chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday – Kiley Dunbar ★★★★★

Blurb; The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.

Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…

My Review; OMG! I loved everything about this book! This was perfection from the first page to the last. Made me a little jealous of Jude. I’d love to experience everything in this book. What more could I want? A little get away, a bookshop, a hot man, cute village, family, a bestfriend and a dog. Perfect.

I fell in love with it all. The setting, the sea, the characters and the dog ofcourse. This is such a feel good, uplifting and happy read for me. Couldn’t stop smiling reading it. I honestly enjoyed it all. Devoured it. I did wonder about this mysterious stranger Elliot. But the love story that emerged was brilliant! The ending utterly gorgeous. I felt at home reading this. Such a cosy, welcoming read. Not a bad word to say about this other than it ended. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. Also did I mention a dog 🐕.

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Graphic Novels · romance · Young adult

Heartstopper: Volume 4 – Alice Oseman ★★★★★

Blurb; Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.

My Review; With thanks to Melanie’s Reads for getting me my copy. I will keep this one short & sweet. I have been with Charlie & Nick since the beginning and I just love them both so much! How good was this volume? I got it. I loved it. I finished it in an hour. Typical. Now the wait for volume five. Sigh. This does contain mental health issues and eating disorders. But what a beautiful installment into the lives of Charlie & Nick. I don’t think I will ever got bored of these two. Gorgeous graphic novel. Perfection! Beautiful. Adored. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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suspense · thriller · Young adult

This Can Never Not Be Real – Sera Milano ★★★★★

FIVE TEENAGERS
WITH NOTHING IN COMMON,
THROWN TOGETHER
BY AN ACT OF TERRORISM,
CAN’T SURVIVE THE NIGHT
WITHOUT EACH OTHER.

A compelling, thrilling yet heartbreaking book for fans of Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Jennifer Niven and Holly Jackson.

In the unremarkable town of Amberside, the unthinkable has happened: Terrorists have attacked a local festival. No one knows why, and no one knows who the attackers are, but that doesn’t matter. What matters first is survival. And what matters after that is survival, too.

In this brilliantly written account of hope, humour and humanity, five ordinary teenagers are caught up in a truly extraordinary situation. It’s a heart-pounding and gripping account of the fight for survival, told from multiple perspectives, as the attackers prowl the festival grounds.

A book for anyone who needs to see that behind the hate that makes the headlines, there is always love.

My Review; Wow. How do I even begin to review this? I absolutely loved it all! I feel bad that I loved it as much as I did due to the nature of the book being a terrorism attack. It is a brilliant read. Eye opening. Scary. It’s real. It happens. This is the story of how five teenagers survived and coped during and after this attack.

This book had me scared! Holding my breathe I felt like I was right there with them the whole time. When you think its quiet and the shooting has stopped there’s always something else and something bigger. Theres no escape they’re surrounded. They’ve seen the dead. They’ve seen the injured and theyve seen the shooters. It’s a real page turner which I devoured. A story told through each of the characters making it an easy read.

It’s a heartbreaking read but also one full of hope, love, family and friendships. It’s a survival story and the aftermath. The ending shows us how each of the characters coped, the losses of loved ones and the injuries they sustained all very different. Cannot praise this book enough! Highly recommend. A must read. A must buy. A well deserved five stars from me. This is going into my top books of the year.

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