have been travelling a lot to London and to work everyday on the bus. So, I utilise the time spent travelling by reading my kindle or book.
  • If you are a morning person, wake up a little bit earlier and read a little.
  • Or…if you are anything like me, take advantage of your evenings and end your day with a book.  Apparently if you devote 15/20 minutes reading a day, you can easily read 20-30 books a year. Think of all of the books you could read, if you dedicated a few hours a day. WOW!!! 
  • You could also try an audio version of the book and listen while you everyday tasks.
  • Set yourself task…I, for example aim to read 115 books this year. If you want to set yourself a goal, get the Goodreads app. It’s a dream, because not only can you can set your own challenge but you can also view your friends challenges for motivation and//or recommendations.
  • Put your phone down.
  • Don’t pick Netflix over reading…I am guilty of this. Stop, don’t watch another episode…pick up a book.
  • Read in a peaceful place.
  • Read with a friend.
  • Give a book up if you don’t enjoy it, otherwise it will put you in a book slump.
  • Maybe set yourself book deadlines- for example I said I would read six books this month, meaning I need to read one and a half books a week.
  • Like the transport one – Utilise your other free time, I waste a lot of time. Honestly, I sometimes spend hours doing nothing and then look back and think ‘wow, that was stupid of me.’
  • Keep an open mind when reading.

Have you got any tips for me? Did you find these helpful?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

**I was sent this book to review for an honest review**

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Goodreads blurb…

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

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Review//ideas

 I feel like it is imperative for books like this to be taught in school because children and even young adults need to learn that any thing that is not consented is rape. Most importantly everyone can learn from this book; parents can glimpse into the minds of their children while gaining an understanding  of the situation and  teenagers can learn that its not their fault and/or how to seek help if it happens to them.

After devouring the book within one sitting, I followed Jessica Knoll on Twitter and searched online for more information on the book and its author. I am quite weird when I absolutely love something, I cannot just be like ‘ah, cool…I like that’ and become a crazy person, whom seeks more knowlegde as to why I like it.  So, after a while I found an article over on Lenny  written by Jessica Knoll, titled what I know and it is heartbreaking. If you have read the book, go and check the essay out and if not, please do save it and read it after because it adds another level of emotion to the novel.

Ani reminded me a little bit of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl…obviously Ani has more of a reason to be manipulative but both characters are soo eager to please society in order to approval. They also both have me loving and hating them….I just really appreciate a good strong female protagonist.

Another aspect of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact that every chapter shifted from the past to the present depiction of Ani’s life.  With every chapter came knowledge of why present Ani acted so guarded and stone cold.  This also made the book really easy to read because I was really eager to learn more.

I don’t know if this is because I am overthinking it or the fact that I am an English Literature student but I really liked the link between TifAni FaNelli’s name and her broken character. Let me explain a little…so, at the beginning we met Ani who due to other peoples actions ,broke as a person. To dissociate herself with her childhood, she drops the ‘Tif’ part of her name… I saw this as a visual representation of how when people are abused, they lose a part of themselves and I loved it! As, the book unfolds and the reader learns more about Ani//TifAni, she learns to accept her situation and gains the closure she longed for – resulting in her concluding the book as ‘TifAni’. I rambled, I am sorry. Do you get where I was going with that?

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book and don’t fully understand why it is getting soo much hate but I also felt like something was missing. Just something small… maybe they way it ended. Anyone else agree? I also wanted her to sleep with her teacher, hahaha am I a horrible person?  But, ultimately I enjoyed it.

 

4 out of 5 stars ****

 

 

May Book Haul

I nearly completed a month without buying a book, but I failed on the last day of May! On the bus yesterday, I saw that my local bookshop was having a £1 book sale. So, I had to walk there today- unfortunately, the sale was over but I still indulged.

I still got 7 books for £7 because 3 of the books were 50p each.  I have no shame in buying second-hand books, if someone didn’t want them, I will happily accept them. Three of the books are also for my course.

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I remember reading Sophie Mckenzie in secondary school and her books were 50p each so I couldn’t resist.


Girl, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie 

Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?


Sister, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie

It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life for sixteen-year-old Lauren is not getting any easier, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste N G 

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.


Meridian by Alice Walker 

The second novel written by Alice Walker, preceding The Color Purple is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman’s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement. Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her even as her own health begins to deteriorate. Hers is a lonely battle, but it is one she will not abandon, whatever the costs. This is classic Alice Walker, beautifully written, intense and passionate.


