Bestsellers · mystery · suspense · Young adult

The Final Gambit – Jennifer Lynn Barnes ★★★★★

Blurb; Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.

My Review; Wow. I devoured this. What a way to end the trilogy. Yes they must be read in order, but this final book just blew me away. A trilogy I don’t think I will ever be able to forget. Full of games, secrets, lost family members/ties, lies and loss. Wow. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. A brilliant wrap and up and way to end it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars ofcourse. (No spoilers for Mel, hurry up and read the damn book).

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Adapted to film · Fairytale Retelling · fantasy · Young adult

The School For Good and Evil – Soman Chainani ★★★★★

Blurb; The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

My Review; I broke my rule. GASP. I actually watched this on Netflix first so ofcourse I had to get the book to compare, so I soon realised it was a six book series. Yay. Woo hoo. More reading for me. I absolutely loved both the Netflix version and the first book. I cannot wait to see what happens in book two already which I cant do through Netflix can I? The book does have more parts that were not in the Netflix adaption and differed slighting but that is the case when every book gets adapted in my eyes. I loved the two characters Good (Agatha) and Evil (Sophie) and how they believed they were both on the wrong side. This book can actually teach us alot like looks are not everything. I loved the whole world. Fairytale. Narrator. I am hooked. A huge fan now. Would highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me and this will probably end up in my top reads of the year. Amazing. Will never forget this book.

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Adapted to film · Bestsellers · romance · Young adult

The Heartstopper Yearbook – Alice Oseman ★★★★★

Blurb; The full-colour Heartstopper Yearbook is packed full of exclusive content from the Heartstopper universe – including never-before-seen illustrations, an exclusive mini-comic, a look back at Alice’s Heartstopper artwork over the years, character profiles, trivia, and insights into her creative process – all narrated by a cartoon version of Alice herself.

By the winner of the YA Book Prize, 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.

‘The queer graphic novel we wished we had at high school.’ Gay Times

• Introduction
• Profile Pages: Alice, Nick, and Charlie
• Heartstopper Moment: Pride
• The Art of Heartstopper
• Profile Pages: Tara, Darcy, Elle, and Tao
• Heartstopper Moment: Summer
• Quiz: Are You More Nick . . . or More Charlie?
• Mini-comic: The Teachers
• Profile Pages: Harry, Ben, Nellie, Henry, and Aled
• Heartstopper Moment: Halloween
• The World of Heartstopper
• Mini-comic: Moments
• Profile Pages: Tori, Sahar, Mr. Farouk, and Mr. Ajayi
• Heartstopper Moment: Winter
• Family Tree: The Springs
• Family Tree: The Nelsons
• How to Draw Heartstopper
• Mini-comic: Girlfriends
• Heartstopper Moment: Alternate Universes
• Author’s Note

My Review; I am a huge Heartstopper fan. Read them all and watched it on Netflix so ofcourse I had to get this. Now I will admit I devoured this in like 20 minutes so an extremely fast read for me but worth it to fill that gap while waiting for the next Heartstopper. This is a hardback full of character profiles, short comic strips, art of heartstopper, how to draw the characters and how heartstopper developed into what it is today. An amazing all in one read full of facts, knowledge and behind the scenes. Loved every page. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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