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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Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole | Review

Thank you so much to the publisher for approving me for an eARC of Can’t Escape Love 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: March 19th, 2019

Dates Read: March 12th, 2019

Pages: 128

Publisher: Avon Impulse  

Genre: contemporary, romance, adult 

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Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She’s finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?

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A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee | Review

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Australia for sending me a review copy of A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. The copy arrived after I had finished the book so I can promise you that receiving a copy in no way impacted my thoughts, feelings or rating of this book. 

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Rating:☆☆☆

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Dates Read: October 6th 2018 to October 10th 2018

Trigger Warnings: sexism, racism, references to domestic violence, mentions of epileptic seizures, homophobia, use of ableist language, references to alcohol and drug abuse

Pages: 450

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: historical fiction, adventure, young adult, LGBT+

Goodreads blurb:

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enrol in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

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 R E V I E W

A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. I was a massive fan of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and adored Felicity as a side character throughout. I am not sure if it was my expectations, the way I consumed this book or simply because this wasn’t as good as the first that led to my utter disappointment. Some series are just not meant to be a duology, and this was one of them. Mackenzi Lee perfectly captured the voice of Monty in her first book but Felicity felt one-dimensional and was beyond frustrating.

A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy follows Felicity as she sets herself up to attend medical school and become a doctor – something that is unfamiliar in this Victorian-era set book. So unfamiliar that she is laughed at several times. So when an opportunity comes for her to meet her medical idol, she takes it. Even if it means seeing a friend who had treated her terribly. Felicity can act. Or so she thinks. To take this journey Felicity gets help from a young Muslim female pirate, Sim, which leads to the pair impersonating a lady and maid across Europe as they travel to Germany.

There are several important conversations throughout A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, mainly about colonialism and the standards of women in this era. Felicity is an ace-aro woman but for some reason, she seems to so desperately think that she is not like anyone else that is frustrating. Not in terms of her sexuality. No, in terms of the fact that she wants a medical degree. So much of the book is focused on this so when it does a complete 180 around halfway into this book I was stunned.

I personally wouldn’t say that Felicity goes through any type of character arc throughout this book. She seems to realise that she was acting unkind towards others but does nothing to fix her behaviours. I am someone who adores unlikeable characters but Felicity was too much for me – especially since I think I was meant to like her.

Every other character felt quite bland to me, honestly. I was yawning and ready to shut down the audiobook. The only reason I powered through was that I was on the train up to Brisbane and couldn’t be bothered to find my phone. The lack of personality in each character was so clear to me, it really felt like everyone was just pushing Felicity’s story along – which is kind of useless to me, since her story wasn’t even that spectacular.

My favourite part of the book had to the inclusions with Monty and Percy – they only made small snippets but it was worth it. When they first appear Percy is recovering from a seizure and the way he was described, even though it was a few days after the fit, was incredibly real for me as someone with an epileptic mother.

Oh, this story also had dragons. Something that was incredibly random and I am still confused about but it was fabulous. So, basically, what this story lacked in piracy (because we are promised piracy in the title) it made up for with dragons.

It was also good to see female friendships, this book had a nice trio that followed throughout. I can’t say too much on it since I did mention earlier that all these characters felt bland.

Overall, A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was incredibly lacklustre. It lacked the depth and spark that the first book in the series did for me which was incredibly disappointing. I expected more, which may have been why I was not blown away by it at all. I tried not to touch on any of the diversity that is throughout this book since I don’t feel I am educated enough to do so, but Chiara @ Delicate Eternity wrote a fantastic review that talks more about these things. You can find that here.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of A Curse so Dark and Lonely. This in no way impacted my thoughts or feelings of this book. 

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Dates Read: September 7th, 2018 – September 8th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: mentions of abuse, mentions of murder, mentions of torture, parent with cancer, graphic war scenes, serious injury, a comment that implies rape, kidnapping

Pages: 481

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: urban fantasy, romance, young adult

Goodreads blurb:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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