Bad Company by Catherine Macphail 

Lissa’s world has been turned upside down for the second time. The first time was when her father was sent to jail. This time it is because he is coming home.


Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy by J.M.Barrie

In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living a wild and secret life with birds and fairies in the middle of London. Later Barrie let this remarkable child grow a little older and he became the boy-hero of Neverland, making his first appearance, with Wendy, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys, in Peter and Wendy. The Peter Pan stories were Barrie’s only works for children but, as their persistent popularity shows, their themes of imaginative escape continue to charm even those who long ago left Neverland. This is the first edition to include both texts in one volume and the first to a present an extensively annotated text for Peter Pan in Kensington Garden

Sunshine Blogger award

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The rules:

Thank the people/person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from your nominators.
Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

Thank you so much to the amazing Lauren for nominating me, I am soo sorry for it taking so long- (I didn’t see the tag). Go and check out her blog – HERE 

I also got nominated

Driftinglexi’s questions…

1. Have you ever been to a concert, if so which was your first? 

A Girls Aloud concert I believe.

2. What was the last thing you watched on TV?

Full House on Netflix… I am obsessed!

3. Name three things which make you happy?

1.Reading    2.Make-Up   3. Fangirling/bingeing on Netflix shows.

4. What is your favourite thing about summer?

Going outside in the sun and chilling with friends. (Reading Harry Potter over and over in the sun)

5. Spots or stripes?

Oh hard question, love both. Probably stripes at the moment, though.

6. What are you currently reading?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7. What movie are you next looking forward to being released?

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8. Do you wear jewellery of any kind?

I wear a necklace and 3 rings.

9. For how long have you been blogging?

About a year a half.

10. What is your favourite fizzy/soft drink?

Anything lemon flavoured.

11. How many languages can you speak? What are they?

Two – English and French.

I was also nominated for this, by the lovely Charleigh. Go and check out her blog over here. Here questions are below-

1.What is your favourite song?

ah, favourite song. Umm this is difficult- right now it is ‘Don’t Let Me Be Understood’ by Nina Simone

2.Do you prefer buying books or borrowing? 

Buying all the way. Especially if I become obsessed with them, I need own them.

3.Do you have any pets?

Yes a rabbit, called Jasper.

4.What is one thing you want to do in the future?

Go travelling.

5.What is your worst habit?

Playing with my hair.

6.Your dream job?

An author.

7.What genre is your favourite?

Fantasy.

8.What is your favourite TV show? 

At the moment – Full House and Teen Wolf.

9.Where in the world do you live? 

Bristol- United Kingdom…use to live in Swindon.

10.If you had the chance to meet an author or celebrity, who would you choose?

J.K. Rowling.

11.If you had 1 million pounds/dollars, what would you do with it?

I would buy a lot of books, just go shopping for books and not worry about the cost.

My Questions 

  1. Who is your ultimate OTP?
  2. What is your favourite book trilogy?
  3. Do you prefer wearing jean or skirt/dresses?
  4. What is your favourite movie?
  5. What is/was your favourite subject at school?
  6. If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?
  7. What is your favourite piece of makeup?
  8.  Why did you start blogging?
  9.  What is your favourite shop?
  10.  Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
  11. Are you a minimalistic or a collector?

I tag

  1.  Nicole 
  2.  The Biblio Life 
  3.   Shannon 
  4.  Joanne
  5.  Lisa 
  6.  Sush 
  7.  Becca
  8.  Sumaya
  9.  Ramsha
  10.  Sarah
  11. Shannon

Also just wanted to say thank you, thank you so much for thinking of me when choosing to tag people. It means soo much to me. 

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Author Spotlight – Gillian Flynn

I previously posted these on my University blog for one of my modules…

If you haven’t heard of Gillian Flynn, where have you been? Last year one of her books was made into a worldwide successful seller – this book/film is called Gone Girl. It quickly became a literary sensation; selling over 2 million copies.  I find her writing compelling, frightening and extraordinary. Before I read Gone Girl I did not realise my passion and obsession for the genre crime thriller; how exciting and intriguing I found it.gillian-flynn

To this date, she has written four books; 

1.In 2006 she released her first book – Sharp Objects which contains themes of a dysfunctional family,self-harm and violence. As the narrative unravels the reader is forced to become active and keep guessing at who the serial killer is. This book will be made into a television series.

