Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: August 7th, 2007

Dates Read: January 22nd – January 29th, 2019

Pages: 629

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, romance, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

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New Moon by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: September 6th 2006 

Dates Read: January 14th – January 20th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: depression

Pages: 563

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: October 5th, 2005

Dates Read: January 3rd – January 8th, 2019

Pages: 498

Publisher: Little, Brown Company

Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | Review

Thank you so much to the publisher for approving me for an eARC of The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. All thoughts and opinions stated throughout the review are my own and are no way impacted by receiving a copy of the book.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

Dates Read: February 14th to February 15th, 2019

Pages: 320

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: romance, adult, contemporary

Goodreads blurb:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman | Review

Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. All thoughts are my own and are in no way impacted by receiving a copy. 

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: October 2019

Dates Read: January 1st, 2019

Pages: 278

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: LGBTQ+, romance, young adult, contemporary, graphic novel

Goodreads blurb:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews | Review

Thank you so much to Hachette Australia Publishing for sending me a full copy of The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews. Receiving a copy of the book did in no way impact any thoughts or feelings I had. All opinions are my own.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: April 4th, 2019

Dates Read: March 7th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: grief, death of a parent abandonment of a parent, stealing, theft, serious bodily injury, emotional abuse, physical abuse, mentions to abuse, graphic violence, underage drinking, mentions of drugs, ableist comments, assault, ptsd, mentions of cancer

Pages: 300

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: young adult, contemporary 

Goodreads blurb:

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. 

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

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A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole | Review

Thank you so much to the publisher for approving me for an eARC of Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole. All thoughts and opinions stated throughout the review are my own and are no way impacted by receiving a copy of the book.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: April 30th, 2019

Dates Read: March 10th – March 11th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: abuse, parental abuse (off page but applied), dead parents

Pages: 384

Publisher: Avon

Genre: adult, romance, contemporary 

Goodreads blurb:

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

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