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Neither Thrilling Nor Twisted!!!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-20

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and from the premise of this book I should have loved it, but the execution was lacking.

The characters were one dimensional stereotypes and unlikeable. I really didn't care about any of them, their predicament or the outcome, which is sad as I really wanted to love this book. I just think the YA mystery genre really isn't for me.

An OK read

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-12-19

From the premise of the story, I really thought that I would have loved this, however I found it confusing and ultimately an OK read but it just wasn't for me.

We Met in December" implies that this is a Christmas romance. It's not—each chapter propels the plot into a different week/month of the year, showcasing small vignette-like scenes that kept me from becoming too invested in any one aspect of the character's lives, as the reader is never present in the same place long enough to have any meaningful connections. 

Overall We Met in December was a rather quick read but absolutely not a engrossing one. The start of the novel was slow whereas the conclusion of the story felt rushed.

Nice Story, Disappointing Ending!!

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really enjoyed this story, I just hope that Mhairi McFarlane will write a sequel so we can continue with Edie and Elliott's story.

Hilarious, Clever & Beautifully Written

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-19

I only ever have one predicament when it comes to Mhairi McFarlane's books; I inhale them!!
A rom-com story that deals with real issues, as well as second chance romance.
In Mhairi I have found an author who genuinely makes me laugh. No forced giggles, but ill-timed snorting on public transport, but she also has the ability to make me ugly cry!
The only thing I would have liked to have seen in this book was the point of view of Lucas.
Don't You Forget About Me,  had me from the first page and has made an entry onto my favourite books of the year list. I can’t wait to read more from Mhairi McFarlane!
4/5

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OK read

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-19

I only had a few problems with this book. I would have liked a little more show then tell, when it came to why Sonia hated Brad so much. I think that's one of the main reasons I found her attitude towards Brad annoying and I couldn't connect with Sonia very much.

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A powerful, mesmerising read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-19

This book is a flat out masterpiece.

Unforgettable, Heartbreaking and Humorous. In “The Heart’s Invisible Furies,” John Boyne takes us on the journey of Cyril Avery’s life. His loves and losses, his heartbreaks and his triumphs. He makes you laugh out loud hysterically and cry just as often. John Boyne makes you fall in love with every single character in this brilliant novel. Cyril, his best friend Julian Woodbead, Julian’s sister Alice, Bastiaan and Ignaac. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” definitely tops one of my favorite books ever list. I hope it finds its way on yours as well. 

An OK read

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-05-19

I really struggled to make it through this. The premise of the book sounded great, which is the reason I wanted to read it, but I had to force myself to finish.
All the characters in this book felt under developed and flat and I really didn't care about a single one of them.
Both of Polly's relationships didn't feel believable at all. Especially 'The one' we are just supposed to believe he's her sole mate after one kiss!? They were barely together in the whole of the book, their entire dialogue could probably fit into 10 pages.
I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

A laugh out loud good read!!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Tessa Dare's The Duchess Deal is a regency Beauty and the Beast rendition.
This book made me smile, giggle, swoon and laugh out loud.
I have never read any Tessa Dare books before but after this book I will definitely be reading more stories by her.