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2. In 2009 she released her second book – Dark Places which tackles themes of sexual and alcoholic abuse, alongside the daunting grief of death. This book has been made into a film which will be released soon.

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3. In 2012 she released her third book – Gone Girl which depicts the concerns between husband and wife and how the media can construct and story and build evidence against an innocent. Not only was this book at number one of the New York bestseller list for eight weeks but it was also made into a popular film.

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4. In 2015 she released her forth book- The Grownup – “A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud” I recently read this one and absolutely loved it, although it was really short it still captivated me and made me want me. 

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I have read four out of four of the books above and the extraordinary aspect of Flynn’s writing is that each one ended completely different to how I expected it to, the way in which she manipulates the narrative through changing the point of view throughout is astounding and amazes me every time I read them. I am sure that her latest release will not disappoint, have any of you read it and want to encourage me further to pick it up?  The way each of her stories is about a strong and opinionated female protagonists who takes control of the dark and twisted plots makes me proud and empowered as a women to see them at the front line of literature today.

If you haven’t guess yet, I adore Flynn!

If you haven’t read any of her books, go to a bookshop now and pick up one of her books or click the links below for Amazon.

My Life in Books Tag…

I thought I would do this tag… 

1.     Find a book for each of your initials. 

I have yet to read Shatter Me, however Papertowns and Wither are two of my favourite books.

pizap.com144545608525812. Count your age along your book shelf- which book is it?

I absolutely love this book! Sylvia Plath’s writing is just extraordinary.

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3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

I have gone with the obvious and chosen the Harry Potter series…

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4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

I am going to have to go with Harry Potter again because ‘Ahhh HOGWARTS’ 

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5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

I choose this book because the ‘feels’ are still there, I read this a few years ago and it broke me. Even now when I read it, I get trapped in the vicious circle of fallen madly in love with the characters and then getting my heart shattered. Blue is also my favourite colour so this cover automatically sprang to mind.

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I choose this book because not only is it my favourite book within the Twilight Saga but it is also has a lot of meaning to me. This book really altered me as a teenager and removing all of the negatively surround the protagonist, Bella made me feel normal because I was awkward and shy. This book also allowed me (fourteen year old Shan) to met the three main characters and interview them in Los Angeles because I won a competition. So, yeah that is why it is associated with fond memories.

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7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

I only choose this book because it is the one I am currently reading for my course and right now it is quite difficult to get into. I am sure it is an amazing book…anyone read it and want to motivate me?

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8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

Clarissa! I will finish this, I WILL. I just want to be able to say ‘woo, I have read the longest book in English’. 

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The One by Kiera Cass

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THE ONE

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Iléa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice…and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

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I read all of ‘The Selection’ books in three days but work life has taken over, forcing me to abandon my blog. I have miss it! First of all throughout this book I was still shipping Maxon and America hard.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“Shhh,” I urged.
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.”
“Please don’t,” I choked.

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I like how within this book America really wanted to be with Maxon, I felt like it was just them against the world. Especially when they would go against the King’s orders and just live within the moment, in their own little bubble. I am a hopeless romantic okay! I sort of wish I was America because I personally would not mind living in a castle, wearing extravagant  dresses and fighting to be a Princess. What I really appreciated about America was that she stayed true to herself, she did not get lost within all the drama and became submissive to the King, she stood up for herself.  I was literally screaming at the book like ‘YES America! You go girl.’  

Just like the other two books, this book was easy and enjoyable to read. America’s strong and stubborn inner monologue once again compelled me to keep reading and relate to her, it also created a comedic element to the writing. This book answered the questions that The Selection triggered…’who are these rebels?’, ‘what do they want?’ etc every character within this series such as Maxon, Aspen and America evolved throughout this book which make love them even more.

This book got serious quick…America made up her mind, people died, America was injured, the power of the King was a dominant feature and the selection itself got intense.

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This book was also emotional! One of my favorite characters died within this book which absolutely broke me, however I understand that it allowed the story to swiftly move on. One death I was really happy that it happened because the character angered me throughout the book, which made me want to jump into the book and slap them.

I do not want to riddle this review with spoilers so if you have reads this book please comment below because I would absolutely love to discuss this book further.